Category Archives: Daily

Playing with Jonathan

For a few weeks we babysat our cousin Jonathan when Grandma and Grandpa went on vacation. At first he was not happy coming over, but soon he had LOTS of fun and liked seeing the butterflies and goats. He taught us that butterflies say “Ahrrrrr”. We also went to the dump and he saw and talked about the birds and the trucks. Then we went to the library, Jonathan sat and looked at the fish with Audrey.

Another day we were playing in the sprinkler, Jonathan was having lots of fun. He liked running under the sprinkler when it made arches that you can walk through. He also enjoyed it when we dumped water over his head.

Later we went to the park with him and played on the playground. He tried all the slides and climbed up a net-like latter. We went up the tower and Jonathan ran up and down the slope. He liked playing with bubbles, and when we left he was exhausted. I had fun being a babysitter in training.

The Headless Horseman, The School Teacher, and the Covered Bridge.

I designed this LEGO set. My Ichabod Crane has not vanished yet, hopefully he never does. But I did add a head to the Headless Horseman.

Releasing Butterflies

We released butterflies at the park and in our backyard. Most of them flew off quickly but a few stayed on for a while.

Tournament

Yesterday we had our soccer tournament. Only four players of my team showed up. The game was hard but fun.

My coach thought it would be good to give the goalie a break, so I got to be goalie. I have been goalie once before last year.  Dr. Simon, a friend from church, coached me while we played. I got at least two balls out.

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We did not win but it was a good game even though we were quite hot and sweaty. Hope next year will be as fun!

Flying Kites

We went to the park and flew kites. Only one worked and all of us played with it. The wind blew good then it stopped and kept blowing good then stopping. We had a contest on who could keep it up the longest. We do not know if Andrea or I won. Once we were done we had doughnuts for lunch.

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day -15 May!

    Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie day! I made some cookies with Megan. They are delicious. Here is how you make them:

    • 1 Cup Butter
    • 3/4 Cup Sugar
    • 3/4 Cup Brown sugar (We use 3/4 Cup sugar and add some molasses)
    • 1 Egg
    • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 1/4 Cups flour
    • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
    • 1 Cup Chocolate chips plus more for on the top

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Beat together butter, sugars, and egg
  3. Add flour, soda, and salt. Mix well
  4. Fold in 1 Cup Chocolate chips the sough will be stiff
  5.  Drop on a ungreased cookie sheet and put 2 or 3 chocolate chips
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes until edges are golden brown
  7. Remove to cool immediately
  8. Eat when cool***You can roll into 2 inch logs and freeze

    **You can eat when hot but they might burn your tongue

 

Hiking

Two weekends ago, we went to our friends’ house.  We have been friends with the Sellers since Mark was little.

Megan, the older boys, and I made a large train set. It had houses and buildings with it. One Megan used to dump people into trains. Another building turned the trains so it would dump, we dumped Lego people with it. 

On Saturday we went on a hike. The place we hiked had a lot of rocks and caves. We went into a cave and pretended it was very small but it was very big. Another cave had pictures on the rocks. They were neat. There was some snow, and we had snowball fights. One snowball smacked me right in the face and my nose was cold for a few seconds. We had lots of fun.

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Air Museum

Friday, Mark had a meeting in Kalamazoo. Daddy discovered that there was an air museum just down the road from his meeting. So we went for a field trip!

The museum had a lot of planes and other space craft. There were three rooms. The first room had planes and some fake hot air balloons. On one there were the first (fake) living things that went on a hot air balloon, a sheep, a rooster, and a dog. There was lots of airplanes, one was very small. There also was a plane called a Tiger.

The next room had space craft like rockets. It also showed some of the rooms in a shuttle or like in another space craft.

The third room had some more airplanes, mostly from WWII and some from WWI. On a wall there was a plane between the last two rooms, it looked like it follows you. It was neat.

There was some rides, they were fun. One was a merry-go-around, and another you were went up slowly then you drop down fast. My favorite were the Airplane Simulator. In the Airplane Simulator you use controls to make the plane go up, down and side-to-side. Andrea and I did it together, and I steered most of the time. The last ride we went on was another Airplane Simulator, but you could not control it.

Megan and I made air presser cars. You pumped the pump then pressed a button then the cars race down the track.

There was a kid’s room with large foam blocks. I made a marble run, it would be nicer if there was a ball…

If you want to see more of what we did, check out Megan’s blog!