Friday, December 14, 2007

Christmas Letter

This is our Christmas letter.

It’s Christmas time again. Yippee!

It has been a wonderful and eventful year for us. We are now in Tucson Arizona and to our pleasant surprise; we’re loving it, especially this time of the year. It seems that everywhere we move we are surrounded by sweet, good and delightful people. We are so grateful for the friends and family we have, and for the eternal impact that you have on our lives. Here is a quick update on our family in the form of a song and a countdown. We love you all!
(To the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas)
In a week of our lives, the Madsen family has:
12 Loads of laundry
11 bags of groceries
10 brown sac lunches
9 socks a missing
8 feet a dancing
7 music lessons
6 milks-a-gallon
5 days of work
4 canyon hikes
3 church meetings
2 tanks of gas
And a Sabbath day so we can all rest!

Counting down the 10 most exciting things in our family this year:

Kimmer switching from violin to viola
Lindsey starting middle school
Rachel correcting her music teacher
Gracie telling knock knock jokes
Daniel finishing his radiology training
Lindsey getting contact lenses
Selling our Salt Lake home in 3 days
Buying a smaller more expensive home
Going on a family trip to NYC
Kimmer turning 8 and getting baptized
Wishing you an awesome Christmas!
Daniel, Carol, Lindsey (11), Kimmer (8), Rachel (4), and Gracie (2)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Professional Photography?

These pictures were all done by children. Go figure!

Sunday, December 9, 2007


I like to show off my sister's art, so here you go. My sisters love the paint accessory and one of their favorite things to do is draw another person on it. (This is the same program I used for my science book.) Names of people are on the bottom.

1. Rachel

2. Rachel, obviously

3. Christy

4. Grace

5. Hannah

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Potter Puppet Pals

Have you guys ever heard of Potter Puppet Pals? Or 'The Mysterious Ticking Noise'. Another title would be 'Bothering Snape'. These are very funny youtubes that have captured a lot of attention. Try listening to The Mysterious Ticking noise at and you won't be able to stop humming 'Snape, Snape, Severus Snape' for approximately half an hour.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


I hate to say it, but do you realize the resemblance to Doug?

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Gulp- By Lindsey

This is a short story about the digestive system.
Hope you enjoy!

A Guided Tour of the
Digestive System

Written and Illustrated
By Lindsey Madsen
Hi! I’m Sam, the Kellog’s Frosted Mini-Wheat! I’m chock full of fiber, and I’m about to get eaten! Here we go!

Into the mouth, otherwise known as the oral cavity. I’ve heard stories about it. It grinds down food using mechanical digestion (the teeth) and chemical digestion (the enzymes- chemicals that break down foods). But those enzymes don’t look so tough. Not when I have fiber. Those teeth on the other hand! Look out!

Wow! That was a narrow escape! Now I’m in the esopha-what-you-ma-callet. The esophagus. It connects the stomach to the mouth. And here come the muscles to push me down. And the stomach. Those muscles are really churning me around. I think I’m getting stomach-sick. You see, the stomach churns up food using its muscles and strong chemicals called pepsin and hydrochloric acid. Oh, no! Here comes a pepsin now! Swim for your life!

Into the small intestine. The small intestine absorbs nutrients into the bloodstream. Wait… where am I? Maybe I’ll ask that guy over there.
“Hey, sir!”
“Yes, what?”
“Where am I?”
“In the gallbladder. I think you took a wrong turn. The gallbladder only stores bile produced in the liver. Where do you come from?”
“The small intestine. And you?”
“The liver. I’m a bile chemical and I break down fats.”
“And where is the liver?”
“Up there. It’s the largest and heaviest organ in the digestive system. But you don’t want to go there. Let’s see, try the pancreas. That way.”
“Thank you, sir.”
“Call me Bob.” “Well, thank you Bob. I’d better be going.”
“See you.”
The pancreas… huh… doesn’t look like where I’m supposed to go… I’ll ask somebody.
“Hey you, over there!”
“What? What do you want? You are in the pancreas. The most glorious of all organs. The pancreas makes enzymes and ships them off through that hole to the small intestine.”
“The small intestine, thanks.”
“Hey, wait!”

