Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Apple Orchard Field Trips

Now that Elden is in Kindergarten I've been able to attend almost all of my kids' field trips!  Shanna and Haley and later Elden all visited apple orchards for their first field trip. 

For Shanna and Haley's trip we went to Carter Mountain.  They have an apple orchard on the top of a mountain...literally.
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We all (even adults!) got a yummy apple cinnamon donut, apple cider and a bag of fresh picked apples!
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They had a cute store.  Everything was very expensive in there.  I didn't even have my wallet so that was an easy answer to Haley and Shanna's requests to buy stuff.
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A fun view of the valley.
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A couple weeks later Elden and I visited a different apple orchard.  The one I went to with the girls was all geared for tourists and school groups.  The one for Elden's field trip though--Showalter's Orchard, was not.  It used to be.  A couple years ago I went on the same field trip with Shanna and Haley and it was a lot more fun.  This time around there was a self-guided tour, a little taste of apples cider and we were gone.  Oh, the kids each got one apple I think?  They definitely are moving away from school groups coming and visiting.  Not sure why.  Maybe it wasn't profitable?  Anyway, it was  a disappointment for those of us who had been there before.  Doesn't sound like the kindergarten teachers will be going back again.
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I am glad some people were sorting apples that day.  I always like seeing production lines for food items...
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Seeing and being near commercial grade food equipment brings back memories of my dad's jobs in the meat industry.
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After Elden's field trip we stopped at a park and ate, the kids played and then we headed back.  We had a picnic lunch during Shanna and Haley's field trip too.  I am glad that I've been able to go on them! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

September Random

In between school and Florida and field trips, little things have been happening here and there.

Clark is now in 11-year-old scouts.  We attended a court of honor and he pinned the scout emblem on me.
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We found out the first part of September that we have a termite problem. It should be all fixed now! Ugh....with Cal's medical bills for his arm and then fixing the termite problem, we've shelled out some chunks of money!  I am very grateful for our living Prophet's counsel to have an emergency fund.  Dave Ramsey often talks about this too.  Though it's not what I would choose to spend my money on, I am grateful for the blessing of being able to take care of our family and home.
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Clark did the Mentos science project one night.  Ever heard of it, or seen a demonstration?  Put Mentos in to a carbonated beverage.....
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And yep, the soda will start erupting!
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Clark is playing the baritone for 6th grade band, and loves it.  Well, he loves band class.  I think he enjoys playing the baritone too.
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Since Clark rides his bike to and from school I will drive him to pick up his baritone after school.  We went over one day so he could pick it up. On display at the middle school they have a beam from one of the twin towers that was destroyed in 9-11.  What a neat memorial at the middle school!  
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We took yet another trip!!!  Can you believe it?  I can't, ha ha.  But we did go on one. Since the Washington, D.C. temple was closed for a month we headed down to North Carolina for our monthly temple trip.  My brother lives there and they were so kind to watch our kids for a few hours.  We all had a great time there.  It's always fun to visit Daniel and Amy.
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My oldest niece Ila.  They had a church dance that night.
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I got to be there for the night of Lizzy's first church dance!  So fun!!!
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Ila has been driving and will be getting her license soon. Love the bumper stickers.
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Lee and I did some family sealings at the temple that day.  My sister found some families names that we were able to take.  What was really neat is that Elder Ricard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has a brother that lives pretty close to the Raleigh Temple...maybe an hour away?  So, the sealer--the man who has the priesthood authority to seal and marry people for time and eternity--walks in to the room.  I saw that his last name was Scott and I mentioned to Lee that I bet it was Elder Scott's brother.  Lee said that Scott was a common last name.  Well, the more and more that I looked at him during the sealing I thought they must be brothers, they looked so very similar.  Afterwards I couldn't leave without asking him if he was related to Elder Scott.  He said he was.  So I dug further and asked how they were related.  He said they were brothers.  I knew it!  Apparently he was the former temple president there.  How fun that we got to be there when he was scheduled to perform sealings that day! And my brother Sam and his wife Shawna were married here.  I think that was the last time we were at the Raleigh temple.  Such a beautiful place.
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I love buying colored socks for my girls.  I recently got a good deal for some of them online.  I love colored/patterned socks myself!  They are so fun.  I've spent a lot on socks for my girls during the years....
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Haley bought two purple pom-poms a few weeks ago.  Clark had fun taking selfies one day.  I am having fun posting them!  Thanks Clark!
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For the last random item, we had a "Modest is Hottest" night for young women's a few weeks back.  The young women split up into groups and went to different stores to find and try on modest outfits.  The goal was to find the cheapest, cutest outfits. My group went to Goodwill.  They found some fun things there.  They didn't buy anything, just tried stuff on and took pictures.  I did buy a sweater there, a Christmas one.  I am planning on doing an ugly sweater Christmas party this year.  Usually I'll think of things I want to do and then back out on them.  Well, I've committed myself to this in several ways.  1. I bought a sweater. 2. I put it on my calendar.  3. I made invitations last night.  I am going to do this!  It will be super fun.  After,we met back at the church and showed everyone all the pictures they took of the fun outfits they found.  My group won for the cheapest outfits.
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One day after school Cal started reading a book to Elden.  It was really cute and sweet.
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One night I saw this in the fridge.  Hmmm...very interesting. 
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Wow, I am in the groove for posting regularly the past few days!  I have lots more posts, so hopefully they'll keep coming every few days.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Legoland Day 2

We had another fun day at Legoland.  We got to the park a little bit after it opened and already we could tell that more people were there.  It was a Saturday so we weren't surprised. 

