Saturday, January 7, 2012

Welcome to my blog!

Dear Readers,

I welcome you to The Voice of Royce blog! Have a fun time! Please contribute a lot of quality comments. I will try to get back to every one of you.

My name is Royce, and I have a lot of hobbies. I play baseball and tennis, and I LOVE
 video games! I live with my mom, my dad, and my sister. I was awarded this blog by Mrs. Yollis, my third grade teacher.

Here I am creaming a line drive.

 Here I am hitting the ball over the net.

Here I am playing Super Mario Brothers Wii with my friends on my birthday.

My favorite thing about blogging is how you can see wonderful sights from other people. You can see how other people live and how other people spend their lifetime. It also is important to not use personal information.

I hope you like my blog and everything about it! Have fun exploring, learning, and posting comments!


What are your hobbies?

What are you favorite sports to play?

What is your favorite video game?


  1. Dear Royce,

    Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging!

    I really liked your introduction to your blog. It was very creative. You neglected to add artist to your list of hobbies if you were the one who made the WELCOME letters.

    When I was your age I had many hobbies. I collected stamps, coins, picture post cards, shells, rocks and so many other things. I liked to draw and read.

    I loved all sports and played whatever was in season: football, basketball and baseball. I think it is important to exercise to stay in shape. I still exercise and I am now in my 60's.

    Sorry but I do not play any video games. I preferred spending my free time reading and working out.

    Keep on blogging and hitting the ball out of the park!

    Energetically yours,

  2. Dear Royce,

    Congratulations on earning your blog from Mrs. Yollis! You created an engaging first post, and I really like the look of your blog.

    My favorite sport is soccer. I actually played soccer in college (I went to Westmont College in Santa Barbara), and was able to return after I graduated to help assist the team for a few seasons.

    My favorite video game is Wii golf, and I also like playing Plants vs Zombies. Have you played either of those games before?

    Mrs. Watanabe

  3. Dear Royce,

    Congratulations on getting your blog! I think you blog title is very catchy and creative. I also love the opening voice at the beginning of your post. Well done.

    I have a feeling there will be a lot more interesting posts from you and I look forward to reading all about it.

    Just like you, my favorite hobby is playing tennis. In fact our whole family plays tennis and we try to play on the weekends. Who do you play tennis with?

    Happy Blogging,
    Victoria (Sarah's mom)

  4. Dear Royce,

    I was interested in seeing new blogs and, when I heard about yours, I thought I'd drop in.

    The opening voice recording is a great idea. It allows people to know the sound of you voice and fits in well with your blog title, "The Voice of Royce".

    Like you, I have many hobbies but the ones taking up most of my time are photography and video work. I make CDs and DVDs for schools and community groups. It can take me on average 80 to 100 hours to film and edit then make CDs or DVDs for those who ask. I'm becoming popular, particularly at the end of year, because I only charge enough to cover my costs (I work cheap.).

    While I don't take part in organised sport anymore, my main interest is in walking. I am often out for hours walking through a local nature reserve of one of our local national parks. It's great to be out in the open.

    I have been a gamer for a very long time so I understand your interest in video games. Before video games machines were released, I bought the bits and pieces to make a simple video game I know everyone would think very boring now but it was once high tech. :)

    Your first post has been very interesting. I hope I am able to visit and comment on more posts in the future. Thanks for sharing with the world. :)

    Teacher, NSW, Australia

  5. Dear Royce,

    Welcome to the world of blogging! I think you have done a fabulous job assembling your blog. At first, your Voki scared me, but he was so friendly and helpful...I've changed my opinion of him. I guess you should never judge a book by its cover. (Although he doesn't have a cover, he's all bones! Ha Ha!)

    I love the detail sentences you included in your paragraph about why you like blogging. Well done!

    As much as I like to be on the computer and blog, I do not enjoy playing video games. My brother and his kids sure do, but the games kind of make me dizzy!

    I do have other hobbies. For example, I like to garden. Yesterday I work in the backyard dividing up an old plant. It was a large staghorn fern and I had to cut it up and use chicken wire to attach the staghorn ferns to boards. I'm going to add a photo to our 366 blog when I'm done. Do you like to garden?

    You mention that you like to play baseball. What is your favorite position?

    Your proud teacher,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

  6. Love your introductory video! Good job being creative. My hobbies are cooking, gardening, reading, and technology. Best wishes!

  7. Dear Royce,

    Congratulations on earning your own blog! It's definitely exciting!

