California Band Trip 2013!

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The trip began at 4:00 in the morning when my alarm went off. I was tired, but bursting with excitement because I WAS GOING TO CALIFORNIA! We arrived at the Prince George air port. The first day consisted of flying and eating. We arrived at our hotel and wen out for a fancy dinner at Bucca de Beppo, an Italian restaurant.

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all dressed up for dinner

The next morning we were scheduled for a day of adventure in Disneyland! We got into groups. I hung out with Robin, Jerrica, Hayley, John, Brylee, Erik, Riley, Kieran, Amy, and pippa. We called ourselves the party of 11. We did lots of rides the first day. We went on the cars race ride, splash mountain, indiana jones, and some other rides. I didn’t go on California screaming (a crazy big roller coaster) but lots of the group did.

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our group, Party of 11

On day 3 we did a sound track session, in the back stage part of disney. It was probably one of the coolest musical experiences I’ve been a part of. The amount of improvement from our first recording (when we sight read) to our second recording (after rehearsing the music) was phonemail. We played some music from the lion king, the movie tangled, and the Disney theme song. After the recording studio we went into the park and went on more rides. This was the awesome day for our group. I managed to go on the california screaming roller coaster, and we all decided to go on tower of terror. The park wasn’t very busy so we got to hit a lot of rides. It was a ton of fun, if it hadn’t been for the sweltering heat the day would have been perfect. For dinner we went to Bubba Gump. It was an awesome place, they had good food, and there were really lots of cool references from the movie Forrest Gump.

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I’m so proud of myself for going on that roller coaster

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Mrs. Klein won that round 🙂

On day 4 we performed on the big jamboree ranch stage. We had to wear all black from head to toe, and the sun was burning hot outside. I almost died. I could feel rivers of sweat dripping down my body. It was nasty. After the performance we went on more rides. We mostly went on rides we had been on before but it was still lots of fun. We also got some great pictures with Disney characters!

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Tigger! ❤

Pooh!

Pooh!

Day 7 was our last day in California 😦 We packed up and drove to the air port. We flew home, on the plane I did some homework. On day 6 we went to the Universal Studios. We went on a tour, and went on lots of rides. It was really fun. The weather started off cold but it warmed, and turned out to be a nice day in the end. We did a little bit of souvenir shopping. At the end of the night, back at our hotel we had the talent show. I didn’t go in but some of the acts were hilarious! It was a lot of fun.

MINIONS!!

MINIONS!!

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The trip was a fantastic and an amazing experience. I had a ton of fun and I can’t wait until the next trip. It was a lot of early mornings, late nights, and busy days, but it was definitely worth it. I had so much fun. The chaperones and Mrs. Klein did a fantastic job of keeping us under control and making the trip absolutely amazing. It will definitely be a week I remember!

Goodbye California

good bye california, until next time ♥

“A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace”-Tennessee Williams

Experiences are what make us who we are. Some experiences are positive, others are negative. We learn from experiences, we are offered an opportunity to grow.

I have personally had many experiences, some have been good, some have been bad. In the past year I haven’t had any huge experiences that have been forced into my life, but two years ago my grandmother passed away. It was at the start of winter, the snow was starting to dust the road, and the trees. The days were getting shorter, and the nights were getting longer. My dad received a phone call explaining his mother was in hospital. At the beginning we weren’t too worried, it was just an infection. When people age their immunity to things such as infections, begins to break down. I, however, was convinced everything was going to be fine.

The weeks went by and my grandmother was still in hospital. We went down to Vancouver to visit her, I missed a lot of school. Then Christmas holidays came. My family and I spent the most part of our holidays in the Vancouver hospice house. We visited with cousins a lot too. It was probably the saddest christmas, it was our grandmothers last christmas with her grandchildren. My dad’s side of the family is fairly big, I have a lot of cousins. I remember we all got together for christmas dinner at my aunt’s house. Christmas holiday’s that year went by slow, it was cold, wet, and cloudy in Vancouver. My parents, sister and I were staying at my grandmothers apartment. The apartment was empty, the warmth that came with my gran’s hospitality was missing.

Christmas holidays ended. It was January and school was back in session. Gran was till sick. Shortly after school started my grandmother passed away. The night I found out was the only night I can remember to this day, that I’ve cried myself to sleep. I had never experienced the death of a loved one. I had also never seen my dad cry.

A couple weeks later we were back in Vancouver for the funeral service. It was so hard to say goodbye, and it was so hard to see so many people sad. However, the whole experience brought our close family even closer. It was the day of the funeral that I realized that all my cousins (who are  mostly older than me) were there for me. We were all there for each other. We all had different life styles, values, and ideas, but that love for family was what  bonded us together.

This experience was forced upon me. It felt like it sneaked into my life slowly, then at the last minute was shoved in my face. Life changed, but it still went on. Family reunions were have never been the same. My gran was my only grandmother I met, she was also the best. I miss her a ton. Things have turned out well though. We all still remember her and love her very much. I’ve become a lot closer to my relatives, and in those few months I grew a lot as a person. I took on the responsibility of looking after my sister. I was there for my younger cousins too. There were days where my parents had to leave my sister and I alone in our grandmothers apartment because they were busy looking after my grandmother or speaking with the doctor. Those days I had to cook and clean. The most important thing that came from this experience was I learned how fragile life can be. I really felt for the first time, the immense amount of love I had for my grandmother, and that I have for my family.

