Monday, December 26, 2011

Movies in the new year


The Hobbit
Prequel to Tolkein's trilogy
The Lord of the Rings
The Adventures of Tintin
(and Snowy)
Animation of the beloved European
action graphic comics







Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas poem by Michaela Danielle

I was looking back on my very neglected blog Techno Power Mac, a Christian music blog, and came across something I had forgotten about.  A poem I wrote last year.  It may not be very good, but I think it gets one thinking about the real reason for Christmas.  Anyway, this is what I wrote, or you can click on the blog name above (in red) to go to the site.

"
Christmas isn't a day. Jesus isn't born every year.
(Contrary to our most common, most beautiful, and most loved Christmas Carols. eg: "Christ the Lord is born today, falalalalalala...)
Why did Christ come to earth? Was it to start a wonderful Holiday where people thought about Him, (although mostly Santa,) and then go out and sing odd songs like "Grandma got run over by a reindeer"?
No! It was to come and be made one of us. To be tested and tried in every way! To walk alone, and gather the wayward chosen ones under His wing... while knowing they would reject their Messiah.
Christ came to die! But the good news in all this depressing merry-making this year, is that He died to take our place of damnation. (Yes its a word - it isn't always a swear word. It is something that happens to those who cannot reach God on their own. Which would be all of us. Yes, you. Yes, me.)
But... in case your wondering where Easter comes in. That is the day when Jesus Christ - the homeless, penniless, sinless, crucified Son of God - proved to those who would pay attention, that He was more powerful than the Grave - and all the problems you face - and He rose from the dead. (Oh, yes He did!)
So Christ will not be born for the two thousandth time this year, but if you accept Him as you savior... you will be born again this Christmas season! And let me tell you, it will last more than just the rest of the year, (which is longer than most New year resolutions,) it will last forever... in heaven!

"12/25" by Michaela Danielle <><

What if Christmas had no jingle bells
And gifts didn't break our budgets
If they were given out of love
Without the lights of a Christmas tree

If snow was never imitated
And rice replaced the turkey
Caroling was always done
And everyone shared joy

What if Christmas was as Christmas is
And never was just once a year
12/25 is reminiscing; baking pies
And mistletoe kissing
What if love was not a day
For Christmas leads to Easter, anyway

Poinsettias may proceed black roses
with thorns, but trampled down by lilies
12/25 is to work in our lives
to our hearts which from our minds
The choir warms our frosty noses
While solos can cool our hot chocolate
I cant imagine Christmas without cookies
And walks in rubber boots out in the snow

Lets raise a toast to Baby Jesus
For wise men worship all year long
Though now the King o'er all the land
Lets sing a Christmas song

12/25 is reminiscing; snow-ball fights
and gift wish-listing
What if joy was not a day
For Christmas leads to Easter, anyway

Rough manger bed to gruesome tree
But nails and stones cant hold my LORD
And He ascends in clouds!

12/25 is to stop and remember
then joyfully look ahead
"

Saturday, December 17, 2011

New site for Kick The System

Well, here it is.  The link to my new blog! (that makes 5 now ;)  Check it out!

Some of the posts from this blog will also be on there, because I'm all about kicking the system for Jesus wherever I am.

Bring back the parents!

