Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Randomness And A Video

I haven't posted here in forever! We just started school last week and I've been really busy.

List of random items:

  1. We have homeschool gym day, piano, and gymnastics all on Monday AND we also have to get all of our school work done!
  2. I jammed my left thumb at gymnastics last Monday.
  3. It's a good thing it wasn't my right thumb because then I wouldn't be able to hold a pencil. Wait... would that be a bad thing?
  4. Have you ever tried functioning with only 1 thumb?
  5. A couple of weeks ago my big 55 gallon fish tank started leaking everywhere.
  6. I decided to try to sell it instead of re-sealing it. Again.
  7. Someone is very interested in it and I'm really hoping they buy it! *Fingers crossed*
  8. I'm saving up my money to buy a turtle or tortoise, but I'm not going to be able to get one until after we move.
  9. I really want a Hermann's Tortoise, but the only kind of tortoise that any pet stores around here carry is a Russian Tortoise, so I might have to get one of those instead. Or I might get a box turtle, because they're not as expensive. But I really want the Hermann's Tortoise.
  10. I have decided to do a weekly video interview with my baby sister Emelyn and post it on my blog. She'll be 2 on December 7th.
Here's this week's video:




Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Gymnastics!

Sorry for the long delay in posting, peoples. I've been really busy lately. I just got back from church camp on Friday, and I haven't really had time to post anything.

I'm starting gymnastics tomorrow! I'm super excited! Cameron (9) and Adrienne (7) are also starting. We've been seeing what we can do on the trampoline. I can do a cartwheel, a summersalt, ande I can also do a flip in midair by pushing off of my hands! If I go over hard enough I can land right on my feet and stand up.

Does anyone have any tips for the first day of gymnastics?

And does anyone notice anything different around here? I just completely re-did my blog and I love the way it looks! I'd also love to get feedback!

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Big One

We had a huge storm here recently. The hail was golf ball sized, the power went out for over an hour, and our trampoline almost blew away!
video

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

HUGE giveaway, and other matters

Life In A Shoe is having a HUGE giveaway. Huge as in BIG! FAT! GINORMOUS!!

You could win $400 worth of Geneva Bible Pages, or $200 cash! Go here to enter!

The other news is that I managed to delete my blog layout. So if you notice things looking a little funny around here, you know what happened.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Win a cute purse!

Go here to win an adorable purse!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

LTC

This past weekend (Friday and Saturday) I participated in LTC, which stands for Leadership Training for Christ. This was my first time to do it, so I only chose 2 activities to do, Chorus and Bible Bowl.

Chorus is basically the same thing as Choir, but we don't use musical instruments while I think that some church choirs do. I also heard that it is called Chorus so it won't be confused with a regular church choir.

In Bible Bowl, the topic this year was the book of John. (Each year the topic switches back and forth from the Old to the New Testament. I think next year's is 2 Samuel). You spend as much time as you can reading and re-reading the topic book for that year. You also go to practices to help you see what it will be like in the actual competition.

On Easter weekend, all of the LTC participants from your church travel to a hotel which has specifically reserved the rooms that weekend only for LTC'ers. All of the events are hosted in the hotel. There were about 1800 children participating in the location our church chose to go to (not all from our church, of course) and that doesn't count the parents and siblings, so you can see that it is crowded!

In the actual Bible Bowl competition, you go to a huge room with tons of tables lined up in rows. There are 4 people to a team, and your team sits one behind another, not beside each other. The announcer reads a question over the loudspeaker, such as, "In the beginning was ________. A: The Word, B: God, C: Satan, or D: Moses."

You have a cube in front of you with each side labeled A, B, C, D, or E. You also have a sheet of paper next to you with the same questions that the announcer is reading. After the announcer reads the questions and possible answers, they ding a timer, and you have five seconds to think about your answer. Then they ding it a second time and say "Locate your answer." After five more seconds, they ding it a final time and say, "Reveal your answer." You turn the side of the cube with the letter you chose toward the front, where a table judge is sitting. You have to have your hands off of the cube when the announcer tells you to show your answer or your answer will be counted as wrong.

There are 100 questions in shifts of 25. After each 25 questions, you get a 5 minute break where you can eat a snack or go to the bathroom.

