Monthly Archives: July 2012

Olympic Rings and Coke

Sunday night we stopped in Atlanta.  We went to the Olympic Park and let the girls play in the fountain of rings.  At  6:30 the rings perform a water show to music.  It was pretty neat.






We then ate at Googie Burgers, which is right there at Olympic Park.  The reason we ate there is because when Jemma was researching the time of the water show on the internet, she saw and ad. for them.  Devonne, our trip coordinator, said we could eat there since she did the research.






We spent the next hour enjoying the park.  The girls just played on the grass, while I went in search of the area of the park that had quilts in it.




The quilts were in the brick work or sculptures, not actually fabric.  This quilt is the Quilt of Rmemberance, it remembers the 2 lives that were lost during the bombing at the Olympic Park during the 1996 Olympics.  There was other quilts built into the brickwork.  One was about the Olympic Spirit, another was an overhead trellis that had a flag from each country.






Monday morning we went to the Coke Museum.  We were there longer than we thought we would be.  The girls really enjoyed it.




One of the girls favorite things at the Coke Museum was the tasting room.  You could taste all the Coke products from all over the world.  Coke makes a lot of fruit drinks in other parts of the world.  One of my favorite fruit  flavors was from Brazil.   One of the girls tried every single flavor.  After that she was afraid she was going to be sick.  Fortunately, she didn’t get sick.




One of the neat things the Coke Museum had on display was torches from the different Olympic Torch Runs.  They already had a torch from the London 2012 Torch Run.  They are one of the few places in the US that have a torch already.











Marching Ducks and the King

A week ago today, Jemma and I took off for Savannah, GA along with 3 other girl scouts and their moms.  Our first fun stop was the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN to watch the ducks march out of the fountain, down the red carpet, into the elevator and up to the roof to their night time location.  They have been doing this since 1940.  Here is a link if you want more info






We got there about 4:45.  I would recommend getting there before that so you can find a good place for viewing.  The whole thing only takes about 15 min.






We ate at Neely’s Barbque Restaurant that night.  They have a tv show on the Food Network called Down Home with the Neely’s.  I had barbque pork ribs, they were really good.








Sunday morning we visited Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis.  The previous owners actually named it Graceland.  We took the tour as soon as it opened.  I’m glad we did because it got pretty busy after that.






This room has 350 yards of fabric pleated on the ceiling and walls!  I don’t even want to think about the expense or trying to keep it clean.







This is the famous jungle room.  It has green shag carpet on the ceiling.  Flash photography was frowned apon during this tour, so I’m not happy with how some of them turned out.






Pricsilla’s wedding dress and veil were on display.  It was an enjoyable tour, but don’t put it on your bucket list unless you are a super fan or just curious.  It was a little pricey.  Memphis is actually very pricey on hotel’s too.

The big one that got done.

After replacing a back door in the livingroom and tearing down the paneling at spring break, we finally finished scraping the ceiling, texturing and painting our livingroom, entryway and upstairs hallway.

Justin scraped the entire livingroom ceiling.  Will helped scrape the ceiling in the hallway and entryway.  Jemma helped paint and has done some clean up.

Now it’s time for the dreaded clean up.  All the popcorn and dust from the ceiling has to go somewhere.

The color is called Oat Cake.

My camera was hi-jacked

On the day we went and decorated the rain forest at church, my camera was hi-jacked.  I didn’t know about it until days later when I downloaded pictures.  I asked who took it and of course no one knew anything about it.

After further review of the pictures, I discovered Jemma wasn’t in any of them.   She finally confessed to taking my camera.  She wanted to go into the youth lounge where she isn’t supposed to be until next year.  She thought if she took my camera and took pictures that it would be okay to go in.

Brazilian Rainforest

I’ve never been to the Brazilian Rainforest or any other rainforest for that matter, so when I was asked to recreate it, I used my experience from Sonshine School to do it.  I always taught in the Jungle room at Sonshine school.

I enlisted the help of a lot of people to make giant leaves.  I had help from 2 other women and 9 teenagers or almost teenagers to get it up.  The hardest part was hanging the white screen fabric that was 4 times to big for the spot.

With the help from a friend from bible class, she copied the map of Brazil on to big white butcher paper, Justin traced it and both boys cut it out.  Jemma helped make leaves.  All three of them helped decorate the rainforest and put the map up.

Another are of Brazil that was recreated was the beach with the mosaic board walk.  They used water beads to creat the water, butcher paper, glitter paint and tulle to create sand without actually bringing it in.

Kukasanya means gathering in Swahili.  Mission Sunday this year started out with the junior high and senior high students gathering at a near by elementary school and walking about 2 miles to church.  They did this to get a better understanding of the scarifices some  Christians are faced with in order to worship God.  They also carried flags from many nations.  Justin is in the mix somewhere.

It was a wonderful day with fabulous singing.  I am so blessed to be attending a congergation that is concerned for others souls, both close to home and abroad.


Beards at Camp

I returned as a counselor to Camp Jam this year.  It is the bible camp session after the MRCC’s junior high week and right before MRCC’s senior high session.  One of the things that is a tradition at Camp JAM is skit night.  I’m not creative that way so it always stresses me when the director says to have some ideas.  Well the only idea I could come up with was make beards like Thunder player James Harden.

So a couple of the girls in my cabin ran with the beard idea.  They decided to sing the song “I want a Beard Like Harden.”  If you have never seen it, you can find it on Youtube.  Some guys from OK, remade a popular song about Harden’s beard.  It turned out pretty cute.  One of the girls played Metta World Peace and elbowed all of them to the ground.

One of the other fun things of camp is the Summer Singer’s concert.  The Summer Singers is a group of OC student that travel around, sing and recruit for OC.

Jemma was in my cabin this year since her friends wanted to be with a college student that was my co-counselor.  I have come to the conclusion that camp is a little like child birth, you forget how tired you are after camp when it comes time to volunteer the nex year!



That’s how old Will is today.  He is celebrating his birthday at Camp Pettijohn with his youth group and the other campers at camp.

Happy 16th Birthday Will!