 What ever happened to high respect of parents?! 
Since when were they buddies instead of authorities?  Since when were they viewed as sloppy, strict weirdos instead of the ones who heroically brought us into this world and gave us, in part, the prosperity we know and too often take for granted?  Why are they looked at as embarrassing and ignorant? 
 Yes, I realize that parents, just like the rest of us, are not perfect.  In fact, having foster siblings now I see that there is a time when the parents are harmful to their children, but the general view of America seems to put authority down to make way for the budding bloom of the new generation.  The ones that will rule the country, make up it's tax-payers, and carry on it's businesses.  Except that we don't seem to think we need to learn anything from those who have done it before.  Sure, they've made mistakes, but do we think we can do better by starting a whole new process of trial-and-error instead of learning from those who had to do it the hard way?  I think this "decline of parents", or parental value, is why we are seeing more and more teen mothers.  If we don't value our mothers, we will have no respect for becoming one.  My Great, great Grandma was a poor German immigrant who lived the Amana Colonies.  My Great Grandpa Albert was her son, and he fought in World War II... and survived.  In fact, despite the trauma, he thrived and raised my grandmother in a comfortable home, taking in foster children who were less fortunate than they.  My grandmother married young to start a family, and had my mom at 19, another great woman.  That is only one line I could tell you about.  What about my Great Grandpa, who left his traveling clan and started a farm, dying at 45, and his wife kept it alive with several children, only three of which survived.  And then my mom's dad, who lived on a farm where they relied on their cow's milk, their orchard's apples, and their chicken's eggs to keep them alive.  The eldest boy of eight children, he got up before dawn to work hard on the farm.  When he was older he did this along with walking to school and working an after school job, then going home to milk the cows and his other chores, just to buy himself a winter coat.  He raised three kids, and kept a good-paying job for thirty years, along with many medals from expert bow hunting, car racing, and now he sails the oceans about Florida with his wife in the sailboat he saved for, bought, and fixed up.
 And what do we see today?  Where are our heroes?  In Hollywood?  The cute boy at school?  The guy who invented the Snuggie?  The Facebook founder?  The golden age is here, and we are growing fat on the treasures our ancestors fought for, even on wellfare and food stamps.  We can't seem to help those who really are in need.  Ever notice how many ads and letters you get in the mail and on the Internet asked, pleading for you money to help the poor, sick, and dying?  Millions are donated each year to these projects, yet they still reign.
If one does not know his history, he is most destined to repeat it!
We forget what it is to give to something outside of ourselves, because most of us haven't had to work for our lives.  We have heroes who have given us what we have, and we spurn them.  But this golden age is passing, and will soon be in ruins.  And what will we do then?  Will we cry out to the government and our grandmas to save us?  The ones we have not cared for, and have only gone to for help?  I plan to respect my parents the rest of my life, as well as theirs.  If we think we are so smart, in this generation, then what treasures of wisdom have those older than us stored up for our asking?!
When one forgets the past to look to the future, the bad, not the good, of the past is waiting for him.  So you want to be a hero?  Learn from the best.
So bring back the parents!

New Media art

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This is just something I had to make up for a drama prop.  Everything is fake, so don't worry.  I don't even think there is a "Mox" New Mexico.  It just sounded funny.  The play is a murder mystery dinner theater put on by our homeschool group, and there are some littler kids starring in it, so it's just kind of goofy.  My job as a prop-person/ set extra is to come up with the "clues".  Buffy Bumont is a washed-up cheerleader vying for the Romanian Count's millions.  She is just one of the suspects, and this simulated newspaper gives us a look into her suspicious past.  Mysterious huh? :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dream Christmas outfit

I usually like my outfits to have more than just one color.  You know, some contrast, dimension, negative and positive, but I really think this one is an exception!  I don't often wear "gold", but this is just right for a candle-lit Christmas Eve service, or around the tinselled tree.




It might even be a good idea to add some silver in with this.  Yea, silver and gold together is overkill, but think of the bracelet.  A faint gold cuff bracelet with some of the bands or accents silver would work nicely.  This Christmas, see how creative you can be... on a budget.  I could never spend $60 on that dress, another $80 on the clutch purse, who knows how much on the shoes, and more probably more than $50 on the metal flower bracelet.                 This year I'm probably wearing a simple purple long-sleeved velvet knee-length dress with a modest scoop-neckline I've had for forever.  Sparkling faux diamond earrings that catch the light for a dollar at Wal-mart.  Trendy black boots or high heels I found at my local second-hand shop for less than $4.  A simple thin silver chain I got somewhere.  I'll curl my hair (if I have the patience :) with a curling iron I got as a gift some years ago.  I think I might even have a silver-looking ring, and a narrow black buckling belt I could wear around my middle to gather the dress slightly.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Clothing for less


15dollarstore.com

 We all know clothing can be very expensive!  Why pay so much?!  Now you don't have to!  I've searched the web for some run-of-the-mill, fashionable clothing and have come across two sites.  The 15 dollar store, where everything is $15 or less, and Fashion 599, where everything is... you guessed it... $5.99 or less. 
 Just a warning.  While you can get many cute and adorable things at these online stores, not all of them are modest
 Enjoy your shopping!

