I’M FREEEEEEE

VBS IS OVER!

*celebrates*

We had to write God Sightings on paper stalactites each day — things we were thankful for, or if we had seen God at work. Stuff like “family,” “coming to VBS,” or “a rainbow.” On the last day, Joelle wrote “VBS is over!” on the back of ours. Then, since it was still early, she added, “(In 3 hours).”

VBS was exhausting. Really, really exhausting. But I really loved doing it. The girls were sweet, if rotten, and I’ll definitely miss them. Although you can request kids to be in your crew, so maybe I’ll do that. I want Renae again, she’s so adorable and mischievous.

You’d think — and hope — that the kids would be too tired by the last day to be too rotten. Nope. They were comfortable with me and Joelle, so they decided to be especially rotten.

Renae stole my backpack during snack and I had to chase her around the room to get it back. Then I tripped over my shoelaces (I kid thee not) and fell on my face. She gave it back after that.

Annelie and Sherry wanted to play Duck, Duck, Goose while the others were in the bathroom. They chased each other into the next room several times, and I had to go after them.

After Joelle gave Renae a piggy back ride, everyone decided they wanted piggy back rides. We gave Claire, Renae, and Marialena rides for a couple of minutes until we could go into Imagination Station. Once there, Renae didn’t want to sit down. She played with Joelle’s hair the whole time. I gave her three hairbands to use,  and Renae gave me this awed look and said, “You have a lot of hairbands!” I had one tied around my shirt and two in my bun.

We went to Games after that, and we were early. Renae wanted to play Tag . . . while on our backs. Claire and Marialena wanted to do that, too. I got Renae, Joelle got Claire, and Austin (another crew leader) got Marialena. We ran around with the girls on our backs and they tried to tag each other. Hula hoops on the ground served as bases, which we ran into when we needed a break. It was incredibly tiring, but fun.

One of the games was a relay. Our crew finished early. The girls must have been bored, because Renae started piling grass on top of my head, and everyone joined in. They got a good half-inch of grass on there. Then they covered my lap, stuffed grass down my name tag, and sprinkled it down my shirt. When I stood up, grass was raining off of me. I kept finding bits of grass in my hair and clothes for the rest of the day.

Back in the big room where we started the day in, Renae said she wanted to sit in my lap. I let her, and then she leaned back and pushed me over. She just laid on top of me. Her hair was in my face. She finally got off of me when the music started, but when the song ended, she wanted back in my lap. Not wanting to be suffocated again, I laid on my front, and she sat on my back. The arrangement was good until the music began again. Because she decided to dance on my back. Stomping. It hurt a bit. Not too much.

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At the end of the day, I passed out goodie bags.

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Each had three lollipops, two Tootsie Rolls, a hair bow, a rubber band bracelet, and an ice cream cone-shaped container of bubbles. Claire gave everyone bags of candy, which was awesome. Then Renae’s mom gave Joelle and I these fancy little lotion bottles and a thank you note. Annelie’s mom gave us dark chocolate and something called Pocky, which tastes a bit like chocolate-covered sticks of air.

I’m definitely going to be a crew leader again next year — hopefully I can have Renae in my group. Because as naughty as she is, I really do like her.

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I got a ton of signatures on my VBS T-shirt. Seventeen, I think.

By the way, I won’t be posting much this summer — on here, or on Happy House of AG. I’m going to be gone for two weeks with very limited access to WiFi. I might be able to schedule some posts, but idk.

Bye. :)

Loren

VBS Life

It’s been awhile since I posted, hasn’t it? Sorry about that. Things have just been super busy as of late. And by that, I mean this week is my church’s VBS. I’ve been too exhausted to do anything but nap and watch Doctor Who. But today I thought, I haven’t posted recently!, so I made time today to write this.

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with VBS, it stands for Vacation Bible School. Kids come to church for a couple of hours for the whole week, they’re divided into crews — groups of around five kids, with a crew leader — and the crew goes through several stations during the day.

