Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Girl Scout cookies and 007 movies

My little sister, Ana (short for Anandi), is the youngest person in her Girl Scout Brownies troop, and today, she found out that she sold the most cookies in her whole troop! I'm so proud of her! She was really nervous about selling cookies when she first started because she hasn't been speaking English very long. My parents adopted her from Mumbai, India last year. She was almost 5 when she came to live with us. She didn't speak any English at all, but she's learned really fast! I'm kind of glad cookie season is over though. I spent almost my entire allowance for two months on cookies! What can I say? She's cute (most of the time, anyway), and the cookies are really good! Normally, I try to only eat really healthy stuff, but I'm making an exception just this once.

Speaking of Girl Scout cookies... They are really good in frozen yogurt! I chopped up some Peanut Butter Patties and mixed them into low fat cookies and cream frozen yogurt. Best snack ever! I've been munching on it while watching Quantum of Solace. My brother, Justin, is obsessed with 007 movies, but mom has never let me or my younger siblings watch them. I only got to see my first one last weekend! Justin let me watch with him and his girlfriend. I had to be the "parental" supervision to make sure they weren't doing anything they're not supposed to. Anyway, I'm hooked! I'm not sure who my favorite Bond is yet, but my favorite Bond Girl is Jinx Johnson (Halle Berry's character) in Die Another Day. She's so gorgeous! Sometimes I wish my hair looked like hers, but my spiral curls are nice too. How about you? Who is your favorite Bond and Bond Girl?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Break Plans

I can not wait until spring break! There are going to be so many exciting things going on! First, we are going to see Stars On Ice. My sister, Mei, and I have back stage meet and greet passes to meet the skaters! Mei is super excited because figure skating is her favorite sport. She's a pretty good skater too. She landed her lutz this season and is working really hard on landing her axel. I'm always really impressed when she shows me those jumps. I used to take skating lessons too, but I'm better at soccer. I did learn how to do a toe loop though. The same weekend as Stars On Ice is Mei's third competition for the season. She's placed in the top 3 at every competition so far. I'm really hoping she gets another first place!

After a weekend of skating, we are going to spring break camps. Mei is going to skating camp, and I am going to soccer camp. My youngest sister is going to tumbling camp. Sometimes we go on vacation during spring break, but this year, our mom couldn't leave work. We are going to Harry Potter World this summer though! :) At first, we were really disappointed that we don't get to go on vacation, but Harry Potter World will definitely make up for it! Our mom and dad also promised we will get to do some fun things as a family. That doesn't happen very often because we're all so busy. My dad is a lawyer, and he sometimes spends more hours at the office than he does at home, especially when he's working on a big case. We really miss him when he's busy with work. Our mom used to be a stay at home mom, but our youngest sister started kindergarten this year, so she decided to go back to work part time. She's a lawyer too, but she's never practiced until now. Mom and Dad said we can choose what fun things to do for our family nights. What should we do? Each of us kids (there are 4 total) get to pick one thing to do together in the evening. Then, on Friday night, we have to decide on something as a family. What to pick? What to pick? What to pick? Any suggestions? We live in a pretty big city, so it's not too hard to find stuff to do. We want to do something family friendly for a 6 year old girl, a 9 year old girl, a 10 year old girl, and a 16 year old pain in the butt boy.

Friday, March 11, 2011


In my first post, I mentioned that I've started to remember pieces of my life before I was adopted. Most of the time, the things I remember come to me in dreams.

The first dream I had was a few months ago. It began in a beautiful garden. I was walking with my guardian, who was singing a lovely, peaceful song to help me relax before my afternoon nap. I was two years old. The next time I dreamed about the garden, I was running from a ferocious dragon in my toddler mind, but the "dragon" was actually my dog. In the dream, I turned to look behind me and tripped over a stick on the path. I stumbled, certain the dragon would catch me and eat me now, only to find that my father scooped me up instead of me hitting the ground. He tossed me into the air and kissed me. I remember being so happy to see him, but I can't remember how long he had been gone. It felt like a very long time, like I'd never see him again. Then, he was there, rescuing me. I felt warm and safe in his arms, but he seemed sad, and I didn't understand why. This is the only memory I have of my birth father.

I got in trouble at soccer practice today. I wasn't paying attention to our coach because I was thinking about my birth father. I remember his big, strong hands and coffee colored skin. His scent was fresh like the garden where he rescued me mixed with a subtle, expensive smelling cologne. But, his face is still a mystery. I can vaguely remember his face being smooth and shaved, but I don't remember the features. Coach was asking me to show someone who'd missed last practice a new drill, but I wasn't paying attention. I got assigned 20 laps around the field and had to run while everyone else was practicing. I spent most of the run thinking about my father.

My sister is calling for me to come to dinner. We are having pizza and salad tonight. I hope I can focus on dinner and not daydream anymore!

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Hi, there and welcome to my blog! I'm not sure what all is going to be happening here yet, but I hope it will be fun! For now, I'll just tell you a little about me. 

Full Name: Keesha Arielle Lawrence
Birthday: 11/11/2000 (I know what you're thinking! I'm going to turn 11 on 11-11-11! So cool!)
Best Friend: My adopted sister, Mei
Favorite Color: Lime green 
Favorite Foods: hummus and whole wheat pitas, grilled chicken, most veggies
Favorite Subject: Recess and math

Favorite Book: Harry PotterFavorite Movie: most sports movies, Toy Story, Harry Potter
Favorite Character: Keroppi
Favorite Toy: Littlest Pet Shop

Favorite Sport: Soccer, of course!
Favorite Animal: Tigers

A bit more about me: My guardian moved with me from Namibia when I was 3 years old, but she was murdered not long after we got to America. I was put into foster care and adopted by the first foster family I was placed with. I love them a lot, but sometimes I remember bits and pieces of my life in Namibia and I feel a little sad. I couldn't remember anything from before I was 5 until a few months ago, but now I can remember just a few things about Namibia. I want to tell my sister, but I'm scared. What if she doesn't like me anymore?