Friday, November 30, 2012

Sarah McClendon



(Picture Source is Wikipedia, other picture sources are http://uttyleruasc.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/ford003.jpg andhttp://www.confederate.org/newsletter/2001news/bush.jpg)

So a few days ago, my mom took us to a historical home for a tour. It is called McClendon house because it was the home of Sarah McClendon. She was born July 8, 1910 and died January 8, 2003 at the age of 92. She was a White House reporter who covered  politics for over 50 years. She started her own free-lance news service as before WWII, and was known as a model for women in the press and as a supporter of good wages and better care of  American military veterans. Sarah was best known for her questions at presidential press conferences, which were often slightly rude or blunt. She once shook her pen at the then President  Nixon and demanded "Why aren't you doing anything to help the veterans?"!!! She interviewed with presidents from Franklin Roosevelt all the way to Bill Clinton. After she left the house, her two spinister sisters lived there for many years they were recluses and let the home fall to ruin. After their death, a fire that would've ruined the home had it not been for it's good construction,made everyone realize what a great historic home was there. It was restored and you can tour it at this address:
806 W. Houston Street
 Tyler, TXP.S' Check out my friend Anners' amazing blog here. Be sure to comment and follow!

Review of Daily Life in a Covered Wagon

We've been doing a pioneer study, and this book, Daily Life in a Covered Wagon,has been very informative and fun! It follows a fictional pioneer family, the Larkins, on their 2,000 mile journey from Independence, Missouri, to Portland, Oregon in the 1850's. The Larkins have three kids- Rachel, Abe , and Rebecca. Their hired hand is also with them. What makes this book different from other books on the pioneers is that, as you read, it has real life pictures and inserts describing what certain words (such as "alkaline water" or "river ford") mean. Also, when the Larkins face a problem, the book explains how early settlers would've handled it, how the Larkins handled it, and how later settlers handled it. It's really quite fascinating!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Night Flying(a poem by yours truly:)

Source for picture: In my dreams,
I can fly.
I spread my arms
And touch the sky
I chat with the owls
and laugh with the moon.
I sparkle with the stars,
and I wake up all too soon.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving 2!


Well, hi again! Last year I did a post on what I was thankful for, and enjoyed it so much I'm going to do it again! This time my challenge is to find things other than what I did last year!
Everyone came to our house this year, and I had a lot of fun! My cousins' little cousins came with them this year, and they were soo cute! Their names are Charlie, Evan, and Corbin. Corbin is 1, Charlie is 6, and she's so cute. Evan is 8. Charlie and I played Groovy Girls, Barbies, American Girl dolls, hula hooped, Blongo Ball, and a bazillion other games. So, it was fun, but now I am exhausted :). I've never played that many games in my life! My Mom made(every thing was homemade)turkey, ham,wheat rolls,crescent rolls, cheesy olive cakes, turtle cheesecake,apple cake, relish trays, mac & cheese, and tons of other things! I made green bean casserole, yams, and grated mounds of cheese, and helped out in  the kitchen.

I'm thankful for:

1. The Bible!I enjoy reading it because I always see something new.


2. Family. This is my Mom and my cousin Corbin.

3.Music! I 'm glad I can listen to Taylor Swift anytime I want! I just finished reading a book, Hurt Go Happy, and it made me very thankful I can hear.


4.  My camera






5. I'm thankful my parents give their time to help 4-H, Teen Court, drive me to theater,and my candy striper program. I wouldn't be able to do anything if it wasn't for them! (BTW, I'm getting super excited about our upcoming performance.









Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! What are you thankful for? Let me know!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Counselor at YES camp

This weekend I was a counselor at YES camp, which is a camp 4-H holds every year for 8-12 (and some 13) year olds. I worked with five 8-10 year old girls from my county. The theme was "Wild About 4-H!" We had a camo costume contest, and one of the little girls, K, from my group won! Her costume was so cute! I was glad she won, because she's really sweet.
We then broke into our"color groups". One of the other girls - I'll call her R-from my group was with me in the green group. It was fun working with her. she really liked painting and told me all about how she wants to be an artist.We all made birdhouses as part of the activities, and R decided all the girls should paint my birdhouse for me. It was so sweet of them, and i turned out really cute! I enjoyed being a camp counselor for many reasons, one was that it allows me to be a good role model and a mentor to the girls, like helping them pray at meals and playing games with them. Have you ever been a camp counselor? Did you enjoy it?
 Oh, yes. Be sure to check out my other little brother, Andrew's new blog here!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thoughts of a goose:)


Well, I've learned almost all my lines and the scenery is coming along rather nicely for Charlotte's Web, and yesterday I got a sneak peek at my costume. It is ADORABLE!!!It is a bunch of lacey white skirts( like a hoop skirt), a long white shirt, and a little brown vest. Plus some ancient (but pretty!)glittery shoes from 
previous shows. I found these pictures on the internet to give you guys an idea of what  it looks like...

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A goose!

Best ever Gingersnaps


2 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2  tsp ground cloves
1/4 cup sugar

 Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine half the flour. Add the
brown sugar,shortening,molasses,egg,baking soda,ginger,cinnamon, and cloves. Beat with an electric mixer on high till thoroughly combined. shape dough into balls and roll into sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.Voila! You have 48 yummy gingersnaps!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

An interview with Christopher!

So, I'm interviewing my brother Christopher today! He has a blog, it's here.  Here's a picture of him:
He's a good cook, too!

