Sunday, July 27, 2014

You Can Hear It Humming, See It Coming.....



I LOVED THIS MOVIE!!! (Actually, as I write this, I haven't finished it yet, BUT I STILL LOVE IT!!) The music, the dancing, the characters, the story, all of it!!! To keep this review short and let me focus on the things I liked, here is the plot in sentence: Overprotective, eccentric, millionaire father has trouble letting his daughter grow up and get engaged. Yeah, that's basically it!


Kiri Liz introduced me to this movie with her review. I was like "Wait there's a Disney live action movie with Fred MacMurray that I haven't seen? And it's a musical?!? Where has this been all my life!!!!" I have been greatly anticipating watching this movie ever since!


Mr. Drexel Biddle is the eccentric millionaire who keeps alligators in the conservatory, runs a boxing and Bible school and firmly believes in the Bible in Uncle Sam (what's wrong with that?) He really wants to keep his family, specifically his daughter, together, and resents her getting married. But he's really quite nice!

(He's played by Fred MacMurray, the man affectionately referred to by my siblings and I as "that guy who plays in every Disney movie from the 60's" or for short, "that guy")

Cordy is his loving, boxing daughter who goes off to school and comes back engaged!!! (Ok, I was a bit confused at this point. Shouldn't the guy check with her parents first?!?) I really like her spunk! Also, the name Cordelia is growing on me because of her!

Lesley Ann Warren is love-ly in this movie!!

Angie or Ahnnn-je is Cordy's fiance whom she finally elopes with!! (The ending of this movie really confuses me, but Cordy was happy so....)  I really didn't like this guy that much except that he has a dream (Detroit!!!!)

Angie's mother is simply dreadful!!! There are those who would punch her if they had the chance!! She is controlling and selfish!!! And really makes me mad!!!!

 John Lawless is the butler and kind of the narrator of the story. I actually thought he was going to marry Cordy!!! (My family and I ship it!!! Except they don't use that word :D) John actually speaks to the viewers, which is something I appreciate, both in books and movies! He is a delightful singer and dancer and probably my favorite character!!




This movie has the greatest songs and dances!! They're (the songs) catchy, boisterous, and perfect for me!!! There are also sweet slow songs, but that was the time my family took the liberty to quickly clean up from dinner ;)



My favorite songs (and the ones that will be sung in our family for forever now) are "Fortuosity", "I'll Always Be Irish", "Detroit", and "Watch Your Footwork"

Ok, you probably guessed that I liked this movie. WELL YOU GUESSED WRONG!!!! BECAUSE I LOVE IT!!! (Pardon the shouting :D )


Well I'm off to Detroit....ahem Durango, Colorado for the week so...

Let's just pretend she's saying "Bye!"

Yes, that is a jail. The ending of this movie is a wee bit weird :)

You guys should really go watch this movie. NOW!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

FOR NARNIA AND ASLAN!!!

In case you didn't notice, I really like Keep Calm signs.

Oh yeah, sorry in advance if you don't like Narnia. (Ahem, a certain person whose name starts with N ;)

The other night, my siblings and I were watching Prince Caspian (no this is not a review). As Peter rushes into battle, he shouts "For Narnia!!" When he said this, I felt a surge of patriotism. Yeah, that's weird. I haven't even seen a Narnia book or movie since last summer when I read the whole series. Obviously, deep down inside I'm Narnian!! 

Here are some of my favorite Narnian things that I want to do (courtesy of Pinterest ;)


Oh yes!!!

I always wondered what the other worlds had!

I already do this occasionally

I need to design it as my dream house


They are so pretty and, according to the books, comfortable

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Bucket List of Epicness (According to me!)


So Evie tagged all of her followers with this Bucket List Tag!!! Thanks Evie!!! Here is my sadly- uncompleted-but-still-epic bucket list!! 

Learn to make GIFs


Be really fit and strong

Run a 5K in 20 minutes or less!!

Run a 5 minute mile!!! (They're probably not reading this, but certain people, Jeremiah & Caleb, said I couldn't, and I probably can't, but maybe I can!!!)

Go to the Final Four!!!! (A big college basketball thing)

Own an Olympic trampoline

Finish learning JavaScript

Be a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship

Be THAT random person that gives out free tickets to sporting events

Finish my Classics Club list!


If you are a gymnastics nut like me, you will notice that this is a picture of the 2011 World Championships, not the Olympics. (I also want to go to the Gymnastics World Championships!) Team USA is on the gold medal podium!!!!!


2 stories! With a ladder!

And Kevin Durant, the Studio C cast, Kyla Ross, Greg Howlett,
Jordyn Wieber, MyKayla Skinner, Dick van Dyke, Kacy Katanzaro...

I didn't even know this was a thing, but now I will try it!
It can't be far from Phoenix!!!!


Do a roundoff backhandspring on the ground!!
(I've already done this, but then I lost the skill!!!!!!!
{Those were angry !!!!}

Newsies!!!!

