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BACK TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES – INDIAN GUIDES AND INDIAN PRINCESSES

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For the past several years, my children and I have been involved with both Indian Guides and Indian Princesses.  During the summer, we take a “break” from these group activities, but once school starts, we are back at it!  This year will be no different!

Much like Boy/Girl Scouts, the Indian Guides and Princesses program encourages fathers and their children (ages 6 – 12) to spend time together, and to serve each other, their family, tribe and community, and to seek a world pleasing to the eye of the Great Spirit.  We participate in many activities, such as picnics, campouts, hikes, field trips, and work on various projects together.

Indian Guides was founded for fathers and sons, in 1926 by Harold Keltner, a YMCA Director in St. Louis, William H. Kefelfinger, Chief of the first tribe, and Joe Friday, Harold’s fishing and hunting guide.  Joe was an Ojibway Indian, and Harold was inspired through his wisdom, to start the Indian Guides program.  This program was based on strong American Indian family values of life-dignity, patience, endurance, spirituality, felling for the earth, and concern for family.  In 1954, Indian Princesses was established, for fathers and their daughters.

Both Indian Guides and Indian Princesses are sponsored by YMCA’s across the country.  If you have children, I strongly encourage you to check into this program, and enjoy some quality time with your kids!

We all have a great time as a family participating in the activities, and I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with the beginning of this school year.

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BONDING IN THE TEXAS HEAT – DINOSAUR VALLEY STATE PARK

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This weekend I went camping with my son, two of his friends, and their fathers…..a guys’ weekend….no girls allowed!  What is that saying……timing is everything?  Camping in Texas, in August……thank goodness for a pop up camper with air conditioning!

We headed down to Glen Rose, TX to visit the Dinosaur Valley State Park. If you’ve never been there, and have kids, this is a “cool” place to go, (as the kids say.)

The Dinosaur Valley State Park sits across the Paluxy River.  The valley was formed from limestone, mudstone, and sandstone deposits along an ancient sea some 113 million years ago.  Over the course of the last 1 million years, the Paluxy River has worn through these many layers, creating large exposures of rock in the river bottom.  It is in these rocks that the dinosaur tracks were found.  These tracks belong to relatives of the Brontosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The boys had a great time hunting for the tracks, learning about the dinosaurs, and imagining how big these dinosaurs really were.  There are two huge fiberglass “reconstructions” at the park just to give you an idea of how big these critters were…..everything’s bigger in Texas!  You know there are many theories as to why the dinosaurs became extinct…..there’s the asteroid theory, the volcanic theory, the ice age theory, diseases, or global warming.  I’ve got my own theory about what happened to the dinosaurs in Texas.  They were wiped out by a heat wave in August!

The park is home to many other modern day wildlife creatures such as wild turkey, white-tailed deer, coyotes, rabbits, snakes and lizards, just to name a few.  There is no shortage of things to see or do at the park…camping, picnicking, mountain biking, swimming, fishing, and wildlife observations.  We all had a great time taking advantage of the area sites and activities.

The boys will be in Indian Guides this fall…..this trip gave them a little taste of what’s in store once that begins.  It also gave us dads a little reminder as well; that there are fun times ahead, the years will go by quickly, and oh…..it’s HOT in Texas in August!

BACK TO SCHOOL

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Just another couple of weeks and the kids will be back in school!  Where has the summer gone?

With back to school, comes the clothes shopping.  Clothes are very expensive, and you want to make sure that your child will be able to wear them long enough for you to get your money’s worth out of them.  Something to keep in mind while buying clothes for the kids is their “livability”.  How sturdy are the clothes, will they be easy to clean, and can they be altered or repaired if necessary.

You want to avoid “special care” fabrics for kids if you can.  Cottons, twills, and synthetic fabrics are easier to deal with when it comes to kids.  They are easier to launder and keep looking fresh.

Here are some tips to keep in mind while shopping for clothing that will help you make the grade:

  • Read the care labels for special cleaning instructions.  You may not want to hassle with “hang dry” or “delicate” items for your children.
  • Check all the buttons, sliders, zippers and snaps on the garment prior to purchase to insure that all “moving parts” work properly.
  • Closely inspect the item for frayed or open seams, poor stitching, snags, tears or pilling.  These problems will only become worse with more wear and laundering.
  • Check hems to make sure that they haven’t been torn loose.
  • Check for make-up stains inside the neckline of blouses and jackets, and deodorant stains under the arms.

Of course, the favorite article of clothing for almost anyone at any age is the trusty blue jeans.  They are tough, typically easy to care for, comfortable, and go with anything.  Let me give you a few tips to care for your blue jeans and make them last as long as possible.

  • Don’t forget to pre-treat those grass and mud stains by pre-soaking to remove them prior to washing.
  • Dry clean your jeans – yes, that’s right, have them dry cleaned….it keeps them from fading and shrinking, and they will last twice as long.

By doing a little homework prior to shopping, you’ll be sure to pass the test!

*Don’t forget – Our Koalaty CARES! program donates 3% of your cleaning bill to your favorite school, school organization, or charity.  Be sure to let us know where we can make that donation for you!

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August 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm