Sunday, February 26, 2017

Blue & Gold and Fun

Life seems pretty busy and we've been doing activities here and there. Like always.  I think life will just get busier and busier as we get older....until we retire.  But then life will be filled with temple service, missions, visiting kids and grandkids....we'll just be busy! 

The annual tri-unit activity at Funky's Skate Center rolled around.  We had a fun time and thankfully no one was injured.  No one has been injured in the past, but Lee hurt his knee a few days prior so I was a little nervous about him hurting his knee again that night.
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We played a game on the roller rink and Elden and his buddy Cash won some popcorn.  Pretty fun!
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The roller-rink classic: the Limbo.  Shanna and Haley did a nice job!
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Elden and Cal entered when it was harder and got pretty low too.
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Lee, Elden and I with one of the young men, Matthew.
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The young men had a great time.  At one point it looked like they had a dance-off with the young women. 
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The next day I met up with two of my good friends, Jenn and Jenny.  Jenny and I both live in the area and we met Jenn at different times in our lives--each to do with schooling.  Jenny and Jenn met at BYU. Jenn and I met during optometry school. They lived in the same complex as us, eventually moved into a house, but all the while were in our ward.  It was sooo good seeing her!  I wish she could be a more frequent part of my life.  It's hard though when you live on opposite ends of the United States! We had lunch at Jenny's house and visited.  It was SOO fun.
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The kids arrived home from school before I did.  I called Clark on my way home to make sure everyone was there.  He said Cal hadn't arrived yet.  I was a bit worried about that because Cal is normally the first one home.  When I got there I saw this note that Clark had missed.  Such a cute, thoughtful note! I'm glad he told me where he was going.  He has gaming club about once a month.  Normally he comes home, grabs a snack and a game and rides his bike back to the school.  Gaming club is pretty awesome too--no electronic games, no gambling, no deer hunting--just board games and card games.  Love it!
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That evening I had our Blue & Gold banquet for cub scouts.  We didn't actually have a big dinner, just snacks.  We had a Star Wars theme.  I was busy getting stuff done so I asked Shanna to walk over to get some balloons filled for me.  She did!  It was so nice of her. 
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Some fun treats.  I asked the parents to have their cubs bring some Star Wars themed treats.  The cake is the Sarlacc. 
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This cub made a little sign and an oragami Yoda.  Very cute.
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Hopefully it looked fun and festive for the boys.
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One of the cubs brought the soda--very cute idea from his mom!
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While we were gathering and waiting for people to arrive they decorated light sabers.
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Oh, one more snack. 
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And there was this before, after and during the meeting.  I am sure the parents are not thanking us.  Pool noodle light sabers aren't allowed inside our house.
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After some opening exercises the boys broke up into three groups.  Jedi obstacle course.
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Jedi Training.
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Pin the light saber on Yoda.
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The was an elementary book fair this past week and it ended on Thursday.  The kids wanted to buy some things but just need a little more money--a dollar or two.  I was going to give it to them, but then thought that they should just work for it.  So after school on Thursday I met them outside and we rode bikes over to Lee's office.  There were a bunch of branches and twigs in the landscaping and I had them to pick them up.  The bag is much bigger than it looks by Elden.  It was a super simple job and they worked for about 20 minutes.  But they earned the money instead of just receiving it.  I was happy about that.  Every Saturday they do jobs at home to earn money. It's been nice having Lee's business as he can occasionally find random jobs for them to do.  It's especially nice when I don't "have" any extra money to give them for extra jobs.

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That night the kids had art night.  There are a bunch of art projects to do, and snacks.  It's a fun night.  I was visiting teaching so Lee hung out with the kids there. 
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I was proud of Shanna--she rode her bike to and from two different activities that night and got herself to art night too.  We met her there. I love our location in town.  It's so convenient for the kids to ride their bikes to and from things like piano lessons. 
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This was a cool paint tube display.  And the wooden mannequin is doing the dab.  Pretty sweet.
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The girls and I are reading a Nancy Drew book together.  I couldn't find this particular book on CD so we are reading it.  One night while reading it Shanna wanted to fix her table leg.  It's fun because Lee will let her help with different things around the house.  It's given Shanna confidence to just do hammer in a nail.  Pretty simple I know, but I loved the initiative.
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Lastly, we are looking for a truck.  We drove to West Virginia one morning to look at one.  Lee had to be back to work by 9am so it was an early trip.  Some kids came, some stayed at home and got themselves to school.  The trunk's interior was really great, but underneath it was rusted badly, and it didn't drive so great.  The mileage was terrific though.  But in the end too many negatives to buy it.  We'll keep looking. 
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