Sunday, April 28, 2013

Now we play the waiting game..

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Typical lunch on the boat

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At the Salisbury festival

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fail Chuck E Cheese

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This guy has been holding up the game for like an hour

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The Coffee Grounds Experiment



We have been collecting coffee grounds for the garden and throwing them in as the holding can gets full.  And I noticed that the area that we threw the grounds on has a lot more sprouts than the area that has just dirt; so my hypothesis is that the tomatoes in that area may enjoy the grounds, as it may be assisting them in growing.

The kids and I are testing this hypothesis by arranging 2 cans; one will be a control and the other the test with coffee grounds heavily mixed into the soil.

We will be watering them and exposing them to the sun at the same rate and seeing which grows faster/healthier.

The kids helped dig some extra dirt out of the garden before we weeded this morning.






Then we added a topping of coffee to the test can and mixed it in, while the control simply got dirt.



The 2 cans:


We decided to test with tomatoes and planted 3 or 4 per can (we will probably have to pick some out as they can not grow well so close to one another).


Set them out to get some sun after watering them, and only time will tell

Monday, April 22, 2013

Bowling



The kids had never been bowling so we decided to give it a shot on Saturday.  They did really good and had a lot of fun.




There was this alligator slide thing for little kids that Alex used to get the ball rolling.  He actually was strong enough to carry his ball with no problem!







Sunday was fixing day, so I fixed the swing set ladder and Alex helped caulk around the pipe that feeds the toilet.







Saturday, April 20, 2013

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Dana made this in my truck.

We were at the bus stop and she was excited for Bob to come to her school for Grandparents Day, so she made this.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Fishing and Gardening



It was a good weekend.  We had a couple Rogers kids Friday night so another 2 could go to a competition in DC.

Friday night, we took the kids roller skating, which didn't work out so well.  Madeline did very well, as did Dana.  Alex and Emily, however, need some guidance and practice.  I really don't think Alex is one for skating.

Saturday morning we got up early (not by my choice) and played on the swingset out back, while I mounted my new toolbox on the truck.  Afterwards we got ready for boating.

Between all of the 6 kids there (The Barleys had 2 other Rogers kids, who stayed the night there) we had to go so many turns to be able to accomodate everyone to have fishing time that it took almost all day for everyone to have a turn.

All of the worms were gone, so the little ones helped me dig some more out and put them in a bottle!






Neither of which seemed to care about creepy crawlies


I taught Audrey and Dana how to cast a fishing pole, so they only needed help with putting the worm on the hook.  Once they saw how easy it was, they both just went with it, and were both really excited to be able to do it on their own!

Audrey caught a little bluegill.  She kept telling me how much she loves catching fish, and that both of her first fish were caught with me taking her out.


Trying to reel it in!



She's so cute


Audrey wanted to keep her fish



Bob caught a little bass, too.



Maddie had a hard time keeping the pole up because it was heavy for her, but not for lack of enthusiasm!




Waiting their turn for the pole with the worm on it



On Sunday, I decided it was time to clean up the garden and ready it for this year.  And Dana showed some interest in helping, as did Alex.
So I let them rake and smoothen the soil currently in the garden.  Alex just liked getting dirty.







Dana and I went to Wal-mart and picked out some vegetables for this year, and she asked me if she could plant flowers this year.  I said yes, so when we got home I took some old wood and made a box to sink in the dirt and add some good soil.  
Since it is a kids garden, I made them rake it.  Then I measured out lines and had them drop in the seeds  of the flowers Dana had chosen.





The weekend ended up being great, and we all had a ton of fun.  Kims other sister even came up and we had dinner at the Rogers.  My kids played ALL DAY Sunday outside - like it should be!  And we got a lot done in the meantime.  I love weekends like that!