Last Tuesday evening was our Awana Finale! And what a finale it was! I think it was one of the best we ever did. (and we’ve had some great ones!) But this year we had the clubs enter to some cool music after bursting through a banner with their club name. Sparks ran in to the theme of the Incredibles, Boys Club to the Chicago Bulls anthem, Girls Club to the Summon the Heros Olympic theme, and the JV Krew a funky “Get Ready for This” techno theme. Then we added a bunch of other fun music intros to everything, like theme to Ferris Buler’s Day Off when I came up (Oh Yyyyyeah) and Hail to the Cheif when the Senior Pastor came up to pray. We even had Pirates of the Caribean battle theme when our special speaker came out to give the message after the Pirates Who Don’t Read Anything Toybox tale. (A Pirate known as Long John Underwear, who prefered to go by just Long John!) Anyway, it was a GREAT night!
When I sit back and daydream about the year, here are a few of the memories that drift through my mind’s eye….
(Fun Fair Photo Gallery)
(The full story)
PRO FOOTBALL NIGHT!
(NFLer Speed Stacking?)
(Read About my Twin Brother!)
Yes, it was a great year. For your viewing pleasure, below is a link to the 9 minute highlight video that my Mac produced for the opening on the evening….
Click the picture, or right click and save:
Awana2006Finale.mp4 (16MB MP4 file)
Be the FIRST (or 2nd or 3rd or…) to review the Order of the Ancient on Amazon.com!
I’m excited to have my novel on Amazon.com to hopefully increase the sales and expand the market. If you haven’t heard of it, or seen the book’s website, be sure to see www.orderoftheancient.com! We continue to pray that this novel would have a profound impact on the spiritual development of every kid who reads it – and yet many adults have said it made a huge impact on them too!
Seriously, those of you out there who have read and liked the book, I’d really appreciate some positive reviews on Amazon to help sell the book! THANKS!
This past weekend, I got an awesome opportunity to travel around our nation’s capital as the personal escort and photographer for President George W. Bush. I guess he follows my blog, and when he heard I’d be in the DC area for a Kidology To Go seminar, he asked me if I wouldn’t mind coming a day early and walkin’ around with him and shootin’ some new ‘man of the people’ promo shots for him. Of course, I was flattered to be invited by THE President of these Great United States of America to be his escort and personal photographer, so I happily agreed. I’m hoping that many of these images will soon be seen in school text books, on the news, and in official promotional materials for George W… if so, you can say you saw them first HERE, on pastorkarl.com!
COMPLETE GEORGE W. BUSH GALLERY
Welcome to those of you who met me (and George)
in DC and are looking for you picture!
Here is a sampling of the pictures I took of “W” our day around town together: (more in the COMPLETE GEORGE W. BUSH GALLERY)
George with his signature “Thumbs Up” at Lincoln Memorial,
Washington Monument in the background.
We made quite a scene. Every time I was shooting his picture,
lots of other people were snapping pictures too.
(but only mine are official!)I was very pleased that George often took time away
from our busy photo tour to visit with the children.
George even stopped to thank some DC policemen
for their hard work protecting our Great Nation.
Here is George at the Washington Monument with
Lincoln Memorial now in the background.
(long walk? no, we had special secret service escort,
but I can’t reveal his name – on pain of death)
Here George shows his house. We did get approached by a
White House guard – but it was (fortunately) only
because you aren’t allowed to put a tripod on the sidewalk.
(but in the street is ok – it is a pedestrian only street)
After awhile we were having trouble with the crowds all
wanting to get close to the man, shake his hand,
pose for a picture with him, etc. so we got this shirt
for him at a sidewalk vendor for only $2!
(gotta love supply and demand alive and well in DC!)
With this shirt on, no one bothered “W” any more!
Here is George in a more relaxed pose at the awesome
(and sobering) World War II Memorial.
I asked the president if he would mind posing for a pic by
the memorial for my home state, Illinois, and he was
more than happy to accomodate me.
Next we met a bunch of Illinois kids who wanted to pose.
George was so friendly to the kids, and told them all
that he was proof that anyone can be president someday.
We wrapped up our tour with a relaxing walk toward the
Jefferson Memorial. Here “W” takes a break to
ponder his legacy, I suppose.
I was excited to snap this candid of today’s president
in a reflective mood next to one of our history’s greatest thinkers.
We ended our day with a trip to Baja Fresh. I was so
excited to learn the George’s favorite restaurant is the
same as mine. (though the one near me in Chicago closed)
I know I should have gotten a picture of
me WITH the president, but I was too
focused on getting good candids of him.
At the end of the day, I was so honored when George
gave me a lift back to meet some friends of mine.
He was even gracous enough to pose for a picture with
Kim Bobb, who was in town as well to co-teach the
Kidology To Go seminar with me and….
with Pastor Todd McKeever, one of our Kidology CP Team
pastors and the host of the event. Then George had to get
back to oficial business, and I got on with the rest of my trip.
But I gotta say, getting to hang with DA MAN for a whole day, was an experience I will never forget! (especially being quickly surrounded and then searched by Federal agents at one point , but you’ll have to ask me about that in person – can’t put that on the blog! But, they did eventually release me and allow me and George to continue on our way! Whew!!)
DONT MISS THE
COMPLETE GEORGE W. BUSH GALLERY
Yes, it is true. Today was truly an amazing “Baby First” – did he speak? walk? go to the bathroom all by himself? No, those come next week, but he DID take his pacifier out of his mouth by himself and HOLD IT rather than just launch it across the room… but can he put it back IN all by himself? Watch the video and find out!
TWO VIDEO FORMATS:
MP4 (7.5 MB MP4 file – already formatted for your video iPod!)
MOV (7.9 MB Mov file)
Luke, I am your father….
JOIN ME… and together we will rule the galaxy!
OK, this is just TOO COOL!!
First of all, DOWNLOAD THIS EXCEL DOCUMENT.
Then, open it, and try to see if how many of the movies you can figure out with the characters faces removed!
For example, here is one that was easy for me:
Um, these two men dressed in black were easy too:
and this guy dressed in yellow:
How many can you get?? It’s pretty amazing, if you give an incomplete answer, it will ask for more info, such as this one:
Just type in the movie name in the top cell and hit ‘tab’ and the next cell will tell you if you are correct or not.
DISCLAIMER: I’m not endorsing any movies that are ‘bad’ or rated ‘R’ – I mean, I don’t even know what half these movies ARE, but I am curious if anyone can get them all right, or who can get the most correct!
USE COMMENTS TO PUT MOVIE NUMBER AND ANSWER - so don’t peek at comments until you GIVE UP!!!
(so far I have 17 correct)