Thursday, January 26, 2012

Trinity Mother Frances Hospital Tour

We went on a hospital tour with our TACHE group. My awesome mother had set it up, so of course it was great.:-)First we went to see the helicopter. The paramedic and nurse who work on it were very nice and let us climb in it. We learned that the helicopter is one of the largest ones in Texas. It's main rotor blades don't blow in the wind, and they are 11 feet instead of 6 feet so they don't hurt the workers or patients as they're being loaded in. From there, we went to labor and delivery.The nurse who spoke to us was very informative and told us what kind of education you need to work there. She said she had to take a special test every two years so she could keep her certification. We also learned about the hospital's new system of keeping babies with their moms instead of whisking them away to be measured, weighed,etc.They do all the measuring, weighing, and other things in the room so the mom and baby can be together. They'd redone the hospital so we couldn't go by the nursery. We were all like"Oh, can we go see the babies?!":-) After that, we went to the lab. That was great! We got to see what happens after you give blood.1. First, the blood is labeled with a bar code. 2. The bar code is read by a computer, and a machine sorts all the blood and scans it. Our tour guide told us that when you get blood drawn, make sure the nurse labels it.You don't want them to have to draw it again, especially at 3:00 a.m! We got to see how infections are discovered, and then we went to the best and maybe grossest room.

* DO NOT READ THIS  IF YOU ARE EASILY GROSSED OUT!* We went in this little room that smelt like acetone (a.k.a nail polish remover), and we got to see a gall bladder and gall stones being dissected. Gall stones look and are the same size as peppercorns.The gall bladder just looked like a slimy, green, rolled up tissue. The doctor who was doing the dissecting was speaking into a microphone and pressing a little pedal with his foot. He was recording what he saw by saying it into the mic and then pressing the pedal.

The tour was great, everybody was friendly, and I had a great time. I want to be a nurse or doctor, so I especially enjoyed it.

                                                Here are some pictures I took of the helicopter. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

4-H County Food Show

On Saturday we went to the county Food Show. The 4-H Food Show is when 4-Her's from a certain county come together. Each person gets 2,5,or 7 minutes with a judge, depending on their age category. They have to answer 12 questions on their dish -how nutritious it is, how they help their community, how many calories are in it, etc. I made Shrimp Creole. My brother and I got 1st place in our categories, which means we go to district, which is a lot harder! My littlest brother did great,too, but he is a Clover Kid so he can't go to District. This is my third year in the Food Show and I love it! Every year I look forward to making a new dish.This year I made Shrimp Creole.....

Shrimp Creole
5 tablespoons shortening
¼ cup flour
Cook over medium heat until caramel brown.
1 lb. peeled shrimp
1 onion
1 bunch green onions
¼ cup bell pepper
1 clove garlic
1 can 8 oz. tomato sauce
1 10 oz. can of Rotel® Tomatoes
1 tablespoon Worchester sauce
Melt shortening in a saucepan. Add the flour and stir till caramel brown. This is your roux. Next, mix the onion, green onions, bell pepper, garlic, tomato sauce, Rotel® Tomatoes and Worchester sauce together. Add shrimp and cook with roux. Serve over rice. A substitution you can make is using brown rice instead of white rice.

Martin Luther King Study

We've been doing  a Martin Luther King study.
I made a lapbook, which you can get for free at

We watched a video...
...and read some books.

Then I wrote a report:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - A man with a dream
                                                                                                By Laura Ashley
I have a dream today!”-Martin Luther King Jr.
 Martin Luther King Jr. was born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. His father changed his name to Martin Luther after the German Protestant reformer. Martin, or M.L. as he was called, was a very bright child. He entered 1st grade at the age of 5. Martin first experienced prejudice when his white neighbors refused to let him play with their son, who had been Martin’s best friend. When Martin asked the boy why they couldn’t play together anymore, the boy told him it was because he was black. Martin never forgot that day.
M.L‘s father was a Baptist preacher, and he taught his three children Christine, Martin Luther, and A.D, to love God and obey him. Martin’s mother taught the children songs, and all 3 took piano lessons from a strict teacher. Their teacher would rap their knuckles if they made a mistake, so all of the children hated the piano. One night A.D snuck downstairs and tried to break the piano with a hammer! (It didn’t work. You can still see the piano when you tour Martin’s house.)
Martin entered college at the age of 15, having skipped the 9th and 12th grades. At first, he rebelled against his Christian teachings by drinking and partying, but after taking a Bible class he realized how wrong he’d been. While in college, he read a book on Gandhi and was inspired by his peaceful tactics. At the age of 19 he graduated. Deciding to become a minister, he entered Crozer Theological Seminary. After becoming a minister, he met Coretta Scott, whom he married. Martin joined the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, but he didn’t become famous until 1955, when Rosa Parks, an African American seamstress, was told to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, as was the law. She refused, and was arrested. E.D. Nixon, a key founder of the NAACP, paid her $14 bail.
    Outraged that Rosa had been arrested, Martin organized a peaceful bus boycott. It was simple-no one rode the buses! The bus company lost a lot of money. To trick the boycotters, they called the newspapers and told them a false story.”The boycott’s over!” they said. “Ride the buses!”But Martin and others found out about the trick and told people the true story-the boycott wasn’t over. Eventually, in 1956, the Supreme Court ruled that segregation on public buses wasn’t legal. The boycott was really over.
 But many other places were still segregated. So Martin started peaceful protest marches and sit-ins. He was a good leader/speaker, and people listened to him. Martin was jailed 30 times, even though he’d done nothing wrong. Police brutally attacked marchers-even children. But Martin kept working for civil rights.
In 1966, he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington, which he led. Over 200,000 people attended. Martin was opposed to the Vietnam War. He felt that money spent on the war could’ve been spent on civil rights or helping poor people. Martin started a war on poverty. It was called the War on Poverty! He moved with his family to a Chicago slum and lived there for a few weeks to draw attention to the horrible living conditions there. He accomplished many great things.
  Martin was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968, on a hotel balcony. Many influential people attended his funeral, including Robert Kennedy and future president Richard M. Nixon. Martin Luther King ended segregation. Now anyone can eat in any restaurant, can watch a movie in any theater, and drink from any water fountain. They can sit on any bus, and they can go to any park-all because of Martin Luther King, a man with a dream.
Fast Facts on Martin Luther King
·        He was the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner.
·        He was the Monopoly champion of his family!
·        He had 4 kids.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Historic Aviation Memorial Museum Tour

