Thursday, December 18, 2014

Goodbye Cub Scouts, Hello Boy Scouts!

Last Monday evening Parker attended his last Cub Scout meeting as a member of Pack 112 at Druid Hills UMC. He received his Arrow of Light and crossed over to Boy Scouts - Troop 112, also at Druid Hills. He received this award with two of his friends: Brock and Jeffrey. All three boys have attended South Ocala Elementary together since kindergarten and stayed together through all five years of Cub Scouts. The Arrow of Light is the highest award that you can earn in Cub Scouting and the only award from Cubs you are allowed to wear on your uniform as a Boy Scout. We are so very proud of Parker and all that he has accomplished as a Cub Scout!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Parades and Parties

So last Saturday night was the Ocala Christmas Parade. Parker's school had a float for the kids from Lego Robotics team and the Student Council. We dropped him off at the McPherson Government Complex at 3pm - the parade started at 5:30pm and we sat near the end 3 miles away. It was after 8pm before he reached us and this blur is Parker and his friends. The robotics team made Lego hats to wear with their South Ocala t-shirts.

Sunday at 2pm was the Belleview Christmas parade. We entered the bus and had a few folks inside waving to people (including Davis). Some of our Visual Arts folks walked with the church banner and then Wesley and I walked with his friend Wyatt handing out candy and information about the church. We wore our matching VBS t-shirts from this summer.

Monday morning was the VPK Christmas program at Carousel ELC. We went to see Davis dressed up like a reindeer and to hear him sing his songs. He looked great! But he certainly fit into our family in terms of his performance - while he would sing the songs at practice at school and for us at home - when it came time to sing in front of everyone, just like his older brothers Davis decided not to sing....not to do the hand motions...and not to ring the bells for Jingle Bells. That's ok! Afterwards they went on a field trip to the nursing home across the street and he sang over there.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Youth Christmas Party

Last week, the BUMC youth went Christmas shopping at KMart for kids from the Angel Tree list. They divided up boys and girls and each had a budget. The winning team was to come in closest to $100 without going over. Parker and his friend Thomas won!

When they got back to the church, it was time for the youth Christmas party, including an ornament exchange. 

Here's Miss Dawn with the first ornament - Gators! - one that Parker would "steal" from her later in the evening. 

No one "stole" Wesley's or Davis' ornaments because they really liked theirs and the boys kept giving the puppy dog eyes to anyone who looked like they might want Kermit the Frog or Rudolph.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Family Pictures Update

We ended up with over 150 pictures from our photo shoot with Laurie Wilson last month. Here's some of the best pictures from our time together. Our boys are getting SO grownup. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas is Coming

So Christmas decorations went up this weekend. We didn't decorate the whole house again this year, but we put up the most special decorations and added some new-to-us ones we kept from Grandma and Grannie. The man cave tree is still in process but should be finished soon. 

On the back of the piano are decorations from my mom/Grandma. 

Our fireplace with Daryl's collection of Santas and all of our stockings. 

My nativity collection in the foyer. 

Our Disney collection in the dining room. 

Christmas decorations from Grannie including the swag over our front door.