The National Geographic Spelling Bee

Hello everyone! It’s Mara here, and today I’m doing a post about the National Geographic Spelling Bee! Enjoy the post!

At our middle school in our English classes we did the National Geographic Spelling Bee. I won in my English class which was super exciting. I won with the word tapioca. I love tapioca pearls! Then, we have to go to the school wide spelling bee in which all the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders compete! It is on Tuesday and I am very excited! I will keep you updated, cross your fingers for me! Bye for now!


My Band Concert

Hello everyone! It’s Mara here, and today is my band concert! I’m so excited, for it. I’m in 5th grade band and I play the clarinet.  For our band concert, we’re playing the song Dragon Dance by Michael Story. Also, we’re doing the song Bandroom Boogie by Michael Sweeney. Each section is doing a different song then:

Flutes – Jingle Bells

Clarinets – Aura Lee

Alto Saxophone – Ode to Joy

French Horn – Old Saint Nick [this is a solo, since there is only one french horn.]

Trumpets – Ode to Joy [again]

Brass [Trombones, Tuba, and Baritones] – Skip to My Lou

Percussion – We Will Rock You


At school today we did the dress rehearsal for the whole school, it was really fun. Also, the 5th grade Orchestra, 5th grade Choir, 6th grade Orchestra, 6th grade Band, and 6th grade Choir, will be performing tonight.

Thanks for reading this post! Bye for now!




Happy New Years!

Hello everyone! It’s Mara here, and I hope you guys had a great New Years Eve, and have a great New Years Day. Today, I’ll post some of my New Years Resolutions and what I did yesterday on New Years Eve. Enjoy!

My New Years Resolutions 

  • Get straight A’s
  • Participate in classes.
  • Pay attention in my math class [my math class isn’t boring actually it is very interesting and fun it’s just that I have math at 7:45 AM every morning and it’s hard to stay awake when you’re so tired.]
  • Blog once a week [at least] on all of my different blogs.
  • Write to Eliane [our family’s sponsored child from Brazil] once every 2 weeks.
  • Make new friends.
  • Work hard in dance classes.
  • See my Great Grandma more often.
  • Practice my Clarinet 3 times every week.
  • Learn calligraphy.
  • Learn Bulgarian.

Yesterday, was New Years Eve and I had gone to a sleep over the night before [December 30th – December 31st] and when I got back at 10:30am, I played Mancala against nobody. Very strange, right? Though, I love the game Mancala and sometimes when I’m bored I play against an imaginary person. Then my family ordered sushi from Ginza Sushi, I had avocado sushi, and then we watched Penguins of Madagascar. It was really funny and my favorite character was Eva the Russian Snowy Owl. I enjoyed every time when Skipper said Dave the Evil Octopus’s name wrong. Skipper always said a different name that starts with D like “Debbie” or “Darryl.”

Later on we watched the movie Mall Cop 2 for dinner. It was pretty scary but very funny at the same time. My favorite character was Maya. My favorite part of the movie was when Paul puts on cupid wings and performs in Circus de Soleil, while trying to run away from Ramos.

Well, I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Bye for now!




Hi everyone! Today, I’m going to share with you one of my poems I wrote on the way from Illinois. I hope you enjoy!

Life by Mara

Tears of eternity

Laughs of moments

Hearts of gold

Pain of the past

Cries of the lost

Smiles of the found

Trees of life

Winds of peace

Sunrises of hope

Sunsets of rest

First laugh

Final tear


Also, I was typing this up, my mind drifted off to between 7th and 8th hour. My reading teacher [who is awesome] said that she hoped she was alive when I became a writer someday. That made me so happy! Well I hope you enjoyed my poem. Bye!



Hi everyone! It’s Mara, here with a post about where I was all weekend! I hope you enjoy the post!

Over the weekend I went to Naperville, Illinois for a concert. I left school early on Friday, came home and we left for Illinois. It is a long car ride there and we didn’t want to get stuck in traffic [we still did] so that’s why I left early. We got to Downtown Naperville and had dinner at the deep dish pizza place, Lou Malnati’s. We then went to little stores around the downtown area of Naperville. We looked at some books at Anderson’s Bookstore, then headed over to Sur La Table to look at cookie cutters, after that we decided to go look at some cool games at Marbles, finally we settled down at Starbucks with some treats from Le Chocolat de Bouchard. I had a Cotton Candy Macron from Le Chocolat de Bouchard and a Frappula Frappuccino from Starbucks. Then we checked in at our hotel, and went to bed.

