Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hamsterviel Saga

Meet Hamsterviel Chuck E. Cheese Soccer Star 1, or Hamsterviel for short. (Hamsterviel comes from the movie Lilo and Stitch).
The kids were SO excited we FINALLY got a hamster.  Owen's friend Dawson had a hamster that had babies and so we got one of the babies for free!  Finally Owen's dream of owning a pet hamster had come true.  We got the fun cage and even a fun ball for the hamster to roll around in.  My strict rules were to never leave the hamster unattended in the ball.
I just had a feeling that as much interest our other funny pets had in Hamsterviel there was bound to be a problem.  And I'm sad to report that I was correct.  After only a week of owning the hamster, I had put the hamster in the ball and got distracted helping Addyson with a project for school.  The next thing I hear is hamster squeals and I knew it was bad.  By the time Brad and I ran into the room it was too late for poor hamster.  Our kids were devastated.  They all sat on my lap and cried for over 30 minutes.  I was equally as heartbroken. : (  Poor Brad dealt with Hamster clean up while Ivy quickly cleaned out the cage and got ride of any reminders of the hamster that would trigger sadness in the kids.  We then had to talk about where the hamster went and we had to keep a close eye on Stella because the kids were really angry with her.  We tried to explain food chains and why it happened.  We also had to tell them that the hamster was NOT in Stella's belly like they thought.  We needed this to be as peaceful of an event as possible.
We knew that couldn't be the end of our hamster days.  I don't think poor Owen's heart could have handled it.  So after we mourned the loss of Hamsterviel 1, we promised to take them to town later in the week to search for a new hamster.
Meet Hamsterviel Chuck E. Cheese Soccer Star 2.  Now with stricter rules, I hope that we have better luck with this little guy!

Pinewood Derby

This is our second year in Scouts but our first Pinewood Derby.  Up until this point, our Scouts didn't have the derby because we didn't have enough people to organize it and we didn't have the track and other racing supplies.  Thanks to a couple of families on camp who wanted to make this event happen for our boys, we had our first ever Pinewood Derby in RT!
The nice thing about the derby is it is a family event!  It was suppose to be a busy scout day for us between the derby and the Girl Scouts had World Thinking day.  That all changed when Addyson came down with a fever and ended up getting sick.  Ugh!  Thank goodness for Ivy who could stay home and care for Addyson so both Brad and I could attend.  Not only for Owen's sake but we also had big volunteer rolls we needed to be present for! (I just love this pic of my boys, wish there wasn't the glare and I could crop out Evan's funny face.  Ethan wants to be a Scout SO bad, he wore Owen's old Tiger Cub hat all day!)
The derby is a great way for kids to show off some creativity and also learn to support/ encourage their friends!  Here are almost all of the boys admiring all of the cars!
After the car judging, it was time for the races to begin!  That is Owen's Perry car in the middle!
 SO excited to see how his car does!
The system for this race was amazing showing who was racing, who was on deck, and then showing the race times of the cars!  Really helped keep the boys involved!
Another heat, the cub scouts had 40 heats!  A good chance to see how your car ranked against the others!  Owen's ended up being in the middle most of the time.  Brad was never in Scouts so we had a bit of learning to do when it comes to derby car making.  We now learned you have to put all of your weight on the back.  And, use ALL of the weight you can.  We left Owen's car a little to light!
Brad was the pit crew manager and helped with broken cars as well as moved the cars off the track after each race!  I don't think he knew he was going to get a work out today! : )
My job was organizing the food!  I ordered enough pizzas to feed 30 growing boys and their families and also organized parents to bring fruits, veggies, and desserts to go with.  It was an awesome turn out!
 The Sibling table
After lunch, it was time to hand out awards!!!
 Owen got an award for Best Scout Design because of his Perry Car!!!  Way to go buddy!
Owen had SO much fun!  I know he is already planning on next year's car!  Ethan has also said that he wants to race a car in the "outlaw" division for siblings!  He is determined to be as much of a part of Scouts as he can at his young age!
 Fun with friends!  That's what this is all about!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snapshots of the Week (Feb 21)

Someone got engaged!
 Making matching shirts for Twin Day/100 days of School celebration
 Action shot
Gearing up for Mardi Gras with the Grahams
Traditional Louisianian dinner of gumbo and bbq shrimp to celebrate Mardi Gras in the desert!
Showing off their improve King Cake... we make do with what we have here!!!
An amazing lunch with beautiful surroundings at the Ritz in Bahrain just the two of us!!  Sometimes work trips pay off!
A heated seat with an automatic cleaning system, of course I had to try it!
Twin day take 1!
Twin Day take 2
Is that Ethan and Sarah all rolled up in the parachute?!?!
Delivering the goods!
Celebrating 40.... again.... this time with families!
Fur siblings keep you company when you are sick!
Me and my wanna-be Tiger Cub at the Pinewood Derby! (he is wearing the Tiger Cub hat)
Feeding some hungry boys after the derby!
My Oma and Opa would be proud of this German dinner we made!  Brad even made the sausage himself!

Snapshots of the Week (Feb 14)





Buddies reading
I finally got to be his sub for the day!
Starting to be a common siting outside our house... and Owen's bike isn't even there!!
Cutting out hearts for his Valentine's by himself
SUPER yummy dinner!  Cabbage steaks, dill carrots, Parmesan squash, blasted broccoli and flank steak!  Delish!
Drama in the tub... still doesn't want to get her sore feet wet!  She even had to go to school with no shoes one day!  Bad sand sores.... hopefully they heal soon!
Ready for his Valentine's Day party at school... the only kid in our family that gets to celebrate!  He made his Valentine's with his daddy!  Hearts that say, "You are one smart cookie, Valentine!" on a package of Oreo's!
My first cream based soup!  Back bacon with veggies!!!  Yummy!!!
Tearing through a Valentine's package from Nammie
Early morning taxi ride, on our way to Bahrain for a Girls' weekend!
Bahrain equals beer!
My first Bahrain Friday brunch.  Brunch= endless food and drinks for hours!  Yes, that is ALL mine!
This picture means there are 29 kids back in Saudi with "single" dads for the day!
Some of the best friends a girl could ask for living overseas!
 Valentine's breakfast... not with my hubby but I enjoyed some quiet with a cup of coffee and fresh squeezed juice pool side before the girls showed up!  I'll take it!
Celebrating 40 and 31 has come to an end!  What a great trip!