Sunday, March 3, 2013

Derby Downer

We had our first Cub Scouts Pine Wood Derby Race. 
Vince was so excited and so proud of the car he made.  He had high hopes and big dreams.

Needless to say it didn't go as well as he'd hoped.  Not even close. 
Then it was Brody's turn to run his car in the Family Fun Race at the end of the day.

We really didn't know what we were in for with this Derby Race stuff.  (Oh boy could I say a lot about that).  But rather than sounding like a Derby Downer, I'll tell you how we salvaged the day.

We went home and had our own Derby race.

It was the only thing that made the tears subside.

So we went home and gathered 3 cardboard boxes, some Makedo fasteners, Duct tape and a bunch of other things from around the house.  30 minutes later, 100 "is it done yet"s, (a minor hissy fit from me) and we had our track up and running. 

It was a bit more like an X-Games ramp as the cars flipped and flew all over the place.  After I glued some Popsicle sticks to create a guide for the cars, things ran much smoother.
We had so much fun watching them play....for hours!  They panicked when we cleared it out Sunday night, so it now resides in the basement playroom. 

The boys got so much out of that weekend.  We were proud of how well they moved on from their disappointing day.  We'll do better at the Derby Race next year, but our cardboard box derby will be the tradition we hang on to. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Taking it slow

Wow!  It's been a long time since I've posted.  2012 flew by so fast and I always felt like I was chasing my tail.  Already, I can't believe January is almost over.  But so far I've been very productive!  My plan for this year is to take things as they come...slow and steady.  Someone I truly admire gave me that advice and I plan to take that seriously this year-Thanks Emy! 

I'm taking care of my boys first and foremost.  First grade has been quite a transition for us and this is my last year with my little one home every afternoon...Kindergarten here we come.  I can't believe I have to register my baby for KINDERGARTEN already!  Not to mention my husband went back to school for his MBA.  Working part time at a great job from home has been such a blessing and I plan to take advantage of it.  I'm spending time with my kids, getting long overdue projects complete at home, and taking on custom projects as they come. 

First up is to share some projects I should have posted long ago.  This was my first custom piece I'd ever taken on for a non-family member or close friend. I had a request to transform an old wicker relic into something a Harley Driving bachelor would want in his rec room. 

I never would have thought to do this, but once I saw the low profile and clean lines I knew it could work.  Even though is was a roadside find, I was so afraid of screwing it up!  It took me many painstaking hours, but it turned out better than I could have expected!  Let me know what you think...

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Thanks all!