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April, 2011:

Campout!

This weekend is Boy and Girl Scout spring campout weekends for us. Princess and I will be going up to the mountains with her troop for our very first campout – we’re staying in cabins, but there isn’t any running water or electricity, so it should be good! They told us the cabins were heated (it IS April in CO afterall!). We found out today that the “heat” is a small wood stove! Sure, I can make fires and it’ll be fine, but that woulda been nice to know before today! Anyhoo – we’re way excited, even though the forecast is for 34 degrees and snow :-) Might as well break in the girls early!

Dude is going on his first Boy Scout campout without his parents tagging along. He’s way too excited about that last part for my taste ­čśë He volunteered to take the tent for his group. Problem – he doesn’t know how to put up the tent. So he spent the past week practicing putting up the tent and taking it down. We’ll see what kind of shape the tent comes back in! He’s at least supposed to have nice weather where he’s going . . . 50 and sunny :-) They’re going where they have to dig their own latrines and cook their own meals (his patrol is in charge of breakfast on Saturday). He is BESDIE himself with excitement.

Let the camping games begin!

He Finally Made It To The Mound

After not getting to try pitching much last season, Dude has made it to the mound. Somehow over the winter he started throwing a ball hard and accurate, without ever practicing. He’s so excited he can barely stand it!

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GO TWINS!

We’ve Also Been Doing This Twice A Week

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Nothing Says Spring Like . . .

small town baseball fields across the street from local ice cream shops, trains in the outfield, and boys having the time of their lives . . .

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Easter

No actual pictures of Easter . . . it SNOWED! We have more snow on the ground at the moment than we had for Christmas! We considered, for a moment, going up to the mountains for the day . . . but decided to be adults and get the stuff done we needed to before the busy next couple of weeks.

We would have much rather been doing this, though . . .

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5 rolls of yarn, 2 Giant Bouncy Balls, 32 Juice Boxes . . .

1 large beach towel, 1 overnight bag, 8 bags of microwave popcorn, 30 packages of fruit snacks, 1 pillow pet, 1 set of baseball bases, 1 bat, 13 baseballs, 3 gloves, 2 pair of cleats, 1 soccer ball, 4 camping chairs, 1 rain jacket, 1 roll of paper towels, 2 cameras, 3 bottles of water, 2 containers of Wet Ones, 1 batting helmet, 1 emergenc roadside kit, 2 ice scrapers, 1 collapsing dog water bowl.

And the Italians wanted to know why in the world I needed such a giant vehicle as a Jeep Grand Cherokee when I only have 2 children :-)

What’s in your car?

The Dreaded Snack Schedule

I love youth sports. I played youth sports. My kids play youth sports. It’s fun. It’s awesome. It’s hilarious. I wouldn’t trade the experiences for anything.

I would, however, trade that damned snack schedule for just about anything else! Oh. My. Gawd!

Whoever invented the dreaded snack schedule be sentenced to a lifetime of providing snacks for youth sports teams. I used to volunteer to organize TDSS when the coach asked and nobody else would volunteer. I quit doing that. I hate snack schedules. They’re stupid.

And the whole process of organizing TDSS is stupid.

And some of the parents involved with snack schedules are stupid (at least about snack schedules).

  1. Thank you for volunteering to organize the snack schedule; but if you’re going to do so, please actually pay attention and do it before the 2nd game of the season is over.
  2. If you ask me when I want to bring snacks and I tell you, and you say that week is taken and offer the next week and I say yes, write it down.
  3. If you choose not to write it down and instead send out a snack schedule sign-up with that date empty, at least read my email that I send immediately saying I chose those days.
  4. When you choose not to read my email and give someone else the day, don’t give me the “you suck as a parent because you won’t bring snacks” soccer mom sneer when I tell you the only day left is a day we won’t be there so I’m sorry I can’t bring snacks and that’s why I asked for the other day RIGHT AWAY. Oh – and you can suck it because now what the hell am I supposed to do with enough oranges and juice boxes for 13 girls because I bought the stuff when I was certain I’d be bringing snacks on the day we discussed TWICE.
  5. If you volunteer to organize the snack schedule for a bunch of little league games for the team, please read both dates of my email when I respond IMMEDIATELY saying I’d bring snacks for the next two games.
  6. Don’t come to me at the next game telling me thank you for bringing snacks, but it wasn’t your day as I lug enough mini-Cliff bars and G2s, along with all the team equipment, to the field.
  7. Definitely don’t continue to follow me to the field with your clipboard telling me I have to sign up for a different 2nd day because you couldn’t read an email.
  8. Coaches shouldn’t have to sign up for the snack schedule, anyway!
  9. If your kid is allergic to peanuts, glutin, and everything else under the sun, bring your own damn snack for them instead of sending out an email with a list of the 2 things your child can have.
  10. If you prefer that your child not eat sugar, then bring your own damn snack for them instead of sending an email to all the parents asking that they please respect YOUR choices and not bring ANY item with ANY sugar in it – and organic is best.

