Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Trip to Saint Lucia

In January we went to Saint Lucia for vacation. The people who went were me, Erin, my dad, my mom,  my brother, my grandma, and my dad's sister Amy.  We did a lot of activities.

One of my favorite activities was the zip line. Unlike other zip lines that we have been on, we had to hold the line and control our speed.  There were 12 lines through the rainforest. In the middle of the zip lines you have to cross a shaky rope bridge, but you are attached to a safety line. It still was a little scary for me.

On another day we went on a catamaran and went snorkeling. We saw fish and fish and more fish, coral and sea urchin.  I swallowed a bunch of salt water -- yuck. After the boat ride we went for lunch at an oceanside cafe and they had a kitten that ate scraps of food we gave her.

Toward the end of the week, we went horseback riding on the beach. The scenery was beautiful, but we also saw people living in poverty.       

We also went for a bike ride in the rainforest. On the bike ride we went to a 40 foot waterfall. During the ride, my grandma fell off her bike very slowly and landed on a plant and its was funny (because she didn't get hurt). We were supposed to ride across a bridge but me and grandma walked our bikes across the bridge because it was narrow and rickety.

One weird and funny thing that happened was we had left some stuff on some chairs by the pool and there were some evil people who stole our chairs. They just moved our stuff aside and took our chairs when we were right there. We explained we were using them and they just ignored us.  And for the rest of the week we called them "the chair stealers" and whenever we saw them, we joked that we were going to start a fight.

Overall I think it was the best trip I have ever been on.   The weather was perfect and the scenery was beautiful.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

George W. Bush Presidential Libray

Recently, I went to the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, TX. I learned that, for only the second time in our history, a father and son became president. The first time was John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Then the second time was George H W Bush and George W. Bush. George W Bush was president during the 9/11 attack on the two twin towers in New York City. In that attack on the World Trade Center, two planes crashed into the towers. Another plane crashed into the Pentagon. A fourth plane crashed into a field in Philadelphia.

George W. was also president during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. In the museum, we got to do an exercise where we got information about the disaster. We got to then decide whether to send in troops to help.

George W. also had two dogs and two daughters. One of my favorite parts was that he met the Queen of England for a dinner party. It looked very fancy.

Lastly, I learned that George W. signed the No Child Left Behind Act. This was a program about  Education and did not  turn out the way he wanted it to.

Overall, i think he was a respectable president.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

John F Kennedy at Dealey Plaza

While we were in Texas we went to the Dealey Plaza Museum. Dealey Plaza was where John F. Kennedy was shot, and the museum describes what those days in 1963 were like.

John F. Kennedy became president in 1960 when he defeated Richard Nixon. JFK's wife was named Jackie. They were very popular.

Durning his presidency Kennedy made several famous speeches, including his famous "Ask not..." speech, and a speech announcing the space program.   He also dealt with the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, where the US was defeated.   Later, he dealt with the Cuban missile crisis, where he showed his strength and got USSR to back down and remove their missiles from Cuba.

Kennedy was in a motorcade in Dallas in November 22 of 1963 when Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy. Kennedy was pronounced dead about half hour later at the hospital.  Lee Harvey Oswald was killed two days later as he was led from the court house.

Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office on the presidential plane, Air Force One, before they left Dallas. Normally the president takes the oath of office in Washington, D.C.

The museum was very well done. I felt very sad while watching the funeral. The things i will remember most is that the spot where Kennedy died and seeing the window where the shot came from.

Seeing everyone in Minnesota

When we went back to Minnesota lots of people wanted to see us and we said yes. We had people over and playdates and other stuff. One of my favorites things was going to Murray's Restaurant for lunch. another day we went  to lunch at the new Eagle Ridge school  . Yet another day we went to a   Gophers game to see my big brother march . One day me and Erin went to a friends house for playdate and we did Nerf gun wars. Another day our family went to Canterbury to see the wiener dogs race which we always enjoy .

