This weekend is the annual Wenatchee River Rafting Trip with our Boy Scout troop.
Isn’t it sweet that even though my boys are 12 and 14 they are still willing to pose together for a photo?
Here are my men…off for a weekend adventure of hiking, camping and river rafting…
Hey, what’s Tilly doing there? Oh yeah, she gets to go too. This particular trip is open to families…unfortunately our family isn’t going because we had to sign before we had the new van…and we doubted our old one would make the trip.
Oh, and then there’s Devon. She’s pretty much a fixture in our house. She’s going along on the adventure too, since her brothers are Scouts. Avi? Nope, she’s staying home with me. She just happens to love Devon.
And Adalia? She’s got a job doing farm chores and milking cows, so she’s staying home too.
I always try to do something fun with the kids when Chuck and the boys are off with Boy Scouts. Yesterday’s fun included: a trip to the library, pizza from Little Caesars (a huge treat) and a movie (Puss and Boots).
I can’t wait for the rest of the fam to come home and tell us all about their adventures. And I’m hoping Enoch and Tilly took plenty of photos!
Check out Wentachee River Rafting: 2009 and 2009 Pt. 2 when we took our whole family!
Hezekiah, age 7
Well, we did it. We (meaning, of course, Chuck and the kids) managed to get the cars made. And painted. And dried. Even if they did have to spend a bit of time drying in the oven…None of the kids got to decorate the cars the way they would have liked, but they did get cars to race.
Mordecai, age 9
Mordecai did manage a swaggin’ Ninja car…
Chuck felt really bad about not getting to the cars sooner. But it couldn’t be helped. At any rate, they finished six cars. One each for our Cub Scouts, Mordecai and Hezekiah and four “outlaw” cars for: Kalina, Jubilee, Tucker and Apollo.
Tilly helped with registration and assigning car numbers.
Hezekiah and his buddy, Ian.
Grandma came to cheer her Cub Scouts on.
Jubilee and Kalina…two beautiful sisters.
While the Baker’s Dozen cars didn’t claim any prizes, both Mordecai and Hezekiah won a couple of heats.
Tucker would want you to know that his care (yellow) won fourth in the outlaw race…and Apollo’s (the orange) won 5th.
You may want to check out our past Pinewood Derby races: 2011, 2010, 2008. And I know the boys raced in 2007 and 2009 but I can’t find the posts…
I sent Judah off yesterday on his first high adventure trip with the Boy Scouts. They are headed off for a week or so of canoeing up in British Columbia. Judah has worked any and every chance he got this summer to earn the $300 plus for the trip and all of the gear he needed. Thankfully, my friend Bridget is a Scout leader on this trip and took her camera along. Last night they stayed in hotel and she was able to post about day one of their trip here.
And Adalia has posted part one of her summer in Honduras here.
This is Tilly post-Girl Scout meeting.
Don't ask me…I have no idea.
Now, I'm not big on makeup myself, but I can appreciate other people's desire to use it.
But I think maybe, just maybe, the girls were a bit heavy handed this day.
And a moody black and white…just for fun.
Chuck took our three handsome Boy Scouts to the Merit Badge Extravaganza yesterday. This was Enoch's first year as a Boy Scout and first year to attend.
Judah took: Emergency Preparedness and Citizenship in the Community, and came home with two partials (meaning he still has work to do to earn the badge).
Boaz took: First Aid and Environmental Science and also received partials.
Enoch took: Leatherworking, Space Exploration and Wood Carving. He completed everything but his Wood Carving…
I was gently warned by others about letting Enoch sign up for Space Exploration. It's very in-depth, requires plenty of research and a good amount of writing. It's a hard one for a first MBE. It's a much more difficult merit badge to earn than a lot of the hands on ones…Chuck and I discussed it and decided, so what if he doesn't actually earn the badge? Let him go, have fun…he'll certainly learn from it. Life simply isn't all about earning badges. So after letting him know it would be a lot of hard work, we let him follow his passion, not an "easier" badge.
You probably won't be surprised (given this is Enoch) to know that he worked hard on this badge. The first MBE session was several weeks ago and he came home with a whole lot of homework. He worked on it every day (remember, this is my kid who I can barely get to do his daily school work). He built his rocket, spent time on the computer researching, did his writing, his drawings. Everything. He loved it and came through earning the badge. He's one of those kids who often rises to a challenge, even if he won't do his "regular" work…much like both his parents were.
All three boys (and one father) had a splendid time this weekend. And once again, I am so thankful to have a husband so committed to our boys.