Saturday, August 05, 2017

Summer: June 2017

Summer always seems to go by quickly, but I sure enjoy these moments with both kids.  Here are some of the highlights from June 2017!

June 5th - Playing outside while
Jakob mowed the yard.

Jakob earning additional money by mowing the yard.

Jakob headed out Boy Scout Summer Camp on Saturday, June June 10th.  Jakob blogged about his experience, check it out here.
Jakob heading out to summer camp!

Jakob returned from Boy Scouts Summer Camp on Saturday, June 17!
Picking Jakob back up after he had a
great week at summer camp in Colorado!

Slightly tired!
Ashlyn decided to cut her hair on Saturday, June 10th!  She had Mallory cut about three inches off which really helped to reshape her hair overall.  Watching Mallory cut it was fun since Ashlyn was full smiles the entire time!

After swimming the morning of June 22nd and after picking up Jakob from tennis camp, Lana and I ran some errands and stopped by Hobby Lobby and picked up an afternoon craft for Ashlyn.

Lana and I both went to Going Bonkers with the kids on Friday, June 23rd to celebrate PK's 7th birthday party with him.  We had not been there for a few years.  The temperatures were predicted to be high for this day, so this was a fun morning while being indoor with air condition!

Jakob participated in the local 4th of July parades with Boy Scouts.  These following pictures are prior to him heading out to the Savannah parade on June 24th.

Paloma Creek had their annual 4th of July Celebration on Saturday, June 24th.  We enjoyed an evening outside visiting with neighbors, eating hot dogs, and drinking snow cones!

The kids and I attended VBS at Cross Way UMC between June 26 through June 28th.  Jakob helped by volunteering all three days.

On Wednesday, June 28th, the VBS kiddos welcomed our new pastor with water balloons and they sure loved every minute of it!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Boy Scouts Summer Camp

Author: Jakob Smith

June 10 - June 17, 2017

On Saturday, I woke up at 5am and my dad drove me to the church where our Boy Scout Troop meets.   After packing everything in the trailer, Jake asked me to pray us out, so i did.   Then, we all walked into the cars and we drove off to San Isabel Scout Ranch.   Around 12 we ate sandwiches for lunch and then continued driving.   Soon, we arrived at Garden of the Gods and set up camp.   Before dinner, some other scouts and I went to the pool and played.   When we came back from the pool, we ate fajitas for dinner.  Yum! Then I went to sleep late around 8 to 9.

The next day,  I woke up around 6 and played cards with friends.   We put cots, pillows and sleeping bags away.   After eating breakfast burritos, we went on a day hike and we got lost on the way back.   Luckily, Jacob and I spotted a landform that Jacob named Phillips and made our way back to the cars.   We left and arrived at SISR at 4 and met our counselor, Taco.   Taco gave us a tour and when we were back at our campsite we set up camp and chilled.   Later, we went to the flags and had dinner before an opening campfire.   We arrived back at our campsite and went to sleep in a very cold and windy night.

When I woke up the next morning, it was 6 o’clock.   Our troop had to go to the flags in the morning and after that, we had breakfast.   A big break was given to us for 2 hours, but we arrived at class at 9. My first class was First Aid and we learned the basic knowledge. The last 30 minutes, we did an activity that had a kid with a broken leg.   Then, I walked to Climbing and we put on everything that you needed to wear.   This was needed in order to climb on the real rocks that were called a wall.    Lunch was next and we  had a 2 hour break.   Space Exploration  was from 2 to 3 and we just learned about some basic techniques.   Astronomy was the best because we learned how the stars work.   Soon we arrived back at the flags and we had dinner and I fell asleep.

On the 13th, I went to the flags and had breakfast before going to First Aid.   In  First Aid, we  continued learning the basic skills.   When it was time for Climbing, it was so windy that we had to learn on the knots instead of the climbing season.   After lunch I went back to the campsite and chilled.   At Space Exploration, we learned about hazards and then Astronomy was up the line.   The main we did in Astronomy was hazards as well.   Soon we had dinner and I had a Stargazing activity for Astronomy and I learned where multiple constellations and planets were.   Then I went to bed.

