More Volleyball, Photography, and Skating

Friday…

I woke up and went to school as always. After school ended I had volleyball practice from 2 to 4:30. After practice ended my friends Chase and Luke wanted to come over my house and hang out. I asked my mom and she ended up saying no because she was sick and my dad just got home from a business trip. Luke ended up going with Chase to his house and I went home to my house. When I got home walked to the living room and laid on the couch. I ended up playing Skate 3 on my Playstation for 1 hour because I was very tired. I then got a text from Luke that said he was at my house with Chase. I didn’t believe him, but I went outside in curiosity. When I got outside I saw Luke and Chase and I ended up hanging out with them. We walked to Thousand Steps Beach and I took some pictures and then we walked home. When we got back to my house, we got in Chase’s car and drove to Mesa Burger. We had a great meal and after Chase dropped me off at home around 8:00. I ended up going to bed at 8:30 because I had a volleyball tournament in Simi Valley the next day. What a great day.

 

Saturday…

   My dad woke me up at 5:00 in the morning because I had to be at the flagpole at Santa Barbara High School at 5:30. I drove with Charlie and Luke to the tournament. Our tournament started at 7:00 and we had to leave right away to make it to Simi Valley on time. We ended up stopping at a Starbucks and getting breakfast. When we arrived in Simi Valley it was very cold. We walked into the gym and got right into our first game against Simi Valley. We ended up tying one game to one game since the first matches in pool play didn’t go to third game. The next game we played Laguna Beach and ended up winning both sets. After, we played Arroyo Grande and ended up winning the first match of the set and losing the second. We had the second most wins in our pool which meant we were moving up to the gold division. In the gold division it’s single elimination so if you lose your out of the tournament. We played Royale and they had won their pool with the most wins. We were really hyped up and wanted to win. We ended up winning both sets and didn’t need to go to a third game. We were really excited and since we beat Royale we were moved up into the semi-finals. We played West Lake in the semi-final and ended up winning the first set and losing the second. In the third set we lost 16-14 which was very sad since we were winning the entire set. We got fourth in the tournament which was really good for us since we just started playing volleyball together as a team. After the tournament ended we stopped a In-N-Out and got burgers. We then drove home and ended up arriving at home around 8:00 at night. I was very tired when I got home so I took a shower, brushed my teeth, and went to bed. It was a great day of volleyball.

 

Sunday…

I woke up at 10:00 in the morning. We couldn’t go to church because my mom had to pick my sister up from her friend Emma’s house. We ended up watching church at home since they broadcast it live on their website. After church ended I skated down to the skatepark and met up with my friends Ryo, Bernardo, and Steven. We skated for two hours and then Steven and I went to State Street to get lunch. We got Chipotle and after I got a text from my dad telling me he was picking me up. I had to go to my Grandma’s 72 year birthday dinner a Cadario. I went home, showered, got dressed in nice clothes, and drove to Cadario with my family. The food was really good and after we got home, I grabbed my camera and went to the beach. I took some ok pictures of the sunset and got a good star picture in the dark. When I got home I finished my homework and went to bed. It was a great weekend and remember to always make the most of your weekends by doing what you love.

A weekend filled with volleyball and photography!

Friday…

I went to school on Friday, like always. After school I had volleyball practice which ended up going an hour over, in preparation for our tournament on Saturday. After practice I went to the beach to take some pictures because the sunset looked very beautiful. I stayed there for an hour and watch the sun sent into the horizon. It was very beautiful and I only could take photos with my iPhone because my camera battery was dead. After the sunset I walked home and had dinner with my family. I felt really tired after dinner so I went to bed at eight o’clock. I had to wake up at five o’clock the next morning to go to a all day volleyball tournament in Valencia.

