Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, Cadie Belle


        Here are 10 great things about Cadie!!

  1. She is a good student.
  2. She writes really funny letters!
  3. She likes to read,like me!
  4. She is an awesome cousin!
  5. She is a good big sister to her little brother.
  6. She loves animals...we even have a quail chick named Cadie!!
  7. Cadie wants to be a vet.
  8. Cadie is smart!
  9. She is very friendly
  10. She shares her Sweet-tarts with me:-)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Laundry Love

Our church, Eustace First Baptist, did a Laundry Love, and we got to help! What is Laundry Love? The official website says:
"Laundry Love Projects (LLPs) are regular opportunities to help people who are struggling financially by assisting them with doing their laundry. Relationships are built, and LLPs become small communities of common concern in which participants often find that they receive assistance and benefit with other areas of their lives."

All of our youth group got to help, by bringing quarters or soap to the Laundromat and washing the laundry for those who came. It was fun, but we were all a little worried that we would be asked to do laundry once we got home!:-) After we finished doing the laundry, there were hot dogs and snacks for those who attended or just walked by. Then some of my friends, my brothers, and I played hot potato football in the gazebo on the square. It was a good opportunity to not just help the people and tell them about our church, but also to make friends with them.

What I've been doing...

I went to my friend Bridgette's house for a sleepover and that was really fun! We got to sleep in their new camper on the bunk beds and watch movies. We also wrote one-act plays and preformed them. T. and I wrote one about two babysitters who stop dangerous thieves and get awarded  a medal by the President. It was quite corny, I assure you, especially because the heroes were ourselves.:-) Bridgette and R. wrote a skit about two girls who live on a dude ranch for movie stars. It was really funny. Next we watched Pocahontas, because we knew all the songs. Then we played Apples to Apples, Clue, and a game we invented called Who Said That. We took turns having one of us close our eyes, then the other 3 would take turns yelling out anything, and the girl with her eyes closed guessed who it was. Earlier that day, we played complex Barbies with Bridgette's little sister, and that was really fun. We also played a game where each person got a sheet of paper and had to do something with it. I wrote a story about a girl who lived during the Civil war, Bridgette and T. worked on a song, and R. wrote a story,too. And of course we went to bed.... around 3 a.m.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Book Review of America Sisters- A Titanic journey Across the Sea

My mom read this book to my brothers and I, and we all really enjoyed it...

America Sisters- A Titanic journey Across the Sea is about:
Sixteen year old Alfreda Anderson returns from her job in the city to her country home in Sweden to find her little brother, Karl, dead and her home in chaos. Papa sent two tickets to America on the White Star Line's new ship, the Titanic, and in a strange twist, Alfreda and her ten year old sister Erna will be going to America alone. Alfreda is thrilled. She'll never have to work for her stingy relatives again! She can go to school, learn English, become wealthy... Erna hates leaving the farm and the little trolls she thinks live there. She's nothing like Alfreda. The two girls must learn to get along, and just when they start to think that they can handle anything, a mysterious ring gets them in trouble with  stewards on the Titanic, strange roommates bother them, and they get lost... Still, Alfreda and Erna are certain that everything will be fine-until April 14, 1912, when the Titanic goes down. This is a great read!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day was originally a holiday celebrating Ireland's patron saint and observed only in Ireland; it took many years until Irish who moved to the U.S. started the first St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City.
The reason we wear green is explained in many ways. People say blue was originally the color worn on the holiday but eventually green took over because of Ireland's nickname as "The Emerald Isle", the green in the green & orange Irish flag and the clover that St. Patrick used as a symbol in his teachings.



Highlights of our week

  1. Andrew learned to ride his bike
  2.  My Granddaddy had his 70th birthday party
  3. A poem I'd wrote when I was 11 got published in Highlights
  4. We had a party- see here
  5. It is St. Patrick's Day and I actually remembered to wear green!

    Friday, March 16, 2012

    Our Party (and The Great Skunk Fiasco)

    We had a party at our house yesterday for some of my Dad's co-workers. We got to explore the property, fish, play ball, and a lot of other things. A little bit of drama happened as we were setting up for the party... Mom and Andrew went to get the BBQ. Dad, Christopher and I were setting up chairs.  Then Dad said "Oh my gosh, there's a skunk in the building!"  So we started yelling and whistling at the skunk to get it to go away. It  was the same skunk that my dad had seen bothering our chickens this morning. He'd hurt it pretty bad, and it had wandered over here again, disoriented. We threw a bunch of baseballs and a volleyball at it, and it ran out of the building. But before Dad could shoot it, it ran into the garage, where I, in a moment of pure genius(lol) had left the truck door open. Bravely I ran past the skunk and shut the door. :-) (I really did, and I threw a baseball at the skunk.)  We managed to shoot the skunk. And so, the house smelt just lovely for our visitors. But we still had a great time! Everyone liked playing with all our pets and wandering in the woods, and we had fun showing them around.

    Monday, March 12, 2012

    I ♥ Wizard-Of- Oz ..

    I ♥ my Wizard-Of-Oz Find It ! What's a Find It? A Find It is a tube filled with little plastic beads. Scattered in the beads are items from the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ,such as a silver slipper, Toto, a flying monkey, a tornado,etc. Some are easy to find, some are hard. There are all sorts of Find-It themes, including Sports, Hunting, At the Zoo, and many more. In every Find-It game a penny is hidden. Once you find the penny, you read the date on it and enter it at the website found on your Find It. It's pretty tricky to find the penny and get it turned so you can read the date. I found the penny, but when I turned the Find It to find the date, it disappeared!! The Find-It can't be opened, so it's great for car rides. What I like best about the Find It is that you can play with it for a long time without getting bored.

