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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.

 


Fiddle Night 2014

Watching the fun.

Watching the fun.

Earlier this summer we kicked up our heels to some fiddle tunes. Several of the young people volunteered their time  to organize and practice the music and dances as well as deck the back lawn with lights. We all enjoyed joining in on various folk dances, listening to a few solo performances and eating apple crisp. Even the cat seemed to be having a good time. The beautiful evening came to a close too soon for some die-hard dancers.

Trying to stay in line.

Trying to stay in line.

Find a partner!

Find a partner!

Switch places!

Switch places!

A mouthful of the best apple crisp.

A mouthful of the best apple crisp.

Mia the Cat.

Mia the Cat.

The evening winds down.

The end of a beautiful evening.


Pumpkin Carving 2011

This year we had even more creative designs for our annual Pumpkin Carving night. The subject matter ranged even more dramatically this time, from the Chronicles of Narnia to a cup of cappuccino and even a pumpkin carving himself! Some even used a drill to make holes in the pumpkin, making a wintery snowflake effect. The night was filled with the fun of looking at each other’s designs, cleaning up messy pumpkin innards, and reveling in the ingenuity that accompanies every pumpkin carving night.

Our designs included a leaf, Snoopy fighting the Red Barron, the self-carving pumpkin, a cappuccino, an owl, a mushroom grove, Mr. Tumnus and Lucy from The Chronicles of Narnia, the names of two pet gerbils, another owl, the Lampost and Wardrobe from The Chronicles of  Narnia, and Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.

Wow, we have quite a diversity now!

You can use this template of Lucy and Mr. Tumnus from the Chronicles of Narnia for your own pumpkin!

You can use this template of Lucy and Mr. Tumnus from the Chronicles of Narnia for your own pumpkin! You can use a drill to make snow flakes as well.


Harvest Party 2009

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For this year’s Harvest Party our theme was fairytales. Everyone’s costumes were creatively made with this theme in mind. There were a few dwarves, a number of gingerbread men and babies, Captain Hook and even Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

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It was a fun night of games, skits, laughter, candy and fellowship together.

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Pumpkin Carving ’09

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As October comes to an end we have our annual Harvest Party. In preparation for the party we carve pumpkins a week before the event. The pumpkin designs are to match the Harvest Party theme. This year’s theme is Fairy Tales.

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The Big Bad Wolf

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History Night 2009

historynight-076Anticipation builds each year as October approaches because our community gathers for our annual History Night.  With a special meal, stories, pictures and sharing we remember God’s faithfulness through the years.

This year we explored our how our mission as a community has developed. Community is not simply a novel calling, but a fulfillment of the Kingdom Vision.  Our mission is to “live together in such a way as to experience and express the Kingdom of God”.  It was exciting to see how we implemented seeing our lives together as the mission of God. It was an inspiring time and left us excited about the journey we are on together.

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