Fashion599.com
 Click on any image to view larger.




Thursday, December 8, 2011

Kicking the System

What it means:
  There are many movements and web sensations for every cause in and out of the book.  Every one wants to be different, and in doing so most have become the same.  Like a trend.  Most start by wanting to be different, unique, noticed.  Just like a bumper sticker I saw lately, saying "Just remember you are unique... just like everyone else."  New or individual does not always mean special.

Why?:
Being a homeschooled Christian teen girl, who is very much in the world but trying not to be of it, I observe some very sobering things in the church.  Especially for youth, who are wrapped in the mindset of the world, which is groaning under the weight of it's sin.  It makes me very sad, and in my love first for God, then for those after His own heart, I feel a responsibility to call my brothers and sisters together to grow and worship together.

What's different about this?:
  Unlike pop sensations like the WallStreeters, this is not about simply making a statement to make a statement because you don't like whats going on, and then attach a statistic.  If asked pointedly, most every activism of that kind will not know exactly why he is protesting except that clever chant somebody made up.  "Kick the System [un]Conformed, Romans 12:2" is about separating ourselves not for our own sake, but for Christ's, from all that does not honor Him.  This is something that lasts for eternity.  Not even worthy causes like preserving nature and rescuing abused animals can compare.

Who is part of it?:
   Really, any one who has given his/her life to Christ is redeemed from the world's destruction is called to conform Himself to Jesus.  It is a joyful movement that has been going on since God opened access to Himself through His Son!  And any one can join.  See how here, under "The Wordless Book".

Where to learn more:
  This is really something new I'm starting up to call the Youth of God in America (and all over, really) back to whole-hearted service of God's heart.  That passionate, fulfilling relationship His children were always meant to have.
  I'm working on a Blog spot, and more articles and links and such.  When I get more info for you, I'll most definitely let you know!
  For now, please, please, please comment with questions, ideas, controversy, and support.  Right now I just need a "base camp".

Romans 12:2

 "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

Monday, December 5, 2011

My favorite Christmas music 2011

As the season approaches, I find my music-ear honed in to some specific artists this year.  And since I think these marvelous tunes are worth sharing, I've made a little list for you to check out for yourself.

Alathea - Christmas
Toby Mac - Christmas in Diverse City
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The lost Christmas Eve
Andrew Peterson - Behold the Lamb of God

So sorry...

Ah yes.  It's December.  Not to mention its life in December.  Life tends to get busy.  First time in about a week I've looked at my blog... I think.  I actually checked e-mail today, though, so I'm feeling quite an accomplished young lady. 
So if I don't finish the famed Christmas Countdown 2011 (not really) I apologize.  If I don't have time to mention that I have three foster siblings in the house right now all under the age of 4, or that I'm making all the Christmas gifts for relatives this year, or that I'm performing in a Dinner Theatre, or that finally get off of teaching after-school classes for two weeks, I hope you'll understand. :) 
But hey, I like it crazy. This is adventure at it's fullest, and if it gets any fuller, I think I'll start working night shifts!  (Just kidding)
Anyway, I am very aware that there are millions just as busy if not even more, so I'll forgive you if you don't read this post until June. :)  Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

An adventerous new experience


No, this is not a picture of me :)
 What do crazy teens and young adults do in the snow and cold until 10pm just to give them a thrill and a chance to get muddy, bruised, and wet?  What extent do these wackos go to simply to get everybody together to discuss theology and the Bible and Pizza Hut and sausage? 
Well, I'm one of them for the first time in my life, and we are the cavers.  Yes, I went caving Saturday with my sister plus 9 other people, and I loved it!
Here is my adventure.

