Saying Goodbye to 2013

We like to party.  Plain and simple.  Party we did right before Christmas.  We had a little snow and as a special treat one of committee members brought everyone a snowman.  The little card read as follows:

Money is scarce and times are hard. 

So I’m giving you this instead of a card.

Something to use, something to share. 

So bottoms up, just ’cause I care!

Merry Christmas!

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A few fancy games were played and most scrumptious food was enjoyed.  There can’t really be anything better than embarrassing yourself in front of your whole crew.  It’s a good thing we don’t embarrass very easily.  To get things started we played No Hands Cookie.  It is fairly simple really, you place any old cookie on your forehead and without using your hands you must get the cookie into your mouth.  Oh the many faces you’ll discover while trying to move a cookie across your face!

Eat the Cookie!

We take gift wrapping very seriously, as we should.  We wrap loads of gifts every year for the Chillicothe Community Needs Agency.  We took wrapping to a whole new level this year.  In teams of three with each team member allowed to use only one hand, teams had to wrap two packages complete with creased edges and bows.  There were points added for bows matching the paper, strict adherence to the one arm per person rule and bribing the judge.  The creative juices were flowing when figuring out how to cut tape with only one hand.

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Following instructions is important, especially when drawing what you cannot see.  Some were more capable at scribbling on the plate atop their heads while others shouldn’t quit their day jobs.  Using a paper plate and instructions read by one player we had to draw exactly what was read, a fire place with a mantel, a Christmas tree with a shining star.  Some even attempted to cheat!  Who would ever think of cheating to get ahead in a little old party game?  Let’s just say we are not hitting the road anytime soon as local artists.

Artists in the Making

We are hilarious, that’s all there is to it.  We had each other cracking up at our funny faces ‘eating’ cookies.  Laughed at each other’s strategic plans to wrap gifts with only three hands.  And enjoyed scoring each others paper plate masterpieces.  Just too much fun was had by all.  What can we come up with next?  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

The Gutting and Carving of Mr. Jack-O-Lantern

We have some extremely talented Crew members.  Last Sunday afternoon we had a crew meeting to discuss plans for the winter.  It looks like we’ll be fairly busy on the service side and we’ll throw in some fun every once in a while.  The masterminds of Crew 91 have Christmas shopping on the docket and stuffing Christmas food baskets, skiing and winter cabin camping all in the works.  Who says the winter has to be boring and only full of cold?

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A dozen or so pumpkins met their fate after our planning party.  Twelve little pumpkin stems were removed from their little pumpkin bodies and transformed into quite a fancy lot of Jack-O-Lanterns.

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A little bit of everything was tried when it came to the creation of Mr. Pumpkin.  We had a couple video gaming pumpkins, some car memorabilia,  the St. Louis Cardinals made an appearance and the fancy trace and slice.  All in all a great Sunday meeting and a perfect way to spend a fall day!

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Smells of Fall

A switch was flipped and Central Illinois is full of fall.  The leaves may have not changed but everything else is in full swing.  The crispness of the air, the waft of harvested corn and the smell of burning leaves completes the fall scenery.  Our crew loves the fall!!

If there is one thing we love about fall it would definitely be s’mores!  There is nothing like a freshly squashed marshmallow smacked between a heap of chocolate and graham crackers!  The gooyer the better!!

Another autumn perk, marshmallow wars!  We’re not very sophisticated, there are no set rules or parameters but we sure do love a good ‘mallow throw-down.  Not all marshmallows are edible following said fight but there are always more on hand for consumption.

The impromptu bonfire quickly becomes an evening spent at a crew member’s home full of all of the above and of course capture the flag.  Unlike marshmallow wars the game of capture the flag is taken quite seriously…down to boundary lines and war paint (on occasion).

So in a nutshell we love autumn and can’t wait to fully embrace all of the treasures fall has to offer!

Venturers and Star-Tipping

This weekend we were camping at Camp Ingersoll in London Mills with venturers from throughout the W.D. Boyce Council.  The stars were glorious and we tried ‘star-tipping.’  Quite the exciting adventure, star-tipping.  You focus on one star, spin around for 15 seconds and then a flashlight’s turned on and your legs go limp and you collapse to the ground.  Quite fun and very hilarious to watch your friends as they go limp.  Maybe not as outgoing as planking but still loads of fun! Image