What uncommon things do we want to become common?

Things like:
our children having mutual love and respect for each other.
our teenage children having love, honor, respect and obedience for their parents.
us continually becoming better friends and lovers.
our family totally trusting God in all things and putting our faith in Him to fulfill his promises.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Steele's 12th Birthday Bash

By Creg
Micheal getting stuffed in the barrel
Steele decided to invite some friends over for his 12th birthday. What do a group of 10-12 year old's do for fun? They get in a 55 gallon barrel, put pillows all around them and have someone roll them down a hill. Steele had tried rolling in a barrel on a flat surface but he thought it would be fun to try going down a hill for his party. So, we moved a huge wrestling mat to cover a small hill with padding. Then we put some crates held up with cinder blocks under the end of the mat so the barrel wouldn't keep rolling to the neighbors.

Steele carrying the barrel up the hill for the next turn while the ladies watch.
Who wants to go first? Steele tried it first to make sure all of the safety features (the pillows) were in working order before his friends arrived. He said it was a wild ride with the chance of injury being very low. When the guys started getting here they all sprinted to the hill to go next. They took turns going down the hill for about 45 minutes.

After that we played a game called nuke-em . It's similar to volleyball except you catch the ball when it comes over the net and then either throw it back over or throw it to a teammate who then throws it over the net. The object is to try not to let the ball hit the ground on your side.

Chelsa leads Chris in the beginning of the airplane game.
The airplane game was next. The idea is to make them think they are really high in the air and then try and get them to jump. Their really only 4-6 inches off the ground. After blindfolding them Chelsa puts their hands on her shoulders and tells them to get ready for lift off. Samantha & I lift the board they're standing on just off the ground.

Noah finally "jumps" to safety.
As Chelsa continues to talk she squats down & keeps their hands on her shoulders which makes it seem like they are rising higher & higher. When Chelsa is as low as she can go everyone starts screaming, "You're to high, you have to jump." Steele had a small branch & at that point he brushed it on their head, making them think they were as high as a tree. All of them loved it and really thought they were 8-10 feet in the air. They all wanted to go again, even after they realized they were barely off the ground.

Later, we took a trip to the river & played on the raft for a little while. When we stopped playing long enough to realize we were hungry we started a campfire & roasted hotdogs with smores for dessert.

The grand finale was a fireworks show that we put on in the back pasture. Steele had saved some miscellaneous bottle rockets and such from the New Years celebration we had. Everybody had a great time and Steele asked, "Do we have to wait until next year to do this again?"

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