Two Great Girl Scout Weekends!
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Mother's Day weekend was a success! We only had three of our girls (that are not leaders' daughters) with their mother (sister in one case, mother is in a wheelchair) and one of our teen volunteers show up for the tea party. This ended up being the perfect amount of people to have a wonderfully intimate gathering. We had Rowan and her mother, Katie (who is in a wheelchair) and her sister, Karasi and her mother and three younger siblings; we also had my sister/co-leader and her daughter, another co-leader and her two daughters, and myself and two of my daughters.
Petit fours, crudites, Trefoils, Savannah Smiles, so many different teas (black, white, herbal), punch. There were three types of milk/cream and we even had "sugar squares", or as one daughter put it, lumps~"one lump or two?" Everyone had their own real china tea set. There were three tea pots out on the table, three different cream and sugar sets. The tables were covered in a white table cloth, each place setting had a napkin tied in a ribbon, there were floating flowers in clear bowls scattered around the tables. We had vases of flowers, tiers of foods, and Mother's Day trinkets covering the serving table (that was covered by our Girl Scout tablecloth).
The house we were in is almost 150 years old, on the Timucuan Preserve, overlooking a marsh. There is a huge tree in the middle of the yard. The view was beautiful! The girls and their mothers were all in their Easter finery. Two of the girls even had on spring hats! The set up was done by the leaders and their daughters, but the clean up was a group effort. That was not our intentions, we wanted to give them a day where they could celebrate being a family without worrying about anything. But, since we do have the best Girl Scout family in the world, clean up was a breeze!
This past weekend we went to Wild Adventures in Valdosta. My middle daughter made a new friend in a troop from Savannah, each girl was given a SWAP made by one troop, and all the girls played with troops that were camped nearby like they were old friends. Oh, did I mention we were camping...in tents...on theme park property...without showers...and we did our business in port-a-potties? Yep.
The nights were chilly, days were hot, we were late leaving, but the girls had a blast! My youngest daughter, who's eight and a Brownie, went with her troop on Saturday for the "dry rides". Her troop split into three different patrols, the ones who didn't want to ride anything went with the leader that was medically not allowed to ride anything, the ones who would ride the kiddie rides went with one leader that didn't ride, and the ones who wanted to ride everything scary went with the daredevil leader. Guess which one my daughter chose? Shannon told me that my daughter rode EVERYTHING that day! Over and over again! LOL
My troop was split into two patrols, one set went with one leader, her adult daughter, the teen volunteer, my BIL, in other words, the ones who rode all the rides, the bigger and faster the better. Meanwhile, my sister and I had the ones who wanted to ride the smaller ones, or nothing. We all had bottomless soda wristbands for Saturday, lunch buffet with a specific time to be there, but the rest of the meals was up to the troop. The tickets were good for two days, so the second day was spent however you wanted.
We again split into two patrols, one who wanted to do all the roller coasters first, and the second was headed to the water park with minimal coaster riding. We had two girls that chose the "dry" rides first and gave that patrol a specific time to meet so we could leave. Of course, the two most whiney girls went with the "dry" patrol, so they only were able to hit one "wet" ride before we had to leave. What happens? The leader that took that patrol happened to have her daughter with her, so she started to whine that she didn't get to play. I told her "too bad, too sad, you chose to hit the coasters first and it's time to go". So she starts whining to mommy. Needless to say, because of that, we left an hour and a half later than what we planned, what we told the parents that were waiting to pick up their children at 4pm, and instead met the parents at 6pm. The only reason we were "only" that late is because the leader knew I was mad, as the only thing I texted her when she said she was hitting "one more ride" was "we are leaving." If you are there as a family, fine, you can leave whenever. But, Girl Scout trips are planned trips for the most part, and we have a schedule to stick to. This was the only major snafu of the weekend, so I will stop complaining!
The girls' favorite ride by FAR was the "superman", or the Kite Flyer, whatever it's called. They all rode that one like five or six times! Even my timid middle daughter that didn't want to do anything too fast or too high LOL. All in all, I spent way too much money that weekend, ate way too much food, and had a really good time for the most part.