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Small-Group Bonfire

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The week before last our small-group had a bonfire at the Hawkin’s instead of the usual go to small-group at the Suber’s thing. We had a great time roasting marshmallows and drinking hot coco. After we each had had our fill of S’mores, the kids began a game of Man Hunt. It was in this game that the night’s funniest moment was created.

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I had finally captured Reagan, who is the fastest and least captured one of us all, and was victoriously marching him back to our “prison” which was an old dog pen. As I told my tale on how I captured him (waiting patiently in some bushes covered by darkness) we began to make plans to capture Sydney, who was the only person left. Just as we were speaking Sydney crept behind the trees and bushes on the Hawkin’s property line and appeared at the back of the pen, which I was presently yelling at Haydn to guard because Sydney could get there, that’s when I saw her there tagging our prisoners free.

As our prisoners flew out of their cage, with their guards right behind them, I sighed in despair that I would have to go to the weary task of catching Reagan, again. I looked over at Sydney and was surprised that she was not running off with everyone else. She slumped over the fence and gasped, “I’m tired, just tag me.” I walked across the now empty prison and tagged her. Not wanting to walk around, Sydney gave an effort to climb over the stomach high fence. I quickly began to assist her. I got her over the fence, just not off. On her way over a strap on Sydney’s left boot got very well woven into a broken part of the fence.

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I set her on the ground and tried to set her free. It was dark so I could not see anything. Reagan came up and tried, then Haydn tried helping him, then Skyline came over, but it was no use. She was stuck and stuck good. Reagan told me to go get a camera so I ran to where the adults were and got my Mom’s phone. After a few more minutes of trying Sydney began telling us to go get her Dad, which we did. Mr. Amos came running over and when he reached the first thing he said was, “Sydney? Is your boot okay?” We all laughed at this. Luckily he was able to get her off the ground and, with help from the light of the phone, was able to get Sydney’s foot out of her boot and then the boot off of the fence.

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Her boot was damaged, but Sydney was still in-tack. We all walked over to the adults, showed them the pictures, told them the story, and then packed up to leave. Below are some photos I took as everyone was leaving.

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Sydney

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Reagan

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Ethan

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Me, Ethan, Hannah

AWANA Grand Pre 2012

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A couple years ago my Church ran a program called AWANA. Every Wensday night we would go to our church to play games, recite Bible verses, worship, and hang out with friends. Every Spring there was an AWANA Grand Pre, where kids could make cars and then race them. Three medals were given to the three fastest cars in each group and for the three with the best design. Below are photos of the AWANA Grand Pre of 2012.

Heidi won Bronze in best design.

Heidi won Bronze in best design

Clubbers

Breanne, Mckenzi, and Caroline

Heidi's Car

Heidi’s Car

 

Mckenzi's Car

Mckenzi’s Car

Breanne's Car

Breanne’s Car

Look Up Lodge – Day 4

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Day 4 was our last day at camp. 😦 After breakfast we went to chapel. I took a picture  of Rachel before the lights dimmed, and then shot a couple pics of Look Up Lodge’s heroes: Hugle Hugle, Quincy Quick Draw, Pirate Dave, and Sir Hector.

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It was over all to soon and we began the long walk back to our cabins. There were lots of hugs and sad farewells along with last minute shirt signing. With that we grabbed our stuff, loaded up the car, and drove away.

Look Up Lodge – Day 3

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Day 3 was our last full day at camp. We had breakfast and went to Chapel before we began the activity that took up a good bit of my Day 3 photos. Mom said that we were to meet our summer staffers at the Canteen, so that’s where we went. While we waited for our summer staffers to arrive everyone began to look for money that might have fallen through the cracks of the Canteen porch. A couple of kids found a quarter each.

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In this activity our summer staffers, Jonathan and Lauren, taught us more about Psalm 23. We pretended that Lauren was the shepherd and the campers were the sheep.

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With that sorted out, we began a very long hike to the top of a large hill where we would be able to interact with real sheep.

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When we returned to our cabins it was free time, so everyone changed out of their clothes and into their swimsuits. I, once again, did not take any photos during free time. After free time we had dinner and then headed off to chapel. I believe all of the girls in our cabin took the nature trail to chapel.

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I believe that was the first time we had taken the nature trail and arrived at Chapel early. We were so excited when the Black team was called in first, we got front row seats! Overjoyed I began taking photos. I shall post some of the blurry ones, for they captured some of the funniest moments.

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Jonathan took my camera and, after figuring out how to work it, he took some photos and a video. (FYI-The girl with the blonde hair is not Lauren.)

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Since we were in the front row, I took the chance and recored a lot of the skits. You may be wondering why I recorded so much footage at camp. The answer is simple: I am making a movie. I have all ready completed the trailer and will gladly send you it if you wish to see it. Just tell me you want a copy at tristensthomas@gmail.com .

Look Up Lodge – Day 2

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Despite how late we stayed up, Room 8 was up before breakfast. After hearing that it would be awhile until it was our turn to have breakfast, the Room 8 Roommates went down to the lake where I took two Where’s the Leave photos.

