Friday, August 20, 2010

Back to Band and Back to School

It's an illusion around here that summer is time off for June, July AND August. School actually starts at the beginning of August...when it's hot, muggy, humid and just plain horrible weather. And because school starts so stinkin' early, that means band camp is at the end of July...when it's hot, muggy, humid and just plain horrible weather for being outside. Add in the fact that our band kids have to march on the asphalt parking lot AND the A/Cs in the school were not working yet, and you have a recipe for sweat, sweat and more sweat. Whew! It was an incredibly hot week!! Here's a few pictures of Ian's senior year of band camp....

Poor Tim's legs were the worst sunburn I'd seen in ages!

I love this shirt!

Our trumpets performing on the last day of camp. It was so hot they had to move the show into the gym.

Our WICKED show shirts!

And here are our annual First Day of School Pictures of Ian and Cole.

Cole is smack in the middle of Middle School...7th grade. He's doing well, so far, and seems to have fallen back into the routine easily...except for first thing in the morning when he just can't wake up! He says 'It's just TOOO early!' He's really excited about playing in the Pep Band for the football games this year. That means extra work for Blake & I.... I'll be photographing the High School Band's events on Friday nights, and then Blake will accompany the middle school band on Saturday mornings. So it's going to be a BUSY fall!! (Cole's band director, Mr. a old fraternity brother of Blake's. We keep trying to get Cole to call him 'Uncle Chris' since Chris is his daddy's 'brother', but Cole just doesn't see the humor in that!)

Ian is proud to be a senior! He's never been overly fond of school, but there actually seems to be a spring in his step, and a little more enthusiasm for life lately. He likes most of his classes, is enjoying band despite the challenges of the heat, has fully embraced the privilege of 'lording over the freshmen', and he has decided to try out for the Scholar Bowl Team. THAT's a first for Ian - to actually go for something voluntarily!! Wahoo! All in all - Ian is awesome. Let hope he continues to enjoy his senior year & has a blast. Wahoo for the class of 2011!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

YUCK Night 2010

Last night was the FBCLS U-Turn Student Ministry Yuck Night. This year the recent grads who are leaving the Youth were in charge of everything, and boy did they have some evil minds that came up with some horrible, revolting, disgusting, gross games.

The games started out with the simple but effective 'Hurricane' bucket of water toss relay. Everybody gets good & wet.

Then, the slimy, slippery crack the egg-into-a-cup. Some folks had a face-full, other's had partners with good aim.

Next, we make 'biscuits'....a plate full of flour with one M&M hidden in there somewhere. A big PUFF of air can be quite effective.

Now its time to get seriously groddy... bobbing for apples in baked beans.

Then we play 'Redneck Paintball'! Dip a marshmallow into the goo and throw it at another team's targetman. This quickly turned into a free-for-all food fight. There was green mayo, blue mashed potatoes, red spaghetti sauce, as well as those apples/baked beans flying every where!

Now for something DIFFERENT! Drink the 'radioactive goop'...which was tonic water and oyster juice. It really glowed under the black lights!!! It smelled HORRIBLE! But according to the kids 'didn't taste that bad.' Hmmm...I still think I'll pass on that refreshment.

How about a little mystery snack...fed to you by a blindfolded friend. (Chocolate pudding w/ oreos & gummys.) Messy, messy!

Finally - the most revolting, nasty smelling, putrid looking game of all...find the raisin in a diaper full of chocolate sauce & diced spam. THIS WAS AWFUL!!!!

After a cook-out, it was finally time to clean up via a babywash slip-n-slide. Wahoo!!!

Bless her heart, Katie has such a blissful look on her she's saying 'cleanse me, Lord, cleanse me!' hahahaha!!!

Events like these are proof that a bunch of teens can have a blast and still keep it 'clean'. No drugs, alcohol, dirty dancing, potty-mouths or high speed thrills were needed for our kids to have an memorable time together. I think that's just awesome! FBCLS U-Turn Student Ministry Rocks! Thank you, Danny & 2010 Seniors! And next year Ian will have the privilege of helping plan Yuck Night! *Bwhahahaha ~ Insert EVIL LAUGH!*