Wow! That was eventful. It’s so nice to be back in the small intestine. Hey, I wonder what those finger-like things are. They look like a wall of fingers around the intestine. Look at that sign.
“Villi (finger-like things) absorb nutrients.”
And another sign…
“Beware of villi. Accidents have been known to occur. The small intestine is not responsible for any nutrients taken by any given villus.”
Okay… and there goes my nutrient snack. And look… the end!

Well, I’m glad to be out of the small intestine. No villi to look out for. Onto the large intestine. The large intestine absorbs water into the bloodstream. How very boring. Dull, gray.

And the rectum. Wow, it’s crowded. I’m being compressed! I guess that is the rectum’s job, to compress food into a solid form. And here’s the loud-speaker.
“The next trip will be leaving in 10 minutes.”
Better be going. Here’s my ticket. Now, where’s a vacant seat? Aha… found one.
“Please fasten your seatbelts. We’re about to go through the anus, a muscular opening that eliminates wastes.”
Well, see you later. I’ve got places to go and people to see. Bye!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows

All of Rowling's books were very popular in many countries, including England and the U.S.A. Her last book came out only a short while ago. This book, entitled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows is about how our fictional hero, Harry Potter defeated the conquering Lord Voldemort, known by most of the wizarding world as You-Know-Who or He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. This book is a great read, but rather scary, especially if you choose to listen to it narrated by Jim Dale. The scariness is very fictional, though.
Rowling predicted that after she published this book that she would have no fans left. She also heavily hinted that Harry Potter would be killed in a sacrifice to finish Voldemort. However, this hinting was wrong. Harry Potter lived through the final book, and became the master of death.
This book is filled strongly with love, though not seen through at once. However, though throughout the other books, Harry saves others and is saved himself by none of then lov, Harry wins this battle with a different element.
I would go on and on about this, but I'm afraid that if you want to learn more, you will have to read the book itself.

Sock Matching

How do you feel about matching socks? Probably, that's it's kind of a waste of time, when you could be doing other things. Please leave coments on how to invent the sock washer.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Rain Storms in AZ

Rain storms in Arizona during Monsoon seasons seem severe. My experience with one was warned by several severe weather reports and resulted in power outage, some struck down trees, and last but not least, a neighboring fire. It's horrible to be somewhere hot and humid. Please, if you move or vist Arizona, don't do it in the summer.

Friday, July 6, 2007


Nauvoo is a great place. There are many experiences here that coudn't happen anywhere else in the world. Many churches have an impact on this area, including the Church of Christ, the LDS church, and many others.

Great Places to Vist: Liberty Jail, Carthage Jail, Pioneer Grave Site, Boot Shop, Vistors Center, Nauvoo Temple, Missouri River (or Mississippi, whatever it is) see maps. Almost all the places are great. Any free tours are always, always great, esspecially horse and wagon ones. Family centers are always great.

Gifts and Sovineers: Always bring money. Some things can be purchased for less else where, and some things can be purchased at you home town such as paper, pencils, candy (rock candy and hard candy are a treat and will most likely not be sold where you live), and such else. Always keep some money with you, but don't spend it all at once. You might find you like something else better. Keep in mind you only have so much money. Don't buy expensive toys that don't do anything. (Once my cousin bought a $17 cannon.)

Fun Activities: Picnics are always great and lots of fun. Also, simple yet strategic games are great to play with lots of people (ex: marbles, who has the button). Other great games include stilts, dancing, sewing, tug-a-war, potato bag races, etc.

Things to Bring: Some things are great to bring to Nauvoo, and others are just extra weight to carry. Bring your journal, possibly a book (don't be reading so much you miss out on everything else), sewing or knitting, etc. Also, pack a light jacket, a hat, and a light raincoat. Definitely Claritan or Benydryl, bug spray, and sun screan. You might find you want or need these items during activites.

