Category Archives: School




Okay, I have not posted in a LONG LONG LOOOOOOOOOOONG time!!! Life has been… Crazy… My homeschool groups just ‘got out’ last week. So no school til January. Which is sad. 😦 but it’s also a nice break. I have read (well, reread) a bunch of books. Which is good! 😀 I don’t know if I have talked about my school groups… Well, if I have, sorry! And if I haven’t… Well, then here ya go!

Vanguard: Okay. Vanguard is amazing!!!!!!!!! Ahh! I can’t even express how much I love it! Last school year, in February, I started a vanguard in Layton (about an hour and a half from my house). And I just L.O.V.E.D. It! And then it ended in May and there was summer! Which is usually a good thing. But, well, I guess it was good. I just didn’t get to see my friends, because they live so far away. And when this school year started, I didn’t get to go back. Because my mom decided that she was going to make a vanguard up here where we live. And that’s a good thing.

But… Yeah… So, I decided that I was going to do the work for BOTH vanguards. Mine and… Well, mine. 😀 And there are three levels in each vanguard. Apprentice, journeyman and masters. Each level (for each vanguard) is supposed to be like 4-6 hours. But I guess I read really fast, and a lot of it was reading. So it doesn’t really take me that long.

But anyways! 😀 I went to my vanguard up here every Monday, and I got to visit my other vanguard three times. But my mom says that I can go for real for the rest of the school year! I thought I was gonna die when she told me that! So yeah. 😀

And there are four classes total. Basically one for each week in the month. There is Leadership Academy, History and Geography, Imaginative Arts and Eureka. And literally, no matter how hard I try, I honestly cannot pick a  favorite!

Shakespeare: Shakespeare is cool too. We did Julius Cesar this semester. I don’t remember what we are doing next semester though… This time we didn’t actually put on a play. Which sucked! :/ But we are doing a REAL play next semester!! Which is good!!! 🙂 We meet on Fridays for Shakespeare, either at my friends house, or a gymnastics studio in Thatcher. It’s fun!


Those are pretty much the school groups… But here are some of the other thingsI we’ve been doing.

Piano Lessons: I recently started piano lessons for the first time ever! 😀 I really like it! I have had six lessons now, and I believe that I have perfected Fur Elise. I’m playing it at a recital on December 28th.

I really like the song Fur Elise. It was composed by Ludwig Van Beethoven after the girl he loved, Elise, turned down his marriage proposal. I don’t remember if the other two girls he proposed to were before or after Elise. But he was really depressed when he composed it. You can definitely hear all of the emotions he was feeling in the music as its played, that’s what I really love about it! I get pretty caught up in the music as I play. But I just love it SOO much!!! 😀

I’m also working on a really pretty arrangement of The First Noel. It’s totally fine on the top hand, but I’m still working out the bottom hand. I like it though! 😀

Church Stuff: Well, there is obviously church on Sundays (which I’m trying to go to :/) And then young woman’s on Wednesday’s. And our ward goes and does baptisms SO OFTEN!!! And Aubree always manages to drag me along. 🙂 I wouldn’t mind it so much, but all the teenage drama drives me insane! Haha! Oh well…


And I would also like to take a space and say something about my friends. My friends are SO FREAKING AWESOME!!! I seriously cannot even BEGIN to express how much I love all of my friends. And how amazing they are. I don’t know what I would be without them. When I’m having a tough time it seems like there is always someone there to help. And that’s been a lifesaver multiple times, literally.



Word Study


Word Study: Herb

I chose the word herb in Genesis 1: 29-30  

29 And God said, See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30  Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food; and it was so.

List of just a few common herbs ~

  • Catnip: When taken as a tea, catnip can help ease a chronic cough or help you fall asleep.
  • Chamomile: A soothing, relaxing herb, chamomile is a great anti-anxiety treatment when taken in a tea.
  • Dill: A digestive tonic to help soothe indigestion.
  • Echinacea: This gorgeous purple flower is a well-known immune booster that is commonly taken when sick. Coupled with other herbs, such as goldenseal, echinacea is an amazing immune fighter.
  • Feverfew: This pretty little flower can help to calm migraine headaches and calms feverish chills.
  • Garlic: A wonderful antibacterial that is great for treating colds and bacterial infections. Boosts immunity and helps clear out toxins.
  • Ginger: This spicy little root can help ease all sorts of digestive problems, such as nausea and indigestion. Taking it in a tea or adding a little to your food every day helps regulate the overall function of the digestive track.
  • Peppermint: Mint has many uses, such as in aromatherapy where it is used to help ease depression and in classical internal medicine where it is used to treat all sorts of digestive problems. Try taking peppermint tea if you are sleepy or experiencing indigestion.
  • Valerian: Another great herb for helping get to sleep, Valerian can relax anxiety and help you fall asleep. Commonly doubled up with California poppy for making for a powerful, yet gentle sleep help.
  • Yarrow: Good for healing colds, cramping, inflammation, and literally everything!
  • Dandelion: This common weed is a great digestive tonic. It helps stimulate the kidneys.
  • Lavender:  This purple sweet smelling flower is a great healing source, especially in an oil form.
  • Oregano:  Sickness, germ fighter.
  • Aloe Vera: Good soother for burns.
  • Arnica: Arnica works miracles on raising blood pressure, bruises, joints, muscles, arthritis, burns, ulcers, eczema, and acne.
  • Comfrey: Aids in healing respiratory ailments, arthritis, fractures, mucous membranes, lungs and wounds.
  • Rose Hips: Used to fight infection & curb stress. It is the highest herb in Vitamin C content and contains the entire C-Complex
  • Goldenseal: Helps cure impotence; relieves inflammation, an excellent blood purifier; aids rheumatism, heartburn, hormones, gout, fever ad mucous buildup; also used to promote perspiration.
  • Ginseng:  Energy, diabetes, radiation protection, colds, and chest problems. Ginseng promotes lung function, enhances the immune system, stimulates the appetite, and normalizes blood pressure. It also stimulates the activity of RNA & DNA in your cells, thus helping retard the aging process.
  • Licorice Root: Licorice contains many health benefits. The Egyptians and the Greeks recognized the herb’s benefits in treating coughs and lung disease. Used in treatment of the spleen, liver,  kidney, coughs, hoarseness, sore throat, and bronchitis.
  • Kava Kava: It’s a safe non-addictive anti-anxiety medicine. It has been shown to improve concentration, memory, and reaction time for people suffering from anxiety. Kava has been clinically demonstrated as a means of achieving a state of relaxation without the adverse side effects.
  • Sarsaparilla: Helps cure impotence; relieves inflammation, an excellent blood purifier, aids rheumatism, heartburn, hormones, gout, fever ad mucous buildup; also used to promote perspiration.
  • Yucca Root: Yucca root is a therapeutic anti-inflammatory with the ability to break up inorganic mineral obstructions and deposits. Its primary uses are in pain relieving combinations for arthritic and joint pain, and sediment caused by inflammation such as gout, rheumatism, and cystitis.