Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Serving the homeless

On Saturday (the day before Mother's day) the scouts got up and made breakfast. Then the girls served the breakfast. They had to be at the church by 6:30 a.m.

The girls did an awesome job. Even though they were a little tired. 3 girls brought egg/sausage casserole and the other girls brought fruit and danishes.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

My little knifty knitter

This past week Samantha made her first baby hat. It turned out so cute. It took her about 4 hours to make it.


Then she did decided to make a Elsa (a friend of the family who is a preschooler) a hat but after she got done we thought it looks like it might be too small for a preschooler's head.
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Friday, May 09, 2008

Community Service

Our Service Unit did another community service project at Grace Manor. Our other project we did there was Christmas boxes.

This time we decorated place mats and used the paper we made at the camporee for creating cards. Then we put colorful flower pots on each table.


Each girl brought her own lunch and joined the residents at their table to eat lunch and chat. Samantha and Michelle sat at a table with a lady who was blind and not very happy. Samantha asked her what her favorite food is and she thought Samantha said "what is your favorite mood?" The lady replied very loudly that her favorite mood is - angry. hee hee! It was a good learning experience for the girls.

After lunch we went to their craft room where we did crafts with them. We hung this door hanger on the craft door so the girls would have a visual of what they were going to make to leave for the residents.

This whole project was inspired by Jenn. Thank you for your inspiration. The residents loved them and the girls had fun making them.

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If you click on the picture you'll notice some of the girls made tulips also.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Saturday Night's camp fire

I didn't make it to Friday nights camp fire because I was cleaning up the mess from the paper making. But I did attend Saturday night's camp fire.

Here is a shot of the "amphitheater" fire pit. Melinda is explaining the rules around the campfire (no running, etc).

I hosted the singing contest. It is where each troop gets up and sings a Girl Scout song. The rule is no other troop can use that song or they are eliminated. After 48 songs no one had been eliminated and we were ready for s'mores so we ended with everyone being "winners!"
This is Samantha's (far left) troop doing the "I'm Bring Home a Baby Bumblebee."

The fire was HOT! Maddie can hardly roast her marshmallow because of the heat.


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More Camporee Fun

I posted the schedule on my previous entry for the camporee.

The younger troop (Maddie's) slept in the lodge. I had us sleep with our heads towards the middle of the circle so no one felt left out and I could quickly see what each girl was doing.
Samantha and Michelle decided they didn't want to sleep in the yurts with Jill. They didn't like the thought of using out-houses so they also joined us in the lodge.

The Oregon coast is great because you find Banana Slugs everywhere. Since we are girl scouts we had to protect the forest natural decomposers by not stepping on them or pouring salt on them.

One of the best things we did at this camporee was "hire" a cook. He was wonderful. He prepared the meals and did the clean up. He was a neat guy.

The girls are looking in the water for salmanders. Maddie is the 2nd from the left.

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Our Service Unit put on a camporee. Jill did the planning of the camporee. The camporee had 51 attendees. 36 of them were girls (the others were troop leaders and adult helpers). We had from Daisy (kindergarten) to Juniors (6th grade) for girls who attend. We camped on teh coast.
The girls earned a badge over the course of the weekend.

Date: Friday April 25th 2008
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

4:00 – 6:00.....Check in / Lodge
6:00...............Gather in lodge for introductions (Amy, Jill, Melinda, Vicki) and rules (no screaming, no picking flowers, stay on paths, no wandering off, first aid kit, fires are for adults, etc. recycle as much as we can)
6:15................#7 – Wood Products, Past and Present
6:45...................Paper Making Stations
7:30...................Clean up paper making
8:00...................Campfire and songs and smores
9:30...................Back to sleeping quarters
10:00..................Lights out

Date: Saturday April 26th 2008
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

7:00....................Wake Up and get ready for the day
8:00 – 8:45.............Breakfast / Lodge
8:45 – 9:15.............Clean Up
9:30 – 9:50.............# 1 – Explanation of a Forest / Guest Speaker
9:50 – 10:00 ..........Explain how each station will work
10:00 – 12:00...........Each station will take 25 minutes, with 5 minutes of transition time between each.

