Solar Eclipse, 2017

On Monday, August 21, many of us gathered outside to watch the greatly anticipated eclipse. Some made eclipse-viewers out of cereal boxes and tinfoil; others laid out paper underneath the trees in order to see the crescent shadows that occur during an eclipse. One of our members discovered that a welding mask could be used to safely view this phenomenon without suffering eye damage. Although the weather in our area was partly cloudy, we still managed to have some good views. The welding mask passed around our little group; Oo‘s and Ah‘s filled the air as each person took a turn to view the sun.

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Gathered Together

 

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Using the Welding Mask

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The Eclipse

Crescent Shadows

Crescent Shadows

 


Losing our Marbles

Recently, we put our engineering skills to the test as we constructed marble towers out of cardboard, paper, and boxes. Creativity abounded as teams designed and crafted their various structures; no two were alike! Some teams built freestanding structures and others used chairs, tables, and walls to support their towers.

The Leaning Tower

The Leaning Tower

 

Where's the marble?

Where’s the marble?

 

Construction

Construction

 

More Tape!

More Tape!

 

Test run!

Test run!

 

 

 

 

 


Two Parties in One

This spring, we had our Annual Bake-Off. Each Family creates a dessert and an accompanying commercial, showcasing their tasty creations.  However, this year’s Bake-Off involved a twist. We combined it with a surprise anniversary party for two of our members, John and Margie, celebrating their twenty years of marriage. We still baked desserts, but instead of our videos advertising our food, each family made a video for Jon and Margie. Some families retold the story of Jon and Margie’s early life together and others described the impact John and Margie have made, including the joys that they bring to our life together. It was a wonderful night of fellowship, celebration, desserts, and games.

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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!