Oct 24, 2014

Hall of Experiences

I was looking through my phone this morning trying to decide what to share with you when I realized I never posted on our Hall of Experiences at the National Girl Scout Convention. We had so much fun!

We were missing a few girls because it was our fall break and some of them were out of town, but we had most of them there. Princess was at her pageant, of course, so she wasn't with us either. We gathered the rest of the girls at 1:00 and drove downtown to the Salt Palace.

After checking in, we entered the Hall of Experiences. The room was huge! We started wandering. The older girls took off together one way and we kept the little ones with us. The first thing they did was make paper crowns. My favorite booth was the basketball one where they had a real court set up and we could shoot around. Bossy and I played while the other girls tried the hula hoops in the same area. I'm not much with the hula hoop, I prefer the basketball hoop.

After that we started looking for all the freebies. The girls made ceramic ornaments, sampled cookies, spun a giant wheel. They got bags and coin purses, notebooks and pencils. They made headscarves and munched on trail mix and chocolate.

They had a race car and a giant tree house in the center. My favorite part (next to playing basketball) was watching the 3 female members of the Harlem Globetrotters do tricks for us. We even got a picture of them with Scout!

Our very last activity with some of the girls was the welding simulator. Fajita, Scout, and Prima Donna all did so well that they earned t-shirts for their efforts.

It's too bad the convention only comes every 3 years and apparently about every 100 years to Utah. The girls loved it!

Oct 23, 2014

Go Grizzlies!

We are still reaping the rewards of all of our summer reading. Last night we took the kids to the Grizzlies hockey game. It wasn't quite as easy as it was supposed to be. When I mailed in my free passes, I also included my 3 passes from the Scouting Expo so the adults could be free as well as the kids.

I wasn't sure how they would feel about that, so yesterday I called the management office to make sure everything was in order before we took all the kids down to the Maverik Center. After a couple of additional calls, we were assured that all was well.

Unfortunately, when we stopped at Will Call to pick up our tickets, they couldn't find them.

So we stood around for 10 minutes until someone from management came in and said to just comp them all! It was the right thing to do, but I was still pretty worried that it wasn't going to work out and we would just have to go back home.

We enjoyed the game. It was a light turnout. Sport even caught a t-shirt they threw into the crowd! Sadly, the Grizzlies lost to Colorado in overtime, but on the FUN scale, it was definitely a win.

Oct 22, 2014

More Grapes

Look what I got from my awesome neighbor, Pauline!

So guess what I am doing today (and yesterday and probably tomorrow)...

That's right, I'm making grape juice that will eventually be grape jelly. I put water in the bottom of my steamer, then the part that holds the juice. Then I wash the grapes and put them in the colander on top and put the lid on. I turn the stove on high and almost immediately I get that heavenly smell of concord grapes.

The juice comes out the little hose and into this 20-quart stockpot. Can you see the numbers? I'm up to almost 10 quarts already!

 Time to go buy more jars...

Oct 21, 2014

Field Trip!

This is the last off-track week for my elementary-aged kids. It seems like we haven't accomplished much. We haven't even cleaned their rooms yet! My sweetie took the kids on some fun field trips last week (maybe I can get Scout or Sport to post on them), but he is back to work now, so it is up to me to plan and execute the fun.

So Sport is an 11-year-old scout now and all of his troop meetings have been right over the top of football practice so he has not been able to participate. He and I met with his leader early in the season and I promised to keep him as updated as I possibly could so he wouldn't get behind. It's been hard!

We did a bunch of fun things (and some not so fun) over the weekend and then on Monday we had a field trip to the Water Conservancy Park in West Jordan. I know I've posted on this place before, but it was a totally different experience this time.

I have only been there when things have been in full bloom. It isn't that way now. They have cut back many of the plants and things are going dormant for the season. The kids didn't like it as well. The grass was prickly and the leaves were crackly, but we still had fun.

We were looking for things that were poisonous. Did you know that Iris is poisonous if you eat it? I doubt you would die, but it would make you pretty sick. Not that you are likely to be chewing on plants anytime soon, I was just trying to show off my new-found knowledge.

Sometimes I think I learn more from Scout activities than the kids do.

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