4h Practice

Today was a great chance to practice for some upcoming 4H competitions!!


We got these girls together to sew a few zipper bags, so they could learn how to use zippers in general.  Each girl sewed a bag that will go into a Samaritan’s Purse box for a Christmas gift in two weeks.  They learned and they gave!!IMG_6017

They were also able to take the fabric home to make another for them to keep!  So fun to watch them improve their skills!!IMG_6018

I love that they made these to give away!!IMG_6019

These three teens practiced for the Food Challenge too!  Lots of practice, lots of fun!!  Today was a good day!!

Go 4h!!

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Non-Traditional Thanksgiving {AKA Redneck Thanksgiving}

Yes, you read that right.  We enjoyed a Non-Traditional Thanksgiving this year – Redneck Style.

Since we did the turkey and sides on Tuesday with the whole family, we were thrilled to accept the invitation for Taco Salad and Guns for today!!  Robert was working, so he did not join us.  Jacob was dropped at the airport earlier this morning on his way to DC.

So the rest of us headed to the Cook Corral for some fun!


I admit, dropping my boy off at the airport, to go with 28 strangers to DC was kind of hard.  He was extremely anxious about going with people he has never met, flying without any family, and the whole idea of this trip.  His anxiety caused me to almost lose it as I was already anxious about his going too!  But I kept things under wraps, dropped him off, and headed to Larue for some food, friends and guns.

You know you are at the Redneck Thanksgiving when you spy this:


You had your pick of rifle or pistol depending on which range was open



There was lots of fun had!!  The guys shot skeet, pistols and a few other rifles.  Daddies helped the younger ones.


This was Peter’s pistol shooting – 100%


Can you see all the shells on the ground?  This is when the younger men arrived (aka teenagers) they sure had some fun!  The clays had no chance against these guys!img_0626

So much to be thankful for, friends, their family, and then a gorgeous sunset.


It was a good day!

{I cannot believe I did not take a single picture of food! We loved our easy Build Your Own Taco Salad bar}

Live Stock Show {Judging}

I cannot believe the Live Stock Show is over and we are already thinking about next year!  We plan to start building a new chicken coop next month, the boys and their father are going to attend a Show Chicken Workshop at A&M and we are planning our strategy while we can still remember this year’s plan.


Well, here are a few pictures of the week, this was Saturday morning when the kids all participated in a Live Stock Judging Competition.  First, we have a all-boy team:


Then our mixed team :


Since there were only 2 teams our kids got 1st & 2nd!!

The boys got 1st and the mixed got 2nd!

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And we are looking forward to competing again in the future!!

{More livestock show pics and info to come…}

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4H Food & Nutrition Fun

We had the District competition this last weekend for Food & Nutrition with our 4H club/county.  This means we competed at County level and were able to advance to District – where multiple counties then compete against each other.

Henderson food challenge

My younger boys were on both a food challenge team and quiz bowl.  My oldest son was on an intermediate team for both competitions too.

  Food Challenge is where they are given a bag of food and they have to use each ingredient and create a dish.  Then, they must present that dish to judges and explain the health benefits, the safety steps, the steps of preparation, and the My Plate information. 

Quiz Bowl is where they are on teams and compete against other teams with facts about Food & Nutrition. 

Quiz bowl teams jr

So our Junior teams won first place in both competitions.

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Our intermediate teams that J was on both placed second for their competitions.

quiz bowl intermediate


intermediate food challenge with food

intermdieate food challenge award

It was lots of fun, and we are so excited to have done well and have it behind us!!

county food challenge awards

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