Saturday, December 26, 2009

Amazing Race Birthday

For Marley's 10th birthday we decided to have an Amazing Race themed birthday party. We started out by sending Traveling Gnome invitations. The inside had the details on the party. And warned that if you were the "last team to arrive you may be eliminated!"

Nana made a gnome cake to go with the theme. I didn't get a picture, but Marley was wearing gnome earrings as well!

Once everyone arrived we had them draw out bandanna's to see which team they would be on and who their driver would be. Carrie drove the green team.

Rachel and Sami drove the white team.

Burk drove the pink team.

John drove the bandit boys!

Each team received 6 clues they could not read until them completed each task. To avoid having too many at one task we had them going in different directions. This also had them wondering what place they were in since they didn't know where anyone else was.

Our good friends at Twice Blessed, a consignment store helped with this task. I had specially marked shirts hidden within all the other clothes. They had to find the shirt to get the next clue.

The next task was to collect 10 non-perishable food items to be donated to the local food pantry.

One team collected ten can goods from local homes. One team collected 3 can goods and 7 sugar packets. One team went to IGA and bought 10 can goods. The last team went to the closest convenient store and bought potted meat! Yes, that was the boys team!

The next one was a food task. This was at a friends home. When the team arrived she brought out a tray of pig ears and pigs feet. She let them gross out a bit and then brought out what they really had to eat, which was a smoked sausage!

I was so excited about this next task!

One person from each team had to climb in a balloon! How cool is that! We did have one team that didn't want to do it. Yep, it was the boys!

The owner of The Balloon Closet helped them blow up the balloon and then told them how to get in it.

Once in they could bounce around!

Each team was equipped with a camera. It was very cold out the day of the party and is the reason we have no pictures of this next task.

They were to go to the park downtown and count benches. The drivers were instructed that if they counted twice and still didn't get the correct amount to just move on to the next task. I think maybe the drivers just stayed in the car!

Everyone had the same last task. I had hidden mini gnomes in our church's prayer garden. Since it was so cold we hid them where they could be found quickly.

From the Prayer Garden they had to make their way by foot to the pit stop, which was at the youth building at our church, where the last team could be eliminated.

Once they were checked in at the Pit Stop they received one of these candy bars.

Every received a Christmas ornament before they left!

This was such a fun party to plan. We got rave reviews from the girls! I think we might have to do it again. I was thinking that once they turn 16 it will have to end. We sure don't want them driving themselves! The competitive adult drivers were bad enough!
I had a lot of help from my parents, my sister and my friends. I couldn't have done it without them! Thanks to all of you!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Pine Car Derby

Hunter's Cub Scouts had their annual Pine Car Derby Race this weekend. Here are some of the fancy cars. Hunter's is the second from the left. The blue truck with metal on it. He was underweight so they had to add some. This was our first year and had no idea how fancy some of them got.

Here is the starting line. It is all computerized. The computer tells which car is running the quickest and what lane each car needs to race on on the next heat.

Here comes Hunter's blue truck in the lead on this heat.

Here is the finish line.

Fancy or not, Hunter got 3rd place in his den! It was quite exciting!

Here is Hunter with his friend Trey.

Nan and Pops were there for the victory! He is showing off his trophy.

We went for celebratory ice cream afterwards!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Love Those Firemen

This post is from last fall.
I went out to check on the kids climbing the tree. I heard someone talking to them. I looked a little closer...

The firemen were out checking their trucks. One of them thought the kids would like it if he swiveled the ladder around towards the tree. When I came out to take pictures he decided to lower it so...

the kids could be the only ones in our town to have their pictures made like this!

The fireman on the right even posed the kids putting the biggest to the smallest!

He posed them again on the front bumper.

What cute kiddos!

They got to sit the in seats that firemen ride in.

He took their picture with this heat sensor camera. If you look closely you can see their images. Pretty cool. He put his hand on the wall on the truck for a few seconds, then took it off and pointed the camera where his hand had been. You could tell where the heat of his hand was still on the truck.

We have the best firemen!

Movie Theater Tour

Hunter's Cub Scout group toured our movie theater. We were shown how they thread the film.
It goes into this thing below called a "brain." It plays and rewinds the movie at the same time.

It is threaded through the brain and then over to the projector. The light bulb they use is a 2000 watt bulb. After turning the projector off you can't open it up for 15-20 minutes or it will bust and sound like a shot gun.

The film plays from one of the platter and reloads on another.

This was a very interesting tour to go on.

Dumpster Diving

Marley is in Odyssey of the Mind this year. To keep their costs down they went searching for some free materials.
Of course Jenna has to be in the middle of it all!

Tricks and Treats

The day before Halloween the downtown business passed out candy. Marley invited her friend Avery to go with us.
We went by the Firetruck House. Jenna wasn't so sure of this person in the chair. Especially when it started to move!

Tori was passing out candy at her grandma's shop.

Tori is a hoot!

We came across Hunter's buddy Mia.

Little did we know until the next day that Marley and Hunter had gotten some tricks for Halloween. They had lice! We immediately started them on a mayonnaise treatment since we had that at home. We treated Jenna just in case.

Instead of Trick or Treating for Halloween, we went to my Nan and Pop's to roast hot dogs and marshmallows and get the real lice treatments!

Don't worry we didn't use kerosene on them!