Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mila is 2!!!

So this past weekend we went back home for Mila's birthday party and yesterday was her actual 2nd birthday! I didn't have time to post so I decided to make it my Wordless or almost wordless lol Wednesday post!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Traveling Thursday

Since I missed Wordless Wednesday, we are going to post a Traveling Thursday! We are headed out on a road trip to see our family, and to celebrate Mila Rose's 2nd birthday!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

D is for Davenport, Iowa ~ Blogging through the Alphabet

So this week may seem like a little random spot to be visiting, but Gavin decided to Google places that start with D, and Davenport, Iowa was what he chose. He says that he loves the Davenports on the t.v. show Lab Rats, so that's basically what swayed his decision. So, here we go!

Davenport, Iowa
was part of the Louisiana Purchase. It was established in 1836 by Antoine LeClaire and named after his good friend, George Davenport.

What continent is Davenport, Iowa on? Since it is part of the Unites States, it is in North America.

What kind of government does it have? Again, it's part of the U.S. so follows the U.S. Government.

What are the people called that live there? Well since they live in the state of Iowa, they are called Iowans.

What is the official language? English

What kind of animals is this place known for? Iowa has quite a bit of wildlife that live there. Some animals include bison, elk, deer, racoon, fox squirrel, mountain lion, lynx, gray wolf, black wolf, coyotes, bears and beavers, just to name a few. 

Famous people that are from here? My son was excited to find out that NFL running back Roger Craig was from here along with offensive lineman, Julian Vandervelde. Seth Rollins, the wrestler is also from here. 

Fun Facts:
  • Apparently it's the "loose meat capital." Fred Angell opened the first Maid Rite restaurant in Muscatine in 1926. Being from Texas, I had to explain what a loose meat sandwich was to my kids. It's kind of like a hamburger, but not formed from what I can tell. I found a recipe, and we will be adding them to our menu next week!
  • Davenport Iowa is home to one of the U.S's oldest minor league baseball parks that is still in use today. Modern Woodmen Park was built in 1931.
  • Davenport is part of the Quad Cites which is actually 5 cities. Besides Davenport, the others included are: Moline Illinois, Rock Island Illinois, Bettendorf Iowa, and East Moline Illinois.
  • Davenport gets an estimated 30 inches of snow every winter! That's a lot of snow!
We had fun with our mini lesson this week, and I will try and post pics of our loose meat sandwiches if I can remember. Thanks for stopping by!

This has been part of the Blogging Through the Alphabet series, so please go visit our hosts, A Net in Time, and Hopkins Homeschool!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

C is for Colombia ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

So far picking a location is part of the fun for my kids. My daughter had several places that start with "C" picked out so she tossed them all into a cup and drew one. Colombia was it!

Colombia was named after Christopher Columbus. 

Colombian Flag:

What continent is Colombia on? Colombia is also on South America just like Brazil!

What is the capital of Colombia? Bogota

What kind of government does Colombia have? Colombia is a Republic and has a strong Executive Branch that takes dominance over the government. They also have a legislative and judicial branch.

What are the people called that live there? They are Colombians!

What is the official language spoken here? Spanish

What kind of animals is this place known for? Columbia has the largest number of terrestrial mammals species in the world, in other words, mammals on land.

Spectacled Bear
  • Spectacled Bear which is similar to the Giant Panda in Asia
  • The Colombian Woolly Monkey
  • The Red Howler Monkey
  • The Mountain Tapir
  • The Giant Anteater
  • The Giant Armadillo
These are just a few of them!

Famous People in History from Colombia: Gabriel Garcia Marquez who was a Nobel Prize Winner in Literature, Juan Pablo Montoya (race car driver), and Fernando Botero who is a famous sculptor and painter.

Fun Facts:

Columbia's official name is the Republic of Colombia

Columbia shares land borders with 5 other countries that include Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru.

The currency of Colombia is called the Colombian peso.

Colombia has a population of over 45 million people!

The most popular sport in Colombia is also football or what we call soccer.

Thank you for checking out our place of the week!

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Control ~ Five Minute Friday

This week's Five Minute Friday prompt from our host Kate Motaung, is all about Control.

