This last Tuesday was the Blue and Gold Banquet. The twins received their Arrow of Light award! They have worked so hard in scouting and have all the arrow points, badges and belt loops to prove it! We are fortunate to live in a ward with an awesome group of boys and some amazing leaders who put a lot of work and time into keeping the boys interested and making all the pack meetings so amazing.
This years Blue and Gold theme was a carnival complete with balloons, popcorn and games for everyone and they also served dinner and dessert. It looked so Great and was so fun!
We started with the Arrow of Light Ceremony. The boys have been watching the man who does the ceremony since they first started scouts. They were thrilled to finally be the ones up on the blanket by the bear. 5 boys received the award that night! They were asked questions individually while he put the award on each of them and then they each had to give their mom a kiss and pin the arrow of light pin on the moms. They also had to hug their dad and then return to the blanket. The guy then had them hold their arm to the square and warned them that in Boy Scouts when they do a court of honor they have to keep their arm up like that for what will feel like hours! He made sure to talk a LONG time about that to give them some practice :) He closed by giving them their arrows and certificates.
Such a big moment in their little lives and in the scouting program. I remember seeing some big boys get an arrow of light award at the twins first pack meeting back when they were 8 and those big boys looked so old and it seemed like so far away before the twins would be up there but man it went fast! Grandma Allen and Grandma & Grandpa Durfey came to show their support and we're so grateful that they did! It was a big deal for the twins and they were so proud of their accomplishments and loved having family there to share in it.
Logan also received a rank advancement that night. He earned his Wolf and is now working on his Bear. He also received ELEVEN arrow points and a whole slew of belt buckles including the hockey belt loop which isn't one they give out very often :) Before I know it Logan will be moving on to the big kids scouts too! It's crazy how much quicker time keeps speeding up.
It was a great night for all the boys (even Liam who loved all the food).
|The ceremony supplies|
|Calling up the recipients|
|Sam, Kaiden, Caleb, Karson and Nathan|
|Kar getting his award|
|He's suddenly so old and big!|
|Kaid receiving his award|
|Proudly answering correctly|
|Getting some practice holding their arms up|
|Logan pinning me|
|He's already got so many extras! Proud of that boy!|
|Karson's arrow and certificate|
|Kaiden's arrow and certificate|
|My Mothers Ribbon is getting very full and very heavy! :)|
Red, White and Blue
The twins had a Patriotic program at school on Thursday. I know I say this every time there is any program but seriously Westland rocks!
They started the program with a few boys dressed in their scout uniforms and did a flag ceremony.
Then every few songs they did some speaking to transition to the next group of songs.
Some highlights include that during the Ride of Paul Revere song when they started singing about wondering if in the future people would also stand up for the country they showed slides of the kids parents, grandparents and great grandparents who served in the military. So cool to see military photos of parents I see regularly but didn't realize they had served. I was surprised at how many kids had close relatives serving now or who served in the past.
Another highlight was when they recited the Preamble of the Constitution. It's so important to teach our kids about the constitution and our country and it's history and I was so impressed to hear the kids recite it. Fifty Nifty states was a good one too. I don't know that I could still name all fifty states but maybe if I had learned in song form I still could.
And of course what's a Westland production without a little humor???
In the song "What's More American" they changed up one of the verses to sing "What's more American than Facebook? And hashtag and texting all your friends? What's more American than"--(singing stops and three kids take turns saying) "Selfie?" "Selfie?' "Selfie." (as they pose for the selfie a boy jumps in front and yells) "PHOTO BOMB!" So funny!
