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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 29, 2012

Happy Birthday to everyone lucky enough to officially have one birthday every four years! (No, Eleanor Byrd doesn’t have that excuse)

Having the extra day in February did give me more time to work; though Rowen and I did get to play for a couple of hours after school first. Mom had a long Transmutation lesson for me after dinner, and I’ve been working on my Japanese and some archive studies since coming up to bed.

There really isn’t anything exciting to report from around town or with the family so far this week, and I’m really tired out now, so I’ll just wrap this up with...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

P.S. I was thinking about how crazy the whole modern time system is, but since nobody really seems interested in changing to something more logical; I’ll just leave it alone instead of boring you with my ideas for fixing things so we don’t have pesky little quirks like extra leap-year days. (No, I’m not suggesting that I just time-phase the whole planet every now and then – though that would be cool if I could!)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 26, 2012

I know, it’s been four days since my last journal entry, but sometimes life gets in the way of keeping up with everything I have on the go.

For a quick catch-up; Thursday was a fairly standard, after-school work and evening game night at the Inn day. Friday’s highlight was the sleepover that Rowen and I had at her house, and Saturday was pretty quiet; though I got a lot of work done too – including a couple of hours in the afternoon working on the future plan with Ethan and Ehlana while Mom and Dad were busy in the office. Saturday ended up like that because Mom and Dad decided to take us to the Maple Valley WinterFest today after church; changing their original plan for a Saturday trip when the weather forecast called for a much warmer second-half of the weekend. That worked out great for Rowen too, since her parents could go along with us, with the slight downside of having Patrick – and Scott Faulkner – along for the outing too.

‘We’ also included Uncle Adam, Aunt Leanne, Aunt Deborah, and Nick; and we headed out for Maple Valley as soon as everyone had gotten changed after church and met up again at our house. The WinterFest was just as much fun as last year, and though we didn’t have quite as much time to spend there this time around; we did manage to get around to most of the shows and exhibits. With the unusually warm winter, the top stories around Maple Valley were all about the season being early and the ‘crop’ being light this year. The higher prices and dwindling supply of Maple Syrup and the other Maple confections attested to that reality, but we were still able to pick up more cases of the syrup, boxes of cookies, and a few treats along the way – like Maple-dip donuts. After enjoying a pancakes and sausages lunch, I can assure you that the syrup is just as delicious as last year!

There wasn’t going to be an adult date night and kid sleepover after we got home from the festival, but our first stop in Witch Falls was at the Inn; getting there just in time for the start of the late buffet. We were a few bottles of Maple Syrup lighter by the time we got home, but more than made up for that thanks to another great meal and a few new happy memories. We were on our own after dinner, and Mom and Dad set me free to hit the Jacuzzi, get a bit of work done, and hopefully be sleeping before midnight for a change.

It’s only a bit after eleven now, and I do want to get some extra rest tonight, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 22, 2012

Rowen and I couldn’t have asked for nicer weather for our mid-week play day. Once the rain had moved out of the area overnight, the warm and sunny moved in, and you’d never know it was still winter in Witch Falls. We went biking around town and at the park after school; played with some friends at the park; and had our snack picnic at the falls. We weren’t ready to split up yet at dinnertime, so Rowen came home with me, and then we had a bit more play time after dinner that included a Magi lesson with Mom, Ethan, and Ehlana.

After Rowen went home for the night, I went up to my room and got ready for bed before cuddling with Mandy and firing up my computer. I’ve only put in an hour of archive studying, but that’s pretty much put me to sleep tonight, so once I have this journal entry done; it’s going to be lights out time. I don’t have anything else to report today, and though this is...

...live from Witch Falls; I am Cassie Proctor, barely awake and signing off!

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 21, 2012

Back to school, then family business work, followed by a Magi lesson and four hours of studying. ‘Nuff said, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 20, 2012

Rowen and I had a mostly indoor play day due to off and on rain today. Dad had some meetings this morning, but took the afternoon off. Uncle Adam and Aunt Leanne came for dinner and a Magi Healing lesson, and I’ve been studying since coming up to my room after Ethan and Ehlana went to bed. That’s it, that’s all for today, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 19, 2012

It’s late, and I’m going to skip most of the recap for today; except to say that I’ve been up late working on my lessons, some archive studying, and taking care of a bit of family business action.

