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Seventh Grade Reflection

Why Steamboat is the Best Place to Vacation

I speed downhill on my skis in just a long- sleeved shirt, perfectly warm and happy. It’s 40° and a beautiful day on the slopes. The sun is out and beaming down on smiling faces, and people glide down the hill leisurely. Steamboat Springs is by far my favorite ski resort to visit.

First off, the slopes are amazing. There are trails for beginners, as well as experts. I prefer the black diamonds, but my little siblings always have fun learning “pizza” and “French fries” on the green trails. Trails have a variety of features, such as moguls, jumps, trees, and steep chutes. The thrill of flying over a huge jump is truly like no other. One cool thing about Colorado mountains is the snow. Before I moved to Texas, I lived in the northeast, where the snow is very hard-packed and often extremely icy. However, out west, it’s soft, light and abundant. They call it champagne powder!

Another great thing about Steamboat Springs is the city outside the resort. Here you can find shops, the hot springs, restaurants, and other cool attractions, all with that Old West charm. The hot springs are probably my favorite place to visit in Steamboat. It’s a great place to relax and have fun with friends and family after a long, tiring day of skiing.

Lastly, Steamboat is a place to connect with family and friends. For me, Steamboat means that I get to see my best friend and her family, and spend a week having a blast together. I’ve also made friends here that I love to ski with! A particular example is a girl named Corey, who I met through a friend. She knows the mountain like the back of her hand and is always willing to recommend the best trails. Every year, I have fun spending quality time with these people and my family. Steamboat is like our second home!

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Upcoming Field Trips

I have a lot of upcoming field trips! One is for art, another for GT, and also one for my religious youth group.

The nearest one is actually tomorrow, the GT opera trip. We will be going to the Long Center to view the opera Romeo and Juliet! From what I understand it will all be in French, so we have to read the words in English above the stage. I’ve never been to an opera before, so I’m actually pretty excited. After all, even if it gets really boring, (I’ve heard they sometimes can be) I still have many of my friends there with me! Have you ever been to an opera/ play? Which one?

The second one is actually on Valentine’s Day weekend. I had to make the tough decision of choosing between Youth Austin TedX or the annual WHPC Focus mission trip. I ended up choosing Focus, because my church is really important to me and it sounded like fun! From what I understand, Focus is a time for kids to get together for a weekend in the house of someone in their gender and age group. Then you have the chance to talk about God and do some fun things around Austin and in the church, including community service. I think it will be fun, especially because I get to do all this with my friends.

The last one is the 7th and 8th grade art field trip. This time we take a bus to Houston and go around to many different museums there, to learn about all different types of modern art. I’ve only been to one art museum in my life, and that was the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It was a lot of fun and certainly very interesting, so I’m excited to do something similar again!

Christmas

Christmas is my favorite holiday. There’s just so much to love, from good food to having friends and family around to giving and getting gifts to the religious aspect of it all. Here are some of my favorite things:

~A mug of hot chocolate in my hand, marshmallows bobbing around like buoys in the rich dark drink; that feel after you burn your tongue.

~Bright red and green Christmas lights everywhere, strung artfully over pine trees and house tops and mailboxes. They glow through even the darkest winter nights.

~Piles of presents laid under the tree, delicately topped with little bows and shiny wrapping paper. Later comes the joy of ripping them open, holding up a new toy.

~Lights dimly lit in the quiet church on Christmas Eve, “Silent Night” echoing through the air. As the service ends, “Joy to the World” explodes through the sound speakers, and the lights shine brighter than ever before.

~Friends and family coming together to eat good food, sing carols merrily, and decorate the house from top to bottom. An abundance of laughter and love is around me on Christmas!

I think too often the religious aspect of this day is sucked out, (the whole story behind Christmas) and all that really matters to kids and adults is that we got the right toys and gifts. For me, Christmas is not just a time for presents, but for family time and fun!


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