Monthly Archives: February 2010

Ok, so maybe it is still cold out, and will still snow more, but in my eyes, it is spring.

Briq’s is open!!!

Saturday night, I braved the wind and stood in line for 20 minutes just to get our first ice cream treats of the season. Andrew started waiting with me, but decided he was just too cold and went to sit in the car. It was yummy, and worth every chilly minute.


Saturday was the district pine car derby. We were out of town (MOA, more on that later), so a friend from church was kind enough to bring Andrew’s car so it could be entered into the race. While I don’t know how he placed, I do know one thing…HE.WAS.NOT.LAST!! YIPPEE! The weights and graphite powder we used following the last showing helped. Andrew is very excited with how he did, but still says I’m not to help him next year, that job is reserved for Grandpa. Fine by me! Here are a couple of pics that my friend took:

Boys cars lined up (no, I don’t know which one is Andrew’s):

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The track:

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Last Friday, Andrew had the day off of school (parent-teacher conferences), so we packed up and were off to the farm.  After a yummy lunch of homemade soup and sandwiches, Andrew and Grandpa decided to take the snowmobile out.  With the snow this winter, the trails were in great condition, so it was Andrew’s first time out on the trails.  He came back smiling and saying he had TONS of fun!

Waiting for Grandpa to get the snowmobile out:

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Getting on the snowmobile:

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Starting up:

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Here are some pictures my sister took when we were at the waterpark.

The family at the Wilderness.

Kyra and Andrew playing in the "dry" play area.

Papa and his Grandkids in their matching PJ pants.

Cousins


This past fall, Andrew decided to join a church group called Lutheran Pioneers. It is a group that is similar to Cub/Boy Scouts. He has been so excited for the Pine Car Derby. This weekend was the “practice” derby held at a nearby church. I had no idea what I was getting into when I was handed a block of wood, 4 wheels, and 2 axels. As most of you reading this know, Al is not the handiest person when it comes to things like this, and while I’m crafty in my own way, I have no woodworking tools. We decided for this year, being his first, to do a simple design that a friend in church said he could help us cut. Andrew had a lot of fun painting it up and making it look good.

Here is a picture of his car:

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His car in the line up and ready to race:

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On your mark:

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Get set:

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Go:

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Andrew receiving his certificate:

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All the kids (and a mom) who participated (yeah, there is an open class at the district derby and parents/siblings can compete too!):

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Now, while I knew we should have it weighed and make sure it was close to 5 ounces, I did not have a chance this week to go anywhere or get any approved weights. His car was quite a bit underweight. I’m sad to say that his car did not make it to the finish line…but…like I said, this was just a practice derby. All the kids there got certificates for participating and they all got mounts to put their cars on to display after the real derby. The actual district derby is next weekend. We have since had help (thanks to the guys from church who took pity on me and my son and helped us out) and our car now is weighted better…we also had help with getting graphite powder to put between the wheel and the axle to cut down on friction. We will not be able to attend the district derby, but the same church friends are going to take our car and enter it into the derby for us so Andrew can still compete. Here’s hoping for a better showing next week!!

By the way…Andrew has fired me from helping him next year…Grandpa, if you are reading this, you’ve been elected to help out 🙂


Last weekend, Andrew and I were lucky enough to be able to go to the Wisconsin Dells with my family as part of our Christmas present. Andrew had a ton of fun playing on the waterslides and playing with his cousins. I don’t have any pictures of the waterslide action (Kristen…can I grab some of the ones you took??), but I do have some pictures playing in the “dry” play area. Andrew thinks he is too big for the McDonald’s play areas now, but this play area was a play area for everyone!! I even saw some Moms and Dads playing along!!

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Andrew had a ton of fun collecting all the balls from the area and shooting them out of guns or using the slingshots.

Even my nephew Evan got into the act:

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From 2010-01-31