Saturday…

I woke up at five o’clock in the morning and I was really tired. My dad dropped me off at the MAD Academy because our team was meeting there. When I arrived I got in Elliot Bettles car and we got on the road to Valencia. Elliot and I were very hungry and hadn’t eaten breakfast, so we stopped at Mcdonalds and got egg mcmuffins. We then got back on the road and I put in my headphones and fell asleep listening to Coldplay’s first album “Parachutes.” When we arrived in Valencia it was seven o’clock and very cold. We walked into the gym and were surprised how many teams there were. We saw San Marcos, Mira Costa, Valencia, Royale, etc… After we warmed up had are first game against Royale and ended up going to a third game. I served eight points in a row and ended up helping are team win. The next game we played San Marcos and we ended up losing both the games to them. After that game we had a break and our team ate lunch together and we all hung out. After about an hour of relaxing we had to play another game against Valencia and we won. Since we lost to San Marcos we got dropped to the lower division. After meaningless games in the lower division we ended up getting 9th out of 15 teams. Although this wasn’t the result we wanted it was our first tournament together and we knew we had many more to come. After a long drive home, we ended up getting home at around five o’clock and I went down to the train tracks near my house to take some pictures. After about twenty minutes I felt tired and went to bed. What a great day.

Sunday…

I woke up late on Sunday because I was tired from my tournament. When I woke up I went to church with my parents and then I went to the skatepark. I skated alone for about two hours because none of my friends were there. My friend Chase texted me and said he was near by and was wondering if he could stop in and say hi. When he arrived we ended up going to Habit and then we wanted to go play beach volleyball. We called up my friends Charlie and Luke and we all met at East Beach. We played volleyball till dark and we were all very tired. I got home at six o’clock and ended up going to the harbor to take some more pictures. I got a really good picture and had an amazing weekend. Always have fun on your time off from school.

 

Weekend With Friends

Friday…

Finally finished another week of school. It was only a four day week so it flew by really fast. After school I had volleyball practice which took up the rest of my day. I couldn’t skate after since practice ended at 5:00 so I ended up going home and laying in bed.

 

Saturday…

I woke up at 8:00 and laid in bed for a while. I had to get up because I had a volleyball scrimmage at 9:15. After getting ready my mom drove me to Santa Barbara High School and dropped me off. We played a lot of volleyball and ended up winning three out of our four games. It was good to know that our team was really beginning to flow together. After my scrimmage ended I skated down to the skatepark from the high school which took about fifteen minutes. When I arrived I met up with my friends Ryo and Bernardo. I skated till around 4:00 and my friend Bernardo ended up coming to my house to sleepover. We arrived at my house at 4:15 and we decided to go take some pictures at Thousand Steps Beach. I live right next to it, so we got our cameras and walked to the beach. We took picture for about an hour until it got dark and then we walked back to my house. My mom then drove us down to the harbor to take some more picture for about an hour. We ended up leaving after an hour because we had skated all day and we were very tired and hungry. When we got home we ate dinner and played video games till 10:00 and then we went to bed.

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Sunday…

We woke up on Sunday and my mom said we were going to church so I got ready. We drove to church with our skateboards in the car. Church lasts about an hour and is very close to the skatepark, so after Bernardo and I skated to the skatepark from church. We arrived and I skated the bowl for a long time and learned some new stuff and then my friend Charlie showed up. We skated together and it was really fun. Charlie has a blog to and it’s called Daquan VS The World and he asked me to come over and help him with it. I ended up leaving the skatepark and went to Charlie’s house and we took some pictures for his blog. He also just got a new baby German Shepherd and he is so cute, so we played with him in the yard for a while. Later we went to the YMCA to play volleyball for two hours and after my mom picked me up with some food. She got me a noodle dish from the Noodle Bar at the Public Market. It was amazing and probably one of the best noodle dishes I have had in awhile. After eating I was very tired and ended up going to bed at 9:00. What a great weekend! Always make the most of your weekends and try to relieve all your stress by doing something you love.

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Four Day Weekend

   Wow another great week of school, and now that volleyball season started it’s hard to skate and hang out with friends during the week. That’s why presidents weekend was great to catch up with some friends, skate, and have fun.

 

Thursday…

   On Thursday I went to school like always and after school I had volleyball practice. After volleyball practice I went home and layed in bed for the rest of the day. Thursday ended up being a mellower day.

 

Friday…

   I woke up on Friday not knowing what to do since it was raining so hard. We have been having some big storms so skateboarding was out of the picture. I decided going to Cloud 10 trampoline park and it was a lot of fun. I met up with my friend Luke Mendro and we had a great day doing flips and playing dodgeball. My sister ended up going and I nailed her in the stomach with a dodgeball which was really funny, but I felt bad. After a long day of eating junk food, playing dodgeball and doing flips I went home and went to bed.

