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The Coolest Winter

Hey, all! Welcome back!

I wanted to remind you that JUST BECAUSE SPRING IS HERE, DOESN’T MEAN THE SNOW’S GONE. What I did with that precious white stuff this winter was probably the coolest ever. Trust me.

So there’s this mountain called Mount Monadnock. Under this popular mountain there is a bible camp called “Monadnock Bible Conference”. The camp had many retreats: Winter Teen, Summer Teen, Summer Kids, Women’s, etc,.  I, of course, went to the Winter Teen retreat (Formally called Encounter).

I mean this place had the coolest stuff to do. There was snow tubing, laser tag, a game room, the snack bar, a talent show, and of course, the coolest sessions ever. Not to mention the rubber chickens hidden throughout the camp.

Monadnock Chicken

Our secret chicken loot!

The food was heavenly. And I mean heavenly. We had pizza at 11pm on Friday night, pancakes for breakfast, tacos for lunch, mashed potatoes for dinner, I forget for breakfast, and CORN for lunch. It was pretty much the best weekend of food in my life.CORN

The activities were probably one of the best parts. I had mentioned above that there was snow tubing. We went night tubing as well! Actually, at snow tubing, I had met a few new friends who are super awesome!!! The laser tag was also very fun, though someone ran into a barrel while they were shooting at us. It looked like it hurt. A lot.

The music, oh the music. It was so good. One of the leaders rapped for us (which was cool), and the Chris Evans Band lead worship at all of the sessions. He was filled with talent and sang wonderfully, accompanied by his other musically gifted band members.PIANO

Dwight Night and his speech series on the 5 Questions

Dwight Night and his speech series on the 5 Questions

Our speaker, Dwight Knight, was so filled with wisdom and he had so much to offer. Dwight taught us about the 5 Questions:

1. Origin: How did I get here?  We need to know how we got here before we start asking anything else.

2. Purpose: Why am I here? Why did God put me on this Earth anyway? The answer is to show everyone that god could love me.

3. Nature: Why do I act the way I do? Because it’s in our nature, of course. We’ve been sinning since Eve ate the apple.

4. Change: How can I be different? You can’t. Sin never really goes away. But filling our minds with prayer, Christian fellowship, and simply God can really make the difference.

And 5. Destiny: What happens after I die? The world keeps on spinning. It was spinning before you were born, and it’ll continue after. However, WE are not just “over” when we die. We accept Jesus while we’re alive, but then we have an eternity with Him when we die.

 

Have you ever been to a camp or retreat? Did you have fun?

Or how about this: Do yourself a favor and think about the questions above. Check out Dwight’s books if you’d like. :)

 

#1kid

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The Pikachu Penguins

Hi! I said I’d come back, didn’t I?

So I’d like to throw a huge snowball at you. This snowball is called “Skiing”.

Inside this snowball is a tiny ridge somewhere in the world. It’s simple, has about eight small trails and a ton of homeschooled kids enjoying themselves in the chilliness of winter.

So there’s this girl about to get on the old chairlift when the chair simply stops behind her. The two teenagers next in line call out “Hey, you broke it!”

The girl, totally confused, says “Haha, no. No, I didn’t.”

For the next two hours, the three of them just skied for a while, acting like safe idiots. Her friend joined them shortly after, and they continued skiing.

We are now the weirdest of friends. :P

For the next five weeks, we just hung out on the slopes. A common thing we said was, “WHICH TRAIL NEXT!?” ItPIKACHUPENGUINS3 was often said as we were on the lift, 50 feet apart from each other.

PIKACHUPENGUINS1 Quite a few others joined us in the little group. And we are now called the Pikachu Penguins Ski Club. We even have a sticker for our helmets, because we’re cool like that. :)

Why Pikachu Penguins? Well, one of our members loves penguins. And the Pikachu? Let’s PIKACHUPENGUINS2just say our Club Anthem is the Pikachu Song.

I’ve never had a better group of friends than these ten teenagers. I have had some of the best PIKACHUPENGUINS4quality friendships this year so far. :)

Ever been skiing? Did you ski in a group of friends? ISN’T IT FUN? :D

-#1kid

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What’s the Scoop?

Hey, guys!

Well, you’re probably like “Where’s #1kid?” So here I am!

So here’s the past few events in my Road2Gold:

My novel Wings of Deception is complete. You can read a little bit of it here:  http://www.wattpad.com/story/9120472-wings-of-deception

I suffered a rotator cuff injury after taking on the sport of archery, shortly quitting after causing some major problems with swimming.

SKIING! :D

Movie theatres like you would not imagine: Ender’s Game, Gravity, Catching Fire, Desolation of Smaug, Lego Movie, Monuments Men… whatever.

