Christmas 2015

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On Christmas Eve we went to church like we do every year on Christmas Eve. Some parts were boring, but it made my family happy. After church we went to my cousins house and we opened some presents and ate dinner. I got a new sports bag, a gift card, cloths, and a Orlando city soccer bag. Later that night we went home and got rest for Christmas.

CHRISTMAS!!! I woke up at 5:30 and woke up my brother then my parents. Like every Christmas we open the stockings first. I got a lot of cleaning products like deodorant, shampoo, and that sort of stuff. Then we went for gifts. I got a new soccer ball which is the one I wanted. I got another bag which has my school’s logo. The reason I got that for Christmas was because my step-dog ate the other one. I also got a couple video games such as Call of Duty Black Ops 3 and Star Wars battlefront. My family also got are own BB8 which is the new droid from the new Star Wars movie. And finally for the final bigger gifts. We are going to see Macklemore in concert, and this is     my first ever concert. I also got a new iPhone for Christmas. It is the new iPhone 5s. I now have a better phone then both of my parents. Finally the biggest gift of all is that we are going to Disney Land in California. My dad is going on a business and he is taking all of us with him. We are also staying in the Grand Californian right next to both of the parks.

After we settled down we got ready to go to my Nana and Papa’s house. For dinner we had turkey and ham and some other stuff. After we ate we opened presents. I got a MSU beach towel. I got a spinning lantern, cloths , a new chair for my desk and a soccer goal.

I had an amazing Christmas and I can’t wait till the next one. I also wonder what will happen in 2016. I don’t really have a new year resolution. I just want a good new year.

IMG_3620 Brendan-BB8

My 2015 Christmas List

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This year for Christmas I am really excited. The reason I am so excited is so I can take a long break from school. School has been really long for me this year this year. There is so much stuff to to remember and it is getting confusing. For Christmas I don’t have the full list so here is some of the things I have been wanting.

La Liga Indoor Soccer

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A while ago I went to a place called La Liga indoor soccer in Oviedo. La Liga has one soccer field that is indoors so there is no out of bounds. It has two goals but the field is shorter then a real field. It is $10 for 2 hours on the weekend. They play pickup games where it is 5v5 and anybody if there are extra people you have to wait your turn to play.

On the first day I came with some friends from my school. I played goalie for some games and some I played up field. After the first week I came back I did way better than I did last week. If you know where hard knocks is it is right next to it.

I would definitely go back again with some friends.

La Liga Indoor Soccer in Oviedo

La Liga Indoor Soccer in Oviedo

Back To School – 7th Grade

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I have now finished my second week of school. It is a lot more different from 6th grade. Especially because this year we have 7 periods and last year we only had 5 periods and we still go to school the same time and end it at the same time. I go to the same school.  It’s a K-8 school with a magnet program through middle school. I’m in 7th grade and I’m on the soccer team. I play goal keeper and midfield for a substitute.

My favorite teacher is my civics teacher and my favorite subject is math for now. My teacher for math gives me a lot of homework and it is getting harder so I don’t know if I will like math after this year as much as I liked last year. My math teacher likes to give homework and makes us take lots of notes in class. I’m looking forward to civics and space science. My same science teacher last year for 6th moved up to 7th grade. I’m am also planning to join back in chorus, maybe tryout for basketball and join track again.

Back to school - 7th grade.

Back to school – 7th grade.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Camp

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Animal camp is a Disney camp where you learn about animals and how to protect them. I’ve gone ever since kindergarten. This is my last year going and it has been really fun going.