 

Saturday…

   I woke up to another very rainy day which was kind of unpleasant since I was missing skateboarding. I didn’t know what to do so I layed in bed for a while until I got a text from my friend Bernardo asking my to go to Skatelab. Skatelab is a giant indoor and outdoor skatepark in Simi Valley and is great to go when it’s raining, or so I thought. We arrived after a hour and thirty minute drive to a giant line out the door. After a long wait we finally got in and got our wristband and went to skate. It was so crowded and really not the best time because there were so many people. It was hard to ride because everyone would get in each other’s way which was very unpleasant. I skated a little ramp which was the least crowded thing in the whole park for the whole day. I learned some new things which was cool, but it was so crowded. We skated for five hours and Bernardo slept over my house. When we got home the sky was clear and so we decided to take pictures. The sun was just setting so we ran to the beach and brought our cameras. We got some cool pictures while the light lasted. When we got home we took some star pictures and after we went to bed. It was a fun day.

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Sunday…

   We woke up to more rain that eventually stopped later in the morning. The sun came out, the ground dried, and we headed down to the skatepark. When I arrived we skated for a while with no one there which was very cool. My friend Ryo arrived later and we skated for a long time before we became very hungry. We skated down to Rusty’s got some food and later  we headed back to the skate park for more skating. After a long day of skating I went and slept over my grandma’s house because my parent went to the Bacara to spend the night. Me and my sister played on her rope swing for a while and then went inside and watched a movie and made popcorn. After our movie we went to bed. It was a great day.

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Monday…

   Me and my sister woke up to more rain and so we decided to go to Cloud 10 again. She met up with her friend Lily and I met up with Bernardo and his friend Joe. We stayed at Cloud 10 all day and I taught both of them how to backflip. It was a really great day and knowing I had school the next day I went to bed early. It was a fun four day weekend. Make sure to always make the most of your weekends.

A Wild Weekend

   Wow, what a week. After getting back from Colorado I had a lot of work to make up for all my classes. All my missing work took its toll on me and I definitely was really looking forward to a fun weekend.

I turned my Friday into a lazy day full of laying in bed and watching youtube. Knowing I was going to have a fun filled day of skating on Saturday, I went to bed at ten o’clock. I woke up around nine o’clock and got dressed in some old clothes. I walked out to the kitchen made some pancakes and enjoyed them by the television. After finishing my food, I walked out got my skateboard and rode down to the skate park. After a twenty minutes ride I arrived at the skate park and met up with my friends, Ryo and Charlie. Ryo and I skated the bowl together for a couple of hours and ended up going to Rusty’s with Charlie and Colin for lunch. We came back to the skate park and I took some pictures of Ryo and we skated a lot more. It was a great day.

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   On Sunday I woke up around nine o’clock. Knowing church was at eleven o’clock I didn’t have time to lay in bed so I got up right away. I took a shower, got dressed, ate, and brushed my teeth. This took about an hour and a half since I am such a slacker in the morning. After I got in the car and drove to church. When we arrived it was really crowded and hard to find a parking spot, so my mom had to park a block down the street. After walking a block we arrived right on time and took our seat in the back. After church I got my skateboard from the car and rode to the skate park.

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   When I arrived at the skate park it was really crowded. When it’s crowded it’s really annoying because there are so many people and you’re always either getting in someone’s way or someone is in your way. This makes it really hard to try to learn tricks since you’re trying to concentrate but the other half of you is saying to look out for other people. I’ve been trying this trick for two days straight and I knew I wanted to try it on Saturday, although it was crowded. Its called a benihana and it’s a really difficult trick to me and it would be amazing to land it. I tried it for two hours straight and ended up not landing it cause I was too scared and the park was crowded. After that I was really tired and took a long break so I could catch my breath. I ended up going downtown to get food at Chipotle and when I came back I saw that Ryo was there. I skated with Ryo for the rest of the day and he motivated me to commit to a trick I have been wanting to land for awhile. Later as we were about to leave this really good skateboarder came to the skate park and he was doing big airs. I decided to take some pictures of him since I’m starting to get into photography. I got some alright ones since I was only using my iPhone, but it was really cool to see how good of a skater he was.

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   After a long day weekend of relaxation and skating with friends, I got home and laid in my bed. It felt really nice to just relax and go on my computer. Wow, what a weekend.

A Much Needed Vacation

   School can get very stressful with homework, tests, and especially grades. Its proven that giving the mind a break from school can help one come back more focused and ready to learn. What is a better break from school than a five day ski trip to Breckenridge, Colorado with your cousins from Ohio.

