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Equestria Girls PMV

November 23rd, 2014 by Rachel · No Comments

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!!! Isn’t it amazing!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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I’m Pinkie and I Know it

November 23rd, 2014 by Rachel · No Comments

Isn’t this hilarious?! I love it! Much better than the original version, I say.

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Happy Halloween!!

November 1st, 2014 by Rachel · 1 Comment

I am writing this a day late, but I still wanted to wish you all a happy halloween! This is a halloween special posted by my favorite youtuber, Stampylonghead. I hope you had a great holiday! ;)

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I’m Blue ( da ba dee )

September 27th, 2014 by Rachel · No Comments

OM goodness! I was surfing youtube ( suprise, suprise ) when I stumbled upon this AMAZING video! It was made in minecraft using note blocks, which if you play minecraft, you know how hard it would be to make something like this! I really like this song, and this song and the real song are almost IDENTACLE! Check this out. I guarentee you will be blown away.

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Classic Text Messages from Our Girls

September 25th, 2014 by Dad · No Comments

Oh these make us smile as parents, for different reasons.

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How to: Minecraft by Stampylonghead

September 20th, 2014 by Rachel · 1 Comment

I recently just discovered this new minecraft series by one of my favorite minecraft youtubers, Mr. Stampylonghead. It shows the basics of minecraft, and how to survive. If you recently just started playing minecraft, or want to, I strongly suggest Stampy’s series. :)

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Make a Wish Living Tombstone Remix

August 6th, 2014 by Rachel · 5 Comments

Ok guys, yes it is another My Little Pony video. I have watched the Living Tombstone’s remixes before, but I really like this one![ this is the same dude that made Discord ] This is a remix of the song “Make a Wish” from mlp Season 4 episode 12 Pinkie Pride. I hope you like it!

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Hash tagging a Family Vacation

July 12th, 2014 by Dad · No Comments

Educator Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) is a very clever guy. On his family’s vacation this summer, he used a unique hashtag every time he posted a photo to Instagram. By doing this, he is enabling others to aggregate all his photos of the trip, and it’s possible for him to do the same thing. This creates a dynamic, separate set of images like a photo album. Great idea!

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Is real Life the Sane as Minecraft?

June 15th, 2014 by Rachel · No Comments

This is a video that I found while I was watching another video on YouTube. While I was watching it, I got me to thinking about it. What really is my goal in Minecraft and in the real world?

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8th Grade Bridging Photos

May 26th, 2014 by Dad · No Comments

Friday night Sarah and her classmates at Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City Public Schools “bridged” up to 8th grade in a special ceremony held in the school auditorium. These are some photos of Sarah and her friends, who got ready together at another house. It’s amazing to see how old she looks and how fast they are all growing up!

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8th Grade Bridging

8th Grade Bridging

8th Grade Bridging

8th Grade Bridging

8th Grade Bridging

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A Few Videos for Rachel

May 22nd, 2014 by Dad · No Comments

I think you will like these, Rachel.

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Discord!

May 14th, 2014 by Rachel · 2 Comments

This is a video I showed my dad today in the car, and he said it was really catchy and that I should post it. So, here yall are!
By the way, this is a ‘Brony’ [ bro that likes ponies ] fan video by The Living Tombstone on Youtube.

(This is a comment by dad, I fixed the link for you. Remember to click the HTML mode button in the upper right corner when you want to paste a YouTube video and make it in bed like this!)

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The Jog-o-Thon

April 25th, 2014 by Rachel · No Comments

Today was the Jog-o-Thon at my school. It was very fun!I ran 11 laps around our track. That is more than 1 mile! With all our funds we earn from the Jog-o-Thon, we are buying iPads for our school. I am so excited! :D

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I want a Dog

April 10th, 2014 by Rachel · No Comments

This is a song from a short film that I like. I was showing it to my parents when I thought about posting it, so you all could see it!

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Sarah’s Simple Machine Project

April 6th, 2014 by Dad · No Comments

These are some photos and a video of Sarah’s eighth-grade simple machine project she completed this weekend.

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Lord of the Rings Re-enacted by Ponies

March 20th, 2014 by Rachel · No Comments

This is really funny! There are other videos of things re-enacted by ponies, too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4hD31VTdsw

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Princess Luna’s Whine

March 11th, 2014 by Rachel · 1 Comment

Ok, I found this really cool My Little Pony video on youtube, and I can’t stop listening to it. It has Princess Luna and the mane six in it. It is an ocupela [ forgive me if i didn’t spell it right ] video. It’s really cute!

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Eliminating the Television

February 24th, 2014 by Sarah · 1 Comment

Do you remember when you used to go outside and play until dark? In the twenty-first century many children’s lives are centered around the television. They watch it when they wake up in the morning until they go to sleep at night. If I had the power to eliminate any invention in the world it would be the television, because TV causes kids to go outside less, TV advertisements encourage bad eating habits, and TV causes kids to have body image problems.

The first reason why we should eliminate the television is because TV causes kids to go outside less. In Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods, he states something very interesting. He says, “Today, average eight-year-olds are better able to identify cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, in their own community.” What does that say about how are kids are growing up in this world? Kids need to get outside and play. They need to use their imagination and play games with other children.

