Yesterday, I passed the Tacoma Police Explorers Physical Fitness test. That means I only have to do an oral board review, then I am officially in the program. Here are some pictures from yesterday's test....
This past Monday was my birthday, and for the most part it was just a normal day. In the morning Mom took Sarah, Jonathan, and Me running. We came home and had a wonderful breakfast of eggs and hash browns. I then caught up on my school work, since the previous week I didn't do any. After dinner the Langfords came over for cake and games, they showed up around 6:30 and we started playing catch phrase. After that we had cake and I opened my presents. From my parents I got a chin up bar and dumbbells (that are coming), and from the Langfords I got a Monte Carlo cowboy hat. We then played several rounds of Mafia. It was indeed a wonderful day!!!!
This past week I had the honor of paging, at our State Capitol. I was sponsored by Sen. Don Benton who my sibling and I campaigned for in November. The week was long and hard but definitely worth it. My days started at 5:00 am to get dressed, eat breakfast, read my devotions etc. And then at 7:00 my friend Devin Reilly, who was also paging, picked me up and headed to Olympia. Our work started at 8:00 at one of the four stations assigned to us, where we would deliver messages from one office to another, grab supplies for someone, or just sit and wait for a call. I would say that being on the senate floor was my favorite spot. You were able to watch politics in action, plus you were pretty busy delivering messages to the Senators from people on the outside.
For two hours every day we had page school. It was a program that helped us understand how our government works. During the week they had us do research and write up a bill. I teamed up with Devin, and we did a bill on the luxurious state of our jail system and how the inmates aren't being punished. If you want to hear more about the bill just make a comment. On Friday we had a mock legislature hearing in one of the committee rooms. That was a lot of fun and our bill passed with a vote of 2 nays and 3 ayes.
On Thursday, the Christian Homeschool Network (CHN) had their annual Day at the Capitol. I was able to on the floor while the senate passed the homeschool resolution, and it was great to see over 400 homeschoolers in the gallery's. Here is a video of the Homeschool resolution being passed, and you can see me behind the Senator. I am sitting down in the right corner wearing a Burgundy jacket. You can watch from the beginning, but I don't came in until 00:07:00
It was a tremendous experience and would highly recommend anyone to do it!!!
Jonathan (aka "The Intellectual Cypher")-- Is a 17 year old student at home. He is the second oldest in a family of 9 children and the oldest boy. He plays the violin, loves to fish, enjoys intense discussions over many topics and is planning on becoming a pastor.
David (aka "The Cowboy")-- Is a 16 year old homeschooled student. He is Jonathan's brother, which makes him the 3rd child in a family of 9 children. He plays the bagpipes and loves country music. He is planning on enrolling in the Army ROTC program and studying animal science to prepare him for running a ranch.