Scotland included!
Visit Russia! To practice my Russian!



No words....



So you have survived my epic-but-probably-will-never-be-finished bucket list!!! (I probably forgot a lot of things I want to do, so I may edit this post from time to time!)
I tag:
And anybody else who wants to!!!
(Lots of other bloggers have already been tagged ;)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On Tumbling, Connecting, Herding Butterflies, and Things of that Sort



Soooo, I was really into gymnastics when I was younger. I went to lessons sporadically when I was in fourth-sixth grade. But I guess I really wasn't made for gymnastics because I'm not really flexible or graceful! I still love to watch it though!
BUT, I am powerful. So, I tumble a wee bit, kinda intermediate stuff. I have a good roundoff and am learning a roundoff back handspring. I love the sensation of running, hurling yourself into the air, twisting/flipping, and landing with a satisfying THUD. I love running and jumping hard onto a springboard that launches you over a pile of mats. (Yes, I know, vaulting isn't tumbling, but I still love it.) I love being powerful.

I have almost gone through a window before (possibly a few times).

I tumble because I love to. I may not be the best, nor will I ever be, but I can accomplish personal goals like the roundoff back handspring. I want to be strong enough to do things that not many other people can do. I love the adrenaline that comes from throwing myself into the air on a (sorta) whim. I love telling people, "I almost broke a bone/died." (Yes, I do tell people that :D ) Though that seems like a gross exaggeration, it is (mostly) true. (I have landed on my head so much, it doesn't even hurt any more, not that it happens often now ;) Tumbling is dangerous. It takes guts. It takes courage. It takes commitment. Don't throw the skill unless you are going to put everything into it, else, "stuff" could happen. (By stuff, I mean broken bones and other injuries, possibly to your life)


Tumbling is a process. You have to break skills down in to parts to learn them. First learn Skill 1, then Skill 2. Then connect them. (The connection is the hardest part. I mean, seriously, if you know two skills, shouldn't you be able to connect them?)

Tumbling builds your confidence. You have to trust God that He made your body strong enough to throw this skill. Take a deep breath and visualize yourself doing it. You have to be tough mentally. Sure, you're afraid. You will be until you have done this 100 times. Fear is a part of life. BUT, "God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind." (I like the power part ;)

Tumbling is like herding butterflies. Straight legs, reach back, pointed toes, chest up, tight body, open armpits, rotate faster, straight arms, straight wrists, snap your feet under, look up, don't look like a frog (yes, I have been told that) You learn to do all these things until it becomes muscle memory. Then you just do it again and again and again until it you can do it in your sleep backwards.



Tumbling is hard work, but boy is it rewarding to watch yourself get stronger. And when you finally connect your skills, the feeling of accomplishment can not be matched. (And it's kinda fun to show off at the park :D )


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rolling on a Coaster (Pt. 2)


Well, this is a continuation of my last roller coaster post, which you can see HERE. Anyhoo, on to today's attractions:

~~ Viper (6Flags)

The red and white one
This coaster's line is always really short!! Whenever I go to Six Flags, I always ride it at least twice. It is great fun and has an awesome corkscrew, but it really knocks you around. Sometimes I get a headache from bumping around so much! But don't let a little soreness discourage you. This coaster is AWESOME!!

~~Xcelerator (KBF)
The car is going up!!!
Xcelerator is one of those rides that looks really, really, really scary, but after it's done, it is the best thing everrrrr!!! You walk by it and this is basically your reaction:

I just had to use this GIF!!!

It goes from 0 to 82 mph in 2.3 seconds!!! (131.966 km/h) The ride launches you almost straight up, then you drop almost straight down!! The whole ride is less than 30 seconds. The scariest part of this ride was standing in line thinking about how scary it was going to be!! Once it launched, I didn't have time to think until I was at the top of the hill!! Going down also isn't that bad, because you are going so fast!! I think this is one of the best roller coasters everrrrr!!!

~~ Tatsu (6Flags)

Tatsu is probably my favorite roller coaster of all time!! As you can see in the picture, because the cars are under the track (or over, depending on the loop) you get the great impression that you are flying!!! It is so much fun!! This has to be my favorite roller coaster!!!!

What's your favorite roller coaster?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Oh look I have been nominated!!!


Well, well, well, a beautiful blogger named Evie nominated me for the Liebster award (Liebster means "dearest", or so I'm told). Thank you so much Evie!!! For those of you who don't already know what this is (and so I don't forget a step), here are the rules: 

~Thank and link back the person who nominated you 
~List eleven facts about yourself 
~Answer the eleven questions asked by the blogger who nominated you 
~Nominate 9 bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers (you can't nominate the blogger who nominated you)
~Ask them eleven questions
~Let them know of their nomination!

