Archive for October, 2010

Play-doh Creations

Emma and I played with Play-doh the other day. First, we made cookies. Second, we made hot dogs. Then we played a bit with the Play-doh. After a while we decided to get really fancy and Emma wanted to try to build a Play-doh castle, and then I said let’s build a Play-doh robot. Emma said “lets a build a castle first” and I replied ” no, lets build a robot first”. We finally agreed to build a robot first, so we put our Play-doh together and built a robot. The robot was kind of fat the first time. Here is a picture of the first robot.

 

The robot with its creators

A close-up shot of the robot

 

After playing with the robot for a while we broke it. Then I thought we wouldn’t have enough Play-doh to build a Play-doh castle. But it turned out that we had a lot left after building a small Play-doh castle. After that Emma made a garden with lots of flowers and showed Mom and she liked it. I broke it since Mom had already seen it then we built another robot. It was even skinnier than the first one and was very tall. It was so tall it couldn’t stand up by itself. Here I am trying to hold him up.

Because he couldn’t stand up I made a chair for him. Emma decided to go back to making hot dogs. Here she is cutting up her hot dog.

As you can tell we had a really good time. I can’t wait until the next time we play Play-doh. I think I’ll try to build the skinny robot again so I can get a picture of him standing.

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The Pancake Thief

Early this week Mom made us pancakes and eggs for brunch. She made two batches of pancakes so we could have enough for two days. We had a good brunch. Emma and I ate several pancake sandwiches like we usually do and Katie ate hers plain. As Mom had figured, we had a fairly good stack of pancakes left over enough that at least the three of us would get pancakes again for brunch the next day. After eating Emma and I cleared the dirty dishes off the table and then set about playing. A short while later Emma commented that Katie was eating pancakes. Here’s what Mom found:

Did she feel at all guilty? We’ll let you decide…

Needless to say Katie was the only one who got pancakes for brunch the next day. Next time I think we’ll take the leftover food into the kitchen.

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Civil War Reenacting Part 2

Last Friday we did school in the morning and then had lunch. After lunch the family all loaded up and headed off to Brownville, Nebraska. This wasn’t quite as far a drive as last time and we were able to get in fairly early. There weren’t a whole lot of people there when we arrived. We got ourselves registered and were given a map marking where we were supposed to set up. Brownville is on the Missouri River and is quite a hilly town so they had to split up all the camps throughout the town. Mom, Emma, Katie, and I were camped down by a used and old bookstore just south of main street. We were the first ones there so we got to pick the best spot to set up our tent. We got it all set up and then headed off to set up dad’s camp. Dad was camped about a mile away up a very steep hill. Mom told him that we probably wouldn’t visit him in his camp. We got Dad all set up and then headed out to find somewhere to get dinner. Once again we ended up at a Subway. Emma, Katie and I all split a foot-long ham sandwich and a bag of Cheetos. After dinner it was back to camp where we got our bed set up and everything all organized. Dad got changed and headed up the hill to his camp while started getting ready for bed. We decided to stop by the bookstore before bed to use their restrooms as they had something going on there and were still open. When we got inside they had all kinds of food and a man playing music on a guitar. We sat for a little while and listened. Katie had a hard time sitting still and not getting up to dance. We enjoyed listening for a while then headed back to get a good nights rest. Unfortunately, we had gotten quite a few mosquitoes in our tent so Mom ended up battling them before finally turning in to bed. Once the war was over I was able to sleep without being woke up by buzzing mosquitoes.

Early Saturday morning I awakened to the sound of soldiers drilling. Mom said I could get up and get dressed, which I did. Katie was the next to awaken. She and I got dressed but didn’t make it out until they were done drilling. We sat outside our tent and had breakfast while Emma got dressed. After we were all ready we headed over to meet our neighbors. We were actually camped by a Confederate military camp but they had several ladies who were set up there and they had a boy who was my age. After saying hello we headed up to Main Street to check out the town. The night before when we were driving into town we had seen a dog in a wheel (kind of looked like a large version of a hamster wheel) and so we were quite excited about getting to check it out. On Main Street we were able to watch the dog running in the wheel. Mom showed us how the wheel had ropes running around it over to other ropes and pulleys and it was set up to spin the man’s grindstone. We watched that for a while and then decided to head off to the sounds of fighting. We headed back south of town over a bridge and just half a block to our left we saw Dad and the rest of the Confederates in the middle of a fight with the Yankees. As we stood and watched they retreated right past us and set up a new line of fire. We decided to back up a little out of the way and watched the fight for a little while. As they started to move on we decided to head back to our camp.  There we visited with our neighbors and I played with the boy. He had a wooden train and we had a good time making tracks and rivers in the grass and playing. Dad joined us a short time after the battle through town ended and we had lunch together. Emma and I went back to playing but Katie decided to rest a while. I think she was kind of tired.

Here’s a picture of Emma and I outside our tent taken that afternoon

And as you can see from this next picture we have quite a bit more room now that we have a wall tent.

