This is my blog about me and my life as a 13 year old girl

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Our Florida Home

One of the things that made our trip to Florida so great was that we stayed at an amazing place. We had a big, updated, comfortable condo to stay in and the resort was filled with fun things to do. There were two awesome pools, one with a splash pad and one with a pirate ship that we all (admittedly even I) enjoyed. There was often live entertainment, games, and contests on the pool deck that anyone could participate in. One of my favourite things in life is watching our friend Pierce, who is 5, hula hoop. Other than swimming, which we did quite a lot of, there was lots of time spent playing ping pong, minigolf, Foosball, and eating ice cream. We all agreed that we would be fine just to spend all of our time at the resort and bypass Disney entirely.

The Reimer's room was right next to ours and if you peeked inside in the morning or in the evening you could often see us playing intense games of Dutch Blitz, or even a couple rounds of Cheese Touch. Pretty much every day when we were eating breakfast or packing for Disney, Cohen, the Reimer's middle child, would poke his head into our room and just stare at us with that open mouthed smile. I made the very good comparison that Co is like a puppy. He runs around with tons of energy, always smiling, always happy, knocking things over and messing stuff up but you can never get mad at him.

After awhile in our Florida home, it really did start to feel like home. We had our little routine each day and we didn't want to leave. And now, for your enjoyment, pictures!

Our first hula hooping contest, which Sasha won.

Our loyal Disney companion, which we often forgot in random places. We named him Strolly.

All the girls have normal faces, all the boys have crazy faces, and some downright strange. 

All the kids who went on Space Mountain, Ellie included.

Our classic Disney picture.

Here's Strolly again.

In "Canada" at Epcot. Apparently we all live in Alberta or BC.

Our cook at the Japanese restaurant at Epcot, with a Mickey Mouse made out of onions below. He must get, so, so sick of making Mickey Mouse. 

My dad, Co, Auntie Tan, and Peirce on Everest. My dad unimpressed and Pierce loving it. 

Pierce hula hooping! It may look like it is falling but it actually spins at that angle for him. 

Here is Ellie at Cocoa Beach. We went with just the Penner's.

Me and Ellie having a blast in the waves and Sasha looking not so sure. 

Ellie really enjoying those drums at Epcot.

Here we are at "Sketch Club", taught by expert Uncle Shawn. 

Here is the oldest Reimer child, Zach, drawing our subject of choice, Mickey Mouse. 

The expert and his much superior Mickey.

All of us concentrating hard. 

We had such an incredible trip to Florida. I can't wait until I can go again!

Friday, February 15, 2013

My Favourite Part of Disney

One of my favourite things to do is riding on scary/fast/interesting rides. I don’t know why I enjoy zooming down a track hundreds of feet in the air. I don’t know why I love going upside down and being extremely scared. But I do. Disney World has a lot of awesome rides. This is my list of the Top 7 Best Rides at Disney with 1 being my very favourite.

1. Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom
I love this ride! I really, really, love it.  I rode it 3 times over the course of our holiday and loved each and every moment of it. It is amazing! I love the dark, how fast it goes, the drops and turns, everything!

2. Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom

This ride is so fun! I love when it goes backwards in the dark and when it does the long, steep drops. I like that it is mostly outside because when it goes up high you can look down and feel even more scared! I like how when you are waiting in line it really feels like you are getting ready for a trip up Everest.

3. Rockin’ Roller coaster at Hollywood Studios

Such a cool ride! It is so crazy how it just takes off from the ground. It is so fast and I really like all the lights. It also goes upside down, but you can’t really tell since you are in the dark the whole time. The story behind it is cool too; I like how at Disney they create huge buildings with lots of details and back stories just for the rides.

4. Soarin’ at Epcot

This is a simulated ride where you feel as if you were hang gliding above mountains, beaches, cities, the desert, and many other places. You sit in this long bench like contraption, elevated in the air in front of a giant circular screen onto which the images are projected. It really feels like you are actually above the Golden Gate Bridge, about to hit some trees, and skimming the water’s surface. It is so incredible!

5. Big Thunder Mountain at Magic Kingdom

This is a smaller and way less scary version of Everest. I enjoy doing roller coasters that aren’t as thrilling because they are still fun and you can relax and just have a good time. Big Thunder Mountain is still not for the faint of heart. It features some pretty cool drops, crazy turns, and steep hills.

6.  Test Track at Epcot.
In this ride, which is essentially a giant ad for Chevrolet, you can design your own futuristic car (which is fun, but not the best part), and then ride through a series of tests which are testing the efficiency, capability, responsiveness, and power of “your car” (not really). But it is fun to zoom around the track, avoiding trucks, driving through a thunderstorm, and the best part, testing the power! You speed around the building at top speed with the wind blowing you hair everywhere and going down drops and turning at crazy speeds!

Now, you might be wondering, “But Hannah, where is Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids? Those are some pretty awesome rides!” Yes, I bet they are, but I wouldn’t know for myself. Those two rides were closed the days we were in those parks, and they didn’t look like they would be opening any time soon. It was kind of disappointing, but we still had a lot left to choose from.

