Monday, June 30, 2014

The Boy's Philmont Experience

A couple of weeks ago, The Boy left on the adventure of a lifetime - 2 weeks backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch. I have to admit that I was a nervous mama, sending my boy off halfway across the country with strangers. (Well, not exactly strangers; it was with his Boy Scout troop, but it wasn't family.)

They flew out from NC on a Sunday evening, arriving in Denver in time to get to the hotel and get some sleep. The next day they headed down to New Mexico, stopping at the Air Force Academy and the Garden of the Gods along the way. They spent that night in Cimarron, New Mexico, which is just north of Philmont.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Signs You Might Be an Over-Involved Parent

Are you an over-involved parent? A helicopter mom/dad? Am I? Do I have the traits that would characterize me as one? Can you be too involved in your child's life? These are the thoughts going through my head.

This week Sassy went to an activities camp at the local university. For 4 hours each morning, the campers participate in four activities - kickball, soccer, basketball, and swimming. This has been perfect for my little athlete. This is the first year that Sassy has gone to a day camp without one of her sisters with her, so I worried about how she would do that first day. Boy, was I in for a surprise! After she was checked in, she walked away from me and over to the other campers without even saying good-bye. I think dropping her off was harder for me than for her.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Painting the Twins' Room

This summer my plan is to make our house our home. I figured it's about time; we've only lived here for 6 years. Ha ha!

In the past few years, I've painted The Boy's bedroom and the younger girls' bedroom. So it was about time that the twins' room got some paint on the walls. It was in desperate need of an update. Once upon a time, Sassy shared that room with Soccer Girl. Sassy discovered that her colorful wooden blocks worked great as crayons on the wall and proceeded to decorate one entire section behind the door before anyone noticed. At that time, I decided I wouldn't paint that room until a) Sassy outgrew the "marking on the wall" phase or b) Sassy wasn't in that room anymore. Now is finally that time - I'm fairly certain that Sassy has outgrown that phase (although I don't put anything past her) and we rearranged rooms earlier this year and now this room is shared by Soccer Girl and Ballerina.

To say Soccer Girl and Ballerina are different would be quite an understatement. Ballerina is a girly-girl; she likes pink and frills. Soccer Girl HATES pink and frilly. I thought trying to come to an agreement on color would be extremely difficult. Thankfully I was wrong. They both quickly agreed on turquoise.

I am not a professional painter. I work slowly. I hate the prep work. The twins' room has a white chair rail molding all the way around the room so - not only did I have to tape the door, closet, and window - I also had to tape that thing. While taping off everything took an entire afternoon, painting went much quicker. I was able to get that done in 2 days.

Here are some pictures of the final product:



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

He's an Eagle!


Last week, The Boy had his Court of Honor ceremony to receive his Eagle Scout medal. He was the youngest scout awarded the Eagle during this Court of Honor and the 2nd youngest ever in the troop. He also was the first "grand-Eagle" for his scoutmaster; Robb also earned his Eagle under this scoutmaster.

The Boy's Eagle Scout project was to build player benches for the soccer fields where he plays. He came up with the design and did a great job leading in getting the wood cut and the benches built.




There were 4 boys who earned their Eagle for this Court of Honor so we all split up the work. One family got the cake, one decorated, one did the drinks, and I provided food. I didn't get any pictures of the cake before it was cut, but I did get pictures of the table decorations, which were absolutely perfect.





While the scoutmaster said something about each Eagle, he had a slide show playing of that boy's time in Boy Scouts. I was amazed at how young The Boy looked in the pictures from when he first joined, which was only 3 years ago.

I also wrote to several people requesting letters of congratulations. He has received letters from both former Presidents Bush, the governor of our state Nikki Haley, and leaders from the Air Force, Army, and FBI. I was able to get these without him knowing anything about them and surprised him with them that night.

There is a lot of work that goes into earning Eagle Scout, and I am extremely proud of him.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday Thoughts - Colossians 3:23

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. Colossians 3:23

This was one of the verses in my Sunday School lesson this morning, and it definitely spoke to my heart. I'm not always so good at doing every thing for the Lord, not for others.

I am a people pleaser; I worry about what people think about me. Sadly, for a very long time, this is what dictated the way I parented. I wanted my children to be perfect little angels because I feared what others would say or think about my parenting.

Pride also was a huge part of my parenting. For the most part, my first 4 small people were fairly well-behaved and obedient. I would look at other parents whose children were acting out or being disobedient and wonder what was wrong with their parenting as I would pat myself on the back for the wonderful job I was doing.

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