Monday, February 27, 2006

Model Railroading

Today William and Beth finished school early so that they could go to Mr. Possinger's house to lay some HO train track. They put together an entire track layout, and then wired the track and the switches. When they were done they did test runs on the track with engines and then with cars added. The track worked great! :)

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Bird List Update

02-15-06 - Soaring over 355 at crossroad with 118, Germantown, MD
  • Turkey Vulture

  • Total: 22/60

    Monday, February 13, 2006

    Bird List Update

    02-13-06 - At home out the back window
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Blue Jay

  • Total: 21/60

    Sunday, February 12, 2006

    Bird List Update

    02-11-06 - At home at the suet feeder
  • Downy Woodpecker

  • 02-12-06 - At home out the back window
  • Song Sparrow

  • Total: 19/60

    Monday, February 06, 2006

    Bird Honor - Advanced

    We have decided to take our Bird Honor to the next level this year. One of the big requirements is to "Make a list of 60 species of wild birds, including birds from at least ten different families..." So, on January 23 we began our list.

    1-23-06 - At home out our back window
  • Mourning Dove
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • House Sparrow
  • Cardinal

  • 1-24-06 - Gaithersburg, MD Chipotle
  • European Starling
  • Ring-billed Gull

  • 1-24-06 - At home (at the finch sock)
  • American Goldfinch

  • 1-27-06 - Washington D. C. (on the National Mall)
  • Rock Pigeon - Vietnam War Veterans Memorial
  • Red-tailed Hawk - Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Cedar Wax-wing - Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
  • Mocking Bird - FDR Memorial
  • American Robin - FDR Memorial
  • Canadian Geese - FDR Memorial
  • American Crow - FDR Memorial

  • 1-28-06 - On our back fence
  • A small hawk we hope will return because we have not identified it yet. We saw it in the morning and in the evening.

  • 2-1-06 - At home (out the back window)
  • Dark-eyed Junko
  • Black Vulture

  • 2-5-06 - Baltimore, MD (Inner Harbor)
  • Mallard Duck

  • Total: 17/60

    Sunday, February 05, 2006

    Visiting Memorials Again

    On Sunday we went to Baltimore to pick up our good friend Amy who was visiting from California this weekend.

    We wandered around the Inner Harbor for a bit until her husband Courtney was finished with the meetings he was attending and then we headed for Washington DC. We went to the same memorials we had the week before, but it was later in the day. Everything had a lovely pink hue.

    Beth once caught a monument "this big!"

    The Lincoln Memorial by sunset.

    Saturday, February 04, 2006

    Bible Bowl 2006 - Area Level

    A new year of Bible Achievement has begun. This year the questions will be taken from I Chronicles 11 through II Chronicles 10. We came through with a first place finish and will move on to the Conference Level on March 18.

    Left front to back: Melinda Paul, Samantha Paul, Bobby Berglund
    Right front to back: Beth Ashton, William Ashton, Jackie Berglund