Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Festival at Fellowship of Oso Creek!

Today was our church's annual Easter Festival.  It reminds me a lot of Bethel's Easter Eggstravaganza, which naturally makes me miss West Lafayette.  Dan and I signed up (and signed our friends David & Leah up with us) for helping with the inflatables.  I was thinking, "How hard can it be?" - we'll sit outside the entrance and make sure there's not too many kids in there at a time.  Sounds like a perfect job for a lady who's nearly 9 months pregnant!  Then the people who have been at Oso Creek for a while started telling horror stories of their experience with inflatables.  It seems that it's always the new kids on the block who sign up to do those, because they have no idea what's in store!  Fortunately, it wasn't nearly as bad as the stories were leading us to believe (or we had worked it up in our minds that it was going to be so awful, that once it actually came to pass it wasn't so bad at all!).  I, of course, made my bounce house the most controlled fun a kid can have (Guys, rules are good!  Rules help control the fun!).  No more than 8 in at a time, you get 4 minutes to bounce around, and the new group doesn't go in until the last group is out.  I sprinkled in some "under 2 only" times so the little ones could get in without getting rough housed by the older kids.  Worked out pretty well! :-)  Here's some shots of the day:

Dan and Leah getting ready to man one of the slide inflatables!

Dan's post for the first couple of hours...he got to help kids get up the stairs and down the slide at the top.  Probably a good thing for this white Indiana boy because he was for the most part out of the sun!

At the end of the day, we all had an overwhelming desire to wash our hands (and shower, really...but the hands were key) after helping all of the kiddos in and out.  Dan's favorite was a kid with a string of snot coming out of his nose that became extra sliding power for the next kid.  When we got home he told me, "Those things are disgusting, we're never letting our daughter get one.  Only we will because she'll want one and I won't be able to say no.  But they are gross!"  We'll just have plenty of Lysol and hand sanitizer ready!

It was a little windy, which was actually a blessing and a curse.  It kept it fairly cool so it wasn't stiflingly hot...but it blew a ton of dirt around because our church building is basically in between two fields right now.  It was one of those fun, sunscreen mixed with dirt stuck in your ears kind of days.

Here were my pregnant, swollen, dirty feet at the end of the day.

Although Dan's take the cake!  :-)

All in all, though, it was a good day!  We were both pretty exhausted when we got home - but it was fun to bless the community and serve the Kingdom!

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