The program ended with the students going through each branch of the military and singing that particular branches song. They asked anyone in the audience who had served to please stand during their particular song to receive acknowledgment and applause. I always get emotional thinking of the sacrifices that service men and women and their families make for our country so it was a powerful way to end the program. I had moved to the back by that point to stand with Liam and was able to see all the people that stood during each song and I tried not to be a weeny and get all weepy. The kids have learned a lot about our founding fathers and our American history this year. It's been fun hearing what they learn and discussing it at home. I have some pretty smart boys with some amazing teachers!
|This years class is full of so many awesome kids!|
|The boys and Grandma after the program|
|Liam was hoarding in on the other pic so we did a special one for him|
A Date with Grandma
Logan got to use his hockey tickets from Grandma and go on a date with her!
They went Monday since their was no school and had lunch at Cracker Barrel. It's one of Logan's favorite places to go and he always orders the massive breakfast that takes several plates to be served. He ate every single one of them! :) They have little bottles of syrup and he said he wanted to drink it like Buddy the Elf! HAHAHAHA! Grandma didn't let him but she let him bring it home as a souvenir. He's still asking to drink it like Buddy but I haven't given in and let him because I might puke if I see that in person!
Then it was off to the game. The Grizzlies won and he really enjoyed himself. He even ran into Leland at the game! Leland is his BFF (that's their words not mine lol) so that made the day even better! The only downer was some grumpy guy turning around and yelling at them and Grandma but Grandma told him they were just fine and he didn't bother them again. He came back a very happy boy! That Grandma of ours has such great ideas! I love the amazing memories that the kids all get to make and that she is willing to put in the time making them.
|He loves this game|
|That is a happy boy about all that food! And that little bottle is the syrup he wants to drink!|
|Grandma and Logan at the game|
|Logan and Leland|
|He's watched me and Sue too much! LOL She'll be so proud of this pic!|
|Outside the game|
On the Go
The rest of the week was incredibly busy. Liam got to have a little day date with Auntie while I went to the doctor. I had an annual female appointment and it was right across the street from Auntie's work. She offered to take Liam while I went to my appointment so I took her up on it! Trying to contain Liam in that tiny room while keeping myself covered in the little sheet did not sound fun! So I was very grateful for her. He had so much fun "working" away with her and it tuckered him out because not 5 minutes into the drive home he was fast asleep!
We always seem to be some what busy but this week was busier than normal even for us. Justin and I had to split up and be in a million places at once. It was non stop running. Kaids play practices are really starting to pick up and Justin was working over time this week so there were days where I had to leave to get one kid somewhere before he got home from work, and then he had to leave to take another kid somewhere else before I got back, and we weren't seeing each other or eating dinner until 8 at night. Since that is Liam's bath and bedtime it was definitely crazy but he really did well considering how out of whack his schedule has been. We are definitely exhausted and crawling into bed at the end of the day but that's life with four active kids. We know it will slow down one day and we'll probably miss the busyness so we are taking it one very carefully coordinated and scheduled day at a time and trying to enjoy it :) The other perk is it's making us appreciate Sunday and Monday evenings a lot more since we don't have things going those nights and we are guaranteed family time and dinner at a decent hour.
|wearing Auntie's badge|
|Taking some phone calls|
|doing a little work on the computer|
|He loves Auntie so much!|
|Snack break from all that work!|
|watching for mommy to come back|
|Lounging Sunday night after dinner|
|Emmy Sue came to visit for a few days!|
Lastly I just had to blog these cute pics of Liam with his Grandpa Bear. I can't think of anything in this world that I wouldn't give to see Liam get a real bear hug from Grandpa. In the mean time though it's pretty darn adorable to see him snuggled up with the bear made from Grandpa's shirt. He loves that bear and I have a feeling it might be the equivalent that Animal is to Logan. He wants to drag it all over everywhere but I worry it will get lost or ruined so he very rarely gets to take it out of the house. On Friday's (early out day) when I have to wake him to get brothers I feel so bad prying him away from the bear after he's been snuggled up sleeping on it. So Grandpa bear rode with us this past Friday and Liam was so excited about it!
|Snuggled up on Grandpa Bear|
|Nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby|
|Grandpa bears first time going to see the school :)|