I got off of work at 2pm and hurried home, changed, and heard the doorbell.  I grabbed a change of clothes and mom's tract phone and headed out the door with my younger sister.  After actually finding the driver's Jeep - another in the party had played a practical joke and driven it out of our driveway and down the ally - we piled into a very sawdusty space, packing two of us in the trunk.  After waiting maybe 20 minutes in the church parking lot - our meeting place - the rest of our group arrived.  Then another 20 waiting for some of us to get back from Kwik Trip.  In all we had 11, so we took the 11-passenger van belonging to (wait for it) a homeschool family from our church.  Two hours of driving got us to our destination at 5pm thanks to some confused back-seat drivers, and we ran across a field, through a cold creek, and up a very slippery, muddy, and steep slope to get to... a hole in the ground.  In the dark.  In the cold of a northern November.  About half of us had been caving before.
Sending the newbies down first with lights, our insane gathering discovered that caves aren't always like in the pictures.  They are damp and dark and grey and rough, with tiny hanging bats.  The ground is anything but even and walkable, and my whole upper right shin is bruised up from the crawling.  
Not all caves look like this

The various "rooms" we went in were simply different spaces that were larger than others, and more-than-likely separated by tiny crawl spaces on multiple levels.  The one was so small we dubbed it "the birth canal", although there were spaces much smaller than that one.  I'm happy to say all of us were born without too much difficulty.  :)
Oh, and the laughs we had!  From the 12 year old constantly stating that he was "very hungry", to my near silent being, and the guy's goofy jokes.  There were many, many little crevices and holes, being a natural cave, so when Brian was trying to squeeze his slim frame into an even slimmer tunnel, we all agreed that he could make it if any of us because "he had no hips".
  "What!" exclaimed he, in good humor, "I feel like this is Insult Brian Day, or something.  How dare you hurt my feelings!"

They're more like this.
Then when Josh laid out the rule that this cave was not our property ( the cave was on a resident's land which he let people used), and not to deface it, he concluded that was a good rule for life.  We started to discuss whether wearing makeup was defacing our faces.
And then, at the end of our trail, we all sat down in a circle, turned off our lights, and passed the Mentos around.  We all bit down on them at the same time, and watched the sparks.  (You should try it sometime too!)  The marvelous singer in the group led us in some hymns, and we sat in the pitch dark for probably 5 minutes in silence, praying.  You could hear a pin drop!  Finally, something like one did, and we all started snickering when the youngest boy's stomach started making strange, hungry-sounding noises.  We put our headlights back on and headed back, making a slight detour into a little hole within the hole, and rediscovering "the mud room".  I sat outside the pit in the dark (I had no headlight) and laughed as I heard the mud slinging going on below.  And when they came back out... lets just say they looked a lot different than when they went in.  Their happy-go-lucky time turned them into glop-monsters, and they paid for it when they got out in the open again.  At the top of the cave - back on real land again - we realized it was snowing.  Back down the muddy hill we walked/slid, and back across the creek.  Along the road to the van, where one side of the huge vehicle was designated to girls, and the other to boys.  Some of us went back down to the creek to wash off our faces (completely brown), and scattered in the dark to find a place our clean clothes wouldn't get wet... which was nowhere.  Not having eaten for about 8-10 hours, we debated whether going into a restaurant with muddy face and hair and no shoes would be advisable.  Taking a leap of faith with no logic, we called around until we found out where the nearest Pizza Hut was, and put in an order for three large pizzas, one cheese, one stuffed-crust pepperoni and another Hawaiian, and a mega size bread sticks with sauce.  We all approved, since it figured to be only a little over $3 pool for each of us, not including gas for the car.  We figured that 10pm was just as good as any time to eat greasy carb-bomb, so we set out, choosing the best looking one of us to go in for our grub.  Imagine our relief when we pulled in the parking lot and saw a drive-through pick-up!  The driver's face was streaked with what was now dirt, keeping his facial expressions to a minimum because of the mud's strong plastering effect, but he was so glad to see food, he didn't care!  Neither did we, because we looked pretty much the same if not worse, except myself who didn't go into the mud pit.  Our Pizza Maker was at first very confused, and then very amused, as he heard a great commotion from the great white van, as he passed a great big stack of napkins through the window to our great load, as if we feared getting messier.  Pizza never tasted so good!  And yes, we did get messier.

One of our passengers needed to work at 11, so we hurried back to the most central town and he went in one of our group's houses to shower.  Mom and Dad were in bed when my sister and I finally returned home, and we quietly and efficiently showered. 
The next day at church, we all smiled knowingly at each other as we passed by in the hallways, knowing how much different we had looked only hours before.  ;)

So would I go caving again?  Yes, I honestly would!

