As per the calendar, it says that I haven't blogged in 8 days.  In my mind, it seems like it has been maybe a day.  Time has flown by filled with: sick kids, sports injuries, dogs deciding the trash can is now fun to turn over in the kitchen, Florida trip planning, birthday party planning, packing, and let's not forget work.  I know we have all been there, and it sucks sometimes.

With everything going on I had to prioritize, hence the blog and podcast suffered delays.  I regret not keeping up my responsibility for the site, but I used that time to fit in time with my daughters instead.  I hope you can understand that playing Barbies, tea parties, and having those important discussions about boys far outweighed all of this.

Ok, onto something of more substance for you to enjoy.  I spent last weekend with my oldest daughter at Girl Scout Camp.  I am a Co-Leader for her troop and really enjoy the time as a male leader.  1% of Girl Scout (Girl Guides in the UK) are men, and I feel that it is important for those girls who don't have good male role models in their lives to be exposed to them in some capacity.  To make things easier I did not camp overnight, I came home and slept like 4 hours just so I could rush back and be there for breakfast.  As a result of me being one of the few men in camp, I was requested to wear a sign that had printed upon it "Dad in Camp".  I chuckled and put it on without a second thought.  I was really disappointed later when I found out that another Dad had decided he would rather leave the camp than wear the sign.  I can't understand how you would rather lose the time with your daughter over the fact of not wanting to wear a sign.  I would wear a hot pink and purple tuxedo if it meant spending time with my daughter.  I feel bad for that girl who missed the time with her father because he had some issue with wearing a small sign that I am glad they issue so that there aren't any strange men just walking around.    Grant it, women could be child predators also, but I still feel safer that men are wearing "credentials" to show that they belong there.

During this trip I was happy to see my daughter's independence show through.  Not only was she doing all of her own things (making her own breakfast, hand washing her own dishes, setting up her cot and pack in the tent), but she was always taking the time to help out other girls.  She shows that she can be a natural leader, and she cares how the group progresses.  To her, if there is someone that is having a problem with an activity, then the whole group has a problem with the activity.
I was secretly dreading last night (Thursday).  I had my first Religious Education class, and we also have Girl Scouts.  Being a co-leader was something I wasn't worried about.  But being a Religious Education teacher was something I was unsure of.  I teach a group of 5th graders (10-11 year olds) and I was not sure what to expect.  I did introductions, set up the rules, and then we talked.  They of course didn't like the rules of no cell phones, even though I showed them that I kept my phone in my pocket so I expected them to do the same.  I explained to them if they showed me respect, I would show them the same.  And if we worked hard on the lessons we would have more time for some parties for the Holidays and Birthdays. 

Our discussions turned to religious subjects and it lasted until class was over.  It mean a lot to me when more than one of the children came up to me, shook my had, and said "That was fun.  I enjoyed it, and learned something."  Maybe I am meant for this.   I am a little worried about the spring though.  Then I am also going to be coaching Little League Baseball.  I will keep up with the blog, probably annoyingly so.  And the podcast might become a podcast on the move; being recorded on a digital recorder.  Maybe even live at one of my volunteer jobs, lol.