I got 3 questions wrong, so I got a score of 97, which is an individual Gold Medal. My team also did well enough that we got a team gold medal. Our Chorus group got a gold medal also.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Red Envelope Day

I thought that the perfect post for red envelope day would be a post with 2 stories about 2 mothers who made different decisions.

Once upon a time there was a mother who was pregnant. She went in for a routine test and found out that her baby would have down syndrome. The mother decided to have an abortion. She went on her way, thinking that she had just rid herself of a burden.

This story is true, but I can't show you the baby, or the hundreds of other babies with this same story, because they never got a chance to be born.

Once upon a time there was a mother who was pregnant. She went in for a routine test and found out that her baby would have down syndrome. She chose not to have an abortion and to keep the baby, even though she found out soon after the baby was born that she (the baby) would have heart problems.

She named her baby Hannah, which means Grace.

This is a true story, and this is baby Hannah.










Can you imagine what would happen if her mother had decided to have an abortion? Baby Hannah wouldn't be here showing us her nose because she would be dead.

Many other babies with down syndrome aren't here to show us their noses because they are dead. Someone decided that they didn't want a "burden", but instead of getting rid of a burden, they got rid of a blessing.

But Hannah's mother decided to keep her blessing, and now she has an adorable baby who had a chance to live and is showing everyone that down syndrome is not a bad thing at all.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

No Human Footprints

AKA "If you insist on thinking you spotted fossilised human footprints in with the dinosaur prints, you're just plain dumb."

We went to Dinosaur Valley State Park yesterday, and there was this big disclaimer on the sign at the first exhibit:


Click to enlarge.)

Really now? Not only do you insist that the human print found INSIDE a dino print was a fake, you choose to ignore the many fossilised human footprints right in front of your nose.

What's this?


Someone (like the person who designed the sign) might claim that the one on the lower right is just a smudged dinosaur track, nevermind the fact that it fits my foot perfectly:


But what about the one on the upper left?



You can see VERY distinctly the toe marks. What kind of dinosaur had 5 toes that were all on the front of the foot, with the one on the inside being largest and then the rest going down in size from there? Here's a closer look:



Here's another set of tracks that we found that aren't as clear, but they show a big person and a little person's tracks side by side. I thought this was neat.




Friday, March 6, 2009

At the Zoo

Yesterday we went to the zoo. I learned something very interesting from Reagan:

The mention of candy will straighten up any attitude right quick!

Also, is you offer to hold her hand, she will demand to be carried, but as soon as she spots the gift shop her feet will sprout wings and she will leap out of your arms and go flying towards the toys!

We're having an epidemic of bathroomerosis; that is, certain people have to inspect every bathroom on the face on the earth. They do this by announcing that they need to go right now 5 minutes after we start driving and could we please stop at that gas station.

Also, it's very helpful to know that if you accidentally forget to put the memory card back in the camera, you can only take about 20 pictures.

14 month old babies love snakes. Real snakes. Not the toys. If you show a 14 month old baby a live snake, it will squeal and point and bounce up and down.

The zoo is fun. Even with all of the bathroom episodes and "lame" 3 year olds.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

My Aquarium

Right now, I have a 10 gallon aquarium, but as soon as I get the stand I'm going to set up a 29 gallon one. I already have 2 female Mollies (Pipsqueak and Skittles) and a male Dwarf Gourami (Sprite).

I'm going to be moving them into the bigger tank, and I'm also going to get 5 black Kuhli Loaches and 6 Corydoras.

I'm going to have sand on the bottom for the loaches and corydoras so they don't scratch themselves. I might use live plants, but when I first start it I'm going to be using plastic ones.

I hope I can get the Corydoras to lay eggs because they cost about $5 each at the pet store!

I'll try to post pictures after I get it set up.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Goldfish: Caring for them & some common myths

First, let's look at some goldfish myths and the real truth.

"Goldfish will only grow as big as the tank lets them. They are perfectly happy in bowls because they don't grow too big."