Monday, November 28, 2011

ADHD and ADD

Have I mentioned that I now have three foster siblings of the ages 3 and under?  That explains why I don't have much time to post, but I thought this was important.  However, not important enough, apparently, to go in depth and give stats and research findings on this stuff.  I'll probably do that later, because that's what I always look for in any article.  Being a health consultant and researcher for just over two years here, I see a lot of this, and I want to share the solutions with you, because (I'll give you one stat today :) about 16% of children in America are diagnosed with ADHD alone, along with 8% of adults.  And I know for a fact that few of those suffering from these brain disorders are not clinically, officially diagnosed.  The drug intake is going up, and so are the disorder stats.  I think it's time to take initiative and responsibility and take care of our bodies, not our medication budget.

The big 3 that trigger, prolong, and feed ADHD and ADD, as well as OCD (I have that), in many cases
  1. Sugar/too many carbs
  2. Preservatives/chemicals
  3. Gluten (and possibly dairy, in some cases)
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) produce these effects:
  • Hard time focusing, concentrating and remembering obligations (the Attention Deficit part)
  • Hyperactivity beyond what is "normal"
  • Obsessive restlessness
  • Sudden strong cravings or urges
  • Defiant behavior
  • Obsessing over a subject
  • Inability to retain one thought or subject for more than a minute
  • The feeling of being "caged in", almost claustrophobic, to the point of panic
  • Emotional highs and lows in extremes
If you have been diagnosed, or suspect that you have one of these disorders, these are the steps to take!  {First make sure you are taking a balanced, food-based multi-vitamin.}
  • Cut out sugars and most simple carbohydrates
  • Take Vitamin D - 2,000 IU daily
  • Get adequate rest and exercise
  • Take a balanced fish oil supplement - make sure it's minimally processed!
  • Try going gluten-free, or reduce your gluten intake
  • Incorporate lots of good, unprocessed fats - coconut, olive, palm, fish, flax, walnut, etc.  (avoid canola oil!)
  • Reduce TV time or computer, including video games, movies, and web browsing.  This shortens drastically the attentions span, and encourages negative ADHD, ADD, and OCD behavior.  Recommended tops for "screen time", and less is encouraged, for teens and adults is one hour daily, according to Dr. Spears, pediatrician with various degrees, and his wife MD Mrs. Spears, who are approved by many doctors, parents, and teachers, and authored several books on brain development.
Other helpful supplements and tips.
  • Consider taking GABA (200-500mg for children, 700-1000mg for adults), an essential amino acid responsible for anxiety-control, calm and peace of mind and body, and a positive, focused brain.
  • Other helpful supplements include L-Triptothan (another amino acid), Magnesium (a mineral used in small amounts for restful thoughts, muscle relief, and sleep aid, also used as a laxative in the Oxide form taken in larger doses), and several herbs include Lemon Balm (different from Lemon or Lemongrass), and Holy Basil, used most often for anxiety relief and calm.
  • A Heavy Metal detox is often very helpful.
  • Raw fruits and vegetables daily
  • A raw Probiotic.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Countdown 2011 - day 11


a gift for...
The New Mother

She has received countless little wunzies, socks, outfits, and bibs from folks, but this will make momma smile all over again at the creativity and thoughtfulness of this gift.  It makes the ritual new and useful and thoughtful and
Baby bouquets on Overstock for
$42.99

, well, perfect!  So many designs and colors and arrangements to choose from with Baby Bouquets.

Girls bouquet on Etsey for $12.99 

Baby bouquets on Amazon for
$39.97


More on Amazon for $49.99


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Christmas Countdown 2011 - day 10


a gift for...
The Photographer or Graphic Artist

So they have a camera, but what else do they need?  An upgrade at Picnik, the Internet stop for picture perfection, offering thousands of options to change, tint, add to, crop, text, border, and more, to your pictures. Great for scrapbookers, too!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thinking

Pastor was preaching about Postmodernism and the Bible, and this came to me right there, sitting in th pew.  Thanks God!                                               {and thank you Picnik}

Great Christmas reads

Looking for a read this holiday season?

