Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Because Adventureland's campground is officially within the city limits, all fires have to be up off the ground. They have fire rings, but they are available on a first come first serve basis. Jacci and Donner brought their fire pit out, along with some firewood. I'm really glad they did, because you can't have a campout without a campfire.
We had our family camp out this weekend. We were going to go to Yellow Banks, but there was no space, so we ended up at Adventureland. On Friday evening we went to Max's for dinner. The decor is vintage gas station. My dad worked for Skelly Oil, so this sign caught my eye.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Since Winnie came to live with us, I've been thinking a lot about the way different breeds of dogs have certain personality traits. Bailey is a Bichon Frise. Bichon's were bred as companion dogs, so Bailey is quite happy to sit on your lap or beside you. He grumbles to get more petting. Being loved is his main occupation.
Corgi's on the other hand were bred as herding dogs. Now we don't have any sheep for Winnie to herd, so she tries really hard to herd us and keep us in line. If I wake up during the night and look at the clock, Winnie leaps up, runs to the edge of the bed, and checks to see what's going on. She runs up the stairs, stopping before she gets to the top and blocks the stairs. She turns to monitor what I am doing. If I get up to go to the bathroom, she gets up to check things out.
Before Winnie, I had Zoe. Zoe was a German Shorthair, which are bred as hunting dogs. Zoe was always on the lookout. From a very early age, she would go into a point when she saw other animals. She was always a hunter at heart, even though she had never officially been hunting.
So how do they do it? How do they breed certain personality traits into different breeds of dogs?
We've had some beautiful weather lately, so I took some time to stop at the Asian Garden along the Des Moines River. The only other time I had been there was last year, and the river was very high then. None of the water falls were operating at that time, because the river was all the way up to the base of the building. This is a peaceful place to spend a few minutes.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Armed with pencils and sticky notes we all moved around the room reading each other's blogs and writing comments on the sticky notes. We stuck the sticky notes to the blogs. Some people tried to sneak back to their own blogs to read the comments, but they had to wait until the end. When we were finished, everyone got their own blogs back and got to read the comments that had been left for them. Now we are ready to write our first blog post for our on-line blogs.
This was the first time I tried the paper blog idea, but I will definitely do it again. The original idea comes from middle school teacher, Karen McMillan. You can read about it on her blog, Notes from McTeach. Also, here is a link to Mrs. Yollis's blog.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
This Super Kid with the Baloon Helmet wasn't running, but he was playing a little football.
Oh, yeah! And there were Flapjacks there, too. Except the line was pretty long, so I left without having any.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
I have been getting so many great ideas for school from other people on Pinterest. We all know the first two lines of this fun poem, but our class has been learning lots of other lines that go with it. It is our launch at the end of the day, and what a great way to end the day.
When I first saw the poem it was written on a chart tablet, then I saw it in fancy print. That gave me the idea to use my Printshop Deluxe program to make my own version. Then I had a larger version printed at Walgreens.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
These beautiful flowers were from my Aunt Barbara and Uncle Mark.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
After we put the social contract together, we all signed it.