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"Throw me to the wolves and I'll return leading the pack." – Unknown

Presenting Perfect Poems For My Precious Pets

Rocket’s Poem:

My cat Rocket is a dapper boy

He makes everyone smile and gives lots of joy

He thinks everything is a toy, including Soxs

Everyone is certain that HE really rocks

 

Sox’s Poem:

He is a thin, little cat, but don’t mistake him for frail

He runs and pounces on his poor brother’s tail

During their sibling fights, they roll and flail

Oh what a ruckus when they whine and wail

He may look a little feminine, but he certainly is male

 

Respa’s Poem:

You snap and pinch, but are sweet inside

 The cats want to get you, they’ve already tried

You climb your plants when you want your food

You are not demanding or even slightly rude

And that’s exactly why you’re not seafood

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Busch Gardens!

My dad, mom, sister, and I all went to Busch Gardens for a day and it was awesome!

My mom and dad tried to hide the fact we were going, but I’m to smart for their trickery.  The entrance was stuffed full of people, and the person for our line was the most un-hurried worker there!  He was taking five minutes per bag!  Finally we got through the bag checking line and scanned our tickets to get into the park.  Then we went to a restaurant called Zagora Café.  We all got lunch then we went onto the cheetah hunt as our first ride, the roller coaster goes from 0 mph to 60 mph (as fast as a cheetah can run) through loop d loops, dives, and gliding around water.  Afterwards we rode gondolas called the Skyride to Stanleyville to get onto a ride called the Kumba which Ella was too short to ride last time.  A ride that wasn’t too far away was called Congo River Rapids.  We got on a raft with a bunch of middle schoolers.  We all were pretty soaked when we got off the ride.  Then I remember not being tall enough to ride the Sheikra last time we went.  So we went to the Sheikra to dry off.  The Sheikra was pretty thrilling!  You slowly go up a slope, then when you are about to fall you sit at a 90 degree angle facing the ground, it stays still then when you think it may be broken it shoots down with the speed of a peregrine falcon diving for its prey.  My mom screamed so loud I thought that she was falling off’!  When we hopped off the Sheikra I admit I was a little dizzy.  The employee said “That was only 250 feet, try to ride the Falcon’s Fury, its 300 feet high!”.  I never pass a chance to terrify my mom so I suggested we go on the Falcon’s Fury, my dad and sister agreed so we walked to the area with the ride.  We saw a restaurant that was included with our all day dining pass.  We walked in and there was four different types of food, American, Italian, Southwestern, and Chinese.  We ate at the Chinese because it had the shortest line.  I would say my shrimp tempura was very good.  Once we left the restaurant we walked to the Falcon’s Fury gate.  We all got on a row of seating and buckled ourselves in.  It started to raise to the top of the pillar, you could see for at least 5 miles!  Then we pivoted and plunged straight down towards the ground, my mom was screeching “I’m done, put me down!” and “No! I don’t want to die!”.  When we came down I peered at my mom and she looked like she had seen a ghost!  Ella and I rode the ride again.  We decided to explore more ride.  We strolled past a lot of animals including African Penguins, Aldabra giant tortoises, toucans, Guinea Turacos  (a type of bird), sloths, skunks, reptiles, gorillas, chimpanzees, and an alligator.  On the way to Montu and Cobra’s Curse we chose the Overlook Café and to treat our taste buds again with our dining pass.  My and sister were smart to only get a dessert, my dad and I each ordered an individual pizza each (it was about 8 inches across). I was so full, stuffed to the brim, I couldn’t eat the whole pizza.  I suggested we go on the Cobra’s Curse first because it was mellow enough our food could settle.  The ride’s presentation was amazing, what is lacked is speeds and details it made up for in details and originally.  You wind through a dark corridor, which is Egyptian themed.  It is the only roller coaster I’ve been on that had each cart spin while moving sown the tracks.  It was a good ride that gets major points for originality.  Near the Cobra’s Curse is the Montu, towering and drawing you in.  You strap in like any other ride then the floor drops, leaving your feet dangling.  You ride through the seven loops, dives, and sideways, with your feet flying through the air.  The Montu was absolutely amazing!

My favorite ride at Busch Gardens was Montu, It made my heart almost pound out of chest with excitement!  I would love to pick a favorite restaurant but the cuisine was all so mouth-watering!  If you haven’t gone to Busch Gardens I recommend it with your family or friends, and don’t forget your dining pass!

