Every Sunday I have 3 hours of LDS/Mormon church. We used to have it at 9 am, but since the beginning of the church we have a new schedule and now our church is at 1 pm, which is kinda shitty, because that's my time to nap and now I can't do it. First hour and church is sacrament meeting. People are giving speeches and after that we have Sunday school, where we are getting in classes. I used to be with the Miamaids (14-15 year olds), but since I turnt 16, I changed into the 16-18 year olds. Sometimes they give us candy and that is literally the best part of Sunday school. I surely get tired sometimes, but sometimes they talking good stuff and we talk about how to behave in seperate situations and it inspires me once in a while. At the 3rd hour we have young women's. I have Sunday school and young women's with the people that I go to school with. Not all of them but most of them.

Every Wednesday we have Mutual. Mutual is at 7 and we do something with our church class or young womens. Last time we did service in Vegas in a soup kitchen. We helped out at a place, where homeless people go to get dinner. We filled up water, being cups and help anywhere we can. It's been a fun and good night. I liked helping out. 

Or for example last time we burnt all the Christmas trees outside, so we had a big fireplace and got donuts and hot coco. And there were fireworks too. And that's also one cool thing about the US. You can start fireworks any time you want so that's cool.

Bye,
Michelle

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So I'm doing flag football for quite a while. 2 months I guess and I never did a blog post, so here it is. In the beginning it was kinda hard to understand how flag football works, but time after time it made more sense and i love my team. I'm in the freshmen team and i love these girls. They're so funny. We got to play against Vegas schools and one in mesquite and we won 2 times out of 7 or more probably, but I wouldn't say that we're bad. We always give our best and the team spirit is always there. At away games the JV teams starts first and then varsity plays and then freshmen plays at last at 6. We always wait like 3-4 hours and it is always freezing. But yesterday when we played against virgin valley it was actually really nice and sunny. The good part of playing at last is, that we can watch the sun set and it always looks so pretty. We mostly just hang out on the stands and everyone is cuddled up in blankets and then we sleep or do homework. After the games we stop somewhere to eat and then we drive back to Moapa valley. Around 9 pm I'm at home and go to bed. Ah there are about 9 people on our team and I am on defense and offense.

Bye,
Michelle

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I'm student of the month in the Yearbook class. And the picture hangs in the main hallway.

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Michelle

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I totally forgot to write about, what I did on New Years. There was a New Years dance in our town, that I went to and I literally danced the night away. It was so much fun and srly I didn't even cared how I looked like while I danced like crazy. In the end we all look dumb while we're dancing, so yea... here's a picture of my bestie and me when we were cleaning up.

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The hot air balloon festival was in mesquite yesterday. At daytime they let the balloons fly and at night, they just light them up. It was pretty cool.

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My birthday was on the 27th December. On the 22nd I celebrated with the family and on the 28th we celebrated it with friends. The reason why not on the 27th is because a friend of mine won't be there so we moved it on the next day.

Sooooo, celebrating with family was fun. We spent our day in vegas and were at bellagio when it got dark. Bellagio is a casino/hotel and they decorated it so pretty inside! And we saw the worlds biggest chocolate fountain. Everything looked so fancy inside and outside omg... I thought I'm in a movie. It was sprinkling outside, but it looked pretty with all the Christmas lights and I saw the Eiffel Tower. We walked in front of the ,lake' and Bellagio and watched the water fountain show, which was the coolest thing. No doubt... it was pretty amazing and it was just so so so pretty and pretty is the most used word in this post, but it was just friggin cool.

Then we were on our way for dinner and it was a surprise, so marina and I didn't really know where we were going and guess whatttt we were eating VIETNAMESE. The bistro was called District 1 and they had Pho and it was so goooooooooooooood. U have no idea... I really missed Vietnamese food and I got tears in my eyes the first bite. It was just so good and in the end the employees brought me coconut ice cream peanut Vietnamese jelly dessert and that was bomb.

After we had dinner we drove to a Ethel m chocolate factory and there was a cactus garden with lights in front of the factory. That was pretty cool.

Then we were on our way back to the stratosphere to go on top. On the top it wasn't too busy. There were 3 rides that we watched and the view was really cool too! You could have a view of whole Las Vegas or mostly. And that's how my day ended. It was a fun day. At night we slept at the hotel.

On the 28th friends came over and we went ice skating and it was so much fun. And I didn't fell! Haha. But I ran right into a boy and that was awkward. We were 3h on ice and then we were on our way home. At home we had costco pizza delivered and jessany, Devin and Bryce baked a cake for me and that was cute. It had a German flag on it and we had Aggie ice cream with it :))) after that we played a game, which was called ,Say Anything' and that was a fun game! And guess what, I won :))) then I realized that it was the first time that I never made it to 1st place before until that moment. That was pretty lit. :))) so my birthday is over and I can't wait for school to start haha. Oh and I'm pumped up for the New Years dance, because I'll get to see everyone again.
Bye,
Michelle

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on christmas all our siblings came down to Logandale to celebrate this holiday with us. On Christmas Eve, the 24th we had an other family come visiting us and we opened our presents and we opened the sibling gifts and cousins gifts. From Devin (brother) I got 3 products from Bath and Bodyworks and earrings and for the cousin gift exchange I got a $10 ITunes Gift Card and a snowman with US flags ornament. That was cute and is also a good reminder of christmas in the US when I'm back in Germany. At that night we also opened the White Elephants. White Elephants is a "game" where we exchange fun presents, that aren't too expensive. At night all the siblings slept downstairs and the tradition here in this family is, that we all get trapped downstairs and there is a motion detector making noises when we get close to the trap. The trap is just there, so we don't see how Santa put stuff into our stockings haha. So Marina and I slept on the couches and the other kids in their old bedrooms. We watched a TV show before we went to bed.

