I’ve posted many videos of Emma over the past few years as she’s progressed with her piano lessons. What you haven’t seen much of is Henry. He’s turned into quite the little musician, too.
In mid-January Henry, Emma and I joined the rest of Cub Scout Pack 28 for a weekend trip to Camp Marin Sierra, just inside the Tahoe National Forrest a few hours to the east of us. We were very excited because all the talk in the fall was about how lucky we were to draw a January date, when the snow pack was destined to be fantastic. Imagine our disappointment, then, as our camp date approached while we continued to enjoy (in San Rafael, anyway) the 2nd driest winter on record. Ever!
A few weeks ago we spent the afternoon with the Cub Scouts shooting off rockets. What a blast! (Har har!) It had been 20+ years since I shot off rockets so I was excited to do this with Henry and introduce him to it.
On the way home from our visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Henry and I stopped at Marina State Beach. While we’d hoped to spend some more time hopping on rocks and exploring tide pools the wide, sandy beach and giant dunes (apparently among the tallest in California) proved to be just as much fun.
Henry has only been in Cub Scouts for a few months but our list of activities keeps piling up. At the beginning of November we were able to go on an overnight trip with the Scouts to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We are no strangers to aquariums, having been members at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Staying overnight, though, was a whole new experience. We had the place virtually to ourselves, which made for a very leisurely visit.
“Daddy, can we go home now? I’m cold,” says Henry after plowing straight into the water. Sounds just like my first visit to the Pacific 20 years ago… Some lessons can only be learned first hand.
We were in Georgia for Henry’s 6th birthday a few weeks ago and had a small, understated party. That’s a big difference from the bowling extravaganza we had last year.
What’s that? You’ve never been to a bowling extravaganza before? Well, let me tell you all about it. There are balls and shoes and lanes and bowling alley cakes and pizza and neon lights and…
It’s almost time for soccer to start again in 2010… so I guess I’d better show you how awesome Henry was in 2009, eh? His AYSO team last year was the Blue Thunder and was filled with many first-timers. The goals were fun and basic soccer skills and Henry came away with both thanks to a great coach.