Pinewood Derby #1

The Cub Scouts had a great time at their Pinewood Derby tonight. It was fun to see all the different car designs. William worked hard on his car with help from Rob, and it was definitely one of a kind.


There were 29 cars entered and William finished right about in the middle of the pack. He did great for his first Derby. It was a good test run to get the kids ready for the District Derby, which is coming up this Saturday.  

Adventures in Ice Skating

It’s always fun when the Cub Scouts have an activity that the whole family can participate in. Today we headed over to the Ice Plex for some ice skating. Rob was even brave enough to put skates on, even though he had never skated before and wasn’t so sure he wanted to. The kids all picked it up pretty quick, but they were going so fast that they spent a lot of time picking themselves up off the ice.

Me, well, I just followed Rob around taking pictures. At one point he threatened to squish me into the wall if I didn’t put the camera away. That’s gratitude for you. I simply try to capture all his “firsts” in the world of ice skating, and all he could do was threaten bodily harm. Humph.


I blew it anyway. He had one good fall, but he was so fast to pick himself up that I completely missed it. I think that was his intention, but still! Oh well, there’s always next time… right?

Fun In Scouting

William has been staying busy with his Cub Scout Pack lately. The Tiger Cubs had the opportunity to talk with a WWII Veteran at a retirement home here in town. Down in the basement of the same building, they were able to meet with a local radio personality. The boys even put together a radio ad that was played on the air. This past week, the Scouts had their Blue and Gold Banquet where most of the boys were awarded beads and pins. William and his Tiger Cub buddies completed enough activities to get their Tiger patches. They were all pretty excited about that and now they will be able to start earning yellow beads for their uniforms. The next activity they have planned is ice skating, and they will be doing that this Sunday. They also have their Pinewood Derby, which takes place on Monday. Rob is really getting involved as a Den Leader, and he is enjoying Scouting just as much as William is. Nathan is looking forward to being able to join in the fun next year.

Outside Frozey

There are lots of amazing icicles outside right now. One of the few benefits of below 0 temperatures, I guess. I wanted to take some pictures this afternoon, but the daylight couldn’t wait for me. I did manage to get one shot though, while stopped at a red light. I am thinking that I might have to drag the family on an icicle hunt this weekend.  


Better Luck Next Year

Unfortunately, we weren’t among the lucky ones who received a Smith River float permit. There are 1,000 float parties looking forward to their upcoming adventure down a breath-taking canyon, and over 4,000 of us planning to try again next year. And the year after that, and the year after that… 

So I guess now my focus will shift from trying to find something that floats to finding something else fun and exciting to do for our 10th Anniversary. I still have a few months left, and I’m sure I can come up with something!