Tuesday, August 9, 2016

West Ottertail County Fair

Whew! We survived the heat of the county fair and had an amazing time seeing how all of our projects did. I think we had close to 80 projects this year, but the kids know the fair routine and breezed through their interviews. The blue ribbons were too numerous to count!

 Kassidy is a cloverbud and they can enter 3 projects on the day of the fair. She had a hard time choosing which three projects were her favorite!
Her fairy garden.

 Karolyn received a reserve champion ribbon on her gymnastics poster!

 Kaylee received a Reserve ribbon on her ready to ride poster.

Kolsen was so excited when he discovered he won GRAND Champion on his Hen House Poster. He will be taking this down to the state fair later in the month. He also got a reserve champion ribbon on his salsa that he canned, but I didn't get a picture of that one. 

Next year maybe we'll have animals!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Food Review 2016

 This was our first year participating in Food Review Day for 4-H. The kids had a blast planning out their meals and created quite the mess in the kitchen. They did an amazing job and we learned some additional things we will do differently next year.

Kassidy made scrambled eggs and came home with a Cloverbud Ribbon!

Kaylee decided to share her crepes recipe and won a blue ribbon!

 Kolsen made his duck, kale and white bean soup. He came home with a blue ribbon and also a Reserve Champion for the 6th grade and up category!

 Karolyn wasn't able to participate this year because she was having an amazing time at Biology Camp.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Fashion Review and Talent Show

4-H is a huge part of our school year and summer!

This year we tried out the fashion review and talent show for the first time. The girls did an amazing job sewing new outfits and putting together recycled outfits. Kolsen also played the piano and Kaylee played a flute solo. Kolsen received  Reserve Champion overall for the talent show! 

 Reserve Champion x2 for her constructed outfit!

 Reserve Champion for her recycled outfit.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Piano Concert May 2016

My kids amaze me all the time. They work so hard to perfect their songs and I'm blessed that they are willing to practice without me having to nag them. They love their music teacher and we are so lucky to have her in our lives. My kids love going to lessons and spending time with their teacher Aimee! This was their third concert with Aimee. They've been taking lessons for a year and a half with her and she is amazing.

This video was shot the week before the concert, so they aren't dressed up. (and I'm not sure some of them had their hair combed, oh well.) I loved not having to worry about recording their songs the day of the concert and I could just enjoy listening to them perform.

Fairy Gardens

These two beautiful girls got to attend a fairy gardening class at Swedburg Nursery in Battle Lake. They had a blast picking out plants and accessories and I'm hoping we can keep them alive for the next month, so we can enter  them in the county fair.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Time with Nana and Papa

We had a blast this past week! Nana Kristi, Papa Tom and even Papa Bruce were up for a visit. Of course we drug them around to all our various kid activities and even managed to squeeze in some extra activities too.

Kolsen ran the 800, 1 mile and did the long jump at his last track meet for the year. He had a PR in the 800 and long jump, and matched his best time in the mile with a great final lap!

 We stopped by the Science Museum of MN in the twin cities. 
We will definitely be going back the this museum sometime soon.

 We stopped by the free Como Zoo and Conservatory.

We had a quick practice piano recital since all the grandparents had to leave before our recital.

 Bowling is always fun!

 While the boys went fishing Nana, the girls and I went walking around Lake Alice. 
We had beautiful weather all week long!

 mmm...ice cream and marbles on the deck.

We finished up a bunch of 4-H projects for the fair.

Last Day of School 2016

We had an amazing year of school this year!
These four kiddos always amaze me with their growth and learning each year.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hen Houses 2016 Edition

These pictures were from a few weeks ago. Each year, Shawn takes us around to a few of the local hen houses to rehab them and make sure they are ready for the next season of baby ducks. We all love finding a hen house nest with eggs shells in it, showing the ducks had a successful clutch! I love that Shawn gets to share his passion for preserving God's creation with our kids.

Kaylee and Shawn, checking out a wood duck box they installed the previous year.