Nauvoo is a great place. If you get a chance to go there, take it.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Book Suggestions

Books suggested [especially suggested for girls]:

Ages 4-6
Dr. Suess
Ready-to-read Arthur Books
My Little Pony

Ages 6-8
Junie B. Jones series
Magic Tree House series (by Mary Pope Osborne)
Little House on the Praire series (by Laura Wilder)

Ages 8-10
Dragon Rider
Atrimis Fowl series
Harry Potter 1-3 (by J.K. Rowlings)

Ages 10-12
The Amazing Journey of Prince Jen
Harry Potter 4-7 (by J. K. Rowlings)
Listening to Lions
The Wee Free Men

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Harry Potter discussion

The seventh Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows) book is coming out soon, and I am so excited. I personally think that Harry will save Malfoy, living, and then Malfoy will save Harry, dying in the attempt. I also think that Harry's love for Ginny will protect him from Voldemort's powers. I also am very strong in believing that Harry will live, but Voldemort will die, of course after his horcruces are destroyed because the prophecy states that Voldemort will kill Harry or vice versa, and no one can kill Voldemort but Harry. J. K. Rowling said that it takes great sacrifice for great victory, but the sacrifice cannot be Harry, or else there would be no victory. I think the sacrifice will be either Ginny, Ron, or Hermione. I also think at least one person in the Order will die in victory.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Electricity by Lindsey (10)

There are two types of electricity: Static and Current. Electricity can get very confusing, so I'll start from the beginning.

Atoms are particles that makes up all matter. They are extremely tiny. So tiny, in fact, that scientists have never been able to see them. The only proof they exist comes from the power of radiology. Anyway, a atom has a nucleus and electrons. In the nucleus, there are two different parts, protons and neutrons. Electrons are negative, protons are positive, and neutrons are neutral. When an atom is in its natural form, it is neutrally charged, meaning it has the same number of electrons as protons. However, to create electricity the atom has to be charged, either negative or positively. For this to happen the electrons have to move to a different atom. (Protons and neutrons cannot move.) When an atom is charged it is called a ion (pronounce i on). Ions are the force that give us electricity.

As I said earlier, there are two types of electricity: statice and current, but now I explain what they are.

Static electricity is the force that makes socks stick and lightning flash. Static electricity is the build up of ions in a certain area. For example, if you rub a balloon on your head, and then pull it up, your hair will probably start jumping up to the balloon. This is because you have knocked off electrons from the balloon to your hair, or vice versa. This proves that opposites attract. Lightning is formed when the snow going down and the humidity going up knocks against each other and throws electrons around. The ions form in the cloud, and lightning occurs. The reason lightning lights and heats up is because air is an insulator, and creates friction, which causes heat and light (that's how the light bulb works).

The other type of electricity, current electricity is the electricity that we use that most. It usually comes from a power plant or a battery, but can come from other sources too, such as a generator. Current electricity is the flow of electrons through a conductor. For example, if you hook some batteries to a wire to a load (something that uses electricity to work, such as a lightbulb) to a wire to the other of the batteries. The light bulb lights up. Why? Well, the batteries combine chemicals to create a flow of electrons. The wire allows the electrons to flow through them, and then the lightbulb uses the flow of the electrons to generate light and heat.

Well, that's all. Thank you for reading this essay. I hope you enjoyed it, and even better learned from it. Thanks.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Interview with Grace (1)

HOw is life?
How are you?
Is life good?
No sound.
Are you mute?
No sound.
Are your eyes blue?
No sound.

The End of Interview.

Louisa May Alcott, by Lindsey (10)

Louisa May Alcott was an important figure in the history of our nation's writing. You might recognize her for writing Little Women, but most people don't recognize her for what she really is.

She served as a nurse during the Civil War, tried to improve women rights, wrote countless books, and was a transcendetaslismist.

Her life started much like ours, with a young spirit finding her way into the world in November of 1832. Her family was extremely poor for the first few years, until Louisa's father, Bronson, opened a new school in Boston: The Temple School, a school with a unusual quality of kindness instead of discipline.

