Choir Field Trip

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Last Friday, the entire seventh and eighth grade choirs traveled to San Antonio to compete for high ratings on our UIL pieces. I took part in the honors and mixed choir competition. It was a day filled with excitement and fun.

The entire West Ridge choir was anxious for the performance to begin, as apparent by our sweaty palms. We moved on stage, took our place, and began the music. Our performance went smoothly, and we made our way to the bus to wait for the other choirs to be done. After all the choirs finished, a lady came to tell us, ” You all did an amazing job. All West Ridge Middle School choirs received ones in each event”. We celebrated by going to Six Flags, Fiesta Texas.

Once we arrived at Six Flags, we raced down to the Superman ride. We waited and waited and waited some more. Finally, we got front row. My heart was pounding so fast as we pulled out of the loading station. We reached the first drop off and my stomach felt like it was doing backflips down the roller coaster. I was astonished at how quickly the ride went by. I climbed out of my seat, and ran excited to find the next thrill ride.

I was sad when the day finally came to an end, but it was fun while it lasted. We scored the highest ranking you could get on our UIL pieces and we got to go to Six Flags and play all day. I can’t wait until next years trip to Six Flags!

Summer

Summer has creeped up on us it’s just around the corner. One more month, until all the homework, studying, and tests are gone. This summer I don’t have any big plans, but I’m sure I can still have fun right here In ATX.

My plans this summer will be pretty low key. Trips to Galveston, Port Aransas, and right here in Austin. My trip to Galveston is a yearly cousin get together on the beach. Except this year is the first year that my cousins don’t have their beach house, so I guess we’ll have to sleep on the sand. Just because I live in Austin doesn’t mean I can’t have the same fun I would have on a vacation. Most of my days in Austin consist of surfing/tubing behind my boat on Lake Austin with friends.

I won’t be going many places this summer, but I’ll still have my fun in ATX. There are so many things I could still do in my hometown. What will you be doing this summer? Are you going anywhere exotic? Can I come with you?!?

Black & White

 

Spring is here!Black and White Tentacles

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Red, blue, purple, and pink are all colors our eyes allow us to see. If we lived in a world without color we would never be able to see things in the way we see them now. All the colors in a sunset and rainbow would be lost. Everything would loose its beauty and uniqueness.

In the book the book the Giver, all the people see in black and white. Their lives aren’t unique they all see the same thing. They have no idea of the beauty of colors. The author has everyone see in black and white, because in there community they all have to be the same, (ordinary) and being able to see color and beauty makes everyone different. They’ve never seen the flowers in their different shades of pink, purple, and red. They’ve never seen the sky change colors from a light baby blue to a blue that is as dark as the ocean. They’ve never seen anything beautiful because the beauty of everything is based on the colors. The picture above looks dull and boring in black and white, but once it is colored it makes everything look exciting and happy.

If we were to see everything in black and white we wouldn’t appreciate uniqueness. The picture of all the flowers above is so pretty, and so wonderful to look at. Once we switch the switch to black and white we loose all of the beauty of the flowers and everything in the surroundings.

Coincidence?

If you know my family well enough, you would know that we tend to hurt ourselves a lot. Just last month my brother twisted his arm, and broke it. Although they are all on accident there has been one injury that has happened to my sister, brother, and me. When we were all in kindergarten we cracked our heads open, and had to get stitches/staples. Was it a coincidence, or not?

When I was in kindergarten, I was on the playground and decided to try and impress my friends. It didn’t go well when I got pushed off the platform, and hit my head. I went to the hospital, and had to get several staples in my head. Two years later my sister, Logan, entered kindergarten. She got sick right after Christmas. It made her lose her balance often. One time, she fell off a chair and hit her head on a table. She had to get six stitches. A few years after that my brother became a kindergartner. He never got hurt throughout the entire year, but after school got out we went to Mexico. The second day on the trip we went zip lining, and an accident occurred. My brother, who just finished kindergarten, was hit in the head with a heavy load of zip line equipment. He had to get stitches in the front and back of his head.

This year my other younger brother, Ryder, is in kindergarten. He hasn’t cracked his head open…yet. What do you think, coincidence or not?

Spring Break!

This Spring Break my family and I drove to Taos, New Mexico. Its was the longest road trip I have ever been on. It took a total of 12 hours to get there. We stayed at a house with a couple other families 15 minutes away from the mountain. I’ve been skiing the past two spring breaks, and decided to try out snowboarding. My trip to Taos was one of the best Spring Breaks I have been on, for so many reasons.

Skiing wasn’t easy to pick up, but it was so much more easier then it was learning snowboarding. My first day learning I hardly ever got off my butt. I could barely get down the bunny hill without falling. It was miserable. The next day I tried it out again. I learned how to turn on my heel and toe side down the mountain, and I didn’t fall as much. It was on the third day when it finally clicked. I could go down the mountain with almost no problem at all.

