It"s a Crazy Wonderful Life

This is a blog about my family and the crazy life in the Sims Household. We have 5 children, ranging from 14 to 5, and seem to be going in all different directions sometimes. The purpose of this blog is to help keep our friends and family up to date on what is going on in our lives.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Cub Scout Advancements

Last night was a big night for 2 of my boys.  It was our pack meeting and both boys have been working very hard to make their rank advancements.  First was Jacob.  He earned his Wolf Badge as well as one gold arrowpoint and 4 silver arrowpoints.  Here are some photos.

Ryan has been working very hard.  He earned 2 Webelos Badges, (Citizen, Showman, and Scientist), his Outdoor Activity Badge, his Compass Points Emblem and all of the Compass Point pins, his Webelos Badge, the Special 20 Award, his religious emblem (the square knot), and his Arrow of Light.  I am so proud of him for working so hard and going the extra mile, doing more than was necessary to advance.

Way to go boys I am soooooo proud!!!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My oldest boy is turning 11

It's so hard to believe that Ryan is 11 years old today.  Where has the time gone?  It seems like just yesterday that they laid this little boy on my chest.  Here is what he looked like just minutes after being born.
Here is another when he was just a few days old.
He has grown and changed so much and I am very proud of the young man he is becoming.

The last few months he has been working very hard to finish his Webelos.  He decided to not just finish with the minimum required to get his webelos rank, but to complete ALL 20 of the webelos badges.  I am so happy to say that he accomplished his goal.  Many thanks to his scout leaders that helped him along the way, but he has worked very hard.  This Thursday at the Blue and Gold Banquet he will not only advance his rank, but he will earn all the compass points, his square knot (religious award), and his Arrow of Light.  I am so proud of him.  I will post some pics from that event later this week.

Well, here is a couple of pictures of my boy today on his birthday!  I am so proud to call him my son!  Happy Birthday Ryan!

To see how RYan has changed through the years, go to my facebook profile here for a whole bunch of pictures of him from birth to present.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ryan's Wrestling Tournament

Last Weekend Ryan participated in his first wrestling tournament.  We are still trying to figure out if wrestling is something he is really interested in so I was glad it was a tournament that I didn't have to get him all the gear to participate in.

I am not sure if he really knew what to expect as he went in to his first match.  He was pinned rather quickly.  His second match however, he fought pretty hard and he pinned his opponent.  He knew going in to his 3 match that it was going to be a tough one. (he was going against the guy who hadn't lost yet that day).  He went in with a good attitude and fought hard.  He held on through almost all 3 periods.  His opponent was ahead by points, but Ryan was fighting hard to avoid the pin.  He was getting very tired and was finally pinned just before the end of the 3 period.  He ended up getting a third place metal for thte tournament and We were very proud of him for trying his best. 

I think he could have beat the first guy if he had one of his coaches with him, (but they were all occupied with other kids when it was Ryan's turn) and if he would have known a bit more what to expect.  I think he will do well in the future if he decides to continue with wrestling.  As for this tournament, it was all about getting some experience and deciding if he likes it enough to stick with it.  If he wrestles next year we will get him proper gear.

Here are a couple of photos of him.

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