Archive for September, 2010

Hitting the City-Wide Garage Sales

This morning we woke up bright and early, (well, some of us were brighter than others but we all woke up early) so we could go to all the garage sales in town. With $12 in birthday and verse money weighing down my wallet I was pumped and ready to go. After all, last time I’d found a Playmobil pirate ship and just maybe I’d find another one, or perhaps something even better! We got ready and loaded up into the van. Our first stop was a garage sale on the main street in town. I saw a few things that looked interesting but nothing that I just had to have or really wanted as Mom and Dad had told me before going in so we moved on. Mom went down the street and got doughnut holes for Katie and doughnuts for the rest of us in honor of the day. After that we were off following our map with all the pre-marked sales with those in the paper added on so we wouldn’t miss any. We went to quite a few different garage sales. I got out at most of them in the beginning. Mom was going kind of fast so I didn’t always get a good chance to look. After the first few garage sales we broke out the doughnuts. Katie was the first to hit the bag. She was quite impressed with the doughnut holes and was eating them faster than Dad was willing to hand them out. I continued to look as we went and noted that I still hadn’t bought anything even though Mom by this point had made several purchases. She was able to find another Tot Spot lawn chair so Katie and Emma will each have their own. (For those of you who may have missed the tee ball games along with the sideline games – Katie spent most of Robbie’s games trying to trick Emma off the chair and them climb on it before Emma could return.) Finally about three quarters of the way through the map of garage sales we stopped at one that had all kinds of Nerf guns. One of them in particular really caught my eye. I was asking Dad about it and he told me it was $15. This was, of course, more money than I had. As I was looking at it and getting ready to discuss with Dad whether he thought they might take less for it, the man told me he would sell it to me for $13. It was getting pretty tempting at this point but I still only had $12. I continued to check it out was really impressed. It had a removable tripod, all but four of the darts, and a belt that could hold enough darts that I would be able to wage quite the battle. Well, I decided to ask the man if he would take $12 for it. He said that he would if Mom and Dad said I could get it. Fortunately, they told me that I could if that was what I really wanted to spend all my money on. You can shoot it as is, or with batteries you can shoot it much faster. We tried it out and it works great. Now I just need to save up a little more to get batteries for it. I was able to spend most of the afternoon since we’ve gotten home shooting it and it is a lot of fun to shoot. Here are some pictures of me shooting it.

A Happy Customer

Reloading the Belt

In other news for the day Emma found a wooden doll cradle for her baby dolls. She was able to bargain and get a good deal on it too! Her afternoon was spent hauling all her baby doll things downstairs and taking care of them. She mixed them up cereal and fed them and put them down for naps. It was quite the long process. In between she had to fight of Katie who was trying to snatch up various baby dolls and items to help out. They finally came to a compromise and Emma let Katie brush the dolls hair while she handled everything else. Overall we had a really good time going to garage sales and were happy with what we found. Emma even finished the day having some money to spare.

Other than that our week has been pretty routine. We are still doing school and I’m learning more about playing the violin. I have been learning not only how to hold the bow and violin, but how to stand and am even beginning to work on playing on the open strings. I just need to work on making sure my bow goes straight. I got in quite a bit of practice the other day but finally wore out and had to stop. Hopefully I’ll learn how to play songs one of these days. Katie still manages to keep busy most days while we are doing school and usually stays out of trouble. She enjoys Mondays best because Dad is home to play with. She and he come up with all sorts of fun things to do. The other day she decided that since she can’t drive yet and that Dad and Mom won’t let her go anywhere by herself that she’d try another mode of transportation…

A Perfect Package

As you can see, she was quite proud of herself. However, I don’t think she’s going to fall within the flat rate. I like how the outfit shows off her nice round belly. She had quite the good time playing in this outfit and kept showing it off all evening. Who knows maybe she’s going to start a new fashion trend…

I guess that it all just goes to show that one man’s trash is usually a little person’s treasure…

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Getting Older

Well, here we are nearing the end of the first week in September. It’s hard to believe fall is almost here. We are enjoying the cooler weather! Summer was really busy this year. Starting in July we had almost everyone in the family come through at one point or another. It was great having Papa and Granna, and Grandpa and Grandma make it up for tee ball games. Grandpa, Grandma, Aunty Eva, and Aunty Anna were able to be here for my last game and also were able to join us for the pool party afterward. We had a good time playing in the water. I think Katie thought the pool was just a big bathtub! We had a good time visiting with everyone who came through. It was fun to see Cousin Danny, who we hadn’t seen since Christmas. He is almost as big as I am! We had a good time having sword fights.

