Monday, March 28, 2011

What I'm learning in our Homeschool

        I am learning about this in school, so I am going to post about it. It is sad, but part of America's history. This book is really good if you want to learn more about it.

                            A Short Essay on J.F.K's Assassination.
                                                       by Laura Ashley
 On Nov.22,1963,John and Jacqueline Kennedy stepped of a plane at Love Field in Dallas,Texas. They were greeted enthusiastically by Gov.Connally and cheering crowds. Jackie and Lady Bird(the vice president's wife) were presented bouquets of roses. Then they got into limousines to proceed to the Trade Mart. It was such a beautiful day the President hadn't wanted to use the limo's bubble top. Jackie had just told John"You can't say Dallas wasn't friendly to you!"when three shots were fired from the 6th floor window of the Texas School Book Depository. Two hit the President in the head and throat, and one hit Gov.Connally. The limousine raced to Parkland Memorial Hospital, but it was too late. John Fitzgerald Kennedy,  was declared dead at 1:00 p.m central time. The Dallas police arrested Lee Harvey Oswald, and stated that he did kill the President. While millions of Americans watched on T.V, Jack Ruby, a night club owner,stepped from a crowd of reporters and shot Oswald. Though the President no longer lives, his legacy still lives on through the Peace Corps, The Space Race, and other programs he started.

Azalea Trail

Saturday we went to the Azalea trail in Tyler.One of the houses on the tour had been in Southern Living magazine,and it had really pretty gardens and terraces. There were even two little dogs wearing matching sweaters! It was fun driving and walking by the pretty houses and gardens. If you're ever in Tyler, Texas March 25- April 10, you should go! Parts of it are free.

What I did for the Project Show

                Well, now that the Project Show is over, maybe you'd ike to see some of the things I did for it!
  Exhibit A you've already seen, if you read this blog. It is a Origami collection. The other things I did were: a Cork Board ,an apron, a picture of a daffodil (that's with that poem I posted earlier)  picture of a butterfly, Key lime pie, cookies(see Little pink cookies post for pics), a turtle cheesecake, and a piggy cake.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Daffodils by William Wordsworth

I really like this poem. Maybe you will, too.
"Daffodils" (1804)
I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
By William Wordsworth (1770-1850). 


                   Hi, everyone! guess what? I was in Highlights magazine! At first I was super embarrassed, because it was the embarrassing story contest. It is in the April issue of Highlights.  But then I read the silly stories other kids sent in, and it wasn't too bad. By the 100'th Kleenex, I realized that some people might like to hear it. After "kind" comments from my family: "Ha,Ha HA!" "Get over it" "This is hilarious!", I finally relented and am posting it here: Once my family and I were at a really crowded event. I realized I'd left my bag inside, so I ran to get it. When I came back out,I saw a car that looked exactly like our car. I opened the door-and screamed! A mom and 6 kids were staring at me! Then I saw my mom's car parked beside that car. Thank goodness I found our car. I didn't want to get in the wrong car again!


Hi! I love origami, and this website is the best! It has clear instructions, and pictures and videos for every step. /  Today I made a origami heart and gave it to my mom!. She loved it.The bottom photo is a Skeletal Octahedron, from a book I got for Christmas. My Dad helped me a little. I am entering a collection of my origami in the project show.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Little pink cookies

     Here are my adorable cookies! They are great to make for Easter. My middle brother made the hens. My mom is a awesome cook, so she helped us. My littlest brother made teddy bears, but I didn't get a picture.
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks. You can get the glaze recipe from I am Baker blog.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Shrimp and Crab cakes.. life is good!

 We got this from a Brookshire's circular... and it is YUM!
  Coconut Shrimp
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
2 egg whites
2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs(sounds kinda weird, but you need them)
1lb shrimp peeled and deveined.
Canola Oil to fry

In a shallow bowl mix flour and cayenne pepper. In another bowl, add egg whites. In food processesor combine  panko bread crumbs and sweetened coconut flakes. Place mixture in a bowl. 1. Toss shrimp in flour. 2. Dip shrimp in egg whites, then coconut mixture. 3. In a saucepan add oil for frying; heat oil to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. 4. Place shrimp in oil for 3 minutes, or until crispy. Enjoy!

Emergency Room @ midnight!

  Last Wednesday was crazy! We were driving down the road, and we heard: POP! CLING! CLANG!    POP! Something was wrong with our suburban. I think it was a U-joint, whatever that is.  So, we fixed that. Then, when we got home, my brothers and I were playing outside, when my littlest brother fell and hurt his arm/elbow. We didn't think it was too bad. But,at supper,he didn't even eat with that arm, (and he likes to eat..Clue#1) Then, after supper, my dad felt his elbow and was like, "Oh my gosh! I think it's broken! So we went to the emergency room.(at 7:00)
  We made friends with some nice people while we waited, and they homeschool,too!  We had a good time talking to them. But I felt bad for Andrew. Poor little guy, he was crying the whole time.:-(  A nice doctor helped him, which helped. Then, I saw one of my friends, who had been in a car wreck! Then we left. @ midnight.This Wednesday, he got a neon blue cast. He luvs it. I was the first one to sign it.
       Thanks for viewing!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

                            It is almost Easter! Well, kind of. But it is never too soon to make these cute cupcakes! We used my mom's cake recipe(on the back of the Hershey's Cocoa).  Then we dyed frosting-top secret recipe- and stuck marshmallow Peeps on. Then we added little chocolate Easter eggs.