Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ben Wheeler Hogfest





We volunteer at the Ben Wheeler Children's Library, and we were asked to ride on the library float in the Hogfest parade. It was a ton of fun passing out candy and books to the adoring crowds.:) Then we walked around the festival, ate ice cream at Scoots n Scoops.....
Notice our lovely volunteer shirts? It was FREEZING and windy, which is why we're wearing jackets.
Then we walked over to watch people make sorghum and sugar.
It was really interesting. Christopher got to push sugarcane in the machine, as did Andrew and I.

Then it was time for our shift at the library, so we went and worked. We gave people tours, told them the history of the library, and shelved lots of books! Then it was time to go home.


The guys found an old car they liked.

A float decorated like a wagon.


P.S.: For some super cute pics of our  Christopher's :) little chicks, check out: http://childressdvm.blogspot.com/



Our Mysterious Package!


So, I love getting things in the mail, especially if they're from far away! So I was super excited to find a package in the mail from my fantabulous Aunt Lisa, who was on vacation in Vienna, Austria.(Plus, I had just finished reading the Nancy Drew Captive Witness, which takes place in Austria!) We opened it, and there was a yummy cake inside! There were also a lot of little brochures with pictures of Austria. The cake is from the Hotel Sacher, which is apparently very famous for these cakes, or "torte" as they call it.
The cake was REALLY good with whipped cream. It was a little bitter because it's dark chocolate, but I liked that I got to pile whipped cream on it!

The cake

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Charlotte's Web play

So I auditioned for Charlotte's Web and got the part of Goose. At first I was a little(okay, a lot) upset, because I REALLY wanted Charlotte's.*Sniffle* Plus, I thought it would be a teeny part. But once I started looking at the script, I saw that:

  1. I have a good part with a lot of lines!
  2. It's a really fun part! I get to repeat random words over and over and honk a lot!
  3. I Googled  "Goose from Charlotte's web costume"- and there were some adorable costumes!
I'm  beginning to get really excited about the part. I hope that through this I've learned that although I can't always get to be my favorite character or may have to be a part that's out of my comfort zone, that's what acting is. We wouldn't be very good actresses/actors if we were only parts that we wanted to be, would we?
So, that's why now I'm happy to be Goose, and I wouldn't change my part! 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A trip to the doll store...

 I have been to American Girl place a few times,  but both the American Girl places in my state are far from my home. So I was super excited to find a store called My Best Friend that sells ALL sorts of doll items, mainly American Girl things, in Tyler, Texas! They had retired items and dolls, like Nellie and Samantha, Jess, Kailey, Lanie and her camper, Chrissa's picnic table ,and tons of other rare items! Guys, Jess is really pretty. And brand-new! I'm thinking about saving up.. who knows! :-) They also repair
 "hurt" (broken) dolls. Twilight fans: They have Twilight costumes and shirts in doll sizes! There were also a lot of new/newer things, like Caroline and her bed, Kit's tree house, Marie Grace, and clothes for girls and dolls. I like the option of getting dolls (especially the hard-to-find retired dolls!) instead of buying them online from an unknown person. In my opinion, this was almost as good as an American Girl Place, because although it wasn't large and didn't have a restaurant, it has many of the rare items. I did notice that some dolls ( Addy, Rebecca,and some girl of the years)weren't there, but maybe they had been sold. So if you're trying to collect a certain rare or back ordered (like Caroline!) doll in time for Christmas, I would go here!
 So, what's your favorite doll shop? Is it an AG Place. or a little doll store? Comment and let me know! 
I <3 love <3 comments!

Here is the store's website. There are directions on it! : http://www.mybestfrienddolls.com/


They had Lanie's camper!!
  


                           

Nellie!

Doll scrubs!

A Bitty Baby.

A nurse doll!

Can you believe they had Caroline?!!


Jess(Girl Of The Year 2006)

Kailey (Girl Of The Year 2003)

I love the apron and pot holder!

Doll Computer.

Kit's treehouse!
Thanks to Christopher for loaning me his camera! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Easy and Elegant Lemon Bars


You will need:
For the Crust:
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup(that's a stick) of butter
1 cup flour.
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Mix everything together. Do not melt the butter! Pat into a lightly greased 8-inch square pan.
Bake 15 min. at 350.

For the top layer
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons flour
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Sift flour, sugar, and baking powder together  Add the other ingredients. Pour over baked crust and bake 25 min. at 350. Frost with powdered sugar thinned with lemon juice.




Friday, October 12, 2012

Book Review of The Mighty Miss Malone

 I was at the library, looking for books. It's a small place, and most of the titles I've read. Then I saw it. In between the musty, dingy, dated volumes, sat a brand new copy of The Mighty Miss Malone. A miracle, or as Deza would say, an epiphany. From the amazing front cover and alliteration-like title, this book did not disappoint!  It painted a believable, funny-but -sometimes tragic picture of a middle class black family living during the Great Depression. 

  It's about Miss Malone-Deza,who's 12 and lives in Gary, Indiana, with her parents, Roscoe and Peg, and older brother, Jimmie, during the Great Depression. Deza loves to write  and excels in school, and Jimmie is known all around town for his Gospel singing(and his dislike for school!). At first, Deza's life is perfects and it's like she lives in her own sheltered bubble. After an accident that injures her father, she learns that they live on welfare food, that they don't own their house, and that many people are prejudiced. Her father goes to look for work and disappears, and her brother goes to find him.
   
    Instead of letting this get her down, Deza decides to try to change things, and ends up turning everything around and reuniting her family. Deza in a character who seemed real. The author does a great job portraying her, her brother, parents, and the rest of her friends and family in a realistic way that feels that you're right there with them. I highly recommend this book!!!
Image credit:http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/afuse8production/files/2011/12/MightyMissMalone.jpg

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

GIVEAWAY RESULTS......!!!

Well, today's the big day! Thanks to everyone who entered. This was my first time holding a giveaway,so I was really excited to have so many people enter!! Also, thanks to Christopher for drawing the winner and Andrew for loaning the hat! The winner is...duhduhdeduh...Emma Kate! Congrats, Emma! I'll be e-mailing you shortly! (Is it just me or do I sound weird on there:-)

Monday, October 8, 2012

What I'm learning in science

I'm learning the layers and functions of the skin. The four main functions are:

  1. Skin cools your body with sweat from your sweat glands.
  2. It protects your bones and major organs-if it weren't for your skin, you'd constantly break your bones every time you tripped. Another reason it's important it protects your bones is that your bones contain calcium.
  3. It warms your body.
  4. It senses things such as extreme heat-say you touch a hot pan-and sends a message to your brain for you to let go.
There are many, many layers of skin, but the main layers are the dermis, the epidermis, and the fatty glands directly below them. To keep your skin healthy, eat a balanced diet, cleanse your skin daily, and get lots of vitamin D.

P.S Please check out my giveaway post below!