Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GPS Resurrection Eggs

I have done this for a couple of years and each year I do it a little bit different, but I take our Resurrection Egg set and go out and hid the eggs in order and mark their location on our handheld GPS unit. Usually something like "Egg 1"- each egg gets it's own waypoint program.  Then I give the boys the GPS and tell them what they are looking for. Each child gets a turn to be the leader and be in "control" of the GPS and when we find the egg- we stop and read the reading that goes with it and open it to see what is inside. Then trade leaders and off to the next egg location. This has provided some good time for discussion about Holy Week and we have even invited others to join us in the hunt for the eggs- which is a great way to share the Easter Story with someone.  Maybe is you have friends that like to geocache- tell them that you are setting up a 12 stop find and then share the waypoints with them- what a fun way to share God's love with  others.

Our Resurrection Egg set is one that my mom made up for my boys years ago and doesn't look exactly like this, but these are available in a variety of locations and work just as well.

So have some fun with your GPS and the Resurrection Egg Set!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Music Man - the Musical

Keystone High School will be presenting the musical "The Music Man" on April 24, 25, 26. Which is looking like it  will be a great success. But for our family it has added some extra excitement  as both boys are taking part in this play. Robert will be playing "Winthrop" and Garrett will be a "townsperson." So we are excited to see what comes each day with the boys, but this has been a big step for them and they are having a good time with practices- so far!

Schick Scouting update!

March has come and gone in blink around here. But we have had several accomplishments this month  to celebrate.

On the Cub Scout Level- Garrett earned his Wolf rank and therefore has moved up one more level in Cub Scouts.

Gary & I had 22 of 23 of our scouts earn their Wolf rank- that's pretty awesome and we are excited at what these boys have accomplished!

Boy Scout Level- Robert had a few things to finish up. Well he finished those and that was like lighting the fuse to a rocket.  Robert finally got 2nd class and then 2 weeks later 1st Class! YEAH! But then this past Monday he was voted into the Order of the Arrow Boy Scout Honor Society. So now he has a weekend to attend for that and he will be an OA member!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Did you celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday?

Yesterday was Dr. Seuss's Birthday and the kick off for Read America. We usually do something fun for this, and we did, but not to the same level as in the past. On Friday when I was babysitting, Haylee and I read Red Fish, Blue Fish and then she got to go fishing form the chair. Fun foam fish and paperclips, a stick some yard and a good magnet. Then we read "The Cat in the Hat" and we played a bean bag toss game. I made a "Cat in the Hat" hat from an oatmeal container and red and white paper. She then had to throw her little bean bags into the hat.  And finally we read Green eggs and ham- we made green and vanilla pudding and made "eggs" for dessert.

Yesterday for my boys I made waffles with different colored batter- pink, green, blue. And while they ate, I read to them "Oh the Places You'll Go!" With the boys being so busy, I don't get to play as much as we did when they were home and we had all day to read and have Dr. Seuss games, but they still expect something- which makes it fun.  I will say that when I started talking to them in rhyme they thought I had lost my mind, but we all laughed as we worked on that for about 45 minutes- talking like a Seuss book. 

Mucis Man Coming to Knox!

We had exciting news in our house on Saturday morning, Robert has been selected to be part of the cast for the Keystone High School's Musical- "The Music Man." The have also asked that Garrett participate as one of the Town folk- so both boys will be on stage next month. It should be an exciting month and a half!!!  "The Music Man" will be presented at Keystone on April 24-26, 2014. Plan now to attend!!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentine's Breakfast

Garrett's Heart pancake
This year's Valentine's breakfast was rushed and became very simple.  Robert was gone and I was leaving for the day, but I wanted to make sure that I still did something special for Garrett and Gary. So pink colored pancakes it was. not just pancakes but heart shaped too. Then when I made Gary's I added some maraschino cherry juice to the batter- those were good!

Indoor Soccer Season begins

Today was the first game of the Indoor Soccer season for Garrett. This will be his 3rd year playing and he is doing pretty well. This year he is on a team with 3 other boys from our Cub Scout den so they work well together. There are 3 others that he is just getting to know. Here's to a great season!!!

Garrett in as Goalie

PA JR Holstein Convention

Robert, Andrew and friends from the Dairy club left on Thursday for State College for the PA JR Holstein Convention. This year Robert was competing in the Dairy Jeopardy contest, the display contest and 3 entries in the photo contest.  Andrew was in the Dairy Jeopardy, and 3 entries in the photo contest I went down for the Jeopardy contest just to see how it was ran and how Robert did. Well Andrew and Robert didn't have to directly compete against each other , but they were in the same age division. Andrew did well, and a couple of questions he would have had if they had asked him to be more specific, but he didn't have a score enough to move on to round 2. Robert's score got him into round 2 but he didn't move on to Final Jeopardy. In the end, Robert placed 6th and I didn't figure out where Andrew placed out of 15 participates. But they both did a good job representing Clarion/Venango/Forest Holstein Club.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sorting with Thomas the Train

The other day, Haylee and I were playing with Thomas and she has been learning her colors and as we played I was able to encourage her to pick out certain colors of engines and practice finding those colors. I would ask for the red train to go to the farm. And for her to take the blue train across the bridge. And she would in turn tell me where to take some of the trains. Before we were done playing we had sorted all of the engines and trucks into color groups, and she was practicing her colors too!!!
Our blue group

Our Red Group

Our Yellow Group

Friday, February 7, 2014

Robert's 13th Birthday

It is official - there is a teenager in my house now. Robert turned 13 a couple of weeks ago. It was a busy weekend and a very snowy weekend so our family gathering was a limited group due to the snow. But we had a fun afternoon and celebrated Robert! His cake was his deer skull that he is having Uncle Brian take care of, but the cake had 13 points.
Gifts- yes the hat and a game

Garrett's Pinewood Derby

 3 of Garrett's Pinewood Derby races - he is number 29.
With all the winter weather that we have been having, we were able to squeeze in the Pinewood Derby a few weeks ago (yes I'm behind) Pack 55 raced 50 Pinewood Derby cars on Saturday morning. Each boy raced 5 races- at the end of those 5 races the winnings were totaled- then we started eliminations, Garrett entered the elimination rounds with a 3-2 record and he won a few more races but in the end, he was not the overall winner- but that was okay. He had a great time making , painting and racing his car. His Duck Dynasty Car complete with camo paint job and Duck Dynasty logos was a winner to him!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Valentine's Ideas

We are having yet another snow day, but we have things to do. Garrett's teacher was kind enough to send home the Valentine's Day list of students and asked that they make a Valentine's Day Box. Well Garrett has decided to do Duck Dynasty, but I hate putting lots of money into Valentine's Day Cards when we can make them or print them for free- just the paper and ink. A few years ago I posted of a great little website that has free printable so here is the link again to that posthttp://schickfunideas.blogspot.com/2012/02/valentines-day-preparation.html

and here is the link to the free greeting card website that has all sorts of characters

 But with any computer and a few graphics you can print your own unique Valentine's and with a little thought into the sayings and what your kids might be into.  We have had John Deere, Firetrucks , now Duck Dynasty- those are just Garrett's.  Snacks and crafts are a completely different thing. But why not try your hand at making your own Valentine's.

Another place that you could use is Wordle. Here you type in words and then they arrange them in fun designs of different sized fonts and colors. Have you kids make a list of words that are used around Valentine's Day, type them in and see what comes up- it's pretty cool.  Here's the site to check out http://www.wordle.net/

Click here to see my Valentine's Wordle Wordle: Valentine's

But be creative and have fun!!!!