On the outside, it appears that the goldfish does only grow as big as the tank allows. However, goldfish do not have an automatic growth controller that clicks off when the goldfish can't get any larger without having much swim room. A goldfish's natural size varies from 8 inches for the fancy breeds to over 12 inches for the comet. If a goldfish is kept in a tiny tank or bowl, it is stunted. But only on the outside. Its organs keep growing and growing until the outgrow the body, which leads us to our next myth:

"Goldfish only live for a few years."

Sadly, most goldfish do live for only a few years due to improper care. If kept in a proper environment, a goldfish's natural lifespan is 20 years or more. The oldest goldfish on record lived to be 49.

"Goldfish do not need a filter. They are very hardy and are fine without one."

Goldfish do need a filter, much more than most other fish. They are extremely messy. Unless it is removed some way, the waste and excess food rots, which will kill the goldfish because rotting waste and food produce ammonia. Ammonia burns a fish's gills, which leads to a painful death if the situation is not addressed quickly. Even then, a fish can have lasting damage to the gills.


Now, let's talk about setting up a goldfish tank. Goldfish need much larger tanks than other common fish because of their adult size. If you take good care of your goldfish, it can be with you for over 20 years!

The general rule of thumb for goldfish is 20 gallons for the first goldfish and 10 gallons for each additional goldfish. Goldfish need excellent filtration to keep all of the waste down. Buying a filter for a goldfish can be more expensive than for another kind of fish, but since goldfish do not need heaters, the cost is probably about even. List of things to buy:

29 gallon tank
Filter rated for a 40-60 gallon tank
Gravel
Plants (Live plants look nicer, but a goldfish will uproot them and possibly eat them)
Optional decorations/accessories (like caves, statues, driftwood, etc.)
API master test kit (if you don't already have one)

You probably won't want to only have one, so let's say you're wanting to start out with 2. You'll need to buy a 29 or 30 gallon tank. The difference between them is that a 29 gallon is 30 inches long, while a 30 gallon 36 inches long. 29 gallons are probably more common than 30's.

Do not buy a goldfish yet!!!! If you add your goldfish right now, they will die of ammonia poisoning because your tank has not completed the nitrogen cycle. Look here for detailed directions. I would recommend using the "Add Daily" method, even though it takes longer, because in the end there will be much more beneficial bacteria to eat up your goldfish waste and the fish will be much less likely to die.

After you have cycled your tank (your tank has 0 ammonia, 0 nitrItes, and 10-20 nitrAtes), you can add, at most, 2 goldfish. If you are using a 29 or 30 gallon tank, you need to get one of the fancy varieties, like a Black Moor or a Fantail and NOT one of the longer plain varieties, like a Comet, because these grow much larger. Here is an example of how big the fancy varieties can get if kept in healthy conditions. This kind of growth is NORMAL! Pond goldfish are not the only ones who naturally grow large.

Make sure you do a 25-40% water change once a week to keep your fish healthy. NEVER totally empty the tank and wash the gravel, because this kills the ammonia-eating bacteria!


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Caring for bettas: Creating a betta tank & some common betta myths

Supplies to buy:

Tank
Heater
Filter
Gravel
Plants/decorations
API test kit

First, you'll need to buy a tank. Do NOT buy a bowl, a vase, or anything less than a 2.5 gallon! A 5 gallon would really be alot better than a 2.5, and if you get a 10 gallon, your betta will have a palace!

You'll need a filter and a heater. Bettas like to be kept at around 78 degrees, and they don't like alot of water disturbance from the filter, so take this into account when buying. Make SURE you don't go overboard with the equipment. A filter for a larger tank will cause too much water flow, and a heater that's too powerful can kill your betta by overheating the tank.

Also get some substrate. Don't get sand. If you get gravel, make sure it's smooth so it won't damage your betta's fins. Marbles or those little flat glass "pebbles" will work well.

Get some plants and decorations, too. Live plants will provide oxygen and absorb some ammonia. If you get fake plants, don't get plastic! They will tear your betta's delicate fins. Get silk plants instead. Get a couple of structures for your betta to play with, such as a castle with large smooth-edged holes.

Take your tank & equipment home. Do NOT buy a betta yet! You'll need to cycle your tank before you put your new friend in. Set up the tank, plants, decorations, filter, and heater. Don't put it in direct sunlight. Research instructions for a fishless cycle, follow them, and don't buy your betta until you have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and around 10 nitrates.

