The making of a young lady: a weekend with Caroline

“My favorite things are to organize stuff, take care of dogs, bake and play outside.” I hope those are ALWAYS some of our Caroline’s fave things! We did many together over the weekend for Girls Scouts and 1st Communion Prep.

Saturday was Girl Scout Badge Day, and little C. and her troop mates earned three badges:

1. Stamp Out Hunger

We gloved up and made turkey and cheese sandwiches for the Lewis House, a shelter for women and kids who need a safe, supportive place to get back to their best.
When you give girls a goal, they figure out a great system to reach it.
Hope the lucky sandwich recipients knew how much love and care went into each layer. Hope that gives THEM hope.

The Lakeville Girl Scouts ended up making 1,300 sandwiches. Way to go, girls!

2. Dog Sledding

Musher Caroline's friend, Iya.

In short sleeves and capris, the girls got a GREAT education on sled dogs, mushing, the Iditarod and all the gear. I was really impressed how each portion of this was incredibly hands-on!

The girls tried on gear, including these thick mittens for mushers.
Meet Mac, our grooming object who savored all the brushing, cuddling and kisses the girls doled out to him. (He is one of the sled dog handler's pet.)
Nice bed.
Nice booties, pups. (We practiced on the stuffed huskies.)
The ladies also each took a turn AS a sled dog. Hint: Lead dogs need to listen very, very well.
Hike! (Go) Gee! (right) Haw! (left) and of course, Whoa.

Meeting the athletes

The sled dog team had six of their dogs there, and the girls were able to get up close and personal. Five of the dogs were calm yet alert and polite and eager to interact with the girls. One dog snoozed through it all, and we learned she is a new mom to a litter of puppies. (“Let her sleep!” the moms all advised the girls.) Congratulations, mom.

My kindred spirit, Burr. We commiserated about the lack of snow and cold this winter. He is a beautiful guy.
Cara with Loopy, a Lead Dog. The musher explained that he puts her up front and "the bozos" (two much larger, stronger male dogs) behind her for power. Ah, I love women in leadership.

3. (cup)Cake Decorating

Baking is a daily event at our house. This session, too, was really hands-on for the girls. And you can tell a lot about someone’s personality when they decorate with icing! This also hopefully taught the girls that with the right tools, imagination, sugar, inspiration and a tall hat — you can do anything.

Decorate slowly and wear a Big Hat.

Great group!

Those of you with multiple kids know how challenging–yet important–it is to carve out some one-on-one time with each one, doing their “things.” I’m grateful for two blessed days with our Caroline.

My favorite things are anything with the people I most adore, admire–and who make me smile. Mission accomplished.

Can’t wait to see what else catches her attention — whatever it is, I’m all in.