Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bananagrams

Bananagrams is a fun game where each person takes 21 letter tiles from a pile, called the "Bunch". One person says "Split" and you flip your tiles over letter-side-up. Then you spell as many words as you can using the letters you got, Scrabble style. When you finish using your letters, you yell "peel" and each person has to take another letter, including you. If you get a letter you just can't use, you can "dump" it back in the pile, but you have to take 3 more.
an example of my letters
The first person to peel when their are no tiles (or too few for each person to get one) left in the pile yells "Bananas" and they win. I'm not bragging, but, ask my family...I'm the Bananagrams champ! lol.

My Most Important Post Ever!!

In my school, I'm learning about how to tell others about Jesus effectively. I'm hoping to use my blog as a witnessing tool to tell others about Jesus Christ!
Romans 10:9 says, "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." So, to be saved, just think A-B-C. A. is admit. Admit that you've sinned. No one is perfect. B. Believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and died on the cross for our sins. C. Confess your sins to Jesus. You might think "I'm soo bad, God must not want me. Jesus died on the cross for people who are good." NOT true! Jesus came to earth to help "lost people"(sinners) find God. He said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).  
Here is a good website for new Christians.



Christopher and I with our family after getting baptized.







Thanks for reading!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sulphur Springs Dairy Museum

First we watched a video about dairy
Then we learned how butter is made

...and took a picture...

...and another!


We went on a tour with TACHE to the Sulphur Springs Dairy Museum and had a great time. First we watched a video on dairy and milk. Then the younger kids got to milk a pretend cow. They also got to make pictures using a stamp shaped like a cow. Next we went through the museum. They have life-size exhibits on making dairy products, collections of old, fancy glass milk bottles, cream separators,etc. Then all the kids sat down and our docent passed around a little container with cream. We shook and shook it.... and after a long time, we had butter!  Our docent demonstrated a butter churn and separator for us , and then the best part- FREE ICE CREAM! I learned three facts:
1. No human hands  have touched your milk until you open it.
2. Holsteins and Jerseys are the main dairy cows
3. It takes forever to make butter! :-)
This is the museum website : http://southwestdairyfarmers.com/kids_korner

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Preparing for the 4-H Fashion Show!

I had to send in a picture of me in the dress I'll be modeling for the Fashion Show on Saturday..
..and I thought I'd give you a sneak peek! I am really excited about the fashion show. Like the Food Show(where you answer questions on your dish), I have to answer questions on why my dress is a good buy, why I picked it, etc. I chose an Easter Dress, as you can see!

Food Show Part II



So, we went to District Food Show, and I got second place for my dish,Shrimp Creole,(see above) third place for Ag Id, and fifth place for display. Ag Id is when you take a test on Texas agriculture products(food or materials like mohair or cotton) identify them and where they're grown, or what climate they need, etc. And display is the way your dish is displayed. And, of course, the 4-H Food Show is when 4-Her's from a certain district, which is a bunch  of counties 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, and many others.My brother Christopher got first place in the Food Show AND in Ag ID!! Andrew, my other little brother, can't come to District because he's a Clover Kid, but he did great at County.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hi everybody!

My cousin Cadie Belle is going to do a guest post:

Hi I'm Cadie Belle, and I am playing Monopoly and I am beating Laura Ashley! :) I am over here because my pitching coach had to do something and I wanted to come here because my mom asked me if I wanted to come over here and I said yes.My favorite color is pink and I love swimming!My favorite books are American Girl Series and Diary of a Wimpy Kid! :)

So, that's Cadie Belle!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Pictures for the 4-H Photo Contest...

"Frosting Flower"


"Beauty"

"See you in the Funnies"

"Christmas Tree"

"Vintage Details"

"A rose by any other name..."

"Pink"
We've been preparing for the 4-H Photo Contest, and I took a zillion pictures. Which one of these is your favorite?

