Holiday Break and Christmas

We have been staying busy. We took a few weeks off of school between semesters at SPC. I learned how to install a doorbell and chime. Decorating my gingerbread house. Mom keeps finding funny images from the new doorbell camera. Presents all wrapped and Thunder is in charge of guarding them. We have been making lots of Christmas cookies. We used up some Wilton melting candy to decorate pretzels.  Cookies and Milk for Santa. The Elf pets also voyage back to the North Pole for the rest of the year.  Santa Came! The elves left, and left us with a mess of toilet paper all over the house! Grandma got a rather large bottle of coconut rum! Costco for the win! Thunder got a new race track, well E and I got it. Thunder thinks it is his! He lives to whack at the cars as they race by. We have to drive to avoid hitting him when he lays on the track. We spent some time hunting insects in the cooler weather. I am trying to make resin forms of dead insects. So far it is a learning process. Mom did have us do some 4-H work over break. We have got to get our project books completed. We attended the arts and cooking event for 4-H at Brooker Creek. We learned how to make some yummy treats. We enjoyed a trip to visit with Grandma and Grandpa in Venice. We got new scooters for Christmas and have been enjoying taking them to the parks and zipping around.

Early Christmas Gifts

Both E and I asked for some insects for Christmas. I got the Life in a Rotting Log kit from Carolina biological. It came with an assortment of critters The millipedes are HUGE. The bess beetles lake 14 different sounds! WOW! I worked on my insectathon art project. More beetles came. We also have mealworms, super works, crickets and pillbugs. Oh and luna moth cocoons! One of the beetles came slightly damaged so they sent us two more. Don’t look at Emmerson’s hand! He likes to let them crawl all over him! 


Okay the concert kept us out way too late and I needed coffee to get going! This is a new things for me! I am trying some different varieties. Today was iced coffee with peppermint, cocoa powder and cream. It was yummy. We had a club archery tournament today. I didn’t do terrific but I had fun. Helping with scoring. Mom said she really enjoyed seeing all the great teamwork! On a side-note, the elves are nothing but trouble makers. Last night Dobby caught them and caged them!

Trans Siberian Orchestra

We went to see TSO at the Amelie Arena in Tampa. It was a nightmare getting there with all the traffic but once we were parked it was super fun. Our seats were only 7 rows back in the snow zone! haha! That means we got artificial snow on us quite often.  The concert was filled with lasers, fire and other pyrotechnics. The music was amazing, the story was great. I am a TSO fan for sure!

Bugs and Bikes

My friend, P, came over to work on our insect collections. We had a great time! Finally someone who loves bugs as much as me! E and P’s little brother played Minecraft to stay out of the way. Over the weekend we went to the Brotherhood Motorcycle parade. It was wicked hot in the sun! E grabbed the umbrella. There were SO many loud motorcycles! It was a very long procession of motorcycles throwing things at us!