Last Day of School Celebration

image[1] (8)My freshman year came to an official end on June 6th, 2013 at noon. I meandered out of my classroom where I had just finished a grueling two-hour history final. To say the least I was in shock. That was it. That was my whole freshmen year. My first year of high school was over and all I felt in the pit of my stomach was a gnawing sense that I had just wasted a pivotal year in my life by worrying about tests and grades, instead of focusing on myself. Isn’t there more to life than the marks you get in school? Was the anxiety really worth it? The answer is no. No, it was not worth it and I most definitely regret some of the choices I made this year. But that’s life and you live and you learn. And I guess you’re always going to have some form of regret.But don’t worry I made sure not to start my summer in a cloud of despair. In fact I did the opposite and had myself a little party of three. And in eight hours, with the help of my friends, I managed to complete four bucket list items.

#86. Spontaneous photo shoot with friends.

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After a quick lunch of pizza and a stop at the frozen yogurt shop my two friends and I arrived at my house. We quickly changed into our bathing suits and headed for the nearest pool. A look at the deserted parking lot and instantly we knew something was up. The pool was closed but we still had hope that another pool would be open. Stop two and we realized it’s a pool for those fifty and older. With sinking hearts we pulled into the parking lot of pool #3. With baited breath we ran to the gate and saw that lifeguards appeared to be setting the pool up. A look at the schedule posted and we saw that the pool was scheduled to open in a half hour. So what did we decided to do for  thirty minutes? Have a spontaneous photo shoot on a playground of course. The pictures scattered around this post are a sampling of the many photos taken. The quality is sub par as they were taken on an iPhone, but nonetheless we all had fun.

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#40. Have a burning party.

image[1] (6)After a half hour was up we walked back to the pool expecting the gates to be wide open. Alas they were not and even worse there was no sign of the lifeguards! With a feeling of image[4]dread I realized there was only one more pool we could possibly go to. With our fingers crossed we headed to the last pool and were met with the glorious sight of opened gates. Success! We swam for a few hours in the freezing cold water and then it was back to my house for a burning party. If you aren’t familiar with the concept, a burning party is not a disturbing ritual involving the sacrifice of baby animals but rather a chance for elated students to burn all their school papers at the end of the year. I suppose it’s similar the book burnings of the second World War, however instead of burning classic literature to suppress the population from gaining too much knowledge we simply burned useless notes, failed tests, and boring worksheets. What’s interesting is that all our hard work and effort was put into those assignments and we were willing, even happy, to burn them without a second thought.  To ashes, to ashes indeed.image[4] (3)

#96. Fluffy Bunny /#99. Make s’mores.

Once again if you’re not familiar with the term, Fluffy Bunny is a “challenge” where you stuff as many marshmallows into your mouth as you can. After each marshmallow you have to say “fluffy bunny.” I’m not sure the point of the game, but I will admit I was intrigued as to how well I would do. Before starting I guessed that with my chipmunk cheeks I could probably hold up to ten marshmallows, however by the time I had three in my mouth I was seriously doubting my ability to hold four much less ten. The marshmallows quickly became a gooey mass in my mouth and sticky saliva dripped down my chin. I hit my limit at six, when my gag reflex kicked in and I heaved the mess of marshmallows up. The sticky lump fell in my hand and I quickly threw it into the fire. Next my friends tried and the results were as followed: 6, 6, 4. After that experience none of us were thrilled at the idea of s’mores, however five minutes later we had forgotten our ordeal and were roasting marshmallows. Let’s just say s’mores are much better than the Fluffy Bunny challenge.

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All in all it was the perfect way to kick off the summer!

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan

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#2. Go to a concert.

Losing him was blue like I’d never known
Missing him was dark grey all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
But loving him was red
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My favorite thing about concerts has to be the sense of unity between everybody. I love the way complete strangers start conversing together and how everyone knows every line to every song. I love the way everyone just lets loose for one night.  

ggWay back in December my sister stayed attached to her computer for two hours in order to secure three tickets to Taylor Swifts’s Red Tour. After five months I had nearly forgotten about the concert image[2]until the week of when my mother mentioned our tickets had come in the mail. Anyway if you hadn’t guessed my sister, her friend and I all went to a Taylor Swift concert this past weekend. In order to get to the concert venue we had to take the lightrail. The tram was packed full of people all buzzing about the concert and trying to guess what songs she would sing and what costumes she would wear. After fifteen stops we finally reached our destination and  were greeted with an overwhelming amount of people dressed in Taylor Swift memorabilia. After fighting through the crowd we enter the concert venue and immediately I lost my sister in the crowd. Alone and without my phone I nearly started hyperventilating. However my sister managed to find me quickly and for the rest of the concert she forced me to hold her hand.  To say the least I was mortified. Here I am, nearly fifteen years old and I still need my sister to hold my hand. Despite the embarrassment and the fact that a bottle of water and some fries cost fifteen dollars the rest of the concert was amazing. Ed Sheeran who was the opening act was absolutely FotoFlexer_Photodsbrilliant. And Taylor’s performance was terrific. She performed every song from her latest album as well as some of her older songs. My favorite part was when she got off stage and ran through the crowd to perform on a smaller stage that was literally only three feet away from our seats. Even better Ed Sheeran joined her on the smaller stage and together they sang their song Everything Has Changed. It was one of those perfect nights that I’ll remember  for years to come and I think it was a fanatastic way to start the summer.

