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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

It's That Time of Year!

Time for VBS!!!

Every year we encourage people to pre-register their children so that they can be assigned to groups and we know how to plan for them. Yet every year it seemed there would only be a handful of people who would pre-register, and massive lines on the first morning of VBS would frustrate everyone.

So last year I rounded up a couple of friends and their children, and we made a video to encourage as many people as possible to pre-register. The video was a hit, and it worked amazingly well!

This year they're using it again. Even though we don't attend the church anymore, it's my hope that the video will encourage you to pre-register your children at whatever VBS you attend!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

When in Rome....

We know nearly nothing about fishing. However, fishing is very popular around here. Everyone seems to love it.

When the town where M. works offered a fishing derby for children under 12, we decided it was time to get with the program and learn a little about fishing so that we could attempt to blend in with the natives here. For months the boys have wanted go fishing, and they were excitedly counting down the days this week until they could go fish with Dad.

This week we met M. after work and headed to the park for the fishing derby. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was happily surprised by their presentation.

10-12 gentlemen from the community took nearly 60 small children (most of them 8 and under) and held their attention for 90 minutes. They were well-organized, knowledgeable, and clearly loved fishing and teaching children about fishing.

Our first stations taught the boys about different lures for area fish. The kids also learned two common and simple knots to use on their lines. One of their favorite stations was the bait station. The boys got to see and touch crawdads, night crawlers, minnows, and even leeches! They were in little-boy heaven and did NOT want to leave this station!

These giant hooks and thin ropes were perfect for small fingers practicing unfamiliar knots.

The casting station was one of the boys' favorites. Each child had a rod with a weight on the end. The teachers had placed giant fishy targets in the grass, and the children were to aim for the targets and try to get their weights to attach to them.

Braden helped Brogan learn how to cast. He did a wonderful job. He was very patient and did an excellent job of explaining the hows and whys without being bossy.

Soon Brogan had the motion down and was casting all by himself.

M. helped Colson, who caught on rather quickly. It was fun watching the boys' personalities come out during this station. Brogan was sort of a minimalist, using small, thoughtful motions. Colson - well, Colson threw his whole body into the cast:

At the end of the night, each child was given their own rod and reel and a tackle box with the basics inside! This week we're off to get licenses and try out their new gear!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A La Peanut Butter Sanwiches!

Colson surprised us last night with a magic trick after dinner.

He did such a great job that we had him re-create it for M. when he got home.

Here now, for your viewing pleasure, is The Amazing Colson!

Friday, May 22, 2009

I Think I've Found My New Theme Song.

For a long time it was Weird Al Yankovic's "White and Nerdy." But I think I'm switching to this.

How can you listen to this song and not want to dance?!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

It's Been One of Those Days.


Saturday, May 09, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!