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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Vacation At Coconut Bay

Today's blog is about this awesome 9-day vacation that we just took to St. Lucia. St. Lucia is a tropical island in the Caribbean. We stayed at the Coconut Bay Resort & Spa. The reason we went to St. Lucia is because it was my brother Reese's last winter break from college. He graduates in May. It was about a 4 hour long plane ride to get there. I went there with my aunt Amy, my grandma Cherryl, my parents, and my two brothers.

While we were landing, we saw the luscious, green island coming up ahead. It really was stunning.
When we got to the hotel rooms, we saw that we had a view of their mini waterpark. I spent most of my time there playing with Ethan at the lazy river.

The Coconut Bay Resort & Spa is all-inclusive. We went to the buffet for breakfast, had drinks for lunch, and went to a different restaurant every night. We also went to the spa. I got a manicure, pedicure, and a haircut. I didn't expect them to cut it as short as they did! They cut off 8 inches of hair. My mom got a matching haircut because she wanted to support me. :)

We did 5 excursions while we were there. That was a lot to do in 9 days! The first excursion was a Catamaran Snorkeling Adventure. We visited 2 beach stops. I saw tons of cool fish. It was a lot of fun! I swallowed a lot of salt water though. Still, I would definitely do that again. We also ate lunch at  a buffet thing. They had a really cute cat that I spent most of the time with.

Then, we went zip-lining. While we were walking there, there was a snake in the rafters! Yikes! There were 12 courses of the zip-line. It was through a rainforest, which was so green that's most of what you could see. One of the lines was 800 ft. long! I wish that I seen a parrot on the zip-line. They said you could, but that it was rare. 

Next, my grandma, my aunt, my brother and I went shopping as a late Christmas gift. My parents and Reese went separately to look around island. We went to 2 different towns. The major city there was Castries.

The most difficult excursion was a bike ride. It was through the rainforest to a waterfall. It was very pretty. We got to taste some fresh coconut that our guide opened with a rock. Now, the bike ride was very hard. It was really muddy, it was slippery, there were some thin bridges, it was steep, it was just really challenging. Both grandma and Amy fell. But the waterfall was incredible. The photo doesn't do it justice.

The final excursion was a horse-back ride on the beach. That was also really fun! My horse was pretty naughty though. He kept trying to eat the grass. He kept getting really close to the guide as well. Our guide had to push him away with his feet. The horses also got into the water a little bit. They liked the water.

I loved sitting in the hammocks, or chilling in the pool. Overall, St. Lucia was one of the best vacations I've ever had! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Attractions In Texas

One thing about Texas is that it has so many places to visit. One of the places we visited was the Perot Science Museum. My favorite exhibit in the museum was the Sports room. It was very interactive. You could race fast people and animals. We raced a cheetah, which was gone before we put one foot down. It taught you how your body works. Another exhibit was a fossil room, where you could learn about extinct animals. Again, it was very interactive. Ethan and I could create prey or predator and fight each other. The prey had to defend itself against the predator, whatever it might be.

Next, we went to the Melting Pot for my birthday dinner. It was a marvelous fondue restaurant that we went to with my mom's friend, Kerry. It was my first time having fondue. It was fun because you could cook your meat in the fondue. I had s'mores fondue for dessert!

After Dallas, we traveled to Houston. While we were there, we went to the Space Center. We learned about the moon landing with Apollo 11. We saw some real spacecrafts, and we got to go into a cargo plane and a space shuttle. I had 2 favorite parts: a Mars presentation and a science presentation. The Mars presentation talked about the rovers and how we will get a human on Mars by 2040. The science presentation was about air pressure in space and what would happen to different objects without air in space. 

Now, we are in Corpus Christi, and we are enjoying the weather and beach. Stay tuned for more blogs by Erin.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The 6th Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

We went to John F. Kennedy's museum in Dealey Plaza. Here is what I learned.

JFK was born on May 29, 1917. His parents were Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. and Rose F. Kennedy. John had 8 other siblings. He was not a very healthy baby. John suffered from diseases as an infant, such as whooping cough, measles, and chicken pox. He was almost 3 years old when he suffered from a life-threatening disease. About a month later, he was better.

September 12th, 1953, John married Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. 7 years later, he became the president of the USA. He was big on civil and equal rights. His blunder was when he tried to invade Cuba. The mission backfired. Cuba attacked back. John prevented a crisis in Cuba. The Soviet Union planted nuclear bombs in Cuba. John sent an army to block the Soviet Union from entering Cuba. After a 13 day standoff, Russia backed down and removed the bombs. John was considered a hero.                                                  
And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country.
Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.

His other famous achievements included the signing of the Nuclear Test Ban and the Space Race.
Russia sent a satellite called Sputnik 1 to orbit the earth on October 4th, 1957. JFK said that we would land someone on the moon in this decade. It didn't happen until 1969.

