I helped where I could, but obviously, one person cannot supervise baking four different batches of cookies at the same time, so there were some "gaps" in proper baking techniques. (The Home Ec teacher would probably have had a heart attack.) I took some photos and some video, and here's a little montage that will give you the gist.
When the cookies were done, I showed the kids how to make cake pops. Of course, those were a big hit! We had quite the assembly line going!
Fortunately (or unfortunately) the kids all had to be picked up at the normal time, so I ended up doing an extra 30 minutes of cleaning up on my own. I had instructed the boys who made the "cookies" in the video to just press them into a cake pan to make bars, and while they looked okay, I was a little suspicious as to how they might taste, so after my cleaning was finished, I took a bite....
...and quickly found a garbage can in which to spit it out. I wouldn't have fed those bars to Cooper; I had to throw out the entire pan (waaay to generous with the salt, Boys). So glad I tasted those before the big "Thank You" Cookie Buffet event, the next day.
At this week's meeting, I figured we could talk about some low-key ways to coast out the rest of the year, but the kids had very different ideas; they positively wore me out, all taking at once about how they want to "end the year with a bang!" and do some more "really cool stuff," like cleaning the neighborhood park ("No! Let's do all of the parks in town!"), and visiting the local nursing home one last time, because it's "So much fun!" I laughed out loud over their enthusiasm and even videotaped part of the meeting (to show them some time), just because the level of energy was so funny.
These kids blow my mind.
So, no; we're not going to "coast" the rest of the year, though we are going to spend one night just having fun together (think picnic, firepit, fishing, pond, etc.) They've certainly earned it!
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Fyi, the parents of these Difference Makers gave me permission to post the video here :)