Jenna: If I Had a Million Dollars

Thomas Lavasser
Thomas Lavasser

If I had a million dollars I would pay for an airplane to take me to Disney World. I love Disney World.

I would buy a puppy…at the vet. I like pups!

I would pay to go to the zoo. I just love looking at animals.

I would make a party for Father’s and Mother’s Day, because I love my parents.

I would buy a million packs of gum. Yum!

I would invite my friend Thomas over to go to a nice restaurant. I’ll pay! I love Thomas Lavasser!

I would buy six workbooks. Plus, I love learning!

Hayley: If I Had a Million Dollars

If I had a million dollars I would take half of it and buy White Kit-Kats and put them in all the cupboards. I love White Kit-Kats.

With the other half I would use it for a trip if we ever want to go on one. We can go to our cousins’ or we can go to our Grammy’s house or Papa’s. I’d also go to my other grammy, Grandma Kathy, and Heypop and Nana.

If I still have more I’d just use it for when I grow up. Then I would buy furniture and a house.

That’s what I’d do with a million dollars.

Skye: If I had a Million Dollars

Beagles are fit my favorite dog
Beagles are my favorite dog

If I had a million dollars I would pay for the whole family to go on a boat ride to Ellis Island (which is now a museum). Since my class at school started immigration work I’ve wanted to go to Ellis Island. Ellis Island is a neat place because it brings back memories of immigrants and you can learn about the history of long ago. I want my family to come to enjoy it and so I can spend time with them.

Since dogs are so cute and playful I would also buy a dog. It’s name would be Brownie. It would be a beagle. I would also buy a comfy bed, dog food, collar, leash, dog food bowl, brush, and some play toys. I would be responsible. I would walk it every day, give it a bath, feed it, groom it, play with it, and bring it to the vet. I would keep it as far away from dad as much as possible. He doesn’t like them.

I would also hire some workers to build me a pool where the weeds in my backyard stand. Though first I’m going to ask someone to pull out the weeds and build a nice stone path leading to the pool. It would be so pretty. I would make a flower railing along the side. I would give some money to Margret and David Saunders so I could pay them back for cutting there weeds to make a path that leads to the pool.

I would pay lots of money to make a club. The money would be used for buying the supplies that everyone will need. They would need notebooks for their journals so they could write their thoughts and things that they are anxious to tell someone (the someone is the journal). They would also need one writing utensil. I would also make a big “WELCOME TO THE CLUB” party. We would go to the mini golf place. We would stop by the ice cream truck and get some ice cream to eat while we play mini golf.

The last thing I would get if I got a million dollars is an electric guitar so I could play it on stage and just play it for fun.

That’s what I’d do with a million dollars.

Jenna’s New Backpack


Kirsten at L. L. Bean

Jenna’s backpack has holes in the bottom through which even the largest object can apparently disappear. It was time for a new one. Kirsten and I drove to Freeport soon after the bus picked up the girls. It was a fun morning at one of our favorite stores. We purchased the new backpack at a significant discount at the Outlet Store. A kind woman, Gina, was nice enough to break with policy and cut out the old monogram. Otherwise, Jenna would have had to be known simply as “Kristi”. The hour we were told it would take to pick out the old monogram and stitch in “Jenna” only lasted fifteen minutes. Kirsten and I talked while we roamed around the L. L. Bean campus and played with the oh-so-innovative snowball makers.

Jenna loves her new backpack. She gave us huge hugs and thanked us profusely.


Jenna’s new backpack

In the vestibule of the main store there was a large “replica” of Portland Head Light made out of gingerbread and other delicious-looking candies and sweets. They also had a backdrop for photography they do on Saturdays and Sundays. I had Kirsten pose in front of the winter scene. When the girls got home I showed them the image in the camera and told them we drove a long way to be in the snow. They were quite suprised. The looks on their faces were priceless. Skye was sure I had Photoshopped in the background until I reminded her the pictures were still in the camera. :)

My Day

Yesterday I went to school. I always eat breakfast at school so I did. After I ate I went outside and played for a little bit near the playground. During immigration work I made a paper passport. Today we are going to write the first entry in our journal. I’m always exited for recess. I get to hang out with some of the friends that aren’t in my class or friends that I don’t hang out with much that are in my class.

We have lunch after recess so, we did. After lunch I couldn’t wait until GT. We were going to watch a movie, The Secret Garden. I only brought it in DVD. Sorry to find out they didn’t have any DVD players, only VHS. We ended up just getting the new book and a big dictionary (to find words for which we can write the definition). We ended up reading the rest of the time and answering questions.

At the end of the day I called my dad and asked if I could go to math team. The answer was yes! I went to math team with Caleb Bailey. We multiplied decimals. I also got to sit by Ashley Howe (she was in my class last year) and do story problems. Near the end we got two suckers.

Jokes

Why did the principal feel sorry for the workbook?
Because it had soooo many problems.

Who rules the school?
The prince-ipal.

The Christmas Problem

Chapter One
One morning on December 11, 2004 Isabelle woke up early and realized she was going to her friend’s mom’s wedding! It started at seven o’clock. She put on her best clothes, brushed her hair, brushed her teeth, washed her face and put on her best shoes. Finally it was seven o’clock and her mommy and daddy were ready.

