Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Arlene Wakefield Munns

We have to do a revolutionary Figure in english so I decided to talk about my. It is Arlene Wakefield Munns my grandma. What is below are just different things about her life.

Born on April 1, 1927
Grew up in Grouse Creek, Utah

She had 3 brothers:
And 1 sister
As a family they enjoyed.

Grandma loved school she attend up to tenth grade in Grouse Creek.
Her favorite subject was history, specially of the United States.
She was not a straight A student, but still did very well.

Playing the Accordion

Favorite Songs
Count Your Many Blessings
Praise to the Man
Beautiful Iowa
Red Sails in the Sunset
It is not Secret
Down the River of Golden Dreams
Let the Rest of the World go By
It Had to be You
Side; Side; Side
Night Time in Nevada
My Happiness
Until We Meet Again

Flower: Sweet Peas
Color: Lavender or Blue
Fruit: Apricot
Vegetable: Peas
Animal: Dog
Book: Man of the Forest, and Anne of Green Gables
Movie: White Christmas

Unique Story
When she was a Junior in High School she moved to Tremonton with her grandparents for they did not offer past tenth grade where she was going to school. When she moved to Tremonton this was the first time in her life she had electricity, show houses, restaurants, and running water.

Major Changes in Her Life
She says she had only one major change in her life, and that was marrying my grandpa, Francis Rohland Munns. On Jan 26, 1946.

Why She is revolutionary to Me
She is always so nice, and taught me so many things about life. She also knows so many little tippets to make life easier ( like where to keep your bananas so they last longer). She also has the most amazing musical talent you have ever seen, and is always willing to share it. She also always writes me letters, they are long letters like people use to write, and are so detailed. We probably have her life history just from all her letters.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Clark Planetarium

On Friday I got to go the Clark Planetarium for my science term project. It was lots of fun to go to the show, and watch it on their big bubble theater. The exhibits were also fun to look at. I think it is very important for us to learn about what is beyond our earth so here our my notes I took on the planetarium.

Notes from Clark Planetarium

Movie: Night Vision

· We are limited what we can see in the sky.
· Many stars appear blurred because of light pollution.
· The big dipper is not a constellation.
· The big dipper is a excellent guide to find other constellations both in the Northern, and Southern hemisphere.
· The North Star is not the brightest start.
· Another name for the North Star is Polaris.
· The North Star is famous for is only a few degrees of true north.
· Constellations usually don’t look like what they are named for.
o The Queen of Ethiopia looks like a disfigured shape.
o The little dipper and the little bear are the exact same thing.
· Qutoris are the brightest star in the constellation.
· The Cancer of Crab is a very famous constellation of stars, but does not have very bright stars.
· Elliptic is the path the planets take while rotating.
· Jupiter is the constellation of Vogo.
· Jupiter is so large that you could fit 1000 earths inside it.
· Jupiter also has the most moons then any other planet, with more than 60 that we know of.
· Nebulas are large clouds where stars are born and die.
· We have never been outside our galaxy.
· Our galaxy is 100,000 light years from side to side.
· Mars is being explored with robots called “a spirit of hope”.
· Mars is the only planet you can see physical features with the naked eye.
· The milky way has over 1,000,000 billion stars.


Apollo 17 the last manned voyage to the moon.
1 day is equal to 176 earth days.
Temperature variations can go from 797 F to –279 F.
The sun sometimes will rise twice on one day, due to the slow rotation.
It also has no natural moons.
The sun rises in the west and sets in the east.
The atmosphere is made up of mostly carbon-dixide.
Olympus Mons is the tallest mountain in our solar system.
In 2002 the orbiting “Mars Odyssey” spacecraft reveled evidence that there may be fresh water.
Has two moons, Phobos, and Delimos.
Is like a mini solar system.
Has a great red spot where a giant storm has been raging for the past 400 years.
Spins on its side.
Season last over 20 years.
Has at least 20 moons.
Was discovered by William Herschel on March 13, 1781.
Is a gas planet.
First planet located through mathematical predictions.
Orbits the sun every 164 years.
Its seasons last 41 years.
Had a fly-by visit from Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989.
Is less dense than water.
Winds in its upper atmosphere reach 1,100 miles per hour.
Its rings our made up of large ice chunks some as large as a car.
Its mass 95 times greater than earth.
A day on Saturn is to hours.
At least seven moons in our atmosphere are bigger than Pluto.
Discovered by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930.
Takes 248 years to orbit year.
The Life cycle of a star.
Stars are born from huge clouds and gas.
Gravity pulls dense globules together until hydrogen fusion begins in the core.
Stars burn hydrogen for a very long time.
When hydrogen in the star is used up, the star dies, shedding mass into space.The lost mass is mixed back into the rest of the galaxy forming new clouds of dust and gas.

