Olympics!

2012
08.06

I can’t believe the Olympics has started. The Olympics is were all of the best athletes come together and compete! The games took place in London this year. The opening ceremony was super exiting. As the queen was going to the opening ceremony in her private helicopter, Mr.Bean showed up. Now if you guys don’t know who Mr.Bean is…. Well he is one of the most funniest guys on TV, (British humor.) After he did his act, the queen was skydiving out of her helicopter! Me and my family gasped, as we saw the souring queen above every one! Wow I still can’t believe that the queen did something like that! And made me wonder would president Obama skydive off a flying helicopter into the Olympic games? Anyway, I had never REALLY watched the Olympics before and diffidently not the opening ceremony, and I was shocked to see this amazing Olympic start! The ceremony kept on getting better and better, there was dancing and big changing of the stadium, and big choirs that made our school choir look like a spec of dust. After the wondrous ceremony, the games begun! I love swimming I love the competition, and sport. So I was super exited about the swimming. I’ve always been a really big Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. And to see them swim head to head, giving it all they got, kept me on my toes the rest of the night. And the gymnastics are completely utterly AMAZING!!!!! They are soooooooo strong, to lift their body up, and over the poles, and to spring them selves with such force and landing on their own two feet, and beaming at the crowd like it was no big deal. And the cycling! Man, how to they peddle for hours and hours nonstop, against the pounding wind and the twisty roads. That’s all I have seen of the Olympics and I’m exited to see who will win!

Back To School….. Sigh.

2012
08.05

I think this summer was the most shortest summer yet. It flew past me! Pretty soon no more ice creams,  having to do grueling amounts of homework, and trying to SURVIVE the hardest task yet….. Middle school! This is a poem that I wrote about the beginning of school:

Oh summer I’ll miss you so,

going back to school is my foe,

the start of homework, mean teachers and bullies,

don’t make me go please!

but… middle school you’ll get lockers,

and more freedom that will make you go bonkers!

My friends will be there,

we will have a ball!

I guess middle school it’s that bad after all!

Hope you enjoyed my poem! I’m looking forward to middle school.

BRAVE

2012
07.31

Me and my cousins all went to see a movie called Brave. I really wanted to see it and now I finally got the chance! My mom bought us all our own candy: I got, Reeses Pieces, Tobey got, Sour Patch,  and Luke got, M&Ms. (Thank you mom!) so we went in the movie theater, the movie theater, was old and small, and had weird commercials. When the movie finally started we had already finished the buttery goodness of  the movie popcorn. Brave was about a girl called Meredith who is a princess of a great kingdom, a sister of three little trouble makers, and a daughter of a great king and queen. But Meredith isn’t the princess that her mother wants her to be. One evening her mother tells her that she is getting married. And Meredith doesn’t want to do it. The tribes come from all around, to seek Meredithe’s hand. The tribes all hate each other, and then Meredith and her mother have a huge fight, and Meredith runs away. Meredith follows these magical whisps and they lead her to a cottage. The person who lives in the cottage is a witch. So Meredith insist that the witch grant her wish, and the witch gets all of her pots, and potions, and Meredith makes the wish….. To change her mom. To find out what happens watch the movie BRAVE!

floating in Wyoming!!!!!

2012
07.31

Me and my cousins, Luke and Tobey, went tubing. (And just to give you in over view of my cousins they argue like 24/7!) Anyway we drove down to Salt River, to go tubing. floating is where you sit in a tube and just float down the river. Lucky for us we got good weather, the sky was a brilliant baby blue, and the clouds where so white and fluffy they looked like a giant cotton candy ball. As soon as we got plastered on with a TON of sun screen, we set foot in the icy mountain water. OMG!!!!! That was super duper burning cold water! I tried to be cool about it, but I was sure after a couple of hours I was going to flip out! As soon as I was getting used to the tube, Luke got Caught in the river, and for some reason we started floating with out him. He was screaming for us, and we were all screaming for him. I was getting worried now, “Daddy, where is Luke!?” I said looking around for Luke. His dad found him and brought him back. I was still wondering what if that happened to me next? The rapids were very fast, the rushing water pushed you down this little water fall and down you went! We also had this little boat that you have to paddle to get moving. We stopped at a bank and I trudged up the rocks, I could not feel my feet, or my hands. I was shivering like a naked polar bear in the winter. So I got to paddle with Mary (Luke and Tobey’s mom) there sun on my body sent warm sparks through my body. After a couple of hours we finally got to the end of the river. We drove home but on the way we all got a delouse creamy milkshake for our hard work! 