The only thing that I do need to write about is the work that Ethan, Ehlana, and I did this afternoon on our ‘future plan’. Our research today was fairly wide-ranging, but that was mostly because Ethan and Ehlana wanted to spend some time working on their own special interests. They offered to help me with getting my part of the plan ready too, but other than studying languages, there isn’t anything that needs to be done with that for years yet; and I don’t even want to think about the part Ehlana was most interested in helping me out with.

Anyway, we did manage to get everything done that we wanted to finish this afternoon, and with a bit more than two weeks left to go until we need to have this first part of the plan ready to go; I’m sure that we can get all of it done by then. After that, it’ll mostly be up to some of our favorite adults to move those plans along toward reality – something that I’m sure we’re all going to have a lot of fun with for the next few years.

It’s time to call it a day – Rowen and I have a big play day ahead tomorrow (later today now), so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 18, 2012

The only news I have to report today is that Aunt Grace and Mark are both on weekend getaways. I haven’t found out where yet, but I’ll guess that those trips are to the same place, and Aunt Leanne has been advised; so she’ll get all of the details out of her cousin eventually.

Until I heard about that through an email from Jaimie and Kaitlyn, I hadn’t really even been thinking about having a long weekend. Washington’s Birthday just isn’t as exciting as the ‘good’ holidays – the ones when we have a town full of families and friends – like Easter, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Violet wasn’t coming home this weekend either, and we didn’t have any fun plans; so there really hasn’t been anything going on to get excited about.

Rowen went to work at the store after breakfast, and I spent the morning doing my usual Saturday chores around the house plus a couple of outdoor additions like sweeping the porches and sidewalks. We got back together again after lunch, and spent the afternoon together, riding bikes and playing at the park until it was time to split up again and go home for dinner.

There isn’t much else to write about. Ethan, Ehlana, and I spent the evening at home with Mom and Dad. We did a short Magi lesson, but mostly just talked and played together until the twins went to bed. I’ve just finished a long soak in my Jacuzzi while chatting online in Japanese and doing my usual email and entertainment checks, and now Mandy and I are ready to get some sleep, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 17, 2012

Rowen and I took the day off – or at least we did after school. We’re having a sleepover too, and the fun started with snack time at my house before we went to play at the park until dinnertime. We had the full gang over for dinner and a movie night, and Dad was home by eight o’clock.

Our bedtime story was really just Ethan, Ehlana, Rowen, and I telling Dad about our week in Witch Falls, and him telling us about the kid-rated highlights of his trip. Rowen and I went up to my room after that while Ethan and Ehlana had lots of help for their bedtime routine. Rowen borrowed my Jacuzzi while I cuddled with Mandy in bed; worked on my computer; and we all chatted telepathically. It’s a good thing that we were talking too, or the archive studying would have put me to sleep.

When Rowen was finished with her bath, I took a break from the computer to help with her hair, and then we climbed into bed with Mandy again. We listened to music while I dealt with a few email; we surfed the web for a while; and now I’m getting this done before shutting down my computer for the night. We still have some girl chat and cuddle time with Mandy to do, and there really isn’t anything else to write about for today, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 16, 2012

It’s been another long work day, with game night at the Inn the only real break in the action.

That was where the only news of the day happened too, with Stephanie, and her parents, getting teased a lot about her grandfather getting engaged to a twenty-nine year old girl. Some of the guys – and Aunt Leanne – must have been working on their material since getting the news about Grandpa Grant and Eleanor Byrd; and that added entertainment made game night even more fun than usual.

Dad will be home tomorrow night, and I’m beat; so it’s time for a comparatively early night. The entertainment and email checks are done; I’m skipping the archive studying; and I read a short novel in Japanese. It’s time to wrap this up too, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 15, 2012

There isn’t much news to report for today. Except for a few happy new couples stories, all was quiet post-Valentine’s Day at school. Mom got home from the city in time for Aunt Leanne to have her fast food fix for lunch. I’m sure that the trip recap that I was given was either highly redacted compared to the version that Aunt Leanne would have coaxed out of Mom, or she and Dad had a very boring night. Somehow, I seriously doubt that; since Mom sure looked very happy.

I’ve been working on the family business most of the time since getting that after-school report from Mom, and she’s spent most of the time with Ethan and Ehlana. There were breaks for dinner and then a Magi lesson that Mom did with all of us. Ethan and Ehlana went to bed on time; I helped Mom with that; and then we both worked in the office until eleven before going to bed too. Mom was definitely ready to get some sleep by then, but after getting changed and cuddled in bed with Mandy, I moved on to some archive studying and a chat in Japanese for an hour or so before getting my entertainment update, and one last email check, out of the way.