  The evening before the trip was very stressful. I had a lot of work to do before I could alleviate all my stress from school and focus on having a fun and relaxing trip. After school I had volleyball practice for two hours which took up a lot of time I needed for packing and homework. After volleyball I had a lot of extra homework I needed to do for the days I would be gone on vacation. On top of that I had to pack all my stuff and get to bed at a decent hour, knowing I would be traveling all day. I ended up getting all my homework and packing done and got to bed at ten o’clock.

  The next day I woke up at seven o’clock and got straight on the road to LAX. When I arrived, we checked are bags in, went through security, and made our way to our gate. After the plane arrived I boarded and took my seat in the back end of the plane. I put my headphones in and turned on my movie, Interstellar, and sat back in my seat. After a short one and a half hour plane ride we arrived in Denver, Colorado. We gathered our bags, got our rental car, and drove another hour and a half to Breckenridge, Colorado. The drive up felt very long because the excitement began building up inside of me. As we drove higher and higher up the mountain you could feel the air getting thinner, and it became harder to breathe. It snowed the whole way up which was very cool since we don’t get to see snow in Santa Barbara, California.

  We finally arrived at out house in Breckenridge, Colorado and anxiously waited for our cousins to get there. When they arrived we greeted them at the door with big hugs and talked for a while. After talking for a while we all went to bed knowing we were going to have a long day on the slopes. I took a shower, hopped into bed, and fell asleep.

  When I woke up I felt a rush of excitement knowing that I was going to learn how to snowboard. I got up quickly, ate breakfast, got my gear on, and got in the car. After a ten minute drive that felt like forever, we arrived at the parking lot. I got my board out of the car and walked over to the gondola to get my lift tickets. The line was long, so I let my parents wait in it and I played on my phone. They came back after ten minutes with lift tickets and I could already feel the excitement rushing through my body.

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We got on the gondola after getting our tickets. The gondola took us up to the mountain from the parking lot. When we arrived at the mountain, we walked over to the beginner hill so me and my sister could learn. My dad helped me put on my binding and we got on the lift. As we were going up I knew I was going to fall when we got off, and that made me nervous. When the time came for me to get off I put my back foot on the board and jumped off the life. When hit the ground I fell over and when I popped my head up the lift hit me in the back of the head. It was really funny and embarrassing, but it didn’t hurt since I had a helmet on. After finally getting of the life I got on my other binding and sat there for a minute and took a look at the mountain. I felt ready and having my dad, mom, sister, and cousins by my side.

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   My dad went first and showed me the basics on the mountain. I stood up and began to go down and realized how much harder it was than I thought it would be. I could not stop, so I fell to my butt and slid down. After some trial and error I finally figured out how turn and slow down. After a couple more runs on the beginner hill I finally got it and it felt amazing. Later that day my cousins took me up to a black diamond run which is a lot steeper that what I was used to. When I got up to the top it looked scary, but when I started heading down the mountain it was not hard. I carved down the whole mountain and didn’t fall once. It was a great feeling knowing it was my first day and I was already doing an advanced hill. After an amazing day of snowboarding we returned to our house.

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 The second day was amazing since it snowed all day. I had to buy some goggles at the snowboard store because it was so hard to see. We snowboarded all day on some great intermediate runs with a lot of fresh snow. After we got back home, I was so sore and tired that I fell asleep after dinner. It was a great day.

  On my last day I felt more confident in myself since I knew that I could do black diamonds. My cousins had a lot of faith in me and new that I could do some bigger runs than I was used too. They took me on the Colorado Super Chair which takes you all the way up to the top of the mountain. After a long ten minute chairlift ride we arrived at the top of the mountain. When I looked at the sign I realized that all the runs down were double black diamonds. This made me feel uncomfortable since I had only been snowboarding for three days. After some second thoughts I realized that I was already up here and the only way down was too snowboard. I put on my boot and went. I carved down the whole mountain and didn’t fall once. It was great to know that I had been snowboarding for three days and already did a did a double black diamond.

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    It was a great trip for me because it gave my mind a break from school and allowed me to relax. When I arrived back at school I felt refreshed and ready to learn. A little break from school once in awhile won’t do any harm, but will only help one. Make sure to do something you love on your break.