Monday, May 9, 2016

Week 49 - Goslings, Pinewood Derby, Cupcakes and PUPPIES!!!

Well this week, we were kind of on vacation.  We still had plenty of activity though.  So it was a vacation, but a working vacation.

On Monday we had a tour of a local bakery.  They got to see how they use they make and bake the cakes and cupcakes at a local grocery store.  The staff showed them how to decorate the product too.  They were experts and made it look soooo easy!  After that, the kids got to decorate their own cupcakes.  It was very fun!

On Tuesday, there was art class and riding lessons.  Caty got back on the horse and kept going after what happened a few days before.  I was very proud of her for doing that.

Then we headed out to the Sportsman Club with some friends to practice archery and do some fishing.

I even shot Brayden's bow for a while.  It was rather fun.  I think I'll keep up that little sport.

Caty was having a field day with all the dandelions.

Brayden tried to fish with the help of some friends.  This was the first time casting into the pond.

Wednesday was May the 4th Be With You Star Wars we had a little fun with that.  I had to work in the afternoon.  So I themed meals all day and they did a Chewie Bookmark.  They also made no-sew fleece pillow cases.  Joey and Brayden had Star Wars fleece and the girls had some of their own choice.

Death Star Orbs and Princess Leia buns...

 Trooper Scoopers and Hot Lava Dip
 Hoth Dogs and Vader Tots
 Working on the Chewie bookmark

Playing Star Wars chess

Tuesday we also went to the Scholastic Bookfair at the local fairgrounds.  I didn't find what I was really looking for.  The kids found a bunch of books, and stocked up on some reading.

On Thursday, we helped with the family garage sale.  Lots and lots of walking.  In fact, I was able to earn my 20,000 steps in one day badge.  I was pretty happy.  I started out Friday morning helping there also, before we headed to archery.

We had archery on Friday....

And then we headed back out to the Sportman's Club to practice handgun safety and target practice with daddy.

 Even Brayden tried.

Then Joe, Joey, Lydia and I signed up for the .22 shoot competition.  I got 5th place out of not horrible.  Right in the middle.  Not bad after not practicing for over a year.  The kids want to do this again.

On Saturday, the girls had Regional Pinewood Derby.  We had time to kill since the girls are in separate levels and we arrived early due to lack of communication.  So we went to the local park and enjoyed a nature walk.  We saw lots of goslings and birdwatched.  We even saw a groundhog.  This park has a great nature center, even Joe enjoyed the nature/bird watching window.

This mama goose was very protective....she was hissing at us.  We were even walking on the other side of the path to keep as far away as we could.  Forget Mama Bear....bring on Mama Goose!

Caty's Pete the Cat car was in the design competition.  She didn't place, but she got to go, so that was cool.

Lydia placed 6th out of 14.  Her car registered over 188 mph.  I need to do more research with her for next year.  I still do not totally understand the building of the cars.

Since it was Free Comic Day, and Caty was terribly disappointed that she missed the Brownie photo (she had to run to the bathroom and they didn't wait), we decided to run and get some comics together.  The kids love reading comics.

Then daddy and I gave in.....we got two puppies Saturday evening.  I know that I am crazy....very crazy for this one.  But we had been looking for tiny dogs that we could travel with.  Lydia specifically wanted chihuahuas....and that is what we got.

Meet Finn

Meet Chewie (as in Chewbacca)

Going to the pet store.

Yep....I am crazy.  The kids did enjoy their downtime, but it's back to the grindstone next week.  I am working on planning out the summer soon.  The summer is packed with 4H, Girl Scout and riding competitions.  But there will be some summer learning going on.

The next few months will be very busy, but very exciting!  Hope everyone had a great week!  See everyone next weekend!

Weekly Wrap-Up


  1. Your kids have such great experiences! Make sure you take some time for YOU mama!

  2. You always have the best activities for your kids. They are so lucky. The new puppies are so cute, love their names