OK, I went to Target, and found them to be very weak in the force. None of the employees even knew about the online ads and there was very little Star Wars stuff, and what there was (2 items) were few in number and spread out. I did pick up 2 big bags of M&M’s and a box of Pop Tarts:
First Pop Tarts I’ve purchased in YEARS… good marketing works, I guess!The small print is quite funny on most of them:
TO DOOKU:Watch where you’re pointin’ that things! TO TROOPER:A little round for a Stormtrooper, aren’t you?MORE EXCITING NEWS:
I did this for Episode I and it was a TON of FUN! Not sure if this one will be the same, but at the first one (they didn’t do this for Episode II) I got there at 10 p.m. and 15th in line. By midnight there were HUNDREDS of people in line, ALL MEN (except for 2 brave women). I was only going to buy a few items, but when the doors opened I almost got stampeeded! I tried to look through the toys, but I guess I had underestimated the impact of 20 years without Star Wars toys! Within 5 minutes EVERY STAR WARS TOY had been snagged up, and I had to do the same thing: fill a cart with whatever I could grab. It was THEN that the real fun begame that lastest for hours!! The entire store turned into a swap meet! Fortunately, I had taken a high schooler with me! Everyone set up mini ‘stores’ or booths through the Toys R Us. I took some bikes down and set up my shop on the carpeted shelves. Then we spent hours trading with others – you want Darth Maul? I need an Obi-Won. This other guy was Obi-Won, but needs the Senator Palpatine… by the time you got the one you needed to trade for the one you wanted, the guy already had it! By the end of the night, I had managed to gather every figure… so I bought them all. (26) Interesting (no offense women) but all the female figures were sliding around on the floor unwanted, so I got a Padme. Granted, this was before the movie came out so none us knew… oh, never mind. Let’s just say Padme is more popular that Princess Leia ever was. :)
I am all set for this Friday with all my Toys R Us dollars from my Toys R Us credit card from the entire past year – so all the toys I get will be free! Kinda cool, huh?? Been saving them up for this very event. Still looking for someone to go with me this time…. any volunteers?
Well, it’s hard to believe that KID U is over! What a FUN BUNCH OF DAYS!
Friday, was the pre-conference, and WHAT A BLAST that was! Every presenter did a BANG UP AWESOME job at presenting the theme in their own creative way. We had an in-house contest to spur them all on… every Kidology staff member and volunteer that wasn’t presenting was given a ballot to choose who did the best job, they ALL did awesome, and the vote was close, but the Winner of the Most Incredible Presentation went to:
Jamie Doyle and his magical presentation. He won an Incredibles DVD, Basketball, and Pez Dispenser. Not bad, eh?Saturday was KID U! We had over 250 people there all to be equipped and encouraged.
Dave and Jody VanKley leading the opening session
I taught workshops along with several other presenters. But my favorite thing of the day was meeting Monty the Python from Camp Timber-lee:
How do you like my necklace?
Monty made a great hat too!
OK, maybe the snake wasn’t my favorite thing, but it was pretty cool. My favoirte part of the day is usually at the end when I like to treat the staff and presenters out for some REAL Chicago Style Pizza! This year was the new Gino’s East in Lake Zurich! We took over the restaurant with 27 people pizza eaters!
Kid U* is only days away! We got several hundred people coming to my church to be ‘equipped and encouraged in children’s ministry.’ It’s not too late to register!We also will be featuring our new ‘Tannerized’ Kid U logo:
The new logo was made to match the Kidology logo better, as well as the new logo of our regional seminars:
What do you think? We’re pretty happy with ‘em. For those who don’t know, we recently moved Steve Tanner to full time as Kidology’s Director of Web Operations – basically putting him in charge of everything related to the website. It required some tough staff changes, but we are looking forward to him ‘Tannerizing’ more of Kidology! He was a ‘free lancer’ before, but since he wasn’t free anyway, we decided we might as well hire him full time before someone else snagged him away! Anyway, let me know what you think of the new logos in the comments. (Steve didn’t make the logos, he managed their creation by Corey at our web firm birkey.com just to give them credit as well!)
Sunday afternoon, and another chance to put ‘relational ministry’ into practise… that’s just my excuse for going out to lunch with a bunch of goofball kids (and their parents)
Not pictured: The well balanced meal before the ice cream!
