Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Freedom Attends a Dance Competition in Greensboro with Sydney

On Friday, March 27th, Sydney and Freedom helped load the car and then headed to the Nexstar Dance Competition in Greensboro, NC. Sydney is a member of Techniques in Motion’s Petite Dance Company and invited Freedom to come along and learn about one of her favorite past times.

On the long ride to Greensboro, Sydney and her friend Emily explained to Freedom what to expect while she was there. The days are very long and there are lots of dancers and dances to watch. The girls checked into their hotel rooms so they could get a good night’s sleep before dancing the next day.

Everyone had to be at the auditorium early the next morning. Sydney’s mom helped her put on her makeup and once that was finished she was able to put on the costume for her first dance. Sydney did a jazz dance to “Girls of the USA”. Freedom loved the pink costumes and thought the girls did a great job. Later in the day Sydney and her friend Emily did a tap dance to “In the Summertime”, Freedom thought the music reminded her of being at the beach. There were many types of dances to see while they were in Greensboro: ballet, tap, jazz, clogging, and lyrical. Freedom thought taking a tap class might be fun!

At the end of the day when awards were given out, the Petite Dance Company did a fantastic job. Freedom was so excited for the girls when they found out their dances earned Platinum and High Gold ranking as well as Overall 1st and 2nd places.

On Sunday there were more dances and dancers to watch before loading the car and coming home to get ready for the school the next day. Freedom enjoyed learning more about the different dance forms and would still love to take a tap class.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Justice Cruised The Gulf of Mexico with Alex and Elizabeth

Alex’s Blog
My spring break was awesome! It has lots of adventure and fun. My family went with me to Mexico, and not the dangerous part of it.

First we had to stop in New Orleans, Louisiana, before going to Mexico. It has a lot of gambling, jazz, bars, casinos and Mardi Gras (fat Tuesday) stuff. New Orleans is home to the big Mardi Gras party. My favorite place we visited first was the aquarium. I saw an anaconda that was bigger than my dad’s leg! There were also parrots, piranhas, penguins, sharks, jellyfish, turtles, even an owl. Phew, that’s a lot! I even saw an albino alligator. Outside we saw a robotic dinosaur…weird!

The next day we went to the D-Day museum. We saw huge planes in the main room! I also saw a tank, a rusty army jeep, a big machine gun, a wicked motorcycle, battle boats, and other stuff. D-Day is the day when the USA attacked the Nazis (German army) who had captured France. We saw videos about D-Day and some other weapons. At the end we got cookies and Sprite.

Then we got on our cruise ship, the Norwegian Spirit. We went to a pool with two water slides. We just looked around. It had thirteen floors and about ten restaurants. My favorite restaurant is Raffles Court. Our room was on the ninth floor. It was a small room with two folded beds and two regular beds. An announcement came on that told us to watch a video on channel two and then go to your emergency station. After the video we got on our life jackets and we went to our station for the drill. The drill didn’t take long. We looked around the ship for the rest of the day.

The next day was a full day at sea. We swam in the pool. We even saw a pool that doesn’t have water slides. At night, we played in the arcade.

Our first stop on Tuesday was in Costa Maya. First, we went zip lining in the Costa Maya forest. I went really high when I zip lined! Next we went to the beach. While I was swimming I saw a crab and fish. At the end, we looked for souvenirs. I got a necklace. The symbol on the necklace stands for late August which is my birthday. Then we got on the ship.

Our next stop was Guatemala. We took a boat from a harbor to a water park. It had water slides, turtles, iguana, table tennis, even a bar in the middle of a pool. My dad and I went to the top of a small, stone, old lighthouse. I got an old drum-like instrument with a wooden stick.

Our next stop was Belize. We visited the one ruins of the Mayan tribe. We even climbed to the top of the biggest ruin. A man told us the Mayans sacrificed children for something from their gods. We were at a beautiful restaurant. I got an old mask.

Our last top was in Cozumel (Mexico). First we drove in a blue dune buggy to a beach where I snorkeled. I saw lots of fish, even an eel! Then we went to a celebration place called El Cedre. Then we went to another beach. Another dune buggy ran out of gas. Next we went to our shop so we could go home. I got a shark tooth necklace.

We had a great trip!

Elizabeth’s Blog

Our vacation was a blast! There we so many things to do. On Saturday we landed in New Orleans. We went to places like the aquarium, French quarter and Jackson Square. The next day we got on a boat to Mexico. The boat was huge! It had 13 floors. Sunday we spend the whole day at sea. We did almost everything on the boat. They were playing, eating and adventuring.

