Ballet sewing had started


June 20th is the next performance by Jemma’s ballet studio.  They will be performing Sleeping Beauty.

Jemma will have 3 different costumes.

So far I’ve sewn petals and sequins on 5 pancake tutu’s.  I have one more to go.  I’m not sure what else Mrs. Lisa has planned for me to sew.

Teaching the girl scouts


Saturday I had 6 girls scouts at my house to teach them to see.  They are all making skirts with pockets.  Everyone got their shirts cut out today.  Next Saturday we’ll start sewing them together.

It was a great day to start since Will was gone to Winterfest and Justin was gone camping with the boy scouts.



More Halloween festivities



Jemma helped at the carnival at church.  Justin helped too, but didn’t wear a costume.




There is also trunk or treating at the carnival at church.

So excited for her decision.



Jemma was baptized last Sunday night.  She had been doing a lot of thinking about giving her life to Christ.










After Jemma was baptized, someone made the comment that now we were done.  It caught me off guard because I don’t think we are done after we are baptized.  I think God wants us continually working on our relationship with Him and always working on bringing others to know Him.



Cleaning the Bin


One of the projects we do for my parents when we go to the farm is clean out the corn bin.  When it gets so low,  it’s a lot of shoveling.  Jemma helped me do this for the first time.  The boys usually help me.  Bill gets a pass since it bothers his allergies so bad.


We got it emptied out.  Jemma did a great job, worked really hard.


Before we got the bin cleaned out, we had to take a load of corn to town to sell.  The truck gets weighed when it is full.


Then it gets unloaded, and then the truck gets weighed again.   That is how they determine how much corn you have in your truck.


This is how big the corn was on June 9th.  My mom said it was taller than knee high by the 4th of July.  The unwritten rule is that the corn be knee high by the 4th of July.




A 4 wheeler adventure and running out of gas


One of the days we were on the farm Jemma and I took off on my dad’s 4 wheeler.  I’ve never driven this one, and haven’t driven one in several years.  We decided to take a selfie to document our ride.  You just can’t see the 4 wheeler.


We are waiting for my dad to come by with his hay rake.


We spent a while watching this doe.  My dad said he thought she had a baby close, so we started looking for the baby when the doe ran off.


After a short search, Jemma found the fawn.  As we step closer, the fawn jumped up and ran away.

We took off on the 4 wheeler to tell my dad that we found the fawn, but we ran out of gas.  He gave us a ride on his tractor to the house to get more gas.

On her toes.


This was Jemma during parent visitation week at the ballet studio.


She’s getting stronger on her pointe shoes.


Twice a month she takes character dance lessons.  She really enjoys this class.



She still dances in ballet slippers too.

Dairy Breakfast


June is Dairy Month, so the county my parents live in have a Dairy Breakfast the first Sat. in June.  Jemma is in line to get a plate and holding my nephew Tripp.  I attended this event many times as a kid.  Vernon County has been hosting a dairy breakfast since 1978.


We were served scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage links, cottage cheese, cheese curds, sliced cheese and milk.   Then they brought ice cream around.  Jemma thought that was the best thing in the world to get ice cream for breakfast.  After we were done eating, we had to look under our plate for a sticker and if you had a sticker, you got a door prize.  I found a sticker under my plate, then I had to make a decision of what to get as a door prize.   There was lots of t-shirts, and caps.  I choose a t-shirt that says something about America’s Dairyland.


I took my sister and her two kids to WI to see my parents and grandma.  Here we are eating breakfast in a big pole shed.


This is how they make the pancakes to feed 2500-3000 people.


They cook the food in the host family’s garage.


The pole shed where we ate was decorated with quilts.


After breakfast you can tour the barn where the cows are milked.


Then we went into the barn where the baby calves live.



They also had other farm animals to pet.



Performance Ensemble

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This spring Jemma got to perform with other girls from her ballet studio in what the director calls her Performance Ensemble.

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They performed variations from the ballet Don Quiote.

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They only performed a few times, so I was lucky to see her.

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They performed at a few schools and for the younger girls at the ballet studio.

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Thinking Day

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Way back in Feb. the area Girl Scout troops participated in World Thinking Day.   Since Ben is living with us, Jemma decided to represent Germany and Ben was happy to come along.  They featured different aspects of Germany on their display board, provided 2 different kinds of German food (one being chocolate that you can buy at Aldi’s grocery store),  and different things from Germany that Ben has given us.

As it turns out German Girl Scouts also participate in World Thinking Day.

Jemma and Ben did the display board all on their own.  It was nice not to have to worry or hound them to get it done.