Once I get this journal entry done, that’s all for today, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air, and while I’m all for promoting love; sometimes I really don’t want or need to know the details. That definitely applies to all boy-girl goofiness that went on today between some of my classmates and friends. Rowen and I are now officially in the minority group in our class, and Valentine cards and gifts were responsible for several cross-overs today. Not everyone ended up having a happy day, but cupid’s misses were fairly rare in a town where kids had all grown up together.

There were some stories from some of my favorite grownups that I didn’t want or need the details of either; including Aunt Leanne’s comments about starting her Valentine’s Day early with Uncle Adam last night after getting home since they had a houseful of kids tonight. I won’t want to be there for her Valentine’s Day recap with Mom whenever they get around to that tomorrow either, but there were some really great stories today too.

The top news in town won’t hit the main gossip network until morning, but Grandpa Grant asked Eleanor Byrd to marry him. Widower marriages in Witch Falls are rare, so some people may be surprised, but I’m really happy for them. Valentine’s Day wasn’t quite as exciting for Violet and Dillon. He was working at the Inn tonight, since they were packed; so they couldn’t get together even for a couple of hours. Violet did love the flowers and necklace that Dillon sent her; and they talked on the phone for a while after school; but she was still feeling a bit sad when we exchanged a few messages a little while ago.

Aunt Grace didn’t get together with Mark either, but they both answered my email with news that they had each received and sent Valentine’s Day gifts; and they had an online video chat after Mark finished his shift at the hospital. They still have time to figure things out between them, so hopefully they’ll do that so Aunt Leanne and I won’t need to help push them along. No, Aunt Leanne, that isn’t a conflict of any kind – I wouldn’t be doing any matchmaking with Aunt Grace or Mark if they were only eleven.

I should probably mention that Dad and Ethan had Valentine’s gifts for Mom, Ehlana, and me that they gave us before Dad left for Crystal Springs; and Rowen and I were both given flowers from our fathers that were delivered to our classroom this morning. We shared a few of our flowers with a few of the other girls again this year, but the boys had learned their lesson; and didn’t try to tease us about secret admirers and other bad jokes. I doubt the threat of my hugs will work for any future Valentine’s Days – at least not on the boys my age. Let’s not think about that, and move along.

Aunt Leanne took the afternoon off to take care of Ethan and Ehlana; so I met up with them at her house after school. Rowen was working at the computer store; though her parents expected to be done early, and they had dinner plans with Rowen’s grandparents. Uncle Adam was able to get out of work early too, since sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room is apparently not a particularly romantic destination for anyone in town. We had dinner at home; watched a romantic comedy that was tame enough to be kid-appropriate; and Ehlana and I had a little pampering time with Aunt Leanne before we all went to bed after the twins had finished their last bottles of the day.

I’m sure there’s more that I could write about today, but I’m ready to call it a day and get some sleep, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 13, 2012

We actually had a bit more than a dusting of snow today, though it won’t be around for long; since the temperature is going to be heading up again by tomorrow. There wasn’t nearly enough for tobogganing or building forts, but quite a few snowball fights did break out around town; and not all of them were between kids or teens.

With Dad away, I had the extra job this morning of shoveling that snow; though it wasn’t really much work to get the driveway, sidewalks, and porches cleared before heading to school. The white, fluffy stuff helped to make everything at school more fun today, and though it was definitely getting slushy by mid-afternoon; Rowen and I still went out to play after school. We took Ethan and Ehlana along for that; and then Rowen stayed for dinner and a Magi lesson before heading home when Uncle Adam and Aunt Leanne came over.

That was when the twins and I found out that Mom was going to Crystal Springs tomorrow afternoon for a Valentine’s Day date and sleepover with Dad; and that we’d be staying with our aunt and uncle while she was away. Mom did a Magi Healing lesson with Uncle Adam and me, but it was the sleepover news that had Ethan, Ehlana, and I fired up for the rest of the night. They had a bit of help, but we had our bags packed and ready to go before Ethan and Ehlana were tucked into their cribs.

I had planned on going to bed early tonight, but since I won’t be able to study tomorrow night; I’ve been working on my computer since coming up to bed after Uncle Adam and Aunt Leanne went home. There was some family business work that couldn’t wait until Wednesday; another Japanese chat session; and an hour of working on the Magi project archive. The only thing left to do now is get some sleep, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 12, 2012

Welcome to my weekend journal update!

