By Elise Pictures from https://pixabay.com/
I had a great Holiday Break! I am really excited that it is finally 2018 and a new year! I also really enjoyed my Christmas celebration.
Saturday, the one before Christmas, I went to my Moms parent’s house (Grandma and Grandpa) for their celebration and my Uncle Fritz, Uncle Stosh, Aunt Margaret, Aunt Michele, Barbara & Barry Weber, Avery, Peter, Alan, Emmett, Mom & my Dad are all of the people who came to celebrate, so it was a pretty big crowd! My Grandpa LOVES to cook so he always makes so much, so every time, there is a bunch of leftovers.
On Christmas Eve, I went to my church in the morning just for church, and we came back aroumd 7:00 pm to do chiming, piano and to stay for the Manger Scene with all of the little kids dressed up as animals, angels, wise men, and sheperds. We stayed until, all of that was over, and then we went home to get ready for Santa Claus. Once we got home, every year we put out cookies and eggnogg for Santa, but also my Mom always gets us pajamas for our (before) present, to wear for that night and the next whole day because we weren’t going to go anywhere because it was Christmas the next day so why not?
Christmas day was amazing because of all of the presents and the best breakfast ever, sticky buns!!! I got a LOT of presents, and so did the rest of my family! This is my favorite holiday ever so every year, Alan, ( my brother) and me have to go wake up my parents by jumping all over their bed! It took forever this year for them to wake up because my little brother Emmett had to sleep in just today, on Christmas! I had to wait atleast two hours before everyone woke up, I was so bored… and then I had to wait for them to brush their teeth and get ready, so that took another couple of minutes, and FINALLY we got to go downstairs! I was so excited because I knew that there would be so many presents under the tree, and I was right!!! After we had opened up all of our presents, we went into the kitchen to the amazing smell of our breakfast, sticky buns that my Mom had starting making the day before, Christmas Eve.
I hope that all of you have had a great holiday too and please comment what you did over the Holidays of Christmas and New Years.
The Mystery of the Missing Pearl
Storyteller: Late at night when everybody was asleep a criminal snuck into to museum without anybody knowing and everything was going fine until it all went wrong.
Criminal: Yes I finally get to steal the biggest pearl in THE WORLD! HA HA HA!
Storyteller: Beep, Beep, Beep! (The alarm was going off.)
Criminal: Oh no! I need to get out of here… and QUICK!!!
Storyteller: Just then, Miss Kay, the Museum owner, was alerted by the alarm and rushed to the Museum because she knew what had happened. When she got there she found the criminal right there with the pearl! He glanced over and left quickly with the pearl. Then panicking she called the detectives.
(On the Phone)
Detective1: What is wrong Miss Kay?
Detective 2: We heard the alarm go off.
Museum owner: THERE IS A CRIMINAL THAT JUST STOLE THE GREAT WHITE PEARL!!
Detective 1: WHAT!?!?!
Detective 2: That was just found last night! We are on our way.
Museum Owner: Please Hurry!
Detective 1: Hi Miss Kay, so what happened exactly?
Museum Owner: I heard the alarm go off and I rushed here, Only to see the criminal for 1 second, then he was off!
The Mystery of the Missing Pearl
Storyteller: He made his way to the museum and he had to make sure no one would take it and say that they found it. So he had to be very careful about what he did, so no one would try to steal it. When he reached the museum it was closed!
Ted: THE MUSEUM IS CLOSED!?! I WASTED ALL MY TIME WALKING HERE FOR NOTHING?! WITH THIS HEAVY THING IN MY HANDS!?! Maybe I can go to the museums owner’s house.
Storyteller: So he was on the way to the museum owner’s house.
Museum owner: Hi Ted, what can I help you with?
Ted: Hello Miss Kay, could you please come out here quick? I need to tell you something
Museum owner: Yes, what brings you here so late?
Ted: I found the giant pearl of the White Pearl Reef!
