Friday, October 3, 2014

31 Days of Boy Stuff: ROCKS!

I(I've accepted a 31 Day Writing Challenge.  Here is my Day One post explaining the challenge a bit more, plus it will link you to every post for the month.)
As I write, I know so many things I talk about will absolutely apply to girls, however, I only know boys.  Not only do I have boys, but I'm around boys all of the time.  In fact, in my day to day, I know of only one little girl that I'm around with any regularity (and she's just awesome)!  That being said, I just write about things that I deal with in my life living among a tribe of fellas.  I know much of what I write will apply to both genders and kids of many ages, though.

My guys LOVE field trips.  I mean, oh my goodness!  In fact with grandparents visiting this week we've been to several different places.  Today, we visited a cool local spot we had never checked out before.  

Jims, Gems and Gold 

Antsy to get started!
A few years ago on vacation to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, we took the boys to go pan for gems.  We had such a great time as we searched for treasures and gemstones.  We saved the rocks we found that day and take them out occasionally when discussing geology.  They were thrilled to learn of our destination this afternoon and couldn't wait to get started.

Ready to sift through the sand!
After a somewhat lengthy discussion from Jim #1 (there were two of them) about the various rocks, gems, and minerals he had to show us, it was finally time to find our own.  The bigger boys didn't need any help from Mom so I hung out with Jaxon.  He LOVED panning.  In fact, he was the very last kid shaking the sand from his frame.  You know kids and water....

Excited to be on a field trip!

"MOM! Look!"

Such concentration!

The extra benefit for us is that this trip and the classification of our new found treasures definitely counts as part of Zander's Cub Scout belt loop requirements and will help as Adisson works on Merit Badges.  This mama doesn't let scout stuff pass by without checking the handbook to see if requirements have been fulfilled.

Finding some great rocks!

Now, we've got all of these really beautiful rocks.  The boys used the chart at Jims to compare what was on display and what was found in their bags.  I know we've got a few pieces of pyrite and I think a couple pieces of amethyst (my birthstone).  Other than that, I'd have to look up each piece to determine what we scored. 

Some of our treasures!

Now the boys are begging for a rock tumbler.  I'd really like to have one as well, but it's a little disappointing that it's going to take us several weeks to have pretty, smooth, shiny stones.  I hope I can find a tumbler this weekend.  I'll keep you posted.  At the end of the day, however, it was fun to visit Jims, Gems and Gold and I know the boys enjoyed seeing all of the cool rocks.  They've already begun trading them with one another.  

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