Monday-Today at camp we were going under the sea. But first, we had to be dropped and find out what groups I am in and get ready. When you walk in you have lockers with your name on it. In your locker you have a camp shirt, button with your name on it, and a water bottle. The first things we did was group up and split apart in grade groups. We then learned about rules and other stuff but mainly in the morning we learned about what type of fish were at Epcot in the aquarium. There were trout, some jacks, grunts, rays, and sharks. We also drew a net where you could’ve used any technology even if it doesn’t exist. Then we had lunch we had chicken fingers, tater tots, and carrots. After the main trip was to go to Epcot to go snorkeling with the fish tat we learned about. So we had back stage passes with some workers and we put on a swim suit and started heading up stairs to go swim. It wasn’t regular snorkeling because we didn’t have a tube for air we had a tank for air and a mouth piece. It was really cool I saw sharks a lot of fish and rays. The Rays were swimming right under me. At the beginning, I was scared and then I got used to it. I even saw a big sea turtle! After we were done we went back and had a snack and watched YouTube videos.

Tuesday-Today I had an really fun time but I don’t think as fun as yesterday snorkeling. We went to Epcot and went to go on test track. It wasn’t a very long line because we were in fast pass but we still had to wait a little. I really like test track and I had a really fun time. After we went back and got lunch. For lunch we had tacos. I had three with meat lettuce, and tomato. After lunch we went straight to a animal pen with black rhinos. Her name was Onix. She was not in a very good mood today but we still saw her and we came close. What she can do is called a water squirt where she can pee from 5-8ft. on you. But luckily today she was nice. Then, we put her outside and went in her cage and set up food and what is called enrichment. Black Rhinos like to eat vegetables and leaves. Onix also likes spices because rhinos have good smell. Then finally we got to watch her eat. When we went back to our classroom we had snack we had grapes and yogurt but I only ate the grapes. After snack we backed up and went home.

WednesdayWednesday was really cool. We learned from gorilla keepers more about gorillas like, gorillas have silver backs when they are male and mature. They also showed us what they eat. They eat lettuce, nuts, oatmeal and more. Then we had lunch and for lunch was pizza, watermelon, and salad. Today we were going to safari but it was closed for some reason. So we went on Expedition Everest instead.  After Everest we went to a trail with the gorillas and watched them eat. There were two baby’s, one male and three females. They were eating blue oatmeal in pans. After, we went to the Lion King show. I liked it but it was shorter than I thought it would be. My favorite part was the monkey on the trampolines. For snack we had snow cones and pretzels. The flavors were not so great but I ate it anyways.

Thursday-Today’s adventure was to Kali River Rapids. Kali is a water ride where you have a chance to get drenched or get wet but not very wet. Today I got wet but not very wet. What was cool was that I saw the wave crash and go above my friends. We also traveled to the safari. I saw elephants, rhinos, and more. We also went on the trail again to see birds get fed. It wasn’t the most exciting but it was kinda cool. For lunch we had corn dog bites that were good. They also had tater tots. For the final thing today was that we did a scavenger hunt at Rafikie’s animal watch. Today was fun but I think tomorrow will be better.

Friday-Today we went to go see the goats and sheep. We got to pet the goats and brush them. Then we saw them inside their barn and we saw a goat do agility tests. The training had a balance beam, sticks to run through and a jumping station. We, also went on Dinosaur. It was fun. I used to be scared but not anymore. We then rushed to the bird show. The bird show is about exotic birds and they do tricks. My favorite was when someone puts a dollar up and then the bird grabs it. Then gives it back to the person. For lunch we had pasta and green beans. We also learned how to observe an animal with a chart. We saw a baby gorilla for a checkup on it old broken arm that it had and made sure it wasn’t infected. For snack we had pudding and today was the last day of camp and my last year because I’m in the oldest age group. So I can never come to this camp again and I have been here since kindergarten. I had fun and I might do seaworld camp next year.

Brendan's last year at Disney Animal Kingdom camp.

Brendan’s last year at Disney Animal Kingdom camp.

Summer Vacation Adventure

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This summer our really big vacation to Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Tennessee. My mom, my brother and I went on a plane. My dad drove up so we don’t have to bring luggage every where and renting a car and dropping it off in a different state is expensive. I don’t like Southwest Airlines because there are no assigned seats. My mom was stressing that we will not find three seats together, but we did.