A Love Worth Giving to You at Christmas by Max Lucado - CBD $1.99
Great for a co-workers or friend!

The Case for Christmas by Lee Strobel - Amazon $2.99

Advent Conspiracy by Rick McKinley and Chris Seay - CBD $9.99

Christmas Coundown 2011 - day 9



a gift for...
The Gamer

Show the... um... scientific side sitting in front of a TV or computer.  Sure to get them laughing, and sure to use.  The Gameologist mouspad is a great pick for that fun-loving techie at Zazzle.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Christmas Countdown 2011 - day 8


a gift for...
The Neat Freak

She has calenders and cubbies and cleaning closets, but does she have a peel and stick white board?  Chances is, she doesn't, but whould appreciate and use one.  Easy to apply, and stylishly modern-looking and versetile, these make a great stocking stuffer.  And if she doesnt have wall-space to spare, she can file it away under A, for awesome.
Browse sizes and styles at ThinkGeek(dot)com, here.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Countdown 2011 - day 7



a gift for...
The creative artist

The budding artist or the seasoned art seller - both will appreciate this sleek, modern looking watch they can design however they want to!  Using your average pencil, pen, or marker.
Most all style-conscious girls love jewelry, and what could be better than an all-occasion time-teller to show their handiwork and unique skill.  Flames, flowers, birds, solids, swirls?  It's all available in one package at ThinkGeek, here.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Set Apart Girl online magazine - Awesome!


Searching for good articles and sites on godly girlhood for all my sisters out there, I came across Leslie Ludy's Set apart girl completely free, extensive, online magazine for girls.  Jam packed with amazing insight from girls and guys all over the world of all ages, this is really the best!  The best I've found in my 17 years, that is.  So check out the site and read all about the pure passion we so often forget we share with thousands; be encouraged and spurred on to delve into an amazing relationship with Jesus.
The range of interest includes prayer, missions, love, self-esteem, the Gospel, relationships, style, modesty, full purity, and all around life-issues.  Delivered from real people with real lives and a real faith that are not ashamed to speak the truth in love.

Christmas Countdown 2011 - day 6



a gift for...
The Music-Lover

You know who.  The one who can't go without their ipod, talks constantly about the latest album, and is always drumming a beat on the table.  Chances are they'll take every chance they can get to show off their passion, and what is more fun than refurbished retro with a practical side.  Cute and convenient, this is a great stocking stuffer they will enjoy all year long.  Only $4.99 plus shipping. See the styles and details at PerpetualKid(dot)com here.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas Countdown 2011 - day 5



a gift for...
The Greenpeace

Made by Survivors is a Worldwide organization rescuing women and children from the prolific and horrendous sex trade, showing them the redeeming love of Christ, and helps them to start a succesful and healing life by getting an education and working with their hands for income for their familes and themselves.  These amazing women saved by grace need your help.  Give a three-fold gift this year to everyone!  Their products include - handmade - breathtaking jewelry, recycled bags and jewelry, blankets, rugs, notebooks, cards, totes, purses, clothing, cards, beautiful pillows and throws, scarves, ties, wallets, adorable toys, and rings.  Below are just a few of the many.  View their entire stock here.




 


Christmas Countdown 2011 - day 4


a gift for...
The Fun-loving Foodie

The Foodie Fight Calendar for 2012 will usher in a year of fun with trivia, games, and ideas.  Loved by chefs such as Jacques Pepin, and designed by Joyce Lock this is sure to be a hit!  See samples on Calenders(dot com) here.

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This is just an example of what I got when I reopened my YBI (Youth Bible Institute) assignment I had just taken an hour to write.  What's up with the "converter box"?  I don't know what I'm talking about, but it's due tomorrow at 8:45am.
Anyone good at foreign language decoding?

My new favorite singer - Jotta A.

Jotta A. is amazing!  Here he is singing with Michely Manuely


Friday, November 18, 2011

Christmas Countdown 2011 - day 3


a gift for...
The Young Electrician

Every boy wants a robot, and what is better than building and designing your own, and discovering how they work?!  Like a school assignment for Christmas any 9+ year old will love.
Read about it at YoungExplorers (here)