We had an unusual opportunity this past week. In the process of scheduling our next Faith Kids field trip, which is Christmas caroling at a senior center, the woman I spoke with had a request of me as well. She was looking for some kids to come in to help their residents celebrate their November birthdays the following week. I explained that I had 4 kids myself and wondered if we could be helpful. She thought it would be perfect. She had some costumes for a woodland theme party, but that was about all we knew in accepting this little invitation. Well, that day came this past Wednesday and without having met the woman we were working with or knowing much about what we would be doing, we were preparing to just go and bring smiles to some older folks. MUCH to my surprise, the woman in charge called about 2 hours before we were getting ready to go to confirm that we were still coming. But she also had another proposal! Someone had just backed out and they were now needing an adult to dress up as a bear. You can only imagine what she was asking!! She even claimed that this was pretty crazy since she had never even met me, but she was apparently desperate enough to ask anyway!! Not feeling the freedom to decline when I would be there anyway, I accepted the challenge, knowing my only job was to dress up and then give “bear hugs” and take pictures with the residents at the party! They ended up having a professional make-up person there to do our make-up. The woodland costume they had was raccoon, which was Zachary’s size. That ended up being all they had for the themed costumes for the kids, but the gave each of them something anyway. While the whole thing is still very humorous to me, I am thankful for the chance we had to bring some smiles to these people and perhaps open a door do more at this facility in the future, as it is literally about 3 minutes from our house. So that explains these first set of photos…
The next day we had a field trip to a college training zoo. These are all students training to be zoo keepers or similar professions. They have a small, but full functioning zoo there for training. They started with a show that brought out many different animals for us to see close-up before we then toured the facility.
We had a very fun adventure on Friday evening. The kids (and Daddy) have been talking about going to the desert to look at the stars without light pollution for some time. We finally started to make some plans to do it, which worked out well for our current study in CC as well, which is the solar system! We actually have a friend that bought a plot of land in the middle of nowhere in a desert a little over an hour away. We got in touch with him to see if we could go out to see some stars. He graciously allowed us to come and met us there. What went from looking at stars became a whole dinner cook-out over a fire in the desert with friends. The sunset over the mountains was beautiful and happened almost right when we got there.
This friend is a professional photographer and while we weren’t there for any photos, he happened to spot a photo opportunity as the sun was setting. He told us to grab hands and spread out. This shot was taken in about 10 seconds with his iPhone, but it is such a cool shot! Thanks, Lukas VanDyke for the photo and the fun evening!
This place was originally called “Piano Ranch” and the idea was to make it a photo shoot location. He had about 8 random, broken down pianos out there, but when we arrived this weekend, they had all been stolen! He was dropping one more off that night so there was now just this one piano in the dessert to provide lovely music that evening!
Mommy and Lauren keeping warm in the desert by the fire! Unfortunately, we didn’t get too many photos as we didn’t have enough hands. It was amazing how dark it was without any light at all, other than our fire. Getting dinner, s’mores, pit stops and everything else required more hands than we had so the camera was largely forgotten! But the stars were AMAZING and we were thankful for the opportunity to see God’s marvelous creation that evening!