    It looks like your stance was perfect waiting on the baseball to come in. I bet you got a hold of that one! I love all sports. My favorite one to play is golf but I love to watch football, baseball, and hockey. What is your favorite sport to watch?

    I look forward to reading your blog!

    Mr. Avery

  8. G'day Royce,
    Thanks ever so much for allowing me to stay at your house before Christmas.

    I know how much you love your sports and I was wondering if you have you been using your telescope much to look at the night sky.

    Congratulations on earning your own blog. i knew you could do it because you taught me so much about using a computer. I have added you to the sidebar on my blog as well.

    Your friend,

  9. Dear Jerry,

    Wonderful comment!

    Thank you for the welcome.

    It was my sister and me who made the letters. My sister is only five, but she plans to be an artist when she grows up. She is a great artist.

    WOW! You collect a lot of objects! I collect a lot of things too. I like to collect lego sets, video games, crystals, rocks like you, coins like you, shells like you, posters, and books.

    I like to read very much, but drawing is more of my sister's thing.

    I think it is important to stay in shape too, but I still only like tennis and baseball. I have a swing set in my backyard, so I also do a lot of swinging, sliding, hanging, and climbing.

    I will try to keep on blogging and hitting the ball out of the park!


  10. Dear Tracy Watanabe,

    Thank you!I worked really hard on my blog.

    I like baseball the best, so I will probably play baseball in college.

    I have played wii golf on my wii, and I LOVE PLANTS VS ZOMBIES! I could play Plants vs Zombies all day!


  11. @ Royce,

    Your blog is very wonderful. My favorite video game is Skylanders Spyro's Adventure. I love playing video games in my movie theater.

    Your friend,

    1. Dear Grandma and Grandpa,

      Thank you! I am so glad that you love it! I worked really hard on it.

      I also still have that feeling that I am still at your house. My favorite holiday masterpiece was the snowman made out of snowflakes.

      Tabby is a great artist as you probably know already. She made the L, W, M, and one of the Es. I made the other E, !, C, and O.

      I love baking Christmas cookies with you, and now that you have taught me how to do it, I love to sew. I do the crossword puzzles with mom and Tabby.


    2. Dear Nana and Papa,

      I am so happy you're my grandparents too! I worked really hard to get a blog.

      I love to play other sports too. I like playing basketball, and I used to play soccer. I don't play football though. I heard from my dad that you had something called the turkey bowl. Was it fun?

      I have a few questions:

      • Is your fake name guitar man or Gary man?

      • Where is your crystal collection?

      • What were the video games that my dad played?

      • Where would you take a walk?


    3. Dear Maya,

      Great comment! I was hoping a lot of people in Mrs. Yollis' class would like this blog!

      I love Skylanders too. I played it once at Rexon's house, and I immediately loved it. I will probably get it some day with my birthday money. I don't have a movie theater, but I have a big T.V. That is where I will play.

      What chapter are you on in Skylander?

      Did you go to the underworld yet?


  12. Dear Royce,
    Your blog is amazing and so creative. Pappa and I just felt so happy and proud to be your grandparents and so thrilled that you could accomplish this at your age! Pappa said when he was growing up, he loved to play ball. He spent many hours every weekend playing softball, baseball,soccer and football with his friends. I played punch ball and stick ball all the time. I loved to dance and take long walks and bike rides in the woods. I would collect lots of rocks and crystals and go bird watching. We both don't play video games but we know lots of other people enjoy them as much as you do. Tabby did a great job with the letters. You are so lucky to have a sister like her! Keep on blogging We loved your Voki skeleton friend. With much love, Nana and Papa

  13. Dear Royce,
    Congratulations on your new blog. We are so proud of you. We love the look and sound of it. It shows how creative you are, but as your grandparents we already knew that. You are so lucky to have the great artist, Tabby as your collaborator. You make a great team. It seems like yesterday that you both were at our house in New york creating one holiday masterpiece after another.

    Grandma loves to sew and bake Christmas cookies. Grandpa loves to do crossword puzzles and watch, not play, sports. We enjoy watching you play video games, you are so great at them.

    Grandma and Grandpa.con

  14. Parsa (Mrs. Yollis)January 9, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Dear Royce,

    Congratulations on earning your own blog. You deserve a blog for all of your hard work in class, and all the great comments you left on Mrs. Yollis' blog. You have done a great job on your blog, even if you had no brother or sister in Mrs. Yollis' class before you.