In addition to keeping kids inside more, television ads encourage bad eating habits. Picture this: The season finale of your favorite show just took a commercial break, so you’re sitting on the edge of your seat. All of a sudden, a food advertisement is played on your screen. The detailed, mouthwatering pictures of huge burgers and fries are now on your screen. Your mouth is beginning to water and your stomach is growling. This was just a scenario of what happens in many households. The television plays ads that make you want to eat food that is unhealthy. It’s just too hard to resist this roaring urge inside of you to go out and buy fast food.

The final reason why we should eliminate the television is because TV causes kids to have bad body image problems. Have you ever noticed that on television most characters are usually thin, fit, and flawless? Watching these type of characters on the television can cause some regular, ordinary, flawed people to get self-conscious. That is one reason why so many teenagers have body image problems. They think that there is something wrong with them. Body image problems can not only lead to depression but also eating disorders like anorexia. One of the main reasons young, teen girls are unhappy with their body image is because television shows and advertisements promote dissatisfaction.

Overall the television is just a bad invention. It causes kids to go outside less, the television encourages bad eating habits, and it causes kids to have body image problems. When Philo Taylor Farnsworth invented the television, I doubt he thought his invention would lead to so many horrible things.

 

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PBS Kids Writing Contest

February 8th, 2014 by Dad · No Comments

You should enter this contest, Rachel!

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I Just Can’t Wait to have Wings

February 5th, 2014 by Rachel · 1 Comment

I was browsing through videos on YouTube when I stumbled upon this great video! Since I am a MLP fan, I like this kind of stuff. It is a parody of “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from The Lion King with Twilight Sparkle and Princess Celestia. I hope you enjoy it! Tell your friends!

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Holiday Prime Rib

December 26th, 2013 by Dad · No Comments

This Christmas we ate prime rib for dinner rather than our more traditional turkey or ham main course, and it was delicious. For my own documentation for future years, and in case this is of interest to others who may find their way to this post, here are some details about what I did, my lessons learned, and what I’ll do differently next time.

Christmas Prime Rib

This recipe from Prime Steak Houses was my main guide. It’s been around 5 years since I’ve cooked  a prime rib, and I couldn’t find the friend’s recipe this time that I’d used previously. I did remember it involved initially cooking the prime rib at a high temperature in the oven for a short time, and then lowering the temp for a longer time… and that is what this recipe also directs. We bought and cooked a five pound prime rib, planning for about 3/4 of a pound per person. That worked out great portion-wise. The main change I’d make is to cook it about 15 minutes longer than I did. My meat thermometer starts at 140 degrees, but according to the recipe you need to remove the roast when the interior temp reaches 120. Since my meat thermometer didn’t show the exact temperature that low, I had to guestimate and I guestimated a bit low. After the initial 15 minutes cooking at 450 degrees F, I cooked our prime rib an hour at 325. Next time I’ll use a meat thermometer that shows increments at least down to 120 degrees (hopefully lower) and cook just a bit longer, probably an hour and a half for the same quantity. Rather than remove the prime rib at 120 degrees (as I tried to do this year, and the recipe directed) I’ll remove it at 130 degrees. For the eaters in our family, medium to medium-well prime rib is best.

I will say the aroma of the cooking prime rib in the house was absolutely fantastic. The anticipation of eating excellent meat like this can be almost as good as the actual eating itself.

We have a relatively new spice shop in Oklahoma City on Western, right by the Will Rogers Theater, called the Savory Spice Shop. It’s a chain based in Colorado, and they have some amazing seasonings. I used their “Mount Evans Butcher’s Rub” as my spice rub on our prime rib and it turned out delicious. I highly recommend it, and look forward to also using it on pot roasts in coming months. Per the above recipe link, I rubbed the ends with soft butter and made small, 1/2 inch cuts around the roast before rubbing in the spices.

We love creamy horseradish sauce with prime rib, and I used this recipe to make mine although I used raw horseradish from a bottle rather than fresh. It turned out runnier than I would have liked, probably because of the amount of lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Next time I think I’ll just make my own to taste with sour cream and raw horseradish. It was good, but next time I’d like it to be less runny.

To accompany the meat I cooked our family’s traditional mixed vege casserole, cranberry sauce (basic and plain from scratch, the best kind) and mashed potatoes roughly following following this recipe. It was a great meal on an already wonderful and blessed Christmas day with family.

I hope you had a great Christmas are are continuing to enjoy a restful holiday time with family and friends!

Table set for Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner 2013

 

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Volcano makes new Island

December 7th, 2013 by Rachel · No Comments

A volcano in Japan is making a new island. It is very cool!

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Lucid Dreams

December 7th, 2013 by Rachel · No Comments

I just watched an Asap Science video on youtube about lucid dreams. It was kind of weird, but interesting. Kinda creepy, too.

http://youtu.be/lYSX51xBkos

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Rachel’s Veteran’s Day Project

November 7th, 2013 by Dad · No Comments

This is Rachel’s Veteran’s Day Project she created in 4th grade this year.

Rachel's Veteran's Day Project

Original photo:

President Kennedy and Thomas A. Fryer

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Club Penguin Water Dojo Glitch

November 2nd, 2013 by Rachel · No Comments

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