Chapter Two
Every day Isabelle had to do lots of exciting things, this was the best exciting  thing of all. Isabelle was still thinking about Christmas. The place is a block away  but dad always says we can not walk. You know your mom has a broken leg. The place was at the park.

Isabelle’s friend is named Peter. His mom is named Julie. Julie was marrying John, Isabelle’s uncle. Isabelle was so excited to go. The reason she had to go was she was the flower girl. A lot of cars were passing by. There must be people in the cars that are going to Julie’s wedding, Isabelle thought. “I like the dancing best”, said Isabelle’s father.

Chapter Three
Then they got there at eight o’clock. “You can’t come!”, said Peter. “Why?”, said Isabelle. “There’s good news and bad news”, said Peter. “The good news is Julie is still having her wedding. The bad news is she’s not having a party. It’s just Julie, John, me, and the judge.” “By the way, have a nice Christmas. Jerk!”

Isabelle said, “Me and my parents spent all that money on the presents. Who planned this thing, anyway?” “Me”, said Peter. Isabelle said, “It’s not nice to call someone ‘jerk’, anyway.” “Have a bad Christmas, Peter.”

Chapter Four
Soon Christmas Eve came. Peter felt sorry for Isabelle. He decided to give Isabelle a present and a sorry note. He went to her house and told Isabelle, “this is for you.” Isabelle opened the present. It was $30 so each person in the family would have ten dollars. Isabelle read the letter. After that she was overjoyed and hugged Peter.

They had a wonderful Christmas together.

THE END.

Book Review: The Giving Tree


Hayley

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

There’s this tree that loves a boy. They play hide-and-go-seek together. They play king-of-the-forest. The way they make a crown is they gather up some leaves and make them into one.

The boy kept getting older and older and he wanted stuff the tree didn’t have. First, he wanted some money, but the tree didn’t have any money so he had to get some apples and sell them in the city.

Then he wanted a house so he had to take the branches off and build them into a house.

Next he wanted a boat to sail away. But the tree didn’t have a boat so he had to cut the trunk off the tree and make a boat.

Then all he wanted was a quiet place to rest so he sat on the stump of the tree.

First I read it to my Daddy, but if I got stuck he helped me. Then Daddy read the rest to me.

I liked that it got happy and sad. I liked spending time with Daddy while we did it.

THE END

Gifted and Talented

I’m in GT (Gifted and Talented). It is exiting, wonderful, cool, fun, and demanding. We get to read challenging books, answer questions, and discuss what we read. We read books like “The Secret Garden” and “The Phantom Tollbooth”.

In math we get to do all these fun things like finding the area of a triangle, multiply two digit numbers, and divide by thousands. Math is my favorite subject.

The GT teacher is Mr. Reinhartsen. I love GT.

My New Invention: Pop-up machine

If I could make a new invention it would be a pop-up machine. It would be tiny: about the size of a pack of gum. Inside, it has everything you could imagine. When you want something just say what you want. You know what’s even cooler? Well, you can say the color and pattern you want, too.

Plus, you can say “pop eraser” and a special eraser will pop out. This isn’t just any ordinary eraser. This eraser will erase things you popped out that you no longer want. Just tap the thing two times with the special “pop eraser” and it disappears back into the machine.

These pop-up machines are only $100. That is not much considering you’ll never have to buy crappy junk again. Plus, you can tell the machine to pop out money that you can use to pay bills. These machines last forever so you won’t ever have to buy anything else.

That would be my invention.

Our Thanksgiving

Ok, so we didn’t watch the parade and we didn’t put together a jigsaw puzzle.  And I cooked a modest traditional Thanksgiving feast…without the stuffing.  What can I say, I was craving the after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches and looking forward to the other usual leftovers we could eat for the entire next week.  I admit that since I’ve been busy with school and work, I’ve kind of missed cooking.  But mostly, I wanted to have the opportunity to spend quality time with each of the girls and have them cook with me.

Hayley loves corn and asked to help me with the corn casserole.  She enjoyed chopping the onion with the food chopper until it made her “cry.”  She also helped me make the pumpkin pie filling.  I invited Jenna to help me make the potato-chive monkey bread rolls.  She was fascinated when she saw how the dough had risen and I explained to her the process.  Skye helped me with the pie crust and the mashed potatoes, which is a favorite of hers.

Hayley asked me last week whether we were going to shoot a turkey, buy a turkey, or just have chicken.  She loves chicken.  According to her, however, turkey does NOT taste just like chicken as I told her.  Turkey is “kind of good and kind of gross.”  The girls were a bit disgusted at first by the uncooked bird, especially when I animated it for them.  Then they were intrigued by it and Skye wondered where all the organs were.  She had studied the body systems last year in school.  They were not particularly excited about eating the gravy when they discovered it actually came from the turkey drippings.

We all sat together in the evening to play Uno H2O.  It’s the waterproof Uno card game.  I don’t know why we purchased waterproof cards.  Perhaps we could use them at the beach or the pool.  All the girls were quick to understand the game and had no trouble playing independently.  They got a little competitive, but there were no tears.  Everyone really seemed to have a good time.  I think it was a great day spent together.