Monday, September 16, 2013

Garrett's Arrow of Light

In May, Garrett received his Arrow of Light award.  

They had a special ceremony for it.  There is a wonderful family in our district that puts on a great ceremony, filled with lots of Native American stuff and explains everything to the boys.  Very cool.

This is the group that puts it on.  You could get your picture taken with them.  Garrett was kind of embarrssed to do this but I'm glad he did.  I think its a great picture!

Later that month, our pack had a bridging ceremony for the boys turning 11.  Garrett got a new scout shirt and a new neckerchief for this event.  There is a lady in our ward who has hand painted the neckerchiefs for many many years for the scouts. No two are alike.  I am glad Garrett was able to have one of these special items.  Here is Garrett with Grandma Purcell who came for the bridging ceremony.

Garrett with Mom and Dad.  We are so proud of him.   As a webelos scout, he earned all 20 activity pins.  That's a huge accomplishment and we know he'll do well as an 11 year old scout and beyond!

Blaine's trip to Washington

Ok, I wasn't going to write about this because I wasn't there but the pictures are too pretty to not share.   

In April, Blaine's sister Rachelle got married up near Seattle Washington.  Blaine, along with his sister Shareese and brother Clifton, his wife Jenn and their sons Brandon and Gavin drove up to see her get married.  It was a quick trip and while they had a good time, they were exhausted when they got home.  I could not go because I had to work.   Here is Rachelle with her husband Darren.

During the time they were in Washington, there was a tulip festival going on.  They drove around and saw fields of flowers-daffodils and tulips everywhere.  I wish I could have been there to see it!

Field of daffodils.  It was raining, obviously.

Pretty barn with tulip fields.

Rows and rows of tulips.

They went to this place called Tulip Town.  Little Holland knock off, I think.

More tulips.  I love seeing all the colors.

So pretty!!

I wish my garden looked like this in the spring!

The rest of Spring Break 2013

We spent the last couple days of spring break visiting Blaine's parents in Burley.   The kids had fun doing farm stuff and helping Grandma and Grandpa Jones.

Ryan rode in the tractor with Grandpa.  He loves any type of tractor or truck or train 
so this was very fun for him.  Luckily, it wasn't very long because his attention span is short!

Off they go!

Garrett helped Grandma Jones move chickens from one coop to another.  Interesting work.

What a good helper.  This is right before this chicken got away and started running all over the yard.  Luckily, cousin Christopher was right there and is a fast chicken catcher!   Could have made for an interesting day otherwise.  I didn't want to grab it.

The weather was so nice that we decided to go to the park.   We went to visit Shareese at the Library in Rupert, got some ice cream and then went to Story Book Park in Burley.   We used to take Garrett there when he was about Blake's age.  Younger even.   

Ryan had a great time playing on the toys and of course found the boat to drive.

We had an Easter Egg hunt, thanks to Aunt JaNene and Grandma Jones!

And, we aquired the newest member of the family, Elsie the cow.  She is actually my dad's cow and is now very tame.  The kids love going over to see her be milked and have learned a lot about where milk comes from, what raw milk tastes like, how to skim the cream off the milk and what happens if you don't get all the cream off.   Fun times.

It was a great spring break and we are so thankful for all the family who let us crash with them!