    I don't have a favorite video game, but I saw a movie called Tintin. Now they made a video about the movie, so that's probably my favorite video game. You should see it. In my opinion it is the best movie I ever saw.

    My favorite sport is basketball. I also like soccer, football, and swimming. I like basketball so much that through first grade, all the way to third grade, I have taken all the basketball classes in our school. This year I go to two basketball classes.

    My hobbies are: basketball, soccer, football, handball, art, video games, and learn geography.

    What was the hardest thing you had to do on your blog besides commenting back to other people?


    1. Dear Parsa,

      Thank you! I think you are going to get a blog when the next six blogs come out. My sister Tabby is in kindergarten with your brother and I hope she gets Mrs. Yollis as her third grade teacher.

      I would have liked to see the movie Tintin but Tabby didn't want to so we didn't see it.



  15. Dear Royce,

    Congratulations on earning your very own blog! I love your catchy title. Your welcome video is a nice introduction, and your Voki skeleton is so cool!

    You have some fun hobbies. I like to read, travel, design, do photography, organize, and snow ski. I would have to say my favorite video game is Words with Friends and 7 Little Words. Rexon likes video games too, but I will let him tell you what his favorite is.

    How many days have you had your blog?
    What do you think of it so far?

    Best of luck to you and happy blogging!

    Whitney (Rexon's mom)

    1. @ Whitney,

      Thank you! I love having my blog! I am glad that most of the people loved my opening video!

      Rexon is a really good friend and I'm glad we are in the same class.



  16. Dear Royce,

    Well done upon getting your very own blog.
    Your blog looks awesome and from what I have read so far you have already made such wonderful connections.

    When I was your age I had a wide range of hobbies like stamp collecting as well as coins. I enjoyed playing sports and running was my favourite.

    All the very best with your blog and I hope to revist soon again Royce.

    Sincerely AA.

    1. Dear AA,

      Thanks for commenting! I try to make connections in my posts and comments. Mrs. Yollis' "learning how to comment video" helped me not only make connections but taught me new blogging tips.



  17. Hey Royce

    Thanks for the great post. It's always nice to see a new blogger. I really like the layout of your blog, however, it's the title that caught my eye and brought me to your page. Did you come up with that yourself?

    I'm a bit like you Royce, I love my sports. Basketball is my favourite, and I do like to play golf every now and then. My favorite sport to watch is AFL, it's a sport they mainly play in Australia. Have you heard of it before?

    Apart from madly following sports and being a teacher, I like to read, exercise and watch my favorite tv shows!

    I don't play video games, I don't seem to have the time anymore. When I was young I loved to play Mario kart on the super nintendo. I think it's the best game ever made.

    It looks like you love baseball, have you ever hit a home-run before?

    Do you support a baseball team? If so, which one?

    Happy blogging

    All the best

    Mr Heywood

    Canberra, Australia

    1. Dear Mr. Heywood,

      Thank you for posting on my blog. I thought of the title myself.

      I have never heard of AFL. I hit a home run once in baseball and I hope I hit one this year. I am a Mets fan because my parents are- they are from New York and New Jersey.



  18. @ Victoria,

    Thank you for the great comment and for your congratulations!

    I worked on and thought about my blog title and tried to make it a rhyme (most people do alliteration). I also hoped people would think the video at the beginning of the post was interesting. There will be a lot more posts from me.

    I play tennis with my sister. She is great for a beginner. We play it every Tuesday in the fall.

    Do you or your kids play baseball or video games?


  19. @ Ross Mannel,

    Thank you for coming to my blog!

    I took the opening voice recording with a new camera I got for Christmas. My sister and I made the letters, and we set the letters up on the downstairs couch.

    I have a lot of other hobbies like chess and riding razors (razor being the brand of a scooter company). You have a really cool hobby. What kind of CDs do you make?


  20. Dear Royce,

    You knocked my socks off with your new blog! Mrs. Yollis showed it to me and I wanted to leave you a comment.

    You asked about hobbies. I love to bake, travel, and read. My favorite sweets to bake are usually Greek! Recently I traveled to the U.K. to visit my daughter and her family. Nathan is growing up so fast. Finally, we just finished reading Jamaica Louise James. Do you remember that book?

    I look forward to following you blog in the future.

    Mrs. Chalfin

    1. Dear Mrs. Chalfin,

      I'm really glad you posted on my blog! I miss being in your class.

      I'm glad you saw Nathan. Is he talking?