Swimming! :D

And of course, school.

So those are my excuses. Yes, I’m a crazy person. Yes, I missed blogging. And yes, my computer is being a baby so I couldn’t blog.Image

In favor of the title, I shall post a nice dessert on here!brownie2Bsundae2B3

I’LL BE BACK! I PROMISE!

-#1kid

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Hey!!!

Hey everyone!!! I am #1kid’s brother. I’m commonly known as Ludwig on earlier posts. I like to play tennis, ski, play music, shoot, eat, and play video games. I prefer singles over doubles, prefer black diamond over blue square, prefer to kiss the bead than to turn off safeties, prefer guitar over piano, prefer tacos over chili, and prefer Legend of Zelda over Pokemon.

There’s my life.

So what do I think of my older sister? Well, she’s nice to have around, sometimes a bit annoying, good for computer projects, but ultimately, awesome. Not as awesome as me, but still awesome.

My Road2Gold is to be in the 2020 Olympics with my sister. Only I’d compete in archery events instead of swimming.

So that’s me. I’ll be guest blogging once a month. Thank you for your time.

~FantasyFan101

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Looking Better in Black

Hey, guys! What’s up?

A while ago I mentioned in my post, Book Worm, that I enjoyed reading. Well, with the whole concussion thing, I obviously wasn’t allowed to read.
Now, a few months later, I can proudly read again with hardly any struggles.
So what am I reading now? Well, if I do say so myself, I have been pretty obsessed with the Shadowhunters lately.
Yep! I am reading the Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare. Really, it’s a good story. I read the manga before I read the Clockwork angel Mangabooks and, just so you know, never judge a book by its manga. You don’t know the author’s writing style in it at all. You only get dialogue, which is cool, but there’s no color… of course. :(
The thing that really perked my interest is the Mortal Instruments movie. That’s probably why I wanted to read the Infernal Devices anyway. I wanted to watch the movies in my local theatre so badly! But, I hadn’t read City of Bones yet.
Taking a deep breath, I broke the rules and bought my ticket to see the movie without reading the book first, something I never do. Ever.

The only other time I have done this was with Howl’s Moving Castle. A great movie, really. A must watch. cityofbonescoverbookBut, I read the book after the movie and, quite frankly, the book was a major disappointment. It was boring, not funny, not as romantic, and just not as good. The only similarity to the movie was the characters names and the title… not cool. I’ve always wondered if I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read it before I watched it. That was the case with City of Bones. I felt bad, guilty even, watching the movie. I didn’t want to ruin the book for myself.

I judge a movie by its story, characters and the cast choice, computer graphics and effects, and the soundtrack. City of Bones had… almost it all.
ClaryThe story, thank Cassandra for writing the story and book. The characters, thank Cassandra and the amazing actors. Jamie Campbell Bower and Lily Collins are some of the coolest actors and actresses I’ve pinned to my Pinterest.
Visual effects… well, they were quite good. I mean, sometimes you jump out of your seat because it looks pretty real. (Which is always good.)
The soundtrack? Major disappointment. The score didn’t even have much to it. Just a few suspenseful riffs for each song! I was at least expecting a beautiful piece for the romantic scene… no, they had to play a quite cheesy Demi Lovato song. In the entire movie, I think my favorite song would have been Bach’s Prelude in C Major. (They claim that Bach is a Shadowhunter… cute.) I have an interesting taste for music, I know.

Something interesting is that everyone had a different opinion on the movie. Like here’s a few:

My friend who went to the theatre with me: “I thought the Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) was really good. I didn’t notice one mistake and Jace is soooo PERFECT!”

Alfred: “Horrringfyingly awesome but a little too dramatic.”

Ludwig: “Probably the best modern day set film I’ve seen in a while.”

littleonionwrites: The movie, overall, was great and I really enjoyed it.  I can’t wait to read the fourth installment of TMI and hope that City of Ashes is taken to the big screen.  :) (you can read littleonion’s full review here.)

Rotten Tomatoes: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones borrows ingredients from seemingly every fantasy franchise of the last 30 years — but can’t seem to figure out what to do with them. (Those rotten- gr…)

That night, I pretty much died of feels. My friend and I cried and hugged each other, a pole in the theatre, and the air (AKA Jace Wayland). To get my mind off of it for a while, I went to a pool to train a bit. Bad idea. You can’t swim when salty tears are filling up your swim goggles… it hurts.
My overall rating? Drumroll, please!KIDRIBBONS4

That’s right, 4 ribbons for City of Bones.
But really, if we’re going to give an extra half ribbon to on of the most stunning male protagonist, I think this movie would deserve it.

half-kidribbon


 I mean, come on!Jace, my love

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Giving 2020 a Shot

Konnichiwa, guys! I’m back with some AWESOME NEWS!!!