 

 

 

 

 

My Time At The Greek Festival

I had a great time at the Greek Festival, here are some of my favorite things at the celebration.

The drive down to the Greek Festival didn’t take very long because we don’t live that far away from it.  People were parked everywhere but it only took about five minutes to find a place to park.  We walked swiftly to the ticket booth, we got our tickets and looked around for the rest of our family.  We decided to get food.  Ella, our Uncle Derrick, and I went to find a table in the humongous tent.  The Deejay blasted Alvin and the Chipmunks so loud you almost had to yell to be heard.  Hardly any minutes later the family brought the mouth-watering Greek dishes.  I ordered a gyro (pronounced Euro) and Ella ordered meatballs but the cooks were out of meatballs, my mom brought her a gyro too because she wanted her to eat to.  I loved the quality and delectability of the lamb and beef but to be honest I think there where too many tomato pieces.  After stuffing my belly full of Greek cuisine we went to the area where all the rides were placed.  My parents got some tickets so we could get on the rides.  The ride that first caught our eye was called The Rock star, it was towering above the other rides and looked the most fun.  You hand the employee your tickets and walk up the stairs to the two rows of seats.  I walked up to the far left seats and sat down, my sister sat right next to me.  It started to rock from side to side until you were so high the sky was almost in your grasp.  I could see for at least 5 miles away!  Once it was over I strutted down the stairs to tell them how cool it was.  Then we went on a ride called Alien Invasion, it spins until the gravity is super strong and it is hard to move.    Afterwards just me and Ella hopped inside a ride called the “Sizzler”.  It flings you to each side of the gate surrounding the ride.  Every time it moved Ella crushed me in the corner of the seat.  Having only a few tickets left me and Ella raced on a giant slide.  The workers on the slide weren’t very happy to do their job.  I was ahead of Ella for a good third of the slide, then Ella sped up like a fighter jet and crossed the finished line barely in front of me.  I was getting tired so we decided to go home after a fun day at the Greek Festival.

I had a fun day at the Greek Festival! My favorite ride was definitely the Alien Invasion, I loved how it spun around super fast!

Fingerboard Park

Yesterday I made a DIY skate park for when I get a few finger boards.  It includes a half-pipe, a ramp, a rail, and stairs.  The bowl I got from the dollar store, it will serve as a skateboard bowl.

Rat Care!

Rats are mostly known for their less desirable traits:  disease carriers, urban pests, eaters of crops and stored foods, and the cause of damage to homes and buildings.  I intend to change your mind about these intelligent rodents!

You can only have one rat if it super aggressive towards other rats, otherwise the rat will get depressed which will often lead to behavioral problems and self harm.  Some people say that you spend a lot of time with your rat you can have one, but they really enjoy interacting with others of their species.  Porphyrin is a reddish colored discharge that will appear around their eyes or nose.  This is not an issue as long as there is not to much of it.  You might mistake it as blood.  It is like the crust you get on your eyes when you wake up.  Buck grease is another thing that may look like a bad thing, but isn’t.  It is just skin oil which has to do with testosterone, which can make male rats (bucks) smell like food.  To eliminate buck grease production, neuter them.  Getting them neutered can cost you about $200, though so I recommend you just stick with your rat smelling a little bit because buck grease is natural and harmless.  I think neutering them would be okay if it was to decrease aggression or prevent mating if you mix genders together. Never put a rat, or any other small animal, in a ball.  Now you might be thinking that they are happy running around in a ball, but they navigate using their whiskers so you are basically blinding them and the small air holes pose a risk to the rat getting their feet stuck, then broken.

A cage for your rat should meet the minimum of four square feet but bigger is always better.  Once you get the cage you need to get accessories for your rats’ new home.  You will need a large enough hammock for two rats to cuddle towards the top of the cage, rats feel safe sleeping high in the cage.  Always have a couple of hammocks in your cage so your rats have lots of choices for where to sleep. Hideouts are another very vital part of the cage.  You should provide hideouts for each rat you have plus one, if you have two rats then you should have three hideaways.  Hideaways can be commercial huts or as simple as a cardboard boxes, just make sure a rat can fit in it and that it isn’t toxic.  Chews should also be located in the cage.  One or two chews is fine for a couple of rats to maintain healthy teeth.