Four days before we left, I woke up and had breakfast after going to the flags.   In the morning, I went to First Aid and Climbing and then had lunch.   From 2 to 4, I had Space Exploration and Astronomy.   Finally, I went to bed after dinner and the flags.

The next day, I pretty much did the same thing until after dinner. I still did First Aid, Climbing, Space Exploration, and Astronomy, but we also did Order of the Arrow(OA) and stargazing.   The Order of the Arrow stands for tha ta scout has proven himself worthy enough to gain this high reward.   Later around 9, we did Stargazing again but with our troop and ended around 1.

Jacob and I woke up and went to the flags before breakfast.   Then we went to Astronomy to work on the Plummeteer.   When we finished our rocket, we launched it and 11 and it was a funny failure.   For the rest of the day, we just chilled until the closing campfire.   After that we all packed up and went to bed, 10 to 11pm.

We woke up at 4 the next morning and packed up more.   Then we left the campsite and picked up food.   Then we were on our way and arrived at the church at 6:10 pm.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: Week of June 26, 2017

Last Sunday morning, I was on my iPad looking for some sort of produce delivery.  I was wanting to try to find something to help reduce our grocery bill.  Due to the cost of produce, without Bountiful Baskets, it has gone up.  Luckily, I found Harvest to House.  For my first box, I chose the Mixed Fruit / Vegetable Box, Large which gave an assortment of both fruits and vegetables for $33.  They have a variety to choose from including fresh meat and eggs too!  If you are not home for the delivery, you just leave an icebox out for them to place the food inside.  Ahead of the delivery, they email you what you will receive on your delivery day!

6/23/2017 - Mixed Fruit / Vegetable Box, Large

Menu Plan Monday: 

Week of June 26, 2017

Breakfast Ideas this Week:

  • Breakfast Sandwiches
  • Breakfast Burritos
  • Blueberry Muffins / Donuts
  • Pancakes

Lunch Ideas this Week:

  • Lunchables
  • Sandwiches
  • Leftovers

Dinner Ideas this Week:
  • Meatloaf with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Zucchini
  • Pork Chops with Corn on the Cob (Instant Pot) and Kale Chips
  • Leftovers
  • Hello Fresh
Smoothies this Week:

  • Oh Kale Yeah (Simple Green Smoothies)
    • 1 cup kale, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup pineapple, 1/2 cup strawberries, and 1 banana
  • California Sunshine (Simple Green Smoothies)
    •  1 cup kale, 1/2 cup water, 1 orange, 1 cup pineapple (next time, I will add a banana)

I blended the California Sunshine this evening.  However, next time I will add a banana to help sweeten it up.  It was tart in my opinion and even Ashlyn was iffy on it and she normally likes all smoothies!

Starting back at the end of December, I started receiving meal kits from Hello Fresh.  I tend to get them monthly now based on the selection provided.  I love how our family can pick and choose the meals along with choosing when we receive them!  Try out Hello Fresh and get $40 off your first box!  They have different plans including a classic, vegetarian, and a family plan.  I love how you can choose the menu on the classic plan and select when you receive it. My next Hello Fresh arrives on Saturday, July 1st.

  • Creamy Dill Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans
  • Kiwi Salsa and Steak Fajitas with Charred Bell Pepper, Onion, and Blistered Beans
  • Barbecue Pork Meatloaves with Creamy Red Cabbage Slaw and Sweet Potato Wedges
This post is linked up to I'm An Organizing Junkie - be sure to check it out for even more meal planning ideas and inspiration.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jakob's Sixth Grade Report Card - 2nd Semester

Jakob continued to stay busy during his second semester of sixth grade including student council, mathematics and calculator UIL, orchestra club, and after school art club.  Outside of school, his time is well spent helping with church and Boy Scouts.

3rd Nine Weeks
4th Nine Weeks
Semester 2
Contemporary World Societies

Jakob participated in Academic UIL in sixth grade focusing on Calculator UIL and Mathematics UIL.  At the Invitational UIL event, hosted at Navo Middle School, he placed 3rd in Mathematics.  As a team in Calculator UIL, they placed 1st and he also placed 1st individually between the competing schools.

