Just two days after our big Trek weekend, our Cub Scout troop had the Blue and Gold Banquet. We traveled to a Mexican fiesta for dinner. I helped set up and take down decorations and cooked five pounds of hamburger for our tacos.
Andrew received his Webelos award.
He’s not wearing his Cub Scout shirt because Sean and he are sharing one and Andrew is happy to let Sean wear it. Sean is a little annoyed that I haven’t updated the patches in the shirt so it looks like he has all his rankings and that he is still part of the Hawkeye Area Council. I think updating the shirt is a pain and I will only do it for Sean because it’s important to him. Our Blue and Gold fiesta even had piñatas!Our yard here in Tucson is a big project. I love it and think it’s beautiful, but wish I had the time to care for the plants the way they need to be cared for. The previous owners put a lot of thought into planning the plants and their locations. They must have loved butterflies, hummingbirds, color, and citrus. The first months we lived here were very hot and dry and our watering system wasn’t working properly. Because we were buried in other projects, some of our plants suffered from the heat and died. Now I am working to find replacements for the plants. We have some ever-blooming bushes on one side of the pool that were a mystery to me until a couple of weeks ago. Three of the bushes died last summer and I have been wandering the gardening sections of the stores hoping to see a match so at least I would know what they were called. Do you have any guesses? Here are some clues–the hummingbirds and butterflies love them. They are suited to full sun and tropical temperatures. They are usually pink, but one of our bushes is white and a coupe are pink and white.
Here’s the answer: salvia or Mexican sage. I still need to do some repair work to the drip lines and map out where I should plant the peach tree I bought (and plant it soon).
Gavin still likes me to take his picture when we drop off or pick up Brooklyn from preschool. He loves that pink and purple backpack! He brought it to church today with a stuffed dog and three binkies inside.I have been trying to slowly wean him away from his binkies. He loves them like Sean did. He likes to carry them around. I’m working on getting him to leave them in his bed for bed time, but sometimes he just needs a little snuggle time with his binky. And sometimes I’m too nice to take it away.And sometimes I let Brooklyn skip preschool to stay home and play with a friend. They had a good time eating lunch outside together and playing and playing and playing. I love it when my kids can be happy, imaginative, content, and active outside for hours. It helps to have a good friend who is like that too.These little handprints have been on my mirror for a few weeks. I think about cleaning them off, but I kind of like the look of them.
I’m still working on that little narrative about my Grandma’s experiences in Mesa, Arizona. I got into contact with one of my mom’s cousins this week and he sent me some fun pictures that I didn’t already have.
I am enjoying taking a little time a few days a week to research their experiences and write a paragraph or two. The project is going very slowly, but it’s still interesting and fun for me and I am learning a lot.