Let's start the interview!
Pink=Me
Maroon = Christopher

 
Fave color?
  "Maroon."
Age?
"12."
How long have you been blogging?
"It will be 2 years in Feb."
What do you want to be when you grow up?
"A large/small animal vet!"
Where do you want to go to college?
"A&M University, of course!"
What are your favorite animals?
"I like dogs and horses."
What are your favorite movies?
"Grand Champion, the Madagascar movies, and Raiders of the Lost Ark."
What is your favorite candy?
"Jelly belly jelly beans and sour candies."
 Who are your favorite authors?
"Hmm. Marguerite Henry, Walter Farley, Jean Craighead George, Will James, Ralph Moody, Robert Lawson, and Trenton Lee Stewart, author of the Mysterious Benedict Society series. You can find out about all these authors on my blog!"
 Favorite Indiana Jones character(s)?
"Indy and Short Round."
Favorite Mysterious Benedict Society character(s)?
"Reynie, and Sticky. Oh, and Milligan. And don't forget Mr. Benedict!"

Thanks, Christopher! Don't forget to check out his blog to find out more on all the above topics!!



Watching Raiders of the Lost Ark(and Indiana Jones quotes!:)

Well, I FINALLY got to watch Raiders of the Lost Ark, a.k.a ROTLA. Check out my other post on Indy here. BTW, I own none of these pics.
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It was... bedazzling.Amazing. Astounding! Perfect. Spectacular. Stunning! Just like the book. Okay, I loved it. No, I loveloveloved it! Basically, the story is:
It's 1936. Hitler is rising to power- and he wants the Ark of the Covenant because he thinks it will make him powerful. After Indy returns home from his search for the Capochyan idol(love the boulder scene -see a clip here!),the American Government hires him,the famous archaeologist Dr. Jones, to find it before the Nazi's do- and to figure out what's going on. Can Indy triumph over the forces of evil? He heads to his old friend Abner Ravenwood, a collector of Ark-related artifacts, to find out. He tracks Abner down to a remote bar in Nepal, only to find Abner's dead, and his feisty, beautiful daughter Marion (who happens to be Indy's ex-girlfriend from when he was younger.) is stuck running the bar. She won't help Indy, and so he leaves. The Nazis arrive, start a fight, and nearly kill Marion but Indy heard the noise, returned, and saved her. You go, Indy!  There's a big fight between Nazis/Indiana/Sherpas/Mongolians, but Indy and Marion win. Of course! :)Marion says she'll help Indy,so, they head to Egypt to meet his friend Sallah. They find the Nazis digging  for the Ark, but realize they're digging in the wrong place. *Spoiler Alert* Marion is kidnapped by the Nazi's main man, Belloq. Indy thinks she's dead, but.. she's not! Indy finds the ark, only to have Belloq steal it from him and then Belloq locks Indy and Marion in the Well of Souls, were the Ark was. They escape from a snake filled chamber. After a bloody fight scene,(We fast forwarded a little of this scene), Indy sends Marion and Sallah off to get transportation to America and announces he's off to find the Ark. There is a spectacular fight between Indy and a bunch of Nazi vehicles! It was soo good! They eventually recover the Ark, and Indy and Marion get on a boat with it to head back to America. There is a long kissing scene we also fast forwarded. Suddenly, the Nazis take over the ship. Indy manages to escape but they take Marion. Indy rides atop their submarine to their secret island, where, after a failed attempt form Indy to stop, them, they open the Ark. Definitely fast forward this scene! The wrath of God destroys the Nazis rather graphically. Indy and Marion get the Ark and head home. Now  just have to see Temple of Doom, Last Crusade, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!!!
All in all, I give it 5 stars, although there were a few(4) bad words and the three objectionable scenes I mentioned.  Other than that, I really enjoyed the movie! Thanks SOOO much to Dad for letting me and Christopher watch it!
Christopher's Notes:
"I liked the part where Marion hit the man with the frying pan and dragged him away. I also liked how when the airfield blew up, Belloq said "Jones!" My other favorite part was when  the guy was being all scary with the sword and Indy calmly shot him.:)
Thanks, Christopher!
Now I leave you with this:





Belloq: How odd that it should end this way for us after so many stimulating encounters. I almost regret it. Where shall I find a new adversary so close to my own level? 
Indiana: Try the local sewer. 

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Marion: You're not the man I knew ten years ago. 
Indiana: It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage. 

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Indiana: You want to talk to God? Let's go see him together, I've got nothing better to do. 
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Sallah: Indy, why does the floor move? 
Indiana: Give me your torch. 
[Indy takes the torch and drops it in
Indiana: Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes? 
Sallah: Asps... very dangerous. You go first. 
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Indiana: The Ark of the Covenant, the chest that the Hebrews used to carry around the Ten Commandments. 
Major Eaton: What, you mean THE Ten Commandments? 
Indiana: Yes, the actual Ten Commandments, the original stone tablets that Moses brought down from Mt. Horeb and smashed, if you believe in that sort of thing... 
[the officers stare at him blankly
Indiana: Didn't any of you guys ever go to Sunday school? 
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Indiana: Do we need the monkey? 
Marion: I'm surprised at you. Talking that way about our baby. He's got your looks, too. 
Indiana: And your brains.

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Indiana:There's a big snake in the plane, Jock!
Jock: Oh, that's just my pet
Indiana: I hate snakes, Jock! I hate 'em! 
Jock: Come on! Show a little backbone, will ya?


Which one of these quotes is your fave? Comment and let me know!  Bye for now! Thanks for reading!