Sunday, August 3, 2014

Silver Award Banquet

Samantha, along with 2 other girls in my troop, worked hard this past year and earned their Silver Award.  The Silver Award is the highest award that Girl Scouts in grade 6, 7, and 8th can earn.  In order to earn this, they have to complete a Girl Scout Journey and put in 80 hours of work towards their project.  

Samantha and Em decided to work with the Animal Shelter and make bat houses for them.  They put in time researching bats and their benefits, bat house styles, bat house placement. They spent time talking to the employees and volunteers at the Animal Shelter. They also spent time requesting donations and writing thank you notes for these.  Their final hours were spent assembling the bat houses!  They did this completely on their own - Roger was not home and I had no idea - but they figured it out!

Today was the Council wide Awards Banquet for the Older Girls and my three girls were a part of this special ceremony. Not only did they receive the recognition in front of hundreds of people, they got a certificate from GSUSA and Girl Scout Diamonds, and a pin to wear on their vests.  

Something else special about this day - my girls were asked to be a part of the Color Guard for the Banquet! 

*pictures to come soon -Blogger is being quirky and I am trying to catch up!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Date night while the kiddos are gone....

Roger and I try to do a date night once a month -it's hard sometimes between his schedules and the kiddos schedules -but we do manage to work them in on occasion!  I decided to plan this months and we went to the shooting range.  I am still a little nervous about using a gun - but I am getting there - and Roger says I am pretty good with my aim - and it's fun - but I'm still nervous.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Time for a new ride...

My poor van had been through so much - many little kiddos, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts- many miles traveled on trips - many spilled meals and drinks in the back. It was just time go.  I hate - cannot express how much I hate - car shopping!  Thankfully, hubby is great and he does most of it and narrows things down to a couple of choices for me.

This time, I knew what I needed to have - enough seats to transport kiddos - space for travel necessities - good gas mileage - easy for the kiddos to learn to drive in (what !?!?!). We had narrowed it down to a Chevy Traverse and a Dodge Durango. We looked at a Durango first- I was on the fence about it, Rog drove it around for a bit and I just got behind the seat to drive it up the hill. I was pretty convinced that the Traverse was going to be 'the one'.  We took the kiddos to their field trip- other moms there drive a Traverse - I was actually almost excited to go test drive it. When we got there, it just didn't jump out at me like I thought it would. I drove it - it was ok - wasn't crazy about the space - or lack of it. When the salesman asked Roger what was he thinking, his reply was not to ask him, that it was all me.  My reply - I was thinking I needed to go back and drive the Durango. 

We got back to the Dodge lot and when I got back in the drivers seat- I knew that one was the one. So, they gave us a nice chunk for the van - I was almost sad when we cleaned it out...however, after driving the Durango - I think I'm over it!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Homeschool class at museum - Chemical Solutions

Apparently, these have been going on for a while, but we just learned of them and decided to check them out.

MidAmerica Science Museum in Hot Springs AR offers one day homeschool classes!  The first one we discovered was Chemical Solutions. Rog took the day off and we headed to Hot Springs for the day. 

Parents aren't allowed to stay, so I'm not really sure what all exactly was learned during the class - all I can get from them was it was fun and I think I made a new friend!  Well, I guess if they had fun then that counts for something, right? I guess next time, unless there are pictures or they can tell me more about it, they can write me a paper? 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Part of Rotary Luncheon Program

Samantha was invited to be a part of the Roatry Club of Little Rock's monthly luncheon. This month, they were honoring Scouting - this year, the focus was Girl Scouts. The adult scout in charge wanted a girl from each level to participate in flag and then share a little about scouting. One of my Senior Scours was chosen for that part, another Cadette was chosen, but another scout was needed for the Color Guard at the last minute and Samantha was pulled in to help.

She was super excited about it - I was nervous for her - they all did great!!