There was a lot of cool things on and off the mountain. Something I thought was really cool was how you could snowboard up a lift then snowboard down into a restaurant. It was a good spot to take a break, and eat. Also not to far away from town there is a hot springs that you could hang out and chill at. As I was driving around Taos I thought It was awesome to see all the different houses. They were almost all Adobe houses.

My trip at Taos was so fun. I will always remember all the fun times we had. All the snowball fights, getting stuck in an elevator when the power went out, and learning how to snowboard for the first time. We loved Taos so much we have already booked our house for next year.

TechNOlogy

Technology has definitely taken a turning point in the last few years. iPhones, iPods, iPads, and mini iPads have completely wiped kids dry of their energy. Energy that could have been used to play outside with their friends. Instead they all are cooped up inside staring at a screen for nearly 5 hours a day.

I’m not going to lie, I do it too. I love to just sit around, and play on my phone, but that’s not right or healthy. Some of my friends never put their phone down, and it can get annoying. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the apps are fun, like iMovie. Technology has taken so many hours away from other things kids could have been doing.

Technology has developed so much over the past few years. One of the big improvements was the touch screen iPhones and iPads. Also, all the new cool apps that are being made. There is so much you can do with technology, but there is also so much you can do without technology. No sports include technology, because you don’t need it to have fun.

So if you realize you’re the type of person who stays cooped up all day with your phone or iPad, then take a break. Go do something outside, or play a game. Don’t spend all your energy on killing zombies when you could be playing soccer in the back yard with a group of friends.

Family Road Trips

Nothing can be worse than family road trips. You’re all crammed in a car with all your siblings and luggage. They’re yelling and screaming for you to put your feet off their chair. You’re yelling back there is no room for them. Then your parents get mad with all the noise and blame it all on you.

After so many hours you get restless and wish you were out with your friends and not stuck in a car. The worst part is when you fall asleep for awhile, and when you wake up your feet are a sleep. When they start to tingle you can’t do anything about it, because you can’t move any where.

Road trips with the family are so boring. After a while of playing games, reading, or talking it gets really tiring. All I want to do is move around, but I can’t. I can’t stretch my legs, and I have to listen to all the kid moves my little brothers’ pick out. In conclusion I don’t hate road trips, but they definitely get boring and tiring as they go along. Some people may like road trips, but all the yelling, being uncomfortable, and getting bored throughout the entire trip isn’t for me.

Steamboat

Steamboat Springs greghartmann via Compfight

The first family vacation I ever went on was to Steamboat, Colorado. I will never forget how much fun I had on that vacation.

It was my first time to go skiing. There are so many good and funny memories of my first time to ski in Steamboat. All the times I totally wiped out and landed on the snow with my face were some of best memories.

I can also remember the house we stayed in. It was huge! I loved how some things in Steamboat can be really big, but then other things are so small. The airport in Steamboat is tiny compared to the one in Austin. It was so small that when we landed, we had to get out outside and walk into the airport.

When we were there, they got a lot of snow, and it was so so cold. I had to wear a lot of clothes just to feel comfortable. Especially when we went tubing on the snow. My fingers nearly froze off.

I will never forget my trip to Steamboat, Colorado. I had so much fun. I will definitely find a way to get back there!

Soccer

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If you know me well you would know that I play on a very highly ranked soccer team. We did really good in our previous season, so they decided to move our team up to a harder level. We just picked back up after the holiday break. We have already been a part of a tournament and had two other games.

This next weekend is supposed to be the real test of our teams ability. We will have not one, but two games back to back in brenham Texas. Then the next two following weekends we will do the same. Wish us luck!

Down by 3

16-19. We were down by 3 points. I glanced at the clock. Five more seconds, until the end of the game. I thought in no way could we win. The best we could do was tie and go into overtime.

I motioned my hands toward my teammate. “Here—here—here,” I yelled.  She saw me from the other side of the court. She blasted the ball into my hands. My frozen cold hands. I took the ball from my firm grip, and began to dribble down the court.

The crowd was cheering. “Go! Go! Go!” I sped up my sprint down the court. My heart was pounding, my legs were wobbling, my hands were trembling.  I reached the three point line.

Two seconds remaining.

I take one step over the three point line, then one step back and shoot. The crowd goes silent. This is it the final shot that would determine if we still have a chance to win. The ball reaches the rim of the hoop. It circles around and around the rim until…the ball drops in.

BUZZ!!! The game ends. Everyone cheers. Then our coach calls us over, and starts telling us the next group of girls that were going out to play. What? I was thinking.  Why is she?  Oh.  I then realized it was only the third quarter.

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