Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ryan's Arrow of Light

We are so proud of Ryan for earning his Arrow of Light.  
At his celebration ceremony and Pack Meeting he showed a few of the things that he has done in Cub Scouting to earn his Arrow of Light.  He showed his collection of rocks that he earned through doing the "Earth Rocks" pin.  When we went on our trip to Arches, Bryce, and Zion, Ryan did a lot of the work on this pin.  He also showed his Rain Gutter Regatta boats and his Space Derby Rocket.  
Our amazing Cub Master invited a man from The Democratic Republic of the Congo to come speak to the boys about his country, culture, and customs.  He then demonstrated how to play a few drums and invited the boys to participate in a drum circle.  
The following evening Ryan was invited into the Scout Troop and was presented with his red scout scarf.  Ryan really loves scouts and I love all of the wonderful things it is teaching him.  

Friday, September 16, 2016

Warrior 5K

Ryan had spirit week this week at the Middle School.  I've joined the PTSA board at his school and it is different than elementary school but also really fun.  They culminated the week with a 5K.  I wasn't really sure if Ryan wanted to run or not, but he signed up at the last minute and did it.  He did pretty well too, I was proud of him.  It was also a blast to help out with the event.  

Thursday, September 15, 2016

This is the Place Field Trip

Evan and I got to go on a field trip with the Third Graders at Sunrise Elementary to the This is the Place Heritage Park.  We had a lot of fun even though it was freezing cold that day.  We had a little excitement to start out the day when our partner bus broke down.  Luckily we were only delayed about thirty minutes because of the incident.  We were able to see some really neat things on our field trip.  First we rode a train around the park taking a general tour of the buildings and artifacts that exist on the property.  Our second stop was a lot of fun, we identified animal prints.  Our third stop was all about animal pelts.  We learned how to tan a skin and we learned how to identify all types of native animals in Utah.  Evan got to hold up the coyote pelt.  The last stop for us was to the Native American village part of the park.  We learned about some of the Native peoples of Utah, the way they lived and traditions that are still alive today. 

Monday, September 05, 2016

Bear Canyon (Corner Canyon) Suspension Bridge

We went for a little hike on Labor Day to the Bear Canyon or Corner Canyon Suspension Bridge.  We kind of took a wrong turn and ended up hiking the hard way up to the bridge but it was nice to get out and enjoy some nature and man-made sights.  The bridge is pretty cool.  

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Space Derby

Our boys built and raced rockets at the Cub Scout Rocket Derby.  
It was a lot of fun to watch the boys figure out how to make their rockets go faster and faster. 
Ryan and Evan were both able to take first in a couple of heats.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Back to School 2016

 On the last day of Ryan's band camp we were issued his schedule.  We went around after his  performance to find his locker and classes.  It's still really hard to believe that I have a child in Middle School!

After we went to see Ryan's classes, I thought we'd stop by Evan's NEW school too.  
Unfortunately, they were prepping for the meet-the-teacher night on the day before school started so... we had to wait.  

 Meet the teacher night finally came and we got to see where Evan will spend his time in third grade.  His teacher seems really great and he's excited about heading to a new school.

 First Day of School, 2016.  Ryan, Grade 6.  Evan, Grade 3.

His new white Vans. 

New Backpack

Taco Vans

First Day Smiles

First Day Frowns
Ha ha ha!  I think the boys really were excited to go back to school but there were definitely some nerves involved.  I was super nervous about Ryan going to Middle School at first but after we had our orientation in the Spring, and orientation in the fall, and parent meeting in the fall, and back to school night... I really think he'll be okay!  However, I think some of my nerves were transferred to him, or maybe he was just nervous himself, I don't know.  Anyway, on the first day Ryan was pretty darn nervous.  He was supposed to walk with some friends but as he walked out the door he got kind of upset, there may have been a few tears, and I told him I could drive him to school.  As we were in the car, we said our morning prayers like usual and then we headed out.  I told him I could give his walking buddies a ride to school but as soon as he saw that they were all waiting for him he was ready to go.  He told me later that as he was walking to school he had really bad butterflies in his stomach to the point where he thought he was going to vomit.  I asked him when that feeling went away.  He told me that he'd said a prayer before walking into the building.  He asked his Heavenly Father to take that feeling away when he stepped inside.  He said that as soon as he put his feet inside the door the feeling went away.  He found his first class and apparently had a great day.

This boy!  I am so proud of him!  He wasn't really nervous at all for going to a new school.  I asked Evan if I could take him to school on his first day and he basically told me that I couldn't.  He told me I could drop him off and drive away.  Well, I wasn't really too okay with that.  So, I told him I would drive him up the first day and just walk him to his line.  As we exited the car, he told me that I had to say goodbye at the fence and let him go.  I just walked with him a little bit farther.  I helped him find his line, not that he really needed that kind of help and waited until some more kids showed up.  Finally I gave him a hug and said goodbye.  The way we drop off at this school makes it so I can't really see where he goes after I drop him off.  It's hard, for me, but he handles it all so well.  
Just one more story about Evan that I have to tell.  So I ask him if he's making any new friends at school and he tells me that the coolest girl in his class sits right next to him.  The more he starts telling me about her, I realize that this is a child with a disability.  She's severely vision impaired and requires special equipment to see to learn inside the classroom.  I just love that Evan, at the age of eight, can still have such an open heart to like a child regardless of a disability, skin color, or gender.  It's amazing how much these two boys make me so proud.   

Ryan walked home with his friends and as you can tell, he had a great day!

Evan is all smiles after his first day!