Monday, June 11, 2012

Cub Country

So this past week was Scout camp.  It wasn't overnight or anything, just Friday and Saturday from about 8a.m.-3p.m.  Remy and I went up just on Saturday...I'm surprisingly wishing I had gone on Friday too.  Those kids are so funny I can't even stand it!

The camp was up Millcreek Canyon, called Cub Country.  They have a whole bunch of sites with different themes.  Friday was Jurassic-something or other.  Saturday was Superhero Academy.

So cute.

It was super cheesy and the boys loved it.  I just had to share a few of my favorite moments.

I'm not going to lie, I thought the boys were going to be too crazy and off the wall to handle, but they were SO well behaved.  Really.

So at one station we were talking about historical figures/folk stories/legends.  You know, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed, some lady whose name I can't remember who survived the Titanic.  Well to start off the scout who was leading our group was trying to get them to come up with the aforementioned names -or at least some sort of old famous person -examples given: Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, etc.

Names the boys came up with:  None.

So the leader tried again. (and I apologize if you saw this on FB already, but it's just too funny I don't ever want to forget).

Scout Leader: Who is a famous American who has done something great?
Scout: Kanye West

OH EM GEE, I died laughing!  Seriously.  Well, maybe not serious about the died part.  Obviously I'm still here typing this.

But it was close to death.

Then someone mentioned Big Foot.  Aka: Sasquatch.

Then there was a discussion about the size of said creature's feet.

Scout #1: 5 feet
Scout #2: I'd say...this big (holds hands about 2 feet apart or so)
Scout #3: Yeah 5 feet!
Scout #4: They wouldn't be THAT big!
Scout #5: Well maybe they all have different sized feet?
Scout #4: No.  There's only ONE Big Foot.


Also there was an obstacle course.

They had to climb over a wall, grab some Kryptonite (they had to save Superman), then do that thing where there's two rows of tires on the ground and you have to jump through them, you know, like army people?   Anyhow, then they had to weave around some hanging cylinders, balance on a log, jump through some ropes, and crab walk back to the beginning.
Remy was superman.

 Well the first few times through the kids ran through it as fast as they could, with just a few tumbles -mostly on the balance log, which I was standing right next to.  Well they just kept going and going and going...around and around and around!  By the 5th time through or so you could tell they were starting to get a little tired.  And pretty much every kid started falling on their face when they got to the tires.  We could not stop laughing.  And not in a mean way, the kids were laughing too.

Just had to put that out there.

One of our boys was going across the log and was almost to the end when somehow he slipped and landed stomach first on the side of the log.  It looked like it hurt, but he just popped right back up and kept going.

Another of our kids was getting really pooped.  One time he got to the crab walk and was basically going in slow motion because he couldn't go any further.  He was purposely being dramatic and it was cracking me up!

At another station the boys paired up to make paper rockets.  To start they took turns cutting out the pieces.  One of the kids accidentally cut in the wrong spot so they had to cut a new one.

Scout #1, upon seeing the wrong cut had been made, it the most calm, disappointed, serious voice I have ever heard:  You messed up.  You really, really messed up.

Now was that nice to say?  No, but the way he said it was so funny.  Of course I stepped in and said that it's not a problem, we all make mistakes and we can easily get another.  The kid who said it is the sweetest little guy which is one reason it was so funny to hear him say that.

Our little sharpshooters in action
One of our last stations was BB guns.  I had never shot one before and it was really fun!  The scout leading that station was SUPER energetic and silly, but the boys were eating it up.  I mentioned to Remy how surprised I was by how well they were listening, that they must really like the kid who is talking.  Remy thought it was because they were just really excited to shoot the guns.  But, I said, that's exactly why I'm surprised they're listening!

They had a really good time and I know I was thoroughly entertained by the day.  By the time it was over the boys were FILTHY -special thanks to the crab walk for that one.  But they didn't seem to care, or notice for that matter.

I'm actually looking forward to next year!

Then we got home and took a nap.

The End

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A List

I'm normally not into these sorts of things, but I saw this on a blog and it looked fun, so I thought I'd do it.  If it's orange, I've done it!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland

8. Climbed a mountain 9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo (karaoke only though!) 11. Bungee jumped - Does the bungee swing count? 12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm 14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning 17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty -not WALKED
18. Grown your own vegetables 19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community 36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Have Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris -been to it, but not to the top!
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater 55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China 57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp 67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square 74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle 79. Have Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House 87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake -surprisingly no and I live right by it!

97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Monday, June 4, 2012

He Graduated!

So my brother Erik, he's a smart kid that one. 

He went and got himself graduated from High School!  It took him a lot more work than he expected (that's what happens when you save all your make-up packets until literally the last weekend before graduation).

But that's neither here nor there.

The point is, he did it right?

He's also goes, excuse me, WENT to this fancy school called NUAMES.  Meaning the Northern Utah Academy for Math Engineering and Science.

READ: Smart Nerd School

I kid, I kid.

But really though, they're smart and most of them would be proud to admit they're nerds.  Heck, even the valedictorian ended his speech with "live long and prosper." 

Don't worry, there were actions.

 I'm pretty sure he's my LITTLE brother...well, he's younger anyway.  The little thing is no more.
 Nice job, Kid!  We're proud of you!