Bridging from Daisies to Brownies 

Today marked another milestone in Olivia’s adventures in Girl Scouts! She bridged (a promotion ceremony) from being a Daisy scout to a Brownie. It’s been 2 years now that we’ve been in Girl Scouts and Olivia & I are having a blast! She finished GS Twilight Camp on Friday so we planned our troop’s ceremony for today at the Oakland Zoo. Cookie funds paid for our girls to attend and we set up at the bridge overlooking the Baboon area. There were cute little monkey babies watching our girls cross the path. We enlisted the help of our troop moms to participate in the ceremony. One mom received the old vests, another helped them put on their new, I was able to place on their membership pin and another mom presented them each with their award. It was a great day being able to share with family and friends. I’m so proud of these girls and their families, they all did great! 

   
         

Happy Independence Day!

Today we celebrated the 4th of July with our Girl Scout family and with childhood friends we haven’t seen in years.
This morning Olivia, myself and 4 of our troop girls walked in our local town’s parade. This was our first time participating in a community festival and boy, what fun did we have! I didn’t realize what I been missing out on all these years!

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We walked along with our city GS council and troops. Olivia and the girls had so much fun. It was awesome seeing them wave to family & friends who came to watch. Olivia was especially excited to see her Auntie, cousins and Granny come to support her. Daddy was proud too, I saw that little gleam in his eye when she walked past him and flashed him a smile!
These are the memories I like to make with my kids. Ones that they will say “remember when we did….”  I must admit that Girl Scouts is branching me out to try new things and I’m loving it.
Now we’re off to our friend’s home for a bbq and fireworks! Spending the holidays with family & friends is really what it’s all about.
From my family to yours, we wish you a wonderful 4th of July!!

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GS Twilight Camp

The best thing about being a mom is being able to relive your childhood all over again and possibly do things you didn’t do when you were younger. One of those things was girl camp! It wasn’t until I had a daughter of my own that I found myself doing things I thought I didn’t like as a kid. I was never fond of camping,  I’m more of a “let’s order room service” kind of girl.
But this year as a first time Girl Scout and Leader I’ve experienced alot of new things! One of them was Girl Scouts Camp!
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I signed up as a volunteer and Olivia as a scout. We spent 4 fun evenings doing what Girl Scouts do best, motivate each other, design different crafts, sing songs, build friendships, learning to work as a team and just play outdoors!
We were placed in different units so she had a chance to experience camp without her mom hovering over her and I had a chance to lead a great group of Brownies. I loved seeing the older girls and moms who have been in GS for over 10 years and watching how much they loved their community.
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I met many new friends myself and look forward to seeing our daughters grow as well as us as leaders and parents.
The best part was receiving hugs at the end of camp and hearing how much fun they had and them begging their moms to sign them up for next year!
I know we’ll be back and hopefully bring more friends to join in the fun!
Girl Scouts Rock!
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Girl Scouts End of First Year Party

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Today we spent our afternoon at our local Build-A-Bear shop making new friends.  Our Daisy scouts worked really hard during cookie season to earn money for their end of year party. Each girl was able to choose either a Caramel DeLite or Thin Mint bear. Our hostess Katie (who was phenomenal by the way) lead the girls on filling, adding a “love” heart and dressing their new friends. It was a wonderful experience and one I’m sure the girls will not forget.
When they finished the girls then recited their Girl Scout Promise to Katie and everyone else who was within 300 ft. of earshot!:)
Congrats Daisies on a fantastic first year!

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