Food should be a priority, getting a high quality pellet mix is a good idea and don’t settle for cheap low quality food just because you can save a little money.  Always get a good brand of food like Oxbow or Mazuri.  NEVER get any rat food containing lots of fatty sunflower seeds and dried corn, which rats cannot eat.

If you are planning to get pet rats, I suggest doing your own research.  I recommend watching The Rat Guru and Peachy Pet Paradise on YouTube because they are very educational resources.

 

 

My Stay In Indiana

I have been back home in Florida for about a week and a lot has changed while I was visiting family in Indiana for a month and a half.  So here’s a recap of our Indiana visit.

The ride up lasted two painfully long days, eating junk food and staying in motels, which I was not happy about.  When we pulled up to the old and familiar rustic looking house we were greeted by a smiling Papaw Mark (my dad’s dad).  We hugged him so tight I was surprised his eyes didn’t pop out!  We then proceeded to dump our backpacks on a couch in their office.  I then dragged myself to another couch in the living room, where I took a long nap.  A couple of mellow days later our cousins had winter break!  We jumped on the trampoline and did tricks with Isabel and Trinity.  Trinity even taught me how to do a trick where I jump on the trampoline, turn onto my  back quickly, fall until my back hit the trampoline then bounce gracefully onto my feet.

A few days later, we went to Ohio to see family and had a gift exchange for Christmas.  I ended up with the gift my sister Ella had picked out which was a medium size blonde dog, which I named Rappy.  I decided to go home early with Uncle Joe and Isabel instead of staying the night.  Isabel rolled a giant can of macaroni and cheese from under her bed, she cooked the cheesy goodness in a pot and we awkwardly stared at each other while eating it.  I laughed so hard a noodle almost came out of my nose.  Isabel’s cat Leon kept kneading me on the chest which prevented me from falling asleep.  I woke up early the next morning and saw Ziva (Their new puppy) going into the squat position, I got ready to take her outside so she could do her business.  I opened up the door with out her leash on and she bolted towards their chickens, I gave chase, slipping in a pile of chicken waste!  I picked myself up, let do her business, then went inside.  I stayed at their house until about noon then Isabel’s mom Laurie dropped me off at my Nana’s house.

My Nana Peg has a fuzzy, year old kitten named Willow (AKA Katniss), but I called her Chinchilla because she looked and felt like one!  If you laid on the couch with Katniss around she would jump on your chest and knead like her brother, Leon.  For Christmas our cousins, uncles, and aunts came to Nana and Papaw’s house to have a good time and open presents.  Then our Mom came a few days later and I loved having her in Indiana!  We pretty much just did our homework then chilled all day.  I especially enjoyed shooting a Daisy pump action BB gun at an empty can.  I pumped so many BBs through it, it could barely stand on its own.

Then we had to go back to sunny Florida which was a two day ride in the car.  We stopped at two motels where we watched Kong of Skull Island,  ate lots of fried chicken and potato wedges, it was a fun and “fancy” mini family vacation.  I love having family road trips and this was my the first family road trip with my Mom, Dad, and my sister!

 

Andrew’s Stay (Updated)

My and my sister’s Brunkle (Brother + Uncle) visited us at our house for seven awesome days,  It was really exiting!

All the relatives that live near us went to a Manatee viewing area near the warm and gentle waters of the Teco Power Plant.  We saw a huge herd of manatees, even one with a tiny calf, or baby manatee.  Ella (my sister) and I went into a hurricane simulator, it made my hair bounce, fly, and wave all over the place (See picture above).  There also was a stingray touching tank.  I didn’t get to touch any stingrays, however, it was interesting watching them.

We also went to downtown Saint Petersburg and devoured a table’s worth of sushi!  I saw lots of pretty animals while we strolled near the park downtown.

We splashed at Fort Desoto beach, later my Mom and I made a sand mountain.  We went on the ginormous Gulf pier and saw people reeling in a lot of different fish!

The final thing we did with Andrew was a visit to Tarpon Springs, the sponge capital of the world!  We went to a huge aquarium and fed stingrays and sharks.  My sister, Andrew and I went to the biggest sweets store I’ve ever seen.  There was a huge selection of candy, including taffies, rock candy, caramel, sour baby bottles, huge jawbreakers, chocolate, candy buttons, and a lot more!  Andrew purchased some sweets for us, which I wolfed down.

My favorite part of Andrew’s stay was going downtown, enjoying delicious maki (sushi rolls), seeing many species of birds…and of course, spending time with my family!  Some of the best things in the world!