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan

(First post for Summer 2013! I’m a little rusty with this whole blogging thing, but I’m sure I’ll get into the swing of things after a few posts.  Anyway just wanted to say thanks to everyone who reads my posts and follows my blog. You guys are the best!)


Bucket List 2013

The 2013 bucket list is up! I’m sorry I’m two days late on posting it, but I’ve been crazy busy with end of the year school shenanigans. Anyway remember summer starts June 1st. So be ready, because this is going to be one heck of a summer.

2013 Bucket List:

  1. Go canoeing or kayaking.
  2. Go to a concert.
  3. Have a massive water fight.
  4. Hula hoop, jump rope, and play hop scotch.
  5. On a rainy day play all the board game classics.
  6. Sticky note a car.
  7. Get a 12 scoop sundae.
  8. Make a smoothie using bike power.
  9. Buy some Vans.
  10. Celebrate a foreign holiday.
  11. Get my splits and scorpion.
  12. Make a glitter piñata.
  13. Get an awesome tan.
  14. Spend a whole day relaxing.
  15. Rock a red lip and sunglasses.
  16. Fork a yard.
  17. Bicycle spokes notes.
  18. Message balloons.
  19. Coke & Mentos experiment.
  20. Play on a slip and slide.
  21. Do yoga as the sun rises.
  22. Take a Zumba class.
  23. Participate in The Thirty Hour Famine.
  24. Superglue a quarter to the ground. Wait and watch.
  25. Destroy a watermelon.
  26. Go paintballing.
  27. Learn sign language.
  28. Have a BBQ.
  29. Do the cinnamon challenge.
  30. Volunteer.
  31. Make a new friend.
  32. Be spontaneous.
  33. Go to the carnival.
  34. Go crabbing.
  35. Go fishing.
  36. Plant flowers.
  37. Create a summer playlist.
  38. Get a JUMBO snowcone.
  39. Color a pair of white canvas shoes.
  40. Have a burning party.
  41. Play messy twister.
  42. Go to an amusement park- ride all rides.
  43. Go rock climbing.
  44. Have a movie marathon.
  45. Go paddle boating.
  46. Go peach picking.
  47. Make a peach cobbler.
  48. Make peach iced tea.
  49. Create a chalk masterpiece.
  50. Walk to Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast.
  51. Get a tan tattoo.
  52. Get a henna tattoo.
  53. Go to a drive-thru movie.
  54. Finger paint on canvas.
  55. Fix my crayon art.
  56. Throw a paper airplane off a bridge.
  57. Train for a 5K.
  58. Pierce my bellybutton.
  59. Have a lemonade stand.
  60. Make strawberry lemonade.
  61. Practice soccer and lacrosse.
  62. Create a music video.
  63. Record a vlog for a week.
  64. Use a Polaroid camera.
  65. Learn how to play poker.
  66. Free Hugs sign.
  67. Plank because why not?
  68. Start a collection of something.
  69. See a midnight showing of a movie.
  70. Wake before 8:00 am every day.
  71. Write something every day.
  72. Stay outside for 12 hours straight.
  73. Do the 5 dollar challenge.
  74. Have breakfast a midnight.
  75. Go hiking.
  76. Learn something new every day.
  77. Make a “Summer Memory Jar”
  78. Sleep under the stars.
  79. No-budget shopping spree.
  80. Attempt the accent challenge.
  81. Attempt new hairstyles.
  82. Take a photo every day of summer.
  83. Say yes to everything for a day.
  84. Go vegan for a week.
  85. Take a midnight stroll.
  86. Spontaneous photo shoot with friends.
  87. Get waffles from The Waffle Truck.
  88. Plan a successful prank.
  89. Go on a picnic.
  90. Have a fancy tea party. Crustless cucumber sandwiches included.
  91. Spend the day doing ridiculous things.
  92. Roll down a giant hill.
  93. Tie dye white shorts.
  94. Have a corn on the cob eating contest.
  95. Watch the sunset and the sunrise on the same day.
  96. Go coning.
  97. TP someone’s house.
  98. When driving shout encouragements to runners.
  99. Make s’mores.
  100. Splatter paint.
  101. Take a picture with a random stranger.
  102. See another Shakespeare production.
  103. Play tennis.
  104. Make popsicles.
  105. Make box cars.
  106. Make dessert lasagna.
  107. Make my bedroom Tumblr worthy.
  108. Dance in the rain.
  109. Run every day.
  110. Release floating lanterns.
  111. Go to the beach.
  112. Swim a lot.
  113. Put soap in a public fountain.
  114. Go rollerskating.
  115. Get iced coffee.
  116. Go somewhere new.
  117. Go ziplining.
  118. Eat cake without hands.
  119. Have fun.

