Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Why some women choose to remain single.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Hope Family Reunion

My Hope Family reunion was really fun. It took place in Bone, Idaho - which is about a half hour out of Ammon, Idaho. It was a girl's camp, so it had a spacious bowery for us to meet in and nice campsites.

I bought a new cot, because I vow to never sleep on the ground again, and then Mom and I found a little 2-man tent at Costco and I was excited to have my own stuff. Well, as I'm setting up the tent, I see that my new cot is going to be too big to fit inside. What a fiasco! Andrew let me use his tent, as he was sleeping with the Juett boys, and I fit my cot in almost. We still had my original tent set up and it wasn't being used so I fit it on the end of my cot, and then draped the rain cover over the middle. My tent had a built on addition! It was little weird, but it worked - well except that I had a few spiders crawling around.

The karaoke night was really fun and I even got brave enough to get up a few times, once with Mom! It was fun when someone picked a song that we all knew and could sing along with! I tried to get Andrew to go up with me, to do a Michael Jackson song but he wouldn't. I can't imagine why! (hehe)

It was a really enjoyable get together. I love my family!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

My Fairy Name

Your fairy is called Moth Willowfrost
She is a caster of weird dreams.
She lives close to crystal caverns and stalagtite grottos.
She is only seen during the first snow of winter.
She collects crystals to wear on her dresses. She has delicate green coloured wings like a cicada.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Nashua schools restrict reading of Lois Lowry book

Elementary school teachers in Nashua, New Hampshire, must now notify parents if they are going to use Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal–winning science-fiction book The Giver in their classrooms. The school board made the decision July 7, by a 7–1 vote, after a two-hour hearing. Parent Jodi Gould had wanted the book removed from elementary school libraries, but the board felt that was too restrictive....(click to read more)
I like what someone commented about this article:
Removing books from a library, smacks of censorship. As a parent you have the right and the responsibility to know what your child is reading. You do not however have the right to decide for others. Yes there will be children whose parents aren't involved. That is not your business either. If we only read or are exposed to material that makes us comfortable, we are not being educated. Discussing material that alerts our children to behaviors other than our own is educating them. As the world becomes a smaller place this education will become more important. We can no longer pull a blanket over ours heads and say we are safe from the world. I agree that offering age appropriate materials is important, but what is age appropriate for one is not necessarily so for another. Censorship on any level is not acceptable in a society that is open to learning and experiencing what the world has to offer. If your child has questions or doesn't understand a concept this is your golden opportunity to guide and assist them. That is the job of a parent. Teach them to be open minded and to see a larger picture. Censorship is not the way.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Will Work for Food

I had an interview at Riley Elementary, for their Librarian position, almost 2 weeks ago and I'm still waiting to hear their decision. I'm going to call tomorrow to see what's up - they said they would call last Wednesday! I think the interview went well, but I'm getting pessimistic about my abilities. This is just getting so frustrating! Today I talked with a lady who got the library job at Lincoln Elem - one of the interviews that I had. She was amazing and I wasn't surprised she got the job! Will I ever get a stinking full-time job?!?! Anyway - I'll let you know what happens. I have a plan "B" and "C" if I don't get this job- hopefully one of those will work out!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Just call me a Queen!

Lately I have been working on Family History and it's so addicting! I know you must chuckle at this - but I'm really enjoying what I'm doing! I'm trying to get all the info I can from the FamilyHistory.org website and then seeing what temple work has been done. I've already worked on the my Grandma's side. I'm now working in the my Grandpa Duke's side. There are definitely more names on this side - and some nobility! I started researching a Baron and it goes way back, one name went back to 6 B.C., and some are Kings and Queens from many countries, including Wales, Ireland, England, Germany, France and Italy. I can't believe that I'm French and Italian! I'm actually related to some famous people like the Duke of Buckingham (was alive with King Henry VIII who had all those wives), Charlemagne, and some Holy Roman Emperors. Crazy! This is so cool! I told the my nephews that we are related to some Kings and that they had royal blood - and later when Karter scrapped his elbow, from a bike fall, he said, "Oh no, I'm losing my royal blood!".