Make sure you acclimate your betta before letting him into his new home. If you don't, you risk having him or her go into shock from the change in water temperature.

If your new fish doesn't eat right away, don't worry. Give your betta a few days to settle in.

When cleaning the tank, never wash off the gravel, and NEVER use any soap on anything going into your aquarium. Use a siphon & gravel vacuum and do a 25% water change every week.

Common betta myths and the real truth:

"In the wild, bettas live in mud puddles, so they are fine in those little cups."

In the wild, bettas live in rice paddies in Thailand, NOT in mud puddles or elephant footprints.

"Bettas don't need a filter or heater. They don't have a filter or heater in the wild."

In wild betta habitats, water flow provides natural filtration, just like the warm climate combined with the lower water level (NOT mud puddle levels) provides natural heating. With no filter, the betta is practically breathing its own waste, only it is not in the form of waste. When fish waste and excess foods rot, they produce ammonia, which is toxic to fish in levels as small as .75 ppm. When I got my sister's betta from the store, I tested the water from his tiny cup, and the results were 8+ ppm. Ammonia burns the gills of a fish, leading to extreme pain and eventually death.

"Multiple male bettas can be housed together. What stops them from being together in Thailand?"

Nothing. Nothing stops the bettas from seing eachother. However, nothing stops them from swimming away or hiding either. If one male has had enough in a rice paddy, he can swim away and/or hide in the plants. In an aquarium, and especially the small ones that bettas are usually housed in, the males can not get away from eachother, so if one tries to escape, the otehr will bully it to death.

I hope that if you decide to get a betta, you will keep it in good conditions like the ones I listed!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Her Royal Highness Demands...

An audience with mommy at 2:00 in the morning,

Cough Drops,

Kool-Aid,

Purple Medicine,

And numerous other things that I can't remember...

Reagan is sick. The night before last she had a 103 degree fever and a bad cough and she woke up screaming that there was a wolf in her room. Mymomconnie took her to the doctor the next morning and waited in the tiny room for 2 1/2 hours for the doctor to come out and say, "She has a cold. Give her Robitussin."

Aaaannnddd... how much do we owe you for that?

Later, she was looking through one of Adrienne's school books when she saw a picture of a squirrel. She squealed, "That's what was in my bedroom last night! I saw it!!!"

I think that maybe we might possibly need a lesson on animal identification.

Right now she's running around underwear, and since we're about to go to the store, Mymomconnie asked her, "What about your pants?"

Her reply was, "Don't know" (and the unspoken part was probably "Don't care")!

Last night she woke up in the middle of the night and started out saying, "Where's Mommy? Mommy, I need you!" and built it into, "Mommy, come here RIGHT NOW!!! I WANT TO SEE YOU!!!!"

Let's hope she doesn't start hollering about wolves at Wal-Mart.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Quotes From Reagan

"If you don't give me nickles, then I will DIE, and you will be sorry!

"You neeeevvvvveeeeerrrrr let me go into the liquoooooooor stoooooooooore!!!" (When we were getting boxes to pack in)

(Mommy) "Did you go to the bathroom like I told you to?"

(Reagan) "Umm... sort of!"

"Where is outside?"

"Cake makes you healfy."

"I like RD-2E." (R2-D2)

"Hi, Doorbell!" (After we've been calling the baby 'Adorabelle')

"If you give me ice cream then I will grow."

(I asked her to tell me about Star Wars, and she answered me in mostly single words:) "Anakin. Ahsoka. Rex. Shoot. Kill eachother. Stars (light sabers). Hey, I want a purple light saber for my next birthday!"

(About Yoda) "Green. Orange (???)."

"I have nickles, and you don't!"

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Lemonade Award




Holly at Seeking Faithfulness gave me the Lemonade Award! Thank you, Holly!

Here is what it's about:

The Lemonade Award recognizes bloggers who are positive, show gratitude, and make the best of things. That is folks who make lemonade out of lemons.

The rules for the award are:

#1 You must link back to the person you received the award from.