The parents are all sure that they had more fun at the Valentine’s party at Sheldon’s than we – their kids – had at home. They’re probably right about that, but we managed to keep entertained too while they were out dancing and having fun with their friends.

Saturday morning included a fairly standard house-cleaning session that took until a bit after one to finish before we stopped for lunch. Rowen and I both had the afternoon off, but we mostly spent that time getting things ready in my room and the lounge for the night. That included stocking snacks and drinks; getting some games ready; and bringing a few of Ethan and Ehlana’s favorite toys upstairs so they’d have something to do with Naomi and Sophia Bassett. Hannah and Nathan Draper went to the party too, and Aiden stayed with us while they were out; but he’s only three and a half months old, and isn’t quite ready to run around with Naomi, or sit on the floor and play with Sophia and the twins.

Rowen and I helped Alicia and her friends with most of the kids, and thinking about the cuddle time I had last night with Aiden seems funny now; only because Ethan, Ehlana, and I spent a couple of hours this afternoon working on what we’re all thinking of as our ‘future plans’. Considering what we know, I’m sure that there will be lots of jokes some day about me cuddling with Aiden; and the ten-year age difference will just add cradle-robbing and older women comments to the mix.

Before I get to that – our future planning chat – the babysitting service opened for incoming kids at five o’clock yesterday. While Mom and Dad were busy getting ready to go out to dinner at the Inn with everyone they were going to the party at Sheldon’s with; Alicia led a personal pizza-making adventure in the kitchen. Rowen and I helped Alicia with that while her friends handled general kid control; and took care of Ethan, Ehlana, Naomi, Aiden, and Sophia.

Mom and Dad were on their way to the Inn by the time the first pizzas went into the oven, and after seeing them out, Rowen and I were put to work on kid control while we waited for the food to be ready. That included watching Patrick and Scott, and while they weren’t giving us the kind of trouble they usually did when we were all at the Emerson’s house; Patrick wasn’t anywhere near as shy as he’d been the first time he’d been here while the parents were out on a date night. I was definitely wishing that Andrew could have been here to help out with them instead of being away at school with Isabelle.

Anyway, moving along, Rowen and I didn’t have to spend much time with Patrick and Scott, but we did have Jessica Bassett and Lindsay Faulkner for shadows most of the night; and we ended up keeping them overnight too when they were too cute to take home after falling asleep in my bed with Mandy long before the parents started stopping by to pick up their kids after the party. They played with us when we were helping to entertain Ethan, Ehlana, and their little buddies; wanted to cuddle while we watched a movie after the youngest kids were put to bed; and fell asleep to my second bedtime story of the night.

Rowen and I were the only kids still awake when Mom and Dad got home with about half of the other parents, but we stayed in the lounge while our babysitters helped out with getting kids bundled up and out into cars and car seats. Dad was one of the designated drivers this time, and he went back out to take one group home; pick up another at Sheldon’s; and drop them off too. His last run of the night was to take Alicia and her friends home while Mom was sent off to bed, and Rowen and I got set up to spend the night sleeping on the sectional sofa in the lounge.

This morning started out with Tai Chi for one. Mom and Dad needed the extra sleep, and we – the six kids – managed to let them stay sleeping until nearly seven-thirty. That did mean that we needed to rush around a bit to get the rest of the usual Sunday morning routine done before heading to church; but we managed to do that and get there on time even with the added stop at the Bassett’s house to play dress-up with Jessica and Lindsay.

After taking most of the weekend off, Dad needed to spend the afternoon and evening working to get ready for his week in the city. Mom wanted to get some work done too, and Rowen was busy with her family; so Ethan, Ehlana, and I spent a lot of our time hanging out in the lounge. We started out watching a movie after lunch, but it wasn’t long before we were more interested in our telepathic conversation than the show; and I eventually turned it off and got my computer so we could do a little research while we worked through some of the details we needed to have ready soon.

Knowing about certain things that are going to happen in the future doesn’t mean that we know the ‘how’ it will happen; or even the ‘why’. We’re a fairly bright trio of kids, but we quickly found out this afternoon that there is going to be a lot of work involved with making that future happen; and we’re going to need a lot of help – including from people who will never be able to really find out the real importance of what they’ll be doing. I was doing all of the actual researching, but Ethan and Ehlana wanted to discuss everything I was working on; and we made a fair bit of progress with laying the groundwork for the construction and infrastructure changes that were going to be so important to everyone in Witch Falls. Spending the afternoon doing research ranging from geology and physics to law and finance would be mind-boggling boring to our friends; but we love working together, and it’s all very exciting to us.

