Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Happy 21st Birthday Michael

     Michael, my son turns twenty one today, June 27th.  He has been a blessing in our lives from the very beginning we saw his adorable face.   His big greenish blue eyes have such kindness and compassion with everyone he meets.  At five months he started making us laugh by rolling across the floor with great speed to get to the other side.  He was a happy baby and entertained himself by building block castles or making tents under the table.  He loved his super cool bat mobile and ninja turtle helicopters.  He played for hours in the sandbox with his toy cars and dump truck.  When he got older he built entire towns of railed tracks and tunnels with a basket full of Brio Pieces.   In Preschool years, Thomas the Tank Engine was his favorite show as he wrapped himself at night with the cozy blanket with familiar Trains.    All my playgroup friends said, "Michael is so easy going."

     I remember finding his older brother Alex and Michael in the clothes basket pretending they were sailing on a tall ship while eating apples for supplies.  Years later that dream came true because he sailed on a Tall Ship in the Bahamas through Boyscouts High Adventure.  The ship had large sails to navigate the ocean waters and they caught fish to eat.  He had a blast.  When we picked him up from the airport he was covered with blisters from poison ivy.  The scout leader came up and said Michael was amazing because he never complained.   He later became an Eagle Scout doing his community project of landscaping and building a ramp at the Heritage Farmstead Museum.  

     Michael became interested in Science at an early age.  His first Science Fair Project was seeing if ants built more tunnels in the dark.  One ant farm was covered in construction paper. He wrote data and observed the little ants for weeks.  He attached plastic tubing so they had more room to crawl.  He has a desire to go into research with a degree in pharmacy.  He is a junior at The Universtiy of Texas in Dallas with a major in Molecular Biology.  I enjoy listening to him talk about genetics and theories.  His Uncle Max says he can make a difference in this world.  I agree.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Remember the Alamo

The Alamo can be viewed in San Antonio, Texas. It was built in 1724 which is fairly old for United States.  It stands glowing as a reminder of Texas history.  Its not just about the men who gave their lives so Texas could be independent from Mexico.  Its preserving the past so we can learn about interesting people who have the same desires and hopes for families and future plans.  The Alamo is about Spain, Mexico and Texas intermingled with important events.  

The mission was established by Catholic Missionaries to help Indian converts live their faith and provide security for them.  Spanish Missions grew their own food, held mass, and lived peaceful  lives.  From 1724 to 1793 the Alamo was called Mision San Antonio de Valero.  

In the early 1800's the Spanish military took over the mission and renamed it the Alamo, meaning cottonwood.  It reminded them of their home in Alamo de Parras, Coahuila.  The commander started the first hospital.  It was home to both sides of Mexico's conflict to gain independence from Spain during the ten year struggle for freedom.  

Texas settlers began establishing farms with the leadership of Stephen F. Austin the father of Texas.  They wanted land which was a very valuable tool in their desire to provide a good home for their children.  San Antonio and the Alamo  played a crucial role in the Texas Revolution and for thirteen days volunteer soldiers held back Santa Anna's army.  The famous Davy Crocket died in the battle along with other brave men.

Sam Houston took over the fight and promised his soldiers land if they continued.  Finally victory  was won in the famous battle of San Jacinto.  The Texans led a surprise attach on Santa Anna's army with the battle cry, Remember the Alamo.  

So why is the Alamo still one of the most popular destinations for visitors visiting the United States for the first time or American  Citizens who  want to show their children what happened on March 6th 1836?  Perhaps because it links the past with the present as it glows with the backdrop of San Antonio skyscrapers.  It tells us not to forget history because its apart of our roots.  It helps us to make sense of the world and not relive past mistakes.  Land has always been a precious treasure for families to build their hopes and dreams.  

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hawaii The Big Island by Sandra Kent - purchase and read the ebook online now from ePub Bud!

Hawaii The Big Island by Sandra Kent - purchase and read the ebook online now from ePub Bud!

Children will love reading about active volcanoes, enchanting tide pools, marine life and the history of Hawaii, the Big Island if you download this exciting ebook.  When I turned 50 our family took a helicopter ride over an active volcano.  An island was being formed right before our eyes.  As the hot lava hit the cool water steam came forth.  Black sand beaches came from tiny bits of cooled lava broken into  pieces.  We took a jeep ride to discover a wild strawberry next to a refreshing waterfall.  Download the ebook and take the journey with us.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Farmers Market Produce by Sandra Kent - at Barnes and Noble Nook

Farmers Market Produce by Sandra Kent -

 Purchase Farmers Market Produce  from Barnes and Noble's Nook   See link below

  Farmers Market Produce is a  great book for beginning readers because it teaches children about fresh produce in a meaningful way.

  Learn how food is sold at a good price because the fresh fruit and vegetables come from local farms.  The photographs show the colorful display of food fresh from the fields of Texas at the Dallas Farmers Market.  

Here is the story about how the book began:  It started with a question............

We asked our son Alex where he wanted to eat as a family.  He was leaving for senior finals at OU and was awarded the chance to choose.

"I want to go the Dallas Farmers Market and eat there.   Mom I think you'll like it there because its a great place to take pictures."  he explained.

Wow I thought.  What a cool place to go.  He was right.  It was a great place to take photos so I made them into this book.  I was amazed with the sights and sounds of local merchants selling their fresh fruits and vegetables.  They are shipped from local farms so the food tastes delicious.  The vine ripe tomatoes melt in your mouth.

 I'm trying to loose weight so I don't have to feel guilty about eating fresh yellow squash or my favorite deep green broccoli.

Bright red strawberries taste sweet for dessert.

Alex had left for OU so my son Michael actually helped me write the words to describe the colorful produce.

 I'm hoping the book will help young children not only remember their fruits and vegetables but also teach them how to read in a fun way.