|We've had a very busy and fun time for the end of the Daisy year for Journey and her Daisy Girl Scout friends. Saturday was the Bridging Ceremony, put on by two Junior troops. The Juniors did a fabulous job of putting it together! Everything was decorated beautifully, and there were so many treats and refreshments to choose from! They also group ordered pizzas, which we could pay for if we wanted one (only $6 a pizza, which is a steal, considering when I buy Papa John's pizzas for birthday parties for the kids, the pizzas cost me somewhere around $10 a pizza. Our troop bought four to share), so there was plenty to eat there. The ceremony was beautiful! The Juniors decorated a bridge (like a small brook garden bridge...not sure where they got it, but it was adorable) with paper flowers and butterflies. The girls then gathered, bridging Daisies and non-bridging Brownies, to welcome the new Brownies that were coming. Each girl was called one by one to "cross the bridge" from being a Daisy into becoming a Brownie and meet the non-bridging Brownies on the other side. (I'm sorry, I'm tearing up just remembering it!). I took a lot of pictures, not very good ones, because my camera doesn't capture movement very well. The ceremony continued with bridging Brownies and non-bridging Juniors, and bridging Juniors and non-bridging Cadets. Everyone was invited at the end of the Juniors bridging into Cadets to take a huge group photo of all the girls in uniform, which is something that doesn't happen very often. We then had the girls at the end of the ceremony gather on the bridge and take a picture of all of them together. Only one of our girls was missing that night, but it was good to get a group picture of the 8 of them together. It was a beautiful night, very touching, and Journey earned her membership pin for completing one year of being a Girl Scout, and her bridging rainbow patch, which is her first patch for her Brownie vest when she gets it.
The next day, Sunday, was the troop Build-A-Bear party. I promised Journey she would be allowed to pick the bear and outfit of her choosing, not of any influence of me, to her liking. This was her gift that she earned, she should be able to choose whatever bear she wanted (within reason of price; we wanted to make sure the girls all stayed around $35 a piece.) and whatever outfit (within reason) she wanted as well. She did a great job! She picked a brightly colored teddy, named her "Rainbow Sunshine", and got her a beautiful little sparkly spring dress. She also got the bear some underpants, to keep modest. Jenn found that hilarious, that bears could need underpants to begin with. We all shared a good laugh about it! We were only missing one girl at the Build-A-Bear party, so I took pictures of each girl and their bear and the process as well, and a group photo at the end. After that, we headed up to Mrs. Field's and got each girl a cookie as a special after treat. It was a fantastic day, Journey was so happy to spend the weekend with her Girl Scout sisters, as she calls them. The only dent in the day was that on the way home from Build-A-Bear, Jenn was giving us a ride in her new van to get back home, and Journey got car sick. I felt terrible, both for the fact that it was in Jenn's new van, and also because it put a sad note into the day that was supposed to be full of happiness. Journey shrugged it off though like a champ, and we continued on with our day, which was also meeting a friend and her two kids for dinner, and then going grocery shopping for the week. All in all, we had a great mommy/daughter day. I was thrilled to get that opportunity with her.
Today was the last Daisy meeting of the year. At the end of the month last month, I had the parents chip in $4 a piece so we could buy a photo book for Jenn, and I bought her daisies for each girl to give her a stem of daisies each.I gave her one of the vases that I didn't need anymore for them, and also one of the moms bought daisy ribbon to tie around the vase. Jenn was very surprised and thrilled for her gifts, and I was very glad to present them to her. The girls got to have a fun little meeting, and got to sign their names on a little metal bucket that holds some sidewalk chalk and bubbles. Jenn also got me a Girl Scouts tote bag that I can sew my own personal patches onto (I have 3! Isn't that crazy?! I'm only a Girl Scout volunteer and I get patches!), and will hopefully come in handy next year when I plan to co-lead a Brownie troop with my girls in it.
I will miss Daisies very much. It always gave me something to look forward to on Mondays, It was a joy to be a volunteer for the troop this year, I was so glad I got to get to know the girls better and spend some time with them. I'm going to miss having them all together. The good news though is that I may get to see up to 5, if not all 6 of my bridging Brownies girls next year when I co-lead the troop. That would make me very happy!
I asked Journey if she was sad that Daisies meeting were over, and she said no. "It's not really over Momma," she said. "I'll still get to see my Girl Scout Sisters, and we'll always be Girl Scout Sisters."
*tear* I love that little girl.