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Lemonade stand success

Aubrey’s summer checklist is getting marked off one day at a time. The latest was a lemonade stand we decided to try last Wednesday.

We warned her before we set everything up things may not go that well. We couldn’t have been more wrong.

Thanks to some very generous people driving by, neighbors, Dominos delivery drivers and a construction worker who gave her a $9.50 tip, Aubrey made a whopping $38 toward her vacation fund.

We leave for Colorado in a few weeks. And I am trying to teach Aubrey the art of saving. We turn in cans and bottles and put that money in her piggy bank. I even have a bank I am saving with to show she’s not the only one.

All $38 of the lemonade stand went inside her bank. She’ll probably end up with around $50 to take on vacation. That doesn’t sound like a lot but it will go a long ways for a 6-year-old as long as we can convince her to not spend it on some big toy while on vacation.

One of our first customers was a neighbor who brought their pet pig down to our house. That was awesome. Pigs are fun. Their outside cat also followed them down the street.

Two different Dominos delivery drivers stopped by. And the new Dominos manager who lives down the street stopped by on his way home. And then his three sons walked down to our house two different times.

The construction worker looked like he had a busy day at work. But shout out to him for handing Aubrey a $10. We tried to give him change but he refused. That was rather generous.

Everyone refused changed. They all wanted to “donate to the cause.”

The cause isn’t anything special, but to Aubrey it means the world to have some pocket change for our vacation. I might actually spend all of my money on the 15-hour drive to our destination.

So many folks stopped by our house during the three hours we were outside. We filled up our pitcher of lemonade twice and even ran out of lemonade mix.

She was so excited. I love seeing smiles on her face.

I will make it a point to stop by every lemonade stand I see from now on. It really changed how I view those things. I didn’t think they were bad but I never realized the excitement one little lemonade stand can bring a child.

Until now. And I am sure she’ll want to do one again sometime.

We checked off family movie night on Monday this week. Aubrey picked a movie about a burping pig. It was corny, but I laughed a few times.

There won’t be any time to go camping before vacation so that is the next big thing we will try to check off when we get back.

Our area summer seasons are winding down.

Congrats to the Lynnville-Sully softball team for punching its ticket to the state tournament. The Hawks have a talented mix of seniors and underclassmen and have been ranked all season. They belong in Fort Dodge.

Two other softball teams had unfortunate endings to their seasons this past weekend.

Newton and Colfax-Mingo both lost in walk-off fashion. I covered the Tigerhawks game against No. 5 East Marshall. C-M led 2-0 through six innings but couldn’t hold it. East Marshall won its state-clinching game 14-1 on Monday, which gives the Tigerhawks even more of a gut punch.

PCM baseball has a legitimate chance for a deep postseason run. Getting past No. 2 North Linn in the substate championship, if they make it that far, will be tough, but the Mustangs have only four losses this season. They lost two times each to Class 3A state-ranked Gilbert and North Polk.

PCM didn’t lose in June and hasn’t been beaten by a 2A team all season. But the Mustangs haven’t sniffed the rankings. I can’t figure that out, but they will have a chance to prove themselves once again this week.

Contact Troy Hyde at thyde@newtondailynews.com

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