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Treasures of the Snow Book Review

Treasures of the Snow is a wonderful book about faith, forgiveness, and friendship. When a lonely and misunderstood boy named Lucien accidently causes little Dani Brinker to fall off a cliff, Dani's sister Annette vows she hates Lucien and will never befriend him or forgive him. The next day, Lucien, wracked with guilt, runs into the woods instead of going to school and meets an old man. The man tells Lucien he, too once did something wrong. He gambled his money away, robbed a bank, and was put in prison. His wife died while he was in prison and he hasn't talked to his two now grown-up sons. He tries to help Lucien by teaching the boy how to make a beautiful toy ark and animals for Dani, who is badly hurt. When Lucien, eager to apoligize, brings the toys to Dani, Annette confronts him at the door, smashes the ark and tells him to go away. Dani finds the toys admist the shattered ark and loves them, deciding that fairies must have made them.Lucien, with advice from the old man, carves a wooden horse for the school's project show. He lays it on the balcony one night when his mother calls him. Anette, who is walking by, sees the horse. She doesn't want Lucien to be happy because she is unhappy that Dani can never walk again. SO, she breaks the little horse. Lucien doesn't enter the carving contest and is very sad. He hears of a famous doctor who has come to town and askes the old man if he thinks the doctor can heal Dani. The old man says he thinks so, and gives Lucien his life's savings to pay the doctor. In the middle of a blinding snowstorm, Lucien sets off. He arrives at the office, faints, and nearly dies. No one can believe he came through the snow but they realize he did.
Read the book to find out what happens next!

My Blog...

So, exactly one year ago today, I started blogging. I love blogging because it helps me improve my writing skills, take better pictures, work on my computer skills,and share what I'm doing with friends and family.  I think I've come a long way since My First Post. I hope you like my blog. Which post has been your favorite?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Consumer Decision Making

We competed in  4-H's Consumer Decision Making and I got 4th place! We had no idea what Consumer Decision Making was and entered because we thought it was something else. But it turned out to be really fun. Basically, you go in a room with a bunch of other kids. You have a clipboard, paper, reason and score cards,and maybe a calculator. There is a situation on the table- maybe something like " Sally Jo needs to buy a camera. Her budget is $250. She wants one with 3 LCD." Then, looking at info about 4 cameras, you choose which one is the best buy, and rank them. For example, if #4 is the best buy,#2 is the second best, then #1, and #3 is the worst,you would rank the class as 4-2-1-3. There is a special class called a reasons class. Take notes on why you ranked the class the way you did. When you go in front of the judge, say why you ranked the class the way you did. But only tell about the reasons class! I did not know this at first at was just rattling off info about why I picked every class! I had a great time and now I know how to do Consumer Decision Making.

I love hedgehogs!

My Webkinz hedgehog.


                             

A real Hedgehog!

  1.   The average hedgehog has 5,000 -7,000 quills!
  2. Their quills are not very sharp, unlike porcupines. 
  3. A hedgehog's average lifespan is 4-6 years.
  4. Hedgehogs tend to get along with dogs, cats and other pets.
  5. McDonald's changed their McFlurry containers to be more hedgehog friendly!!(Do hedgehogs eat at McDonald's!?)
  6.  Beatrix's Potter's Ms. Tiggy Winkle is a hedgehog :-)

The Sumerians

My textbook
  I am learning about the Sumerians. They were a group of people that descended from Ham, Noah's son. Until archaeologists discovered the land of Sumer in the 1800's, they didn't know that an educated people who had a writing system had lived as long ago as 2,500 B.C. (or even before!) Scholars who doubted the Bible didn't believe Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Old Testament- until they realized he lived after the Sumerians- so yes, he had a writing system. Never doubt the Bible! The main city archaeologists focus on is Ur. My textbook calls it the  "Queen city of Sumer!"
 In 2,100 B.C., Ur was one of the most powerful and wealthy cities in Sumer. A king named Ur-Nammu ruled it. He was the king of Sumer and Akkad. Akkad is an ancient name for an area of Mesopotamia. He built a ziggurat called the  temple-tower. It contained businesses, temples, and it was dedicated to the "moon god" who, of course, wasn't real. The Sumerians planted trees and flowers inside the shrine at the top.  They built an artificial forest for their imaginary gods. While everybody in Ur worshiped these false gods, their religion didn't change their behavior. They were still very sinful.
    A British archaeologist named Sir Leonard Woolley discovered a tomb of a wealthy Sumerian, Lady Shub-ad. This gave insight to the Sumerian way of life, because many artifacts had been buried in the tomb also. Where the Sumerians intelligent? You decide: They invented the plow,  a kind of wheel, envelopes, irrigation systems, a number system we use today, a calendar system, and libraries.  They also invented a way to barter using barley, sewer systems,how to put fireplaces and fountains indoors, and much more. Around 2,000 B.C, Sumer was invaded by the Amorites. The rule of the Sumerians had come to an end.