Friday, December 25, 2015
In September, I had a piano concert at a church.
I first played The Wild Horseman by Schumann. He was born in Germany during the Romantic era of music in 1856. Robert loved books, writing, and music. When Robert was a boy, he took piano, flute, and cello lessons. Schumann married his piano teacher's daughter Clara Wieck, and they had a daughter named Marie. When Marie turned seven, Schumann gave her a birthday present of some of his songs. Later he wrote 18 pieces for young children, and 25 more pieces for older children. One of the songs he wrote was The Wild Horseman.
Next, I played Clowns by Kabalevsky. Clowns is a piece that has many staccatos and is a fun song to learn. Dmitri Kabalevsky was born in St. Petersberg, Russia on December 30, 1904. Kabalevsky was a modern composer and wrote a lot of music pieces for children including Clowns. Kabalevsky also wrote serious pieces such as symphonies, concertos, and music for the theater. He died at the age of 83 on February 18, 1987.
I was really nervous during the recital, and I was glad when it finished. I still play these songs, and I like them very much.
Posted by Victoria at 8:25 PM
Sunday, November 29, 2015
This past labor day my family and I went biking at Marina Dell Ray. We went from Venice Beach to Manhattan Beach and back. We bicycled about 20 miles round trip. All six of us biked in a row, and I was first. The weather turned out to be sunny and windy. The bike ride from Venice ran along the beach so we at Manhattan Beach for a break. We had a small snack and went swimming in the ice cold ocean.
|My sisters biking to Manhattan Beach|
|Me eating a snack before going to the beach|
|My sisters having a snack|
When we got back we were all very hungry and thirsty so my father took us to Cheesecake Factory. First, we got the avocado rollls which were delicious. I always order chicken nuggets with french fries. My sister and I split the chicken nuggets and saved all the french fries for last.
|At Cheesecake Factory|
|View of Marina Del Rey from the restaurant.|
The next day we went to Oxnard for more biking but we had to bike on the streets because there was no path on the sidewalk. It was a sunny and hot day. After we biked for along time we were all hungry and thirsty. This time instead of going to Cheesecake Factory, we went to Souplantation and got soup, pizza, and for dessert we got a chocolate and vanilla swirl ice cream. We had a great time this weekend, and I hope we go biking again soon.
Posted by Victoria at 5:14 PM
Saturday, August 22, 2015
During our Maui vacation, my siblings and I worked on a synchronized dance in the pool. This was our second summer attempting to choreograph a routine that emphasized every team members skills and was creative. I choreographed the routine while my sister, Sarah, taught my other siblings how to do the skills. Sarah is a gymnast so she was able to teach us some gymnastics to incorporate these skills into our routine. We worked for the entire vacation and finally finished on the last day of our trip. Here is the video from our routine from two years ago.
Our final sunset as we leave the beautiful island of Maui
Did we improve?
Posted by Victoria at 12:36 PM
Saturday, August 15, 2015
|Michael and dad swimming together|
|Playing on the board|
|Snorkeling on the south side of the island|
|Michael caught a goldfish|
My brother enjoyed fishing at our local pond. My dad would take him to the pond in the evening and he would catch gold fish. Michael and my dad caught 13 fish but they were two small to eat so they let them go.
|Watching the sunset|
Maui is known for its breath taking sunsets. Every evening, we would go down to our local beach and wait for the sun to wither away. The sky turns gorgeous hues of pink, yellow, red, and orange. The sunset is different every night but just as gorgeous. During our stay in Maui, everyone had at least one beach activity they enjoyed and that is the spectacular part about Maui.
Posted by Victoria at 11:45 AM
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
|getting ready to snorkel|
|My sisters on the boat|
|snorkeling in the water near Molokini|
|Having fun on the water slide|
Posted by Victoria at 8:01 PM
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
|My division warming up.|
Swimming in the ocean to do our buoy swims was the hardest and the scariest part. I was always worried about stingrays, sharks, and other kinds of sea animals. Someone in my division got stung by a stingray and had to go to the emergency room to get the stinger removed. We were running into the water to complete our buoy swim when the boy got stung. We are taught to do the stingray shuffle which is a shuffle that lets the stingray know that we are going to invade their territory but the stingray didn't move. I loved swimming with the dolphins as they would always put on a show for us.
I also loved to surf. I have my own short board at home but the long boards are a lot easier to stand up on and I caught a lot of waves this summer. It was hard at first, but then I got the hang of it. I also was allowed to tour the lifeguard tower and a lifeguard station. We also learned how to use the cans that the lifeguard swings in the air to use if they need to save a drowning victim. The other Junior lifeguards and I practiced saving each other. We would swim out past the surf line and pretend that we are drowning and then our teammate would practice swimming us in. We also competed against different junior lifeguard squads form all the local beaches. I especially did well in the running and always placed either first or second.
On my last day, I received a Junior lifeguard badge which my Grandma sewed on one of my favorite sweaters. I also received a certificate saying that I have finished my fourth year of junior lifeguard training.
|Holding my surfboard|
|Lined up after our buoy swim|
|My sister Sarah just watching and boogie boarding|
|My instructor Lance and I|
Posted by Victoria at 12:18 AM