Louisa was a naughty girl, resulting in her being put in school very early (at the age of two). She was also a tomboy and once stated "No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race," she claimed, " and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences....". She once was dared to roll down a hill in a barrel, that broke before she hit the bottom the hill. She was found unconscious and taken home. While a doctor was examining her, she woke up and questioned who was hurt and how.

After a while in Boston, the Alcotts decided to move to the outskirts of Boston due to the closing of the Temple School. Bronson took on many jobs, but none bringing much money, so the family decided to move to Fruitlands with other transcendilismists. The Alcotts loved the land there, but decided to carry on more transcendilism acts by moving to yet another farm land with the idea that everyone would work together to bring in crops so that absolutely no stores would be necessary. This idea failed, partly because Bronson became ill.

The Alcotts moved back to Boston, and heavy labor came upon their shoulders to live, including early jobs for Louisa and her older sister, Anna, such as laundry maids and school teachers, but they kept through it.

After the Civil War started, Louisa decided that she would go and serve as a nurse for pay, because there was nothing else to do, and she wanted to do something to support the country and her fellow soldiers.

Louisa was accepted as a nurse in a position of the Washington D.C. Hospital. A few weeks after she had arrived there, she found the story she had submitted to a magazine for a prize of $100 had won.

After six months of working as a nurse, Louisa fell ill with typhoid fever, and was treated with calomel, a medicine that contains mercury. She was kept in bed, during which she wrote Hospital Sketches, a book illustrating the hospital that she worked at, afterwhich she recovered for the time being, but was sent home.

Miss Alcott's new book was sent in for publishing many different times at many different places, but wasn't published until she found a man by the name of Thomas Niles, who agreed to help publish this book and books to come in the future.

After Hospital Sketches and a few other books were published, Niles suggested that she write a book for young women. Louisa refused, saying that she didn't like girls, and further more didn't know any, besides her own family. Louisa kept protesting, but finally gave in and wrote Little Women, a book about the only girls she knew, her family. In this book, she used what had really happened in her young life, renaming herself Jo. Almost everything about this book is true, from the fact young Miss Alcott would eat apples under the tree while reading to "Beth" dying from the afterworks of scarlet fever. However, a few parts were revised.

Unlike Jo, Louisa never married, and there really was no Laurie.

Little Women was a huge success, and secured Louisa'a wealthiness. For the rest of her life, Louisa kept writing other books such as Rose in Bloom and The Aunt Hill, as well as continuing Little Women in Little Men, and a few other books. However these books containing Little Women after Little Women were not reality, but made up since Miss Alcott never married, or had children besides her adopted "Lizzie" (the ofspring of her sister who had died about two months after childbirth from a certain illness).

Alcott stopped her fluency of writing books by the time she aged over fifty years of age, from the mercury she had been given in the form of calomel.

Alcott died on March 6, 1888, two days after her father from the after-affects of mercury poisoning. But her legacy still lives on.

Swimming Lessons, by Rachel (4)

I have a teacher name Lizzie, who teaches Scout and me. We learn new kicks, and play red light, green light. When its green light, we kick. When its red light, we stop. When its yellow light, we kick slowly. We do ice cream scoops. We do chicken, airplane, soldier. We do peacock, soldier, monkey, airplane. We can do whatever we want to do if our mom's not there. We do standing dives. We do some jumps. On the first day of swimming lessons, I got a kitkat. On the last day of my swimming lessons, I got Sweedish Fish. I love swimming lessons.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


This is Grace. By Lindsey. (Picture taken in D.C.)

Some Questions

  • Why isn't Puerto Rico a state when Hawaii is?
  • What is the most important thing that everything is based on in this world?
  • Why do we say "a lie" and "the truth"?
  • What is truth?
  • Why do we park in a drvieway and drive in a parkway?
  • How do we know atoms exist if we have never seen them before?
  • Why do people use cigarettes when it says on the cover something along the lines of "these might kill you"
  • Why do people only use DVDs instead of VHS when DVDs get scratched?
  • What is the difference between a blue ray and a regular DVD?