Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Family Travels

Way back in July, we were glad to get to visit with Darren and Tami when they came on their European Tour:) The boys and I picked them up from the airport and took them to Edelweiss. Bryan, Logan and I stayed at an inn in town....I have been a bit adverse in staying at Edelweiss myself and have been since we arrived here. After all, why not have the authentic cultural experience everywhere we go. Not go to "little America" in the middle of Europe.

Well, now the boys have seen it and want to go and stay there. I admit it is a beautiful place. The boys are lured by the huge indoor pool and all of the other facilities that are offered there. I suppose that, after the RLBT, we will probably end up there for a couple of days.

ANYWAY, here are a few pictures of our time together. I drove them to Salzburg, Austria for the day. I had hoped on doing the Sound of Music sites but we didn't get to see much of that. Parking was atrocious and we drove around forever looking for a spot! I'll take the train next time.

Here we are outside the resort in front of a large mural painted on the side of the building.

At the fortress in Salzburg. The view was astounding and the fortress is HUGE! We had to take the tram to the top of the hill to get to it.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Day Camp

We made it through camp! A wonderful time was had by all....even on the day that it rained, the ENTIRE day! Everything went smoothly, we had no serious injuries (always a plus with lots of little boys running around!) and only the one day of bad weather. The rest of the time was beautiful. Since the theme was 'King Arthur's Court', we came up with some great activities related to medieval times. Here, (top right) Logan is jousting with his buddy Haeden. That was in the Tournament area where the boys practiced to become a knight. They also rode their "horse" (a skateboard) through a course where they used their "lance" (foam noodle) to grab rings.

Here is the castle that we built for the day they did the 'Siege the Castle'. It's a little worse for wear after a day of being under attack. There were two groups on either side launching their cannonballs with their catapults (water balloons with large slingshots) at the castle. There's Bryan (he helped man one of the slingshots) and a couple of our Boy Scouts and the Cub Scouts who were at the station at that time. They won! The guy in the middle is our unit commissioner who played the "troll" of the castle and jumped out of the center while the balloons were being launched. I don't know who had more fun, the kids or him!
We were exhausted at the end of camp but it was all well worth the effort! Can't wait for next year:)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Busy, Busy

There always seems to be something doesn't there. I made several statements in May/June basically saying that "things are going to slow down now". HA! I should know better than that! I mean, I've made comments like that before and it never really comes true.
What have we been up to the last couple of weeks? Well, we haven't been home much....that's for sure! The Boy Scouts had a booth at the Volksfest (much like a large fair) where we sold hot dogs and corn dogs as a fundraiser. In the week leading up to the event, we spent the days out at the site building the barn and silo facade that we use, setting up the tent and all the appliances/tables, etc. Then we spent many hours over the course of the three days (approx. 20 hours for each of us) of the fest working the booth. Then we were up early Monday morning tearing it all down. Whew! A lot of work, but well worth it. The boys earned $3600! Excellent fundraiser and, truly, it was a lot of fun!

We fit in a quick trip to a medieval market and Legoland somewhere in there, Bryan and I did our OA ordeal (more on that another post), and now we are in the midst of many days of preparation for Day Camp which starts tomorrow. I am the program director so I have been 'employing' my family in assisting in the preparations.

Maybe, after camp is done, things will slow down. I'll be sure to let you know how that goes!
Here is a pic of the barn!