Thursday, December 24, 2009


Hello Everyone!
This is an artistic Christmas idea I am about to recommend for the future, given the fact you probably already have a Christmas tree since it is Christmas Eve.
As you all know, right now we are celebrating Christmas. Many people have many traditions for Christmas, like the Christmas Ham, or hanging up stockings, or going out caroling, and of course the good old Christmas tree. Well, over the summer my family and I moved, and the house we are currently living in is packed with stuff the people left - leather couches, rocking chairs, etc. We soon realized we did not have enough room for a regular Christmas tree, even if we got a small one. I of course insisted on having some sort of Christmas tree, and my dad suggested getting one or two gigantic Manzanita branches and tying them together. A little downhearted I agreed, and we went out to get the perfect Manzanita branch. Or two, as it later turned out. Finally, we found two perfect ones and took it home. The following is the things we did to make it artistic and creative, but still a little Christmasie, if that's a word (which i don't think is! :D)
1)we painted it a bunch of different colors that made it look very pretty - cool green, bright blue, turqouise, and even more.
2)we put up the tinfoil star we always used.
3)we hung up all our ornaments just as usual on small branches
4)we painted the leaves really bright colors to make them look like ornaments themselves
5)we put our presents at the bottom
That was all i wanted to share, so MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL GOODNIGHT! hope you enjoy your presents!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Have you seen the new movie UP? It's a really good movie about a little boy who loves a guy
named Charles Muntz. Charles Muntz is an explorer and the little boy, Carl Fredrickson, meets a young girl named Ellie who also loves adventure. Her dream is to move to Paradise Falls, the place Charles Muntz was going to explore. The two kids grow up and marry .
I could ramble on and on and fill up three pages on it, but I will skip to my favorite parts, so you will just have to see the movie to know what I am talking about. Anyway, here is my first fav. part, involving a small boy named Russell.
Mr.Fredrickson, now an old man, is walking along with Russel and someone says "hi there."
Next a voice says, "I can smell you!" It is a very misty place, so they can't see very far. He looks around and sees a rock shaped like a person. "Oh hi there," he says. He walks toward the figure and sees that it is a rock. Then a dog runs up. He pats the dog on the head, and it sits. The boy says "oh look, it's trained." "Shake, boy!" and he does. "Speak!", Russell says, and he does. "Hi there," says the dog.
My second favorite part also involves the talking dog, Doug. Doug tells a joke to Mr. Frederickson: "I know a joke! A squirrel walks up to a tree and says, "I forgot to store acorns for winter and now I am dead!" It is funny because a squirrel gets dead." You know how I feel about squirrels since the incident in Cuyamaca, so I totally agree with Doug.
anyway, I really hope you watch the movie! Stay tuned for more because I am planning on writing a review for the movie Julie and Julia.
---audrey P.S. please leave me your comments!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

the Science Center

Last Saturday it was the day before my mom's birthday. Most of my mom's family lives down in
San Diego, so we went to celebrate down there. We had a great time with everybody and some great food at a place called Point Loma Seafood. We also had a pie that my grandma made called lemon fluff pie. But the best part was after everybody left. My parents decided to surprise my sister and me by taking us to the Science Center in Balboa Park.

The Science Center is a very large building filled with dozens of hands-on science experiments. It is awesome there. As soon as you enter the first room, the first thing you see is a gigantic piece of fluttering red silk near the ceiling. When I walked in, I found that you can adjust the patterns of the silk by shifting the angle of the wind blowing on it. There was everything from tornados of liquid nitrogen mist to pendulums filled with sand, all illustrating a scientific concept.

One of my favorites was a beach ball suspended in air by a large blower, which could be moved around to move the ball. There was an exhibit where you had to coordinate pushing buttons to operate a pair of mechanical legs pedaling a bike. There were all sorts of optical illusions, and an entire room dedicated to electricity. The best part was that all of it was hands-on. It was a great experience, and you should really go there!

Stay tuned for more,


Friday, November 6, 2009


This is Zora again, and I wanted to talk today about some movies.
Here are a few extremely good ones I would highly recommend:
Firstly, the latest movie I watched is Where the Wild Things Are.
I will speak for myself, I really liked it, but most of my friends hated it. The worst thing about it, I think, was how loud it was in the theater, but what can you do about that? It had anger, so it wasn't one of the always happy movies, and in the end it was a mixed ending, because he's back with his mom, but he misses, and you do, too, the wild things. It is made for older kids, and it's a little intense, but the way I think of it is it would be really bad if the Wild Things didn't show how dangerous they were in the movie. The main character was a really good actor, and you could totally see him in real life running away, because when he's acting like he's mad you actually believe he is, or at least I did. I really liked that movie.

Rabbit Proof Fence is an amazing - based on a true story about 3 Aboriginal girls, Molly, Daisy, and Gracie who live in Jigalong. They are half and half, their father was a white man and they live with there Aboriginal mother in their tribe in Jigalong, a place in Australia. Then this man sends out people to capture the three girls and take them away to the camp for half cast kids so they can grow up and become servants and have children, and eventually, after many generations, their children would become white, with no trace of Aboriginal. The girls hate the camp, and so they decide to go the 15oo miles back, therefore setting forth into an amazing journey. I won't give away the ending, but I will tell you this: only 2 out of 3 of the girls get back. It is a breath taking movie, and I would highly recommend it.
Well, that's all for Now!
I hope you try the movies.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Save the Redwood Trees!

