Saturday, January 30, 2016

Super Bowl

     So unless you have been living under a rock, or I haven't talked to you in the passed two days, you should know that...  THE BRONCOS ARE IN THE SUPER BOWL!! If you know me, you know as I am typing this i am having a miniature party in my head! I do not get excited about a lot of things, (This is editing Violet, and that was a complete lie, I get excited about like everything) but this is one of those things. I love football and I am usually watching it with my dad on the weekends.

     As you could probably tell from the first paragraph that I am a huge fan of the Denver Broncos. My dad nor any part of my family was from Colorado we have always been die heart Broncos fans. My dad, sister and I watch almost every game together and it is always so fun and we all enjoy it. Last time the Broncos were in the Super Bowl, my sister and I went all out, we made posters, signs, drawing, we even wore every sing piece of Broncos attire that we owned. Sadly that time they did not win, but we have faith this year that they will bring home the win.

      Win or lose (hopefully win) I just love spending time with my family, and enjoying what we always have. My sister doesn't even enjoy football, but being with family, and screaming her face off is still an amazing time. Last week we asked my dad if we wanted to go to a sports bar, or a friends house to watch the game, but he said that all he wanted to do was be with his good luck charms.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Soup Kitchen

     On Tuesday January 26th, me, two of my teachers, and some other classmates when to St. Johns Outreach Center. In order to go, we had to be one of the first twenty people to give back a form to our LA teacher. If you were one of the twenty students chosen to go, you would then, on the date of the trip, take a bus ride to the Soup Kitchen in the morning of that day.

     During our trip to the Soup Kitchen, we either waited tables, made salads or deserts, or cleaned the tables. My partner and I were both waiters at the same table, We greeted them, asked them if they wanted any salads or drinks, and after that, we brought them their meals. The meal for that day was pulled pork and baked beans. Mostly everyone was happy to everything that was offered to them.

    Going to the Soup Kitchen was one of the best volunteer experiences of my life. It felt very good to give respect to people who truly deserved it. It was amazing to see what a smile and a hello could do to change somebody's day and mood. Everyone was so appreciative and very lovely. I knew they needed the food and care and was more than happy to serve them.

    I absolutely loved the Soup kitchen and I hope that I will get to relive that experience again soon enough.
     

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

My Thoughts On Wonder

    About a week ago, I finished the book Wonder for the seventh time. Yes you read right, I said seven, and each time I loved it. Wonder has got to be my favorite book in the history of time. The first time I read it I was in 3rd grade and I fell in love with the story and the characters. The second time I read Wonder was in 5th grade when my teacher read it aloud to us. I had already known the book so I was very excited.

     You may think I was crazy to read a book 5 times in two years, but as I said before I fell in love with the book. The main reason why I love the book, is that the concepts are very realistic, and you create a personal bond with the characters. My favorite character was Summer. I admired how she accepted Auggie for who he was, and did not think twice about interacting with him unlike the rest of the kids at his school. She was very nice towards Auggie and got very upset when people made fun of him.

     The main characters name is August (Auggie) Pullman. He is a loving creative boy who LOVES Star Wars.  He has a sister named Via and two loving parents. He is scared to start school but ends up being one of the smartest kids in his class. Although he often gets stared at, he is tough through the entire year.

     Overall Wonder is about Auggie, his friends and family, and his first school expiriance. He may not be perfect, but he is amazing inside and out.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Children Can Make A Difference/ PSA

     In LA class we are doing a PSA (public service announcement) to promote thing that we would like to change or things we would like to influence at our school. We are to make a PSA revolving around the issue we have chosen. We are put in groups of 3 and 4 people and we are to work together to make our PSA.

     For our PSA my group has chosen to support the issues of poverty and hunger and how children can change that. We are supporting the organization Kids Can Make A Difference with our PSA.  When all the students have finished their PSA our group was hoping to send ours to the website to see if they enjoyed it or would like to use it.

      The full definition of a PSA is a video with a scenario that leads up to the idea that is being presented. At the ending of a PSA there is a voice over that includes a fact about the issue, the slogan and some more information about the organization being promoted. A PSA is 30 seconds long.  In order to make a PSA you need these key parts: A scenario, a voice over with a slogan, a fact about the issue, and more information about the website. The scenario is a scene before the facts and slogan that doesn't always have to be related to the issue, but leads up to the idea presented in some way.
 
     In class we are making the PSA to influence kids at our school, but i feel that we could take it much farther than that.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Resolutions

   Since the new year just started (Happy New Year!!!!) a lot of people have started to make new years resolutions. I know this because i was in the car, January 1st, 6:00 in the morning and there was a line with about 30 people, in front of Vent Fitness. I for one, always make new years resolutions. I don't always keep them. But does anyone really? This year instead of going all at once my resolution has been to take small things off my pallet and put some new items in, in order to eat a little healthier.

     The first thing that I took off was soda. I don't drink soda very often, but I decided it was good to start small. I also added salad which I have been eating for the past few days for lunch. My resolution was not to never eat candy again, It was to start living a healthier lifestyle.

     Before the New Years, since about August, I have been doing 10 sit-ups and push-ups mostly every day, because o tended to be extremely bad at the gym fitness tests that we took. I always like to find ways to improve, but I am not very gifted in that particular section of school. Gym has always been difficult for me, but as I said I am always looking for ways to improve.
   
     In conclusion, it doesn't matter if you start slow or fast or whatever your reason is, as long as you stay healthy and love what your doing for yourself.

     

Friday, January 1, 2016

3,000 Mile Difference

     When I was 9, my family moved from Portland, Oregon to Tempe, Arizona. My sister Edie, was 7 and it was very difficult for all of us to adjust. This is because of 1. We had been there for my entire life and now we had to leave every one of our close friends and 2. My grandmother and my entire family who we were extremely close to lived only 30 minutes away from where we had. 

     One of the hardest things about moving from Portland was not being there for Christmas at my grandparents house. Every single year everyone in my dad's side of the family would gather at my grandparents house and we would make breakfast, open some presents and around lunch time everyone would go back home for a few hours and we would all get some rest. Since we lived a little farther away, we would stay there and play with my grandfather and some of our presents. Once everyone had returned to my grandparents house, we would continue to open up the rest of the presents. After we were finished with the presents, my uncle would start to make Christmas dinner for the entire family. 
     
     After one year in Arizona my family moved again, this time to Albany, NewYork. Both of these moves were in the middle of the school year which made the move just about twice as hard. Adjusting in the middle of the the year is hard as some would understand, but if you have nice teachers or meet great people who will help you through it, it makes everything a lot easier. But what is the most important is that you have a loving family, and my family would help me with anything and knowing that, you can survive anything.