Monday, September 26, 2011

 We went to a homeschool science class at the John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center, and it was really fun! The center is on a working ranch and is partnered with the ranch. It is over 2,100 acres of wetlands! In the science class we learned how to identify animal tracks and scat.(scat is poop!) Hog tracks look a little bit like cow tracks, and hog poop looks like dog poop but rounded. The picture of the green thing is a seedpod full of air that the naturalist/leader said is a wild seedpod.Since we found it on a plant in a little island, she said it probably blew or floated across the water. It floated even after we cut one of the sides, which impressed the whole class. We saw little blue herons, egrets, hawks, killdeer, etc. The leader said they had otters there,but I did not see any...sniff,sniff.:-(However, they actually had a peregrine falcon there AND we saw bobcat scat. So, it was a good trip.
Recognize these people?

green seedpod
view off bridge

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I LOVE my Mom!

                                             Some reasons why I love my mom:
          She loves to cook and is always making something awesome(right now it is corn tortillas!). Another reason why I love her is that she let me keep our stray cats. She is great because she helps me with hard math and because she listens to hours  of Taylor Swift music and never tells me to turn my radio down.:-) She also is kind, understanding, and a good listener... except when she's mad!:-)This picture was taken right after she made my birthday cake, which was a homemade turtle cheesecake that takes  75 minutes to bake! So,as you can see,she really loves to cook!She always has fun ideas and is nice. She loves to read and taught us to read when we were little. Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What I did/got for my 13th birthday:

Hello everybody! I am officially 13!
So,some of y'all are probably wondering what I did/got for my birthday (which was yesterday). Well, my really awesome grandmama and I went to a cute tearoom called the Victorian Lady Tea Room. It was very good and adorable! Then we went home and ate my mom's super yummy cheesecake and opened some gifts with  my mom and little brothers. I got a red belt with glittering crosses, a cute wallet, a headband, nail polish, and pretty earrings from Grandmama, a really cute shirt, a new Bible cover and a ton of  books for my Kindle from my Mom, Dad and brothers, and a bunch of cards from the rest of our family and friends.My parents also took me to eat at Olive Garden. I had a lot of fun! Thanks for reading.
nail polish!

detail of cross on belt
Soooooooooooooooooo cute wallet!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

4-H Photography Clinic

Wofford House-I did not take this
So, on Saturday there was a county wide 4-H photography clinic, and it was at the East Texas Arboretum. I had a ton of fun, and I got some REALLY bad pictures and a few good pictures.It was really neat to learn about focusing the lens and different camera settings. It was cool that morning, which was nice, and I kinda went photo-crazy! I love touring the restored old house called Wofford house. It is really, really pretty! Another thing I love about the Arboretum are the walking/biking trails and the playground . I LOVE the Arboretum! 

sign in playhouse


old trunk in Wofford house

keyhole in Wofford house

I took this by accident!

patchwork bear in playhouse

cute hopscotch sign

Me and the Clover Kids
Christopher took this

Sunday, September 4, 2011

What is Labor Day?

First Labor Day parade
Tommorow is Labor day, and so I was wondering,"What is Labor Day? Why do we celebrate it?" Well, the Central Labor Union started the first event as a demonstration. It was supposed to be a holiday that celebrated the working person, and his/ her contributions to the world. It was started in 1883 (or 1882- different books and websites said different things!)in New York, and it wasn't long before other states celebrated it.Tommorow is also my Dad's birthday! Happy Birthday,Dad!

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Meals of Kindness

                                        Meals of Kindness
Today I am going to tell you about something I love doing. Several churches in our area help feed over 600 needy people one Wednesday a month.Our family and many other people help serve the food and bus the tables. I also get to help in the kids area. We teach the kids Bible story,or make a little craft with them. I like to visit with the kids and play LEGO's with them. All of the little kids want you to play with them. They are SO cute!Sometimes people do spelling bees for the children and I like to think up words for them to use. One of the other fun things you can do to help is bring homemade desserts.Make sure you test a large amount of each dessert to make sure it is good!:-) If you want to come help, it is at Eastern Hills Church of Christ in Athens, Texas.