 

Playing outside the tent

 

Dad stopped by again after the main battle on his way back to camp and told us how the battle had gone. We had decided not to walk down to watch it as we weren’t sure how far away it was and there were so many hills in town. Instead we enjoyed visiting and playing. He also came back after dinner and we all walked up to Main Street where they had a little street concert going. We looked around in a small type of museum they had showing some old carriages and other old tools. Then we listened to the music for a while before headed back to our tent. This time we were much more cautious and didn’t let any mosquitoes in our tent. Mom was careful to keep the lantern down low so as not to attract any bugs while we got our bed set up. Thanks to our cautiousness everyone slept very well without any buzzing or annoying bugs. We slept in a little on Sunday and once again Katie and I were the first ones dressed and out for the day. I pulled out our groundcloth outside the tent and Katie and I went out to eat breakfast and watch a few of the neighboring Confederates drill. For some reason Katie must not have been listening to the Drill Sergeant’s commands because he was very clear when he said “Ready, Aim, Fire!” but it apparently didn’t phase Katie. She started screaming and ran into the tent to Mom with strawberry jam from her granola bar all over her face and chest. It made quite the amusing picture. Unfortunately we didn’t catch that one with the camera. They apologized for making her cry and Katie decided to spend the rest of their drill time with Mom. After breakfast we went next door for church call. Then we headed up to town because Dad told us they were going to have an execution since they had a court martial and he had lost his case as the defense attorney. We missed the execution but we saw the guy afterward. They had a sign around his neck that said “deserter”. After that we went and watched the dog for a while then headed back to our camp for lunch. Here’s a picture of Emma and I on our way back to camp.

Once back we had our usual fare of chicken and rolls for lunch. As you can see that is still Katie’s favorite part of reenacting.

 

Raiding Mom's plate while she takes a photo

 

After lunch Emma and I were quite taken with the creatures we and the boy had found. We enjoyed putting a fuzzy caterpillar on the train and watching him. We also found a snail and put him on a box so we could watch him when he came out. Much like a watched pot never boils so a watched snail rarely comes out of his shell. Here we are waiting and watching.

Katie on the other hand was content to play with her doll.

Once Dad got back from the battle we got all our stuff packed up and ready to go. But in case you are wondering since Mom is never in any pictures yes she does dress up. Here’s one Dad snapped of us in front of our tent before taking it down.

After loading up we hit happy hour at Sonic and were back on the road again after another successful and enjoyable reenactment. I must say though, as fun as we have it is always nice to be home again (and at least for some of us to get to take showers and baths again…).

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Civil War Reenacting Part 1

Well, the last few weeks have been full of events, Civil War events that is. First, just over two weeks ago we went over to Pilot Knob, Missouri for a fairly good sized Civil War Reenactment. Mom spent the week before sewing and made me a new shirt and Emma a new dress. She also made bonnets for both Emma and Katie. Early Friday morning we all loaded up in our packed up van and headed off. It was a little over eight hours there so we had a long drive ahead of us. We made it there in fairly good time only having to stop for gas and lunch. We stopped at a McDonalds and on our way back to the van we saw people feeding ice cream cones to their dogs! Upon arriving we set up Mom’s new wall tent over in the civilian camp and then headed over to find the Confederate military camp so we could get Dad set up. After getting Dad’s dog tent set up, (which looked almost comparable to a dog house if it were next to Mom’s tent) we went and put a few things together in our tent and then visited and waited until the rest of Dad’s unit got in. We said hello to the guys and I helped supervise the digging of the fire pit while they all set up. Then it was off to Subway across the highway for dinner and back to camp for an early bedtime.

Saturday morning dawned bright and early. Mom and I got up early and got ready for the day. While we were doing that, a person who shall remained unnamed did not make it out of our bed in time to get to the restroom. Needless to say there was much confusion and excitement, which followed. We all finished getting dressed and Mom packed us up some breakfast in my haversack and headed us all up to Dad’s camp. Fortunately she had seen a laundromat next to Subway the night before so she dropped us off with Dad and went over to wash out our bedding.  Emma, Katie and I enjoyed our breakfast of rolls and apples in Dad’s camp and then Emma and Katie played dolls. When Mom got back we all headed back to our tent to finish cleaning up the tent. There were some kids in the tent next door so I played with them some off and on. Dad joined us for lunch and then after the battle we headed up towards his camp to take lemonade and pound cake to the guys in Dad’s unit. On the way to get water and to Dad’s camp we had to stop almost every two or three feet because people wanted to take pictures of Emma and Katie! You can see whether you agree…

We finally made it to Dad’s camp as they were getting back. I think they enjoyed the lemonade and pound cake. After that I went with the guys while they got a period picture taken. I stood guard at the top of the hill to make sure no one walked in the fort while they were trying to get the picture. The girls stayed back in camp and also took the opportunity to get a few photos. Here’s one of Emma.

Sitting by Dad's Tent

Playing Dolls

The rest of the afternoon was spent visiting in Dad’s camp and playing with our neighbors. After that we had dinner and then headed up to the dance. I watched Emma and Katie while Mom and Dad danced. During the dance they blew up the fort. It was really bright! We all had a good time and then we headed back to our tents for bed. We were all tired so it didn’t take us long to drift off. That night it rained so Sunday morning was cool and wet. We slept in a little later and got dressed. The people in the tent across from us shared their breakfast of bacon, eggs and biscuits with us. So between that and our oatmeal we ate pretty well! After that we headed to Dad’s camp for church and then back to ours for lunch. Emma was cold so she bundled up and played dolls in the tent where it was warmer. She cooked and fed her dolls quite well over on our bed. Here she is:

Katie on the other hand was more interested in lunch…

This time we got front row seats for the battle. We enjoyed watching the Confederates charge up the fort. Dad even ended up carrying the flag towards the end of the battle. As you can see below Katie enjoyed watching so much that she fell asleep amid the cannons and then gunfire.

After the battle it started to rain. Here we all are waiting for Dad to get back with the van so we can pack up and leave.

We loaded up in the rain and then were back on the road again. It was a much longer drive back. We stopped for dinner and then watched movies. After that we had to take a second nap and got home really late. After letting my dogs out one last time (who I think were glad to see us), it was off to bed. We had a good weekend and found out that somewhere around 20,000 spectators had been through there. No wonder it seemed like hundreds of people wanted to take our pictures…

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