Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Dreaded Pinewood Derby

Ryan's first Pinewood Derby has come and gone. When my dad was here in December he helped us a little with the shaping and painting of the car, but we know that winning is all in the wheels. So, he offered to bring it to Alaska with him and he'd do the wheels and send it back to us before the race. It just felt a little to much like cheating, so Ryan and I did the wheels ourselves...and I guess they could have used some help.

I have to admit, we don't love the Pinewood Derby. We used to dread it. Now we have just learned to prepare our kids for the worst and if they don't totally come in last place, we are all pleasantly surprised! Ryan got an award for good sportsmanship and I couldn't be more proud. You could say that is like telling a fat person that they have such a pretty face or like telling an uncoordinated athelete that they have such potential, but we take it as a compliment!

Ryan was happy to cheer on his friend that got 2nd place and told him that he was still a winner to him.


Logan St Journal said...
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Logan St Journal said...

Yay! I am so happy to have found your blog. Now I can keep up with what doing on at your zoo Don't feel too bad about the pine wood derby. We got last place in all our races and received no reward for being the biggest losers...that bites!

marcikay said...

I have a little buddy in my ward (from my old primary class) who was the scandal of the pinewood derby, because they bought his car off ebay.. and he won everything! (the other boys were having FITS the next Sunday) So, having your dad help doesn't seem bad to me at all! And now I'm back in cub scouts.. I'm sure this same kid will buy another car.. Can't wait to see how that turns out!

jhoopes said...

Funny! We are making Jake's on Saturday and the derby is on Wednesday. I think we will also prepare Jake for the worst and then if he does better than last, it will be fun! Somebody has to come in last, I know our family could handle it. :)

Cathy said...

I'm am laughing so hard - it's like telling a fat person that they have a pretty face.....I'm dieing! You are a crack up!

Pinewood Derby rocks!