#2 You have to pass this award on to ten more blogs, of your choice, which also demonstrate great attitude and/or gratitude!

#3 Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

Well... I don't think I can come up with 10 blogs, so I'm just tagging 3:

Emma at A Bookworm Named Pickle

Hannah at Hannah's World

Lindsey at Exceedingly Abundantly Blessed

In other news, I've decided that even though it's still February, I can't stand a winter-y blog any more, so I'll be giving my blog a remodel. I give you permission to scream about this certain announcement: I'm probably not going to do it myself. I think I'm going to get a free background from somewhere because I don't feel like working on one. Now you may scream.

Also, Reagan has somehow gotten it into her head that it would be fun to walk around all day with no shirt on. Last night she was banned from the table until she put on a shirt. No shirt, no shoes, no service! Except in this case, it's OK to have no shoes.

This morning, when she was told to PUT HER SHIRT ON, FOR PETE'S SAKE, she replied, "Well, I not goin' outside, so I OK with no shirt."

She's wearing a shirt now.

Cameron's birthday is in 4 days, so we're going to Wal-Mart tonight to get her presents. I'm getting her a betta. I got her one for her last birthday, and she LOVED him, but he died after a few months because she forgot to de-chlorinate the water once when she was changing it. I saw a REALLY pretty one the other day. It was purple, and I think it was a half-moon betta instead of a normal one. I hope he's still there!


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

If you're bored, then...

Take a look at Nikki's blog whilst squealing and flapping your hands around.

Look at this free tutorial about bathtubs.

Stare at these beautiful horses.

Laugh your head off at this hilarious video:



We were dying over here about the parts, "You have 4 eyes" and "WHY is this HAPPENING to me?"

That last part sounds like something that Reagan might do. Sometimes, when she's in trouble, she says, "I can NOT stop this crying!" Once, in the middle of a PRAYER at church, I might add, Reagan was acting up, so Mymomconnie pinched her to get her attention. Bad idea. She started yelling, "MY MOMMY PIIIIIIIIIIIIINCHED MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!"

Never assume that cute means harmless.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

First: Attention! Alert and Alarm! Second: The Rodeo!

Mymomconnie has hacked into my blogger account! I did not publish her comment on this post! Oh well, I know her password!

Last night we went to the rodeo. I would post pictures, but the camera has an objection.

My favorite part was the barrel racing, and I got some good pictures which I can't show you. (Glaring at the camera)

There was also a hilarious clown act where the clowns were doctors and they were taking a lady to the hospital. At the end of the act, the announcer said, "If that doesn't kill her, nothing will!"

At the beginning, there was a big parade of people on horses. I got some good pictures of that, too.

At the end was Mymmomconnie's least favorite part, bull riding. I've figured out that if the camera wakes up in time to take a second picture of the bucking, it means that the guy hung on long enough for the buzzer.

And now I can't think of an ending for this, so I'll just say it.

The end.

You can go home now.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Healf Foods

This is a conversation that I overheard which I think shows how people's views on what foods are healthy can be different.

Katherine (4) and Reagan (3) were sitting at the table, eating cake batter. Katherine brought up the subject of health food.

Katherine: "Reagan, there are certain foods that are healthy for you. Can you tell me what one is?"

Reagan: Slurp, slurp, lick, slobber: "Cake makes you healfy."

Silence.

Katherine: "Reagan, cake does NOT make you healthy. Apples do."

Today, I did a little interview with the Director of the Health and Nutrition Department, age 3. Here is her list of what makes you healfy:

Cereal
Cake
Strawberries
Lunch
Macaroni
Banana

At this point, she stuffs her face with cereal and proclaims, "I'm making myself healfy."

I think I like this expert's views.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Is anyone there?

I'm just wondering if anyone actually ever reads this blawg. PLEASE, if you read this post, comment!!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sabino

Look here to see the rest of the horse color posts.

Sabino is a paint pattern that is fairly common, but not as much as Overo and Tobiano. A Sabino horse typically has 4 white stockings, a blaze or bald face, and white under the belly. This pattern is very common in Clydesdale's. A horse can also have the sabino gene and not have any white on its belly, so the horse only shows a bald face and stockings.