FACTS:

1. I once was on a basketball team with all boys.

These were some of my teammates/opponents!! They were really good, I was not :(
2. My laptop is a black MacBook that I think is absolutely beautiful!!! It needs a name though. 

3. I don't really like to travel. I'd rather stay home than go to exotic places.

4. I really like GIFs, but I always forget I have them or don't have an appropriate place to use them :( For instance:





5. I can do awesomely creepy face swaps with Photoshop.


6. I really, really like the Olympics!!
Team USA all the way!!!
7. I hate creative writing, or writing fiction in general. But I love blogging and nonfiction stuff!!

8. My favorite subject is English because I'm good at it, and it contains literature!

9. I don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

10. I've read The Phantom Tollbooth 3 to 4 times!

11. I really want a Coke bottle with my name on it!


QUESTIONS:

1.Who are some people you’d like to meet someday?
Well, there's lots of people I'd like to meet in Heaven: Amy Carmichael, Mary Slessor, Ronald Reagan, and George Muller, to name a few. Some living people I'd like to meet would be Shawn Johnson (gymnast), Mary Lou Retton (gymnast), Kevin Durant (basketball player), and Kyla Ross (gymnast).

2. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?


Well first I'd probably be like "Uhhhhhhhh" and say something dumb, but now I'll say these things: Put God first in your life and laugh a lot!

3. What’s one of your favorite habits you have?
Making a schedule/to-do list for school

4. What are some things that make you really happy?
This song:


This movie:
Musicals
Gene Kelly/Danny Kaye
Tap dancing
Tumbling
Macgyver/Mission: Impossible
Reading a funny book
Funny skits on YouTube
Eating bean burritos
Camp
Laughing

5. What are some things that make you really sad?
Not many things make me really sad

6. What are some things that scare you?
The dentist
Needles (in my skin)
Breaking bones

7. Do you like to plan things out in detail or be spontaneous?
I like to plan things out, but I don't usually :( Mission: Impossible, one of my favorite shows has lots of planning!! Also, once I planned out a raft trip complete with a crew, the boat, food, and schedules. I used to plan lots of weird things when I was at lunch during elementary school and wasn't allowed to talk.
Impossible Missions Force


NOMINATIONS:
Evie (yeah, I broke a rule, so what =)
Anyone else who wants to participate!

MY QUESTIONS:

1. Would you rather be hot or cold?
2. Do you name inanimate objects? 
3. What is your favorite post that you have written?
4. What is your favorite show on Netflix?
5. History or science? English or math?
6. What are some things that make you laugh?
7. The funniest joke you have ever heard/told?
8. Favorite sport?
9. Ereaders or physical books?
10. Favorite place to buy books online?
11. What is your dream job?

Well, now I'm off to let some bloggers know that they have been nominated!!! Ta-ta for now!!! (I'm in a hyper, Tigger mood at the moment!!!!!!!!!)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Rolling on a Coaster (Pt. 1)

A few weeks ago, my family took a vacation to Knott's Berry Farm for my sixteenth birthday. (That was in April.) We couldn't go then because of that wonderful institution called education. Anyway, for all you people who don't live near the west coast of the United States, Knott's Berry Farm is family amusement park in southern California. We went with my cousins and had lots of fun!!!

Also, for the past few Aprils, my church has gone to a youth conference in California. While there, we go to Six Flags Magic Mountain, another amusement park with lots of roller coasters. (The most of any Six Flags, I might add)

Here are some of my favorite roller coasters from both parks. (We've also been to Disneyland, but I was little and didn't go on any large coasters.) Also, these are not ranked!! (Except, I've saved the best two for last =)

~~ Ghost Rider (Knott's Berry Farm)

This is a wooden coaster that doesn't go upside down, but it is not for the faint of heart!! This thing will shake you until you wonder if your head is still attached!! The above picture shows the first drop, when you think you are gonna die. Then you go on a bunch of twists and other drops until you get to the top of another hill, where you can rest for about fifteen seconds. Then you are off again until the ride ends!! Beware, the Ghost Rider bumps, a lot! 

~~ Goliath (6Flags)

This ride is AWESOME!!! That drop tho!!! 255 feet!!! (78 meters!!) This coaster is so much fun!! First you have the drop, then you go into a spiral and feel like you have a invisible hand pushing you into the seat!! The drop is not that scary but almost the most fun you will have in your life!!! (Sorry for the exclamation points, it's better than continually using CAPS LOCK, I guess)

~~ Montezooma's Revenge (KBF)


This coaster launches you from 0 to 55 MPH (in 3 seconds) through a loop. Once you get to the top of the climb on the end of the loop, you fall back and do the loop backwards!!! The scariest part is the initial shock of 0 to 55 MPH!!! You are thinking "Oh this is a nice, short but sweet coaster!" Then WHAM you can't breathe for the next fifty seconds!!! However, this coaster is loads of fun!!

Stay tuned for Part 2 which includes this monster!!!!