Thursday, October 18, 2012

Eagle Project: Assembly Day

Saturday was the big assembly day for Big Boy #1's Eagle project.  He began this whole process back in May and it was awesome (and a huge relief!) to finally see those benches come to fruition. 
BB#1 spent quite a bit of time preparing for the big day.  He pre-cut all the pieces, printed out pictures and wrote directions for what needed to be done for each step. 
When BB#1 first sent out the email asking people to come help, the first seven or eight responses were no.  A lot of people were out of town for fall break, and there were several other events going on that day.  I started to really panic, thinking no one would come out - the terrible scenario for someone trying to show leadership, with no one to actually lead.  I called Vern and my sister Ginger all stressed out and they both offered to come help.  What a relief!  Although turn out ended up far exceeding expectations, it was such a comfort to know that they had our back. 
 Our worries about low turn out were unfounded.  We actually had 23 people come help!  Yea!
 Our scout troop doesn't have many boys BB#1s age, but there are several boys BB#2s age, and many of those kids came out to support the project.

 Look how everyone is working!  BB#1 really did a great job of organizing all the workers.

 Of course my dad was the hero of the day, really of the whole thing.  My dad worked with BB#1 from the very beginning, helping him design the project, price out supplies, deal with logistics and everything in between.  He was the on site construction engineer and his knowledge and expertise were beyond helpful.  (It's like the Pine Wood Derby on steroids!)

Here is Diamond working with our friend Sean.  Sean served in scouting for the bulk of the last two years, encouraging and developing BB#1.  There are very few people who I think of as highly as Sean.  I have seen how BB#1 just blossomed under his supervision.  When I was feeling overwhelmed and burned out with all the responsibilities our family has been asked to bear, thinking of the whole thing as a swap for my kid to spend time with Sean made it all feel worthwhile. 
BB#1's new friend also joined in and helped out.  Turns out this kid is pretty high quality.  He worked hard, found ways to improve the project and was kind and well mannered throughout.  I will say that BB#1 knows how to pick outstanding people for friends.  (A true answer to my prayers.)
Here is Diamond, my dad, and our friend and home teacher Dave.  Another fabulous man.  Dave has been a great presence in our home and is an example to our family of service and hard work.  I am so blessed to have all these amazing people as a force for good in the life of my son. 
BB#1 planned the assembly to be about three hours, figuring we would finish up what didn't get done after everyone left.  However, with such a great turn out and so many hard workers, all six benches were finished up in just over two hours.  It was a huge success!
Once everything was totally completed we surprised BB#1 with a little commemorative plaque to put on one of the benches.  He was pretty jazzed about it. 
Great job kid!

Donut Delivery

Big Boy #1 selected his eagle project back in May.  He wanted to build benches for his middle school's athletic field.  The only problem was that building benches takes supplies and supplies cost money.
To earn the money for his project, BB#1 came up with the brilliant idea of having families order donuts and chocolate milk or OJ to be delivered to their homes on a Saturday. (No surprise he thought of donuts and chocolate milk - it's his very favorite Saturday morning treat!)  BB#1 sold the idea by saying that "it's kinda like room service!" 
51 dozen donuts can really fill up the back of a Pilot!  Look how thrilled BB#1 is to be surrounded by such yumminess!
One of BB#1's good friends joined our scout troop last year.  He was kind enough to came early and help organize everything for the big day.  Here you can see them loading up the outside fridge with all the chocolate milk and orange juice.
BB#2 was excited to get in on the action and helped tape little thank you notes to the boxes.
BB#1 spent a lot of time organizing routes and times and then had members of the troop deliver the donuts.  Of course there were a couple hiccups (one house was delivered to three times - twice with the wrong order! A couple other families got their donuts two hours late - oops!)  The good news is that the families all know BB#1 and were trying to support him as he learned what is involved in organizing and leading.  I can totally see how the Scouting program is a great place to learn - within the safety of a network that wants to see you succeed.
As a mother it was very satisfying to see my boy work through all of the details and truly show leadership.  Here is BB#1 explaining the route and donut order to one of the boys (OK, to his dad, while the boy ate a donut...)
Turns out that delivering donuts was quite popular.  Although his goal was to raise enough for two benches, BB#1 made enough money to build SIX benches, with money left over to donate some extra directly to the school.  The fund raiser was  huge success and left me feeling incredibly grateful for the tremendous support from the members of our troop and ward.  But for BB#1?  I'm thinking this was the best part:

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Rocky Mountain National Park

 Last week the boys all had a day off from school.  Diamond opted to take the day off himself and we drove up to enjoy the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. 
Beautiful colors!
We were able to go on a couple hikes, each hike ended at a waterfall.  Stunning!

 It was the middle of elk mating season and we were lucky enough to come across a huge group of elk.  We heard them bugling, saw them running (right by the car!) and were amazed at what we saw.
We also chanced across this mama bear with her baby.  So cool!
It was the perfect day!  Great weather, God's majesty on display and a day with family.  Truly filled me up!