Monthly Archives: May 2007

Western VBS Ideas

My cohort in this VBS thing & I were trying to think of fun names to call our groups & stations this year at VBS. Seeing as how Group is doing a cowboy ranch theme this year, I know there are many looking for the same thing. After googling around, didn’t find as much out there as I’d hoped. Those who are looking for ideas to get the creative juices flowing, here’s a few. (I’ve never posted to be “googled” before. We’ll see if this really helps those looking out there in cyberland.) This is the post I was looking for from someone else last night…


Station Names =

Opening: The Open Corral (I think that’s how you spell it)
Verse Time: Triple T’s Rodeo (Triple T is the lady who’s leading that station. You can name it for whoever… One-Shot Wayne’s or Harmonica Hannah’s, etc.)
Activity Time: The “Fundango” (a fandango is a fun evening where the cowboys get some r&r)
Other VBSs are calling the game time “Horseplay“, but our activity station is more structured & not always games, so inviting too much craziness to call it “horseplay”.
Closing:Sheriff’s Round-Up”
Snacks: The Chuck Wagon (person handing them out = “Cookie” or Russell Upsomegrub)

Group Names =
As far as group names, we have each group & their leader wearing a different colored bandanna.

The little guys’ group can have the green ones & be the “Galloping Greenhorns

The white ones could be used for any extra hands – “The Law“, like those wearing white hats are the law people. That would be for those who are volunteering for the extra jobs, those at the registration table, opening time, etc.
Or, the white group could be the “Silver Stampede
Blue = “Buckin’ Blue Broncos” or the “Blue Buckaroos
Red = “Red Wranglers
Orange = “Happy Trailblazers” or the “Blazin’ Saddles
Yellow = “Gold Miners” (they could talk about seeking Heaven – streets of
gold, & God’s Word being more precious than gold & we seek that, etc.)
Purple = “The Purple Posse
Black = “The Black Stallions

To keep things simple, we have decided for our VBS, we will probably just call each group the “Red Posse”, “Blue Posse”, etc.

Look, Ma, What I Can Do!

“Look, Mom! I’ve been reading so much I learned your trick – pinkie & thumb in front, three in back. It’s easy!” – Callie, this morning.


Three of the four kitties opened their eyes over the long weekend. Gives them a whole new look. (see Flickr) One apparently doesn’t want to face the world yet.

We figured out the iMovie machine! VBS slideshow is almost complete. My eyes started going buggy though; had to quit for a while. Plus Keith had to take the Mac back to school. But we figured it out.:) Cool tool! Very useful.

We Remember

See a wordless tribute to our fallen here.

For our children, today we tell you of a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice for your freedom – Milton J. W. He was your Grandpa W’s uncle. That makes him your great-great uncle.

He was a strong & handsome 23 years old when he enlisted in the Army on April 24, 1941. Over the next three years, he was stationed in Northern Ireland, North Africa, and then Italy. On July 1st, 1944 Staff Sgt. W volunteered, being responsible for the safety of the men under him, to disarm a mine that one of his soldiers had discovered. It was a booby trap mine & took his life instantly. Milton W was buried in the American Cemetery at Follonica, Italy on July 8th, 1944. After consulting with her children, Milton’s mother chose to accept the government’s offer to bring Milton home & on March 2, 1949, Milton’s body was brought home to Albert Lea, MN. His grave marker can be seen today next to those of his parents.

Milton W shows us what loyalty, responsibility, & courage looks like. He loved this country enough to give his life for the rest of us to live in freedom. Our family honors his sacrifice & those of so many like him today.

Thank you, Uncle Richard, for collecting the story so we can tell the next generation about our family heroes. We will never forget! Here’s Milton with Grandpa & Uncle Richard…


A special prayer & thank you this Memorial Day to SFC Mark Swedeen in Iraq. Denise & boys, how can I say thank you enough for these months of your sacrifice as well? You all are in our thoughts & prayers often throughout these days.

Another thank you goes out to a “little boy” I babysat all through high school who is also now serving in Iraq, Brian Kentosh. Our thoughts & prayers are with the whole Kentosh family. Thank you for serving, Brian, so we can be free!!

America will only be the land of the free so long as it is the home of the Brave. You are our heroes!


Widgetized & Blinkified

Played around with the ol’ blog tonight while Keith & Nate watched another installment of Lord of the Rings. That’s a Father-Son thing they do one Saturday night a month.

Like all the changes? Classy, huh? Huh?


Don’t worry. I won’t keep them!


Hello, I’m a Marvel…and I’m a DC.


Look what Keith brought home!!!! The school got it for him to work on movies & broadcasts next year. He is a very happy guy. This weekend, we are working on learning all about iMovies. First up: last year’s VBS & yesterday’s 4th grade field trip. It’s a whole new world!

School Year Twilight; Summer Dawning!!

Keith & Nate are off to the Ohio Village today with all the fourth graders to see how Victorian era Ohioans lived. The kids & I were going to join them per Keith’s request (not as a chaperon, just for fun) but remembered little ones were not really invited on these kinds of trips & are frowned upon even if I’m not responsible for other children. Understandable. We’ll look forward to their return & stories about it tonight.


Last night, Nate had his recorder concert. There’s nothing like the sound of 100 or so recorders being played simultaneously by variously skilled fourth graders. Nate is doing so well on that thing; we are thinking the saxophone would be a good wind instrument for him to give a go on this summer. The fingering is basically the same as the recorder & he loves that so much. Should make for an easy transition.

Callie is down to just a few lessons left in Kindergarten & boy is she excited! She wants to cram the last lessons all in at one sitting & be done. I told her we will take the next two weeks to finish up! She is really looking forward to having more subjects next year as a first grader. This year was a bit of a disappointment for her in that they didn’t have science, art, or music lessons. She is going to love first grade.

We told Nate the plans for him being home-schooled next year on Monday night. He is very excited about it! He has really enjoyed the last two years at school with Daddy, but loves the k-12 curriculum on line. I can’t wait to see the fifth grade materials. I’m sure it will be excellent. We are all (except maybe Anders) going to be like kids on Christmas when all those school packages arrive with the kids’ materials come August. As I think about it, Anders will love the bubble wrap.:)

Until then, we set our minds on thoroughly enjoying a summer full of sunshine, VBS, family trips, & clicking off some of the home-maintenance list. As far as trips go, we have scheduled go to MN to visit family there & then head on to Yellowstone this year. On top of that, Nate & I will be going to DC for a week. The home-maintenance list this year includes the usual yard work, reorganizing the garage, etc. The add-ons for this summer are to get the kids’ bedrooms redone, try to get the north yard under control, & move some trees. I think we’ll be lucky to get that all done. Keith has classes, etc. going on through most of the summer, so I don’t want to make the list too long. I’ve got enough on my personal list in the way of “spring cleaning” to keep me busy all summer long. It’s just a matter of getting myself motivated to get it done. We shall see.

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning

Well, the kittens have all made it to day 5. They all have the cutest round little bellies. Beauty is a good momma! First thing every morning right now after breakfast & getting dressed, the kids run to the pantry for some visitation time with the kitties. It’s fun to watch…




Thank You, Lord, for sunshiny May mornings, healthy happy children, & soft cuddly kittens.:) God is good!!!

PS – Keith is talking about keeping all four kittens!!!!!!!!!!!! I think one would be enough. Or trade a kitten for Fixey. We’ll see. We will have to decide before school’s out so we can let the students know what Mr. Wayne has available to give away.