  21. @ Mrs. Yollis,

    I worked really hard on my blog. I moved the voki down because it was animated, and I tried to pick games that help people learn. Funny joke!

    I have to read a book in order to play one hour of video games, and I can't play video games during the week. I can't really play video games that much.

    My dad said that we are going to make a little garden when I get older. I bet I will love gardening. Do you think so? I have a lot of other hobbies if you look at the other comments.

    In baseball, I like to play second base. I mostly play outfield (which in my opinion is boring.)

    What are your favorite sports?


  22. Dear Royce,

    I like your blog. I like your backround. I have the super mario bros game. Did you know that I play baseball. I really want to do tennis.

    I have a questions.

    Do you have to comment to a lot of people.


    1. @ Trey,

      Thanks for commenting. Yes- I reply to everyone's comments.

      I like Super Mario Bros and baseball. Maybe we will play each other this year.

      What league are you in?



  23. Dear Mr. E,

    Thank you! I am so happy you loved the video! I was hoping that a lot of people would like the video!

    I have some questions:

    • What is your favorite thing to cook?

    • What is your favorite thing to eat?

    • What things do you plant?

    • Do you plant fruits and vegetables or only one?

    • What is your favorite book?


  24. Dear Mr. Avery,

    It is exciting to earn my own blog! I am so happy!

    I crushed that one! I got a home run! I like to watch baseball and hockey. I have been to one hockey game and three baseball games. I mostly watch baseball on T.V.

    I will try to put a lot more interesting posts for you and other readers.


  25. @ Davo,

    You're welcome! I loved when you stayed at my house!

    I have been using my telescope a lot. My dad has to set it up. When it is set up, I can just type in a code, and it will go where ever you want it to go!

    Thank you for the congratulations. I bet I will have a lot of fun! Also, thank you for adding me to your sidebar! I saw that.


  26. Dear Royce,

    I am so excited to see that you have a blog! I can't wait to see what you post next.

    My favorite sport is swimming. I am hoping to go for a swim in the ocean tomorrow, if it doesn't rain.

    What is your favorite baseball team?

    Mrs. Levy

    1. @ Mrs. Levy,

      I am so excited that you posted on my new blog! I am glad that I was in your class because I remember your blogging tips.

      How was the ocean swim? Did you get bitten by a shark again (ha ha)?

      My favorite baseball team is the Mets.



  27. Hi Royce:

    Here's another Duck joke from Poppa.

    What did one Duck say to the other Duck when a hunter was shooting at them? DUCK!! Ha Ha.

  28. @ Royce,

    Nathan is saying "hiya" and "baa" for sheep. Today, he shook his head to say "no" for the first time.

    What were some of your first words?

    Your proud former teacher,
    Mrs. Chalfin

    1. Dear Mrs. Chalfin,

      My first word was "hi." Other words that I said were: ballon, ball, book, open, and duck. My first song was "Umm Aah Went the Little Green Frog" I sang it like this:

      Umm aah aah aah aah aah aah aah aah aah umm aah aah aah aah aah aah aah...

      Has Nathan sung any songs yet?


  29. Dear Royce,

    Congratulations on earning your own blog.

    You can use any of my widgets from my blog if you want.

    My favorite sport is football (Soccer)

    Two of my hobbies are blogging and Nippers.

    Your pal,

    1. @ Jarrod,

      Thank you!

      I have one question about a widget. How do you get the recent comments widget?

      What is nippers?


  30. It's Thomas.

    It snowed yesterday, and we made a snowman. He is pretty small.

    Have you ever been to Legoland?

    How are you? I like your Blog.


    Thomas (your cousin)

  31. Hi Royce,

    My favorite hobby is video games - my favorite game is Skylanders Spyros Adventure.

    My favorite sports to play are baseball and football.

    Love your blog!
    Jack K

    1. Dear Jack.

      A lot of people in my class love Skylanders. I really want to get it after my friend showed it to me. How many Skylanders do you have besides the three that it comes with?



  32. Dear Royce,

    My favorite hobby would probably be singing and dancing.

    My favorite video game is Glee Karaoke volume I.

    My favorite sports to play are softball and dodgeball.

    I love your blog!
    Abigail K

    1. Dear Abigail,

      Out of those three hobbies, I would pick playing video games to be my favorite hobby.

      My favorite sports are baseball, tennis, and swimming.

      My favorite video game is Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7.

      My favorite musical instrument is the piano. What is your favorite musical instrument?


    2. My favorite musical instrument is the piano too. I'm not very good at it though. Love your blog!



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