We did eventually get around to a little play time, and watched a movie with Mom after dinner. There were bedtime baths for all of us, and I’ve been working on my computer in bed with Mandy for nearly three hours now. I started out with the usual email and entertainment updates; spent an hour and a half chatting in Japanese with a teenaged girl in Tokyo; read a book in Japanese; and studied in the archive for an hour.

It’s definitely time to get some sleep now, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 10, 2012

Mom and Dad joked about skipping our usual dinner and a movie night because we were blowing the entertainment budget for the week on the Valentine’s party tomorrow night at Sheldon’s; and for the babysitting sleepover at our house for the kids. Even though that really isn’t an issue, it was nice to have a quiet evening with just the parents and twins.

Rowen and I had a good day at school, and then we played with Ethan and Ehlana in the lounge until she needed to go home. Mom went with an easy-dinner, and after cleaning up; we mostly played in the living room until it was time to do the full bath and bedtime routine with the twins. Mom and Dad went to bed after Ethan and Ehlana were sleeping, but I went with some Jacuzzi and computing multi-tasking before climbing into bed with Mandy.

Even after that, and another hour of studying in the archives; it’s still just coming up on midnight. I could manage another hour or so of work, but with the sleepover tomorrow night; the extra rest is probably a better idea, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 9, 2012

School; family business work; dinner; game night at the Inn; archive and language studying on my computer while cuddling in bed with Mandy; and now...

...live, and absolutely exhausted, from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 8, 2012

It’s officially not my birthday anymore, and even though I was planning on taking the entire day off, here I am again; writing this after ending my birthday with a couple of hours of computer time while snuggled in bed with Mandy. Mostly, the work has been to keep me busy while I wound down. I’ve been on the go nearly non-stop since waking up this morning, but have a lot to think about tonight too.

Mom, Dad, Ethan, and Ehlana helped to start the day out great with a new outfit birthday present to wear to school and a pancakes and bacon breakfast. I spent a little extra time getting ready for school after eating; and Mom helped me with my hair while Ehlana supervised. There were some cards and a couple of gifts given to me during the day; with the best one being from Jake, Stephanie, Dillon, and Violet. Some of the girls teased me about crossing over after I hugged the two boys to thank them, but I’m sure that most of them just wished that they could’ve been hugging Jake too.

Except for Dad, Uncle Adam, and Ethan, I was having a girls-only party; and Rowen and most of the other girls came home with me after we were set free from school. The only exceptions were Rebecca and Jenny. They came over in time for dinner, and then left right after I opened my presents and we finished having dessert. I knew that they didn’t really want to come, and Miranda probably made Rebecca do it; but I was glad to spend a little time with them anyway.

We decided not to do a sleepover this year, and since it was a school night, we really didn’t have all that much time to play after dinner. The lounge had been party central for everything except dinner, and we played, talked, and listened to music videos up there until the ‘country kids’ started getting picked up at around eight-thirty. Rowen was the last to go home, and she stayed long enough to help me with cleaning up the lounge. Uncle Adam had needed to leave early for his Wednesday night clinic, but Aunt Leanne stayed until after Ethan and Ehlana went to bed, and then he stopped in again for a short visit before taking Aunt Leanne home.

Winding down since coming upstairs to bed has been taking so long in part because I’ve been busy processing everything that’s happened today. I know that Mom has mentioned that I’m fairly hyper-active many times in her journals, but I’m also sucking up every detail of everything that goes on around me all the time; and on information overload days like today; it takes a while to work through it all.

Try not to be scared, but I’m mentioning ‘crossing over’ for the second time in this rccap. This time, it’s strictly for the Magi project purposes, and no, it is not me – or Rowen – who is crossing over right now. I’ve already added the details to the project journal, but wanted to include some thoughts about it here too. During the party tonight, I noticed a tiny fluctuation in the latent level for one of my friends. Uncle Adam and I can add this to our study, but it could help us to understand why some Magi gain use of their abilities during puberty or in their teen years – like Violet did. That won’t happen in this particular case, since she’s about mid-level in the latent range on the rough scale we’re still working on; so the changes I’m sensing are far too small to lead to active use of any Magi abilities. Before anyone goes there; no, I have no intention of eavesdropping on any teen make-out sessions to try and further this particular line of research!

