Saturday, 4 April 2015

Cub Scout Fun

Tommy has really been loving cub scouting. It has been fun to try so many new things, and the while family has been enjoying the outings and pack meetings. Here are some pictures from the Pinewood Derby. He and Jeff crafted his car to look like Jeff's "cool car." It didn't win, but it sure was fun to watch!

We had an outing to a living history museum in our area to fulfill an advancement requirement, and we had a great time watching a blacksmith work, looking at old maps of our city, visiting a "trading post," and watching maple sap collection.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Science Fair 2015

Tommy really wanted to do an experiment on electricity for the science fair, and Jeff made an heroic attempt to help him do that, but in the grand tradition of science, it didn't work out as he planned. Thankfully, Tommy had has a pretty cool science kit, so we pulled an experiment from that which he had previously worked on, and had him do it again for the fair. In truth, the science kit experiment was probably a little more flashy, and it certainly made Tommy happy and was fun for the other kids to see. Win-win. He also had some fun exploring the other kids projects and having some one-on-one time with dad (the little guys were out of sorts so we stayed home).

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Dragging out Goodbyes

(Yes, I am posting again)

We finally had a little nice weather around here (it's gone again), so we spent as many days as possible at our neighborhood park, which has since been demolished and is awaiting new equipment. Every nice afternoon I would tell the boys we needed to make sure we said good-bye to the park since we didn't know when they would tear it down. This provided many an afternoon of fun and, more importantly, getting out of the house. I didn't take nearly as many pictures as I intended to, but here are a few of them playing on the equipment, poking at the ice in the pond, and running through the woods. For the next few months while our park is under construction we will be exploring all the other local parks we never go to because it is so much easier to hop on bikes than get in the car, but hopefully we will find a few gems.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Monday, 22 December 2014

Candy for the Troops

Tommy's scout pack collected halloween candy this year to donate to a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to U.S. troops on deployment. Tommy, Nic, and Kenny each set aside a large portion of their trick-or-treat haul to send to the troops, and we were able to collect even more candy from friends at church and Amy's bible study. All together the scouts collected quite an impressive load of candy, as you can see below. Tommy and I went with a few other scouts to drop off the candy we collected - and to tour the care package operation. While we were there, the kids got to put together some Christmas care packages for the soldiers. Tommy really enjoyed getting to put together a care package. Thank you to everyone who donated candy to this project! And thank you to all the soldiers spending the holidays away from their families.

Saturday, 29 November 2014


It's been pretty cold lately, so since we had a warm (almost 50°F!), mostly sunny day today I thought I would take advantage. We got the boys dressed up and took some pictures for this year's Christmas card. Here are some of my favorite outtakes:

Thursday, 27 November 2014


I set the table up this morning before I started cooking. When Tommy saw it he was so impressed that he decided he needed to dress up, and he convinced his brothers to do the same. It was completely spontaneous and all his idea, but I thought it was so sweet that he felt inspired to put on his fanciest outfit. Before we ate both Tommy and Nic took a turn to pray, and one thing that Tommy mentioned being thankful for was tradition. Considering how last minute this year's meal was, and therefore, how close it came to not happening, his enthusiasm for the day made all of my (hasty) efforts worth it, and for that I am very thankful.

Here is proud Nicolas the pumpkin farmer showing off the fruits of his harvest.