At Canterbury  some friends came to watch it with us and we had pizza and we had ice cream and my brother was there too and I also had gummy worms which were so yummy.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Seeing a total eclipse

In August of 2017, there was a total eclipse of the sun that crossed the United States. We went to Missouri  to see it. 

On the morning of the eclipse, we checked the weather and it was going to be cloudy, so we had to drive 2 hours to find clear skies.   We all wore special glasses to see it or we would be blind. When the moon blocked the sun it turned dark outside and cold as well  and some of the house lights outside turned on and the sun looked like a black hole.   We saw Venus during the day.

We also saw a stealth bomber fly in front of the partially eclipsed sun which was awsome to see.

It was worth it to drive 2 hours to see the eclipse.

Another country!

After my grandma's house we went to Devil's Tower. We went for  two hikes near Devil's Tower. Devil's Tower was a left over volcano that eroded away around it. We watched Close Encounters which is a movie about aliens landing at Devil's Tower.

Single cloud over Devil's Tower

After Devil's Tower we went to Yellowstone. We meet up with some friends. We saw geysers. The biggest one was Old Faithful which reaches up to 185 feet in the air it was very stinky. We also saw lots of animals too like mama bear and a baby bear, buffalo, elk, and big horn sheep.

Yellowstone hot spring with colored bacteria

After Yellowstone, we then went to Canada.  We had two stops in Canada, Cranbrook and Banff.

Cranbrook: biking, hike along stream with waterfall, train ride into a mine
In Cranbrook, a couple of the days I went on a bike ride and it was fun and long and hot, too, but we made it and after the bike ride we went to Dairy Queen for lunch and ice cream. One day we went to see a water fall up close. It was a short hike. It was very scenic and the water was cold because it came from glaciers. Another day in Cranbrook, we went on a train ride to an old mine and it was very cool because it was underground. After the mine we saw the power plant for the mine and it was amazing because the machinery was so big.

Gondola over Banff

After Cranbrook, we went to Banff.   One day we went on a long hike to a waterfall that was about 3 miles in each direction.  The first part was flat and easy, but the second part was hilly and rocky. It a warm day and after the hike we had ice cream bars and our feet were in pain.  But the waterfall was beautiful.  The water was so clear we refilled our water bottles.  Another in Banff I went on a gondola to the top of a mountain to eat and the food was good. The also had a museum, and was fun to learn about the area and the mountain.  On our last full day we went to hike on a mountain which was cold and we saw a glacier. After that we went for ice cream (we do that a lot).

Bow Lake Falls north of Banff

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Back to the Minnesota

After a couple of weeks of visiting family in Wisconsin, we made it to Minnesota and boy we were busy. It seems like every day we had something going on.

We got to visit with lots of people. One day we went to a greek restaurant with Uncle Pete and Aunt Beth for a good buffet.  That same day we  we also went to a Twins game and brr it was very cold. Another day we met my mom's cousin Colleen at Cheesecake Factory. The food was so good there and the cheesecake was so good as well.  We met another of her cousins, Rachelle, and her husband, at their house for a cookout, and we played with their kids.  If you have been to the restaurant which is called Murray's you know they have amazing steak there. Well, on yet another night, we got to have some at a backyard cookout because my parents know them.

I got to hang out with my friends from my old school, too. One day we saw our friends from school at Jessica's house for a party she threw for everyone. Another day I went to to my friend Henry's house and it was so fun there we played games and played on the Wii.

I also got to spend time with my big brother and i kicked his butt on Mario games (don't tell him I said that) and we had a fun time.

Another fun day was when I went to a private dance lesson with my favorite dance teacher and she made me work hard. I was very sore the next 2 days.

After the Twin Cities, we went to my Grandmas house in Hoffman (outside Alexandria). We got to play with her dog who will chase a ball forever. We got to make cookies and eat the dough. We played in the sprinkler.

I have been waiting for ever to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales. It was a good movie.