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Camp Primo 2008

Camp Primo: Where cousins put Jesus first!

Here’s a sneak preview of this year’s camp. Soon, I’ll have on-the-scene photos and a full report of all the action! In the meantime, enjoy this slide show:

They were so excited to get started! Aren’t they cute in their Camp Primo shirts?

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 Well, my family finally got home from California. You can click “More Photos” under the scrolling photos on the side bar to your bottom right to see a sampling of the trip. Everyone had a wonderful time and it sounded and looked like loads of fun according to the pictures and the rosy red sunburnt faces and bodies. But the “ahhh…finally!” moments for me were Friday and Saturday nights. Nora spent the night on Friday and Lydia on Saturday. Hooray!

We took each girl to the playground and here are a couple of pictures to give you a flavor of all the fun.

However, grand-cuties notwithstanding, the most startling event of the weekend didn’t even relate to them. Here’s what happened:

I have started a 30 minutes per day walking regimen. So, on Friday night after Nora got to  our house, we took her and Charmin and went up to our local elementary school (Mtn. Rd Elementary where Jason attended when he was a little boy- how time flies!) While there, our car keys slipped off Darrell’s belt loop. We walked the path over and over, looking for those lost keys.  Finally, Darrell, Nora and I all stopped to pray. We asked God to take the blinders off our eyes and help us see those keys.

We decided to take another walk around the track and within two or three minutes, look what Darrell spied: 

                         

As the name of this blog states: God is certainly in the details of our lives! And thank goodness for the kindness of a stranger.

A final note: the next morning when Darrell went out to the car, he noticed one of Nora’s flip-flops on top of my car. He remembered putting them on the roof of the car while he was strapping Nora in her carseat at the playground. So, we got in the car and retraced our path of the previous evening and look what we found:

 

It did  have a tire tread mark on it- but other than that was in good shape! It was certainly a “seek and ye shall find” weekend in our household!!

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I’m Still Alive!

A couple of days ago I was listening to the radio and just as I pushed the button to switch to another station, I happened to hear the guy on the air say something about “voodoo.” Just some obscure reference to something innocuous like “voodoo economics” or whatever. As I turned the station, the person speaking on the next station said- “It was just like voodoo!”

Well, when was the last time you’ve heard two people say “voodoo” in unrelated conversations at practically the same time? Hmmm…a little odd.

Around that same time, Darrell and I went out to eat. Three times during our meal, I put my knife on the edge of plate when it was not in use. Three times, it CLATTERED off my plate, seemingly without even being touched. A few minutes later as we finished our meals, the waitress came to pick up our plates and silver- ware. She stacked everything neatly and walked away. As she got a couple of tables away from us, I heard a loud CLATTER…and sure enough, my knife had fallen off my plate again. What are the chances of that?

Yet another crazy thing: I’m waiting to turn out onto the main road. A commercial on the radio was announcing a phone number. I happened to look at the license plate on the car in front of me and it had the same 4 numbers in sequence as the phone number announced on the commercial. Kinda spooky, huh?

Well, all that said, today was a very happy day in our family! Amanda found out she is carrying a baby BOY! Darrell had already said that as much as we love and adore our two little princesses, it would be really nice to have a pirate– and Amanda and Les complied. Then, I began to think about an obscure word being used almost simultaneously on two different radio stations, a clattering knife and some random numbers. For some reason it made me think of Amanda’s two children and my two children. Let’s think about this, shall we?

My first child, that would be Amanda, was obedient, quiet, eager to please, loved to read, even-keel in her emotions, could play independently and never, ever gave us a minute of trouble. I used to feel sorry for parents who couldn’t manage their own children. “What is wrong with those parents?” I used to wonder.

Amanda has that same basic child in her first born. Every adjective I used to describe Amanda can absolutely be used to describe our cutie-pie, Lydia.

My second child, however, was a delightful blend of fun, non-stop movement, lots of noise, mischievous, didn’t think obedience was all it was rumored to be, crazy funny boy, boy, boy. We even got him a t-shirt when he was 2 (I don’t recommend this to parents) that said: “Master of Disaster!

So, I guess what I am wondering after observing unrelated incidences with words, knives and numbers improbably in synch; if Amanda and I could happen to be in synch with our easy-going girls and her soon to be born baby boy…Could it be???

I can’t wait to find out. Hang on to your hats, ‘cuz we’re gonna have fun!!  

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Our Family Christmas

We had a wonderful family Christmas at my sister, Sheila’s. Here is a picture or two of each person who got to celebrate together:

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Sheila gave Brandy/Nora and Amanda/Lydia matching “Mommy and Me” aprons and kids’ cookbooks.