Nights in Vamos

2012
07.21

In Greece to celebrate the beginning of spring kids go out into the fields and make wreathes with flowers and grass. Fortunately for Sydney and I we got to celebrate the end of spring and the beginning of summer in Vamos this is when we burn the wreathes and the children of each village go to where the party is being held in their village and we jump over the fire groups.

Of course I won’t do this I said to myself its crazy! 5 minutes later “On your marks get set go!” Syd and I said together and off we went we were to the sides of the fire on our first try. But later on we were smack in the middle and as the fire rose our faces went through the flames as well it was a very fun experience.When the fire died down we moved from the streets to the stage which is the centre of attention to watch some dancing. That night is one of the funnest that I have had all holiday. And it is one that I won’t forget.

A week earlier in Vamos Sydney and I went to Ms. Koulas cooking class to learn how to make some traditional Greek dishes. Ms. Koula is a very nice lady who explained the steps very well.  In total we made 5 dishes. The cheese pies were my favorite and we also made Dalmadaes wich are stuffed vine leafs with rice inside.  We also made the traditional Greek salad, Beetroot salad made with Greek yoghourt, and our last dish was Cretan pasta with rooster, (also can be substituted with chicken.) Simon and Jen came with us it was a very fun experience. With all the food that we made it was a feast fit for a king. I will definitely be making these dishes in Shanghai!


wonderstruck

2012
07.20

I’m a HUGE Taylor Swift fan. I dream of someday meeting her in person! And the reason I like her is because she is so cool in her own skin, and expresses her inner self. Guess who got to see her live in concert? My best friend Hannah.So jealous So Taylor Swift released her new perfume Wonderstruck! I spent hours dooling over the computer watching the girl open the beautiful box and reveling a sparkling purple bottle! I was staying with my aunt and she drove me to  Denver where my mom was. When my mom flew back from London, (Don’t ask….. business trip) me and her went shopping with my aunt. When we were driving to the mall, I noticed a gigantic bill board with big red letters, MACY. No way I thought, this couldn’t have been true!  “Mom Wonderstruck is in there!” I said urgently, I could just picture me holding the one the only WONDERSTRUCK!!!!! As we walked into the mall I was all set to make a dash for Macy’s. But of course no! “Syd, we’ll get the perfume after weir done shopping” mom said looking at the mall map. Ugh! I don’t know about you but I’m not so keen on “SUMMER SHOPPING” especially since there is a perfume in this mall that I’ve been drooling on for months. I was so glad we weir done shopping… (because I was the one lugging all the shopping bags, and waiting endlessly, playing the only game on my moms phone…. pocket frogs!) so I ran all the way to Macy’s. I was frantically searching the shop for any signs of Wonderstruck. I ran up to the closest clerk… “Um excuse me, do you know where the Wonderstruck is?” I said politely. “Yes I think we do” she said and walked over to the counter. I took a deep breath,”please, please, please!” I mumbled, as I walked towards the counter. There it was, sitting there, the beautiful cap decorated with little golden designs all over it. Three golden charms hung down, a cage, a bird, and a star. I could see the golden words printed out: WONDERSTRUCK……. I reached out, I grasped the bottle, and took a big long sniff. Wow! It had that warm cozy scent, with apple blossom, green apple, peach, and freesia smell. I ran up to my mom and begged her and begged her, she finally broke down and I got the one the only WONDERSTRUCK. I certainly will be waring this perfume a lot! 

