Yup, it’s that time again.  The craziness of our Cub Scout Pack’s Pinewood Derby has begun.  In case you are not familiar with the Pinewood Derby, it is an amazing event held by the Cub Scouts each year (across the country) where the boys build their own race car out of wood (pine, of course!).  Once built the cars enter one of the most fun competitions you will ever witness – they race against each other on a metal track with the boys gathered around cheering them on.  These are the boys’ cars from last year. A PWD 13 D PWD 13 I love this competition because it is such a great learning opportunity for the boys.  They learn about physics when we decide which car body design they would like to use.  They learn how to use tools when we build the car.  They learn about competition and sportsmanship when they are racing their car.  It is also a great family event for us.  We spend many hours on our cars and Nana and Popop get in on the action too.  Last year Popop built his own car and won first place in his division!

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This competition is a lot of work too!  The specifications on how the cars are allowed to be built are extremely detailed and meticulously upheld.  The dimensions, materials used and total weight of each car is carefully examined before the competition starts.  If a car falls outside of any of the boundaries, it must be fixed on location in order to race.  Over the years we have found that our Pack runs the event better than anywhere else we have competed.  Our track is so exciting for the boys and so fair.  We would not miss it for the world, but you will probably hear us moaning during the process!  For security reasons we will probably wait to share this year’s designs until competition day.  Just kidding.  Sort of….

We went to the coolest birthday party this past weekend.  It was a “make your own pizza” party.

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The kids each made their own individual pizza.

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Then they played “Minute to Win It” games.

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Happy Birthday Christian!

Today the girls and I ran 6 miles in my new favorite location.  No hills at all.  My ankle thanks me for that!  Time flies when you are running with friends.

Dane came home with a surprise he made in school today.  Butter!  So yummy, which made perfect sense when he told us it is made entirely out of heavy cream.  Thanks Dane!

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So, I am wondering, have you made a Pinewood Derby car?