Thursday, October 9, 2014

Simple Fall Decoration

As I watch my niece, she helped decorate my home for fall, but she wanted some decorations for her house too! So she and I began a couple of things for "her house." So our first project was the "Leaf Garland." I had some fun foam leaves in fall colors. So we took those leaves and pieces of colored drinking straws and she strung them on to a piece of yarn. So that she could have a "Leaf Garland"

We did work on a repeating pattern, of leaf -straw-leaf plus we also laid out a color pattern of brown orange green red. This was also a great activity for fine motor skills while she is threading through those holes and straw pieces.

Our supplies

Our completed garland


Monday, October 6, 2014

Beginning of Marching Band Season

Well from the fair we headed right back to school( or so it seemed) and Robert has decided to stick with the marching band for another year (Yeah!) During the annual Horsethief Day celebrations they had the opportunity to show off their new uniforms to the hometown crowd. And they do look sharp! But Robert has grown some which makes it more difficult to pick him out when he is on the field. They are playing "Happy" "Best Days of My Life" and "Let it Go" for a young group with a lot of 7th and 8th graders they are definitely improving. The band has over 75 members this year which is just awesome. After a few games and Homecoming and a joint performance with the Clarion Area Band  it was off to Autumn Leaf Festival last weekend. So here are a few pictures of this first part of the season.
Horsethief Parade

Combined bands with Clarion Area

ALF Parade

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Garrett's Flag Football Season

Garrett has been playing flag football again this year, but his team hasn't been doing really well, but the kids are having fun. Garrett had a touchdown, an extra point and a couple of flags pulled this past Saturday- so the team is improving and they were able to keep it really close the first half, but in the end they lost again.

Yes it got cold for this game!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Summer Wrap up part 2- Venango County Fair

This year the Venango County Fair was open over 2 weekends so we were there a few days longer than last year. This made the schedule a little different, but change is good! We started the week pretty well- Andrew showed his hog first. He did a great job showing and made it for the 2nd round of showmanship! Haylee also showed a pig!

Robert and Jas
Robert and Garrett showed their goats Tuesday evening(first time for an evening show in a very long time) but it seemed to go really well. Robert placed 2nd in his market class and had a very large showmanship class. Garrett entered his goats in the breeding classes. The only problem was that Ellie got too tall for him and her horns were right at Garrett's eye height, so he and Robert traded which goats they were showing. Garrett had Shamrock and Missy (Robert's goat) and Robert showed Jas and Ellie (Garrett's goat).

Garrett and Shamrock

Robert and Jas in Champion Round
Then Andrew was in with his beef project and he showed her very well especially for his first time showing a beef project.

Wednesday afternoon was a big moment for Garrett, it was his last year at the Pedal Tractor pull, he was 8 and that is the cut off. So he and Haylee both participated in the pulls. Unfortunately Garrett didn't pull quite far enough to get the trophy that he wanted. He won 3rd place in the 8 year old division,

Thursday everyone was busy - this was Dairy Day-  Robert had 2 calves, Andrew had 4, Garrett showed one of Robert's and Haylee found one to show too! Robert ended up showing more than just his own animals which was fun to watch him step up to helping others and animals that he might not know as well as his.  Robert received Outstanding Intermediate Showmanship. Andrew won Grand Champion Guernsey and Garrett and Haylee both received blue ribbons in the Pee Wee showmanship.
Robert and Rossi

Andrew and Orion

Haylee with Alabama

Garrett with Rossi

Robert with a Brown Swiss?!?

Andrew with Applejack

Robert with Marion

Thursday ends up being a very long day for the kids because when they are done showing they then have to get ready for the Livestock Auction. Robert and Andrew both did very well with their animals in the sales ring.


Friday was a pretty slow day the kids just waited for the Tractor Pulls. But then Saturday came along and with it came Robert's first Garden Tractor Pull. The first pull was 47ft, but something wasn't quite with the tractor so he is still working on it for next year.
First Weigh-ins

Saturday afternoon was the award ceremony and you can tell that the fair was wearing them out when you make them sit for to long and you find them looking like this...
Champion Intermediate Showmanship Dairy

And the fair closed with a demo derby and then for the first time fireworks. Jimmy was in charge of the kids in their prime seating on top of the ice cream booth.
Jimmy's crew

The boys had other projects besides the animals and they placed on some and not on some others, but it was once again a great family time at the Venango County Fair.
Shoebox Float

Recycled creation

Homemade loom

Small Engine Poster

Summer wrap up part 1

Apparently our summer got out of control this year and blogging was not a top priority, but I will at least try to sum up our summer a bit. We started with Weird Animals VBS at our church. Robert was old enough to be a helper for the first time and Garrett and Haylee(my niece) both got to attend. We had about 87 youth attending throughout the week and had a great time. Garrett and McKenna sang a duet for the closing program- I was so proud!

Haylee working on her Weird animal
Garrett and McKenna singing a duet
Part way through that week, Robert and Andrew (nephew) packed up and was off to 4-H Camp. Sounds like they had a good time with 4-H'ers from around the Region.

 Everyone was home for a few days and then off to Livestock Camp. I was a chaperone so Garrett got to attend camp too. He was very excited about that!
Garrett being the demonstrator

Farm Tour

Part of  Livestock Camp

At the end of June, we said goodbye to Leroy(Andrew and Haylee's great grandpa). This was difficult for all as he influenced the kids and picked on all of them. This happened while Robert was at Boy Scout Camp, but we made arrangements.  Robert was "tapped" for the Order of the Arrow at camp. We were able to attend that ceremony- it was pretty cool!
Robert being called up for intro
Scouts that were tapped leaving

Garrett turned 8 at the end of June which seems hard to believe that he is now old enough to officially be in 4-H(he can hardly wait!) The following weekend we had a party for Haylee's birthday, to which she feel asleep to her private fireworks this year.
Garrett's 8th with the General Lee

Using his new chair and blanket

Haylee opening gifts for her 4th birthday

We spent the 4th of July weekend painting the barn at Gary's folks place to prepare for their move this fall.
Barn painting crew

Then off to Cub Scout Day Camp for a week and yes I was a chaperone there too! We had a good group of scouts with us and they did very well with BB's and archery, crafts and nature.
Cub Scouts from Pack 55 that went to Day Camp
Garrett at Archery

Robert was back to Custaloga Town in July for his Order of the Arrow Ordeal. He passed and was brought into the Langundowi Lodge #46.
Robert achieved Order of the Arrow

And that brought us to fair preparations and the Venango County Fair Which will receive it's own post or two