Saturday, October 24, 2009

Jazzy Girl

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LES Fall Carnival

Last week was the Fall Carnival at the boys' school. I spent the entire two and a half hours doing line dances with the kids for three tickets, so Edward took the boys and hung out with them. Leonardtown is such a great school. The PTA puts on an awesome carnival and its so fun to get out and see the parents of the kids and the teachers. I think the boys skipped the haunted house this year (bummer) and spent most of their time playing the games in the gym. I'm sure Nolen's favorite was the rock wall. I'll have to upload the video of that. The kid is an absolute monkey! I love it!

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Farm Life Festival

On Sunday I took the boys to the Farm Life Festival. It wasn't quite what I expected but it was a nice time and a beautiful day so we certainly enjoyed ourselves. Nolen was most interested in how much money the cotton candy cost. One vendor was selling it for $4 and another for $2. He was quick to point that out to me so we could buy the $2 cotton candy! Ha! How can you pass up cotton candy for the bargain aware 6 year old?

There was a lot of old farm equipment on display although I had to make up most of what I told the boys about it. It would have been nice to have descriptions posted or pictures of it being used or something. In the Trades building there were displays of tools used in 26 different trades from leathersmithing and blacksmithing to broom making and barn building. I don't know what all was in there. A man who worked there stopped and said he hoped the boys were finding something that they were interested in. "There are 26 different trades in here. There has to be something in here they'd like. What are those boys interested in?" I thought I was making a joke when I said, "sadly, they're interested in video games." He did not think that was funny at all and then I felt bad. Sorry random volunteer at the farm festival! I know remembering these trades is important and I would love it if my boys were interested in something there but it was a don't touch kind of place with no explanations about what the tools were for. It was hard to spark a boy's interest when all I can tell them about an random iron bar is that was probably used to bang on something else made of wood...or thereabouts.

Max liked the chicks and the chicken. I'm surprised he didn't get pecked!

The boys fed this goat grass. It was really cute.

Always have to get a picture on the tractor.

This contraption had a sign on it that said "Two horse power treadmill". I'm guessing that means that two horses can be hitched up to turn the track and drive the belt that does something on the other end. See how informative the "mommy tour" was for the kids. No wonder it wasn't all that interesting for them! ha!

Any event is a success when there is cotton candy!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Catching Up....again

Well, I haven't posted in awhile...(that should be the new blogger's motto!) so I'll hit the highlights today. It seems like I keep track of people on Facebook so much that I forget to blog lately!

I'll start with our most recent (and cutest) development...we have a dog that seems to think we are his family. Don't worry, we are not taking in another dog. A few nights ago, after dark, I looked out the window and saw Jasmine playing chase with a fluffy collie-type dog. It was surprising because she can be a real bully to other dogs. She doesn't really socialize well and has nipped at about every dog on this street at one time another...sorry to Indie, Daisy, Bugsy and the yellow lab. But there they were, playing happily for about 30 minutes before I finally got her to come inside. Well, her boyfriend came back the next night and the next night! On the third night, he got close enough for us to get a good look at him. He had been pretty skittish before that and would run away from us. He came up on the deck and let us pet him which was when Ed realized he is pretty skinny. You know where this is going right? Yes, we fed the stray dog. He must have appreciated it because he showed us how grateful he was by crying at the backdoor for awhile and then spending the whole night on our deck. I have made flyers to hang up around town and hopefully someone will claim him. I hate to call animal control because I don't think he would have much of a chance there. He seems really sweet. The boys were running around with him before school today. He isn't around today. He has probably gone into the woods behind our neighborhood to hang out but I do secretly hope he comes back tonight.