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. 

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