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Where's the Leaf?

With time to spare we decided to walk half of the nature trail. We stopped at the swing, which was closed at the time, and I began to organize everyone for a photo. Right when they were about perfect the breakfast bell rang, so the photo below isn’t as organized as it could have been.

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In line for breakfast, I gave Mia my camera and she took two pictures of Haydn and I. FYI, I do not actually lick Haydn, that second photo is a crazy one.

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Crazy Photo

I did not take any photos during the afternoon, just a bunch of videos that WordPress will not let me post. I did take a couple photos of us hanging out in our cabin, during the end of free time.

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Mia and Rachel

Rachel and Ally

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When Mom told us that it was about dinner time I began to brush and braid my hair. When I finished one braid I paused and stepped away from the mirror to add something to a conversation. Then Ansley asked if I was going to dinner with my hair half braided. I began to act like I was but soon stopped and began to say that I was not, but Mom cut me off and said that I could. It only took a few seconds for all the Room 8 Roommates to decide that we would all wear our hair half and half. Basically all I heard, for the next few minutes, were girls chanting requests for me to braid their hair. We finished just in time and had a lot of fun acting like we were completely normal. I was rather surprised that not that many people looked at us really weird, let alone ask us if we knew our hair was half and half.

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That was pretty much the end of day two. Stay tuned for my next post!

Look Up Lodge – Day 1

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Despite how little I slept I was up bright and early Wensday morning. Since Mom and Dad were counselors we were requested to arrive on sight early, which meant 12:00 o’clock. (The other campers were not supposed to arrive until like 2:15.) Since the drive is about 30 mins. we arrived according to the schedule.

We had Room 8 this year, which I believe is the same room I had in 2011. We unpacked, walked around, received our bands (Which tell you what team you are on. We were on the black team.), and tidied up our room. Then the girls, that would become known as the Room 8 Roommates, began to arrive.Ansa Unpacking

Ansa Unpacking

Ansa in Front of Room 8

Ansa in Front of Room 8

We spent about two hours at the ball courts, at least everyone but us. The Room 8 Roommates were very hot so we went back to our room and hung out there. When everyone else returned we split up into our different colors groups. I took a photo of the Room 8 Roommates (I accidentally forgot about Ally D., so she is not in that photo.) and then a one of the Black Team.

Ansa Reading the L.U.L Map

Ansa Reading the L.U.L Map

Black Team

Black Team

Room 8 Roomates

  Room 8 Roomates

The Black team went to a semi hidden room and played Ghost in the Graveyard. (One person is picked to be the ghost while everyone else lays on the ground. The ghost goes around and tries to make you laugh. If you laugh you become a ghost. Ghosts can not touch the other people.) I smiled a lot in the 1st round but by round two I had it down. Near the end of round two there was a large group of ghosts trying to make me laugh. How did I do it? 1: Thought of things that make me sad. 2: Was determined not to become a ghost for I am not funny. 3: Thought of why what they did was not funny, even if what I came up with was not true. 4: Thought of it as practicing my acting skills.

We went back to the ball courts for about 30 mins. and I spent the time playing Gaga Ball. That time quickly passed and before I knew it I found myself in line for dinner. After we ate we returned to our cabins, gathered our stuff to bring to Chapel, took the nature trail to Chapel, attended Chapel, came back, did after Chapel devotions, went to the canteen, returned to our cabins, and went to bed. I fell asleep around 2:30.

How it Happened

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Every summer my church takes a group of rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to a camp known as Look Up Lodge. My sister, Ansa, was old enough to go this year but every time the subject was brought up she would burst into tears. Finally Mom said that she would go as Ansa’s counselor. Then Haydn wanted Dad to be his counselor since Mom was going to be Ansa’s. So, it was either I was going to stay home alone for four days or go to camp with them. I went to camp.

I have been to Look Up Lodge before, as a rising 4th and 5th grader in 2010 and 2011. L.U.L quickly became my favorite camp. In summer of 2012 I became downcast at the reminder that I was too old to go back. So when I heard I was going this summer you can imagine how happy I was. I didn’t realize how happy I was until the night before the day we left.

Asleep I was from 10:00 to 11:00 p.m., until I woke up. I was tired, but no matter how hard I tried I could not fall back asleep. I read books, played a couple rounds of solitaire (I failed every round), gathered a couple more things to pack in the morning, opened my new flashlight and put the batteries in, etc. I was back in bed soon after I discovered that walking around was not helping.

Why could I not fall asleep? Well for one, I was very excited. Even though I did not feel excited I was on the inside and when I’m excited I can not sleep. Two, I was hungry. Very hungry, and I can not sleep when I am hungry. I began to debate if I should eat one of the roll ups in my secret candy stash. For little while I didn’t, for I thought the sugar would rouse me even more. Finally, at 3:30 a.m, I slid out of bed, fetched the roll up, ate it, and fell asleep before the taste was washed off my taste buds.