Museum owner: Wow that’s amazing, how big is it?
Ted: Not sure.
Museum owner: Looks like it may be 8 inches. You can give it to me and I will put it in the museum tomorrow.
Ted: Thanks, but please make sure no one tries to steal it.
Museum owner: I know, I will keep it for you and put it in the security showcase crate so that if someone tries to steal it, the buzzer will go off, and they will be caught.
Ted: Thanks! That would be great!
Museum owner: Yep!
Storyteller: So the Ted trusted Miss Kay with the pearl, thinking it would be safe.
The Mystery of the Missing Pearl
Storyteller: Once upon a time about 50 years ago, there once was a boy, his name was Ted. He was a diver, he loved to go deep down into the ocean and look at all of the fish and coral with all of the wonderful sea life. Ted was getting ready to dive into the White Pearl Reef one of the biggest Coral Reefs in the world! He was SUPER excited to go in and try and find the Great Pearl, but he was also a little bit scared. The reef also is said that it has held the most amount of White Pearls in the world!!! The Legend is, there is one giant pearl, named the Great Pearl, but no one can find it.
Ted: Breath in, breath out, breath in, breath out.
Storyteller: Ted was alway a little scared that he might drown or freeze, but he did it anyway, even though he knew what could happen to him if his mom found out.
Ted: I guess I’m jumping in
Storyteller: So Ted dove in… he didn’t find anything at first, but then he hit his head on a giant clam. (Ted hits his head on the clam)Ted hurt his head really bad. So now he has a headache. He tried to open it but he couldn’t, then Ted got hit in the head by a crowbar and used that to open it. It wasn’t just that easy, but after about 5 minutes, he FINaLLY pried it open..
Ted: What is this? A GIANT PEARL INSIDE. AHHHHHHHH! I better take this to the museum.
At Parrot Mountain, Tennessee
By Elise K
I was so excited to come to Parrot Mountain, I always am since I work here, but today it is my Birthday! I went to the entrance of Parrot Mountain, and got into the shelter by my friend Melissa, who was my best friend at Parrot Mountain because we came in to start our work on the same exact day, and we were being trained together. We have always been some of the work helpers for other people to hold the parrots and to show them how to put them on your fingers or hands. Melissa told me happy birthday and everyone one else who knew that it was my birthday, did also. We like to help put the birds inside once the shelter has closed. I have always had fun doing this job and I found this place when I came here in the summer, when I was going to be a 5th grader the next school year. Me and my family went to Tennessee and I requested to fo to Parrot Mountain and I was so happy here that I didn’t even want to leave and I thought to myself, “Maybe I can come back someday and work here!” I am pretty sure Melissa has always had a great time too because we always talk and laugh during the day.
Melissa always answered questions that I needed an answer for, and I always did the same thing for her. One day I asked her this, “Melissa?” and she asked what I needed.
“Someone over here would like to hold a parrot, but I need to go for my lunch break because I am already 8 minutes late and you know that we don’t actually have that much time to eat, so could you go and please help them?”
“Sure, I will be happy to help you, and I hope that you have a good lunch!”
Then, I went to the employees break area and sat down with some of my other friends that I met at Parrot Mountain. They all said Happy Birthday to me too, and surprised me with a whole party with all of my friends! I really enjoy working with the parrots, so when I go to break I feel a little bit sad, but I really was happy today especially because it was my birthday, but also that everyone had took the time to set up a party, all just for me.
I am usually sad that I have to go away from the parrots because I work with them everyday, and I think that it is very fun. Today though, it was still awesome even if I didn’t get to work with them every second of the day, because it was my birthday!!!
They brought me a cake with a bunch of icing parrots on the side and said, “Happy Birthday Elise!” This was honestly probably turning out to be the best day at work ever! I had a blast, and I was so excited also that I was at Parrot Mountain because I love parrots so much, that I didn’t want a day off, but I wanted to celebrate my birthday with all of my friends and be with all of the parrots!