There’s been a lot more that I’ve been thinking about, but nothing really new that I haven’t already written about; so I’ll leave continuing the Magi and non-Magi sociology discussion for another day. I loved all of my presents, the party was a blast, and we all especially loved the Olde Bakery cake; but turning eleven hasn’t really ended up feeling like that big of a deal. It’s funny how different that seems to be for everyone. Eleven seemed very important to Rebecca, Jenny, and quite a few of our friends, but when I mentioned it to Rowen; she reminded me that she had felt the same way I did when she turned eleven last November.

Anyway, it’s late, and I need to get some sleep, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 7, 2012

Happy Birthday to me; happy birthday to me...

Starting out today’s journal entry with that begs the question: why am I still awake after midnight to witness the start of my eleventh birthday? My friends would think I was nuts to be spending so many hours working and studying tonight too, but here I am; just getting around to this after nearly three hours of Japanese lessons and archive research.

Now that I think about it, they may be right. All I’ve really done since getting home from school is work on the family business; do a lesson with Mom after dinner; and study in my room. There really isn’t any news to add today, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, a year older than a half hour ago, signing off!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 6, 2012

What a beautiful day!

Rowen and I really appreciated getting such nice weather for our after-school play time. We went for a bike ride; played a little basketball with some friends at the school; and hung out at the park for a while before it was time to head home again.

Uncle Adam and I had our weekly Healing lesson with Mom after dinner, and then I was able to get started on my nightly computer time early. That’s why I’m already working on this journal entry before midnight; and about ready to get some sleep. My online chats in Japanese are fun; the writing is coming along too; and I only studied the archive material that Mom gave Uncle Adam and me to go along with our lesson tonight. There isn’t anything newsworthy to report around the family, and I’m up-to-date on the latest in entertainment around the web; so I’ll be ready for the usual girl chat at school tomorrow. Time to turn this computer off; snuggle with Mandy; and get on with the sleeping, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 5, 2012

Depending on your team allegiance, yeah or boo; the New York Giants won the Super Bowl over the New England Patriots.

Why is that the opening for my journal entry tonight? Because Mom and Dad were hosting a Super Bowl party; one of many going on around town, and unknown numbers of them around the country. I wasn’t interested in the football game at all, but Mom and I were also hosting a girls’ chick flick party in the lounge too; and that was a lot of fun!

Rowen came home with me after church, and had lunch with us before we went upstairs to get everything set up for the mini movie marathon. We kept Ethan and Ehlana with us while we did that; giving Mom and Dad time to get the living room ready so the guys would be set to watch everything from the pre-game show to the post-game awards and interviews.

The usual Friday night dinner and a movie gang was here for the party, along with the Emersons, Heather and Adam Green, and the Seagers. That made for quite a crowd of girls in the lounge whenever we were all upstairs; but Rowen and I spent a fair bit of time playing with Ehlana and Naomi in my bedroom, and Mom and the other women made regular trips down to the kitchen or living room. Heather Green is now just over five months into her pregnancy; and she stayed in the lounge most of the afternoon and evening instead of climbing stairs any more than needed. Since the game was already on during dinnertime; Rowen and I even had the option of eating at table in the lounge; which we did do while all of the Moms, Aunts, and Moms-to-be ate in the dining room instead.

Madonna was headlining the Super Bowl half time show, and Rowen, Ehlana, Naomi, and I found out that some of our favorite women were, and are, fans. That’s why we were all in the living room to watch the show, and while I did like the music; Rowen and I thought that the adults’ reactions to the show was the most entertaining part of the scene. I’ll leave that thought right there, since I don’t want to comment on – or think about – the hotness factor being discussed about a woman who is old enough to be my grandmother. Our Moms thought that conversation was very funny, but Rowen and I took Ehlana and Naomi with us at that point; and escaped to the lounge to get started on our last movie.

That’s pretty much all the news for today. I’ve been spending some time in my Jacuzzi since the party wrapped up, and have been working on the computer too; though I’ve only been doing the email and entertainment checks tonight. I’m going to finish this entry; get out of the tub; and get to bed now. It’s been a long, fun, day; but I have a busy week ahead, and need to get the rest when I can.

Live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 4, 2012

Annoying brother and his best friend alert!

I’ll keep this short to avoid Patrick or Scott catching me working in the archives.

