Monday, September 30, 2013

Movie Monday - Ashley doing agility at the fair

Ashley and Lady did a great job with agility at the fair this year!  Here is their run.  Lucky for Ashley, Lady knew what she was doing, and really enjoys agility!

More Fair Pictures!

Judah and the only other 'little' besides my children at 4H pushing a chair around the benching area together.


We had LOTS and lots of time at the fair this year...


Ashley in a practice workshop on how to show dogs on her very first, very long day...she is NOT supposed to be laying down on the job, lol!


It was a long day for everyone, the olders, the dogs, and the littles.




This was the littles' favorite part of the fair...but Justice kept getting in trouble for going too close to others (though he didn't ever crash into them), and going too fast...so we had to quite going here as a place for them to get some of their wiggles out...






Justice petting a piglet.


Back to the benching area...here is Ashley with Blaze.


And Anna with Bear.



Here are Serenity, and Justice, looking at Callie's award willing photo of them...they happen to be wearing the same clothes as in the photo - which happen to be their favorites, lol!  Callie got a Best in Show, and a Junior Acheivement award on this photo!


Then we spent some time actually watching the chain saw sculptures being made...it goes much faster than I thought it would!


Here is what Judah thought of their work...


And here is Serenity's opinion:


The Alaskan Pig Races are always a hit...




And more benching area pictures...


It really was tiring!



Anna worked so hard talking to the public, and showing dogs on the table!


This is a practice session for the twins on showmanship.


Curious puppies!


There are the costumes that the girls would have worn to the costume party IF the puppies had not gone into heat!



The older ones especially were not able to really see or enjoy the fair while being tied to the benching area in the dog barn...so we had to make a special trip (and brought Great Grandpa Pence with us!) to actually see the fair this year.



Watching the lumberjack show...



And the Aztecan Indian Dancers...whose costumes were much more elaborate and...sequencey this year.



And there were a lot more of them this year, including this way cute little girl!


Children from 4-10 could participate in the quarter in a haystack search...


Which got the younger ones free pony ride tokens!




I think the pony rides were the littles' favorite part of the entire fair when it was all said and done!


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Brianna!

Justice and Serenity went with me to find balloons (Seren found a few too many, lol) and cake toppers.


Since Brianna is now gluten free, soy free, egg free, almond free, cranberry free, banana free and barley free, we had a real challenge with making her a cake.

Ultimately, we found a recipe for chocolate zucchini cake, that even her daddy liked!

But it doesn't have a strong enough consistency to hold together well enough to make a castle cake out of it...so this is what I came up with!


And with the leftover cupcakes, we made the 'castle garage'!






All in all, she had a great day!  She has felt kind of picked on lately because of her food allergy issues, so we wanted to make this birthday special - and what she wanted most was cake.  She said that the cupcakes were great, so I think we succeeded!

(And this is out of order...)

Fair Baking

Limits.  This year, I set LOTS of limits for the fair baking...it happened to fall on the same weekend that we needed to be decorating our 4H dog booth at the fair, and we just didn't have the same amount of time.  I didn't see any way we could pull off a big party to help us eat all of the 'leftovers that we did not turn in...

So I made them use their math skills to cut their recipes down to 1 egg...that meant having the cut it in 1/4, 1/2 and 1/3...the middles needed some help, but I think their ability to manipulate fractions has greatly increased!

For the cakes, they cut them in half, then made the cake in just one pan.  They then cut it in half before frosting it - this meant that we only had enough for them to take to the fair - so we did not have ANY extra cake hanging around after the fair!  :-)


Each of the older 4 got to choose just ONE "special" cookie to do...I was trying to cut a lot of the specialty items so that we wouldn't be as pressed for time. (HA!  Ok, so that was my thinking...as if that were possible this year - but it was a good thought, lol!

Bailey's tea cup cookies (if you were ever looking for a super cute, super involved, cookie that takes a long time to put together, here is a fun one, lol!)



Ashley's watermelon cookies (these were not too bad, really, as far as time and effort, and they were really cute!)


Brianna's brownie turtles...this was another laborious one!


Anna's cheeseburger cookies (and yes, they are edible cookies!  These were super cute, fun to do, and not nearly as laborious as Bailey and Brianna's choices - these might even show up again at some time!)


Ashley's lollipop cookies - not sure how she slid an "extra" special cookie in, but she did...


Anna's peanut butter blossoms - again, she got a '2nd special' snuck in there somehow...


Ashley's brownies


Brianna's star cake


Anna's piano cake


Ashley's heart cake


Bailey's train cake


Justice's monster truck cake
Brianna's bear cake
Anna's lightning McQueen Cake
Callie's flag cake (which she is disappointed that they threw in the garbage after fair, lol!)
Ashley's present cake
Bailey's musical birthday cake


Now, while I did set lots of limits, I also gave different freedoms.  I told the girls that they had to run the show.  I gave them suggestions (like decorated cakes 3 days before drop off, cakes 2 days before drop off, and cookies the day before.  Then to use the morning of drop off to get anything finished that needed it - this proved to be a really great schedule)!

The twins kept everyone going.  I approved all of their recipe cuts, and they did all of the work!  they did a great job with it, too!

The end results were certainly something that they should be proud of!

I am most certainly proud of my very creative, ambitious children!