At 6am it was time to get up. The trap was build from boxes and Jessanys (sister) selfmade hippo stuff animal. When we got closer to the motion detector that made shooting noises, our parents came and we had to sing a christmas carol, before we can get through the trap and open our presents. It's a tradition my host family make with the trap and it's fun and unique.

In my stocking I found a hair tie bracelet, a bag of tortilla chips (because I literally consume these each and every day lol), a pair of pants, because my older pants ripped and thats because I eat too much haha. OHHHHH and I got a barbie!!!! I was so happy. Marina and Jessany hang a barbie ornament on the christmas tree ever since they were born. And they are hanging next to each other every christmas. And now I got my own barbie I can put next to them. That was so cool. And then we opened one gift from under the christmas tree, before we have to leave for church. I got a baseball shirt from the brand orign.

At church I sang in choir 3 songs and when we got home grandpa and grandma came. They brought us gingerbread houses to decorate and after doing that we opened the rest of the presents. Grandma and grandpa got me a watch and host Mom got me a self made quilt with US flags on it. That was cool.

Later on we got to skype with Logan!!! If u guys don't remember. Logan is my other host brother who left on his mission for 2 years and we get to hear from him on Mother's Day next time. It was nice hearing from him again.

Then we had dinner and then the family from yesterday came for visiting. The dad drove marina and me around on the wheeler and that was literally the coolest thing. We drove up the hills and on rocks and it was so windy and so dangerous and so. much. fun. I would do it again 100%.

When we got home my jacket was full of mudd, but it was worth it!. And we had Aggie ice cream, which is the best ice cream tbh.

​And that was my American Christmas. I loved it. What I noticed here was that here they all get so much more presents than in Germany.

Goodbye,

Michelle

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Hello,

This week was winter week and also the last week of high school for 2016!! In winter week we got to dress up too (like in homecoming week). And here are the ,themes' we're going to dress up like:

Of course it wasn't mandatory to wear them, but you know, just for fun. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures I can show you from me dressing up, because i forgot about that, but I did dress up for PJ Day, winter wonderland and flannel Friday. On each of the days there were activities after school. There was the movie night, basketball game, orchestra and jazz concert and the deck the halls thing. We decked (decorate) the 400 hallway in our school and it was a competition between the freshmen, juniors and seniors. The sophomores (including me) got to decorate the 400 hall and it was really really fun! After the flag football practice, I helped out in the hallway and there were not many people. There were like 4 other sophomores and we definitely needed more people. We got colored paper, posters, tape, pencils, paint, scissores, brushes and so much more stuff to help making the hallway as pretty as we can. Our theme was Northpol and santas present factory. So we got creative and really gave our best. After the concert that was at 7 pm much more people came to help us getting the hallway decorated. Then a friend came with boxes of mc Donald's and that was really nice! Let me tell ya haha. She spent $30 on us so we have the power to get this done and pretty. We stayed at school till the lights turnt off and that was around 10 pm. We didn't finished decorating the hallway, but we gave our best and it is was just so much fun! We had to clean up in the dark, because it was school on the next day. I was feeling like death the entire next day, but deck the halls was my favorite.
Bye,
Michelle

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Last Sunday the ... there was the youth choir Christmas concert, we prepared for 2-3 months before. Practice was every Sunday at 5:30. The performance went good. I sing soprano, so the high voice and its kinda funny, because I have such a man voice, but I think I did good for soprano.

Bye,
Michelle

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Today was Black Friday and we drove up to Mesquite and St. George, Utah to shop. We left at 7 so we could be there soon enough to get all the good stuff, even though some people started shopping at 2 am or earlier to get the best deals haha. We stopped in a store in mesquite and bought some presents for Christmas and then we were in St. George, Utah in a shopping centre and that was busy there! First when we entered the store, i was like hmm ok alright, but then we were ready to stand in line to pay or stuff, it was like a never-ending line. It went all the way to the other side of the shopping center and it was just crazy... But it was still kinda fun standing there, watching people stressing about what else they're going to get and just see everything marked in red, saying that it is on sale. There were so much good stuff and it made me just happy. I found cute clothes too and went home with Christmas presents and stuff for me. What a successful day :) ohh and they had a waffle iron for 8$, whatttt

bye, bye
michelle

ps: I don't have a picture of my Black Friday experience but I have a picture of me standing in front of the Utah sign, we've been stopping by today, so here it is :)))
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