    I also like the entire Oz series. Yes, it's a series!! The reason there's only one movie is that the film makers thought moviegoers wouldn't want to see movies based on  all Mr. Baum's books. There are 40 Oz books, and I've read13 of them. Some are really hard to find!

    My favorite "Oz thing" is the original movie, although it is a little different from the books. I like how it's black and white in Kansas, then BOOM! You're in Oz and it's so colorful.
    Of course, I love the song Somewhere over the Rainbow, too! I just had to include it here.

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

    Safe Sitter Course! (continued)

     Today I went to the mailbox to mail a letter to my cousin Cadie Belle, who is my pen pal. To my surprise, the mail had already came. And in the middle of the newspapers, magazines, letters and junk mail, a envelope was nestled. It had the name of the school where I took my Safe Sitter Course on it, and I just KNEW it was either my certification or a note saying I had to retake the class. I was SO scared, because the envelope felt thin. But I PASSED!! I am now a Certified Safe Sitter!!
    It says "Laura Ashley C. has satisfactorily completed the requirements of the Safe Sitter program." (Then it has the name of my instructor and the date) I'm so excited. Now I can babysit!

    Friday, March 9, 2012

    Chocolate Chip Muffins!!

    This is one of our favorite recipes. It's a yummy spin on blueberry muffins.

    1 3/4 cups flour
    1/3 cup sugar
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 egg
    3/4 cup milk
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    1 cup choc. chips

    In a bowl combine dry ingredients. Mix in wet ingredients. Stir well, then add chocolate chips. Pour into lightly greased muffin tin. Bake in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 20 minutes. Enjoy!

    Roller Coaster Poem

    Roller Coaster
    Racing, roaring, faster than fast
    The roller coaster goes around the track.
    Forward, under, loop-de-loop and back
    “Screech” goes the cars on the track
    Hold on, screaming just for fun.
    “Zip” and then
    The ride is done.
    Image from

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    Macaroni And Cheese

    Macaroni And Cheese is the best food ever!
     Mom taught me how to make it using her special recipe:

    1 cup elbow macaroni
    1/4 cup diced onion
    1 T butter
    1T flour
    dash of pepper
    1 1/4 cups milk
    2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
    Cook mac according to package directions. For the cheese sauce, cook butter and onion till onion is tender (but not brown). Stir in the flour and pepper, and add all the milk at once. Cook until thick and bubbly. Then you can add the cheese. Drain the pasta, and mix the cheese with the pasta. YUMMERS! We usually serve these with chocolate chip muffins. The sweetness of the muffins balances the mac'n' cheese so yummily...

    Safe Sitter Course!

    I took a  Safe Sitter Course, and I learned so much. What is a Safe Sitter Course? Well, Safe Sitter was founded in 1980 by a emergency room doctor. One of the nurses in his emergency room had left her little girl with a sitter and came to work. An hour later, the little girl was in the emergency room. She'd started choking and the sitter didn't know what to do. The doctor decided to found Safe Sitter classes to educate boys and girls 11-13 on how to care for kids, choking rescue,etc. When I got to the school library where I was taking the course, I was given a folder with information on :

    • How, why and where injuries happen so you can prevent them from happening in the first place.
    • How to decide how serious a problem is if someone isinjured.
    • How to get help if you need it.
    • How to keep yourself safe when babysitting.
    • How a child's age affects how to care for them.
    • How to prevent problem behavior.
    • How to rescue a choking infant or child.
    • How to run your babysitting business
    (The items in bold are from ther Safe Sitter site.)

    After going over the items in our folder, we learned how to do choking rescue on infants and on older kids. If someone is choking, don't slap them on the back or hold up there hands. That causes the item to go farther down their airway.Instead, preform abdominable thrusts if they are older than 1.

    The dummies we did choking rescue on.

    Me diapering a 'baby'...

    Choking Rescue

    More choking rescue...
    After all of this, we took a test and preformed choking rescue for our instructor. If I passed, I'll get a card in the mail saying I am a CERTIFIEDd SAFE SITTER!!! I can't wait! Then I can babysit!!

    Saturday, March 3, 2012

    Broiler Chicks (and an emergency bird surgery)

    We got broiler chicks for 4-H, but one of our chicks had a problem with it's leg. The other chicks could tell that something was wrong with him and started pecking at him. We pulled him out to see what was wrong and to move him into another pen when we noticed the problem.  My Dad said he would try to help it.  And so, it appears when the chick broke out of it's egg sac, part of the sac wrapped around the leg and as the chick grew, the 'growth' got tighter around his leg, not allowing him to move it properly. We managed to wet that part, loosening it, then cut off the extra sac. The chick was not too happy about this until we were done.  I was assisting with the 'surgery', getting supplies and trying to help hold the chick still. We found he had a growth on his leg, where the 'extra sac' was connected, that was infected. We cleaned and tried to disinfect it.  It appears the surgery was successful so far - our little Chicky made it through the night and will hopefully be OK!  He is not getting around too good yet but now learning how too walk with that bad leg.  He has a long way to go but we hope he makes it.  He appears to be healthy in other ways, grooming himself, eating and drinking good.  I know you aren't supposed to get attached to your chickens, but this little guy is an exception! (Those are his friends in the above photos.)