Sunday, May 12, 2013

Busy days!

Blogger loaded these pictures backwards, so we'll work back over the last few days.

Macy is old enough to be a considered a teen at Girl Scout camp this summer, which means she'll lead a group of younger Girl Scouts. I'm the Teen Coordinator, which is a fancy title and I haven't done much. Friday night all the teens had a training session/campout.

They learned all the Girl Scout songs to sing at camp, and we spent a long time after dinner talking about how to be good leaders, what to do if your little one cries for their mother, etc. The girls were very insightful in the different scenarios.

It was a COLD night in the tent. I pulled by hoodie over my head, and was basically all the way inside my sleeping bag. Apparently several trains came by overnight, but I was so tired (keep reading below) that I crashed and didn't hear anything.

The next morning we had omelettes cooked in a turkey fryer in freezer bags, and worked on the crafts the younger ones will be doing. That way our teens know how to do them!

Fun, fun campout.
Back up to Tuesday night. Macy's Girl Scout troop had a bake sale a couple weeks ago, and made $385 on muffins, cookies, cakes, etc. So amazing! I was floored. I was expecting to make maybe $75 or so. Boy, was I wrong!

Tuesday night we went shopping at Walmart for the supplies for our Blessing Bags. We bought $317 worth of shampoo, conditioner, combs, toothpaste, soap, etc. to make the bags. We had some donations, so we didn't have to buy it all. Here's the girls and the receipt from that shopping trip.
Ok, Back to Saturday. It's graduation party time! We went to Cassidy's. She is one of the best volleyball players for North, and last year she worked with Macy on her overhand serve. I'd like to point out the height differences. Cassidy is in the middle, and is 18. Macy is on the left, and is 11. Kaylin is on the right, and is 9. Interesting, huh?

I'm really going to miss Cass.
Moving back to Thursday night. Kaylin's Girl Scout troop got a heck of a deal at Great Wolf Lodge, and all the money benefited Big Brothers, Big Sisters. I pulled the girls out of school a tad early, and we headed out. We were there about  4 1/2  hours, and had an awesome time. Macy and her friend Jessica came with us too.
Still on Thursday night. After Great Wolf Lodge, Bobby met me at Zona and took the girls home. I went with my teacher friends to see The Great Gatsby on opening night, at 10 pm.  Here we are in our Gatsby shirts, feather boa's, and 1920's headpieces. I missed the pre-party due to swimming, but met them at the theater.
I didn't get to sleep until 1:30 ish, and the alarm went off at 6. That made for a long day, and was why I was tired on Friday night!

Many people have asked my review of the movie. Here's what I've been saying: It's an excellent movie. I had really, really high expectations, and it didn't live up to them. The book is still better than the movie.  But that said, it was still really good. It followed very true to the book (which is important) and many of the lines and passages were exactly right. I've read the book more times than I count, and there were little details pulled from the book all over that the average reader wouldn't pick up on, but I did. Yes, the music wasn't jazz, and yes, it was weird and cheesy in some parts. But overall, I would see it again (and will.) It was well-done.

If anything, I am happy for the spark it has provided in teaching the novel the last few weeks. Kids  were EXCITED about the book. There were at least 10 students I recognized in the movie theatre, and many told me they went to one of the other ones. All the teachers have been telling stories about students asking for copies of the book that don't have the class. The power of Leonardo DiCaprio. :)

It was a busy week. Nice to take time to relax!

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