Hello everyone!
A topic I want kids to know about is the Redwood Trees. Redwood Trees are fascinating plants that grow up to be hundreds of feet high, and sometimes 5 people have to stretch their arms around it, that's how wide they are. These trees have a reddish tint on the outside and red wood on the inside. Better yet, they're right here in California, in a place called Humboldt County, maybe about 13 or 14 hours from Idyllwild. Anyway, many years ago, a small family found these Redwood Trees, hundreds of miles of them. To them it looked never ending. So they started a business they named Pacific Lumber Co. They thought it would never end so they weren't doing the forest much harm. They had a company owned town called Scotia with workers that lived there. They weren't doing the forests to much harm, they were cutting the trees where they would take a few from certain areas, leaving it so they could regrow. But after a while, a big company called Maxxam bought the company and did a thing called "Clear cutting" where they cut down every tree in an area down to the bottom, plus all of the small plants in their way. The truth is, now there's only 3% of the redwood trees left. Some people acted out, like Julia Butterfly Hill. She sat in a tree named Luna for 2 years. (If you want to know more about her their is a book called "Legacy of Luna".) However, we need more Julias here, working to help save the Redwoods.
Here are a few reasons why the Pacific Lumber might cut down the trees:
They have a family to feed
They need to pay off their rent
There's no other jobs in the area, and they don't know where else to move

I'm not saying this excuses the fact they've been cutting down Redwoods for their own benifits, but does explain it a tiny bit.
This is how the owner of Maxxam can think of it:
I live in Texas, not California, and these are some trees I've never and probably will see. Why would it matter to me?
I hope you can look further into this, if you are interested, and remember, every person counts.

- Zora

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Day trip to Cuyamaca


Yesterday I went on a trip to Cuyamaca State Park to celebrate my Grandma Crazylady's birthday (yes, she knows we call her that, it's a nickname). So we left at about 10:00 on Saturday morning. Cuyamaca is a nice place, kind of like Idyllwild. A fire went through there a few years ago so it is kind of charred, though still pretty. So, back to the story We had been driving for about an hour and a half when we reached the small town of Santa Ysabel. It is a tiny town. The whole town is about 5 buildings. It is known for a bakery there called Dudleys. The bakery smells the best and has really good fresh bread. We bought five loaves! Then we went into a tiny antiques shop that also sells olives. After that we got back on the road.

The next tiny town we entered is called Wynola. It is about the size of Santa Ysabel with about 7 buildings. In Wynola there is even a one room school house. We also got some fresh apple cider. It is good!! Then we went into a bead shop. In the bead shop there was a gumball machine filled with beads. I put in a quarter expecting a handful, but it only gave me four. Oh well. At least they were pretty.

From Wynola, we continued into Julian. Julian is a town about the size of Pine Cove and Idyllwild put together. It was very old-fashioned. There were horse-drawn carriages, and street fairs. It was also very, very busy, so we didn't stop.

About ten minutes past Julian, we passed Cuyamaca Lake and continued on into the park where my grandparents are camping. We got there but they weren't at their campsite, so we went to the visitor's center to wait for them. They were very surprised to find us there. We hadn't told them we were coming. We went back to their campsite and had lunch, some cheese and the bread we had gotten at Dudley's.

I was eating my cheese when I saw a little ground squirrel nosing around our feet. He was so tame! I put some cheese on my finger and offered it to him. He slowly approached my finger, eyeing the cheese. I held very still as he nibbled the cheese from my finger.... and then bit my finger! I screamed as the blood ran down from under my fingernail. Never again will I feed a squirrel. For the rest of the day, my family kept saying things like "Hey Audrey, there's a rattlesnake! Why don't you feed it some cheese?"

Following the squirrel incident, whenever he popped his head out of his hole, I threw a rock at him. My aim isn't very good, though. We took a hike in the afternoon and found one of his friends dead on the trail. I didn't do it. But it made me feel better.

Along the trail, we found a horny toad no bigger than my pinky. I thought that was pretty cool, because horny toads (horned lizards) are endangered. After the hike, we came back and had the pumpkin pie we had made for a birthday cake. I love having dessert first.

Since grandma wasn't expecting us, she didn't have enough food for dinner. We went to a restaurant in our last small town, Descanso. I had a good meal of fettucini alfredo and we headed home.

Stay tuned for more- Audrey

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The meaning of this Blog

Welcome to A2Z idykids blog. We are local kids that live in Idyllwild, and thought kids might want a blog to look at for everything. Here are a few reasons why we wanted to make this blog:

1) We think kids should be more educated about global warming and the economy.

2) We have been disturbed about how mean kids can be to other kids, and thought we might give some advice on that, as we have experienced this kind of thing and we KNOW it can be hard.

3) We think kids should have some fun, easy, and short (usually) art projects and cooking recipes.

We also thought it might be nice for kids to have something to look at over the internet they can never get tired of.

Stay tuned for more!