Sunday, December 26, 2010

Lessons From a Fish Bowl

My sister gave Gemma a fish yesterday for Christmas. Gemma promptly declared it a girl and named it Hannah Montana. Sadly, after less than 24 hours, Hannah Montana the fish is no longer with us.

Nevertheless, Gemma has learned some valuable lessons during Hannah Montana's short abode in our home.

1. Never put your fish tank on your bed.

2. Keep the tank really high up so the cat won't eat it. It would be really sad if your cat ate your new fish for a snack.

3. You shouldn't pet your fish cause it just feels wet and fishy.

4. Just because you say your fish is female does not mean it will have babies in the spring.

5. When your fish dies, it's probably a better idea to flush it instead of feeding it to your cat if you ever hope to own another fish.

6. Flushing a fish down the toilet is almost as much fun as owning a live fish.

R.I.P. Hannah Montana.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Holly Jolly

Here are some pictures from Gemma's second grade holiday program, and I have to say, it was SO cute! And not just because she's my kid, I thought the whole program was cute. The performance skills of these kids was so much better compared to last year. Most of them smiled and sang the whole time, including Gemma, and they even did a bit of dancing and choreography. I was very impressed!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Writings of a Second Grader, Edition Six

My Invention

One thing I would like to invent is a panda that spits out diffrent things. First, I try out my invention. Next, I get something from my panda. Last, my invention is sold in Walmart. My invention will be very popular.

(As always, this is completely unedited.)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Candy Cane

What is she doing? Why, she's applying her lipstick.

See? If you look closely, you will notice that she put her lipstick on in dark and light pink stripes.

Why? To match her outfit, of course!

Everyone knows that if you are going to dress like a candy cane for church, you had better make sure your lipstick coordinates with your outfit!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

All I want for Christmas...

If you ask Gemma what she wants for Christmas she'll start singing, "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas..." in a surprisingly good Shirley Temple impersonation. She did make a real list of what she wants, she doesn't expect to get it all, these are "Just ideas, Mom, if you need them."

I find it funny that she didn't put the things that she wants most on her list, which are a keyboard (which she is actually getting), a guitar, and an American Girl doll (which she is saving her money for). Also, she wants pillows, blankets, and cookbooks? Weird.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Writings of a Second Grader, Fifth Edition

Gemma brought home her first trimester journal last week. I love to see her writing improve. She wrote the first entry right after school started and the second about a month later. As alway, the spelling, grammar, and punctuation are just as she wrote them. I didn't do any correction.

My Grandpa
by Gemma
I am proud of my grandpa. he foght in world war two. First, he went overseas. Next, he fought for a long time. Last, he finally came home. I am proud of my Grandpa! And I Mean it!

by Gemma
If I was an animal I would be a lepord. I would live in a den by trees. I would have a golden body against a backround of black spots. I would eat raw meat. My talent would be for my fast running. I would have good hunting skills. I would like to be a lepord.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


An interview with my newly seven-year-old:

What was the best thing about being six? Getting easier school work.

What was your your favorite place we went when you were six? Mammoth, because my favorite cousins were there.

 What was the worst thing that happened to you while you were six?  Nothing, I liked being six.

Who are your best friends? Arianna L. Madison, Makaila, and Karissa.

What are some of your favorite things to do?  Make tents, camp, write, chase my cat Methodius, and sleep in my hammock.

What are some things you have learned while you were six?  Adding and subtracting doubles.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? Mammoth because it is so pretty there and New York City because I think it would be cool.
What would you like to get for your birthday? A trampoline.

What would you like to happen to you while you are seven? Lots of cool things.

Is there anything else you would like to say? No, there is not.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Elements of a Seven Year Old

Some of the things Gemma is into now, L-R: Shel Silverstein's poetry, high tops, seal, making doll beds, American Girls, Aggie, accessories, shells. Oh yes, and fashion.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Writings of a Secnd Grader: Fourth Edition

My Heroes
by Gemma

One of my heroes is a teacher. First, becasue my teacher is the best. Teachers help you learn. Next, Teachers teach you how to read and write. Teachers help you do math and sience. Then, if we didn't have teachers, we woulden't learn! Teachers are helpful. Lastly, heros are important becasue the save pepole.