After we had eaten all of the cake, and treats, I went back to the bird sanctuary where all of the visitors can see and hold the parrots. Then, apparently Melissa had gone on the loudspeaker and told everyone that it was my birthday and that after my lunch break, that everyone should surprise me and sing Happy Birthday to me! So the second I walked back out, the whole park started singing! This was definitely the BEST DAY EVER!!!
Once everybody was done singing and clapping, Melissa told me to come to the loud speaker and say something. I was a little bit nervous, but I was confident on how Melissa was encouraging me, so I started talking about how thankful I was to be at Parrot Mountain on my birthday, and thanking everyone for singing for me. Then everybody cheered again when I was finished.
After many hours of joy and fun, I was getting kind of tired because of working all of this wonderful cool day, and celebrating my birthday, but my shift was coming to an end so I drove home.
IT WAS THE BEST DAY EVER!!!
I had a great Thanksgiving break and I actually had 3 Thanksgiving celebrations! On the actual Thanksgiving day, I went over to my Mom’s parents house and my Uncle also came and we had a mini feast. My Mom brought over a casserole that was ham and cheese in the middle because my Brother didn’t want to have turkey every day for 3 days! I had some of that too. We didn’t really do much, just that my Grandparents wanted to have a little Thanksgiving meal with us and our Uncle.
Then, on Friday, we drove all the way to Elysburg. This time we were going to my Dad’s parents house, which is 2 hours away from our house. We saw all of our cousins there! This time we were going to my Dad’s parents house. Molly, Kennedy, Patrick, Charlie, and our other cousin Cameron. That was an exciting day because our Grandma, who we call Gram, always has fun crafts for all of the girls to do.
Me, Molly, and Kennedy made snowflakes with old toilet paper rolls that Gram had been saving for us to do this. We decorated them with glitter and put them on the deck railing to dry. So I had brought ingredients to make slime, but the problem was, that I didn’t have any glue left to bring. We asked Gram if we could use some of her clear glue because all of us REALLY wanted to make clear and glitter slime! After that, she let us! Everybody including all of the girls again made LOTS of slime so that the whole bottle was empty!!! We were doing this outside without any coats on and it was freezing!!! After we made all of the slime and snowflakes, I and Kennedy’s hands were numb because they were so cold!
Then we had our Thanksgiving meal for lunch and we also had the same things for dinner. My family stayed there the whole day, but we got there about an hour before lunch time. After dinner, me, my family, Uncle Todd, Molly, Kennedy, Uncle Brent, and our Grandpa went to the local hospital because we were visiting my Great Grandpa who was in the hospital. He was asleep when we were in his room, but we still got to see him. It looked like he was doing better than he was before, so that was a good thing.
We had to go home soon after that. I was sad, but atleast I still had another Thanksgiving celebration to go to.
Now the next day Saturday, I was back again at my Mom’s parents house and this time my Whole family was there not just my family, my Grandparents, and my Uncle. It was all of my Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, and my one cousin Avery. Me, Alan, Emmett, and Avery, got some gifts that my Aunt Margaret got for us. She got us Thinking Putty, and I got a glittery batton, and the boys got little light up dinosaurs. I was playing with my putty for the whole day! Also, me, Alan and Avery brought our Anki Overdrive sets and our devices so that we could play. I didn’t play at all, because I was on my ripstik.
After about 12:30 or somewhere close to that, we had our lunch which was the only meal that we were celebrating for Thanksgiving, I had a LOT of things like, bacon + brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes + gravy, DEFINETLY cranberry sauce, turkey, beef, lots of vegetables, and a lot more. I also had 3 pieces of pie! They were all kinds that my Mom had made, Apple Cranberry, Pumpkin, and Key Lime! My Grandpa Really likes to cook so he always makes a lot of things so that we have enough and so that some people can take leftovers if they would like.
