Friday, March 11, 2011

Lock- In Fun!!

This year, I decided to do something crazy! My favorite thing about AWANA when I was in AWANA was our annual lock-in. We could stay up all night, and we got to say a bunch of sections. So, this year, I planned a lock-in for our AWANA kids!
We had some awesome worship services, handbook time, a mega relay, lots of snacks, game room time, manis and pedis, and a special visit from Mr. Budgy and Mrs. Judy. Their daughter and son-in-law are missionaries in Indonesia, so they presented a video to our kids about what it's like in Indonesia. They also gave each child a coin from Indonesia and a peice of durian candy. Now, i will say durian is a flavor that I feel everyone should experience at some point in their life. I've yet to sample it because I cannot get past the smell of natural gas.... I hear it tastes about the same... GROSS! Mr. Budgy even taught us a few Indonesian words!
The night was a lot of fun, but I was ready to see 8 a.m.!! I only managed to snap a few pictures of the evening, so here they are...

Our preacher's wife, Dawn, painting nails!

The boys playing a little basketball....

Mrs. Bradi painting more nails...

And now it's Mrs.Sarah's turn...

This was the only segment of the evening that I remembered to take pictures... hopefully I can gather a few more pictures of the night from some of the other adults!

Moor Door Decor- Spring Break Edition

I do actually have other things to blog about, but this is more fun... After spring break, I will blog about Disney!! For March, I wanted something springy, and I wanted to incorperate a little Disney into the door since I will be making magic at Disney World over spring break : )

I am in love with quotes these days... I find that most of the time other people can state think 10 times better than I can, so i have decided to just let them say it best. With that said, I try to let quotes inspire my door themes. For March, I found that easy. Walt Disney once said, "There is more treasure in a book than in all the pirate's loot on treasure island." I used this quote to inspire this little mural....

***i will be the first to admit that these ideas are much better in my head. i am inpatient, so i work quickly. this creates numerous flaws in the design compared to the image i pictured.....

This is a view of the entire door... Treasure Island

The inspiration...

Mickey in our ship... the kids named is U.S.S. Rice, but you can barely see that.

The tree on the island... poor tree. let's just say palm trees are not my specialty.

The treasure chest..... since Walt Disney says there is more treasure in books, the kids made jewels with their favorite book titles on them. So here you have a treasure chest of awesome books.  They had a lot of fun doing this.

A close up of the jewels.

Have a great spring break! I will make a little magic for everyone out there!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

More Door Decor - Mardi Gras Style :)

I think my favorite thing is decorating my door each month. For February, I left up my "Be Cool- Read" design until mid month. Somewhere between the flu and jury duty, I found time to get into the Mardi Gras spirit. Here are a few pictures of the "Lassiz le Bon Temps Rouler with a good book" door.

This is a view of the entire door -- masks, beads, festive colors, boa looking border.

A close up of the sign.... in case you do not know,
 "laissez le bon temps rouler" means "let the good times roll."

A close up of the border... I thought the polka dot resembled Mardi Gras beads.

I also had a banner in the hall from Oriental Trading that said, "Happy Mardi Gras: WCES 5th Grade."

After enjoying a parade at school, a month of King Cake, and a two day vacation from school, it's back to the real world. Mardi Gras holiday is officially over. Today is Ash Wednesday. Lent starts today, which is a time of sacrifice. Even though I am not Catholic, I think I will be taking part in Lent. Giving up something you really want for 40 days seems like it could lead to a lot of good. Now I need to quickly decide what I will be sacrificing during Lent.