Saturday, November 15, 2014

Camping in the Forest

We spent Friday evening and Saturday out at Camp Sozo in the Ocala National Forest with our Cub Scout Pack and the Boy Scout Troop from DHUMC. Parker, along with the three other Webelo 2s, have attended Boy Scouts the last two weeks to demonstrate their Cub Scout knowledge and to help plan food and details for this campout. It was the last requirement the boys needed for their Arrow of Light award - the highest award you can earn in Cub Scouts and the only one that you can keep and wear on your Boy Scout uniform. They will receive that at their last Cub Scout pack meeting at the end of the month. 

Parker used his own tent and stayed by himself in the Boy Scout camp area, while the rest of us stayed in another tent in the nearby area designated for Cub Scouts. It was pretty cold (got down into the high 30s) but we all had enough to stay warm between sleeping bags, blankets and layers of clothes. 

Green tent in the middle there is Parker. 
Pavilion in Boy Scout area for meals. 

Standing in the Boy Scout area looking east towards the Cub Scouts.
Our family's campsite. 
Two of my handsome guys trying to stay warm. 

The Cub Scouts worked on some group games for belt loops, including football, soccer and kick ball.  And they had some free time for goofing off. 

The Boy Scouts were there to help on an Eagle Scout project: building a fire ring and benches near the lake. The Webelo scouts helped with clearing out the area of brush and debris - Parker was manning a shovel, rake and helping cart it away in a wheelbarrow. 

Davis entertained himself for a while in the volleyball pit and then we spent some time hanging out on the dock. 

After the project was over, it was time for some fishing. Some of the Boy Scouts had their own reels; the Cub Scouts made their own. 

After lunch and some rest time it was time for a nature walk. Daryl went with Parker and Wesley while I stayed back at camp to pack and watch over napping Davis. They found some bear tracks! 

We left shortly around 5pm and headed back to get ready for Sunday. Parker stayed with the Boy Scouts and will return on Sunday after church. He really had a blast and is very much looking forward towards being a Boy Scout. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Heritage Sunday

This past Sunday, DHUMC celebrated Heritage Sunday. One of the former pastors, June Edwards, came back to preach. It was also the Sunday that the new projection system got its first use in the sanctuary. It looks very nice and people seem to be very happy about it.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Brick City

Sunday afternoon we took a family walk down to Brick City Park and back. The boys had a lot of fun playing on the playground.



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ocali Days

Last Wednesday all the first grade classes at South Ocala took a field trip to Silver River State Park and Museum for Ocali Country Days. Daryl got to tag along as a chaperone for Wesley's class. He had three other boys in his group besides Wesley. Ocali Country Days is a chance to experience life in our area from the late 1800s.

Extracting juice from sugarcane! The kids waited in line to do this and had an absolute blast!

This guy got an awesome snake painted on his face. 

All the guys had a really nice time and seemed to enjoy the day out in the fresh air and sunshine.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Soccer Shots

For the last nine weeks, Davis has been playing soccer on Mondays at school. There is this great program for kids called "Soccer Shots". We signed Davis up for this season so that he could learn a sport and work on motor skills - and because it meant we didn't have to drive anywhere else during an evening so that he could play - they bring a coach and all the equipment to the daycare centers and teach preschoolers all the basics of how to play soccer. He's really enjoyed it and we've noticed an improvement in Davis' ability to run and kick the ball outside at home with his brothers. He has one more week left in the fall season. He received this t-shirt from Coach Josh this past Monday and we've had to talk him out of wearing every single day since.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Country Suitcase Project

For the last two weeks, part of every evening has been dedicated to Parker's Country Suitcase Project for FLAME at school.  He picked the country of Greece and had to pretend he was from there and give information about the country. He had to decorate a suitcase, and then create several different products: a map, a flag, a 3d model of a famous building, a timeline, a 3d model of anything he wanted representing his country; a brochure about a sport in the country, and paper dolls dressed in traditional costumes. He finally finished last night and was able to turn it in this morning. 

That's the Parthenon, made out of cereal boxes!