Jay and Stacey

Jay and Stacey

Monday, May 30, 2011

Summary Sunday AND Media Monday - Memorial Day Weekend

SO....Sunday's and Monday's blogs are being combined this week because we have been soooo busy. It is a long one, but stick with it because it is full of fun!

The weekend started Saturday with packing the car and heading off to Black Hog BBQ in Frederick, MD for lunch before the big Cub Scout Camp out at Washington Monument State Park just outside Hagerstown,MD. It was...AMAZING! When we arrived at the camp site the Boy Scouts were there to help people set up their tents. The boys were so kind and polite and helpful it was encouraging to think all these crazy 7-year-olds will be like that in 5 or 6 years (hopefully). The Johnson family called our tent set-up "The Marriott" as it had 2 blow-up mattresses and could house a small army. We didn't mind the ribbing because the tent was SUPER comfy - a necessity after all of the day's activities.

After tent set up was "the hike" UP to the monument. It was a bit of a climb through rocky terrain, but the kids were great. Some of the adults were a little out of shape, but the Cub Scouts were very patient with them. (On a side note, Stacey felt great during the climb and wasn't tired or winded at all. It helps to be hiking carrying 40 pounds less than this time last year!)The view was beautiful and the kids got to meet and chat with several Revolutionary War reenactors that were there.

The Sign

The Monument

The View

After the hike was the cooking demonstration. The Boy Scouts taught the Cub Scouts how to make Peach Cobbler in these GIANT cast iron dutch ovens. According to one of the den leaders it was a bit like "herding cats" as most of the boys lost interest after a couple minutes. I say MOST, because JACK stuck with it the whole time and was a great audience. Jay and I were so proud of him! Prepping the cobblers for dessert took a bit longer than expected, so as the Cub Scouts and parents were eating dinner, Stacey helped the Boy Scouts finish up the cobblers. This meant that after dinner Stacey got the nicest piece of cobbler as a thank you. Those Boy Scouts are awesome!

Then came the entertainment: songs, skits, campfire and s'mores. It was a blast. The skits were actually funny, especially the Tiger Scouts "Wee" skit and the den leaders "Biker" skit. Jay and I still haven't gotten over how well run the
evening was; we had a FANTASTIC time.

Then the night hike, in the dark, with 20 7-10 year-olds. This was a bit stressful especially at the top of the hill when the boys were climbing on the wall of the monument in the dark. The reenactors, who were sleeping at the base of the monument, were probably not to happy to hear us at 11pm, but oh well. Stacey impressed the den leaders with her magical skills by saying "1,2,3 eyes on me" and having all the boys respond "1,2 eyes on you" and then proceed to get into silent lines. She still has some mad skills left over from her middle school teaching days.
Then, finally, BED! Saturday was a LONG day.

Sunday began at 6:30am with bacon, eggs, sausage, pancakes and COFFEE cooked on a camp stove. There has NEVER been a better cup of coffee, ever. Everything was yummy and the Boy Scouts did a fantastic job again!

The drive home was rough because we were all so tired. The 4 HOUR LONG nap we took after arriving home helped a bunch to get us rested for the rest of the day Sunday, which was also packed full of things to do. First there was the opening swim of the year at the Lakelands pool! It was a beautiful day!

The Pool

But the day wasn't over yet! Off to the drive-in in Dillsburg, PA. Yes, there are still drive-ins around. We saw the double feature of "Pirates of the Caribbean 4" and "Thor" - a great LONG night of films. "POTC" started at 8:45 and "Thor" ended at 1:15ish. "POTC" was almost as good as the first Pirates movie, which was our favorite. The plot was great and the filming was good. "Thor" had a good plot line was was super fun!

Here is the "Thor" trailer:

We hope you enjoyed this super long version of Summary Sunday and Media Monday. We look forward to seeing you for Witty Wednesday.

Happy Memorial Day to everyone, thank you to all who have served our country and God Bless America!

Friday, May 27, 2011

4 for Friday 5/27

1) Jiffy Lube really upset Jay. Overcharged him and didn't put in a new filter. I think his head might explode. This is his reaction every time he goes to Jiffy Lube. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. Maybe next time he should go to the 10 minute Tune and Lube I always recommend.

2)I got a free X-Box 360. By free, I mean I bought a new $800 laptop and- with a student ID (Thanks to the nephew, Brendan)- you get a free X-Box. Cool deal, Go Best Buy!

3)This was the last week for seniors at school. One of them wrote in my yearbook that in the course of the last 4 years, I have helped make him a better man. OK, there is my paycheck for the week!

4)The DJ booth is almost done, wootwoot! DJ Jay-Fresh should be mixing records soon. Can't wait to break in the new bar, the name will be "Panama Pop's" for those interested.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Plan

So here is what I'm planning:

Media Monday - a cool picture, link or song that we like at the moment.
Four-For-Friday = the 4 best or most interesting things to happen that week
Summary Sunday - How did we spend our weekend. This should be lots of fun this summer

I feel like I need something fun and witty for Wednesday. I like the idea of "Witty Wednesday" but don't know what to do with it yet....Ideas? Anyone?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

And so it begins...

Well,we decided to start a blog today. Stacey got a new laptop and a blog seemed like a good way to break it in. Not exactly how this is all going to work, but we will give it a try.

Janey has a nasty virus and has missed 3 days of school. Today is Mom's turn to stay home with her. While we are resting in bed, we are also finding cool things to add to the summer day-trip list. New ideas today are 1)Falling Water 2)The Claude Moore Village and 3)the DC aquarium.

Jay and Stacey are also working on our plans for the big Cub Scout Camp out this weekend - we just bought a tent big enough for a small town, so we should have a blast!

Stacey insisted on a tent with a porch, so she feels a little bit more at home. Jay insisted on blow-up mattress for under the sleeping bags so he feels a little less old ;)