Remember how before I was saying I don’t know why we like going on crazy roller coasters? Well, some of us don’t. My mom and Ellie are the two people in our family who do not, and I mean DO NOT like scary rides. We convinced Ellie to give Space Mountain a go, and she instantly hated it. Mom and Ellie also decided they could do Expedition Everest. Again, both instantly hated it. At least they tried, right? Ellie's shining moment was Big Thunder Mountain, which she actually liked! My mom, well, not so much. She hated it less than Everest though. 

There are many more great rides that I definitely enjoyed, but not quite enough to make it on to the list. Even with all the great rides at Disney, there were a few not-so-great rides (and some were just downright lame) So, here is my list of the top 5 worst rides at Disney, with 1 being the very worst. 

 1.  Stitch's Great Escape at Magic Kingdom.

I don't even know what to say. It was boring, you don't even move really so I can hardly call it a ride, it wasn't remotely interesting which is the same thing as boring, and it didn't make much sense to me. I can't even describe it! I am never, ever going on it again. 

2. The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios

This one is like the definition of lame rides, although Ellie loved it. Basically you're sitting in this car, with a narrator guy and you ride through these scenes from famous movies. Now, it could have been interesting. But the narrator guy was annoying, and although the robots were very well made, especially the Wicked Witch of the West, there was no real suspense and it wasn't very interesting. 

3. Dinosaur at Animal Kingdom (used to be Countdown to Extinction)

Many people actually like this ride, including most of my family. I hated it, and I can't really give a specific reason for it. It wasn't overly scary or boring, I just didn't like it.

4. Tomorrowland Speedway at Magic Kingdom

A lot of the younger kids wanted to go on this ride and that is the only reason I even went on it. It's like go carts, you are controlling the car, but you are on a track so you can't pass people. It goes so slow, you keep bumping into the track thingy in the middle, and it is really unresponsive. It just wasn't fun.

5. The Barnstormer at Magic Kingdom

This ride is a roller coaster that would actually be a fun ride if it wasn't so short. It's for younger kids, but seriously, it's only 20 seconds! 

I don't want to end on a bad note, so I'm going to end this post by saying that I had more fun at Disney than I thought I would!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Finally, a Post!

      It's been about 3 months since I have written on my blog. I keep putting it off because, well, I just don't have time to write a post (which is code for I just don't feel like it).  So when my teacher told me to write a small journal of my family's time in Florida for homework while there, it was the perfect excuse for me to start writing on here again.

      Our vacation started off with a morning drive to the Grand Forks airport which was pretty uneventful. We just watched The Bridge to Teribithia again, which is one of my favourite movies. It always makes me cry. The Grand Forks airport makes the Winnipeg airport look enormous! The first thing that happened was that my dad locked his keys and his wallet in our van. We called a locksmith and waited for about half an hour inside while he worked on our van. After that, we boarded our plane and settled in for the next 3 hours. 

     1 book, a ball of yarn, and 15 wine gums later, we landed in the Sunshine State. We got our rental car, ate supper at Chile's, and headed to the hotel. We unpacked, looked around our awesome room, and went to bed. The next day was beautiful, so we decided to explore the grounds of our resort. We looked around the lake, saw the mini golf course, took a peek at the basketball court, Foosball, and ping pong, and swam in the pool. It was a great first day! Our really good friends from Ontario came in the evening to join us. They have 3 boys in grades 4, 2, and kindergarten. We all love being with them. The next day was to be a Disney World day, Hollywood studios to be exact.

     Our friends had been to Disney once before and they told us we had to do Tower of Terror and Rockin' Rollercoaster first! My sister Ellie and my mom are absolutely not scary ride or fast rollercoaster people, so they sat out while the rest of us headed on to those rides. I really loved Rockin' Rollercoaster. Tower of Terror was fun too, but not really my type of ride. We saw some cool shows (I loved Indiana Jones, I remembered seeing it on the Disney episode of Full House) and of course we did It's a Small World. That song is so annoying! 

The next day we all headed to Magic Kingdom. We had a little...mishap when my dad took a wrong turn and we couldn't get to the parking lot. But it ended up all right. Magic Kingdom had some great rides. Space Mountain is incredible! We convinced Ellie to go on, but not my mom. Ellie hated it with a passion. Splash Mountain was closed unfortunately, but we all (minus Ellie and Mom) had a good time on Big Thunder Mountain. We did some other rides, saw some other shows and had lots of fun at Magic Kingdom.

On our 4th day, we decided it was time for a break from Disney World. While the moms were off shopping, the rest of us were playing many rounds of Dutch Blitz in the morning and a mini golf competition between the families. Team Penner won, of course. The second half of our day was spent at Epcot. I loved Epcot because it didn't feel as Disney as the other parks. We did some awesome rides like Soarin' and Test Track. Soarin' is a simulator ride which makes you feel like you are hang gliding hundreds of feet in the air. It was probably one of my favourite rides of all time. Test Track was a super high speed racecar type ride which everyone did. All I could hear on the fastest part was Ellie's high pitched shriek in my ear. We ate supper at a Japanese resturant where they cook the food right in front of you. Our chef was funny and our food was great! That meal was one of the highlights of my trip!

At this moment, I am sitting by the pool enjoying our complete day off from Disney. Later today we will go to the Cheesecake Factory for supper. Today was filled with swimming, ice cream, Cherry Coke, and hula hooping contests which my family dominated. The pool is awesome and the weather is perfect. Got to go now - the hot tub is calling my name.