My experience with Cub Scouts.

I have had many experiences with cub scouts, most of them have been fun, surprising and delightful.  I have always had my own boys in my dens, and that made perfect sense.  Imagine my surprise when the first calling I received when we got back from our mission is to be the Wolf den leader.  My baby is 27!  Not only that, Dale is the new Cubmaster (he is also the troop committee chairman which is one of the callings he had before we left).  The interesting thing about this our daughter Leslie is the primary president in our ward so she goes to the cub scout committee meetings.  Our son Dale is a den leader in his ward and he goes to the committee meetings (the three wards that meet in our building have combined the cub packs because of lack of boys).  That means that the Abersolds will have four people represented at each committee meeting, that could be a real advantage (I don’t think I want to do pinewood derby this year, let’s vote on it!).  Just a thought.

Hot Weather

The forecast for Washington for next Tuesday and Wednesday is for the mid to high 90′s. Wow – so what will we do? How about going to Utah, where it is forecast to be in the high 80′s. What’s up with that? I thought the only time it was cooler in Utah than in Washington was in the winter where Utah is much colder.

Raspberries, what we eat when the strawberries are gone.

I am a strawberry girl, that is for sure, but I will eat raspberries when that is all that is available. 

The thing about raspberries is that they have thorns, but that is not what got to us today when we went to an organic farm close to us to pick.  First off we past right by the farm, second we found out they were 21 dollars a flat for u-pick.  We weren’t charged for all the raspberries the kids ate, that is a good thing because they ate a lot.  Since we didn’t get charged for all you can eat we also didn’t get a discount for bee stings.  Two of our group got stings from bees who were making sure we knew that we were on their turf.  Porter got stung first, right on the forehead, he was not amused but after a few moments of crying decided he was fine and went back to picking (and eating).  Carolyn got stung on her left wrist, she said the bee made  bee-line for her (ha ha) stung her and then flew away.  She said ouch and that was that.  I didn’t even know she got a sting.  Fortunately none of us are allergic to bee stings so we just went on our way. 

We picked two flats.  Leslie and Carolyn will be making jam.  We have some from the last time we made jam before the mission.

 It was fun picking raspberries, but it is much more fun to pick blueberries and that comes next.  Blueberries have no thorns at all and are simply delicious.  Can’t wait, maybe Friday.

STP

I’d been looking forward to doing STP for a year now, and the day finally arrived. I actually woke up on my own at 2:30 AM, but I snoozed in bed until my alarm went off at 3. I ate a small breakfast, did some quick preparations, and was ready to go before 4. Continue reading

A Trip to Leavenworth

We took Landon, Regan and Lacy on an adventure to Leavenworth on the 16th and 17th. It was a really fun trip. We left around 9 a.m. and drove there. The trip was longer than they expected so we heard, “are we there yet” often. Hunger pains and bathroom pains hit us so we found a Burger King with an indoor playground.

A reststop fit for a King
A reststop fit for a King

The hotel pool was not large, but great for our three guppies. They stayed in the water for 90 minutes and we had to go. The next morning they were in for over an hour again.

At the pool
At the pool

I had to discribe what they had to eat at the German restaurant. The best way for me to discribe a schnitzel was to call it a large chicken tender.

Landon's Schnitzel!  The kids loved them.
Landon's Schnitzel! The kids loved them.

The two girls saw that the waitress had a dirndl too, so they wanted to show off their own. I couldn’t resist taking a photo.

At the Restaurant
At the Restaurant

The two girls wore their Dirndls and many asked them if they were in the musical. Many others looked at them, poked their neighbors and pointed and smiled.

The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music

They had a very restful night!

Sleeping beauties
Sleeping beauties

The next morning the kids were excited to have Fruit Loops for breakfast. They also had a waffle and juice. We packed and went to the old town part. We hadn’t eaten for almost two hours, so they needed an ice cream break.
Ice Cream - not like the good Italian Ice cream, however, but more expensive
Ice Cream - not like the good Italian Ice cream, however, but more expensive

The trip home was hard. It was very hot outside, but fortunately the air conditioner worked great. We hit traffic just before we got to I-5 and it took us an extra hour in the bad traffic. We had a great time.

Some Family Photos

I thought I’d add some recent photos of the family. Here are a few photos of the trip to the Zoo.

Getting loaded !
Getting loaded !
Just outside the zoo.
Just outside the zoo.
Hands On
Hands On

And here is where we met Mark in Tenino for his Seatle to Portland bicycle trip.

Mark at the 95 mile point of the STP
Mark at the 95 mile point of the STP

STP

Tomorrow I will be doing the Seattle to Portland bicycle classic.  205 miles, all in one day.  I’m excited, but nervous.

I will report on how it went when I’m done.  I’ve made lots of preparations for this and think I’m ready.  I even shaved my legs to make myself more aerodynamic!

Here’s hoping there are no incidents.

This is what we were looking forward to?

Who knew it was so hard to take nine children to the zoo?  Two of them were old enough to be accountable for themselves, but the other seven really had us running.  And there were four adults!  We need to insist on the buddy system, it was just too hard to keep counting and looking out for all of the little guys.  We did have fun, they had an animal show that was fun with birds swooping down over the audience, thrilling for the almost two year old.  We had a great day which ended with heavy traffic down I-5, and a detour at the end, but we finally made it home.

Next adventure, two days in Leavenworth Washington with three of them.  Do you think two adults can manage three children?  That is only 1.5 children per adult.  Sheesh, how in the world did we ever manage our five?

Fun at the dentist.

I am not afraid of going to the denist, I don’t love it however.  Yesterday I decided that I needed to get the sore tooth I had noticed three weeks ago looked at so I asked for a recommendation for a dentist and Kurt had one for me.  They were close and they had time.  Today at 1200 was my appointment and I drove over to the Lacey Corporate Center for my show down.  I was a bit nervous not knowing what to expect.  They were nice enough, the office orderly but not decorated too nicely (who wants to pay for that?).  I went right in and after filling out three pages of info and medical history I was in a chair staring at the ceiling.  It turns out the Dentist thought that my tooth had died a quiet death and I could either have him pull it out or get a root canal.  Both very expensive but the root canal would be cheaper in the long run.  I hate root canals, but when you have bad teeth you need to expect root canals.  So, I resigned myself to my fate.  As luck would have it they had time to get the job done this afternoon.  Lucky me!  I came home ate some soup and went back.  It was a miserable experience, so glad it is over.  This is exactly why we needed to be home.  For the last three weeks or more I had realized something was going on in my mouth.  Even though we had 7 dentists in the ward in Grafenwohr we were not able to get dental care on post.  To get my tooth fixed on the German economy would have been very expensive.  It was expensive here, but I had to have it done.  My tooth was hurting when I ate, yikes, not a good thing. 

Everything was good.  The tooth wasn’t infected, it went well.  However, I hate sitting in a chair, almost upside down, with a dam in my mouth, trying to swallow my own spit.  It is all over, and now the traveling can begin in earnest.  Next week we are taking three of the grandkids to Leavenworth (or Lemonwars as Lacy calls it).  The week after that we are going to Utah for about 10 days to visit my family in Salt Lake and Tooele and Dales’ in Tooele and Logan.

What is up with that?

As much as we love cycling we haven’t been on the Chehalis-Western trail yet. What is going on? We were so busy the first few days we just didn’t have time. Now the weather is colder (60 degrees in the house), I guess that means we are cycling wimps. Porter needs to get started on his cycling merit badge. We will start, hopefully today.