Thursday, April 28, 2011

Nature Poetry

Our son wrote his first poem the other day while he was listening to nature. Here is what he wrote:

I listen to the winds song.
It reminds me of a song.
The wind makes bells ring, what a beautiful sound.
The wind and the trees make a beautiful sound,
from the birds that chirp, to the bees that buzz,
What a Beautiful sound!!!
By: D Man

Then wrote in his nature journal as Psalm

Psalm 19:6
The sun rises at one end of the sky
and it follows its path to the other end nothing hides from it's heat.

Here is two more of his poems:

When I sit in the trees shade I feel nice and cool.
It makes me want to sing.
God I thank you for the trees.
By: D Man

Psalm 3:3
But Lord you are my shield,
 You are my wonderful God who gives me courage.

When I stare at the purple pickerelweed, it makes me want to sing.
Beautiful is the pickerelweed that sits in the water.
This world would not be complete without this flower.
By: D Man

The Pickerelweed was at our local Preserve.

D Man also drew a picture of the Pickerelweed.

It's so awesome to be God's creation and marvel at his goodness.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

USS Battleship Alabama

Our Tour of the Battleship Memorial Park
in Mobile, Alabama
 B-26 Liberator

Battleship USS Alabama
The ship was commissioned 16 August 1942, and is 680 feet in length, with a beam (width) of 108 feet 2 inches. She is registered as 35,000 tons (70 million pounds), but under battle conditions, she weighed in at well over 45,000 tons (90 million pounds).  Her assigned crew was 127 officers and 2,205 enlisted, but she normally had a crew of 2,500 men aboard.  She earned 9 Battle Stars, and shot down 22 enemy airplanes during World War II.

Ship's propeller 
 Side view USS Alabama
 Mommy, D Man and Ducky about to board ship
 Ducky manning one of the many 50 calibre guns.
 Three of the nine large turrets
 Large turret shell (D Man couldn't believe it was bigger than him)
 Daddy, D Man and Ducky firing more 50 caliber guns.
 Map of the USS Alabama's service
 Ducky on one of the bigger guns
 Informational plaques on board
 D Man in front of the big guns
 Captain D Man
 Captain Ducky
 D Man checking out the living conditions for the crew
 D Man and Ducky preparing to fire the big guns
 D Man climbing to the upper decks
 D Man just couldn't resist a hand stand on deck
 D Man and Ducky trying to pull up the anchor
Six big guns at the front of the ship
 D Man on his hands again at the front of the ship
 Side cutaway of the interior of the USS Alabama
 Another side view
 D Man in front of one of the helicopters on display
 D Man with a replica of the H.L. Hunley (a submarine of the Confederate States of America that played a small part in the American Civil War, but a large role in the history of naval warfare).

Submarine USS Drum
She was commissioned 1 November 1941. The ship is 311 feet 8 inches long with a beam (width) of 27 feet 4 inches and displaced 1,526 tons.  Her crew was 7 officers and 65 enlisted men.  She earned 12 Battle Stars during World War II.  She was dedicated to the park on July 4, 1969.

 D Man and Ducky on the back of the sub
 The USS Drum's kill record
 Mommy, Ducky and D Man walking through the sub
 Ducky steering one of the rudders
 D Man and Mommy in the engine room
 Looking toward the front of the USS Drum
 Model of the USS Drum
 War memorial
Sailor D Man 
F-4 used at the entance of the park

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Regionals-Gymnastics and Our Trip

Tallahassee, Florida
State Capital Building
This year we studying the States so it was nice seeing the capital of Florida

Our Family at Breakfast in Cracker Barrel in Tallahassee.
I forgot my purse there and had to go back, Thank God they put my purse in the safe.

Entering Alabama

USS Battleship Alabama
More pictures to come

Entering Mississippi
This was exciting because we were going to Jackson and that's another capital that we will studying.

Ducky @ a Local park in Jackson,MS

D Man playing in the pond at the park with friends.

D Man made a boat while we were at the park. Nature at it's best:)

Jackson, Mississippi
State Capital Building

D Man waiting for his turn for the meet.
We couldn't get any good pictures of the meet but Here's how he did:
4th on Rings
7th on PBars
9th on Pommel
9th All Around
1st Place Team Plague.
There were 35 boys in his age division, he did AWESOME!!!

Ducky playing with her Friends at the meet.

Friday, April 15, 2011