Sunday, August 16, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What do you do when . . .

Your children begin designing their own discipline techniques, borrowed from animated movies?
You let them and enjoy the hilarity of it.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Look a Like

We always looked at Peter and weren't sure who he really looked like. This isn't the most convincing shot of him, but he does make that same face alot.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Halloween Costume Planning meeting

It happens every year.

I figure if I start in August, I can get all six done in time. Besides we all know how overboard I like to go:) (See last year)

The choices for this year are as follows:

Star Wars - Luke, Leia, Padme, Anakin, Yoda and Han Solo, potentially with a stuffed chewie

Bugs - Ladybug, spider, bee, mosquito, tick, ant (specific bugs are subject to change and open to suggestion)

Mario Brothers - Mario, Luigi, Daisy, Peach, Waluigi, Wario

Greek Gods - Zeus, Athena, Aphrodite, Hades, Poseidon, Ares

I just spent two hours meeting with the people so now we need help making a decision. Please chime in and feel free to make other suggestions as well. Thank you!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Humpback Rocks

See that rock protruding out at the top? Peter climbed all the way up Humpback mountain...he's 3 years old people! :) It was a great day for a family hike...although Karen stayed home with Luke because we didn't want Eliza to come too early (Karen reached the 8 month mark this week). Today's activity was this month's cub scout pack meeting. We had a quick meeting in a grassy field and then started the 700 foot assent to the rocks.
The really nice thing about the Blue Ridge mountains is that when you go hiking, most of the hike is in the shade. Peter and I brought up the rear of the group. His little legs could only go so fast. And we really did need that blue marker on the tree at times. This wasn't a man-made trail. Which made it even more fun because there were plenty of things to explore along the way.
Here's the four of them at the top. The Shenandoah Valley is behind them.

Jeff Waite hiked over to another ledge to take a shot of the group. Can you spot him? I'm curious to see the picture he took.
Mark is our daredevil. There was another woman not a part of our group that couldn't bare to watch him...Mark kept taking her breath away. Good thing Karen wasn't with us! :)

James always finds a walking stick on our hikes. And I guess for the photo op it was a gun.

The view was well worth it. It was a full 360 degree view. We enjoyed lunch, one boy in the pack earned his Arrow of Light with a simple ceremony at the top, and the hike down was a bit easier than the hike up. :) I'll admit, I got a little worried at the top with four little kids. But there were plenty of adults to help. And the Waite's walked down with us...Anya talked their ears off. I just hope she didn't disclose too many family secrets!