On Saturday, we woke up and went to Corner Bakery for breakfast. Then we went back to our hotel to rest up before we went out exploring for the day. I played my favorite game on my IPad, Looney Tunes Dash. After that we got some delicious sushi for lunch at Rotary Sushi, they have the best Green Tea Cheesecake there ever! After Rotary, we went to Westfield Mall, it had a big carousel and a train. It lots of tiny little stores, they had this store called Furry Babies. It sold purebred puppies. My mom and I admired a little dachshund puppy. Then, we left Westfield and headed over to Danada Square to get some Bundt Cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes. We went back to the hotel, my mom relaxed in her bed, my dad played on his IPad, and I read up in my special window seat looking out over the city. Then all of a sudden the fire alarm went off. It was so scary! We got our shoes and walked out of our room, down the emergency exit stairs. We walked down the long 11 staircases, then headed outside with everyone else. The Paramedics and Fire Fighters came. They inspected the building throughly. It turned out to be lots of powder from the people working on the roof. Then we went to dinner at Corner Bakery [again.] We headed over to the concert at Yellow Box Church. There were more than A 1,000 people. We saw Mr . Talk box, Francesca Battistelli, and Matthew West. It was a really good concert. Matthew West and his band gave out candy to all the kids! Since, it was Halloween.

This morning we woke up then went to breakfast at Corner Bakery [for the 3rd time.] Then we came back to the hotel and packed up getting ready to check out of the hotel. We then headed back to Downtown Naperville. We walked the Riverwalk and checked out lots of stores. We had lunch at Ted’s Montana Grill, then we saw a little group of people gathered by the pet store Two Bostons. We headed over, they had all these dogs in cages outside. We found another dachshund puppy named Opie. We then headed back home, and had dinner. That’s brings us pretty much up to the present.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Bye for now!

Country Round – Up

Hi everyone! It’s, Mara here and today I have a country round – up. All the countries are from the last 30 days [a month or so.] I hope you enjoy!

United States – 498 Views

Australia – 63 Views

United Kingdom – 44 Views

China – 16 Views

Spain – 15 Views

India – 12 Views

France – 10 Views

Mexico – 6 Views

Singapore – 4 Views

Canada – 4 Views

Philippines – 3 Views

Malaysia – 2 Views

Indonesia – 1 View

Austria – 1 View

Italy – 1 View

Venezuela – 1 View

Well, that is my country round – up! I hope you enjoyed the post! Bye for now!



Cool Facts About Christopher Columbus

Hi everyone! It’s Mara here, and today my post is about some cool facts about Christopher Columbus. Why am I doing a post on Christopher Columbus all of sudden? Well, today in social studies we were studying Christopher Columbus. We were assigned 3 pages of questions and had to read pages 72 – 88 in our text books. It was hard and it took a long time but in the end I was glad we had been assigned this homework, because I had learned so much more about Christopher Columbus. Today, I’m going to share some of this interesting facts with you! I hope you enjoy them!

  1. Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy
  2. Christopher Columbus was inspired to become an explorer because of Marco Polo’s book.
  3. Christopher Columbus asked many kings and queens of Europe to fund his 1st trip to “China.”
  4. Christopher Columbus brought 17 ships and 1,200 men on his 2nd voyage to the new world.
  5. On Christopher’s 1st voyage to America he brought 3 ships The Nina, The Pinta, and The Santa Maria.
  6. Christopher faced a large meadow of slimy seaweed while in the Sargasso Sea on his 1st journey.
  7. Once Christopher reached “China” he realized it wasn’t China, and then he thought he had landed in the Indies [Indonesia, Malaysia, etc.]
  8. Christopher Columbus started an Agricultural Revolution.
  9. One of questions in our packet asked “Columbus never brought back gold and silver but he did bring back lots of vegetables. Some Europeans say that this was more important than any gold Columbus could have brought back. Why do you think they say that?” I responded in my answer, “well health is worth way more than gold. The stuff that the Europeans had been eating was probably quite unhealthy. After, they got the fresh and healthy vegetables, they would be healthier.
  10. Columbus believed South America was the Garden of Eden from The Bible.
  11. The enemy that attacked Columbus and his crew on Columbus 4th journey was worms. Yes, worms they ate through the bottom of Columbus’s boats, and they weren’t able to sail anymore
  12. I believe that the most important thing Columbus did was bringing back more healthy foods to Europe.


I gained lots of facts while doing this packet. I hope you learned a few things as well. Bye for now!