Friday was RP turned 7. I know, where has the time gone? I know I say this every year, but no lie, seven sound WAY older than six. Like almost to puberty old......ok, maybe that is a slight exaggeration-but it feels that way sometimes. So yea, seven. Geez! Every year of his life I have had a big birthday for him. I made a big deal cake that goes along with which ever theme he chooses. I love doing it too. Last year was the cake that really took the cake(....wink wink...nudge nudge....I'm hysterical right?), it was a self made R2D2 made from 3 cakes and for some reason I star tipped the entire cake. It was a 7 hour process from start to finish, but completely worth it. This year, suddenly it was May and I had not thought of his birthday. Then it was time to sign up for Cub Scout camp. Last week he went to resident camp and yesterday/today, he and I were at Fun with Son camp. So basically, no birthday party.....weeeeeellll, nothing like what he is used to. We had a nice dinner with my mom on Wednesday and Dave and Buster's Friday night with mr.
RP did great at Resident Camp last week. He didn't know anyone there but it did not stop him from completing one whole achievement towards rank, parts of another one, plus 21 electives! He also earned 3 belt loops and 1 pin. He certainly was working hard in classic summer 95 degree weather. I couldn't be more proud. So this was the weekend to show me the ropes of the Cub World Camp. Little did I know that the store that rolled through Cincinnati on Friday night would still affect us the rest of the weekend. And of course when I planned this weekend, I was not expecting the temperature to be 100 degrees the entire weekend. But that it all part of the experience, right? Of course it is!
Getting there was a breeze. Packing for two people for one night, also a breeze. One bag, two sleeping bags, two pillows and one box fan. Light and easy. We load up and head from the parking lot to the registration.....sweat already. The line was forever long but finally we got to the front. And of course, we aren't on the paperwork. Thank goodness for iPhone! I pulled up my emailed receipt of confirmation and they added us to a room with another mom and cub in the Fort. Which happened to be the exact same room RP stayed in last week! Pretty cool! So there we are standing in the doorway of our Fort room. While setting up the room, I plug in my fan. Nothing happens. RP had dropped it in the parking lot, so I automatically thought, Dammit my fan!!!!!!! Then I realized that one of the staff members had just told us how all the ice cream had melted at the Trading Post because there was no power......duh! Sometimes I surprise myself with the stupid shit I do! So yea, no power. Still didn't click that it would be a challenge that I haven't faced in a while until we had to go to the bathroom......no natural light gets in their bathrooms! And guess what I didn't bring? Can you? Oh, that's right. I did even THINK of a flashlight!!!!!! What kind of Cub Scout Mom am I?!?!?! That is camping 101! Mommy Fail big time....right here. But then, I had a stoke of genius! I realized I had gotten a Mag light for Christmas at least two years ago that had never left my trunk! Finally a "HA!" moment to everyone that gives me crap about not cleaning out my car!!!!!! HA!
We had a great time. In just the three days that RP was at Resident Camp last week, he has improved on things such as archery, accuracy and loading a BB gun and recognition of trees on the nature hike. I am super impressed with him. Here are a few pictures of the games they played and RP showing off his archery/bb skills.
It was a hot, lightless night and day. My phone dying this morning was a punch to the gut because of how much I use it for pictures. But I got a few good ones. Anyone that has a Scout, I highly recommend Cub World. The staff are all teens learning great leadership and are in their element. They pull you into the fun. Sing alongs and skits....good stuff.
Here we are happy to arrive and then in the car leaving.....glad to be home though. It is amazing how much longer 24 hours seems when it is hot and busy!