One step back! Well so much for the sunshiny weather, but I guess that is to be expected up here. In Montana if you wait 5 minutes the weather will change. We had a winter storm warning for the past 2 days that brought us another 5 inches of snow. Yesterday we had a high of 22 and a low of 14 degrees! Brrr….That definately nips the spring like feeling right away! On Wednesday, Sawyer was busy plowing the road of slush and today he’s busy pushing snow…
The last couple of days we have had such nice warmish sunshiny weather! Yeah sun! Even the animals look happier.
Here are some pictures of the skies the last couple of nights that Sawyer captured…
P.S. What’s the deal with Alpha Inventions?
I am not sure where last week went too? But it definitely left us running and trying to keep up!While the kids are quietly contained making ocean boxes for science I’ll give you a quick run down of last week. Mark started the week by going to Minnesota for 3 days to go to a business meeting that was meant to help him feel renewed and excited for this next season. However, before he even got left, Mark received a phone call at 4 am telling him his flight had been cancelled and all other flights for that day were all ready full. That left him with the option of leaving the next day and missing half the conference or driving to Missoula and flying out later in the morning. So he quickly got ready and drove the 2 hours to Missoula and caught a 3 hour flight to Minnesota, I think this left him feeling rushed and tired! After he got going that left us here to keep the fort tied down, keeping busy with the ever growing chore list and the never ending school list. After his whirlwind trip and getting back to Missoula at 11:30 p.m. and driving home I think Mark was still glad to have went and he came back knowing that he did not like hypnotists and that he had a circle personality! And I know we are always so much happier when he is home.
Sawyer had a busy week as well! His application was accepted to become a 4-H camp councelor and their first meeting is later this month, he was told to bring a planner with all of his long term obligations so they can determine when they can get their training done. On his application there was one question that asked what qualifications he had to be a camp counselor and he answered “…being the oldest out of 7 kids…”! That’s real life experience there! He has also been involved in shooting sports in 4-H this year. Every Thursday since November he has had practice/competition and has done quite well. This is something he really looks forward to doing every week and is very serious about. On days he shoots he even makes sure he doesn’t have any sugar or caffeine and he has even bought his own CO2 competition pistol as he wants to compete each year and would like to practice the rest of the year with the same gun he would compete with. He has spent the last two weeks fine tuning it and on Saturday the Flathead Shooting Invitationals took place. Sawyer did quite well despite this being his first year shooting and his first invitational while having some serious stomach butterflies! He was in the 15 years and over competition where they are only allowed to shoot one handed! They shoot from 10 meters away and have 2 sighter targets and then they have 8 scoring targets that they shoot at 5 times for a total of 400 points. Sawyer scored 279 points and tied with another girl from his group, the overall shooter scored 368! He was sort of all over the place for his first two targets but finally settled in and did quite well.
I wish I could have taken pictures, but my camera doesn’t do so well in low light and we couldn’t use a flash, but here is a picture of one of his targets…
A picture of Sawyer practicing at home…
After the awards ceremony on Saturday, Sawyer, Tori, and Maddie then had to go to a 4-H community service project where they volunteered to watch kids at a school with others in their club while their parents went out and had an enjoyable Valentines Day evening alone. And then on Sunday we celebrated our nephews birthday and had a lovely evening with family.
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