Basically for my daughter’s soccer team, the only snack we can bring is dirt – it’s not peanuts, it’s not eggs, it’s not glutin, it’s not sugar, it’s not citrus, and as far as I know, it is completely natural.

Oh – and if the kids are old enough to SHAVE, I don’t┬áthink the surprise┬ásnack after the game on Saturday is the best part of their day anymore.┬áJust sayin’ . . .

Yo!

The Boedies are still alive and well . . . and having so much fun we can’t stand it!

Little League started – I somehow got roped into being the Assistant Coach for Dude’s team. I’d like to say I don’t know how that happened, but I know exactly how it happened. Coach asked if I wanted to be the Assistant Coach and while my brain said “No. I really don’t have time, I’ll just help when I can” my head nodded yes and my mouth shouted “OMG Yes I”d love to because I love baseball and can’t think of anything I’d rather do with my evenings!” So I’m the assistant coach of the Twins :-) (Hubby’s company is sponsoring Dude’s team and I’m on the local Little League Board of Directors, so I got to choose the team – yay Twins!).

Soccer started – I totally did NOT get roped into coaching or even organizing a dreaded snack schedule. This practice time for Priness is the one hour per week I’m guaranteed “free” time to run around the Y and get exercise while she has a blast with her friends practicing a sport I know nothing about.

Boy Scouts is in full swing – different from Cub Scouts which typically follows a school year and takes the summers off for the most part, the Boy Scouts go all year long. They have at least one outdoor event every single month all year – usually camping. Dude is really enjoying it, as are we – we love that stuff! His first weekend campout is April 29-May 1st. He’ll be going to that one with just the troop since Hubby will be gone flying and I’ll be camping out with my Brownies!

Brownies – we’re rockin’ and rollin’! The girls sold a ton of cookies and have quite a bit of moolah to spend on an end-of-year party (after saving some for next year, of course). So we’ve got a weekend campout planned (our first one with the girls – can’t wait!), a hotel sleepover (this is what they wanted for their party), and horseback riding at the AFA stables (party option #2). All this will be happening in the next 3 weeks! Then we’re done with Brownies for the year . . . we take the summers off. They’re only in 2nd grade, so we figure we can get into all the summer stuff as a troop when they’re a little older.

Snowboarding – we made it to the mountain a dozen times this season and had a blast! Sadly, with baseball and soccer in full swing, we’ve washed all the gear and stored it until next season. But we had a great last hurrah on the mountain with Hubby’s brother and his fam who came out for their spring break last weekend!

Work – last but not least, Hubby and I are both cruisin’ at work. We’re both REALLY liking our jobs, even though we’re insanely busy. We’ve just been lucky that Hubby’s busy time has been when I’ve been slow and vice versa. Even though we’re both quite busy, it’s good because we like what we’re doing and our jobs are pretty flexible so we can still do all the volunteering with our kids that our little hearts desire. We’ve even managed to carve out date nights sporadically, which are always good.

April already – wow! Kiddos only have 6 weeks of school left before fun fun fun in the summer sun starts.

Random fact – I haven’t scrapbooked since 2009. I don’t like that. But someday my kiddos will be older and gone and I’ll have all the time in the world to scrapbook all the awesome photos of them being younger and remembering what awesome times we are having together as a family.

How ’bout you? Whatchya been up to?