Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cub Scout Day Camp and Summer Bucket List Week 4

Our whole family loves this fun daily show on Youtube called Good Mythical Morning.  They had an episode where they combined two awesome things and said they were Double Awesome.  This week we took cousins who are awesome and Cub Scout Day Camp that is awesome and had a DOUBLE AWESOME week for our Bucket List #25.   Jen, Alex, and Evin came and spent the entire week at our home and went to camp with us each day.  We left our home each morning before 7am and returned around 6pm...just in time to take showers, eat dinner, pack lunches and go to bed so we could get up and do it all again.  The temperatures this week were above 100 each day.  But we didn't hear any complaining from our Happy Campers.  Just smiles!

Jen and I helped run the Me-too program, which is a mini camp for the preschool-aged children of the volunteers.  I made wonderful new friends with ladies I met also volunteering this week.  I was in heaven getting to plan preschool curriculum again and having very messy fun all day with little ones. Spending the week with my amazing Sister in Law is awesome and then getting to pretend to be a teacher again is awesome, so it was another DOUBLE AWESOME this week.

Our Day Camp has a wonderful program for the sisters of the Cubs called Pink Patrol.  They get to do everything the boys get to do. Molly was old enough to participate this year and her cousin Evin joined her.  Molly was the youngest in the group and the smallest.  Which means she was in heaven because she got lots of attention from older girls.

Andrew and Alex were together in an Arrow of Light Den with Andrew's good friend, Adam.

Ryan was in a Wolf Den with some boys from church and got to know them better and now considers them some of his best friends.

Because I was with the Me-toos, I couldn't get pics of each kid at every camp activity.  I think we did manage to get at least one kid at all of the activities though. 

So what did they do at camp?

They all boated.

They all shot BB Guns. And the 4 oldest all got bulls eyes! 

They all went fishing.  All three of my kiddos caught fish this year (although Molly's was with the help of her favorite youth leader). 

They got to go swimming every single day.

They all went to archery.

They all went to an engineering class and got to program a robot and see a 3D printer.

They did crafts this week.  They made lanterns, decorated their headbands/buffs, and helped tie blankets for a service project.

They played sports this week, the favorite of course being Gaga Ball.

Wednesday night was Parents' Night.  There was a food truck, lots of camp songs, and den skits.

And the favorite for most was the climbing tower.  All four of the oldest made it to the top of the tower and Molly even made it half way up.  She had to wear adult jogging pants to help her not slide out of the harness, but she climbed as high as her legs could carry her.  Andrew and Alex also got to repel down the tower.

My kids are already looking forward to next year.  Andrew will get to be a Junior Leader, so we will all still be able to go.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer Bucket List: Week 3

Week 3 of summer was just as fun and busy as the first two weeks!  We have set a goal to look for as many ways that we can help others this summer, so we started out the week delivering fliers serving in our community to let everyone know about the neighborhood pool party.  It was over 100 degrees even at 7pm, but we got all 200+ fliers in the mail boxes!  Love their willingness to help!

This year we have had an amazing piano teacher who comes to our home each week to teach piano.  She even agreed to hold the recital in our home this week for the kids in our neighborhood she teaches.  Andrew and Ryan have been lucky to have wonderful piano teachers and we are so grateful we found a fabulous one here in our new home, too.  Molly will get to begin lessons in the fall.

Our county hosts a week-long day camp for children in the Gifted program, and all three of my kiddos were invited to attend.  They had a fun time at Camp Adventure inventing all week long and made new friends.  I missed them a lot, but it gave me lots of time to prep for the neighborhood pool party and next week's fun (Cub Scout Day Camp).

I know I have said it a million times, but I seriously love our new neighborhood.  It has been so hard having to move away from our family, friends, and church in Winston-Salem.  But this neighborhood eases the pain a little.    I love this random shot Chad took of the party.  It captures our neighborhood beautifully.  We are a community of ethnically diverse families from around the country and globe.   We have devout neighbors from almost every religious denomination.  Our kids play together, our families talk together, play together, serve together, and pray for each other.  It is exciting to be part of a new neighborhood and to be able to work together to help create the kind of community that you want to raise your children in.

Rachel celebrated her 23rd birthday this week. She is busy working two jobs this summer, but she did manage to make it down to see us on Sunday so we could celebrate her! I love my sister and am so impressed with the woman she has become.

This week was also Father's Day.  I am so grateful for Chad and all that he does to support me and our children.  He is an amazing father and I wish that all children in the world were lucky enough to have a Dad like Chad.  We went out to eat and to the movies during the weekend in honor of Father's Day.  They we had a special dinner Sunday.  We also celebrated our own wonderful fathers. My Dad and Mom came to eat dinner with us Sunday.  Our visit was brief, but wonderful.  I love every minute I get to spend with my family.