I signed up to be a crew leader this year. All my friends did, too, but they’re working with preschoolers, and I’m with elementary. The preschoolers stay separated from the older kids the whole day, so I only get to see my friends in the morning before VBS starts, and at the crew leader meeting at the end.

My crew has two leaders: me, and a girl in her late teens named Joelle. I was hoping that I’d be the only leader in my crew, but no such luck. Since I’m not that old, I guess the staff thought I wouldn’t be responsible enough to teach the crew on my own. But I’ve been an assistant crew leader twice!

Anyway, my crew has five girls in it. Two — Sherry and Annelie — are really talkitive and energetic (they’re the problem children; they keep running ahead and chatting). Claire I’ve met before, and she’s pretty quiet. Renae is a girl I’ve actually had in my crew two years ago. She’s rather quiet, too. And then there’s Marialena, or “my buddy.” She’d incredibly quiet, and today is the first day that she talked very much. But she’s super sweet, and holds my hand and sits in my lap all the time.

At VBS, all the crews gather in a big room at the beginning. The worship team (I was on it last year) runs onto the stage and gets everyone to sing VBS songs. Marialena doesn’t like doing the motions to the songs until I take her hands and make her do them. My dad does that sometimes when we’re in church, but he makes up hand motions. There’s a skit where this guy named Clark Cavern comes onto the stage and learns the day’s Bible Point — “Jesus gives us hope!” and “Jesus gives us courage!” are examples of Bible Points. There’s a video about the Bible Buddy, an animal that goes along with the Bible Point (Sal the Salamander, Mawtha the Moth, and Radar the Bat are the Bible Buddies we’ve met so far). Then everyone leaves the room and goes to their first station.

Games

Games might be my least favorite station, just because the games aren’t very fun. Even when I was young enough for VBS, I didn’t like the games. We do stuff like rolling a lemon along a line, pouring cups of water into a pool, and saying the alphabet backwards — LOTS of fun!

KidVid

Back in my VBS days, we would watch a video about a chipmunk puppet named Chatter. Wow, I loved him. Then one year, the replaced him with an animated Chatter, and the next year Chatter was gone forever. Instead, they did KidVid: short videos about real kids. They always relate to the Bible Point. For example, one video was about a girl who donated her hair to cancer patients, which want along with “Jesus gives us hope!” Then a boy survived Hurricane Katrina, but all of things were destroyed — “Jesus gives us courage!” Stuff like that. And the kids in the crews get these dog tags with the Bible Buddy on the front and a verse on the back.

Snack

Ugh, I hate Snack. It’s even worse than Games. The food is always really disgusting. One day we got soggy frozen waffles with little cups of syrup. Today we got pieces of bread with gross strawberry cream cheese on it, and you were supposed to arrange blueberries, a strawberry, and a thin strip of Twizzler into a compass. Blech. Some days we get to eat inside the church, but sometimes we have to eat outside, under a tent. Each crew has to help make the snack one day . . . mine got to prepare the waffles. We cut the frozen waffles into strips and poured the syrup into plastic dishes.

Deep Bible Quest

I actually really like the Bible Quest. The Station Leaders teach a Bible story, but they make it interactive. When they were talking about Jesus walking on water, they mixed cornstarch and water together to make this wet sponge-y substance that we could walk on. Sometimes they give us food to eat. And our Station Leader plays a song on his guitar at the end of the lesson.

Imagination Station

This station is my favorite, and most people agree with me on this. My mom and older brother run Imagination Station. Mom talks about our mission project (Collecting money to send kids in Bangladesh to school, and gathering school supplies for kids in our community), my brother gives a brief geology lesson and does an experiment, and then the kids get “Science-y Fun Gizmos.” The first day was geodes that the kids got to crack open; yesterday was “Cave Snot,” a putty made out of water and some special powder; and today they got to use something called “Direction Doodlers.” You know, those things were you put your pen in the hole of this little gear and move it around in a circle, and it makes cool patterns?

First day of VBS for me! My church is doing Cave Quest, I'm a crew leader.:

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This has been my life since Monday. *sigh*

Loren