VBS--one of the best ways to kick off your summer just right!
|Mandy has volunteered to be the girls' leader for the past two years. She pours her heart into loving on the girls. She's amazing! This year they had lots of friends join them--so much fun.|
|Jackson and his buddies were still the boys in blue. He was thrilled that Ben and Gavin joined him and the Ahman brothers this year.|
|On the first day, the girls made this craft...|
|and on the second day, they got to play water games outside.|
|When I picked up this whole crew on Tuesday afternoon, they were smiling from ear to ear. |
They had won the Coin Challenge!
|They were also super stoked for our VBS Girls' Swim Party!|
|Cameron was right in the middle of the action all afternoon, going down the slide just like a big girl.|
|After the girls did the diving board and slide, they moved on to chicken fighting. Ha!|
|We decided that the pool was a better spot for this than the spa.|
|So many belly laughs!|
|When Cami asked if she could do it, too, Reagan offered to "fight" her.|
|Reagan is so sweet. She let Cami win her first ever chicken fight. Go girl!|
After that, the girls had relay races, played on the trampoline and then made many more trips down the slide. They wore me out just watching them!
|The next morning, Jackson was determined to win the Coin Challenge. He and Lila both gave so generously all week long. It made my heart so happy to see their giving spirit.|
|But alas, Purple Power was still dominate! Not only did they win the Coin Challenge that day, they also won the Spirit Stick, for being the group that exhibited the most Christ-like behavior and good sportsmanship.|
|On Wednesday afternoon, Lila and Brooklyn went to play at Calley's house with her big sisters. In addition to their fun pool, trampoline and playhouse, they made an enormous slip and slide. |
|The next day, it was the boys' turn for a swim party at our house. Thank goodness for Little Caesars pizza and crazy bread. Fast, easy and cheap.|
|They played a little bit of soccer first...|
|and then soared into the pool. They were some very happy campers. |
Blue Thunder had finally won the Coin Challenge!
|These boys were non-stop from the moment I said go, playing plenty of water basketball...|
|all with this little lady right up in the mix.|
|They were all so good with her, often letting her "play" too. She told me, "Bubbie will keep me safe." She adores that big brother of hers. And she's right--he's very protective of his baby sister.|
|Their chicken fights were a little more intense!|
|They had a ball seeing who could beat who.|
|Cami got to play again and beat Ethan this time!|
|The whole afternoon was full of fun and shenanigans...like riding down a slide, carrying a noodle and landing in a donut float. Hey, why not?!|
They were convinced that they were going to win the Coin Challenge for the last day. Jackson emptied out his piggy bank! Red Rocks came up really strong, though, blowing all the of the groups out of the water. It was Purple Power, though, that won the entire week! Way to go, kiddos! All of the money raised will go to provide safe and efficient home kits for families in Guatemala. This means that these families will now have stoves that do not emit smoke into the home, solar lights to provide light after the sun goes down, and a water filtration system that will provide clean drinking water. I'm so proud of be part of a church that spreads the love of God world-wide. VBS was amazing again this year and helped enrich my children's souls, as well as open their eyes to the needs of others. I am so thankful!