We return from vacation in time for the fair, because my 4-Hers do not want to miss the fair. I barely took pictures, we were so busy!
First up was the parade. Our club made a float and the kids brought something they love doing in 4-H on the float. I have a flower gardener, bug collector and artist. Our club member designed the shirts, aren't they fabulous?!
We also manned the exhibit hall. The bigs were thrilled to see their ribbons.
In our 1880s home, at some point a tiny little mudroom was added off the kitchen. It had windows on all sides, so it was really only a narrow bench when we first moved in (which basically became a dumping ground. A few years ago we found out one of the windows was rotted through and needed to be replaced. I suggested we instead just sheetrock it and put in cubbies. My father in law made that happen on the inside (thank you!) and my dad put wooden siding on the outside (thank you!). For no good reason, I never finished what was started on the inside. So, what did I finally do? A shelf was moved up to make room for hooks, I mudded, spackled and turned the eggshell color to a crisp white. I painted the door red. Hooks we found in our attic went up. I pulled up the carpet and found wood floors (YES!) that I sanded and finished. Then I bought some baskets and a rug and found other random things around the house. It is totally different from before, much more functional. It cost us next to nothing, because we already had almost all the supplies. I am so happy with it (although all the bins are empty because I still have a box of random stuff I need to determine where it goes). It is also pretty much impossible to get a good photo the space with so many obstacles. If you can't visualize it in pictures, you'll just have to stop by!
Some days my plans are picture perfect, enjoyable and peaceful.
And then everything comes at me, pecking incessantly.
I try to get rid of the junk so I can focus on the good, but the pummeling continues, pounding headache sets in and I am just so defeated.
You ask 10,000 questions every minute. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but that's what it feels like sometimes!
You are an amazing artist. I have given you prompts each week over the last year challenging you to take your drawings to the next level and they keep on getting more intricate. Your trucks in particular are so detailed, 3D and now have all these shadows.
You enjoy swimming, horseback riding, biking, x country skiing and nature walks. You are excited to take up archery lessons this fall. You plan on being a game warden.
Your newest hobby this past year has driven me crazy. You love to get trucks to beep at you. You wave to everyone. People are constantly beeping driving by...which you love.
School would be much better, in your opinion, if you were just read to and you could draw simultaneously all the live long day. But, writing and math, and you are doing better coping with those things you want to go away. You love being homeschooled and frequently say that you want to be homeschooled your whole life.
I think my favorite thing about you is your heart. You get along with people of all ages and try to say and do kind things for everyone. You try to stay on the right path, but when you fall off, you are good about apologizing and working to do better.
What is your favorite color? Green
What is your favorite animal? Cow
What is your favorite book? Henry Huggins and Farmer Boy. I can't think of more, I have so many favorite books.
What is your favorite song? I don't have one, I don't think.
What is your favorite food? I have a lot of favorite foods. Oreos, Jolly Ranchers, Sour Cream and onion chips, Santa snacks (snacks from the stocking).
What is your favorite drink? Cranberry Juice
What is your favorite breakfast food? Waffles, even though we haven't had them in a while.
What is your favorite snack? We don't have snacks.
What is your favorite outfit? Tractor and truck shirts. And the new one from Uncle Randy and Aunt Di.
What is your favorite game? John Deere Monopoly
What is your favorite toy? John Deere tractors, the new Nissan Titan from Grampy.
Who is your best friend? Daddy and Pap
What is your favorite thing to do? Play trucks and tractors.
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play trucks and tractors in the dirt.
What is your favorite holiday? Eliot Tractor and Engine Show and the fair. Those are holidays for me!
What is your favorite restaurant? We don't really go to restaurants.
Where do you want to go on vacation? NY and visit Cousin Dave's farm
What do you want to be when you grow up? Maine State Game Warden. I feel like all my answers are the same every year. (They pretty much are.)
What will you do on your birthday? Ate hotdogs, corn on the cob, sour cream and onion chips, fruit salad, cranberry juice and coconut cake. I hiked a mountain too.
I never take a enough pics of family (and many of these are my Aunt Di's, who is better at remembering to take photos than I am, thanks Aunt Di!), but the very best part of camp is family.
Swimming, it's what we do most when on vacation. Everyday without fail. Most days are double, triple or even quadruple swim days. Anna-Kate's first year of jumping off the dock!