November 12th, 1963, JFK and his wife arrived in Dallas, Texas. Secret service was there. But, at 12:30 p.m., there was a gunshot. John grabbed at his throat. More gunshots. John fell suddenly. Realization slowly crept in. He was driven to the hospital. John had been shot in the throat and head. The second shot had missed.

The people waiting at the Trade Mart were confused. Finally, the announcement was made 2 priests who were with the President say that he is dead. The official announcement came shortly afterward.

7 witnesses said they had saw a rifle on the 6th floor window. The police closed down the building and went to investigate. They couldn't find the man anywhere. They found a rifle and some food. They scanned the fingerprints and they led to Lee Harvey Oswald. Lee had lived in Russia for 3 years and was a part-time worker at a gun company. The police searched everywhere. Then they got a message saying that a police officer was shot down. They eventually found Oswald in the Texas theater. Lee was shouting, "I didn't shoot no one!" Shortly after Lee was arrested, he was shot. The police found Jack Ruby to be the killer. He was charged for murder.

Overall, I liked the museum. It was very informative. We got to see where Lee camped out. We saw the exact places where JFK was shot. I never knew anything about JFK before this. He died and left his young kids without a father. But, he did have a lot of achievements. I highly recommend that you visit there yourself.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Writing Assignment

I've been doing descriptive writing for one of my homework assignments. Here is my character.

There was once a knight, Sir Finn Ramshorn, who was known for his courage. People also saw that he was kind, helpful, heroic, humorous, and self-effacing. He was pleasant to be around. The townsfolk noticed his long, curly, chestnut hair. His gold-tinted armor shone in the light.Yet, despite his perfect appearance, he was clumsy, and he often tripped. No one ever heard him raise his voice; it was gentle but deep. He was beloved by all.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Solar Eclipse

We drove 12 hours total, not including stops, to see the total solar eclipse. It was one of the most amazing sights in the world. It was so cool to see the world dim around you! It looked like the moon was eating the sun! It suddenly turned dark in the middle of the day. The cornfields around us turned grey.

We placed ourself in Savanah, Missouri for the eclipse. We thought it would be cloudy, so we drove 4 hours total to Concordia, where, as it turned out, we were right. We managed to see a perfect solar eclipse. Our neighbors at Savanah told us that the clouds had blocked the eclipse.

This was definitely worth the ride. It's a once in a lifetime experience. If you missed it, you can go to Chile on July 2, 2019.

 Stay tuned for more blogs with Erin.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Amish VS Mennonites

This is a report about the similarities and differences of the Amish and the Mennonites.
We were going into our RV campground when we saw people dressed in simple clothes, and they all looked very similar. My dad said, "They look like Mennonites."  My mom and  I were curious about the religion, so my mom decided that I should research it for my homeschool.

Amish and Mennonites are very similar. They both came from the same sect of Christianity called Anabaptists. They both speak Pennsylvania German and/or Dutch. The population of these religions has grown a lot over the years. The reason their population is growing is because they are still having the same number of children as they did in the late 1800s. But the children are now living to adulthood due to better nutrition and healthcare. Both Amish and Mennonite people believe in a peaceful life.  Despite many similarities, they have a few differences.

Let's start with the Amish. Amish are from Switzerland. They have a stricter separation. They believe in no trimmed beards and hooks in eyes instead of buttons. They use horse and buggy transportation, and do not use electricity.

Mennonites are from the Netherlands. They use more modern conveniences, and they have a less strict set of clothing.

Today, I learned about a religion I would have never seen if I hadn't been traveling. We figured out that the people we saw were Mennonites.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Back In Minnesota

We are in Minnesota again! Finally! I am currently at my grandma's house. We have been visiting all of our friends. I got to see Isabelle Castaneda, Abbi Wood, Owen Hogan, Devan Ballantine, Emily Eagen and Allison Eagen. I got to see a lot of my friends at Jessica Ballantine's bonfire party (It was too wet for an actual bonfire).

We went to a ball game with my mom's cousin in the Twins Stadium. But it was so cold we had to go into the Metropolitan club. That's for season ticket holders only!  So it was pretty cool.

We went to a Greek Restaurant called the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe with my Aunt Beth and Uncle Peter that same morning.

My friends were the same to how they always were. They told me about school, plans, and stuff about their lives. I just really enjoyed seeing them, and I will get to see some more soon.

I am at my grandma and grandpa's house right now and it's great to see them again! I missed them so much! We got to see their dog, Missy, again. Missy loses a ball every day! It was also great to see their 4 cats, Sassy, Leo, Twig, and Lizzy!

Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed, stay tuned for more blogs by Erin!