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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cub Scouts

After several years of discussing it, Cort has finally gotten involved in Cub Scouts this year.  We started out with a much smaller pack and although we really loved the leader the drive to the meetings was a bit far and Henry was concerned the group was too small, so we ended up changing to a closer, larger one. Again, we lucked out because the husband and wife team who run our den our awesome.  The den we switched to has about 8 boys but the pack has about 75 total.  Cort has been going for several weeks and this past week was his first Pack meeting.  They gave out Merit badges and belt loops for accomplishments during the meeting.  Cort received several and he was so excited.  He also looked very handsome in his new cub scout Wolf uniform.  Thankfully I have a skilled (and generous) friend who was willing to sew the patches on and I didn't need to have it done professionally because Lord knows I can't sew at all.  Below are a few pictures from the last few weeks of Cub Scouts.  I will continue to post more as the year progresses.  I am very proud of my Wolf Scout.  I love you Cort-Cort!
Learning how to raise the Flag

First time in Uniform, going to his first
Pack meeting

I love it!

Receiving his merit badges

Putting on his belt loops.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

Last weekend we took the kids out for our annual picking of the pumpkins.  We are lucky enough to have a pumpkin patch nearby, complete with hayride.  The kids enjoy this each year and this year the weather was beautiful which made it even more fun.  Both Cort and Elizabeth picked out a pumpkin.  The kids had so much fun running all over the place it took a while to get them to actually pick something out.  Then Elizabeth kept getting tangled in the vines, although I don't think she really minded.  We also had the chance to visit with Sophie, a four month old chocolate lab.  She is the owner's dog and stays at the Orchard during operating hours.  She is very sweet and we all fell in love with her, of course no one as much as Elizabeth.  This weekend we will carve our pumpkins and I will post those pictures.  While on the hayride we also were able to see the 16,000 strawberry plants that were planted for next spring - definitely looking forward to going back for that. 

They wanted to see just how big the tires were in comparison to themselves. 

The start of the hayride

On the hayride.

Elizabeth had a blast running.....everywhere.

The hayride back

I couldn't resist this picture.
Sophie - The owner's four month
old lab.  We all fell in love with her.
Two pumpkins = two happy kids.

The Strawberry Plants

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Heart Walk

Saturday, October 8th was the American Heart Associations Heart Walk in Newport News.  I organized a team in Memory of my dad.  Our team name was Angel Above.  It was a beautiful day and the walk was very ... comforting.  It was a good feeling to know that with each step the money raised would help others that were battling heart disease and stroke. 

I would like to thank all those who donated their time and money to helping me reach my goal and also all my team members for walking with me on Saturday, and the special few who did everything they could to help - you know who you are.  It was a great day and I couldn't have done it without you.  I would also like to thank my family for supporting me, especially my two children who "walked the walk" without complaining in memory of their Pap-Pap. 

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Hampton Roads Heart Walk
October 8, 2011

Team: Angel Above

My family

Elizabeth starting the 3.5 mile walk

Elizabeth catching a ride from Daddy