When we landed we traveled around the city of Chicago and we visited the Bean and Buckingham Fountain. I always like visiting the Bean and it was my first time visiting the Buckingham Fountain. For dinner we had Hackneys. This is where we met up with my dad and we all split a onion loaf. I had a burger and I ate a couple bites of a patty melt. That was my first time eating a patty melt it was really good.

After lunch we drove over to my aunts in the suburbs of Chicago, Arlington Heights. We saw their dog and my new cousin. My new cousin, Robin, is a girl and the first one on my mom’s side of the family. For dinner we had pizza. We had deep dish and flat bread pizza. I really liked it.

When we left Chicago, we went to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  Here we stayed at this old house with these weird rooms and only one bathroom. When we went to Wisconsin my family and I came with my cousins, the Duncans, and my uncle Katie, Jimmy, baby Robin and their dog, Penny.  The house was an upstairs and down stairs but the upstairs wouldn’t connect to the downstairs. My aunt and uncle with the dog slept downstairs and the rest of us went upstairs. Upstairs there was only one bathroom for eight people. Some rooms were weird like there was a door camouflaging and a room behind the front door and another one above the kitchen. My cousins and I learned how to play blackjack. The next day we were spending the day on the lake. We have a private dock where we fished and swam.  On the boat we went tubing. It was really wavy and chopped so there were a lot of bumps.  But it was awesome!

Here’s a video my mom made of all the tubing fun!

After we packed we hung out at my aunt’s house again and then packed up the next day we went to Michigan to play on the dunes. We rented a sled to ride down the dunes but it was really hot and when you go down you have to walk up in the really hot sand. When I was climbing up the dune it felt like my feet was on fire. I did not like it at all. Then we left and got ice-cream. I got an Oreo ice-cream. We drove to Indiana and stayed at a hotel there.

The next day it was my birthday. On my birthday we drove down to Tennessee to stay at a log cabin for a few days. It was cool because it had a movie theater and we were on a mountain. The town around it was kind of weird because it had like three go kart places right next to each other. There was also weird named places. At the cabin we were staying with some of my uncles friends. One day we went zip lining which was kind of fun. But after was whitewater rafting. That was really cool. No one from our boat fell off but someone else we know did fall off a different boat. When we came back we decided to go to a roller coaster on a mountain/hill. It was a coaster that you can control your own speed and it was dark so lights lighted up. It was scary at night but fun. After we drove back to the cabin and watched a movie. On the last day we went on a hike in the mountains. At the end was waterfall that you can step into the stream. It was really tiring up hill but easier down hill. Later that night most of our group went hillbilly golfing. It is mini golfing but down hill. I didn’t go because I was tried and I didn’t think it would that fun because it is just golfing. The day after is when we had to leave and pack up. We headed out and we stopped at the Cherokee Indian Reservation and went tubing. It wasn’t fast tubing but it was like lazy river tubing. Almost at the end was a rope swing which led to a deep part which was awesome. After we were finished we started driving home and we made it safely the next day.

Triathlon at Blanchard Park

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I did a triathlon this past weekend at Blanchard Park.  It was my 4th triathlon ever and my 3rd time doing the Blanchard park triathlon. The week before the event I trained with my friend at the YMCA with swimming and biking. Also if you don’t know what a triathlon is it is a event with a distance where you swim, bike then run after. This triathlon was 60m of swimming then 5mi of biking and finally 1mi run. That was the 11-14 age group distance and my brother and his friends was shorter.

When the race came I thought I was nervous and I didn’t so good as I did in training.

It was really tiring going to swim to bike really quick. When I was on my bike I realized there was a lot of up hill and down hill.  Then after biking we went to running and that is when it got hard. You have to use your legs a lot. I had to stop and walk once and when I finished I sprinted to the end.

At the end I thought I didn’t place and I was tired so we left early before the award and when we got home, my mom got a text saying I got 2nd place in age 12. The person in front of me was my other friend I used to play baseball with and he  won by 8 seconds.  My time was 39:47.

Overall I was happy with my place because I didn’t even now I got 2nd and I can’t wait till the next triathlon.