Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mini Rex Rabbits


 We have Castor Mini Rex rabbits,and we currently have six.(We also have 3 Californian, but that's for later) My bunnies are named Papa Cuddles and Taylor Swift. Here are some things to know if you are thinking of getting Mini Rex rabbits; We feed them a 1/2 cup of Purina rabbit chow a day. Their cages have trays filled with newspaper at the bottom, and we change these every 2 days. It is kinda gross but you get used to it. They drink from water bottle things that hook on to the cage. We give ours fresh water daily. If your girl bunny is pregnant she should get more food and water. If she starts pulling her fur out, DO NOT PANIC!!!
  Give her some cotton batting and hay, plus a metal box called a nesting box. She will shape these into a 'nest' for the babies. If she keeps pulling out her fur, just add more hay. If it is cold when the babies are born you may want to put a heat lamp near them. You can show the mom and babies in doe and litter.

 Show rules differ, find out for your type of rabbit breed and area. If you are showing Castor Mini Rex rabbits, here is what you do(if you are registered.): 1. They will call "Mini Rex ,then senior/junior  buck/doe or doe&litter. Senior = older rabbit. Junior = younger rabbit.(not babies.)  Buck = boy bunny. Doe = girl bunny. So, if you have a young girl, she is a junior doe. 2. Unless you have a doe & litter, bring your furry friend to the show table. Their is a row of cages with doors on each side. Put your rabbit in one and shut the door. the judge will examine your and everyone else's bunny. If you have a doe & litter, leave them in the cage you brought them in. Then he hands out ribbons, and you are done! (Some shows have the rabbits stay for the week, so school groups can see them.Ours did.)


                                                          Day old babies in nesting box.


Super Scribblenauts

                      Okay! I admit it- I LOVE this game!! It is so fun! You can write anything, like: polka-dot flying bath tub, or,a  Big Crunch apple. You have different puzzles to solve, and you write something to solve it with. Say the hint is: Help the man jump off the cliff. You are the main character, Maxwell, but you can can 'buy' others. I am Cleopatra, my brother is Maxwell's evil twin. Our friend plays a s a Vampire Hunter. :-)You could just give him a parachute,but.. you could also put a giant, fluffy pillow by the cliff, or a big bowl of soft, cozy ice cream.When you win, you get "ollars", which are Super Scribblenaut's currency, and a 'starite',which is a pointy star. It is actually my brother's, but I borrowed it. I've played all the levels.. I am a official Scribblenaut!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

My favorite game

This is a game called Whoonu. It is my favorite game. Each person gets 4 cards. They pick 1 person to be the Whoozit. Each person picks 2 cards that they think are the person's favorite and put them in. The cards might say: chocolate,algebra,pickles,heavy metal, History Channel,etc. Then the person lines the cards up. He places a 6 point token at his favorite, a 5 point at his second favorite, and so on.The players take the tokens from above their cards. You continue until every one has been the Whoozit. Then the players add up the numbers on their tokens . The player with the highest number wins! 

I am a bookworm..

This book is by Louisa May Alcott,the author of Little Women and other classics. It was written by her for five girls that ran their own magazine. Set in the 1800's, it is about an orphan, Patty, who thinks no one wants her. A family comes for her, but they just needed a servant. They are nice, but they ignore her, and she longs for a real friend/family. I guess you'd call it a Christmas story, but I think it is good for anytime. It is kind of short, and it makes a good read-aloud. If you can't tell, the book is called The Quiet Little Woman.
It is sad, but has a happy ending. If you read it, please comment! I'd love to know what you think of it.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Old town in the Green groves

I thought that,being a Little House fan, I'd read all the books, from Charlotte and Martha, to Caroline, Laura, and Rose. Well, Cynthia Rylant wrote this wonderful book, and I am so glad I found it. It sounds just like the books Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote, too.It covers Laura's "lost"years of life in Burr Oak, Iowa. Laura had started this book but  never finished it. In reading this, I learned lots of new things about Laura, such as the fact she had a little brother named Freddy. I also learned she had lived in a hotel. It is really well-written and I think Little House fans will LOVE it.

Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives!

     Have you ever ate at a place called Avila's? Probably not.If you drove by it you might have thought it was a house. But it is so yummy! It was on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives! I included the video. They are known for their gorditas, which is brisket wrapped in a tortilla.We had the Triple D, named after the show. It included pozole, two soups, tamales, enchiladas....etc. It was food lover's heaven :-)! My mom got a soup that tasted like hominy.It was bland until you put the radishes, oregano, onion, pepper, (and a bunch of other things but I forgot!)in. The people there were really friendly.It's address is: 4714 Maple Avenue Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-2700 I highly recommend you go there! I give it 5 stars.

My longest post ever!

