October 30, 2011


Jake had his first 3 on 3 basketball tournament this weekend. It was so fun to watch them play. They played 3 games and competed against some very good, experienced players. Although they didn't win any of their games they all had a great time and are excited for their next tournament. I'm looking forward to watching as their confidence and skills get better and better!

October 23, 2011

The Fair Was a Success!

Tuesday night we made rolled sugar cookies. The challenge was to find 4 cookies that looked the same for entering in the fair. Same size, thickness, color, etc.

After the cookies were finished it was out to the shop to put the final coat of oil on the step stool.

Wednesday afternoon was interview judging. The kids stand in line with their projects and wait their turn to be judged. The judges ask questions about the project to determine what you learned and to make sure you did it yourself. I wasn't able to be there for that part so I sent the camera with Tim and he took photos so I could see!

Here he's being judged on his stool. The only question he could remember being asked was what kind of wood he used...pine.

For the cookies he was asked what the hardest part was, his answer was setting the timer. I would have said rolling out the dough (I don't like making rolled cookies!)

He got blue ribbons on both of his projects! And since we didn't have any animals entered, that was it for our 4-H fair experience this year!

October 16, 2011

Joan, Maris & Emmitt

I took some family photos for a friend this weekend. The leaves seemed to fall from the trees so quickly this year there are pretty much only bare branches left. We did manage to get a few with some pretty fall colors though.

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Getting Ready for the Fair

Next week is fair time! This is Jake's first year in 4-H so we're starting slow by only entering 2 projects. Actually I think 2 projects is about right so maybe we'll stick with that. He chose to make rolled sugar cookies and a wooden step stool. We did a practice run on the cookies last weekend and will make the ones for the fair Tuesday night. The stool is almost complete. He sanded it down and put a coating of oil on it. The linseed oil/turpentine mix smelled really strong, hence the need for the face mask. It needs another coat of oil and then it will be finished!

October 9, 2011

Livia, Reese & Elias - Fall Photos

My sister brought her kids over on Saturday for a fall photo shoot. It was the perfect picture taking day...little wind and no sun! We had a bit of a challenge but a lot of laughs with Elias. It's hard to keep a 9 month old still and keep him from putting everything into his mouth!

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