Pinewood Derby Countdown

It’s almost here!  Saturday is our local Pinewood Derby.  Usually the boys have finished their cars long before now, but we are happy to say that as of tonight they are complete.  Seeing the finished product really makes us so excited for the race!

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Of course it was a long road getting here (ha, ha!).  From body design choices, cutting and sanding the wood, preparing the axles and wheels and painting the body to the final assembly.  Oh, did I mention weights?  It was fun and stressful all at the same time.  The boys and I love a good challenge. 😉   Each year’s derby brings it own challenges.  And its own mess.

PWD mess

Now that I think of it, maybe it is the same challenge over and over each year.  For us it is the wheels.  Our first year Aidan’s car cracked while we were inserting them.  We ended up fixing it and he took home a second place trophy.  This was his car.

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Last year we had trouble with his wheels as well.  We learned at the race that we had inserted one wheel so that it did not touch the ground.  This is a speed advantage and illegal in our race.  Poor Aidan!  We removed the wheel at the race and realigned it, but it was not our best job.  He did not get in the top three that year.  Dane had much better luck with proper alignment and a first place trophy.

This year we were on the look out for wheel issues!  Of course one of Dane’s wheels was not touching the ground and had to be removed.  Inserting the axle at any bit of an angle can cause this.  The axle completely bent when we removed it and we had to start that wheel from scratch!  In the process his car cracked.  LOL.  I think our fix was successful though and I have high hopes for both of the boy’s cars this year.  Wish us luck!

It was a scouting day all around.  We took Dane’s den on a tour of ShopRite as an important place in our community.  It was more fun than it sounds, I promise.  And they got to decorate cupcakes at the end of the tour.

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Tomorrow is supposed to be a long run day, but I am not sure if we will go.  It is so cold here.  This morning was 6 degrees when the boys were going to school.  I have reinstituted my rule of not running when the temperature is below 20 degrees.  Too great a risk of injury for me.  I hope it gets a little warmer!

So, I am wondering, what are your plans for this weekend?

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