Spring, scouts, robotics, basketball

It really is coming!!  Saturday was nice, when we got in the car after playing basketball, it was actually warm!!  It was tricky though, because the next day, March 1 , was way, way cold.  but the days are longer and the light is spring light, it’s brighter, it’s not so gray and glum.  And today it’s supposed to get up to 45!  The icicles are really melting, but it is a gray day.

My son had a great time at Winter Scout Camp.  3 nights in the snow– they slept in cabins so that’s good.  They also jumped in ice cold water in the lake after cutting out the ice to jump into and then warmed up in a sauna they built.  Crazy, but it is a great group of boys and they like it.

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Then Saturday my daughter’s Robotics team competed.  They ended up in 2nd place although the awards were weird and they weren’t recognized for that.  They were pretty excited since they came in like 37th last year.  She got to do a lot of the designing for the buttons and on the robot.  It has been a great experience for her.

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My other daughter and I played basketball against each other. It was the Women’s team against the Young Women’s team.  I coached them and then played against them.  I told them to try to out run us and had them sub in every 3 minutes since they had 10 players and the women only had 6.  The women still won, but it was really fun. That was the last game for the women though, and her last game will be this Saturday.  I have had such a great time coaching- forgot to take photos.

We have started back to our regular routine after winter break of a week off school.  It is kind of tough to get back in the swing of things, but we are getting there!!  Here are my 3 little guys playing bayblades in the hall– why?  don’t know!  But there is a lot of good going on around here!!

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basketball

I have been coaching our Young Women’s church youth group basketball team.  My 2 girls are on the team.  It has been so much fun for me.  I played basketball in high school, loved it — practiced all the time.  I am amazed at how it just comes back, I immediately crouch when I show the girls how to play defense or how to keep others from getting the ball while dribbling.  We had 2 games on Sat. and in between our games, the Women’s team played, so I decided to play with them since I wasn’t going anywhere anyway.  It was so much fun!! It was a real workout though– wow!!  I am still sore 3 days later!!

All of us moms were huffing and puffing a bit, but it felt so good and it was really really fun.  I am glad that I am able to run up and down the court.  After 8 babies, I have spent about 5 yrs. of my life pregnant unable to participate is such risky behavior either because I was naseous or just too big and another 7 yrs. or so nursing and responsible for little people and thus unable to do such things. Plus I sustained some injuries from playing in my younger years, and purposely stayed away from it for years. So it was really really nice to play again.  And really fun to coach and help my girls and their friends with it.  I am no where near to the shape I was in when I played all the time, but I’m really glad I didn’t lose it all.  I guess it’s like riding a bike!!

Super Busy Week– Survived!

We pulled off a whole bunch of activities this week, and I am proud of us!!  It started last Sunday night with a scout meeting for my boys’ cub scout troop that we had to plan. Then Monday we went skiing.  The toddler ran a fever on Tues. and didn’t feel well most of the week.  Tuesday, I had scouts with my son and then we left to get the new glasses ordered for my daughter, then we dropped her off at Robotics, dropped my son off at home and my husband joined me to go back and finish ordering the glasses she picked out since we forgot her prescription earlier.  We also finished the grocery shopping, ate out and then picked her up at Robotics.

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This is where my daughter meets for robotics, it’s pretty cool.

 Wednesday was the twins birthday and family party. Here’s one of the twins with his new backpack and sleeping bag, both twins wore them around like that all day looking forward to “camping out”.

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Thursday, my son is playing church basketball and my daughters practice right after him, I am the coach– it is really a lot of fun for me to coach the girls.  Then we all stayed at the church afterwards for youth night.  Friday morning, I took my son in for an eye doctor appointment, it took 3 1/2 hours and over $800 for just his new pairs of glasses.  His eyes are pretty bad, but he does great with the glasses and needs to see! Then we got a bunch of schoolwork done and worked on cleaning and my daughter went to robotics again.

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Then Saturday, my son and my daughters and I had basketball starting at 9 am, then I dropped off the one daughter at Robotics and went home to get ready for the twins’ friend birthday party.  My husband went to pick up the son from b-ball practice and to get some intertubes for sledding.  Then we went to the sledding hill for the party– my husband left early for a church meeting and everyone else came back to our house for hot cocoa and cake.  It turned out really, really great.  I think everybody had fun and was comfortable.  I was especially glad about this because one of the moms who brought her kids, I have had a difficult time with, but she was great and it was really nice and I was glad I was able to get along fine with her. It was very pleasant and happy for everyone.

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Then we woke up in the middle of the night to a puking boy.  Very sad, it’s so hard when these cute little ones don’t feel well.  The ones who were feeling alright went to church and then we all chilaxed as my boys like to call it, ate and played a board game.  It ended up being a nice evening after a very busy week.  I don’t want to be that busy again for awhile, but we did it!!

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I am one of the Webelos den leaders for my son’s den at church.  It is pretty fun, I like my co- den leader and I like the boys.  We usually have a good time and I am always glad when I have the chance to talk to other moms when they come to pick up their boys.  Such was the case yesterday when scouts was over.  We had some nice conversations about schedules and kids and how different they all are.  It is nice to talk to people,  and I really appreciate when people reach out to me and approach me first, especially after dealing with rambunctious 10 yr. old boys who think they are really funny for an hour.  happy!

girls’ camp

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I got to spend a lot of time up at Girls’ Camp with my 2 daughters this week.  It was fantastic.  It is a church camp and I loved it when I was growing up.  My girls however have not had such great experiences as I have, but this week made up for it!!  They had boating, swimming, archery, crafts ( make whatever you want with a ton of ideas and supplies), and a few other classes.  There were also hikes and camp certifications, learning about safety, etc.  They also made up skits and songs and had a flag ceremony each day and a devotional.  The girls all seemed to get along great too, and they had a blast.  It was fantastic.  I made some new friends too and I got to help in the kitchen the first day,  the facilities were great and the people were really fun, it was just nice.  Many and special thanks to my husband for caring for the 6 little boys so I could go.  It has been a good week!!