Friday, August 26, 2016

Inspirational Quote 1

This is going up on my wall. It is SO true. Listen up Christian Americans! We need to stand up for what is right!

The Insiders Guide to Babysitting

Everyone wants a babysitter who knows what she is doing...right? And every babysitter wants to go to her job feeling like she knows what she is doing. And she wants to go home confident that she will get another job. I want to give you some tips and tricks for making your babysitting  job successful. But first....

7 Sure Ways to Never Get a Babysitting Job Again

1. Be sure to show up 20 minutes late for your job. If the parents are rushed, they will forget to give you instructions, and that makes the night SO much better!

2. Throw away all instructions when Mom and Dad leave. Make up your own rules and routine.

3. Teach the kids annoying songs....LOT'S of them. Make sure they sing them to their parents the next day. OVER AND OVER.

4. Get them all riled up so they won't sleep! You can play tag, hold wrestling matches, and run around screaming! Or you can just curl up on the couch and read a book while they do whatever they want!

5. Feed them candy, candy and MORE CANDY! Forget about the pizza Mom left on the table, candy tastes much better!

6. Don't clean up after the kids go to bed...if they go to bed at all after you have riled them up. Leave piles of dirty dishes in the sink. Leave clothes on the couch, and toys on the floor. A messy house after a babysitting job is a sure sign that you had fun, right?

7. Don't change diapers and don't have the potty-trainer use the bathroom. Leave the blowouts and accidents for Mom to clean up...and then pretend you didn't even know how to do those things.

I hope these tips made you laugh! ^_^

15 Tips for a Successful Babysitting Job

1. Arrive 5-10 minutes early. This gives you time to receive instructions and ask questions.

2. Ask questions! Make sure you know exactly what the parents want you to do. Don't be afraid to ask silly questions like: "Where are the diapers?" "Are they allowed to jump off the couch?" "Are they allowed to watch a movie before bed?" "How much of their dinner do they have to eat before getting dessert?" "Do they have any homework they need to do?"

3. Don't call the parents unless it is an emergency. If you keep calling them about every little thing, they won't want you to come back. Use your best judgment on those things.

4.Be firm, but not harsh. You need to be firm about the rules, but don't yell at them. If you give the kids an inch, they will take a mile. But if you yell at them, they will not want you to babysit again.

5. Know the house rules. Don't let them get away with things you know are against the rules.

6. Know how to change a diaper and help a kid who is potty-training. These are basic skills, and you can easily find someone who will teach you how to change a diaper. Once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy.

7. It makes the parents feel a little more at ease if you are CPR and First-aid certified, or at least if you know a little bit about both.

8. Know how to react in an emergency. Make sure you have their phone number, your parents' phone number and an emergency contact for the kids (like a Grandparent). You should also know how to dial 911.

9. Clean up after yourself. Wash the dishes and clean up the toys. They will definitely want you back!

10. Don't demand more pay. Be thankful for what you get. It is also nice to have some sort of idea of what you want to be paid. I think that $3-5 an hour is good for starting, and $10 is too much...but some families still pay me that. I'm just thankful that I get to earn some money doing something I like!

11. Follow instructions and normal routines.

12. Prefer the kids. Play their games if you don't want to. They love it when you are involved.

13. Arrange your own ride- whether you drive yourself or your parents drive you, or you ask the family your are babysitting for to pick you up.

14. Get some kind of training. Whether it's just some tips from your Mom, or from a friend, or taking the Red Cross Babysitting Class, knowing what you are doing is EXTREMELY helpful!!

15. Have Fun!

Hope these tips are helpful! Happy Babysitting!

Me and my favorite kid to babysit-my sister Jelly Bean!
(This picture is an original taken by my dad. Please do not duplicate without my permission. Thanks!)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Adventure of a Group Project--Part 2

Last time I told you about the adventures of doing a group project with the DodgerDog. Well, we have officially finished the project! Yay! :)

This is our picture of the size of the Ark. See the elephant?

Here are our blueprints, or "White-prints" as Jelly Bean insisted we call it!

The DodgerDog working on taping the paper model together. That was a whole separate adventure! We had to try to keep the edges lined up and tape them together and not smash the ark all at once. It was a job for many hands!

Here is the finished ark from the front. The door is on this side, but it blends in really well!

 Here it is! The final product!

We also wrote a couple of paragraphs to go along with the assignment to show what we researched. Here they are:

What did Noah's Ark Look Like?

First of all, the word "ark" literally means "box." So Noah's ark would have looked like a giant box. In order to be stable, it most likely would have been slightly pointed at the ends.
God told Noah to make the ark out of gopher wood. This timber is from an unidentified tree, but I would guess it was pretty strong.
There were rooms inside the ark, and 3 decks. The inside and outside were coated with pitch to keep the water out.
How big was the ark? It was HUGE! The length was 300 cubits, or 450 feet. That is just a little bit over a football field in length. It was 50 cubits, or 75 feet, wide and 30 cubits, or 45 feet, tall. There was a roof that came to a point 1 cubit (18 inches) above the rest of the ark, and a door set in the side.
It must have been a strange sight as Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth built this giant box in the middle of a place that had NEVER known what rain was!
~Silent Storm

