Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bridges to Brown

In Girl Scouts, there are different "levels" based on a girl's age/grade. For the last 2 years, as a kindergartner and first-grader, Danielle has been donning a blue Daisy vest.

At the end of 2 years, there is a Girl Scout ceremony known as "bridging" -- where a girl looks back at what she has learned and looks ahead at what is in store at the next level. Danielle had her ceremony at a nearby historic bridge (the same as Naomi). She walked the magic bridge in her own Danielle style..

Now that she has officially "bridged", for the next 2 years will wear a brown Brownie vest!

Naomi also recently had her bridging ceremony out of her green Junior vest into her next level. However, there's an extra special part of being a Junior. At this level, the troop works on their Bronze Award (note: it is a precursor to the Silver Award and coveted Gold Award). Naomi and her troop built a flower garden (with catnip!) at the local animal shelter. They spent 20 hours learning, researching, planning, designing and building this nice addition!

At Naomi's bridging ceremony, they received their official Bronze pin! It was pinned on her Junior vest, but didn't stay there long...

...because then she walked the bridge to receive her new khaki Cadette vest! Naomi also walked the bridge in style: when it was her turn to cross, Naomi called Danielle over to be with her, and then the two of them skipped across! It was a very sweet sister moment, all orchestrated by kindhearted Naomi!

Now Naomi is officially a Girl Scout Cadette, which actually lasts for 3 years. Btw, this means Naomi has completed 6 years of girl scouting -- which all started here!

Looks like between the two of them, it's going to be a drab, brownish couple of years!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ding. Whack.

This past September, I signed up to be a "Sanctuary Ringer" at church. It was something I had always wanted to try, and our church was looking for a new hand bell ringer. I waited to see if anyone else answered the call, but nobody did, so I jumped at the chance!

I'm in the "bass bells" section -- I play G and A. (I'm also responsible for A-flat, but apparently that's a pretty rare note, as I've only played it a few times!) Here us chiming below, although you probably won't hardly even hear me!

We play about a half dozen times during the year (no performances during summer)

For our latest performance, we introduced a new "instrument", and I was one of the lucky ones to take it for a test run. Check out the Benediction Song description below:

Boomwhackers. Sounds like a tribal instrument, but in reality they are simple, brightly colored plastic tubes, precisely cut!

If you listen carefully, you can hear those boomwhackers whacking!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Where Pizza Is Eaten & Legends Are Made

Q: What goes better with National Pizza Party Day than pinball?
A: Nothin. Let's do this!

Congratulations to Kris, our two-time champion! Word is, he attributes his success to just the right mix of beer and greasy fingers.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Serving Notice

I'm warming all chocolate chip cookies in the microwave for 20 seconds before eating em from now on.

What a fool I've been.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Because Mama Likes To Eat...

We start Mother's Day pretty early around here. And there's always plenty to eat - whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or not!

Naomi & Danielle came prepared with their own special well wishes, each a reflection of their own gifts. Danielle showed off her writing skills (and sense of humor) and Naomi her artistic ability with a custom made tri-fold family picture frame.

For my part, I pitched in for this nifty little book, but N&D really turned it into a nice keepsake full of caring (and funny!) insights about what they love most about their Mama.

After church, and just a breakfast wore off, N&D decided a tea party was in order! Sure, why not? Seems girly enough for two girls & a mom.

I got a spot at the table too, but I'm not sure if I did it right. It's my first time.

Though we'd planned to pick up Jenny's favorite Thai food for dinner, the harvest of fresh green beans from the church garden and a dinner invite from our neighbors gave us a nice excuse for a change of plans. I mean, how often do ya get to respond to a dinner invitation and offer to bring something that just came out of the ground this morning?

Happy Mother's Day to mothers! We appreciate you all.

Friday, May 12, 2017

We know how to arcade

Have I mentioned today how much I love my job? I really do love my job. The work I do, the people I work with, the company I work for, the mission that drives everything we do. It's just great! And how neat it is when we get an extra treat for the whole family:

Main Event has something to offer everyone. Video games, bowling, laser tag, a small ropes course. Some things are classic and here to stay.

Naomi aced the rope's course. Danielle was a tad bit short, but ended up with a personal Sherpa to guide her safety rope through the track as she went along though the entire course.

The Smith Family dominated the laser course. Ok, well, Jeff led the charge for the high-score!

I'll be back.

Another tough day at the office...