Brief Miscellan-ey

Not too shabby for my 11 year old & 7 year old sons!
They can def make a mean salad.

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This summer, my children have taken it upon themselves to keep praying mantises as pets. Not sure how it’s been elsewhere in the US, but where we live, there has been a crazy number of them in our yard! They’re actually kinda cute… for a bug.

We had a male, Camo, but he recently died for unknown causes. Our female, Maple, however is thriving and just recently laid her egg sac! We knew she was “with child” when we saw her eating her partner. Very gruesome.

Anyways, we now have an egg sac. We took it outside so it can winter safely and perhaps we can watch it hatch in the spring. Kids are wanting very much to have future mantis pets.

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And finally, I have picked up yoga this summer/fall. I am *really* liking it as it is extremely calming and healing. Since I struggle with anxiety, it has been wonderful getting introduced to yoga.

Any other yogi’s out there?

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I’m Alive

Catching my breath here… we’ve been **so busy** these past couple of weeks. But I wanted to let you know I’m still alive & well and desperately wanting life to SLOW DOWN. I’ve got lots of blog ideas to write about and I can’t WAIT to get started!!!

So our busy: my husband was gone one weekend for a bachelor party (his little bro is getting married). The following weekend *I* was gone for a bachelorette party. And this week specifically, the older 4 kids have tennis lessons in the AM (thankfully they can walk to the courts– but this is an all summer Y program), kid 2 & 4 have basketball camp in the afternoons at the High School (I have to actually drive to that… but it’s only 1 week), and pre-judging for 4H was/is today, tomorrow & next Mon/Tues. Fair week is all next week. I will be doing a HAPPY DANCE of celebration when 4H is done. I love love love the program, but it is def a lot a work.

This year our kids were/are involved in: Recycled Articles, Aquatic Science, Consumer Clothing/Fashion Review, Aerospace (rockets), Collections (tractors & farm equipment), Gardening (Green Peppers), and our little Mini 4H-er is doing Models.

At this time, we do not allow our kids to do more projects than the year they are in 4H. So if this is their 3rd year in regular 4H, then they get to do 3 projects. At their age, their projects still require a significant amount of help and guidance from the hubby and I. This project amount rule will change as they mature and can do more and more on their own. We figure by they time they hit 15-16 they can choose as many projects as they think they can handle. By then they should be able to do much of their projects independently.

There are SO many ways to get involved in 4H. I had NO idea when I first got started. There’s 4H band & choir, summer camps, public speaking contests, talent shows, International Nights, workshops you can attend, trips and tours to Washington D.C., International Exchange Programs, state & national level conferences, etc. There’s also several awards and scholarships that the kids can be rewarded with. And stuff for the adults too like Open Class (where adults submit projects to be judged), Homemaking Clubs, clogging, etc. And there’s always stuff that can be helped with at the extension office or with grounds keeping & maintenance, fair prep, running clubs, concessions/kitchen help, project check-ins, etc. I know I’m missing many things here, for sure. There’s really no limit to how and where to get involved.

I really hope to do more with 4H as our kids mature. It’s such an amazing program ran by such amazing people. At least it is in our county. I hope the same for yours.

Do any of *you* have kids in 4H? What projects are they doing this year? How early do you start your projects? How many projects each do you allow your children to do? Do you count 4H prep as part of their homeschool curriculum (if you homeschool)? As an adult, are *you* involved in 4H? How?

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