This is the weekend that we all associate with summer; the pools open, picnics start, and schools start to end. Our boys have one more week left of school, but for us, the summer fun has begun!
Our Memorial Day weekend didn't quite start out as we had planned... on Thursday we headed out to the Davidson River Campground to get a camping site, and to spend our weekend relaxing on the river. Well, when we arrived, it was full. All 164 "first come- first serve" sites had been taken, which NEVER happens on Thursday, always early on fridays... We didn't let this phase us though, and drove over to North Mills River Campground, but it was the same, no vacancy. We decided to try Lake Powhatan, but again, they were full!
We spent 4.5 hours in the car looking for a site, to no avail.
But we didn't let that phase us. The kids pitched tents in the back yard, we lit up the fire pit, and we had "campfire stew" (foil packets filled with veggies and meat, cooked over the coals of the fire). Since then, we have filled the weekend with friends, fun, and festivities!
Yesterday we went to the Cradle of Forestry, and hung out with friends. Here is a sequence of shots of Rory jumping from a 12-15ft rock on the Davidson River, he did it once, but refused the second and third times he climbed up, apparently it scared him a little! LOL!
And here is a random of Evie from the shore while we watched big brother.
I thought little girls were supposed to stay clean and not look like this? ;o)
Here is Evie, in all her glory, before we changed her to go to the crossover ceremony. She was mad that I was breaking out the wipes to clean her off... but her protest was so lacking, that I had to stop for a photo op!
The scouting program is such an important piece of a child's life. It is something that Cute Hubs and I whole heartedly believe in. It not only gives children opportunities, goals, and life lessons, but it is also a place where the whole family can enjoy these achievements together.
Before having children, Cute Hubs stared and was Cub Master of two separate Cub Scout Packs, and ever since we had our first boy, let alone all three, he has been chomping at the bit to get them into scouting.
This year, Hubs was a Co- Den leader with a fellow friend, and he and Rory loved it. The other kids in the den grew as friends, learned together, and flourished under Cute Hubs and the other leader.
Tonight was the "pay off" for all of the sweat and tears that we put into the pack, into the den, and into the boys. Tonight our Wolves crossed over to becoming Bears.
We are so proud of Rory, but not just him, we are proud of all the boys, of all the hard work, and also of the parents for making it happen. These boys and their parents worked hard to earn their ranks, and it melts my heart to know we will get to help them all thrive next year as well.
Next year will be double fun for us since Arden is going to be entering into the Tigers. I am excited to say that I will be volunteering to lead the Tigers, and can't wait. I already have so many ideas!
Here are a few photos from the weekend of all the boys. Sorry for the poor quality, they were taken at night, and I didn't want to use the flash.
This weekend I was lucky enough to take Rory on a Cub Scout Camping Trip to Camp Daniel Boone. It was quite the adventure, and I am pleased to say we are both back, with all eyes, limbs, and digits intact :o)
Here are a few photos of our trip:
It started with an early morning arrival and fog:
After checking in and setting up camp, we sat and watched some sparrows fly all over:
First stop, BB Guns:
Where we found out that Rory isn't quite the Robin Hood he thought:
He even built a boat for the Regatta!
Lastly we attended the evening campfire (sorry for the cell phone photo!):
He did really good for his first time! He was third in his Den, but didn't place in the top three for the Wolves, so he didn't get to move on to the Pack finals... here are a few photos of "Left Lane Cruiser"(his car) and a video that Rory took himself at the race!
(Rory's car is the Yellow car with the red stripe down it and the driver's head popping up).