Here are 2 Clydesdale sabino horses:





Here is an example of a horse that does not have white on its belly.



This sabino foal has a very high stocking on its back left leg:



This is a good example of classic sabino.



Monday, January 19, 2009

There IS a Creator

I have decided to do a post on Creation Evidence.

Today, in public schools, evolution is taught as a fact. Just like 4 x 3=12 is taught as a fact. Public school teachers are not allowed to teach about creation as a fact, and that's making a big impact on how people view creation.

Here is a quote from a great book, Out With Doubt, that shows how many people view God and creation.


Tommy really thought Mr. Hinson was a great teacher, and all of his friends
agreed.
But Tommy had one big problem. Mr. Hinson taught some things
about the universe that Tommy had not been taught at home. For instance,
when he taught the unit on dinosaurs, he said that some of their bones were
around 150 million years old. And when he explained about the meat-eating
Venus Flytrap, he said that it just happened by genetic mutation. None of
these things had really bothered Tommy until today.
Today in Mr. Hinson's science class was different because he talked
about God, or to state it more correctly, the idea that there is no God.
"Today in class," said Mr. Hinson, "we are going to talk about the
origin of the Universe. Who can tell me how it got here?"
Eugene Lepton, the class genius who read his science textbook for
fun, said, "It started out as a tiny, dense ball about the size of a period at
the end of a sentence. Then it exploded in what is called the 'Big Bang'
and sent particles flying all over. Eventually the planets organized in
orbits."
"Very good", Hinson commented, "That's exactly right. Now, can
anyone tell me how old the Universe is?"
Lucy Landsdale, who always tried to outdo Eugene, piped
up: "Most scientists say that the Universe is about 8 to 20 billion years
old."
"Right again," said Mr. Hinson. "And how did life originate on
our planet Earth?"
This time no one answered, so Mr. Hinson began to explain.
"Hundreds of millions of years ago, in a chemical swamp, a single-cell organism
formed from nonliving compounds. It genetically mutated and evolved into
multicellular bacteria. Those bacteria adapted and evolved through more
mutations and natural selection, and changed into different types of plants and
animals. Eventually, mammals like apes and monkeys evolved, and we humans
evolved from a common ancestor we shared with them."
Suddenly, Jimmy Johnson-whose dad preached at a large church in
town-blurted out in a rather nervous-sounding voice: "That is not
true. The Bible says that God created the Universe in six days, and
created man out of the dust of the Earth."
Tommy knew he had been taught the same thing about God, and he
silently wished he had the courage to do what Jimmy was doing.
Mr. Hinson chuckled and said: "Yes, Jimmy, that is what the
Bible says," as he walked over to his desk and pulled out a black Bible from the
top drawer. He read several verses from Genesis about God creating
the whole Universe. The Bible was a King James, and many of the words
sounded strange to the class. Then Mr. Hinson continued: "You see,
the Bible is an old book filled with old ideas and lots of mistakes. Very
few really smart people believe in the Bible anymore."

What the teacher says about the Bible pretty much sums up what many people think about creation and the Bible these days. The general idea is that the story of creation is just some outdated science possibility that people believed before the idea of evolution was invented.

The very FIRST verse in the Bible says, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."

One of the primary rules of science is the rule of Cause And Effect. If there is an effect, then by the rules of science, there must be a legitimate cause. For instance, if a vase falls off of a table and breaks, of course it did not happen because an ant crawled by, but it could have happened because a toddler reached out and grabbed it. Or if a rainbow appears in the sky, it certainly was not caused by a bird, but because the sun was shining on a rainy day.

Yet even scientists refuse to acknowledge this rule when it some to creation. Remember what Mr. Hinson taught Tommy? Well, what caused the chemical swamp? An the non-living compounds from which the single-cell organism supposedly morphed? And if they have the answers for that, I want to know, what caused the causes? And the causes of the causes?

Also, here's another interesting point: I know that there are small mutations in the animal kingdom today, such as an albino lion, but has it EVER, in all of history, been recorded that a monkey and its offspring mutated into humans? And I don't mean where scientists have "recorded" that is happened millions of years ago. I mean an actual documentation by man of this supposed event. If monkeys morphed into men million of years ago, why haven't we seen even the SLIGHTEST change in monkeys for as long as history has been kept? If it happened then, why not now?

