October 8

United States History

Today, we walked around Philly. I went to see the Liberty Bell – do you know why it got a crack in it? Do you think it was soon after it came to Philly?

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There was this one building I went in (Liberty Hall) where I found out where it got where they signed the Declaration of Independence. It was cool. It was kinda the same as in the time when they signed it and they even kept the real chair George Washington sat in. I think they’re gonna keep keeping it as long as it lasts since they say it’s super important. The rest of the furniture they burned to bits for warmth during the winter. It looks the same because they found the original receipts where everything was ordered so then they ordered the stuff to make it look like the same place where they signed the Declaration of Independence.

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I really like how we are going around seeing the town. Oh, and we went to this awesome market (Reading Market). I didn’t like the (my mom says they are very good) Italian cannolis but they had some really really yummy chocolate! Good truffles – extra dark. Its a good place for lunch if you want to wait for lunch to be made. I had a Philly Cheesesteak and let me tell you, yyyuuuuummmmmmm!

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I also went to the US mint and I got to see how they make the money! The extra parts are called webbing, when they punch out the blanks. Once they have the blanks, they punch the prints – well, first they have to heat up the metal, then they print them. I learned that they first had to have an artist design them, then a computer carves the picture out, then they put it into a machine that printed the things onto the blanks. Once it was printed you had to go and check if they’re good!

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Sacajawea was on one of the coins. I learned that she helped Lewis and Clark travel from the east coast all the way to Oregon. I’m kinda surprised since she did it when she was six months into pregnancy – which means that three months later she had a baby and she still helped them. She’s a really good example to us and I wish I was like her – she’s really nice she helped others even if they don’t ask for it since she knows that helping others is the right thing to do.

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Oh, and there’s 1 million rules in the big city (mama’s gonna make 5 million the next city – New York!!) It’s really hard to follow all of them, and I got really really frustrated. Kids, let me tell you, I know we have to listen, listen, listen, but here are the things I learned are the big about the big city:
*stick with your parents
*don’t cross the street when the light is red
*don’t go anywhere where your parents can’t see you
*don’t go into elevator without your parents
*don’t going into buildings without your parents
….don’t don’t don’t don’t!
Seems like everything the cities is just a lot of don’ts!

Oh, and don’t talk to strangers, even when they talk to you – and a lot of them are asking for money and you don’t know if they are good or bad! We don’t know how to tell if they are good and they might be bad, then you could get really badly hurt. I learned that there’s a lot of people here who were actually really nice but some of them are not.

Still, I had fun.

I am really excited since tomorrow we’re leaving to the train station in the morning to go to New York!! If you want to know anything about anything about the New York, ask me!

It would be really, really cool if you could make some fun comments!

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October 7

The Amish People

I am in Philadelphia I want to talk to you about the Amish people. The Amish are people who wanted to be separate from the control they were under.

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They walked all the way from New York to Philadelphia – all that’s way! William Penn invited them to this country and when he did he thought that their farming skills would come in handy – the soil was rich and he thought it would be great for farming!

They do not want to do the same things as the rest of society and aren’t fans of using technology. Well, they can use technology (like cell phones) but only if they need it.

Their churches were full of interesting facts – during their weddings there are over 300 to 400 people …and let me tell you they say that’s a little count for a normal wedding! Do you think that’s a little?!?

Let me think, …oh yeah… they use gas (not electricity) to power everything – like powering the fridge, their stoves, their lamps. And let me tell you, they did not have disco trees like in the Lorax!

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Everything at the farm is horsepowered, the do not like engines… I mean like real horses or mules!!

They also use a wireline to dry their clothes, and they make all their clothes. The men have suits, and the boys have suits and the woman, they all wear dresses – not the boys. They don’t have to wear dresses so they don’t have to be embarrassed.

You become a man when you turn 9, so I would be a man!

Their houses are so so old and they all help each other build them.

They make quilts, baskets, tables. I could buy you a quilt – but you would have to pay me back. Actually, they’re really cool. They even have these quilt pillows – that you unfold into quilts. Everything is handmade – and they sell the things they make by hand. I was surprised at how much they could make with their hands. Like baskets, they just take dry grass and weave and weave and weave and weave and boom, they have a basket! Us, we would just give up and be like, never mind.

Some of my favorite things are all the things they make, and also the horse and buggies!

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I would love to know what else you know about the Amish or what you learned from my blog today. If you want me to show you how they do felt pinning, or quilting, or basket weaving, you can buy me a kit and I will make a video!