# 3 – Identifying Trees / Location: Lodge / Jill
Table with photos, books, leaves, needles, pine cones, etc

# 5 – History of a Tree / Location: Porch at Lodge / Melinda
Next to a stump ?
Rings on trees, ages

# 4 – Decomposition, etc / Location: Porch at Lodge / Vicki
Go out on the trail to complete

# 7 con’t – Craft Project / Location: Lodge / On their own
(placemats and cards)

12:00 – 12:45..........Lunch
12:45 – 1:15 ..........Clean Up
1:30...................Gather in Lodge
Talk a bit more about recycling.
Explain newspaper fashion show
(need newspaper and masking tape and music)
Explain craft tables – getting ready for birthday party nursing home (placemats, cards, fences)
2:00 – 5:00.............Free Time (crafts, games, make fashion show attire, etc
5:00 – 5:45.............Dinner / Lodge
5:45 – 6:15.............Clean Up
6:15 – 6:45.............Go get ‘dressed’ for fashion show
6:45 – 7:30.............Fashion Show in Lodge
7:30 – 8:00 ............Get bundled up and head down to campfire for songs and smores
8:00....................Campfire and singing (contest) and smores
9:30....................Head back to cabins
10:00...................Lights Out

Date: Sunday April 27th 2008
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

7:00................Wake Up and get ready for the day
8:00 – 8:45.........Breakfast / Lodge
8:45 – 9:15.........Clean Up
9:30................# 1 -What’s in a forest /Quietly hike down to the lake – listening for sounds of the forest
10:00..............Scouts Own – circle and share what they’ve learned / favorite part in one sentence or what they heard on the hike down.
10:30......... Make Gorp (need: raisins, nuts, cheerios, m and m’s)
11:00.........clean sleeping quarters and lodge
11:30......... Pack up and head out.

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We saw these prints all over by the lake. I should of put my hand by it to show how large of a print it was compared to my hand. We were trying to guess if they were bear tracks.

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Take your kids to work day

A week and half ago Andrew woke up and looked at his school calendar and realized it was take your kids to work day. He set it up with G'ma to go to her office in the morning. Then in the afternoon the kids got to go Jill's work. Can you guess where Jill works?

Yep, a bank. The kids are getting to see the inside of a computer and how it works.

This machine was amazing. I just couldn't capture its greatness in this picture. It was fun to watch it separate out all the checks and take digital pictures of the fronts and backs at the same time.

The kids are getting ready to leave. Thanks, Jill.

One last picture. Maddie dressed for success. She told me after our visit to the bank that they sold her on it and that is what she is going to do when she grows up.
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More weekend fun from April 11-13th

Mrs. Jules was sweet enough to check in on me and see if I fell off of blogger land. :) My life has been crazy with schooling the kids, girl scouts and gymnastics. I'm hoping to catch everyone up with all that has been going on around here.

So, continuing off from my last post the next morning Jill picked me up at 6:45 a.m. to make it the Girl Scout Service Unit Manager's breakfast. After breakfast we headed to the Annual Meeting.

Jill and I won Outstanding Leaders of the Year award for the council. It was very exciting. We've been leaders together for 6 years (7 this Fall). We have two troops. The amazing part is Jill doesn't have a daughter in the younger troop but she gives just as much to that troop as she does to the older troop (which has her daughter in it). We knew were nominated but we told the Council if they didn't pick us as a team (which is not how the award is given out...only given to one individual) then we didn't want to win it because without the other person we are not who we would be. It takes both of us to make the troops run as smoothly as they do.


The next morning (Sunday) we headed to Portland for Andrew's Regional meet. We were very proud of him to make it to Regionals. He did get a medal on vault for 5th place.

It was a long day. There were 97 boys in his session which meant we were there for 5+ hours for competition. Boys came from Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Washington state to compete.
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This is a picture of Andrew waiting to get on the pommel. He started on pommel and ended on the floor. Floor is his favorite event.
Andrew 7.9 (floor), 6.4(pommel), 6.85(rings), 9.45(vault), 8.35(parallel bars), 7.3(high bar), 46.250 (all around)

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