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


Happy Birthday to The Summer Games

Happy Birthday to the blog that started it all.

Exactly one year ago I sat down at the same computer I sit at now and started this blog. After a few days of tweaking The Summer Games was born and what followed was a summer jam-packed with incredible bucket listing adventures. Now here I am a year later to tell you that the adventure is just starting! That’s right folks; I’ll be back and better than ever for a whole new summer filled with fresh and exciting experiences.

If you have noticed, my blog has been under some construction these past few weeks. I’ve given my blog a new look, updated my “About” page, and added a “FAQ” page. Also there is now a 2013 bucket list page; however the list won’t be posted until May 12th. I am beyond excited for the summer season and can’t wait for it to start!

So mark your calendars as summer starts: June 1st!

A new summer. A new list. A new girl.

Are you ready to handle the summer heat?

-Meagan


2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


Wake up, it’s time for School!

School starts on Tuesday (duh) and I realized some of the items on my list were ongoing, so I need to update on how those went! Here it is:

#6. Wake up every morning before 7:30 am.

It happened. Guys, it actually happened. I managed to drag my bleary self out of bed for the majority of the summer before 7:30. Success is sweet!

#19. Do 100 sit-ups every day.

Again, it actually happened. Do I have a six-pack yet? No, but hey maybe one day right?

#71. Walk el perro (dog) every day.

Except for a few burning hot humid days, Aud and me got in a daily walk pretty regularly.

#77. Go to the gym regularly/run regularly to get in shape for soccer.

It happened. Sort of. 🙂

#78. Take a picture every day of summer.

Completed!

#79. Go to the pool a ton. Perfect my cannonball.

My cannonball is the talk of the town, for your information.

#80. Get a dark tan.

Eh, not as dark as I would have liked, but I’ll take it over the sickly pallor I had before.

#93. Spend as much time outside as possible.

97.6% of my summer was spent outdoors.

#99. Actually do my chores.

My mother is happy that this one worked out.

So there you have it guys! I decided this post would be best if I kept it as short and sweet as possible. Sorry if I disappointed you. As for whether I shall keep this blog going, I’ve not decided yet. We’ll see where life takes me.

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


#116. Have an impact on someone’s life.

What does it mean to have an impact on someone’s life?

If you had asked me this question at the beginning of summer I would have immediately answered that to have an impact on someone’s life you would need to do something drastic, something that would change that person’s life forever.

However about mid-way through summer I came to the stunning realization that every interaction I have, in some way leaves an impact. Take the little girls at camp, maybe my impact on them wasn’t life-lasting, but for a week I made something of an impact on their life. Perhaps something I said encouraged them to do or try something new, or maybe my impact was even smaller than that. Whatever the case may be I still made an impact. With this epiphany I had, I realized that my actions have consequences and those consequences impact people I know directly. With this realization I decided to take care and think before saying or doing something I regret. This way the small impacts I leave will be positive and not negative.

However aside from making small impacts everyday I also made an impact like my first definition. You see my family recently started sponsoring a child from Indonesia. By paying only $30 dollars a month we guarantee our sponsor child, named Agung, will receive enough food, clean water, clothes, and the chance to receive an education as well as Bible lessons. We are also allowed to send him letters, which they translate, and small gifts such as stickers. In June I wrote him my first letter, explaining to him about who my family was, what we were doing for him, and reminding him that God is watching over him and his family. Two days ago I received a letter back from his mother (Agung is only six) saying how thankful she was for our sponsorship and telling us more about her son. The letter brought tears to my eyes, to think that our small donation of money was helping our little Agung and his family so much was just truly incredible. I can only hope that our sponsorship continues to help this family in need.

Anyway I hope this post wasn’t too serious for this supposedly light blog! Two more days of summer and I’m not finished, so don’t give up hope on me yet. Expect a long post tomorrow.

May the summer be ever in you favor,

Meagan

*If you are interested in sponsoring a child in need, please check out this website: http://www.compassion.com/