Control. This word should be considered a 4 letter word in my mind. I am the kind of person that if I feel out of control, then I feel like I'm lost. It's not with everything, well yeah it is. Let's not kid ourselves here.

I do not like any situation that I don't feel like I'm in control of. I guess not many people enjoy feeling out of control, but with me it seems to consume me at times. The lack of control in situations gives me such anxiety that it's almost paralyzing.

I know in my heart of hearts that God is begging me to TRUST HIM!! Stop trying to take the reigns in situations that I have no control over! I want to just hand them over to him, willingly, and completely forget about that horrible word, CONTROL. I can feel the battle taking place within me to stop holding on to these situations with every bit of strength that I have until I'm completely exhausted, and just let God have the contol in all of it. I'm working on it. I know He's working in me. I know He's bound to be frustrated with me, but thankfully I serve an understanding God who is willing to wait for me.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Brazil ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

This week, Gavin has decided that we will visit Brazil!

It's name derives from the Brazilwood tree. In the beginning it was called "Ilha de Vera Cruz", but was renamed when they realized it was not an island.

What continent is Brazil on? South America! Brazil is actually the largest country in South America!

What is the capital of Brazil? Brasilia

What kind of government does Brazil have? Brazil has a government very similar to the United States. It is a federal and constitutional republic with executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Brazil has more political parties than the U.S., but they do also have a President who serves for 4 years, and can then be re-elected for another 4 years. 

What are the people called that live there? Brazilians or Brasileiros (Brazilian Portuguese)

What is the official language spoken here? Portuguese

What kind of animals is this place know for? Brazil is a tropical climate, so there are a wide variety of animals there. Some included are armadillo, tapir, jaguars, and puma. They also have piranhas!

Famous people in history: Quite a few Brazilian footballers including Neymar, and Ronaldinho. I had never heard of them before, but we do know the super model, Gisele Bundchen, who also comes from Brazil.

Fun Facts:
  • In Brazil the drive on the right hand side of the road
  • Brazil covers 3 time zones!
  • Brazil has one of the largest economies in the world.
  • It is one of the 77 founding members of the United Nations.
  • 60% of the Amazon Rainforest is located in Brazil.
  • There are close to 2500 airports in Brazil!
  • Football, or what we call soccer, is the most popular sport in Brazil.

We had a lot of fun learning about Brazil this week! If you would like to read more Blogging Through the Alphabet posts, please head over to our hosts pages, A Net in Time and Hopkins Homeschool!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A is for Antarctica ~ Blogging through the Alphabet

It's that time of year again to start Blogging Through the Alphabet. I really like participating in this because you can do so much with it. I asked the kids if they would like to do something and make it a theme this year. We talked about several different topics that we could use, but in the end they agreed on Places around the World.

So, once a week we will be visiting a place that starts with our letter from of the week, and learning fun facts about it. This week, the kids have chosen Antarctica for A!

is the Greek word for 
"opposite to the North"

This week's destination is: A Continent! Antarctica is actually the southern most continent on Earth! It is surrounded by the Southern Ocean, and is where the South Pole is located.

What kind of Government does this place have? Antarctica doesn't have a government. It does not belong to any one country.

What are the people called that live there? This is actually funny, because people do not reside in Antarctica permanently. There are people that live and work in the the research facilities there. 

What kind of animals is this place known for? The well known animals that live in Antarctica are whales, seals, albatrosses, sea birds, and penguins.

Famous people in history: This is kind of a hard question for Antarctica. The people have been mainly explorers who have gone on expeditions here, the first being not that long ago in 1911!

Fun Facts: 
  • The first confirmed sighting of this continent was in 1820
  • Around 90% of the ice on Earth is found on Antarctica!
  • It is the largest desert in the world!
  • It is the coldest, windiest, driest, and highest place on Earth.
  • Seasons in Antarctica are the opposite of seasons in the North. Summer runs from October to February and the rest of the year is winter. 
  • There are no countries in Antarctica.
  • About 70% of the Earth's fresh water is in the Antarctic ice cap.
  • Ice in Antarctica can get to more than 4 km thick in some places!!
We have enjoyed our quick study of Antarctica this week. The kids were really impressed with how thick the ice can get! I can't wait to see where they want to learn about next week!

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