So in my post about swimming last May, I mentioned the candidate cities for the 2020 Olympics. They were Madrid, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; and Tokyo, Japan. If you didn’t know, I’ve always wanted to go to Japan… always…

Tokyo_2020_OlympicI think my Olympic dream might actually come true. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Saturday night at 5:00 in Buenos Aries that the 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be hosted in Tokyo.

That’s right, y’all! TOKYO!

I was on my way to Glow Golf with my fabulous Youth Group when my annoying brother, Ludwig, randomly shouted “AUDREY! CHECK THE IOC!!! Where’s the Olympics!?!?!?!?!”

Then I started freaking out. Luckily, my friend handed me her phone and let me searched and there it was in olybig, bold, beautiful, amazing letters:

THE IOC ANNOUNCES TOKYO, JAPAN TO HOST THE 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES!

Me: “YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!”

map_venueAQUATICSMy friend (who also swims): “WHAT?”

My friend (the one who the phone belongs to): “ARE YOU OKAY?”

Ludwig: “ARE THEY IN TOKYO? YES?”

It was very strange and awesome all at the same time.

Yeah, Luddy is starting archery. I thought I’d also give it a shot. :) Maybe Luddy and I could compete in States together! MAYBE WE COULD BOTH BE IN THE OLYMPICS TOGETHER? :D I, in swimming and Luddy in archery!map_venueARCHERY

I know… Another thing on my large plate of activities and sports. But since I had to stop karate last year, I have a little bit of time before the swim season starts up again! Lud, Emma, my mom, and I went to the local range for a lesson in archery.

SAMSUNGLuddy and I were pretty good! It looked as if the teacher was surprised to see that I wasn’t starting lessons. Fortunately, there was one more opening for me to join. How excited I was! :D

So who’s excited for the Olympics? Do you like archery?

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Get in the Hole!

Helloooooo! Welcome to Road2Gold!!!

The day after the Games, I went to golf camp. Now, I don’t always golf like I do swimming, but I still very much enjoy the game.

It was nice to finally find a sport this summer that didn’t involve much noise and physical activity. Therefore, my head barely hurt! Just the sun bothered my eyes which occasionally disturbed my head.

I am not amazing at golf, but I know how to play. So, going to camp is definitely a challenge when I see all the other teens driving them onto the green like a boss. :D No, never

Young Rory McIlroy

Young Rory McIlroy

am I intimidated when I stupidly drive ten yards. Those kids play golf like I swim. Say the teen golfer was to challenge me to a 9-hole match, I would lose with dull thunderclouds. But say I challenged him to a swimming race, I would win with flying colorful rainbows. I’m not as awesome as Rory McIlroy, but he was young once too.

On the last day of camp, we played our own ball instead of scramble tournaments. I was VERY nervous. I was like “Oh no! All the others are gonna be like wow, she hit right into the woods… AGAIN!” but it turned out a bit differently. On hole 3, it started sprinkling a little bit. We were like “Well, it’s okay.” Then, on the green of hole 4, it started down pouring, it became windy and very cold (my visor blew off my head!), and our friend couldn’t find her ball! Luckily, one of my group mates brought a giant umbrella that fit all four of us.

It was a crazy day. I lost count of how many times the group behind us yelled “FORE!!!!!” If you didn’t know, fore means that the golf ball is coming your way so take cover. We all ducked under our bags in the rain and hoped that it didn’t hit anyone else in the group. One time, it wasn’t three feet away!

I broke my favorite club, my 7 iron. I used it like I used swim goggles. It worked for almost any distance and it was one of the only clubs I was good at. On hole 6, I drove the ball out of bounds and into the woods, then took a three club length provisional, then took a swing with the 7, and crack! the head of the club sailed at least 10 yards behind me! Apparently, the pull-cart was behind me and I broke the club on the follow through!

Of course, every time we do something, we improve. And that’s exactly what I did. I had recorded last year’s scores in my phone for some reason. This year, they came in handy. Last year, I scored a 67 playing on the orange tees. This year, I scored a 73 with a concussion, in the down pouring rain, on the red tees, and with a broken 7 Iron. The circumstances weren’t very bright, just like the state championships.

Ever golfed? Ever felt intimidated because you “weren’t as good” as the others?

#1KID

THANK YOU, UNCLE MIKE, FOR THE AWESOME NEW 7 IRON! I CAN NOW SLEEP AT NIGHT. :D

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It Starts in the Water

Hello, there! Welcome to Road2Gold!!!

