Natural History Museum…all in Houston?

James and Mastadon

Up, up up went the elevator.

“We are the Acrocanthosaurs. We’re level five.” I told Grandpa Bill.

He acknowledged me with a nod. The elevator opened. We came out right in the museum shop. The first thing we did is we skimmed past the Wiess Energy Hall. That was pretty cool. We took the new elavator up to second floor. There we saw the exhibit of the Texas wildlife and African wildlife. The exhibits mainly contained taxidermied animals in their habitats. Then we headed up to the third floor. We saw a short exhibit about the Ancient Egyptians. I learned that they even mummified cats! Then we breaked for lunch. I had a massive American cheeseburger with a side of Cheetos and apple juice. I didn’t know how big the burger would be! I almost ate it all, though. After that we checked out the prehistoric creatures, then left. We had a very good time.

Coming Home Again

My Granny with me and my cousins
My Granny with me and my cousins

Hey readers! Last time you saw me I was in Ephesus, Turkey. But one day we got very sad news that my granny died. We had to go back to Houston as soon as possible.

Her celebration of life was so fun. All of my cousins were there. Before and after that day I went to my cousins’ house to play some video games. I played Monster Legends and Minecraft. At the celebration of life, we all shared memories for the first bit, but it was mainly a party.

Education Galaxy HQ

Today I went to the headquarters of Education Galaxy, a learning program for kids. I got a sneak peek of a few things; better rankings and new games coming out in a few months.

I met the boss, Mr. Jeremy, and other members of the team. I think it was really cool.

I got my Education Galaxy T-shirt from Mr. Jeremy

Education Galaxy is an education program for kids that has questions and games to entertain and educate. I am using it because I need something I can take around the world, have fun, and learn at the same time. It is space-themed, and the games have different rockets you can choose from. There are different alien rankings, too. The ultimate one is an Alien Superhero.

This is me testing out “Zigzag”

While I was there, I got to play a round of the two new games, “Zigzag”, and “Asteroids”. I especially liked the game, “Zigzag”. They asked me some questions, and answered my own. I think it is cool that they are my sponsors. It was kind of like an interview.

Link to Education Galaxy

The big 1-0!


 Today I turned 10! Yay! But that means I only have 7 days left in the U.S. Boooooooooooooooooooooo! I wanted to spend more time with my cousin.  For the party, we had a pool party at Aunt Brenda’s Community center. It was very fun. We played “Shark tag”  and slid in the waterslide. Then we had cake. It was delicious! Then I got four iTunes gift cards worth $100 total. I haven’t used any of the money yet, but I haven’t downloaded it onto my iPad yet either. I will use it on video games, I think. Being ten means I am one year older than I was.

Packing Preparation for Perfect Panama

James in Panama SuitcaseI had to go through all my stuff and I only had one giant suitcase to put it in. That was all I could take to Panama because we are selling almost everything and traveling  to five continents for ten months. I packed most of  my stuffed animals, some books, one board game, and ten cars. I also packed a starter truck. It was very hard. One of my stuffed animals wouldn’t fit, and I couldn’t pack any more cars. I didn’t have room for anything else. I wish I had more room. But I  am still grateful for the stuff I do have. Now I realize how lucky I am. Even if it doesn’t feel like much, I know that there are some kids in the world with not even an eighth of that. I packed the most important stuff, so I am happy.

Stitching – By Lambie the Stuffed Sheep

Hi. I’m Lambie. Soon I will join James and his family around the world. Today I got “stitched”.  Whatever that means. Anyway, here’s the story.

I had had enough of our family monster ripping me apart. I heard my slightly older brother, James,  asking my mom to stitch me. Whatever that meant. The next day I woke up in sharp pains. When mom was done, I felt really good. I looked down at myself. My tummy was blue! I loved the new me. Later that day, I was put in a car (I had been in enough of those to know what they were called). In came James. Mom grabbed me and gave me to James. He cuddled me – a lot. “I love the new you,” he said.

Starting in East Africa

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East Africa. We will be going to East Africa first. My parents’ friends will house us. Their names are Alex and Tabitha. They have two daughters. When we get there, one will be five and the other will be two or three. We will be going to Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. I am most exited to see the giraffes in Kenya.

Meet The RTW Kid

DSC01433My name is James Antonio Marshall. By May 2015,  I am 9 years old. I was born on June 15, 2005.

We are planning to travel the WORLD and end up in PANAMA!!! We have it all planned. The budget, the “then and there” stuff, and re-planning.

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The Big Trip

USA –} East Africa –} Europe –} India –} Southeast Asia –} South America –} Panama

We are going around the world for 10 months starting in the USA and ending in Panama. That is the main part of this blog.

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Last day of school in America

This was my last day of school in America. We watched the movie “Hoot”.  We also had lots more extra recess. It is based on the novel by Carl Hiaasen. It is about saving the legally protected burrowing owls in Florida. I liked it.

I am happy that I do not have to go to school for the majority of the week. I am sad I won’t see my friends again.

Mostly I am looking forward to awesome summer and Clash of Clans.

My favorite part of the last day was watching hoot, eating pancakes, and drinking orange juice all at the same time. I loved it.

The note below is a good-bye note for my leaving with no return. Vishwa made it, and he got people he thought I would want to sign it , to sign it. Some wrote their own little note. It is obvious I have many, many friends. I even made friends with the teachers!

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January Vaccinations

On January 5, 2015, my mom, my dad, and I got vaccinations at the travel clinic at Emory hospital to prevent diseases. Imagine a needle with a little bit of Rabies (rabies shot) getting poked in. That was what happened to me. My eyes swelled up in tears. A few escaped. Then a Yellow Fever vaccination that barely hurt came near my right armpit. I shortly lost track of it. It didn’t hurt later. Dad got four shots: Tetanus, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis A. Mom got two. The first time she looked like she was about to pass out. Really, mom. On the second she nearly cried. What was it? It was either Hepatitis B or Yellow Fever. We will get more shots, but those are other stories!

Mom getting her shot
Mom getting her shot
Me getting last Japanese Encephalitis shot
Me getting last Japanese Encephalitis shot