We went to the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler, Texas with our home school group, and I had a great time!  I would like to share some of the wonderful things I learned about.  They told us about balloons being used during the Civil War to spy on troop movements, I even learned the history behind this artwork, which I have hanging in my room:  (you'll have to go to the museum to learn the whole story)

Next, we learned about blimps and early fighter planes used in WWI. All of the old blimps weren't very safe, but they looked really fancy flying through the air!  In this section we learned more about early airplanes and they even have a sample of the fabric, yes fabric, that they used to cover the planes with instead of metal.

Then we went to the WWII section of the museum. It is the largest section and has a lot of memorabilia.
One of my Grandmother's friend's aunt, Ruth Helm, was a W.A.S.P, a woman aviator in WWII. It was really interesting to learn about her. My grandmother was very excited to see her recognized at the museum.  That's Ruth Helm in the above picture...

Our docent (volunteer tour guide) was awesome.  He told us about when he was in the Navy he had to take tests on airplane shapes that were flashed on a screen.  Judging by their shape, he had to tell if it was friend or foe. He served on a Navy aircraft carrier and had wonderful information about the items in the museum.  It was great to hear about the personal stories he told.

Some of the uniforms in the museum were donated by family members of veterans.  You can tell the donated ones because they have the name on them. 

Our docent's favorite plane.  At first glance you think it is broken, but he told us the wings fold up so they can fit more planes on the aircraft carriers.   They use huge elevators to raise and lower the plans.  He told us if the plane has a pole under the tail with a hook on it, it most likely was able to land on an aircraft carrier.  The pole and hook would catch on a cable to help slow down the plane so that it could land safely.
 Commercial Airline history

My brother wanted to take this one for a spin but they caught him before he could get started.

Here's the address, you should visit this museum for your own personal tour and walk in history!  You might see me and my family there because we are going back soon.

Historic Aviation Memorial Museum
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport
150 Airport Drive
Tyler, TX 75704

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Book Review of Nancy Drew #10: Password to Larkspur Lane

I've been re-reading ( for the 35th time)  Nancy Drew #10: Password to Larkspur Lane, and I love it! Here's a summary:
Nancy finds an injured homing pigeon that has a strange message on it. The message is "Trouble here. After  5 o'clock bluebells will be singing horses. Come tonight." The Homing Pigeon Association says since the bird isn't registered they can't trace the owner, so Nancy says she'll take care of it. Hannah Gruen, Nancy's housekeeper, gets hurt, so Nancy takes her to the doctors home office. The doctor's wife says he's out and asks Nancy to answer the phone if it rings. A strange man calls and tells Nancy to tell Doctor Spire "If you say bluebells, you will get into trouble , for they are no longer used here".  A few minutes later, the doctor returns, examines Hannah, then tells Nancy he has a mystery for her and her father, a lawyer who's famous in his their hometown, River Heights. The doctor tells them he was kidnapped and taken to a room. There, he was "told to doctor an elderly woman, who had dislocated her shoulder. The other person in the room said she was a nurse and told me to not talk to the patient. The woman seemed to be trying to talk to me, and she slipped me this." The doctor shows them a bracelet and says he thinks the woman is bring held prisoner. The doctor tells Nancy that he learned the password to the strange place- "As we were leaving, I was blindfolded. The driver stopped and said "Bluebells" then someone said" Pass". In a interesting twist of events, Nancy finds herself caught up in a rescue attempt to save the elderly woman from a ruthless gang. I give this book 5 stars.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

                                                   Happy New Year, Everybody!
                                                 Here are some of my resolutions:

  1. Learn Spanish.
  2. Work on my Calligraphy
  3. Work on my blog a little more.
  4. Try cooking some new dishes.
  5. Work on my photography skills.

What are your resolutions? Comment and let me know!

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I love this yummy and easy lasagna!

1 lb. ground beef
32 oz. thick spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 c. water
2 c. (15 oz. container) Ricotta or sm. curd cottage cheese
3 c. (12 oz.) shredded Mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1/4 c. chopped parsley
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
8 oz. lasagna, uncooked

Brown beef in 3 quart saucepan; drain off excess fat. Add sauce and water; simmer about 10 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients, except lasagna, for filling. Pour about 1 cup sauce on bottom of 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Layer 3 pieces of uncooked lasagna over sauce; cover with about 1 1/2 cups sauce. Spread 1/2 of cheese filling over sauce. Repeat layers of lasagna, sauce, and cheese filling. Top with layer of lasagna and remaining sauce. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes. Remove foil; bake about 10 minutes longer. Allow to stand about 10 minutes before cutting for easier handling. 8 to 10 servings. Lasagna will expand to fill empty spaces.
*Make at least 12 lasagna noodles because some will break while cooking*