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Friday Favorites: November 18

It’s the last Friday before Thanksgiving!  It’s been a busy week of Thanksgiving preparations and I’ve been wearing several hats.  Some of my favorite things from this week were:

  • We had so much fun celebrating Thanksgiving at Pack Meeting.
  • I finished reading Lemon Tart. Now I just need to get a hold of the next book in the series, English Trifle.
  • I only have three more layouts to finish up last year! My goal is to be done by the end of November.
  • Tonight is our book club meeting for The Help.  I’m making a Caramel Cake that I found on Pinterest.

Here’s some of my favorites from the blog world.

  • Marta Writes shares her mom’s apple cake recipe.  I need more time to bake all these goodies I find!
  • Creating Keepsakes shares a cute scrapbook layout and a link to their free font.  Maybe this will help me finish up those last three layouts…
  • I love the thumbprint writing prompt Chocolate on my Cranium shares.  I want to try that one with my kids over the summer.
  • This wreath craft from Little Birdie Secrets would be a great way to keep the kiddos busy while Thanksgiving dinner cooks!

Share your favorites of the week!

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Thanksgiving Cub Scout Pack Meeting

We had our Cub Scout Pack Meeting a week early this month to reduce the busyness of Thanksgiving week.  Our Thanksgiving theme was a perfect lead in to the holiday!

We kicked things off with a gratitude tree activity.  Our Cubmaster made an awesome tree trunk.  When families arrived, they were invited to trace their hands, cut out the shape and write something they’re thankful for on it.  Then they taped the “leaf” onto the tree.  It filled out nicely.

To commemorate the Pilgrims crossing the sea, we sang My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean.  I’m thinking I could sing that song with the standing and sitting instead of part of my daily workout.

To further my evening workout, we played “Turkey Tag”.  I guess this is also called “Octopus Tag” and probably a bunch of other names.  The pilgrim was “it” and the rest of us were turkeys.  We lined up on one side of the playing area, the pilgrim called “gobble, gobble” and we all ran to the opposite side of the playing area.  Whoever the pilgrim tagged, froze in their spot and tagged other turkeys running by, until there was only one turkey running.  There wasn’t much tagging going on at first, so we enlisted a couple more pilgrims and that added some extra zing to the game.

We closed out the evening with awards.  This month was great we had boys receive their Wolf, Bear and Webelos!  Thanks to awesome leaders who made the night special and brought treats!

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Fire Station Pack Meeting

Last month’s Pack Meeting was the easiest to plan, especially since I wasn’t in charge of setting up the tour.  I could get used to this just showing up thing!

Amazingly, I have never taken a fire station tour.  Maybe once when I was a kid, but it’s a fuzzy memory at best.  Our fire fighters were great hosts.  They let us tour their home away from home, also known as the fire station.  I’ve always heard about firemen being awesome cooks, and the smells coming from the kitchen confirmed that, but I never thought too much about what they do the rest of the time when they are not fighting fires or eating.  They have a living room with a big TV for those occasions they get some down time.  They also have a laundry room and modest bedrooms.  My favorite part of their house was the chore chart; it was nice to show my kids they have one of those too!  As matter of fact, they were planning on doing a deep cleaning of the station after we left.

If we thought inside the station keeps them busy, the “garage” keeps them even busier!  There’s the fire engine to keep polished, stocked and maintained.  There’s also some workout equipment to help keep them in good physical shape.

They showed us all the parts of the fire truck.  There are big trunks of medical supplies since 80% of their calls are medical in nature.  On the three man crew, two are EMT’s and the third is a paramedic.  They showed us the hoses and told us how many thousands of gallons of water the truck carries.  I never thought about the fire truck carrying it’s own water.  They have a plan for everything, like how to use the water from people’s swimming pools to help put out their fire.  I wasn’t surprised to see an ax as part of their equipment, but the fan was unexpected.  Not only can it be used to help cool off the hard working fire fighters, it also blows smoke out of a burning house.  I also appreciate the engineer for encouraging the kids to work hard in math because that’s a tool he uses everyday fighting fires.  Then the children were invited to climb inside the fire truck.  The view was great!

Finally they had the kids sit in the empty bay while they described their fire suit.  My son was the chosen one to don the 60+ pounds worth of fire gear.  He loved it, but was pretty sweaty after a few minutes.  I tried to get him to run around, but he could hardly move.  It must have been worth it since he’s considering becoming a fire fighter when he grows up.  The firemen finished off the evening with a question and answer session, fire hats and stickers.  A couple of awesome parents brought treats.  It was a great experience for our Cub Scouts and their families.

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