Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pine Wood Derby

Jackson and Gavin are in Cub Scouts this year and it was Derby time. The boys got their cars around Christmas time but we didn't do anything with them until a week before the race. Yes, I am teaching my children the art of procrastination! I am sure that wins points in someone's book! Anyway, they each drew out the shape they wanted for their car and Ken cut them to size. I, of course, was trying to let the kids be involved by quizzing them on the type of saw Ken used and the degree of the angle needed, blah, blah blah. (Does that erase the procrastination issue?) They really just wanted to sand and paint the things so they could get onto more important life tasks. After they spray painted and stuck on decals and stickers they were ready to roll. Although, Gavin was disappointed that he didn't win a race or an award for most patriotic (I am biased and think he should have) he did have a good time hanging with his friends and earned a medal for participating. Jackson faired a little better and was in the race for 5th place and although he lost the second heat he scored a ribbon for best boy scout theme. Brenden even got a car of his own and participated in the weigh-ins and let it roll the track a few times before a major melt down because the quarter I offered him as a prize was not what he wanted. Later, Ken presented Brenden with a medal just like the other boys and he was happy again. It was a great example of scouting to include a 3 year old in the events! Thanks!

Friday, January 8, 2010

2010 Adventures so far...

So, I asked for adventures for 2010. I said that I wanted to think outside of the safe waters and go beyond the breakers, really be ready for the adventures. Well, here are the adventures so far:
Sunday 1/3/10 toilet in upstairs bathroom frozen and out of commission for the 3rd winter since we've lived in this 2004 constructed house.
Monday 1/4/10 skidded into the ditch while trying to get to a pampered chef meeting and praying constantly to not hit the telephone pole that was in front of me.
Tuesday 1/5/10 dropped tire on my foot while trying to take it to get fixed from the above mention ditch meeting
Wednesday 1/6/10 snow storm coming. Ken pulled an all-nighter. He went to bed Thursday night at 7pm on the couch after being up 36 hours
Thursday 1/7/10 snowblower has flat tire unable to finish the drive way until hours later. My brother-in-law's mother passed away. Hole needed to be put in wall of bathroom to thaw out pipe with space heater.
Friday 1/8/10 set up the scrip table at school and only sold $5.

It seems that if I ended this post here my 2010 is looking pretty bleak but that's part of the NEW ADVENTURE. Here's what I've learned from this:
The country of Norway or somewhere really, really cold makes great stretchable, flexible pipes so they can freeze numerous times without breaking
Praying will get me through anything and the Lord does protect me even when I don't talk to Him as much as I should
My foot can withstand a great amount of weight on it without breaking and a bruised foot in snow boot is not seen by anyone
Ken may be able to pull and all-nighter but I am not cut out to be a single parent and I should thank him for sticking with me through all that I have to offer him!
Shopping locally helps when you need someone to put air in a tire that is off the rim for free! A hole is a small price to pay for a working toilet. However long it was when I spoke or saw someone last it still saddens my heart to have someone depart from those we love, although it makes it bearable knowing that the struggles someone is going through on earth will be no more in Heaven!
And lastly, getting out of the house and trying to do something good needs to be enough of a reward.
What a week!

Barbie mom meets army boy

When my sister and I were 4 and 7 we played Barbies A LOT! I got to play them again with Gavin only army style! We built forts and trenches, a mess hall, and a heli pad. Then we added the guys! It was awesome. I knew it wouldn't last long after Brenden woke up from his nap so I actually remembered to take pictures so we'll have it forever! Who said boys can't play with dolls? Army dolls at least!