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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

George Washington

Hello once again people who read this blog! So I've been reading a lot of American History lately, and I've been assigned with writing a moderately sized report on my favorite historic person. Now, this only qualifies for this time period. So I chose George Washington. I chose Washington for 3 main reasons. He's moderately easy to remember information about, he's one of our Founding Fathers, and he lived a pretty interesting life. So with that said, onto the report!

Washington was born in 1732 Westmorelerd County, Virginia and has 6 siblings. Two of his siblings managed to reach maturity. The other 4.. weren't so lucky. His father also died when he was 11, and his half-brother became his "father/role model". At the age of 15 he wanted to join the Royal Navy, but his mother objected. As we all know, he went to join the military later on and got his first taste of battle in the French Indian War. He described it as bloody and disturbing, yet invigorating and beautiful at the same time. At least 2 bullets grazed his head during this fight, and they ended up having to retreat. But Washington had gotten his taste of war. He liked it. He wasn't going anywhere.

As we all know, Washington later on became a very high rank in the military and served a great role in the Revolutionary War. But after the war, George Washington went on to become the first president of the United States! Many years later however, Washington died peacefully in his sleep. I forget what age he was.
Want some more interesting facts about George? Try these on for size.
Washington was the only Founding Father to actually free his slaves. I actually find this quite admirable, especially for a man of his time.
He was also the only President to NOT live in Washington D.C. Perhaps because it was named after him.
Infact, around 32 countries and 17 cities were also named in his honor! Give or take a few.
He also introduced the mule to America. Hooray for donkeys!

Well, that's my report on George Washington. I hope you learned something new, because I learned a little too much. Until the next post, goodbye!

The End

Monday, October 13, 2014

Book Review for The Hunger Games book one

Hello once again people who read this blog! So for the last few weeks I've been reading one of the more, um, "popular" books. Can you guess it? Yup, it's the Hunger Games. I'm assuming you know where I'm going with this, the whole "mom wanted me to do a book report on said book" thing. And you'd be correct! So, lets get on with the show. So the book is based sometime in the near future where America is no longer America, it's Panem. And also all the other countries apparently don't exist. The states have now been jumbled up and divided into things called "Districts", 12 each. There used to be 13, but we won't go into that. Every year the leaders/dictators of the country, which don't live in a District, organize an event known as the Hunger Games. They will choose 2 children, ages ranging from 12 to 18, from each District and they will be sent to a massive arena to fight eachother to the death. For the 74th annual Hunger Games, the main character (Katniss Everdeen) gets her younger sister Prim, who's only 12, voted into the Hunger Games. Devastated, Katniss offers to take Prim's place in the Hunger Games. She then steps up onto the stage, and her fellow male tribute Peeta Malarkey steps up to join her. Peeta actually saved Katniss's life years before when they were close to starving and he threw her some bread. For the next few days they spend their time fighting and grieving as they make their way to the Capitol. Once they reach it, they train for several more days to prepare for the Games. Oh yeah, and Katniss shoots an arrow at the judges pig. Good job! However, she surprisingly got a score of 11 despite her aggression. The day of the Games comes along, but if you haven't read the book I'll leave what happens next for you. I personally think it was a great book, however my mother begs to differ. It does have a dark and somewhat disgusting story line, but it's a good read none the less. If I had to pick a favorite character it would probably have to be Peeta, because he's smart and witty. I also felt a lot of pity for him. Poor guy. But all around it's a great book and I highly recommend it. The movie however, don't even bother. Well that's my report on the Hunger Games book 1. If you haven't read it then you really should, you might get a good kick out of it. Either that or you'll hate it. Opinions vary. I will see you all in the next blog post, so goodbye! End

Friday, September 19, 2014

My Summer Vacation

Hello once again people who read this blog! It sure has been awhile sense I've done one of these, and today I'm gonna go over something very amazing and fun: my Summer Vacation!
So my Summer Vacation started in May. School had just "ended", but I was shortly greeted by the bitter fact that I still have to do school over the Summer. If Math weren't involved, it wouldn't have been so bad. For most of June we pretty much just hung out around the house, did school, and occasionally went to Church on Sundays. Mostly on Wednesdays. At the end of June, however, I left from June 31st through July 4th to go to a Christian Camp known as Camp Anderson. At this camp not only did I get launched in the air by a big balloon called "The Blob", but I also made some new friends and I got Saved. When I got back from Camp it was my 14th birthday, and I enjoyed a nice evening with my family. We went to Applebees, I drank mango tea, and then we went to watch fireworks. Mango tea though. It's so good. For the rest of July we did everyday things. Luckily though, we didn't have any school in July. Or August. It was beautiful. Once August came along we went to the Springs every Wednesday. We went to Poe Springs, Blue Springs and Fanning Springs twice. Blue Springs was my personal favorite though. The water was so clear and the boil was really deep. That picture is of me jumping off the dock at Blue Springs. Look at those ultra manly pink goggles. And for the last week, my Grandpa has been here and we've gone all over the place. We went to Saint Augustine, Blue Springs, Dairy Queen, Hobo's, and hung out at the house. I also got a really cool new game called Destiny, which is better then anything I have ever played. Now I'm back in school, and this is my first writing assignment.
Well, that pretty much sums up my Summer Vacation. I hope everyone else had a great one as well, and I will see you all in the next post!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

New School Year Days 2, 3 and 4

Yesterday, day 2, we went to the Springs for PE, lots of swimming.  We also got to see several water snakes relaxing in the shallow waters on the bank of the spring.  It rained at 12:45 so we had to leave an hour earlier than we wanted.  We had church in the evening.  Us teens are studying Ephesians.

Today my schedule was more normal.

9-10  Marine Biology 60 min

10- 1030  Japanese 30 min

1030-11  Music 30 min

11-1130  Reading, Book one The Hunger Games

1130-1230 Lunch

1230-130 Algebra 1 60 min

130-2  AP American History 30 min

2-3  Nutrition and Cooking 60 min

Tomorrow will be chore day, and paper assignments decided by my mom. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New School Year Day 1

I will be keeping track of all my credit hours, here on this blog.  Then my mom will just fill in the transcript paper at the end of the school year.  Today was our first day of school, and it wasn't too bad.  Here is how my day went.

9 AM- 10 AM-  Marine Biology 45 min.  Last 15 min of the hour we set up our Earth Kids project. 

10 AM- 10:30 AM  Foreign Language Japanese 30 min

10:30 AM-  11 AM  Music  30 min

11 AM-  11:30 AM  Read chapter one of The Hunger Games n 30 min

11:30- 12:30 PM Lunch

12:30- 1:30 PM  Algebra One 60 min

1:30- 2 PM AP American History 30 min

2 PM- 3 PM  Nutrition and cooking 60 min plus since I prepped dinner, cleaned up after dinner, and got dinner prepped for tomorrow