Also not pictured: All the grown ups at the ‘adult’ table.
Well, it was back to Culvers after church this Sunday! And guess what? The manager noticed we were back, and instead of throwing us out, offered us VIP cards for discounts in the future! So I guess I got my scheme, er, wish, without asking! (see Culvers post below)
It was only a matter of time before I got ice cream on my shirt, and pants, and shoe! and I didn’t even order any!
Few things in life are better than being out to lunch with a bunch of silly kids – where do they get the energy? I needed an hour long nap afterwards!
Remember that verse in the Bible about ‘ol log eye?’
Ahhh Matie! It’s fun to goof around, but it’s also fun telling stories and sneakin’ in little mini-life lessons as they beg for me to tell more stories…
I also discovered why I’ve been having migranes all these years, apparently, I’ve been walking around with my head backwards all these years! But I got it straightened out today!
OR maybe the title should be simply, “I can’t sleep!” Maybe it’s from all the travel and low sleep at CPC, maybe it is the slight cough I’m fighting, maybe it’s staying out tooooo late with the Aussie’s the other night (post still coming!), or maybe I am just living out the verse I often claim as my life verse,
Allow no sleep to your eyes, No slumber to your eyelids. Proverbs 6:4
But whatever the reason, the result is the same: I CAN’T SLEEP, and when I do drift off I’m dreaming about my blog! (I need help, and It’s all Tannerman’s fault!) I have to be up early in the morning for church, and have a zillion things to do, but I’ve been laying here for what seems like ages. If I wake up and missed Sunday, it won’t surprise me. (But it sure will those at church…. like my boss!)So, I decided to test a theory. They say if you can’t stop thinking about something, just do it, and get it out of your system. Well, for many things, that isn’t possible – which is why you dream about them in the first place (No bad thoughts here – I’m referring to dreams about skydiving, spy missions, car chases, saving the world ect. – shame on you!) But in this case, I actually can DO what I’m dreaming, so the purpose of this blog is to put myself to sleep, and it’ll probably work because I’m sure I’ve put YOU to sleep by now too!
But I did learn something through this experience, (didn’t our parents always tell us, maybe God is trying to teach you something?) I learned that it’s very hard to photograph your alarm clock and not have it look like it is the middle of the day… and I wasn’t going to go get a tri-pod, I am tired after all.
<<<< time passes>>>>
Well, I have to wait on the pictures – I tried to upload, they wouldn’t go, thought my Internet was down, and after trying multiple computers, re-booting router, and a lot of other technical stuff I won’t further bore you with, I also learned that my dedicated server goes down at 2:25 a.m., (and is still down an hour later!) ….. and to think, I could have been sleeping all this time… oh yeah, I couldn’t! sigh. Now, I try to go back to sleep partly mad that my dedicated server is down (and all the websites it hosts including my church’s sites) and partly that I wouldn’t know that that were down if I’d been able to sleep in the first place, since by morning they will probably be fine, and I will be the only person out of everyone serviced by that server that knows that all the sites and e-mail accounts on the dedicated server are down right now… but nooooo, they are all nestled all snug in their beds, with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads. (or sky mission, or whatever) So now, I’m returning to the pillow, hating to be posting a boring text only blog entry, but will edit and add the pics later. GOOD NIGHT!
<<<< time passes (and I get some sleep>>>>
Here are the pictures I tried to upload last night….
Too bright for middle of the night…
Night setting too blurry….
No flash too dark….
I missed first service, but I did finally get to sleep…. and all is good and well with our server now. (grrrrrrrrrrr)
As usual, our Comander Dave Norbeck planned an exciting night…
Along with Chuck Caswell, our church racing expert who adds fun, jokes, racing trivia, and more to the evening…
It’s a great time to hang out with the kids!
Of course, the FOOD is a highlight for the kids!
Using my trusty Mac, I was taking pictures and videos with my digital camera, and then running slide shows on a giant screen on the stage. For one video, I strapped my camera to a kid’s car with masking tape, and sent it down the ramp to capture how it looks to a car going down the ramp!
To see for yourself, click on this picture… (or right click and ‘save file’)
I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a “transformer” in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.
~ Stephen R. Covey