So I have had a more than a few people ask me about my recent Church Activity and how I was able to pull it off. I had A LOT of help from my only committee member as well as my Home teacher and his family. I assigned each Auxilary head their own booth and they had a bare minimum of setting up a table, table cloth & an awning/overhang. The Auxiliary's stopped by periodically throughout the week to set up anywhere from 20 min to 40 min. I however was there, along with my committee member, everyday twice a day for at least a couple hours.
I found the basis for my Activity here. I envisioned a cross between every Old Testament painting I have ever seen and the Disney movie Aladdin. From this point on it was go big or go home... on a very tight shoe string church budget.
I used rolls of brown packing paper to cover the walls and painted a stone wall, palm trees as well as a couple landscapes. We used a pop up canopy for the manger scene and used brown packing paper to draw animals with chalk. We strung twine from screws that are in the upper molding around the cultural center and draped light long lengths of fabric to create a dropped ceiling effect and open air market feeling. Above the fabric we tented christmas lights to look like stars.
Our city gate was made out of moving boxes & chalk boards covered in brown packing paper and painted with rock wall facade. We also stapled a grey fabric that was sponge painted to look like stone to the moving boxes and the corkboard side of the chalk boards to cover the feet & wheels of the chalk boards. Our city Well was a couple of orange drink coolers covered in ... more brown packing paper which we drew stones on and placed them in front of a large fabric backdrop that was sewn together creating a manger scene.
Majority of the store front over hangs were created out of fallen timbers with table cloths draped over top to create a canopy. Christmas lights were strung underneath to create unintrusive lighting since the lights in the gym were off, except for the Christmas lights that were hung from the ceiling to mimic stars. The Inns were made by draping sheets over two pop up canopies Lights were again strung underneath for added lighting. Small round tables and chairs were placed for seating so those who couldnt sit on the floor had a place to comfortably sit. Families were encouraged to bring their own blankets so they had a place to sit and eat in the center of the market.
Signs for each store front were made from poster board, crinkled matte gold tissue paper and letters cut out with a cricket machine. The Census was made from a poster board with a scroll already printed on it and currency was made from decorative glass rocks for vases. I sprayed them with a matte gold spray paint and placed 6 of them in a small resealable plastic jewelry bag.
After approximatively 20 hours of setting up and many many more of planning and getting things ready my final ward activity is done. After nearly three years of planning church parties I couldn't have asked for a better way to go out!
Our Christmas Ward Activity this year was a time period themed party based around the birth of Christ... Called A Night In Bethlehem. It was the first time I had ever hosted a party that wasnt 100% my own vision... instead I had heard about and researched it from this web sitehere. I thought doing it this way would decrease the amount of work on my behalf because I was wanting to reduce the stress this time around for the holidays... yeah I was wrong... VERY WRONG! I have NEVER put this much effort into an activity before. I was there everyday the week of setting up, sometimes twice a day. I dragged my poor kiddos to over half of those set up times. After all of the hard work and planning it turned out great! Here are a few pictures of the evening.
Well it is that time again... Another month has flown by and another one is quickly creeping up! I cannot believe Evelyn is over a month old!?! It seems she is growing fast than Olivia did... mild panic attack!
Evelyn has started smiling, cooing and has one heck of a good grip!
Because of the holidays and Ryans change in shift schedule we had to reschedule her 2 month check up so her stats are yet to be announced BUT here are her super adorable pictures! :)
My favorite picture of the bundle!
Biggest SMILE of the night!
Evelyn is such a wonderful baby... she sleeps through the night, for the most part, and is easily pacified. She is definitely a daddies girl but sure loves being held by her mommy. There are days where she only wants to be held and other days where she would rather be on the floor on her blanket playing. She has a HUGE smile and graces us with it often. She has started to recognize not only her mommy and daddy but also her sister who LOVES taking care of her! Olivia becomes immediately concerned when her sissy starts to cry and tries to comfort her by sharing her toys... whether that toy is a massive scooter or one of her socks lol.
It is rather interesting to see how two little girls... so close can be so different but so similar. I cannot wait to see what more the future holds for Evelyn and her big sister Olivia! :)
This years Chili Cook Off & Trunk or Treat activity was a HUGE success! We had a massive turnout... Im guessing around 250 people, maybe even more, were there. We had three large long tables crowded with pots of chili and plates of bread and not a bowlful was left over at the end!
This year Ryan and I dressed up as a Cowboy and a Cowgirl...
Like my "Welcome to the Country Music Awards" Hair?!
Evelyn was a Pea in a Pod...
...and Olivia was a little ladybug
Arent they adorable?!
Aside from super cute costumes on super cute kiddos we also had some awesome decorations to go along with our awesome turnout..
Ryan was in charge of creating the amazing and massive spider web that took up the entire ceiling! He really out did him self!!
Our plethora of chili pots... as far as the eye can see!
The awards for Best Bread (Miss Crocker), Hottest Chili (Habanero Hottie) & Best Chili (Best Darn Chili) as well as Best Trunk (Best Junk in the Trunk)!
The LONG line of cars... our whole parking lot was full... plus a few places on the grass.
Our 2010 Best Trunk!
I am so glad I was able to organize and throw this activity and normally I would be glad that it was over but I am kind of sad to see it go. It was a wonderful Chili Cook Off & Trunk or Treat... I couldn't have asked for a better outcome!