My Seventh Grade Year

My seventh grade year threw a lot of twists and turns at me. I had to learn A LOT of things to get through seventh grade.

When I first arrived in August, I expected not too much homework. But soon, I found myself up until 11 trying to get everything done. By October, I was drowning with homework, quizzes, tests, and essays due the next day. This was because I couldn’t manage my time very well. I saved my vocabulary packets and reading notes to the very last minute. But as the year passed, I got better and better at time management. I wouldn’t procrastinate. I was never tired in the mornings–okay, I was almost never tired in the mornings.

Another thing that took getting used to was a lower locker. Every time you wanted to go to your locker–which was almost after every class, you had to get down on your knees while there’s another person directly above you. I wish that we had lockers that were separated just by a little. But, it wasn’t too bad.

Don’t get me wrong, seventh grade was a really fun year. My advice for the next year seventh graders, is to not stress too much and have a good time.

Hawaiin Vacation

If I could choose one place in the world to visit again, it would definitely be Hawaii. I love how the waves gently crash along your feet and the cool breezes blow through your hair. There’s no place like Hawaii.

First of all, their snow cones are AMAZING. The ice, as soft as snow. And wishing you could have all the mouth watering flavors in one. My most favorite flavor is kiwi with cream mixed in. What makes the snow cone even better is walking along the shore, bare feet against the soft sand as the sun sets making beautiful colors splash against the sky.

Lastly, my most favorite one of all, is surfing. Everyday I’m in Hawaii I want to surf. The feeling you have when you stand up on your board and glide with the waves is just incredible! It makes me forget about all my worries- but how could you in Hawaii?

These are all reasons why I would stop what I’m doing and get on the next plane to Hawaii!

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite poems. I used to read all of his poems when I was in elementary school. I really like the rhythm and the way he uses repetition. I also like how this poem starts and ends with the same line. The details for the imagery really explain a lot about this end of the sidewalk.


Challenge Week Four and Five: Media and Memory

It was the most AMAZING invention in my whole entire life. It was my universe. It was my world. I just couldn’t do without my playscape.

That playscape was literally built around me. I was four when I begged and pleaded my parents for a playscape. And before I knew it, there I was, hanging on the perfectly soft wood just like a monkey swinging from vine to vine. My face would gleam with joy, making memories everyday. I would have adventures from treasure stealing pirates and super sneaky ninjas to the lighthearted princesses and the prince who saves the day. While I played on it, my whole world had no worries. Every moment counted when I was in my backyard.

I was so excited to come home from school every day to play on my playscape. Without it, my childhood wouldn’t have near as many memories to look back upon and smile.

Photo taken by me.

Inspirational Quote

“Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss you miss, you’ll land in the stars.” -Les Brown

This quote is by far my favorite quote. It tells me so much in just two sentences– that you can never be a failure. You always learn something out of everything. Take the chances and go for your goals. Otherwise you’ll never know what you’re capable of. Even if you don’t achieve your goal, you’ll get there soon.

Les Brown is a motivational speaker. He inspires people in every way. In this quote of his, he tells us very clearly to never give up and take all the opportunities that you can in life. Nothing bad can happen to you if you don’t achieve what you aimed for. Only good can come from there.

This quote shows me that giving up won’t be an option in life.


As soon as I walk in, the relishing Tex-Mex smell swirls all around you. The waiters welcome you and greet you with warmth. As soon as you see all the laughter and gleaming faces, you know that you’ve picked the perfect restaurant. This restaurant is the one and only Maudie’s. It’s the best Tex-Mex restaurant in Austin, Texas!

Maudie’s has the most unique architecture! It’s definitely anything BUT boring. The mini waterfall outside swiftly glides across the glossy blue rocks. The goldish-brown wooden sticks, drape horizontally from the ceiling. Beautiful and colorful Mexican paintings hang from the walls with pride. But not only is the restaurants decor fantastic, but their food is mouth-watering! The exquisite, tasteful, and deliciously seasoned food puts a smile on my face. I would come here every day if I could! I don’t think this place could get any better.

I always love to eat out at Maudie’s no matter what mood I’m in. They bring out the best Tex-Mex food in all of Texas. Maudie’s also has a lunch and dinner menu along with a breakfast menu too! There’s no way to be in a bad mood once you walk through the doors here.

So come over to Maudie’s where you’ll have the time of your life! It’s the best Tex-Mex food in Austin. Trust me; this will be your favorite restaurant.


Christine’s Nightmare

Eine rote Rose

The boat glided across the murky-water. All was still–except for the creaky gate opening to let the Phantom and me into his dreadful lair. Cobb webs were everywhere–except on that one polished organ. Crumpled up papers filled with scratched out music were lying around the organ. There were candle-stands that have been missing from the opera house, dimly-lit. The lair, the trembling lair.

The lair was uncomfortable. Just like that dummy in a wedding dress–wait, is that me? Shivers ran up my back as I gazed around once more to the place that haunts my dreams.

There was a bed of dead roses, yelling to be rejuvenated. All the roses surrounded one fresh, crimson rose in the middle, rocking from the chilly breezes. There was the steady beat of the water echoing in the distance. The lair swirled with mist and fog. The floors were washed in ash.  The old statues of beautiful angels lay there, rusty, and soaked in solitude.

It looked as though the lair was rejected by the upper-world. Everything seemed to be missing a heart. Everything was abandoned. Everything was stranded. Even the man- my old angel of music.

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People wear masks all the time. There are all different types- like as in a costume or emotions.

Some masks you can see. Scary ones, cool ones, and really weird ones too. They’re worn a lot during Halloween and Mardi Gras. They’re really fun to have.

The other kinds of masks are invisible. No one can see them except for you. No ones a robot– everyone has felt some kind of emotions before. Whether your angry, sad, jealous, or you feel empty. But when you put a smile on your face, nobody will notice your mask. It’s an even more heavier burden than a real mask.

People might wear a real mask on a holiday for fun, but nobody wants an invisible mask. Everybody wears masks. Just what kind of mask everyone wears is different.

Pep Rallies

“Go wildcats! Y’all can win!” The sounds of roaring crowds as they cheer on the wildcats. The cheerleaders do all their stunts and tricks. It makes you feel pumped up to win your next game for your school! Pep rallies are SUPER fun!

Earlier in the pep rallies, they call out the names of all the team players. And this year, I’ve been on the volleyball and basketball team– so it feels good when they say your name to stand up. You feel really proud to be standing up with all eyes on you.

In addition, all the classes are shorter, which means you are in a happier mood! The classes are about 35-40 minutes which means you don’t have as much homework because you can’t get to everything that was planned! Therefore, you don’t know how to do the homework.

Lastly, you get to hang out with your friends! Theres no assigned seats like in class and you get to talk and be as loud as you want! Barbra and I sit on the bleachers laughing our heads off! Being with your friends just adds to all the games and fun!

Now you know exactly why I wouldn’t want to miss a single pep rally… because I love them!

Spring Break

     Spring Break is one of my most favorite vacations of the school year: spring break means my birthday is getting close! I can’t believe that it’s almost here- it didn’t feel like a whole year since last spring. 

     Every year I look forward to my birthday and a whole week off of school. Spring is my most favorite season because it’s not too hot or too cold-like Goldilocks-it’s just right. I really hope that this year we can go on a cruise to wherever.

     I am even more excited this year because I’ll be turning 13! That’s why I especially can’t wait for spring to come again. While I’m at it, I’ll probably take a couple of pictures with our bluebonnets! 

Lupinus Texensis
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