That was probably the saddest, most heart breaking experience of my life. I wish my gran was still here. However I don’t wish I could be a different person than I am today, and that experience has contributed in making me who I am. Things have turned out well, and I’m absolutely positive that my gran is having a wonderful cup of tea with her favourite chocolate covered digestive cookies up in God’s beautiful garden. I believe she is  happy now, in heaven, in paradise ♥

Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.” Denis Waitley

I have complete control over what I do, and how I react. I have control over what I say, and what actions I take. I am in control of how hard I work. I am in control of myself. I am in control of what I do.

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I do not have control over what other people do, and how other people react. I don’t have control over what other people say or what actions they take. I have no control over others, however my ideas may impact them. My ideas may impact how others think. My actions may impact other people. My words can also have an affect on others.

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In my day to day life I am in control of what time I wake up, what I eat for breakfast, weather or not I shower, and what I do to get ready. I am not in control of what time school starts, and what events will occur throughout the day. I have to prepare for the day, by controlling what I can to best suit what I can’t control. This means I have to wake up (this is in my control) early enough to arrive to school in time (the time school starts is not in my control)

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I wish I had more control over my own, and my families busy schedule. Sometimes there is conflict with schedules, and it is hard to co-ordinate social activities with friends. It feels like when ever I am not busy my parents are busy. I wish I could have more control over these things. To an extent I have control over what I do when, but things such as appointments, and team games are beyond my control. More control over what I am allowed to do would be awesome. My parents are pretty reasonable most of the time, but I still wish I had a little more control over what I am allowed to do and not allowed to do. I wish I could have more control over the economy….well I actually just wish some things weren’t so expensive, or that I had a little bit more money. In general though, for me life is good. I don’t feel out of control, and I don’t feel like people take control over me. I don’t feel like I have been taken for granted, or that I am being used. Humans have been granted the wonderful gift of free will, which we use whenever a decision comes our way. Sometimes we choose for the better, other times we choose for the worst. These decisions may be as small as deciding weather or not to add extra salt to your fries, or as huge as deciding weather or not to start a family. Some decisions may be life changing, other decisions may have a microscopic impact on our life. Either way we decide, we have the freedom to decide. We have control over what choices we make. Potentially, a person could decide to do anything, but with every decision there is an outcome, and sometimes punishment. I am thankful for the amount of freedom I have been given. I am so glad I have control over my life.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

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Time is a continuum, it is forever moving forward. You can not pause it, fast-forward it or rewind it. Five minutes can be a short time, or it can feel like forever. If we are waiting for the end of school 5 minutes feels like a life time, however spending 5 minutes indulged in an interesting activity with a friend can feel like no time at all. What if you had only five minutes left to live? What if you knew you weren’t going to live until tomorrow. I don’t know what I would do. I have never been put in a situation where my life is in danger. When you have limited time and when everything you do now, in this moment, won’t matter tomorrow, it can make you realize what you truly value. Sometimes we don’t make time for our friends and family. Sometimes we forget to take 5 minutes and really ask how someone is doing. We push all these things aside because we are concerned for tomorrow’s deadlines. Tomorrow home work is due, tomorrow I have to work, in 10 minutes I have to be at an appointment. If we were to die in five minutes all these seemingly big things would be microscopic, and they would no longer matter. If you had five minutes left to live your perspective would most likely change.

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For me, the things that would be most important would be the people I love. My friends and my family. If I only had five minutes I would really know who my real friends were. Sometimes we work hard to impress someone, sometimes we are civil with people we don’t really like. But all of these people would no longer matter if you knew your end was coming. My mom, my dad, and my sister would be my priority. I would call them first, if they weren’t already with me. Next would be my friends, and all the people I love. I wouldn’t worry about making plans for tomorrow, I wouldn’t worry about my things, I wouldn’t worry about anything because in five minutes none of it would matter.

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I think these last five minutes would be the fastest five minutes of my life. I can’t imagine how horrific it would be to know your end was coming and being afraid you may not make it to tomorrow. This reminds me of the recent bombing in Boston. How horrible it must have been as those wounded drew their last breath. This also reminds me of how thankful I should be for the life I am living. I think having five minutes left to live would make time more precious than ever.

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If I had to call someone and speak to them for the last five minutes I would only really have 3 words to say: I Love You. They are simple, but sometimes they are the hardest words to say. I think they are always important, especially when you truly mean it.

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I really take “TOMORROW” for granted, and sometimes I don’t take advantage of opportunities because I am scared of consciences that may arise.

Everything that be begins must end. Everyone who is born must die. Death could be the end of life, but the end might only be the beginning.

“Now is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps, the end of the beginning.”- Winston Churchill.

“Fear makes us feel our humanity” Benjamin Disraeli

What is fear? For me fear is to be afraid, fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that you are in danger.