Reading Log 5

My first sewing book by Cico kids edited by Susan Akass (pages 1-49) -12/1/17

American Girl School Rules (pages 1-44) – 12/3/17

American Girl School Rules (pages 45-79) – 12/4/17

Aladdin a story from Arabian Nights by Sterling publishing – 12/5/17

American Girl A smart girls guide to Worry (pages 1-47) – 12/6/17

North American Wildlife By Readers Digest (pages  104-147) -12/7/17

North American Wildlife By Readers Digest (Pages 1-3) – 12/11/17

North American Wildlife By Readers Digest (Pages 45-64) – 12/12/17

Nat Geo Our Fifty States (Arkansas) – 12/13/17

Nat Geo Our Fifty States (Maine) – 12/14/17

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid The Long Haul (pages 1-106) – 12/19/17

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid The Long Haul (pages 106 -212) – 12/20/17

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid The Long Haul (pages 212-217) Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Double Down (pages 1-65) – 12/21/17

Nat Geo Our Fifty States (Kentucky, and Louisiana) – 12/27/17

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Double Down – 12/28/17

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid The Getaway (pages 1-87) – 1/2/18

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid the Getaway (pages 87- 174) – 1/3/18

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid The Long Haul (pages 1 – 120) – 1/4/18

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Old School (pages 1-116) – 1/7/18

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Old School (pages 116 – 217) – 1/9/18

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid The Long Haul (pages 120-169) – 1/11/18

Nat Geo February 19th Issue 20 animals you’ll love! (Pages 1-31) – 1/12/18

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid The Long Haul (pages 169-217) – 1/13/18

Thea Light In The Attic By Shel Silverstein (pages 1- 112) -1/18/18

Nat Geo The Real Jesus (pages 1-35) – 1/19/18

The Adventures Of Pinocchio by Sterling Childrens Books (pages 1-65) – 1/20/18

The Adventures Of Pinocchio by Sterling Childrens Books (pages 65-112) – 1/22/18

Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer S. Holland (Pages 1 – 49) -1/23/18

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (pages 1-117) – 1/24/18

Smile by Raina Telgemeier (pages 1-149) – 1/25/18

Smile by Raina Telgemeier (pages 150-213) – 1/26/18

Grimm’s Fairy Tail Translated by Margaret Hunt (pages 90-111) -1/27/18

https://www.thespruce.com/pet-rats-1236745 – 1/29/18

American Girl A smart girls guide to style (pages 1-58) – 1/29/18

https://www.ukessays.com/essays/english-language/owning-a-guinea-pig-as-a-pet-english-language-essay.php – 1/29/18

Bird life by  Stephen W. Kress Ph.D (pages 1-52) – 1/30/18

Slylock Fox Mysteries By Bob Weber, Jr and Bob Weber, Sr (pages 1-114) – 1/31/18

Zen Shorts By Jon J. Muth (Full book) – 2/1/18

The Everything Kids Nature Book By Kathiann M. Kowalski (pages 1-67) – 2/2/18

The Kids Campfire Book By Jane Drake and Ann Love (Full Book) – 2/5/18

5,000 Facts about everything by Nat Geo (pages 1-74) – 2/6/18

American Girl Worry (Full Book) – 2/7/18

American Girl Cooking (pages 1-75) – 2/7/18

American Girl A smart girl’s guide to Cooking (pages 76-117) – 2/8/18

5,000 Facts about everything by Nat Geo (pages 166-174) – 2/8/18

American Girl A Smart Girls Guide to Money (Full book) – 2/9/18

https://pethelpful.com/rodents/homemade-rat-cages-and-toys – 2/9/18

5,000 facts about everything by Nat Geo (pages 180-213) – 2/12/18

Shell Chic (full book) by Marlene Hurley Marshall – 2/13/18

American Girl a smart girls guide to Getting It Together (full book) – 2/14/18

American Girl A smart girls guide to Drama, Rumors, and Secrets (pages 1-53) – 2/14/18

Zoology An introduction to the animal kingdom by R. Will Burnett, Harvey J. Fisher, and Herbert S. Zim (pages 1-81) – 1/16/18

Back to basics by Readers Digest (pages 1-83) – 2/20/18

The Ella Diaries Dreams Come True by Kane Miller (full book) – 2/21/18

The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht (pages 1-80) – 2/22/18

