Summer of 2016

We spent almost every Celebration Night by the pool this summer–swimming, grilling, and playing badminton. The weather was beautiful (only a few rainy weekends) and the mosquitoes were fairly well-behaved. Or biggest accomplishment  was finessing our Marco Polo skills: an addicting game when played “silently”. Speed and stealth became a necessity!

 

Waiting for burgers...

Waiting for burgers…

Assembling the burgers.

Assembling the burgers.

Enjoying the water.

Enjoying the water.

Badminton.

Badminton.

Mia the Cat.
Mia the Cat.

 


Minute to Win It

Recently, we had so much fun playing Minute to Win It. Some of the challenges included moving skittles and ping-pong balls with only a spoon or straw in your mouth and moving a cookie from your eye to your mouth with only your facial muscles!


Pumpkins and Christmas Concert

Every fall we enjoy carving pumpkins and every Christmas we love making the music of the season:


Harvest Party 2015

Fellowship and Food

Food and Fellowship

Every fall we celebrate the season with our “Harvest Party.” We vote on a theme such as “Western”, “Sci-Fi”, “All Things UK,” etc. This year we picked American history (just between 1900-1945) and broke up into teams to decorate our meeting hall accordingly. For a couple of weeks everyone was busy decorating, making costumes, and making up skits for the evenings entertainment. Take a look at the costumes and fun below!

Cotton candy!

Cotton candy!

 

"Newsies" hit the streets

“Newsies” hit the streets.

 

Great advances in the medical field!

Great advances in the medical field!

 

"Hear! Hear!"

“Hear! Hear!”

 

Vote for Cool Cal.

Vote for Cool Cal.

Good thing this family has a nurse to look after them...

Good thing this family has a nurse to look after them…

Pepsi Girl and Gertrude Ederle "Queen of the Waves".

Pepsi Girl and Gertrude Ederle, “Queen of the Waves”.

 

The entertainment begins

The entertainment begins…

Alien looking for the Grey Poupon

Alien looking for the Grey Poupon.

 




20th Anniversary

Ready and waiting.

Ready and waiting.

This summer we had a lot of fun planning a surprise party celebrating the 20 years of Bret and Gretchen’s marriage. We secretly prepared decorations, bought gifts, and invited family from out of state, anxiously hoping Bret and Gretchen weren’t catching wind of our surreptitious operations! Our covert efforts paid off when they walked through the door, mouths agape. The evening went by quickly as we ate, played games and and shared how their friendship has been meaningful to each of us. Take a look at some of the highlights of the evening:

Surprise!

Surprise!

A royal couple.

A royal couple.

The entertainment.

The entertainment.

Ready for action: the games begin.

Ready for action: the games begin.

Twenty years later.

Twenty years later.

A royal kiss.

A royal kiss.

 

 

 

 

 


Poolside Fun

Demonstrating cooking skills.

Demonstrating cooking skills.

Come summer, the pool deck is our go-to hangout spot on Friday nights. We all look forward to the leisurely dinners (lots of grilling!), relaxing in the water and just having a couple of hours to chit-chat about how our week went. Some of us can spend all night in the water while others prefer to stay dry and simply watch the water antics. Just because you’re not in the water, however, doesn’t guarantee you won’t get wet!

Fun in the water.

Fun in the water.

Watching the fun in the water.

Watching the fun in the water.

Watch out!

Watch out!

 

 

 


Miniature Home

 

A Pool Made with Hair Gel

A Pool Filled with Hair Gel


One of our favorite past times is “construction nights”—those Celebration Nights we set aside to build something together for fun. Over the years, we’ve made miniature catapults, bridges, and vehicles. Recently we were inspired to make a model of our home out of cardboard, tubes, toothpicks, and an assortment of materials from the great outdoors. At first the task was daunting, but with team work and some creative thinking (like hair gel for the pool), we pulled it off! Take a look at the process below. 

Time for a swim!

Time for a swim!


Adding the details.

Adding the details.

 

Let's put it all together.

Let’s put it all together.


Carefully...

Carefully…

 

Surveying the finished product.

Surveying the finished product.

Very pleased with the results.

Very pleased with the results.

 

Cute cabins and playground.

Cute cabins and playground.

We're finished!

We’re finished!

 



Valentine’s Cards

This Valentine’s Day weekend we continued a tradition of making cards that expressed our love and appreciation for each other. We each picked a name from a bowl and dove in to an assortment of card stock, paper, markers and more. Each one came up with a fun and unique design for their Valentine. The next morning, we showed off our cards for everyone else to enjoy.

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Smash Brothers Showdown!

Let the smashing begin!

Let the smashing begin!

For one of our celebration nights this New Year we started off with a little friendly competition. We gathered up our game consoles, split into two teams, and pulled out Nintendo’s Smash Brothers. Some of us already had plenty of practice at this sport, while others were being introduced to the characters’ names for the first time. But the rules were simple enough for the amateurs amongst us: try to beat the other character on the screen before he beats you! Our two teams’ top two winners faced-off at the very end for a final round of smashing that kept the onlookers poised on their seats.

Dad is helping out.

Dad is helping out.

Team #1

Team #1

 

Team #2

Team #2

Our commentator for the final round.

Our commentator for the final round.

 

 

 

 

 


Balloon Powered Vehicles

 

Dual Balloon vehicle--powered by father and daughter!

A dual ballon-powered vehicle.

Every so many months, our fellowship enjoys the challenge and fun of building something new. This past month, we attempted balloon-powered vehicles! Each team designed and built their own vehicle with an array of cartons, lids, straws, tubes, and other odds and ends. Everyone had different ideas about getting the most mileage out of their balloons. After an hour or so of construction, we lined up our wheels and let them fly. The surprising results were not only fun but also instructive reminders on some of the basic principles of physics.

How exactly does this work?

How exactly does this work?

Preparing to launch.

Preparing to launch.

Let it fly!

Let it fly!

The elation of success.

The elation of near success.

Disappointing results...

Disappointing results…

We can fix this.

We can fix this.