Thursday, October 31, 2013

Best Halloween Ever-- and we didn't even celebrate Halloween

Dictionary Day-- Our annual Junior High even that asks every student and teacher to dress up as the definition of a word. I LOVE this day. The halls are filled with crazy costumes and every one is so happy when they're doing something out of the ordinary. I had to find my friends KCraig and Trulock upstairs. KCraig was "whimsy" because she said she felt whimsical like me when she woke up this morning. "Arid" Trulock wore dryer sheets and gray and black.

8th graders Liz "Renovation" Huston, Ellie "Jubilation" Gerstner and I all rocked the overalls today. We think we should wear overalls everyday because they're just comfortable and fashion forward.

Gru made an appearance today on his birthday and I met "Progeny" in the lunch line.

Milly wanted to dress up as me and a Young Life leader today so she found a word that would work for that. Then we were twinning in our tie-dye, overalls and snapbacks. She rocked the crocs and my YL fanny pack too. Trick-or-treating was moved in Fishers but that didn't stop us from dressing up today.

Friendship Bracelet Club played Human Ladder this afternoon, one of our all time favorite games. Two teams race against one another to build their human ladder down the hall, around the loop and back to the start.With the rest of the school empty, we can be this crazy.

We learned the 3-braid bracelet today which is taking our skills up a level. In lieu of Halloween we listened to our favorite Christmas tunes to get ready for Wyld Life Club. Everyone loves Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas," Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe," and N'Sync's "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays."

Usually our attendance numbers have fallen by this time in the year, but we're still filling up the whole LGI room every week with all of these girls and boys. Thankful for hanging out with Lucy and Victoria, for getting to know the 7th graders and for having Hope, Katy, Caitlin and Rachel all come back to visit.

The FBC may have been one of my greatest ideas when I became a teacher. Can't wait for this year's sweatshirt design to be announced!

Next I picked up Brooke, Haley and Emily Lorch from the HS in the pouring rain. We went to the dollar store to get balloons, streamers, silly string and accessories to surprise Haleigh Devoe for her birthday. We filled Hannah's car with balloons and then went inside Devau's to watch the end of the Varsity cheerleader's practice.

We kidnapped Haleigh with the help of Hannah and Butler and took her to Wild Ginger for birthday sushi. These girls are recently obsessed with sushi and they were all excited to pick out which rolls we would share.

This birthday caper was a pretty spontaneous plan and I'm glad I got to be part of it all. I love these YL girls. Haleigh is such a compassionate, fiercely loyal, enthusiastic girl and I admire her character and faith.

Our waitress surprised Haleigh with banana tempura with ice cream for her birthday and we ate it YL camp style with everyone digging in all at once.

Wyld Life Club was up next and I drove to the Indy Yacht Club to meet the rest of my team. This Halloween we're celebrating Christmas because... why not? Santa even made an appearance! He's not usually booked this early in the season so he was happy to show up.

As the kids arrived they all got to take a picture on Santa's knee too.

These 8th grade guys are some of the best. Because trick-or-treating was moved we packed the Yacht Club with SO many kids. I love these kids-- their enthusiasm makes Club so fun every time.

Do you remember the scene from Buddy the Elf when he eat spaghetti topped with pop tarts, marshmallows, candy and syrup for breakfast? Tonight we decided to try it out.

Andrew, T Rensch, Brittany and Riley stepped up to the challenge, a little weary of what all of that would taste like together.

Their friends cheered them on as they ate Buddy's favorite dish, probably thankful that they weren't the ones up there eating it.

It was a general consensus that Buddy's spaghetti was disgusting and that they never want to eat it again. Glad we figured that out.

We played a "Name that Christmas Carol" game in groups. My 7th grade girls dominated at figuring out the riddles.
  1. Everyone who is loyal can approach
  2. Ecstasy toward the orb
  3. Give attention to the melodious celestial beings

4. Hey, miniscule urban area southeast of Jerusalem
5. Quiescent nocturnal period
6. Monarchial triad

7. The primary carol
8. Embellish the corridors
9. I’m fantasizing concerning a bleached yuletide
10. I apprehended my maternal parent osculating with a corpulent unshaven male in crimson disguise
11. The slight percussionist lad
12. Red man en route to borough
13. Seraphim we aurally detected in the stratosphere

Everyone loves opening presents on Christmas morning. Mia, Natalie, Lydia and Ben got to race in unwrapping these gifts but they had to wear mittens while they did it. Inside the present they found another wrapped box. Inside the second box they found a gift bag filled with presents.

Our last game was a "Name That Christmas Movie" race between Matt, Sydney and Katie. Chad would show a scene from a movie up on the screen and then the three kids raced to find the Santa head before they could answer. We had them running all over the room and their friends shouting out the answers to them.

Ryan gave the Club Talk tonight and then we broke up into small groups to talk about our identity and who Christ wants us to become. We're all in the process of becoming someone. I hope we can encourage each other to become the best version of ourselves, the person Christ created us to be.

It's a funny thing-- when you wear Christmas clothes, put up Christmas decorations, sing Christmas carols, talk about Christmas movies and say, "Merry Christmas!" enough it really does feel like Christmas. I'm going to be confused when I wake up tomorrow and it's only November 1st.

It's safe to say this was the most fun Halloween I've ever had and it had nothing to do with Halloween at all.

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