On April 22, students competed at the district academic UIL meet at Harpool Middle School.  He placed 6th place in Calculator UIL out of all of the students completing.
1/28/2017 - Invitation UIL Event
4/22/2017 - District UIL Event
Jakob's turned twelve on February 1st.  The family all came over and we had a nice lunch at Babe's Chicken in Frisco, TX to celebrate.  Afterwards, we all came home, ate cake, and then Jakob opened presents.  Jakob had a few friends over to celebrate and a few stayed the night.

2/4/2017 - Roland, Jakob, and Ashlyn


Boy Scouts:

Jakob continues to enjoy Boy Scouts.  Since he was in Confirmation with church, he was unable to attend as many campouts during the second semester.  However, his schedule should open up this upcoming school year to allow him to attend the monthly campouts.

Shooting Sports
February 17-19, 2017
2/17/2017 - Selfie with Jakob

2/17/2017 - Shooting Sports

April 7-9, 2017
4/7/2017 - Buying Dinner at Sonic before
heading to Denton
4/7/2017 - Jakob and Ashlyn
4/7/2017 - Selfie with Jakob before the
boys headed out to Camporee
Jakob earned his Second Class rank with Boy Scouts Troop 366 on April 25, 2017.
4/25/2017 - Jakob earned 2nd Class with
Boy Scouts Troop 366
4/25/2017 - Jakob earned 2nd Class with
Boy Scouts Troop 366
Jakob continues to enjoy playing his viola in orchestra.  He continued to stay most days after school to practice.  Near the end of school, we were able to upgrade him to a size 15 viola.  It was a brand new nice looking instrument and he was so excited!

WINDY orchestra concert
March 23, 20017
Union Park
3/23/2017 - Sixth Grade Orchestra Concert
Jakob and the other orchestra players had their last concert on May 23rd.  He received an award for his class for best work ethic.
5/23/2017 - Spring Orchestra Concert

5/23/2017 - Spring Orchestra Concert

With the changes occurring at Cross Way UMC, I am thankful Jakob was able to complete confirmation prior to Pastor Chris leaving to his new church in Greenville, TX.

5/28/2017 - Jakob with Pastor Chris Yost

And... we made it!  Ashlyn finished her first year of Kindergarten and Jakob completed his first year of sixth grade in middle school!
6/1/2017 - Last Day of School
Check out Jakob's 1st semester of sixth grade here.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ashlyn's 1st Swim Meet

This little, sweet girl swam in her first swim meet on Saturday, June 17th.  Ashlyn absolutely loves being in the water and her confidence is building each day!  It is hard to believe, but we started weekly lessons with Emler Swim School, located in Frisco, in June 2015 for both her and Jakob.  This summer, both kids are swimming with Swim 380 and at Emler Swim School to continue to practice and build their endurance.  Our next meet is this upcoming Saturday.

25M Kickboard49.65 seconds
25M Freestyle-
25M Backstroke49.88 seconds

6/17/2017 - 25M Kickboard Race

6/17/2017 - 25M Kickboard Race
3rd Place
6/17/2017 - 25M Backstroke Race

6/17/2017 - 25M Backstroke Race
2nd Place

I was super proud of her backstroke race!  One of the things I told her before she raced was to make sure she touched the wall when she finished racing.  She used her kickboard for this race, more for confidence, and only used her legs.  Another girl, in the lane to her left, was ahead of her.  However, she forgot to touch the wall and from watching the video Jeff took, you could see the adults with the timers talking with her to get her to touch.  In this process, Ashlyn finished her race and touched the wall resulting in her getting 2nd place!  She was ecstatic as you can tell from the picture!  

Ashlyn participated with American Heritage Girls (AHG) during Kindergarten and will continue as a Tenderheart this fall.  One of the bible scriptures she had to memorize was from 1 Timothy 4:12.  She remembered the scripture and meaning behind it.  Her racing group this summer is ages six and under.  I wanted her to remember that even though she might be smaller, she can do anything she sets her mind to.
Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young.
1 Timothy 4:12 NLT
Lana and I took the kids to the north pool yesterday afternoon.  We had rain in the morning which canceled tennis camp for Jakob and swim team practice.  Ashlyn practice her backstroke using her arms and before we left for home, swam the entire 25M pool length and then went back the other direction!


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