Greece part 2

2012
07.18

Me and BFF Hannah were living summer to the fullest! Talk about 2 ice creams a day, going to the beaches, eating delouse greek food, and watching tons of TV!!!!!  Any way me and Hannah one evening were walking down the steep,  streets of Greece. Kim said that there was going to be a local party going on, with something about kids and fire. So we walked into the party, the lights were all hung on the trees, and many people were busy chattering away, not taking ANY notice of me and Hannah. So we sat and waited on a rock waiting for some signs of fire. But nothing came, so me and Hannah gave up and slumped back up to the restraunt. Sadly disappointed we told the grown ups what happend. But Kim was so sure that the party had to have some sort of ritual with fire, and she made us walk back down to the party with the her. As soon as we walked into the party we could see  we see the dancing flames sprouting up from the wood, and many kids running with full speed and leaping over them. For several seconds we stood there mouths open and trying to interrupt what we were seeing. Someone told my dad that this was a ritual that they do at the beginning of summer. We went along with it, and pretty soon we were in line for our turn to run into the burning, crackling fire. “Dad should we be doing this?!” I whispered. Me and Hannah, like any person would take another thought about this whole jumping over fire thing. “Syd, just do it” dad instructed, like a good sensible parent, letting their kids jump over fire. Finally the moment came, it was our turn. Me and hannah took a deep long breath and jumped. I had to say it was a splendid feeling. It felt like you were souring above a death trap, and feeling very powerful once you reached the other side. That night me and Hannah drove home with fire singes crisped around our flip-flops.

GREECE 2012

2012
07.15

For summer vacation I made a quick pit stop to Greece before going to the States. Guess who came with me? My best-best friend in the entire world! HANNAH! They got there before we did and my mom thought of a great idea! we were all going to get matching bright blue t- shirts. So it was about 12:00 at night when we arrived at a gorgeous house with a sparking pool that was over on top of the mountain. Even though it was pitch black, you could still see the house’s lights flickering. And as alwasys. Kimbra was running up the driveway with that same dazzling smile. We got out of the taxi and then the same hugs and kisses and “Oh my look how tall you are” and “My you are big.” And she freaked out once she saw our matching T-shirts. I ran up the steps to the house and Hannah came down and we huged with tears in my eyes. So the parents sent us up to bed in the hot mosquitoes invested room, and whispered and talked about our lives till we all dozed of to sleep.

going back home for SUMMER!

2012
07.15

When your me, going back home in the summer is somewhat a crazy reunion. Because I don’t live in the states, I see ALL of my friends and family in the packed summer. When I’m in AbuDhabi I don’t really think about America so much, but as I was getting on the plane I was so ready to come back.

4 things that I miss most about america:

1. My family because they always get together without me for christmas.

2. the magazines because I don’t have to worry about it being in another language.

3. shopping!!!!!

4. T.V because in AbuDhabi I get things late.

Mud Fight

2012
04.11

I was over at my friends house their name is Isabelle and Abigail. Anyway, they talked me into going outside in my swim suit and playing in the rain with them. Bad idea. It was freezing cold and pouring. What they didn’t mention was that there was mud involved. We all started drawing mud pictures on our legs and back. Then the mud fight started there was mud flying here and there and everywhere!

It was definitely a sight worth seeing. Then to clean ourselves off we jumped in puddles and went to the lake and jumped in them it was freezing cold! We dunked our faces in the water, well I didn’t but they did I was way to chicken. We splashed water on each other and cracked ourselves up. Isabelle left early to get into the warm shower but Abigail and I stayed behind to have some more fun.

We were heading back to the house and then noticed our jackets were still muddy so we got to another part of the lake and dunked them in but we were too high up so we had to get back in the water to clean them. At that point we both decided we had to put our heads under water for 5 seconds and I did it. It felt like I was in Antarctica. As we walked back people stared at us like we were aliens from Mars. When we got back we were instantly in Hawaii.