A Pirates Life by John Baur and Mark Summers (pages 1-31) – 2/23/18

American Girl A Smart Girls Guide To Understanding Your Family ( pages 1- 44) – 2/23/18

Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales Translation by Margaret Hunt (pages 1-77) – 2/24/18

 

 

 

 

 

Math 5

Notebook Division, Multiplication, subtraction, Addition, and Algebra – 12/1/17

Notebook Division, Multiplication, subtraction, Addition, and Algebra – 12/3/17

Notebook Division, Multiplication, subtraction, addition, fractions, and algebra -12/4/17

Notebook division, Multiplication, subtraction, Addition, fractions, and Algebra -12/5/17

Notebook division, multiplication, subtraction, addition, Fractions, and algebra -12/6/17

Notebook Division, Multiplication, subtraction, Addition, fractions, and Algebra – 12/7/17

Notebook Division, Multiplication, subtraction, Addition, fractions, and Algebra –  12/11/17

Notebook division, Multiplication, subtraction, Addition, fractions, and Algebra – 12/12/17

notebook division, multiplication, subtraction, addition, Fractions, and algebra – 12/13/17

Notebook division, Multiplication, subtraction, Addition, fractions, and algebra – 12/14/17

Notebook division, Multiplication, subtraction, Addition, fractions, and algebra – 12/19/17

Notebook division, Multiplication, subtraction, Addition, fractions, and algebra – 12/20/17

Notebook division, Multiplication, subtraction, Addition, fractions, and algebra – 12/21/17

Notebook Division, Multiplication, Subtraction, Addition, and Algebra – 12/27/17

Notebook Multiplication, Subtraction, Addition, And Algebra – 12/28/17

Notebook Multiplication, Subtraction, Addition, And Algebra – 1/2/18

Notebook Multiplication, Subtraction, Addition, And Algebra – 1/3/19

Notebook Multiplication, Subtraction, Addiction, And Algebra – 1/4/17

Notebook Multiplication, Subtraction, Addiction, And Algebra – 1/7/18

Notebook Multiplication, Subtraction, Addiction, And Algebra – 1/9/18

Notebook Multiplication, Subtraction, Addiction, And Algebra – 1/11/18

Notebook Multiplication, Subtraction, Addiction, And Algebra – 1/12/18

Notebook Multiplication, Subtraction, Addiction, And Algebra – 1/13/18

Notebook Multiplication, Subtraction, Addiction, And Algebra – 1/18/18

Notebook Multiplication, Subtraction, Addition, And Algebra – 1/19/18

Notebook Multiplication, Subtraction, Addition, And Algebra – 1/20/18

Notebook Multiplication, Subtraction, Addition, And Algebra – 1/20/18

Notebook Multiplication, Subtraction, Addition, And Algebra – 1/22/18

Notebook Multiplication, Subtraction, Addition, And Algebra – 1/23/18

Notebook Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, And Algebra – 1/24/18

Notebook Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, And Algebra – 1/25/18

Notebook Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction, and Algebra – 1/26/18

Notebook Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction, and Algebra – 1/27/18

Notebook Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction, and Algebra – 1/29/18

Notebook Addition, Subtraction,  Multiplication,  and Algebra – 1/30/18

Multiplication Facts On App – 1/31/18

Multiplication Facts On App – 2/1/18

Multiplication Facts On App – 2/2/18

Multiplication Facts on App and Notebook Addition, Subtraction,  Multiplication,  and Algebra – 2/5/18

Multiplication Facts on App and Multiplication Work Sheet – 2/6/18

Multiplication Facts On App and Multiplication Work Sheet –  2/7/18

Multiplication Facts on App and Geometry Puzzle – 2/8/18

Multiplication Facts on App and Multiplication Worksheet – 2/9/18

Multiplication Facts on App and Math in Notebook -2/12/18

Multiplication Facts on App and Math in Notebook – 2/13/18

Multiplication Facts on App and Math in Notebook – 2/14/18

Multiplication Facts on App and Math Worksheet in Notebook – 2/16/18

Multiplication Facts on App and Math Worksheet in Notebook – 2/20/18

Multiplication Facts on App and Order of Operations in Notebook – 2/21/18

Multiplication Facts on App and Order of Operations in Notebook – 2/22/18

Multiplication Facts on App and Order of Operations in Notebook – 2/23/18

Multiplication Facts on App and Order of Operations in Notebook – 2/24/18

 

 

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