Ship Stability

To build a ship that will float, you can’t just put a bunch of wood together and stick it in the water. There are many things that go into making a ship stable. There are also good reasons for making your ship stable in the water. If it is not stable, you will lose cargo, passengers, crew, and your ability to steer it. There are a few things necessary to making you ship stable.
The first thing you will need to know is that the larger your ship is, the less it will be tossed around. If you are in a kayak, you will be tossed around by the ocean. A small motor boat will not be tossed as badly as a kayak though. If you take a ferry boat like the one we take to summer camp, 2-3 decks, about 100’ long and 25’ wide, you will not be tossed as much. But the ships that do not get tossed around by the ocean are the cruise ships, they are very long and wide. Which makes it hard for the ocean to toss it around. The larger ships have smaller motions and are not capsized as easily.
Another thing that helps with stability is the boat’s weight. A kayak has your weight and maybe another person, this allows the ocean to easily toss you around. A cruise ship has a large crew and I would guess around 100 passengers. Everybody has luggage which makes the ship very heavy, this makes it harder for the water to throw the ship around. You also want more of your weight on the bottom not the top. If the ship is top heavy, then it will want to roll over, just like if you glue a weight to the top of an Easter egg. The egg will want to roll so that the heavier side is underneath.
We had a lot of fun on this project together and I can say that I am very proud of our work!
P.S. If you want to read the story of Noah's flood for yourself, read it in Genesis 6-9.
P.S. again: We used and and the Bible (written by God) for our information.

(The pictures on this post are originals taken by Silent Storm. Please do not duplicate without my permission. Thanks!)



Friday, August 19, 2016

The Adventures of a Group Project

This week we were assigned a group project for history. We are studying ancient history, and this month we are focusing on Creation, the Fall, and the Worldwide Flood. So my brother DodgerDog, who is a Freshman in High school, and I decided to do a project together about Noah's Ark. It has been quite an adventure!

First, we decided to make blueprints using what the bible tells us about the Ark. We decided on a scale of 15 cubits to an inch. ( By the way, a cubit is about 18 inches.) We taped some blue construction paper pieces together and got out the white pencils. The ark on our blueprints measured 20 inches long, 3 inches long wide, and 2 inches tall. When you draw the ark to scale, it really gives you perspective on how huge that thing actually was! Little sister Jelly Bean (she is 5) was trying to convince us that it's not called blueprints, it's actually called white prints! Her line of reasoning was that we were writing in white, not blue. :)
We decided to put the Hebrew word for Ark on the top of the blueprints. DodgerDog looked it up on Google translate, but we realized that Google translate uses modern Hebrew, not Biblical! So I pulled out the Strong's concordance and looked it up. DodgerDog tried to copy it by hand and gave up, saying it didn't look anything like what was written in the concordance. Then he kept going on and on and on about how Hebrew is written and read from right to left, not left to right.

The second part of our project was a silly picture to show how big the ark was. We drew a 3D picture of the Ark with a football field inside of it. The ark was longer than a football field, but only half as wide. Then I drew a tiny little elephant next to it. According to the scale that we used for the picture, the elephant was about 1/4 inch tall, where the ark was a full inch tall! I thought Elephants were big and scary, but now I know that the ark is even bigger and scarier!

DodgerDog had the idea to make a paper model of the Ark. We have a friend who makes really cool little paper models and I guess that's where he go the idea. Anyway, I found out that he colors A LOT darker than I do. While we colored the wooden sides of the Ark, we listened to the other siblings have a science lesson. They are studying human anatomy, and were talking about cells and tissues. So as we sat and colored, DodgerDog and I had a lot of fun making jokes. (we don't start science until September and were enjoying coloring instead of doing science.) I said that I didn't know that Kleenex made cell phones.
I really enjoy working with DodgerDog!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

How-to Tuesday: Pots and Pans Painting

I love to make things with my hands. Anytime it is a friends birthday, I think: what can I make for them? I have so much fun making things.
One of my favorite things to do is paint. A few years ago, my mom wanted a decoration to fill a blank spot in the kitchen. So I made this Pots and Pans painting for her.
Here is how you do it:
You will need a canvas. I used an Artists Loft flat 6x8 canvas. You can get a pack of 5 pretty cheap on Amazon or at Michaels.

How To Do It:

Step One: Paint the canvas with squares of Red Metallic Paint. I used DecoArt brand. I just stroked a checkered pattern onto it with a 3/4 bright brush. None of the squares were the same size, but I like it that way.

Step Two: Draw, on a separate piece of paper, the exact design you want to paint on the canvas. Mine was a stock pot and skillet. You can get my pattern for free at this link...
Once you have the design just how you want it, copy it with a pencil onto the canvas. Be sure to use light lines, but dark enough that you can see it.
Step Three: It's paint mixing time! By the way, I paint in acrylics all the time. That's just what I prefer. And I use the cheap stuff. But if you have a different preference, that's fine! :) Anyway, I used Craft Smart Acrylic Paint BLACK and DecoArt Crafters Acrylic ANTIQUE WHITE. I mixed 3 shades of gray and also had some plain black.

Step Four: With these paints, paint the shapes of the skillet and the stock pot onto the canvas. Use a small flat brush to be sure that you get precise edges. I used light gray for the stock pot, dark gray for the skillet and medium gray for both lids.

Step Five: Using a small round brush and black paint, outline your pots and add handles. This may take a long time, hold your hand steady and go carefully, to avoid making mistakes. Black can't be covered easily if you make a mistake!

Step Six: Now paint a black border around the entire canvas. Be sure to paint the very edges. Use a nice small brush. Let the canvas dry well (overnight is best) before moving on.

Step Seven: Cover the canvas with a thin coat of Varnish. I used Delta Creamcoat Gloss Exterior/Interior. Next time I'd use a Matte instead of a Gloss. Let this dry overnight before doing anything with it, especially touching it.
Step Eight: Cut a piece of black ribbon to about 6 inches. Heat up a hot glue gun and glue the ribbon down to the back to make a hanger let  the hot glue dry, then hang it on a tack or a nail.

You are Done! :)

(The pictures on this blog were taken by Silent Storm. Please do not duplicate them without my permission. Thanks!)