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Breakfast Anyone?

December 22, 2010

What beats the smell of fresh pancakes, sizzling sausage and eggs, and hot coffee in the morning? In my book, not a whole lot can beat that. Lions’ Club Pancake Day is an annual event in my small little town. This is a by-donation event where breakfast is served all day long (the one time a year I eat pancakes two or three times in one day).Β  The Saturday before Christmas the local Lions’ Club members get up early in the morning to set up and start cooking for this big event.

Brady (one of the Lions' Club member's sons) and Dad hard at work serving food

Everyone's favorite table - Desserts made by the wives πŸ™‚

Meet the entire population of Barnard – multiplied by about 3, maybe more. The entire community turns out to support the Lions’ Club, and of course just to gossip.Β  Many people turn this into a family affair, resulting in quite a temporary population increase.

Now what would a pre-Christmas event be without Christmas music and decorations? They even took the time to decorate my 4-H club’s sheep herdsmanship trophy with cute mini stockings and spruce up the old Barnard High School senior photos with hanging decorations.Β  (Fun fact: my dad’s senior picture is hanging up there!)

The biggest event of the day is when Santa arrives to visit with the little kids. Some kids need a little convincing to sit on Santa’s lap:Some kids just aren’t too happy about the whole ordeal (poor Logan!):and then there are the few kids who think sitting on Santa’s lap is just pretty cool. However, my favorite picture of the whole day is probably this one:

Meet Mason and Mya - twins born the day before Thanksgiving and the youngest members in attendance at Pancake Day. They were more than happy to sit in Santa's lap...well more like happy to be held by Santa...although they were asleep...that may have had something to do with their cooperative spirit

Of course, Santa has to have a ride! Since I would assume his sleigh only works on Christmas Eve the local fire department gives him a hand in getting to and from the Community Building:

I still think it’s super cool to see how united and supportive one small town can be. This year the Lions’ Club made somewhere around $2500 from this event. The main point of this event is not to just raise money, and it’s done strictly off donations. So I’d say that’s a pretty good turnout in a town of less than 100 people. What I really enjoy though is getting the opportunity to see everyone come out and just interact with each other and spend time with their families.

All I Want For Christmas is You!… & Cookies!

December 3, 2010

Today, Sarah, Kallie and I made Christmas cookies! Complete with lots of frosting, a few red hots, and tons of sprinkles πŸ™‚ In good holiday spirit, we listened to Christmas music, talked about our family’s Christmas traditions, and Sarah serenaded us with “12 Days of Christmas” repeated times. Did you realize the first seven verses are about birds? Just a little tid bit in case you wanted to know!Β 

Kallie managing our Christmas tunes.

My sugar cookie family!

Aren’t they beautiful?! And they were just delightful πŸ™‚

Also, check out the newΒ Best of the Barn website! There is a survey you can take to vote for your favorite in several categories. Such as….. (drum roll please)….. the best junior college ag program! And guess who was included… Yep! That would be Butler!Β  Feel free to go vote once a day, every day for us! πŸ™‚ Also, while you’re over there, vote for Butler’s alumni Crystal Young in her 3, yes THREE respective categories! Well, really she’s only in two categories, but she is instrumental in the production of the ‘I Am Angus‘ series. So it could be considered three! πŸ™‚ Β Have a super great weekend, GO VOTE and make Christmas cookies! πŸ™‚