We have basically closed the butcher shop. Business had been slow and the price of beef up. So.....
Mike, Michael and Jed have started a construction business. They are keeping busy and are getting a reputation of hard workers. Mike helped a friend get his tire business started and has been working there for a few weeks.
Around the same time, we found a place that would work for a bakery. Signed the lease and got to work. We have renovated a small shop that is on a side street between front street and main street into a bakery. We ripped out the flooring and installed vinyl, covered the walls with plas- tex, bought a convection oven and cooler, put in a display case and 2 sinks, and converted a small back room into a storage room. We are getting inspected and licensed on Tuesday, and hopefully Benton Breads & More will be open on Wednesday.
On the personal level:
The school year is finished here and it ended with a bang. The next to the last week of school, Mikey and Michael went on the 5th grade canoe trip. They spent 2 days on the Marias River with the whole 5th grade class. Had a lot of fun and learned a lot.
On Friday, the school gave away their Bikes for Books bikes and Mikey won one. They get a chance entered for every book they read and the Masons donate the bikes.
That weekend was the fishing derby here in town. Mikey caught a big carp the first day and the adults caught some other fish.
On Sunday, Mikey caught a drum and a gold-eye and Kenna caught a little drum. (more on that in a min.)
Tara caught a 10 lb catfish and since it is a game fish, she pretty much cleaned up in the prize department. She won a gun, a tent, a grill, a huge tackle box, and a bunch of cash and gift certificates.
Mikey also won another bike, but it was too small for him so we had to take it back and exchange it for a bigger bike.