October 7

Philly here I come

Today, I flew and landed in Denver. Then, we got a half hour delay since one of the backup engines (was the backup auxiliary power actually) wouldn’t work and the lights wouldn’t turn on…so yeah, they got it working and we got on the plane, but then it stopped working again and they had to check it a second time, and that took like 10 more minutes. Then, we went to Philadelphia!

 

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When we were on our flight from Denver to Philadelphia there was a storm, and it had like thunder/every 1 to 2 minutes and it was amazing! We are going to try to post a video here… (Sorry it didn’t work but here are some cool photos!)

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When we got to Philadelphia, the hotel you drive like 5 mins to. We took a taxi and I’ve never been a taxi! It feels okay, but you want to sit in the middle – it gives you the best view. Oh, and yeah, if you really really want to sit in the front seat you have to have a full car and ask the taxi driver.

 

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Goodnight for now.

October 7

My Voice for the Week

This week, I get to go to Philadelphia and New York!  I will be blogging every day I hope but we decided not to bring the computer so this week it will be my words, my voice, via my mama’s fingers who will be typing for me.  Enjoy

September 27

Salsa On The Rooftop

Last Sunday, I was on a rooftop doing salsa.  One of my friends who was running it and jumped in and helped gave them a hand.  When I gave them a hand I took over the concession stand.  It was really hard. When I was at the concession stand, like I said, I took over and people were very, very  hot outside.  And dancing made them hotter.  They came in and decided to get water.  And, people were giving me tips.  When they gave me tips, I thought, why not charge an extra buck for fast delivery.  I got $13 bucks that day!

In ten min I made $13 !  It was fun too.

I made a new friend, danced a little bit, and also, my friend I helped out, her name is Rosie.  She is my mom’s friend, she is a dancer, and has a dance partner.  Her dance partner’s name is Leo.

 

September 25

Selling Pinecones

I made $25  selling $1 pinecones.

It was Carter’s idea and I took over it.  I set it up.  FIrst i gathered pinecones, then i got a table setup by the street.  then, I got the chair out.  I had my wallet in my pocket and sold pinecones on the corner by the street.

5 people stopped by.  2 of them were from the Blazer’s house (my neighbor) and they each bought one, one was a grammy and she bought one.  One guy was on a motorcycle and he bought one.  one guy walked by and he bought two.  That was all the people that came by.

2 people bought online.  10 pinecones each.  Each one of them is being shipped to a different area, one is going to California, one is going to new Jersey.  Together I made $25.

Now I am going to gather more pinecones, we are running low on pinecones, since everyone bought them.

You can buy some.  They are $1 each and you can buy more than one.  They are really big pinecones!

It gives me happiness ,and money.

People said that I am a good entrepreneur .

When I am happy I make more $s, when I am sad I make less $s.

I learned about how to sell, how to count money, also how to be self directed, and also how to keep on a task without going away.  I also learned about needing a till and interest on borrowed money.

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September 24

Finding Rocks at the River

At the very end of the summer, I went to the river.  I was looking, looking and found all these really cool looking rocks.  Some of them are blueish, some are black like obsidian.  But don’t worry, they are not obsidian.  If they were, I’d be rich.  So, there was this little tidepool area and there were a bunch of  rocks.  Then these other people had a bunch of them too and they offered them to me.  So, I took them and said thank you, but they didn’t let me have the one as big as my computer.  It was humungo-dumbo.

My mom says they are slag, from the huge inferno that they had in the area long time ago.  Which makes since because they have little holes in them like from bubbles.  Slag is also known as the left over stuff from melting rock.  Its called smelting.

 

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September 23

MY frog

I saved a frog  from the hot tub’s chemicals.  My dad showed me the frog. He ran and I caught him.

I have a new friend that I can talk to.  If  I’m sad he croaks. If I am happy he jumps.

1. He is my pet now.

2. I feed hem crickets.

3. He is a N.W tree frog.

I named hem Frogender because he is from the underworld.  If you don’t  get it it’s a Minecraft joke.

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The rocks are his feavret .

September 22

My Blog

I want to talk to you.

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My blog I start today with my mom.  My mom says it could help me learn to write, help people understand me, teach me keep on persisting, learn the computer and type.  It was my Aunt Molly’s idea.

I don’t know what to say but I would like to talk to you, and if you would please read my blog that would be very nice.

I like to talk to you about my blog – my blog has five pillars in it.  The first pillar is interest, the second pillar is being personal, the third pillar is detail, which is what we are doing right now.  The fourth pillar is humor and it will make you laugh.  The fifth pillar is visual, and I will put a picture down sometimes.

You will never know where I am.  I might be writing under the ocean?!  I might be above a volcano on a lose branch!  I might be in the hot tub.  I might be wrestling with my dog too?  You’ll never know where I am but you might have some good guesses which I would love to hear!

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