After we walked past the gates  Elden wanted to meet a Chima character.  No one else did so I stayed behind and we decided to meet up at a certain spot.  Elden and I waited in line a little bit and then I waited in another line to get waterpark tickets.  Thankfully a Legoland employee walked by and I asked her if I was in the right line to get a waterpark ticket.  She said I bought them at the waterpark.  Nice!  Elden and I quickly left.  We headed over to the roller coaster where we were going to meet them, but I took a way that we'd never been.  Funny enough it was a pretty big shortcut because as Elden and I were finishing up the ride, we saw everybody else.  So Elden and I decided to go again because there wasn't a line. 
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The main items for the day were to check out Driving School and do a couple other rides that we had missed the day before because of the rain.  After that it was off to the waterpark.  I am glad we went ahead and did the rides first.  It rained again that afternoon!

Elden went to Jr. Driving School while Lee headed over with the older kids for Driving School.  Elden was the only kid there.
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All the kids enjoyed driving school. They had a "class" beforehand to teach them rules about driving.
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Another roller coaster ride.  Sadly Elden wasn't tall enough for this one.
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This boat ride was fun because the boats weren't on any type of rail.  You just got to drive them around. 
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Next up the waterpark!  When I originally looked at tickets to Legoland I was thinking about going over Christmas break.  My kids also wanted to go to the waterpark, but it closes late in the year. Asked them if they wanted to go over Christmas or wait till they could go to the waterpark....the waterpark won out.  During September the waterpark is open only on Saturdays, which worked out well. The lazy river was pretty fun.  The kids enjoyed grabbing floating bricks and building things on their tubes.
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We had fun the wave pool too.  Bricks were also floating around.
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I loved this little island.
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Someone had built this and let Shanna have it when they were leaving. It floated!
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We were able to do everything at the waterpark, and about that time there was lightening and thunder so the waterpark was closed.  No rain yet so we went to the miniworld again and bought ice cream cones again.
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Though we most likely won't go to Legoland again, when I bought the waterpark tickets it ended up being the same price to buy the waterpark tickets or get an annual pass.  So, we can go to Legoland as much as we want in the coming year!  Too bad it's so far away!  We also get 10% off at all restaurants (I forgot to use it on the ice cream!) and all the stores. 
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The rain started coming down so we headed into a store that had a horticulture/garden center on the back. 
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The combine spun around!  It was pretty fun in the garden room.
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Look who saw me in the crowd at the garden place--a friend from Eastern Tennessee, Belinda Mathson. She was at Legoland with her family and her brother.  I'm glad she recognized me as I wasn't paying attention to the other people there. It was fun to say hi!
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Also because of the rain we decided to go to the 4D movie theater.  One day 1 I saw the theater and didn't want to go there because I thought it would be a full-length film.  But we found out it was only 15 minutes.  The movie was in 3D and then there were special effects for the audience--midst when the movie characters were going through a waterfall, blowing air when they were traveling fast in the sky, heat when by a fire, etc. It was pretty cool!  There were bubbles too that came out at one point.
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After that we let the kids each spend some money.  Normally our kids would save up for a few months for a big trip like this, like when we went to Utah.  But since it was a surprise and a reward for accomplishing our goal, it was fun splurging a tiny bit and letting the kids each buy some stuff.  And we got 10% off with our annual pass!  Everyone got, guess....Legos!  Except Shanna.  She did not get a single brick.
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I must say, I really like Cal's RV.
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We had a yummy dinner at Chick-fil-A that night and hung out at the condo.  I took Clark, Haley and Shanna swimming at the complex pool.  We didn't stay too long because it was already dark out, and I saw a sign when we got there that the pool closes at dusk.  Whoops!  I think Lee watched a BYU game that night and we cleaned up and organized some for our trip home.  I also made a stop at Aldi for some food for our Sunday drive home.

Sunday morning we "checked" out of the condo and headed to church in Orlando.  We enjoyed the meetings there.  I am not sure why buy Shanna and Haley weren't in Junior Primary. Their age groups were having Sunday school.  So Elden ended up being the only Robertson in singing time.  He didn't mind one bit.  It has helped that we've been to lots of different wards this summer and fall!  After church we headed North back to Virgina. 
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We arrived home about 2am and snuck in a couple hours of sleep before school and work.  It was better than getting home at 8am from Iowa.  We had such a great trip to Legoland.  As much as I would love to go back, it's just so far away.  (The kids keep asking.) Plus we have so many other places we want to take the kids that I don't see us going back anytime soon.  Thanks Florida.  We had a great time!