So if you’ve been following me recently, you’d know that I had been talking about my Life on the Couch and about my concussion. Well, I had also mentioned that I went to

Brain Swim Cap

Brain Swim Cap

State Championships with the head injury. So here’s how it went:

Before I even tell you how I swam, I will tell you how much I was looking forward to this event.

A lot.

I had been counting down the days since 60. I always reminded my coach about how there was “40 more days!” or “30 more! Just thirty!” until I said “Guess how much now! 28!”

Then, on 28 days left, I hit my head.

Anyway, back to present day. I woke up at 6:15ish and the first thing I said before I got out of bed was “1.” The day had finally come and I was not prepared… well, kinda.

We got there in time to warm up, stretch, find out what event numbers we were, get a T-shirt, all that fun stuff.

Then the meet started. It was fun, yes. But unfortunately, I had a major disadvantage: I couldn’t dive. I wasn’t fully recovered and was still wearing earplugs to block the sound of the buzzer. I was starting in the water and I had to swim about 4 strokes to catch up to where they took there 1st.SAMSUNG

No, I didn’t win. But I wasn’t expecting to. I knew this was just for experience and I shouldn’t beat myself up about it. It’s okay!

The coolest part though, was knowing my opponents in the next championships. They were all the same swimmers as last time! It was pretty cool to say “Hey, I remember you from the games! You’re really good!” The reply was usually something like “Oh yeah! Hey, you’re the person who started in the water, right?”

…I only nod… :)

Have you ever had a disadvantage?

#1kid

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Life on the Couch

Hello, people! WELCOME to Road2Gold.

SOOOO, as you can see, I’ve been, well, absent for the past few weeks. Yeah, it stinks. I know.

brain-bandaidThe reason for my absence is because of a concussion that occurred the week of my last post here. It’s been crazy boring and I really wanted to a ton of stuff this summer but, unfortunately, the brain comes first.

Here’s how it all went down:

Swim swim swim swim swim. Ten minutes straight of just swim. No break or anything like that. Gr. I mean, what am I supposed to think about? Sing a song? Yeah, that sounds nice. Hm? Which song should I sing? Well there’s- wait! Flipturn. Anyway, a song. Right. How about Chopin’s “Nocturne Op.9 No.2”? No, too slow. Oh, I do like “Mein Gott”! No, that’s waaaay too fast for a distance swim. Why is this so complicated?

Tap tap tap. Darn. Someone passed me. I was trying to stay ahead of them too. I guess my mind drifted off to a nearby restaurant. Now I just have to get ahead again.

Success! I’m in the lead again! The amazing, victorious, amazing, wowerful, ME! Wait! Flipturn.

That was a good flipturn. But my timing was a bit off and I should probably speed it up a little bit. This next one I’ll get it, if I remember. Continue.

Okay, I’m at the wall. Now speed it up, flip, push off really hard, and…

Bonk! What the heck did I just hit? And agh! My head kills! What just happened? I clutched the top of my head as everybody started telling me what happened.

“You just rammed into her!”

Oh, the person I had just passed collided with me? Weird. Okay, it doesn’t hurt as much anymore, but it still hurts. Just keep swimming. The ten minutes are about over now.

I was fine for another five minutes when we started doing some serious sets. I felt dizzy, nauseous, and a bit shaken. I got out of the pool and sat there for the rest of practice.

The next morning, I saw a doctor. Yep, a concussion. My balance, reflexes, and my head was wildly messed up.  Even my stomach was all wacky!Couch

Then all I did was sit there on my couch, bored… very, very, very bored. Luckily, I found some cool stuff to do like audiobooks, chillin’ with the cats, friendship bracelets, knitting, and napping. I found talking on the phone fun as well, but I think people got tired of me calling them so much. Oops. Also, the entire time I had to wear dark sunglasses to keep

Me being cool with my shades on the couch.

Me being cool with my shades on the couch.

the sun out of my eyes. I felt pretty “cool”.

So how I am I doing now? Meh, I’m okay.  I’m definitely getting better, still experiencing headaches when there’s loud noises or bright lights, stuff like that.

But the life on the couch wasn’t exactly exciting. As I had mentioned before, I was going to states in swimming this summer, as well as a training camp… Obviously, I couldn’t go to those… or could I? Yes, I did go to states, not the camp.

I’ll see y’all later with some insight on the individual state championships with a concussion! :)

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Curve Balls by Katy Lee

Curve Balls by Katy Lee.

This is my mom speaking about meeeeee! I greatly apologize for the inactivity but I had a concussion. This is what my mom says:

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Go ahead…

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