And here's something else very interesting: In some canyons, layers in the rock can be seen. Scientists claim that each layer took a million years or more to be built up by the flowing water, yet there are fossilized trees standing up through 3 or more layers! If each layer really took a million years, the tree would have rotted down to a stump before even a little bit was covered with rock!

There is much, MUCH more evidence for creation, so much more that I can't list it all! And still people insist that the world just happened to come into existence through some phenomenon.

It seems to me that people will believe whatever they want to believe, regardless of the evidence proving that belief wrong. Why is this? Why do people want to deny God's existence over and over again? I think it's because they are afraid to admit that there might actually be a real God, because they don't want to have to obey Him and to what He tells us to. What they don't know is that they are missing their only chance to have eternal life. I don't say "eternal salvation" because, no matter what we do, our souls are going to live eternally. We only get to choose if we have Eternal Life or Eternal Death.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Reagan.

Reagan has a very bad cold recently, and the worst part is her cough. Sometimes she can't stop coughing, and usually what brings it on is A) She went outside in the cold or B) she was crying about something (which she happens to be doing quite a lot).

Anyways, when she gets coughing really bad, sometimes we have to put her in the shower and let it get really steamy.

Anyways again, earlier, for some reason, she was crying about something completely irrelevant, such as, let's say, her hair clip was blue instead of green. Here's an interesting conversation that I heard:

Mommy: "Reagan, stop crying. You're going to make yourself cough."

At which point I mouth to her, that's exactly what Reagan wants.

And right on cue, Reagan says, "Can I take a hot shower?"

Me: "I told you!"

Mommy: "No, there's no hot water left right now."

Reagan: "Then can I take a cold shower?"

Mommy: (giggle giggle snort) "NO! You'd be freezing!"

Reagan: "But I LIKE cold showers!!!!"

Mommy: "It would be too cold!"

Reagan: "I don't care if I ever get cold. I NEVER get cold!!!"

Then she goes off to do something else. Or so we think....

A few minutes later I walk into the bathroom and see Reagan in the shower, just standing there, waiting for water from Heaven to pour onto her head.

Sometimes she never gives up.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Because I'm Bored

Did you know....

The oldest recorded goldfish lived to be 49.

At one time in England, taking a bath was punishable by death!

To stop the spread of germs, one king outlawed kissing!

Goldfish don't have stomachs.

Goldfish can weigh as much as 10 pounds.

Scarlet Fever is the same as really bad Strep Throat.

Yarn can be made from recycled plastic bottles.

If a butterfly's wing is magnified, it appears to be covered with fur!

It is a myth that goldfish will only grow as large as the tank allows.

Alligator Gar can grow to be over 10 feet long! Don't believe me? Look here.

Bison are not the same as buffalo.

A kangaroo can jump the length of a school bus in one hop!

People did not evolve from monkeys.

Once, a group of dolphins protected shipwrecked sailors from sharks!

What appears to be a horse's knee is really its ankle.

The tallest recorded horse was over 7 feet tall at the shoulder!

Bats are not blind.

Elephants can signal to other elephants by stomping.

The Canadian Goose population grows 8% every year!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My Guppies

You might have read on my previous posts that I had one female guppy and several young guppies. Well, I had to give them away when we moved, but I bought 3 male guppies to live in the new tank I got for Christmas.

Here are some pictures:







Sadly, my blue guppy, who was my favorite, died, and now my other two guppies are acting sick. I think it has something to do with the filter. I think it's stressing the fish because they're having to swim against the current all the time, but I don't know what to do because the filter needs to run to keep the tank clean. Does anyone have any advice?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pattern Test

Here's the paint pattern test. I'm going to show 7 pictures, numbered 1-7, and you can comment to tell me what pattern you think each number is. **Be sure to carefully study the 2 previous posts before you try to take the test!**


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#7

Number 7 is a trick picture! One horse in it is overo and one is tobiano. Looking only from the back, and reading the information I put in the previous posts, can you tell me which is overo and which is tobiano?