Weekend Recap: April 21-22, 2018


It was a busy Saturday. Dylan had spent the night at his cousin’s, his mom was still at the hospital with Zayden until she could be relieved to go to work,

Papa sitting with Zayden in the hospital.

and I had taken Shyla to her first baton competition of the year. Her cousins, Zoey and Autumn are also in this baton troupe. Although, Shyla’s group was sponsoring this one, I had been unable to offer my assistance due to the struggle of juggling the kid’s schedule while the baby was hospitalized.

We got to the elementary school where the competition was being held and had to wait outside until the doors opened. We were actually early for once.

Shyla went to the restroom to change into her baton uniform and we were ready. Her group placed 3rd in their category.

Shyla was also prepared to perform a solo but we had to scratch it due to a mix up with her music. We’ll be better prepared for her solo at the next competition in June.

She also participated in the modeling for the first time. During this she could wear either a dress or another uniform. She had received a long dress at Christmas. (Santa was thinking ahead.)

I am fixing the bow on the back of Shyla’s dress.

I wish we had thought ahead, or more accurately, knew, that we could have signed up for both areas. It would have been some quick changing, but we would have managed it. Several of the girls from other groups did this.

Although she did not place in this section, we learned a lot and will attempt this again at the next competition.

All together it made for a very long day. We had arrived at the school right before 8:30 and everything did not end until 4:00. When we left, I took Shyla to Bob Evans to have an early supper.

Shyla loves ice cream. She could eat it morning, noon, and night.

(Her mom works as a waitress here. It is the original homestead.) We arrived home at 5:30. I was exhausted and collapsed in a chair and watched TV the rest of the evening.

Because the baby had just been released from the hospital the day before, we did not feel that he should go to church Sunday morning. I spent the day trying to catch up on laundry and housework.

I managed to get several loads of laundry done and put away and the kid’s bedrooms vacuumed. My husband washed the dishes.

For supper I went and picked up a pizza and some breadsticks.

It was a long, tiring weekend. I hope that this coming week goes at a little slower pace.

Weekend Recap – April 8, 2017



As usual, this was a busy weekend. It was also filled with fun activities.

Saturday I had planned on staying home to catch up on projects and cleaning around the house. But my oldest daughter decided to take the older kids to audition for a play being put on by our local art facility. Right before the audition we discovered that the girls would not be able to participate due to obligations with their baton troup. However, Dylan was able to audition and was chosen to play the part of Avery, the brother, in Charlotte’s Web. He is very excited.

During their auditions, I was summoned to my youngest daughter’s work.  She wanted me to bring the 2 year old over to meet the Easter Bunny for the first time. I relunctally agreed and what should have taken no more than an hour actually took about 3.


We stood in a long line waiting our turn to sit in the Easter Bunny’s lap. While Zayden behaved wonderfully, the children in front of us and behind us were not behaving quite as well. After waiting in line for a least 1/2 hour we finally made it to the large, furry creature. Of course, Zayden refused to sit on his lap or beside him. He clung to me and refused to even look at him or thank him for the candy filled eggs. So much for pictures.

Next we ventured outside where a large garden mower was pulling make-shift “barrel” cars for a train ride. We again stood in line for this although not as long.  Since Zayden is too young to ride by himself, I rode with him.  Next year one of the older kids will have to go with us. My legs just don’t raise high enough to get in and out of the those barrels, but it was a nice little ride. So much for pictures though.  (This is not the actual ride, but it looked very close to this.)

We then went into the restaurant where mom works as a waitress/hostess and she bought our meal. I’ll have to say we were both hungry by then.

Zayden went to sleep on the way home and slept for about 3 hours after we got there. This wore him out.



Sunday afternoon, we celebrated the 10th birthday of one of granddaughters. It continued to be warm and we were able to have this outside. I was able to get several pictures of this activity.

It was a weekend full of activity and family fun.

What was your weekend like?