Sunday, May 15, 2005


To me my family is very important. So I decided you know some about me, but known about my family. So I will give you a summary of my family starting with my dad.

my dad Bryan Archie Munns was born on Nov. 30. The 5 and last child of his parents. He had 3 older brothers and 1 older sister. He grew up on a farm in Harper, (between Brigham, and Honeyville). He attended high school at Box Elder High. He then at 19 served a mission to England for the LDS church for two years. When he returned he went the the USU and got his major in business then married my mom on June 19, 1987. He has worked at many places, but the past ten years he has been the operation manager at Circuit City in Riverdale.

my mom Barbara Jensen Munns was born on Feb. 19. In her family growing up she add a older brother, and a younger brother. She lived in Brigham City. She loved to ride her horse up into the mountatins. She also attended Box Elder High school begins two years younger than my dad. She then attended USU and got a master teaching degree in Family and Consumer Science. She then taught at a school in Idaho. She is know working at Layton High School, as the sewing teacher. She also is teaching two math classes at Layton, and will have a minor in math by the end of this summer.

then me, Ashley Munns with no middle name. Born June 17, 1990 ( fathers day). Attend Burton elementary K-6 grade. Then you know about me.

My brother Matthew Bryan Munns. He was born on March 26, 1993. He is in sixth grade at Burton elementary. He will be attending Fairfied next year as a seventh grader, and will be playing the trumpet. He is swimming on the Layton Surfers, and plans to swim for Davis in High School.

my sister Sara Kaye Munns. Was born on May 18, 1996. She is the third grade spectrum program at Kaysville elementary. She is taking Ballet for her third year at Clytie Adams School for Ballet.

are cat Pounce Munns is doing well and thinks she is queen of the house.

Saturday, May 07, 2005


Text and Photographs: Yva Momatiuk, and John Eastcott
National Geographic
May 2004

A bloody scene rarely witnessed by humans, the killing of a moose. This article is on how bears, and wolves go about killing another animal. Then who eats it, and who is left with nothing.

A moose has been injured. So in come those who wish to kill him so that they may have food. A mother bear with cubs is the first to arrive, but then the wolves come. The wolves threaten the bear cubs so the mother backs off to protect her cubs. The wolves start to taunt the moose by pushing him in the river, and allowing him to get up then to push him back. The moose is in the water, and cannot get up. He floats about 200 yards down river when two wolves pull him out, dead. Another bear approaches the carcass, but is chased away by the wolves. The wolves leave, the mother bear returns. When the wolves come back they find her eating, they slowly approach her, but she does not chase then away together they eat.

I think it is great that a wolf and bear can join together and eat. That is so rare because they are usually enemies. Maybe the drive for food is softening the hate for one another. For if they are chased off they will not get any food, but if they share they get some food.

The writers make a statement in the article, which backs up my opinion perfectly. “Such a scene is almost never observed, even by seasoned wildlife biologists. Why did these animals end up sharing their food? Was it because most were young and inexperienced? Or was it because the benefits of eating outweighed the risk of fighting over the last scraps?” I think that it explains what I mean perfectly.
I think this is a wonderful occurrence that many people never get to witness. I hope that we may all respect animals, and nature so we may continue to learn about them, and the many secrets they hold.

Saturday, April 30, 2005


Sacrifices are a great part of are lives. Not so much now, but look at are ancestors, and all that they sacrificed to live, love, and even to relocate homes under extreme pressure. Here are some quotes I have found from people about sacrifice, and those that have experienced it.

"So, we have both suffered. We must help one another and the Great Spirit will help us both"
-Chief Pied Riche, Pottawattamie Tribe, June 1846

"A large amount of labor has been done since arriving in this grove. Indeed, the whole camp is very industrious. Many houses have been built, wells dug, extensive farms fenced, and the whole place assumes the appearance of having been occupied for years...."
-Orson Pratt May 10, 1846
( He had to leave his home shortly after this statement had been made.)

I found some really neat quotes, but they don't fill well with my topic so I will try make them agree with it as much as possible.

For this poem; just think of the sacrifice your Grandma makes by cooking wonderful meals.


My Grandma's Bustle Oven
Protruded Out in Back
But It Sure Bake Good Muffins
Bread, Cake, and Gingersnaps.

It took Three Hours To Heat It
Each Brick Must Be Hot Thru.
All the Children Like To Come
They Got A Taste Of Something New.

Along The Side there Always Was
A fireplace For Cooking Food.
The crowds Who Came to Grandma's
Were Always In An Eating Mood.

Whether It Was Rainy Or Shiny
It was the Best Place to Be,
Near Grandma's Bustle Oven
And the Food She Served To Me.

-Mary Taylor

This poem I don't even how it goes with Sacrifice, so just pretend it does.


A candle is but a simple thing.
It starts with but a little string.
Yet dipped and dipped with patient hand,
It gathers wax upon the strand
Until complex and snowy white,
It gives at last a lovely light.