Things slowed down a little in August. We started up school early in the month. I was a little disappointed that Mom made us back track some in Phonics but we’ve been chugging along. I’m not sure that I like school anymore but I am slowly learning to read more and more words. Emma and I do school together while Katie usually plays or gets into trouble. So far my favorite thing about Math is doing number puzzles. I’m getting faster at addition and am working on learning subtraction. One of the best parts about school right now is that Mom has started teaching us how to play the violin. So far, we have worked on how to hold the bow and hold the violin and I am really enjoying it.

Late in August we celebrated my 6th birthday! I picked out spaghetti and meatballs with green beans and bread for dinner. Mom made me a pirate ship cake, which had a sprinkles cake with chocolate and vanilla frosting on it. Here’s a picture of me with my birthday cake.

I invited Morris over for dinner on my birthday. After dinner Emma, Katie, and I all donned pirate gear and Mom gave me a treasure map. With a little help from Dad, Emma and I followed the map to find three presents that had been hidden! Everyone agreed that maybe I needed to work on my map reading skills but at least we were able to find them. I got some baseball cards, a Rangers sweatshirt and a Prince Caspian sword and gauntlet set that I had really been wanting!

The treasure hunt was followed up by a sword fight. The new sword I got even makes clinking sounds while you fight. I was having a good time fight and shooting my gauntlet only I kept getting got by Dad and his sword because I would go to shoot the gauntlet and realize I’d forgotten to reload it. Emma and Katie also got in on some of the action.

Robbie in his Caspian gear.

After our sword fighting it was time for cake and ice cream. The pirate cake tasted just as good as it looked. Even though I had been full at dinnertime I managed to find enough room in my tummy for dessert. Here I am blowing out the candles on my cake.

The weekend after my birthday we went down to Texas to Grandpa and Grandma’s house. There we had a good time visiting and learning how to swim in their pool. Emma was braver than I and got where she could practice floating and kicking with only a life jacket or a noodle. I on the other hand got along just fine with both or with my life jacket and a board. We both got quite good at kicking and going back and forth across the pool. Emma also spent some time jumping in to Mom and then going back to the side of the pool in her life jacket. Sunday after church we went to a Rangers game. When we got there Emma and I both got Ranger’s backpacks that looked like catcher’s gear. I had five tokens that I could use in their kids sports park. I let Emma use one and we both did the slingshot where you tried to shoot the ball into Captain’s glove. Neither one of us were able to get it in. After that I batted off the tee, then did a game where you drop round disks down through nails on a board to see where it goes. I got one in the home run slot and won an Ian Kinsler magnet. With my last token I decided to get two Rangers tattoos and then it was off to our seats. The game was really hot and the Rangers lost. However, as you can see from this picture Emma had a good time eating her ice cream.

After the game we were able to go down and run the bases. I went first and beat Mom and Emma around the bases. Here we are running around.

Robbie rounding first base.

Mom and Emma running the bases.

We had a good time overall in Texas. Monday morning we left early and stopped in Oklahoma to have lunch with Great Grandma. We went to Golden Corral and so we were able to get whatever we wanted. Emma had soup and salad while I went for something a little heartier. We all had plenty to eat and finished it all up with ice cream and jello! We had a good time visiting with her and it was nice to break up the long trip home with a stop.  We made it home without any problems and since then it has been back to school. Today we started history. We went to the library to try to find some books for that. (I found a book on pirates while Mom was looking for the history books.) We are also going to make a book about the history of our family. We colored the title page and Mom said we’ll get to call people and ask them the questions on our paper so we can write down the answers and then make them into a book. (So, I guess a word of warning if you are in my family I may be calling you…) Well, that’s about it here. I am looking forward to Awanas starting back up next week. We are also hoping to make it to a reenactment this month. Hopefully I’ll have more to post then. Oh, and here’s a picture of our motley crew that Mom took the other day when we were playing dress up. Enjoy!

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