One of the things I did in the past year without blogging was to plug into my kids activities more. One of those was getting involved in Cub Scouts with Bean. He was a Tiger Scout this past year, and we have loved every single minute of it.
One of my favorite things about Cub Scouts is how family-oriented it is. Our whole family participates, even Gracie, and that not only makes it Bean’s extra curricular activity, but really a family commitment.
Chris and I are the den leaders of Bean’s Tiger den, and we have absolutely loved it. I have five boys in my den, and they are the cutest little beasts you’ve ever met. The best part is that they all go to school with Bean, so he has really made friends in places that he might not normally without Scouts.
I also love that the families that are part of our Cub Scout pack have the same family values as our family does, so I know when Bean is hanging out with these boys, they are at least AWARE of right and wrong (whether they choose to go with the right over the wrong really depends on the day and the decision at hand… but kids will be kids).
This weekend, we are going camping for the second time with the pack. Chris and I have always been campers. In fact, I grew up camping throughout my entire childhood. It has been so much fun getting to introduce our kids to the tradition, too. At our last camp out with the pack, Chris and I sat back and just watched as the kids took off through the woods with a pack of boys and we smiled at each other as we heard their whoops and hollers bouncing through the trees. Being outside, exploring, with good friends and family is one of life’s riches, simplest pleasures, and I have just loved getting to experience that with our kids in the past year.
These pictures are of our camping trip this past fall to a Boy Scout camp just outside of Orlando. This time, we are camping along the beach and I am so excited. Not only am I really needing a quick little getaway before my students begin their standardized testing next week (oy!), but I’m ready to get back out into the woods with my family and friends.
I hesitated to start my blog back up again because our family is so settled and happy right now. Who wants to read about that every day? My most popular posts were always from times in my life when I was really working through difficult things. But in the past year, there has been very little unrest in our house. I’m sure these blog posts are starting to get old to some people. I would hate to hear from someone who was always running around with their arms open wide, spinning around in circles, singing, “I’M HAVING ANOTHER PERFECT DAY!”
And things certainly aren’t perfect in my world, by any means. But I am so thankful for the place that my family is in right now. And while I have my fair share of highs and lows, the same as everyone, the past year has brought quite a few arms wide open, spinning around moments. And that’s just fine with me.
I’m sure life will catch up with me soon. Tomorrow the ground could just give way under my feet and I could be facing something really difficult again. But for now, I’m soaking up these happy moments of adventure, exploring, laughing, and growing with my sweet little family.
Babies don’t keep.