Life is so like that bit of string.
each deed we do, a simple thing.
Yet day by day, if on life's strand,
We work with patient heart and hand,
It gathers joy, makes dark days bright,
And gives at last a lovely light.

-Clara B. Thirston

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Vacations Are Great

Over spring break I went back to Nauvoo, Illinois. One of the places you could vist their was a blacksmith shop. They showed you how they made horse shoes, and how the equipment worked. They also told us a story of how some wedding rings were made. For many people did not have enough money for the nice kind. So the used their heads, and made a great solution for the problem. So here is the story.

Prairie Diamond

There once was a man with a beautiful daughter, and they were crossing the plains to reach the Salt Lake Valley. The girl had three boys courting her; all wanted her hand in marriage. The father decided that the boys were wasting their time, and his. So he told his daughter that she needed to choose one to marry, or he would set a contest. She could not make up her mind for she did not want to hurt any of them, but she did admit there was one that she loved more than the other two. She wanted to see if he loved her enough to complete the contest.

He then gathered the three suitors together, and told them that the first one to present his daughter with a diamond ring would get to marry her. Two of the boys were instantly not interested for they knew not where they would get a diamond ring, and decided she was not worth it. One of the boys was determined to get a diamond ring (the one she specially liked.) That night, he sat by the fire thinking as hard as he could where he would get a diamond ring. Then something shiny caught his eye, it was a horseshoe nail. He picked up the nail on examined while thinking, for nothing was left for waste on their journey west for everything was useful. All of sudden he realized that the top of the nail looked like a diamond, or very close to. So the next day he took the nail to a blacksmith in his company, and asked him to shape it into a ring. The blacksmith asked him how big, and the boy told him to make it fit a lady, with a slender finger. For what he hoped would be his future bride was a very small person in structure. The boy then took the horseshoe nail ring to the girl and called it a prairie diamond. The father agreed to let her marry him, for he had presented her with a diamond ring. She was very glad that he loved her enough to over come the problem so they could get married.

Also in Nauvoo we visited a place called Trail of Hope. Is the street the pioneers walked down to cross the Mississippi River for their trip west. This is a poem/story of a women's ansectors feelings, and hers.

Parley Street
Feb. 1846 and June 2002

Before she walked Parley Street
her aching heart
surveyed what must be left behind.
When fleeing for life there is no
room to unload the root-cellar of
food stored from autumn harvest.
She looked tenderly
to table and chairs
where many meals were served
to firewood stacked by the lean-to
inside, sturdy brick walls
built for security and peace.

She walked Parley Street
with a tiny babe wrapped
tightly against the cold,
leading children who
did not understand.
Her husband, with comforting arm
assured inner strength.
She gazed to the brightly lit temple,
knowing all it represented.
She left behind hopes and dreams
built into this city.
With apron wet with tears
she contemplated the road ahead
focusing on obedience to
leaders and God.

Today I feel her presence
and walk in humble reverence.
I have an overwhelming
debt of gratitude.
I rejoice to see the temple
renewed from memory,
a city beautifully restored.
Tears flow once again
on Parley Street.

Gladys Joy Van de Merwe

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The Red Bug

I had to create a new creature for science. My is called the Red Bug it looks like a lady bug. We then had to write about, and tell all about it. Here is my wright up.

Nektonic, Pelagic
Neritic Habitat

The Red Bug lives in the Photic Zone. He is red and black like a ladybug. He does not change colors, for that does not help them survive.

The main way these bugs survive is because they taste very nasty. There are few animals that are sometimes hungry enough to try for them, but then they use their synchronized swimming skills, and form an arrow and point it another direction. The predator then will become confused, and swim the other way. That is also why man has not discovered them, for they see the arrow and they believe no fish is that smart. So then they believe that are just loony. So they don’t tell anyone so no one else will find them loony. The Red Bug simply gets it food by flying down the perfect piece of seaweed then just nipples off what he wants. The Red Bug does not have a territory they swim where they want to, but they prefer warmer oceans.

The Red Bugs are very light eaters, but they prefer to eat seaweed. So I guess this would make them Herbivores. They are very picky eaters as well for they will only eat seaweed the color of this green.

The Mating Rituals are kind of strange it occurs once a year on June 17 (my birthday). Then the men go to one side and the women on another being about 10 feet apart. Then swim toward each other then they a dance similar to the virginia reel. They switch partners at least 20 times. First (this is from the ladies perspective) they swim two partners down. Then they jump over four going left. They then will split into three different circles switching in and out looping right and left. After they have repeated this for about thirty minutes the partner they end up with is their mate.

The Red Bug starts out as what it will look like when it is full-grown, just smaller. When they are first born they are about 2 cm, when they become full grown adults they will be anywhere between 5-7cm big. For them to become full-grown it will usually take 3 months. Their average lifetime is a year and a half. Most die of old age or are eaten by other animals.