Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Legoland Texas

While we were in Dallas we spent a few hours at Legoland Texas.  Jarin got to turn the crank to learn how Legos are made.
 Driving the cars around

 He built a tower that was earthquake proof!
 Riding high in the sky!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Great Wolf Lodge fun

Justin went to Washington DC for Spring Break with the Worldstrides program (pictures to follow).  Since he was off having fun, we decided to dig up some fun of our own and take Jarin to Great Wolf Lodge in Dallas.
It's a very Disney-esque place with not just water slides, but all kinds of activities to entertain kids.
This was the robot ice cream maker.  He thought it was pretty cool!
 The view from our bottom floor room.
 They have a game that is played with a wand that you purchase and each hall has something fun in it.
 We had to play along and find the clues to win the prize and fight the dragon.
 I'm not sure who had more fun with this, him or us!!

 They have all sorts of cute critters sitting around in there.
 This one howled if you waved your wand at it.

 He found some treasure.  The wand opened the box.
 We had to go back to the screen every time we completed a quest.  I've never done so many stairs in one night as this time!
 Fighting the dragon
 The water slides.  We had a great time!!
 Wand in action...
 Every night they would tell stories at the clock tower.  They also had a magician one day that we were there.  A fun time!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spring Campout

Our spring campout this year was COLD, COLD, COLD!  We didn't end up camping as it was a bit too chilly and we had mtg. that Sunday, so we just went out for the day.
Jarin's Patrol Leader had the boys make and season beef jerky.  They cooked it over the fire all day to dry it out.
 They lashed some poles to provide a transport (in the event of a medical emergency).
 They did such a good job with it, that it even supported their Patrol Leader, Mr. R!
 I know this picture is dark and grainy, but I'm still trying to figure out my camera in the dark.  The boys performed the Flag Ceremony.
 And we had a somber flag retirement ceremony after the Campfire.  The Scouts are only one of a couple groups who can legally do a flag retirement ceremony.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tennis team

Justin played on the Jr. High Tennis team again this year.
 He enjoyed playing


 His game improved throughout the year although next year he's planning to take a "Sports Trainer" class, so he will be in the medical side of sports instead.

Monday, April 8, 2013

A fun evening

Now that our boys are a little older (and better behaved) in restaurants, we enjoy taking them out once in a while to fine(r) dining establishments.  One evening last month, we took them to The Melting Pot restaurant.  They enjoyed dipping their food in the cheese, broth and chocolate.  T'was a fun evening!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Mike's birthday

We celebrated Mike's birthday with another cake from Maggie Moos on his official birth day.:)
Don't be fooled by the #'s.  I only had a "1" candle, so I added two other small ones that you can't really see well in the picture.
Happy Birthday to my dear!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Birthday boys

In February, we celebrated Weldon and Mike's birthday's together since their big days are only 2 days apart.  Sarah made a great dinner followed by a DQ ice cream cake.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Last Blue & Gold Banquet

In February we celebrated our last Blue & Gold Banquet with Jarin making Webelos Rank.  He will cross over into Boy Scouts in December (or sooner).
The Great Cake Bake contest was in full effect this year and the theme was Mardi Gras.  I put a lot of effort into this cake, knowing it would be our last year to enter the contest.  Unfortunately, I didn't win, but the prizes were not too good this year anyway, so I wasn't disappointed.  This was the cake I came up with...
 Our Webelos Scout.  He wasn't too happy about the face paint as he said it got in his eyes.
 After the ceremony, they did a parade around the gym with the Webelos riding their scooters.  I found the wig at the costume shop.  It had lights that flashed in it.
 The cake that beat mine out.  This lady is a professional fondant maker and has won 3 years in a row.  Kinda makes it hard to win with this kind of competition!
 Our meal of cuban roasted pork was cooking below the coils (whole pig).
 Justin got in on the fun too.  This is him with the Cubmaster.  Justin is the Den Chief for his den, so helps out with their activities as well.
 The inside of my cake
 The kids played games and they hired a juggler for entertainment.  
He's pretending not to drop them on the Cubmaster!
 A fun evening!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Karate Belt Testing

Toward the end of January, Jarin belt tested for his blue belt in Karate.
 Doing his kata while Sensei Shawn looks on.
 The self defense portion of the test
 Sparring
 Breaking the board with his bare hand
 Blue belt earned
 Way to go belt testers!! (with Mrs. Caroline on the Right--their other instructor)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Pinewood Derby 2013

Jarin's last (he will move on to Boy Scouts in December) Pinewood Derby was held in January.
His car is the lime green one in the 2nd lane.
 Cheering for his car
 The Webelos with Mr. R, their patrol leader
 Jarin won a trophy for 3rd place!
 Trophy winners (Corbin, Dylan, Kase and Jarin)