Friday, October 24, 2014

Happy 50th Rich!

We met at a beautiful park in Provo to celebrate Rich's 50th Birthday.
He traveled from Hawaii!
It stormed so heavily that I thought for sure we were going to wash away.
All the guests were huddled under the pavilion.
It was great that my parents were able to share this with him. 
Did I mention that it was pouring rain?
 Marley with her Poppa!
It is so hard to believe that Rich is a Grandfather and has such a beautiful little grand daughter.
It was great to see him.
Aloha Cuz!

No Words.....

School Work

The family carpenter.
Jared is really enjoying himself!
 At this point they had poured the basement and layed the trusses for the floor.
 Jared hangs out with a nice group of young men, though Jared is the youngest, they have quite a bit to offer each other. I love to hear the stories of the day.
 Before he started the program he was never tired at 9pm. I had told him that it will happen someday that he will be exhausted at the end of the day and when that happens I want him to come to me and say "Mom, it's happened....I'm tired."
Well, it happened. It was 7 pm about 5 weeks into the program and Jared sat at the dinner table and said, "Mom, it's happened....I am exhausted and feel like going to bed. It's only 7 oclock!"
We all had a good laugh.
Jared being the night owl that he is, is no longer a night owl. I always knew that, that might happen but it was so hard to see that when he was only 13 months old wanting to play at 2 am.
 We are really proud of the man he is becoming. His instructor is a man of good character as well. I love to have my kids around good mentors. An answered prayer.
I am bummed, just after we left, Jared is the only one that is of a good weight to ride out on that stick that they flatten the cement with. That would have been a great picture.

Pumpkins for Sale

Kaleb and Victoria are selling pumpkins for only a dollar.
So far they have sold $38 worth.
Not to mention a few spaghetti squash.
We think Kirk planted those because we don't know where they came from.

Practice, Practice, Practice

I guess it doesn't matter if you wear roller skates while practicing your violin....
just as long as you get it done!

Canoeing Merit Badge

We took a group of scouts out to Mantua Lake to finish the Canoeing Merit Badge with the help of Nana and Poppa's trailer. We made it a family affair.
We had 4 canoes and 1 kayak.
 The boys had done all the book work but now needed the practical, hands on work to do.
It is kind of funny, Kaleb could teach the merit badge on his own with his 7 years of experience canoeing but he hadn't earned the merit badge. So now he is official. He did finish all the requirements....easy peasy.
 At first most of the boys were a little uncertain about getting into the canoes with them wobbly. Of course there is the thought that it would tip over. Well, they got over that so fast it wasn't funny. Within the hour they were tipping them over on purpose, which was a requirement, again and again.
They loved the challenge of having to try to get back into it if they went over the side.
One canoe with two of the younger scouts in it, tipped it over, and then tried to right it out in the water. So they were sitting in full of water paddling to the shore. Within a couple minutes, the canoe, full of water, would tip over and then they would be on top of it again. Of course they all had life jackets on which was even more fun for them to not have to worry too much of keeping their heads above water.
Daphne's kayak came in handy. Jared or Kirk would patrol them out in the lake. We had a heck of a time getting them in when it was time to leave. They had no intentions of going home. 
Jared enjoying the perks of being an adult leader.

Life Scout

Kaleb is already on his way to working on his Eagle Scout rank now that he is a Life Scout.
For the first time, he had Nana and Poppa at his Court of Honor.
He said it was a special one to share it with them.
He also just got elected Senior Patrol Leader.
I am pretty proud of them. Boy Scouts has given my guys lots of opportunities to grow in leadership and time management skills. Not to mention that this is a great group of boys and men. We are really blessed to be a part of Troop 1.