I had morning Tai Chi, breakfast, and housework with Mom and Dad while Alicia mostly took care of Ethan and Ehlana after getting to our place after breakfast. Rowen joined us for lunch, and then we’ve spent the day at her house. Sleepover approval at her house was acquired too early; and that’s why Patrick and Scott have been pestering us since dinnertime.

Since using our Magi powers on the boys isn’t an option, that’s all I have time for tonight.

Live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor and Rowen Emerson, wishing we could put a pair of ‘going-on’ nine-year old boys into archive storage somewhere far away, but settling for signing off from this archive instead!

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 3, 2012

We’ve had rain off and on today, and it didn’t really warm up much today either.

That’s really the news of the day; mostly because the damp, cold weather affected pretty much everyone in the Ridge River District. For Rowen and I, it meant playing indoors after school; and I’ve definitely been a bit less fired up than usual today too. Rowen had plans with her family tonight, so she went home to get ready for that by a bit after five, and we only had Aunt Leanne and Uncle Adam with us for dinner and a movie night.

Ethan, Ehlana, and I had fun tonight, as always; but they were ready to be nursed and put to bed by the time the movie ended shortly before ten. I went up to bed then too, and have been working on my computer since then while Uncle Adam and Aunt Leanne stayed to visit with Mom and Dad until nearly midnight. Taking the night off from studying was an option, but since I will need to take a few nights off over the next couple of weeks; putting in a bit of extra work now is probably a good idea.

Some of that was fun – especially practicing my Japanese with a little online chat with a girl from Japan. The time change is going to make that easy to do during my late-night studying. I should have done that last, because I only managed forty-five minutes of archive studying; and nodded off twice before deciding to get this done and go to sleep. We’ve been getting some snow flurries, but not much; and nothing that will likely stick around for long tomorrow. Mom and Dad will have me doing chores in the morning, but Rowen and I are going to have a play day after lunch. We don’t really have any plans for what to do, but since the weather is going to stay cold and wet; we’ll probably just end up playing indoors anyway if the forecast doesn’t change. I’ve had enough for today, though, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 2, 2012

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

Today is also Groundhog Day; which I honestly didn’t even think about last year. As usual, the various groundhogs being watched on their big day either saw their shadows or didn’t; so we’ll either have six more weeks of winter, or spring will be early. Since we’ve had spring-like weather practically all winter so far; I have no idea why anyone would care one way or the other this year.

The highlight for our day was the birthday Telepathic link we did with Grandma and Grandpa for the hour or so we had after dinner before needing to go over to the Inn for game night. Grandma did sound like she loved the play day that Grandpa took her on – nearly as much as he did. The only downside for him was that they didn’t have Mom, Uncle Adam, or me there to heal him after playing a bit too hard.

Uncle Adam and Aunt Leanne had come over to our house for that, so we all went to the Inn together; and they won the game night senior Championship this week. Dad needed to get some work done after we got home again, so I helped Mom with Ethan and Ehlana; including giving them baths before Mom nursed them and we tucked them into their cribs. Mom opted for some Jacuzzi time after that, and I got changed and in bed with Mandy.

Since then, I’ve managed to get everything done except studying in the archives; but I’m too tired now to even think about doing that too. One more day to the weekend, and I am so ready for it! That’s all I have tonight, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cassie's Journal - Feb. 1, 2012

Rowen and I missed out on the beautiful last day of January play time opportunity while we were being responsible instead; but we made up for that with a great after-school outdoor adventure today that made for an awesome start to February!

With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, football was on again at the park. We stayed away from that, and our boy-crazed friends and classmates that felt the need to watch the boys goof around and show off as much as they actually played the game. Our bike ride around the park on the path; playground fun; and visit to the Falls was much more exciting than sitting on bleachers doing nothing but watching and talking about boys.

After Rowen and I split up just before dinnertime, the rest of my night has been fun too. Mom had another lesson for Ethan, Ehlana, and me; and then I was set free to get started on the rest of the work I wanted to get done before going to sleep. I’ve been busy doing that for a couple of hours now, and decided to wrap up with only a half hour of archive time after finishing my email and entertainment check; and my Japanese lesson. It’s only coming up on eleven o’clock, but I’m ready to get a bit more rest than usual tonight. I definitely want to catch up on my sleep and be ready for work and game night at the Inn tomorrow, so...

...live from Witch Falls; this is Cassie Proctor, signing off!