Then, after lunch I went outside and me, Alan and Avery played hide and seek outside, except Alan found me right away because I was wearing a bright Neon orange shirt. Also, Avery was wearing a bright blue shirt so Alan could find both of us pretty easily.
Everybody just started to leave slowly one by one and once my one Uncle left, with my other Aunt and her boyfriend to go back to the train station for my Aunt to go back to New York, my family left soon after that. The only ones left was my family and of course since it was their house, my Grandparents.
I had a great time at each of my Thanksgiving celebrations and I am thankful that I could have 3 Thanksgiving lunch/dinners.
I hope that all of you also had a GREAT Thanksgiving!!!
Ivy Placafrey lives on a planet that has the same name as her last
name, Placafrey. This is because it was named after her great-great grandfather who was the leader of WaterClan, the Clan she lived in, when he found the planet.
She was very lucky, as she thought, because on her planet, she lived in Clans, which were very much like neighborhoods or communities. Also, she thought that she was lucky because on her planet , every single plant is green, except for a VERY rare flower that was pink and it was called the Water-Fire flower so it lives on the Water-Clan and Fire-Clan territory.
Since she had the Water-Fire flowers near her house, she had the responsibility to keep them alive.
While she was coming back to Silverstream through the Jungle that was near her house, she noticed how much trash that was around her house, probably from the Fire-Clan people, so she ran inside and told her Mother.
“Mom, why do people have to throw so much trash on the ground? That just makes more work to keep all of the plants and animals alive especially the Water-Fire flower,” said Ivy.
“How about you go out and tell the people that throw the trash out onto our lawn your opinion about how things might die,” her Mother replied.
“I guess you could be right… I am going to go and start cleaning up that trash outside,” she sighed and walked out the door.
Then she looked at all of the trash that was all over her lawn and sighed once again but picked up her trashcan and got to work, picking up all of the waste.
It really wasn’t that fun to pick up things that are not necessary that she had to pick up. She thought that this was very unfair to her.
She thought that she should do something to Fire-Clan to teach them a lesson about not throwing trash onto other people’s lawns, but she knew she would get in trouble for that and her Mother would surely scold her.
Finally, Ivy had finished picking up all of the trash and now she felt really really tired. So she went inside to help her Mother with the dishes.
It had been about an hour that Ivy was working outside and she offered to help her Mom, but she replied,”Oh Honey, you have been working so hard outside you should take a little rest, but thank you for offering.” So of course she didn’t argue because honestly that is what she wanted to do.
While she was sleeping, she had a really weird dream and it was about the Fire-Clan and Water-Clan making a peace treaty and not throwing trash onto other people’s lawns and being nice to each other and sharing things. She was so amazed in what happened in her dream, when she woke up she wondered whether she could actually make a change in her world and maybe get that dream she just had to come true in real life!!! She was super excited and ran out the door like she was a baby chick just learning to fly so happily. Then she started to slow down and went into her whole area of Silverstream and picked up every single little piece of trash that she could see.
Now that she has picked up all of that trash, she thought she should just take a little walk in the wilderness around her area of Silverstream. She loved the places around her house because she loved to explore and find interesting places.
Soon enough she stopped….. She had heard a strange sound. Ivy knew that there were coyotes around the jungle, but she had never actually never got in touch with one herself. So she tried to get it out of her mind and just started walking again. Suddenly, she heard it once again but a lot closer this time.
She was starting to get worried so it wasn’t a really fun trip anymore it was a more frightening chase. So she started running as fast as she could and hoped that the coyote wouldn’t notice.
Then, Ivy looked back while sprinting still and saw the coyote look up at her and started the chase. Now that she was so frightened, she picked up her pace another notch and ran like she never did before.
After she got home she ran inside and locked the coyote out and told her Mom all about it and never went in that jungle by herself again and still dreamed to change her “trashed up world.”
By Elise K