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Over the past year I have developed many fears. One of my biggest fears is of myself. I am afraid I will mess up somewhere along the way. I am afraid I will hurt someone. I am afraid I will miss out on amazing chances because of my fear. I think this fear developed when I became more aware of myself.

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Another fear that I have developed over the past year is a fear of mine is SPIDERS! I don’t know why but when I see them climbing up the wall it freaks me out! I am so afraid of them I can’t squish them. If I see one on the floor I have to cover it with a tissue and ferociously smash the tissue with a broom hoping for the best. the worst part is I’m too scared to touch the spider after its dead so I just leave it there under the tissue for my mom to find. I don’t know why some small little invertebrate can scare people but spiders definitely scare me. It’s not a serious fear or a phobia, and I won’t be too concerned if I never get over this fear.

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I think everyone has fears. Fears can work to our advantage. Sometimes when we are fearless we forget to be cautious and we take unescaary risks. I think it is about finding an a balance. Too much fear can consume you, paralyze you and trouble you. Without fear I don’t think a person can be brave, as bravery is conquering a fear.

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I dont want to be afraid, one of my biggest problems is fearing fear itself. Without fear we could be free, but freedom is often abused. Some people say that they are not afraid of anything. For me I find that almost impossible to believe. We all have different fears. I think when someone else is afraid of something we can help them over come their fear, and in turn that person can help us with our own fears. I personally believe we were made afraid of something so that we had an obstacle to over come. It gave us something to accomplish. What if we were born without fear? would we face the same challenges, would we think the same way? Challenge, for me, is what gives opportunity for accomplishment.

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So I’ll finish this blog entry with a quote to think about:

“There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls”-Aeschylus

SPRING♥BREAK

I had an awesome spring break this year! I am really thankful for the 2 week spring break, if it had been any shorter my parents wouldn’t want to travel. We went to Florida, and it was a lot of fun. It was definitely nice to go somewhere warm after our long cold winter here in PG. We did a lot when we were down in Florida.

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My aunt, uncle and 2 cousins live in Florida so we spent a lot of time with them. We also went to the beach, Disney world, and Universal.The beach we went to is called Melbourne beach, our hotel was right on the beach which was really cool. It was so warm, and the water wasn’t too cold. I didn’t do a lot of swimming in the ocean but the hotel had a nice pool which I went in a lot.

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We spent 2 days at universal. Universal has 2 theme parks.

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One is called Universal studios, the other is called Universal Island of Adventure.The universal studios has a lot of rides with special effects, 4d movies, and stimulators.The Island of Adventure has crazier rides like roller coasters, and the ones that go up and down really fast.Some of my favourite rides at universal were Jurassic park, Men In black, Spiderman, The Mummy, Minion mayhem, Shrek, and Harry potter. 

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We also went to Disney world’s Enchanted Kingdom. I personally enjoyed disney more than Universal, but both parks were a lot of fun. At disney world some of my favourite rides were Space mountain, rocky mountain railway, Buzz lightyear, and the jungle cruise.

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I did some shopping when were in florida. They have some really big malls and outlet stores. I know I definitely can’t complain about my spring break. I had a lot of fun. It was nice to see family again. I enjoyed the warm weather and the beach. I had a lot of fun at disney and Universal. I look forward to when I get to go back next and I hope SD.57 sticks with the 2 week spring break because I think it gives a better opportunity to do more things such as travelling.

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new”- Albert Einstein

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I’ve made a lot of mistakes over the past year. They have been big and small. I make tons of mistakes, but I think the most important thing is to learn from these mistakes. It sounds like a cliché, but I think its true. I’ve been really lucky throughout my life and I haven’t made any choices that have dramatically jeopardized my happiness and health. Some of the small mistakes I make almost everyday include:

  • sleeping in too long
  • bumping into things
  • saying the wrong things at the wrong time
  • forgetting to do my homework
  • spelling things incorrectly (ALL THE TIME)
  • Going to bed to late
  • burning my toast 😦
  • spilling my drinks

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I can’t think of a mistake in particular that I would like to change, but in general I would like to change how I react to my mistakes. I think my biggest mistake when dealing with my mistakes is dwelling on what I did wrong. Sometimes we focus too much on what we did wrong instead of seeing what can come from our mistakes. One of my favourite stories is how sticky notes were made.

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Spencer Silver a chemist made some glue but the glue wasn’t very adhesive. Years later Spencer’s friend used the glue to stick paper markers in his hymn book. The paper stuck to the books pages easily, but didn’t damage the pages when the paper was pulled off. This is when the sticky note was born!  Spencer’s glue was definitely a mistake at  the time, but it turned out to be an invention we use everyday.

This is is one of my favourite quotes:

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If you didn’t make any mistakes yesterday would you be in the same place you are today? How can you learn if you never make mistakes? How can we grow if we can’t learn from our mistakes? Humanity has made many mistakes but how different would the world be today if these mistakes hadn’t been made?

 

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Maybe if we redefine “mistake” we wont make mistakes so often. I try to think of a mistake as more of a learning experience, but I must admit sometimes my mistakes bother me. 

I’ll conclude the blog with this quote from Elbert Hubbard. This quote really speaks to me.“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” -Elbert Hubbard