This week…

This week we start of with simultanious events.  First we have Broome County Fair.  An all week event, with exhibit judgings occuring throughout.  First day meant having our two show chickens tested for Pullorrum and setting up their cages.  Second day consisted of bringing an enormous heavy display board and all the fixings to set up in the club display area, that will be judged this evening.  From now on, we must check on our birds daily and clean cages.  Not until Friday will the birds and children be judged for their handling and showmanship skills and bird conformation.  A bath will be in order for the birds again this week, somehow at the fair grounds.  Which means an hour of blow drying will be nescessary. Ugh!  I already did this once this week.  Lots of preperations had to be built and made and learned before getting this far, so I am glad we are getting to a point where I can clearly see the end point.  Fun, but exhausting.

Next we have Kopernik Science Center Summer Camp for B.  This place is almost an hour away from home.  Daily I must bring B. at 9am and pick him up at 3pm.  He does all sorts of neat stuff like builds volcanos, watches movies about Mars, goes fossil hunting and more.  He really enjoys this camp.  However for me, having this going on at the same time as the Fair, is not so fun.  I go through a half a tank of gas daily going back and forth to this and the Fair.  They are on Opposite ends of the county, diagonally!!  I don’t seem to have much time in between picking up and dropping off to live. 😛 

To get through this time, S. has begun taking the bus into work every day, so that commute has lessened dramatically.  We are still working on how to handle the commute home though.  I am already near his work after picking up B. from camp, but what to do for an hour in between picking up Steve?  It just hasn’t worked, yet.  We are trying to see if  busing it home makes any negative effects.  So far, no ill has come of it.

Tomorrow, we will be picking up the grandparents and all attending the Fair as part of the crowd.  We will go on rides and eat junk and see all the exhibits.  It will kill our budget for the month, but I have no other plans anyway. LOL  I think rest will be in order!

Here are some pics of the teens setting up the display today and T. cleaning out his birds cage.  There will more posted after tomorrows events.  The reason T. isn’t in the display setting  up pictures is due to him running all over in total manic phase talking with the carnies.  B. is obviously at camp.  So no day pictures of him until the weekend.  Looking forward to a couple contest the boys are going to be involved in this weekend.


Horseback Riding Camp Finale

Friday of last week, T. rode in a show for all the families and friends of the campers.  We had a big lunch then began the show with the little ones being walked around the ring, then the older kids did a pattern involving weaving through cones and figure eights and stopping in specified locations.  So here are the pictures for the Finale performance.

Horseback Riding Camp

This has been a very exciting week for us.  T. began horseback riding camp.  We started with myself attending with him all day long till lunch on Wednesday.  Then I left his side for home and has been that way since.  He had a little hiccup on thursday during a time in which I returned to give medicine.  A large thunderstorm and lightening storm was coming through and a lot of the younger kids were upset.  He followed suite after seeing me.  His tears were subdued by a gameboy type toy offered by another child.  NOT my first choice, but it worked and he successfully managed to stay the entire day on Thursday by himself.  We are on the last day!  Today the schedule is different for the kids since they are eating later with all the families attending to watch the kids in a parade and horse show.  It will be fun!  I hope T. makes it through the day.  There are lots of extra sugars and chocolate being tossed around today which makes things very challenging for T.  I think he will be okay, though.  I am so very excited for his accomplishments this week.  He has learned a little basics for horse riding at walk and trot.  He trail rode and had lessons everyday this week.  I will probably continue to provide ways to ride throughout the summer.

Here are pictures from his camp:

Summer experiments

We are having fun using ideas from Mind Games blog and Unplug Your Kids Ideas.

Below are some pic of what we did this week.


I am so loving my garden.  the only pitfalls have been what to do about all the veggies when they arrive in bulk so I haven’t wasted all my energies on just one meal?  I need to figure out how to preserve these great veggies.  I am posting lovely photos of what we are seeing currently in our garden.