"Lo, Children Are An Heritage of the LORD: and the Fruit of the Womb is His Reward" - Psalm 127:3

Friday, April 18, 2014

4H County Presentation Day

 Today the ten year old participated in our county 4H presentation competition.

The title of his presentation was "Life With Diabetes."  He showed how to check blood sugar.

He explained the difference between types of insulin.

And explained how to count carbs and figure how much insulin to take.

When the awards were passed out, he was.....

GRAND CHAMPION!!  Very proud of him :)  Now he can compete in the state competition this summer.  I'm probably happier about this than he is (teehee).

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Preschool Easter Egg Hunt

 First of all, aren't these just the cutest treats???

 Twinkie cars with pretzel steering wheels, marshmallow wheels and a peeps bunny driver.  Someone make a bunch of them and gave them to the kids at our five year old's preschool.

It was such a beautiful, warm Spring day today.  Disregard the five year old's winter coat.  It was breakfast time and he was having his food outside (which is quickly becoming an obsession) and he always wears a hood.  It was in the mid 50's at that point.

 The five year old's preschool hosted an early Easter egg hunt at the park today.  Siblings got to come too.  The two year old sure enjoyed being part of the fun.

This was the boys' first Easter egg hunt.  We don't usually do Easter eggs.  We prefer to focus on the Resurrection of Christ as the focus of this holiday, but this year we'll be doing this twice.  Saturday, our church group is having a big shin-dig out at our Pastor's home, which will include a picnic lunch (hope it doesn't snow!).

So this was a warm up practice.

Each of the boys only ended up with nine eggs, and thankfully they didn't care.  There wasn't any animosity or hard feelings at all. They had fun doing it, but they weren't obsessed with it. It helps that neither of them eats the candy in the eggs.  The five year old hates candy with a passion, and the two year old is allergic to it all - so he doesn't get to keep his anyway.  We trade him for the kind he can have, but so far he doesn't know there's anything in them, so we don't make a point of it.  I'd rather they not have sugar anyway.

 At the end of the hunt, the boys counted up their eggs so the preschool could see if they had found all of them.

The five year old had Dad carry the basket, and didn't have much interest in picking up the eggs.  He even tried to stomp on one of them.  He did find a bit of nature though - a broken piece of a pine branch.  He packed that around most of the time.

 After awhile, he just wanted to play, which was fine.  He didn't want to leave the park, and we were one of the last families to go.  The ten year old was at swim lessons, so while he finished that, we grabbed a bit to eat at the Mexican restaurant in town - super nachos, yum!

 Then we went home to watch our daughter via live streaming play a duet with her friend at the college recital.

They did a very nice job.  It was a good concert all around.  I'm so glad they do live streaming for most of their events.

Tonight we had a goodbye party at the local frozen yogurt shop for a man from our church who is moving away.  I had to leave early and head to my evening book club, and our discussion there was very interesting.  I love my two local book clubs. I'm in two online too, but don't participate as much.  I usually read the book, but haven't even bothered to comment lately since there isn't as much back and forth.  Everyone just answers the questions, but don't really discuss things like you can in person.  Our local groups are really small, but we have such great discussions in both of them.  Plus, it's a great "adult conversation" break for me.  I love my boys dearly, but sometimes it's nice to discuss things with people a little closer to my own age.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Helping Bugga

 Today while the ten year old was at archery practice, the two little guys and I stopped in to see Papa and Bugga.  The two year old was very interested in Bugga's earrings.  She took one out to show him, and he was determined to put it back in her ear for her.  And HE DID IT.  With BOTH earrings.  He was very focused and determined and was able to get them both back in her ears by himself.  We were very impressed and laughed in amazement, and now he thinks that what he did was really funny.


 It must be Spring! I saw my first Bluebird Sunday night :)

 He looked huge, but I imagine he was all puffed out to stay warm.  It was pretty frigid that night.  We had snow.

 These are red-winged black birds.  I'm not sure I got all of them in this picture, but my husband counted 82 of them in this group.

 My feeder has been very popular.  I can't keep it filled.  All the birds out here seem to prefer sunflower seeds, which is odd, because at my in-laws house the birds throw the sunflower seeds on the ground and eat everything else.  They only live about 6 miles from us.

 I love red winged black birds. They remind me of when I was a kid - they were all around our farm in Nebraska.  I tried for a long time to get a picture of one in flight because the color shows up so much more when they fly.  This is the best I could do.  I think I need a better camera. ;)

 Here they are in a tree in our yard.

 We have a lot of house finches too.

Some of these are so colorful. I love watching them.  They're the only ones that will come to the feeder on our window too.

I think this is just a cool picture.  My ten year old took this one, and I think I'm going to have him enter it in the fair.

 See the one on top of the feeder?  He heard me ;)

The red-winged blackbirds are quite a bit larger than the finches.  Here's a good comparison.  See the sunflower seed in the black bird's mouth?

Now look at the finch on top of the feeder, eating a sunflower seed a few minutes later.  I'm sure that's also why the finches are the only ones to come to the window feeder.  It's too tight of a space for the bigger birds.

We also get quite a few magpies, hawks, bald eagles, a few chickadees, and a woodpecker I haven't been able to identify yet.  It was grey.  I need to dig into my bird books and figure that one out. Ooh, and a couple of robins showed up the other day too.  Yep, disregard the snow.  Spring is here! (For that matter, we do have a little snow on the ground - still all covered thanks to the blizzard last night - but some of these pictures were taken up to a month ago.)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Air Rifle County Shoot

 This afternoon was our 4H air rifle county shoot.  The ten year old is really into the shooting sports.

 They had to shoot from three positions - prone, sitting, and kneeling.

 Between rounds, the two year old offered a little brotherly encouragement.

 And encouraged one of the ten year old's best friends too.

 The peanut gallery was pretty silent while the brother was shooting.  But then we had to wait for another round of shooters - over an hour longer - before awards were given out.  It was a nightmare trying to keep the little ones quiet.

(Over the last two nights I've figured out that the five year old reacts very badly to something in Caprisun juice bags.  Both nights he has gone from being sweet, quiet, and polite, to crazy, wild and out of control within minutes.  I think we're going to have to eliminate them.  Unfortunately, he loves them.)

This was all of the boys (and the one girl) that participated in the county shoot.  (One boy was missing from the picture.)

 These two were a riot.  They are friends from church and always look forward to playing together.

He likes her silky hair.  :)

This was toward the end when I took them into a back room in hopes of keeping them quiet (it didn't work for long).

I love her face in this one :)

When they finally announced the awards, our ten year old was Reserve Grand Champion!  Second place :)

He also scored his personal best on one set of targets - 88 out of 100 points!  In fact his scores were - prone 88 and 87 (they shoot two pages of targets from the prone position, sitting 68, and kneeling 71.  His total score was 314.

The impressive thing was that the 5 seniors that participated were only 10 points apart in their scores.  They ranged from 316-326 (but they have to shoot from the standing position, which is much harder, and the junior level doesn't have to do that).

 When we got home, the wind started blowing like crazy, bringing in another storm.  You can't tell well from the photos, but it was snowing completely sideways with very high winds.

It blew down the castle that the ten year old had set up, waiting for Dad to help with the screws (we never managed to get this put together when we moved in last fall.

Within just a couple of minutes, it was plastered with snow.

It's dark now, but my kitchen window (on the west side of the house) is completely blocked with snow, and we have a good two inches on the deck, despite the high wind.  Springtime in the Rockies :)