Costa Maya: The next day we were in Mexico. We took a bus through a jungle to go zip lining. Alex did it but I was a little too scared. When we got back on the van we went to the beach. We had lunch and explored the water. Most of the time I was in a hammock relaxing.

Afterwards we went shopping. I bought a dolphin key chain.

Back on the boat, after dinner, we went to the Star Dust Theater to see a magic show. The magician had broken five Guinness World Records!!! I loved the origami trick.

Guatemala: In the morning we took a smaller boat to the Amatique Resort in Guatemala. The water park was awesome! There was a castle and a pirate ship with slides. We ate lunch by the pool. On the resort there was a playground and everything in it was made of wood. There were even some turtles and iguanas. We climbed the old lighthouse and cracked open a coconut.

What was funny about being on the ship was that every time you came back from dinner the maids had folded the towels into different animals like an elephant, rabbit, lobster, dog and frog.

Belize: In Belize we all took a van to some ruins. We also learned a lot about sacrifices. Afterwards we went and had lunch at a garden-like restaurant. We went shopping and then went back to the boat.

Cozumel: In Cozumel we took dune buggies to the beach and went snorkeling. I didn’t want to go snorkeling because swimming with animals makes me nervous. We spent the whole day riding dune buggies and visiting beaches until it was time to go back to the boat.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Spring Break in Northern California with Liberty and Olivia

Liberty went with Olivia and her parents to Northern California on Saturday, April 4, 2009. They flew into the San Francisco Airport and then drove down the coast to Monterey for the first couple of days. They stopped a few times along the highway to take some pictures of the Pacific Ocean because it was beautiful. They visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium (visit website to see live webcams) and saw neat exhibits on seahorses and jelly fish and watched the Aquarium staff feed the penguins and otters. Then they drove through the 17 Mile Drive along Pebble Beach golf course. Olivia narrated the tour with the brochure that they received at the gate.

The next day, they drove further down the coast to San Simeon and toured
Hearst Castle. It was one of Olivia's favorite parts of the trip. A woman designed the Castle and it was awesome. The outdoor swimming pool was really cool.

They drove up to Sacramento and went to the California Railroad Museum the next day which was very nice. Then they drove into San Francisco. The first day in San Francisco they went on a city tour on a Hop On, Hop Off double-decker bus. It stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge and Liberty, Olivia, and Olivia's parents walked to the center of the Golden Gate Bridge and then back. It was a little scary and very windy and chilly. It is 220 feet from the bridge to the water at the center point. That night they went to see the musical "Grease" starring Taylor Hicks (from American Idol) and they liked that a lot.

The second day in San Francisco, it was rainy but they went to Alcatraz. The tour started with a boat ride to get to the island and then an audio tour (with headphones) around the prison cell house. They learned all about what it was like to live and work there. In the afternoon, they went to the Giants vs the Brewers baseball game at AT&T Park and the Giants won. The pigeons were flying over their heads looking for food during the game which was weird.

The next day they went to the crookedest street in the world (Lombard Street). They rode on the cable car several times and Olivia got to stand on the outside and hold on to the pole. They got plenty of exercise walking up and down all of the steep hills around San Francisco. Other things that they saw included Coit Tower, Ghirardelli Square (for yummy chocolate and ice cream), and the Cable Car Museum. Olivia and Liberty learned a lot of interesting things on this trip. They also rode on Street cars that were brought to San Francisco from other places all over the world like Milan, Italy.

On the last day they went to Muir Woods and saw redwood trees that were
over 200 feet tall and 2000 years old. It was cold inside the Redwood Forest but really neat to look around and up. They visited the town of Sausalito and did some shopping also.

We flew back home overnight returning on Easter morning. It was a really fun trip!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Samantha's and Freedom's Family Vacation in Orlando

Freedom traveled with my family and me to Orlando, Florida on February, 27 until March 8. We went to see my grandma and my papa. When we first got there we went swimming. Freedom just watched me swim as I dove under in the eight feet deep side of the pool. On the second day my grandma, my papa, and I went to karaoke. Freedom and I liked the song "Best of Both Worlds" by Hannah Montana. The next day Freedom and I went to another pool. We met a new friend there. We all played together and rode bikes. The weather was warm so we did not have to wear a jacket. My grandma and I went to a carnival and went swimming with my new friend, Miranda while my mom and dad went fishing. When my mom and dad got back my brother grilled the fish they caught but I did not want any. Freedom ate some and said it was awesome!! On the last day Freedom and I learned how to drive a golf cart. It was the best time of our life. On our way back to North Carolina Freedom and I stopped at the Welcome Center in Florida and in Georgia. We had a great time in Florida!!