We are coming out of our busiest week yet this year! I think we made it through unscathed so that is wonderful.
Preceding our busy week, last weekend we were able to spend time with the Nowlands!! I have enjoyed seeing my sister and her family more often. Sarah and Jeremy went to Cincinnati to look for a house and we were able to keep their boys for a couple days. Sarah and Jeremy returned Friday night and spent Saturday with us. It was such a pleasure to be able to visit with them. Their trip was a success as well. They offered on a home Friday night and by Saturday afternoon had it under contract!
In this picture all the boys are piled on Rob...yes, he is under there somewhere.
Saturday morning with the Nowlands was filled with a snow storm and yummy waffles with strawberry syrup. Later that day we took the kids sledding on the hill behind Brenna's school.
The snow was a little "slow" on the hill so we ended up on the playground after a while.
Brenna showed off her tire swing pushing skills and caused Jeremy and I to get quite dizzy.
Grant is always so good with little kids. Here Anna is snuggling up to him.
It is a good thing we have a King's sized bed, because on any given day we have a few extra sleepers in it!
Remember Sydney's pink princess crown? It has now deflated enough that it fits Elise!
Seth was in the junior high play. As an advertisement on opening day they wore their costumes to school. The play was Winnie the Pooh, and Seth was Rabbit. He was a little anxious about wearing a rabbit costume to school all day, but had an overall positive experience.
So imagine our surprise and disappointment when Grant was called up for second place... and the first place prize went to a boy we had beat in a race!
Grant was disappointed and upset. He did not want to take this picture and in fact threw the ribbon down when Rob wanted to take it.
I don't think so.
Especially since Grant really cared about it. I mean, obviously the other parents and boys didn't really care that much or else they would have realized that their car had been beat in a race, right?
So there we are in the crowded cultural hall. I am telling Grant (and Rob) to go talk to the Cubmaster, who by that point was standing on the side while other awards were being handed out. Rob is telling Grant to sit down, we will talk to him later...etc.
Finally Grant goes to talk to him and Rob follows. I was proud of Grant- he stood up for himself and explained to the adult that he should have first place because he beat Ben in a race and never lost a race. So the Cubmaster checked the data and sure enough Grant was right. So he told Grant he would get another ribbon and make an announcement next time. This was the only part I was disappointed in- I wish they would have announced it that night even if though they didn't have a ribbon. And I do not think they should have taken it away from the other boy- that would just be cruel. But, as it is, Grant is satisfied and therefore so am I. (Mama Bear's claws have had to come out a few times this week!)
The other fun think about the Blue and Gold Banquet was the cake decorating contest. The theme was sports and the cub scouts were supposed to decorate the cake for the contest. I looked online (because I am not creative but I can copy!) for ideas and found this one of a basketball in a hoop (in case you couldn't tell!) and I thought, that is something Grant could do! He could stick licorice on a cake! However, there were some other amazing cakes! One was a flat round cake with Reese's Pieces put on to resemble a basketball- the brown ones for the lines and the orange ones in between. Also a layered round cake with blue frosting and gold fish along the sides with a pretzel rod raft and a sail and fishing poles( I didn't get a close enough look to see what those last two were made of). But alas, the winner of the decorating contest was a cake in which there was no mistaking that it was decorated by an eight year old if you know what I mean. :) I admit I did a little touching up on Grant's frosting and actually did the white frosting myself, but now I know, the sloppier the better haha! Maybe next year! the prize was actually really cool- a wooden spoon with the Cub Scout logo painted on it.
Russell had a little more interest in making the frosting than Grant.
Grant built this impressive domino tower last weekend!
While visiting teaching this week Elise wanted to put this on...oh yeah!!
Sydney and I got our hair cut today. The hairdresser put a cute braid in her hair today and I wanted to get a picture of her "princesss" hair. Unfortunately my timing was poor as I was just putting her down for a nap so she was rather sour about life.
But they are pretty entertaining pictures after all...
This little girl is growing up too fast! We have cured her thumb sucking thanks to a nasty tasting product we painted on her thumbnails. As a result, she does not play with her belly button anymore. We have had a whole week without a potty-training accident (hallelujah!) and just got her "baby hair" trimmed off. I really wish she wouldn't grow up so fast (except for the potty-training- I am ready for that)
It is always a party around here, that is for sure!