Update on my reading list

I am still reading the first book in my presidential reading list.  It is a really good book, and I feel it fills in a lot of blanks from school.

My 4 year old nephew came up to me and said he knew who George Washington was and also Abraham Lincoln.  He thought Lincoln was the second President though, so I looked up pictures of them in order. We went through all the Presidents and I mentioned a little about each of them.

We went in reverse order, and he asked why the pictures were in black and white.  I explained color and black & white photography to him while scrolling up. Then he said, “Look, color photos again!”

Nope, those would be paintings.  It was pretty cute.  He now wants to read a book about each along with me.

He doesn’t have to tell me twice that he wants to read!

His new book…



I am not sure if I can find books for his age about each one, but I will try.  We both are looking forward to Teddy Roosevelt.

My travels to the Dominican Republic

Casa de Campo

Last week, we were fortunate to vacation in the  Dominican Republic with 8 of our friends.

I created a spreadsheet for things to pack, and I ended up having everything I needed.  If anyone wants the list, I will gladly post it.

I wanted to take school supplies for the students in the area we were staying.  I have read about bringing school supplies to the local kids.  Some places are so poor once you get off the resort.

Our resort was Casa de Campo, in La Romana, which was beautiful.  Beautiful, and very affluent.  The home we stayed in had a full staff and chef.  The staff lives above the kitchen.  It was odd to have them do everything, and we wanted to just tell them to relax with us by the pool.  We would definitely visit again.  They had breakfast at 9 am for us every morning, and made a beautiful Dominican dinner one night.  I can’t make breakfast for myself, much less ten people!  I usually skip breakfast, due to time.

Before our trip, I purchased two books about the Dominican.  One about the culture, and the other about places and things to visit.  This helped a lot on the trip, and made things easier with understanding the culture.  Men, don’t forget to bring long pants, collared shirts, and close-toed shoes if you want to eat in a restaurant.

I knew of a few charity organizations on the island, such as Dominican Dream.  The only problem is that it wasn’t in our area, so I hoped for the best once we got there.

The property manager for the home was a Canadian named, Gordon, who lived on the island.  Gordon and his wife have lived on the island for 15 years, so I asked him how I could make sure our gifts made it to the students.  He smiled real big and said they volunteer for the two orphanages in the village, and the students would love the gifts.  Gordon came back the last day to pick up the supplies, and said that he would make sure they are given to the students who would benefit the most.  He spoke with me about how little the students had, and about sending things straight to the school from the United States.

We donated wide-ruled loose leaf paper, protractor and compass sets, pencil cases, masking tape and sharpies in different colors for the teachers, a pencil sharpener that mounts on the wall (old school!), #2 pencils, colored pencils, packs of dividers for notebooks, pink erasers, and folders with three holes punched and pockets on the inside.

If I had more room I would have packed the three ring binders and calculators.

When I donate items, I always get items that I would use.  I know a lot of people get the cheapest stuff, but anyone who has colored with RoseArt crayons knows they are useless.  Just because the kids need a little help doesn’t mean they don’t deserve quality items.

School Supplies