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                    Jason was very excited about the mixer Darrell and I gave him!

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David was excited about both of the gifts we gave him. He loves the Discovery Channel video series called “Planet Earth.” (I do too!) But most of all, he loved the Barbie toy Darrell gave him (j/k.) Darrell and David have had a “Barbie” tradition since David’s 6th birthday when Darrell gave him a Barbie doll as a joke- plus some kind of foam ammunition toy gun. David and his friends who attended the 6th birthday party used Barbie as a target to play with that gun- and LOVED it! Ever since then, Darrell has creatively found a way to give David a Barbie toy at every holiday. David has turned the joke on Darrell a few times over the years, too!

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Amanda and Les….Amanda is about to open one of her favorite gifts: makeup and skin care from Skin Solutions.

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Darrell and Charmin. We brought Charmin with us so she could “celebrate” with the family. She was actually very good. Sheila has a tiny poodle named Bandit. Thankfully, the dogs get along very well.

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Sheila cooked a lot of yummy food for us. Here she is modeling the handmade “scarf-let” Amanda gave her.

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Lydia “got” the idea of opening Christmas presents…it’s fun! In both pictures she is holding pieces of the cutest fairy cottage Aunt Sheila gave her.

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Nora knew the Christmas gift routine well this year. You can see she is very serious!

We had a wonderful Christmas together. Just wanted to end with something you don’t see at everyone’s Christmas celebration:

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Sheila bought these for the guys. Don’t they look Christmas-y (heh-heh!)

Nora got into the act too:

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Well, at last, between family and ministry Christmas celebrations- other than taking down the tree and decorations- I’m looking forward to Christmas 2008 already!

 

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DH turned 52 this week. Wow! Here are a few pictures of the fun:

The Birthday Boy opening presents.

Yum, yum! Birthday cake and some presents, too! I actually made the cake from scratch. Here is a run down of the HIGH CALORIE/FAT ingredients in the cake and frostings: 4 sticks of butter, 3 cups of sugar, 3 cups of confectioners sugar, 4 oz. of sweet chocolate not to mention pecans, coconut and more! Like I said, Yum, Yum!!

 

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We recently visited the Center for Puppetry Arts in downtown Atlanta. It’s been forever since I’ve been there, even though I am so into puppet ministry and have directed teams for years and years.

It was really fun, professional and something I want to go to again, soon! We saw “Winnie-the-Pooh”which was done with a dark stage atmosphere in which puppeteers, dressed in black, were hidden from view. They brought their puppets into narrowly focused areas of light, causing them to look surprisingly life-like. Additionally, puppeteers used their own voices, live- and did a tremendous job! I thoroughly enjoyed their presentation.

One of the main reasons I wanted to see this specific show is our friend, Raymond Carr, was one of the puppeteers. He brought Christopher Robin and Rabbit to life in the program. He was awesome! Afterwards, Raymond took us on a backstage tour which was very fun and interesting. One thing I could tell is they had a place for every prop and puppet, which certainly contributed to the smoothness of the production.

Raymond is pictured second from the left. Click here and then scroll to page four to see more about Raymond.

Immediately after I flashed my camera to get this picture, an usher and his flashlight was completely in my face telling me to put down my camera. I didn’t know pictures couldn’t be taken- and the show was obviously over, for goodness sakes! Oh well. I’ll know next time.

We also went through the Jim Henson: Puppeteer exhibit which was very interesting, especially the video retrospect featuring some of Jim’s shows; showcasing his incredible creativity and groundbreaking family entertainment ideas. We also walked through the permanent exhibit, Puppets: The Power of Wonder. I remembered that sometimes people consider puppets to be kind of scary and weird- and some of these definitely were:

Look at the faces of my family in these shots:

You wouldn’t really think they were looking at this animatronic puppet, would you?

 

A surprisingly fun part of admittance to the Center is a “Create-A-Puppet Workshop.” Each one of us, from the adults in our group, right down to the little-bitty kids made a Winnie the Pooh (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) puppet. Here’s mine. He’s lovely isn’t he? I know you could tell right off the bat that he is Winnie-The-Pooh.

The fun part was that they had a one-level stage set up so you could perform “onstage” with your own puppet (like I would be doing that!!) But Nora and Lydia, who are already seasoned puppeteers, loved it! They were sooooo cute!

Anyway, I highly recommend the Center for Puppetry Arts. Raymond also said to not miss the upcoming show: Duke Ellington’s Cat. It is a blacklight puppetry show debuting on January 10, 2008. Let me know if you want to go!!

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