November ’13

Reagan’s art from TC-

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Max wrote “mom” for the first time.

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Home school in the kitchen floor? why not??

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I put each letter on a fish and would have Emmy catch them with a fishing rod (using magnet and paper clip).  Rea did the same game with sight words.

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Eating clean-

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The girls tried to convince me to let them bring home this kitten.

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The Knoxville K-9 Unit visited Rea’s TC Critters class!  There was a bit of excitement because the officer first showed up without the dog and apologized that his dog was called in at the last minute to apprehend a criminal!  The officer came in and talked to the class and after about 15 minutes the dog and another officer showed up to do demonstrations.  They had not caught the criminal, but the officer was covered in mud from a chase on foot in a swamp with the dog!

The officer in the padded suit trains all of the police dogs in Knoxville.  We were very privileged to get to hear him speak because he is so knowledgeable.  Notice the dog in mid air!  We also got to see the officer hide drugs and watch the dog locate them.  We were allowed to look inside the police K-9 vehicle to see where the dog is kept. It was nice!  The K-9 cars are equipped with special sensors that monitor internal temperature so that if it gets too hot the sirens will sound and fans will automatically turn on inside to keep the dog from over heating.

Police dogs in Knoxville are trained to detect 12 different illegal drugs.  They also can detect bombs, missing persons, and criminals on the run.  K-9 officers that apprehend drug dealers are allowed by law to keep any money in the drug dealers car as well as the car itself! These dogs are amazingly great at their jobs and love to work!  They are purchased in Europe for $6,500 untrained.  The pressure per square inch from these dogs’ bites is 150 lbs. and can break bones.  Many of them live with the officer they work with.  The “pay” these dogs receive after doing their jobs is to play with the officer. They live for this!  Students were allowed to try on the bite suit.  It was so heavy, many could not lift it!

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The November Birthday girls (Dixie 2 yrs, Reagan 7 yrs)

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The kids took notice of a beautiful sunset.

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Reagan did a research project on Betsy Ross for her TC Early Modern World History Class.  We were able to make a model flag with the help of Papaw & Gran.

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And November brings the beginning of Christmas decorating….. yay!

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1st snow of the season!

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Thanksgiving at Uncle Rick’s House-

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Max seeing the Spiderman inflatable at Gran’s house for the first time.

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Fantasy of Trees (a yearly tradition)!

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