     The Life of Corrie ten Boom
Essay by Laura Ashley                                           
    Born on April 15, 1892, Cornelia ten Boom was the subject of many conversations.”She’s so small.”  “She’ll never amount to anything!”Oh, she will, “Casper ten Boom smiled lovingly at his baby daughter.”Just give her time.” Casper and his wife, Cor, already had 3 children, Willem, Betsie, and Nollie. Like his father, Casper was a watchmaker. His shop was in the family’s large and unusual old house, called the Beje. (Pronounced Bay- Yay)They lived in Haarlem, Holland. Casper and Cor used every opportunity to bring their children to Christ. When Corrie was 5, she accepted Jesus into her heart. Corrie soon learned to enjoy school. School continued at home, as Casper and Cor taught their kids languages such as French, English, and German. They also taught them to play piano, and sing. Corrie’s Tante (Aunt) Jans taught the girls hymns to sing to Dutch soldiers as part of an outreach. Betsie and Corrie taught the Bible to young kids.  
    One morning when Corrie was 17, she awoke feeling dizzy. Nollie entered the room.” Corrie, are you all right? “Corrie tried to sit up, but she couldn’t. Nollie ran for Cor. “Mama, Corrie’s sick!””Oh, I’m sure it’s just flu, but we’ll call the doctor anyway.”After the doctor examined her, he talked to Casper privately for a few minutes.”Well, Papa, wasn’t it just flu?””No, Corrie, you have tuberculosis!” Poor Corrie was confined to bed for months. Her friends and family prayed for her every day. When the doctor came to reexamine Corrie, he was very surprised.”Appendicitis, Corrie! Not tuberculosis! I’ll operate, and you’ll be good as new.” The next few years brought changes. Willem married Tine. Nollie became a teacher.WW1 rocked Europe.   The ten Booms prayed for the soldiers and people in war torn countries. They thanked God that       Holland remained neutral. They put their prayers into action after the war by having German foster children.    Then Corrie met a man her age named Karel. Soon Corrie was in love. It seemed they were perfect for each other. But Willem knew better. “Corrie, he can’t marry you. His parents want him to marry someone rich and high in society.”Corrie shook her head. But Willem was right. Soon an engagement announcement came in the mail. Corrie was heartbroken. She soon recovered and decided to become a watch maker. She was the first female watch maker in Holland. With Betsie’s help, she started Christian clubs for children. Many kids came to Christ. Everything was normal until Germany invaded Holland.WW2 had arrived! Holland surrendered.   The streets were swarming with Nazis. When Corrie saw the evil men vandalizing their friend, Mr. Weil’s shop, she and the other family members hid him and helped get him to safety. Soon they were all members of the Dutch Underground, or the anti-Nazi movement. A secret room was built in their home, and since the  Beje was so unusually shaped, no one could detect it. Soon many Jews were safely hidden in the walls of the   Beje. One day, as Corrie headed upstairs from the watch shop she heard a knock. A strange man stood there.”My wife – she is Jewish. Can you help her?” Corrie arranged for help, then went to bed. Suddenly, people raced to the secret room seconds before Nazis rushed in. The strange man had been a spy!! Corrie, Betsie, and Casper were arrested, as were the 2 workers in the watch shop. (Cor had died of a stroke years before.) Then, Willem and his wife with their grown children, then Nollie’s family entered. They were all arrested and sent to prison. A few months later, Corrie learned wonderful news. With the exception of her and Betsie, all the ten Booms were free. And, the others were working hard to free them. Then, sad news. Casper had died of natural causes just 9 days after being arrested. (Cor had died of a stroke years before.) Then, the sisters were sent to a German concentration camp. They were often mistreated. Betsie became ill, but the two sisters continued to preach God’s love. They used a tiny Bible smuggled to them by Nollie. Betsie became sicker until she died. Corrie was in despair. She walked as if in a daze. Corrie hardly heard her name as she and a few other women were called out of roll. She wondered what they were calling her out for. Then, she found out why. Corrie was free!        Soon, home at the Beje, Corrie found that she’d been released by mistake. Corrie knew it was no accident- God was using her experiences to help bring others to Christ. She wrote books and many people were inspired to do great things, but even more inspiring was the little lady who wrote them-Cornelia ten boom, who’s aunt thought she’d never amount to anything.






Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Published Author for the second time!

  My essay on the life of John F. Kennedy will be published in August/September issue of the online 'Back To Homeschool Magazine'; it is an online magazine for homeschool girls.  Here is a link  http://bthmagazine.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dnow

    Hi!! I was at DNow this past weekend.  Our theme was EPIC.  What is DNow, you ask?  It is crazy fun!  I'll try to explain.  It is like a weekend church camp for 6th-12th graders.  Your Sunday School class stays at a host home, which means people actually were crazy enough let you stay at their house :-) !  We played black light dodge ball; we wore white jerseys that glowed under the ultra-violet lights.  We scribbled on our faces with glow in the dark highlighter, which made our faces glow even more than normal.  :-)
Saturday, each team got $20, which we had to use to make the town a better place.  My group baked cookies, bought crossword puzzles, and planted flowers.  Then we handed these items out at a local nursing home and  visited with the residents.  It was so fun!  I LOVE my church!  To see pics of us go to authenticyouth.com