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Cub Scout camp

Guy and I returned from Cub Scout camp seven hours ago, and I am exhausted! We have attended multiple camporees, but this was the first camp for each of us. We had a blast! I love watching the boys have so much fun and learn so many things.

In Nature Conservation the boys learned about animals native to Iowa and how to recognise their tracks. Then they made track casts to take home. They also learned about poison ivy, oak and sumac, and how to treat they resulting rashes.

At Shooting Sports they shot bb guns and bows – always favourites!

During Wood Crafts they built stands for their Pinewood Derby cars, and earned their Whittling Chips by carving a bar of soap with a plastic knife.

They swam – is it really camp without swimming?

To fill the time between “big” activities the staff taught “little” things … like what items should be included in a 10-Piece Kit, basic first aid, and the history of Camp Mitigwa.

The staff was wonderful, especially our Den Chief. I am still getting used to being around so many Boy Scouts all the time. It amazes me how *not* used to contentiousness and courtesy I have become. It makes me very sad to think on it. It shouldn’t be so unusual to find “common” decency outside my own home that I am taken aback by the simple acts of kindness executed by Boy Scouts. Alright, so moving away from the decline of society …

The only real problem that we had (okay, the only one I’m willing to share) was that Guy started to get sick last night. This happens every time we go to camporee, too. By the end of the second day he’s starting to get sick. I’m not sure if he’s just reaching the end of his endurance or if he’s dehydrating or what …

I feel like we (the Cub Master, Ass’t Master and I) are really good about trying to push fluids, but I’m at a loss of how to get him to drink more (I honestly don’t think he drank enough). Any ideas?


Knitting Patterns are just “guidelines” …

I finally finished another soaker for Braeden. It fits, but it’s got long legs, so it won’t by the time it’s cold enough for him to wear it! I’ve got a couple of old sweaters ready to be turned into recycled bum sweaters.

Currently on the needles is a Piggle hat to match the one I made Anna Maureen last winter.

I will update this post with pictures and links tomorrow.


It’s Raining UP … and other minutia

I haven’t blogged in quite some time, so this is going to be a rather random conglomeration of free-writing minutia …

An hour-or-so ago…

A torrential downpour of the Monsoon-variety came out of NOWHERE! Yes, I know NOAA had a warning posted, but I swear it was sunny one minute and the sky opened down a fault line the next!

I was going to go home, and stuff, but instead I’m in my office blogging and hoping that it lets up a bit soon. And to top it all off … because it was sunny and HOT earlier, I left my gorram window rolled down. Now the entire front of the minivan is soaked, and so am I because I ran outside to roll the window back up.

For anyone who doesn’t know…

I got a full-time job with benefits at WPU. I’m quite excited as I love my boss to death and I’m pretty keen on the guys I work with, too. The hatchlingis not especially thrilled with this development, though, as he thinks the Milk Lady should be at his beck and call continuously. I would happily comply if it weren’t for the fact that his older siblings have grown rather found of EATING and ELECTRICITY, but alas, we can’t make ’em all happy.

On a geek-note…

I installed TweetDecktoday, and I’m not sure if I’m happy with it. Anyone have any suggestions for how to arrange things so that it is more functional than just opening Twitter and Facebook in different IE tabs?

I’m also seriously considering installing Firefox on my work computer instead of continuing to use IE …

extraneous minutia …

The older girls are at the ex’s for the next two-ish weeks.

The older boys have Cub Camp the weekend of the 4th, and I’m going with, so if anyone nearby has camping gear that we could borrow, I would appreciate it greatly.

I’m also looking for cloth diaper suggestions. We have been using disposables lately, because I’m not the primary caretaker (because of aforementioned job), and the mismatched hodgepodge that we have used though three children is pretty sad and in desperate need of replenishment.

I think the rain may be letting up enough that I’m willing to drive home, so “ta” for now.


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