Hi Girls! Lily here, bringing you this week’s White House Round Up! Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the Sasha and Malia are regular girls just like us. But this week the Obama girls were out at their soccer games with their dad, President Obama, cheering them on the sidelines! Even though they were playing at separate soccer games, their dad made sure to come watch both of them. WhenSasha’s team scored at her game, he even yelled, “Go…go…go..Goal!” It’s good to know the Obama girls love soccer just like so many of us!
But even though the girls play sports like us, they don’t get to do everything the same way. President Obama spoke this week about what’s going to happen when the girls start dating in a few years. Of course he’s going to be overprotective like any other parent, but he also worries about how they will deal with the secret service hanging around them when they go on dates. Imagine your first date in a few years…with your body guards tagging along! Your date would probably be super nervous if you were the president’s daughter and might not know how to act around you. The girls don’t have to worry about dating just yet, but the next time you wish you lived the life of an Obama girl in the White House, think about what they have to give up.
Hey girls! Now that it’s been getting a little warmer outside, I’ve been able to do one of my favorite things: stargazing! It’s so incredible to watch the stars and the moon light up the night sky. But did you know that recently a college grad student was able to see even more when she looked into the sky? She saw the Earth…its reflection in the moon, that is!
This is a huge deal in science. Sally Langford became the first person in history to see the continents and oceans of the Earth by watching their reflections in the Moon. If you stargaze a lot like I do, you know that even during a crescent moon, when part of the moon appears to be missing, there is a faint glow that seems to round it out into a circle. That glow is actually called earthshine. It’s like moonshine or star shine, but earthshine comes from the light off of Earth when it’s daytime that shines on the dark side of the moon.
Why is this such a big deal? This is a big step forward in helping scientists learn if there is life on other planets in the universe. It would be impossible to see what a planet looked like from far away, but if we know that it has water and oceans, there might be the possibility for life.
What makes Sally Langford even cooler is that she made her achievement using pretty cheap equipment: only a backyard telescope, a digital camera and a great idea! This just goes to show that you don’t always have to be a professional to discover something amazing. Use whatever materials you have and follow your ideas. You never know what you’ll discover!
Hey Girl Moguls! It’s Poppy here, and with Earth Day coming up this month, I just wanted to share something cool with you about what Michelle Obama and the Obama girls are doing to go Green! Michelle Obama started the first White House “kitchen garden” since Eleanor Roosevelt and planted a bunch of healthy vegetables in it like lettuce, spinach, broccoli, onions, carrots and peas. This garden will grow food for the entire Obama family and everyone—Michelle, Sasha, Malia and even President Obama—will all help to care for it. Starting a garden is such a great thing to do; not only does it save money on food shopping, but it can be really relaxing to work on and is a great encouragement to eat healthy!
As most of you know, I grew up on a farm so I know a lot about gardening and taking care of plants. If you’re interested in starting your own garden, you don’t always have to start big—you can find a small plot of land in your backyard to begin or, if it’s too cold outside, start growing your plants indoors in plant pots! Wherever you start growing your plants, make sure it’s in a spot with lots of sunshine. There are two different ways you can start your garden: you can either grow them from seeds or from small plants called seedlings. Figure out what kind of vegetables you want to grow and what grows well in your area. Don’t be discouraged if your vegetables don’t grow right away—it takes time! Gardening and farming both require being really patient, so relax and let your plants enjoy the sun!
P.S. Even if you don’t want to grow your own vegetable garden, you can encourage your family to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables. In addition to being fresher and tastier, buying locally grown food helps the environment since food doesn’t have to travel far and waste gas to get to you!