Friday, April 17, 2015

Clark's First Campout

Yep, it happened!  Clark had his first boy scout campout.  It seemed to go fine, which is good enough for me!

Earlier that day before Clark left, I headed to the school to help with an Easter Egg hunt for the 2nd grade.
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Every spring the kids at the local schools take their standardized tests which are called SOLs. The 2nd grade teachers put practice SOL questions in each egg.  The kids could grab one egg and once they answered the question right could then pick out a piece of candy and go and find another egg.  They all enjoyed it I think. 
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After school Clark loaded up his stuff and we were off to the church to drop him off.
March 27 2015 Clark First campout

Clark rode over with the leaders and other boy scouts to the campsite.  It was a mile hike to the camping area from the parking lot.  Lee caught up with them later after work.  We had to go somewhere the next day so Lee went along to get Clark home early.  Otherwise Lee probably would have just stayed home.

While at home apparently it was funny face night.
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March 27 2015 Funny Faces

I pulled out the sewing machine to add extra fabric to some skirts I bought the girls.  The skirts looked short online so I bought them size 14.  They wear size 7/8.  I knew I could make the waistband smaller really easy because it was an elastic waistband.  I often sew in waistbands for Shanna and Haley.  Even with buying size 14, the skirts were slightly too short.  They probably would have been fine, but I went ahead and added extra fabric to make them longer.  Also, now they'll be able to wear them for a couple of years. The girls wanted to use the sewing machine so I had them practice on pieces of paper. They practiced keeping the needle on the lines drawn on the paper.  I think Cal joined in on the fun too.
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The scouts did foil dinners that night.  On the Wednesday night when Clark had his scout meeting, at the end the scouts assembled dinners for the night of the campout.  I didn't want Clark to do it because we had all of the food items at home, and I didn't want to pay extra for him to make a meal at the church.  In the end he didn't end up making one, but he and Lee each made one at home the next night.  Lee was so glad they made their own because when he arrived at the campsite, all the other foil dinners were frozen.  Clark and Lee ate about a half-hour after putting their dinners in the fire, but many boys didn't eat till around 8:30, 9 o'clock.  Lee said their dinners were really yummy too, so it worked out great for them!  Oh, and one boy was walking across a bridge and his sleeping bag fell off his backpack, down into the river below.  Thankfully one of the leaders brought and extra sleeping bag.  It was super cold that night!
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The leaders put on an evening program.  Later the scouts played night games.  I loved playing night games when I was younger, and even in high school.
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That night the temperatures dropped to the 30s or so.  They woke up to a little bit of snow too.  The cub scouts were all going to go on a five mile hike that morning.  Lee and Clark had to get back, so after breakfast they packed up and left.  Lee was very cold that night, especially his feet.  Clark was cold too.  Hard to know what to bring when camping the end of March!
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Lee and Clark arrived home earlier than I thought they would.  We were soon off to my nephew's baptism that morning.  A post will be coming soon!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pack Meeting & Fun!

The kids had a lot of fun activities the last part of March.  Their friend and neighbor, Michael, invited all of the kids to his birthday party.  His grandma makes awesome cakes!
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Michael's mom made some "light sabers" out of pool noodles. They turned out really cute.
March 21 2015 Michael Carter bday party

I regularly listen to Dave Ramsey's radio show.  I pull up the archives on my computer through his website and listen to his shows while I'm cleaning and doing laundry and what not around the house. I heard that there was a special announcement so I listened to the show live that day. He announced a new, free budgeting website everydollar.com.  I enjoyed hearing the announcement live and checking out the website.  It looks pretty nice!  I LOVE to budget.  I think it's so important that everyone have a plan for their money.  Go to everydollar.com and check it out!
March 23 2015 Every Dollar

On to more fun...Elden had another field trip.  I recently went on one with him to the local library, but didn't take any pictures.  But you have all seen our library here at one time or another.  Elden's field trip was to the children's museum this time around. 
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The kids were able to build a craft to see if it would float. Elden's did!
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I have enjoyed seeing Elden make friends at school this year.  He seems to be liked by everyone and has some good buddies.
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March 24 2015 Elden Field Trip

Shanna loves doing pretend picnics and what not outside.  Often if the kids are watching a movie inside, she'll be outside playing. 
March 24 2015 Shanna McKayla picnic

For Cal's monthly pack meeting there were lots of games for the cub scouts and family members to play.  The kids had a great time.  Clark was at the church, but at a scout meeting preparing for his first boy scout campout.

The oreo game is always fun.
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I had fun wrapping my girls in a game.
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There is an obvious height difference!
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Elden liked getting in on the action too.  Who wouldn't want to be wrapped up?! Ha ha.
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Fruit pizza for dessert!
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Either Elden ate all of the fruit first, or he just wanted "pizza". Not sure.
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March 25 2015 Pinewood Derby

For some parent fun, Lee and I went out for lunch one afternoon.  There are some yummy restaurants here in town.  One of them is Goodfellas.  Love their calzones. 
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The onions rings are very yummy too!
March 26 2015 Date Lunch

Along with the hard things in life, it's always nice to have some fun times together too.  Hope you've been able to have a bit of fun lately!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Who wants free ice cream?

One Monday in March, Dairy Queen offered free cones to celebrate their anniversary.  It was a gorgeous evening and we decided to bike over and grab a cone for our family home evening treat.
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We need to do a Christmas card one year with all of us on our bikes!
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I worked for Dairy Queen in high school during my junior and senior year.  One time when my family was visiting I treated everyone to a hamburger and maybe a cone?  Maybe some fries?   That is also when my brother Darrell gave my niece Ila ketchup for the first time, much to her mom's dismay. It was fun getting food there because they would just deduct the cost from my pay. I didn't buy stuff all the time at Dairy Queen, but pretty often.  I got free pop and slushies anytime. On my way to the initial interview at Dairy Queen I was speeding because I was late (bad excuse though, I know) and a cop pulled me over.  And it was Friday the 13th.  The first paycheck from DQ paid for the speeding ticket (or a good chunk of it anyway!).  Then when I arrived for the interview the manager couldn't meet with me anyway because she was busy.  Ugh.

Next we are looking forward to July 11th to get free slurpees at 7-11! We lucked out getting a DQ and a 7-11 in our small town!