Sunday, October 28, 2007

Rocks, Prizes and Banners

On Friday, I mentioned my sons and I were going to visit a rock museum.. Well, in my foggy-headed-cold- medicated stupor, I forgot the camera! And even though two of us were fighting a cold, we had a fun time. Here are links to what we did and experienced:
Idaho Mining Museum
Idaho History
After the mining tour we visited the Old Penitentiary. Just the Women's side was open for viewing. We took the "self-guided" tour and read some interesting facts about the women who were imprisoned in this tiny building. The men's pen opened in 1870 and closed in the 1970's, which was amazing in itself considering how old it was then.
The men had to quarry the stones from the hillside we visited to build their own jail cells. I think we will go back for a guided tour and learn more about the history another time.

This weekend was the annual "Trunk-or-Treat" event at our church. Families with small children walk around the church parking lot and "trick-or-treat" from the decorated trunks of cars. My husband and older son enjoyed participating last year, but since it was our first year at the church, they didn't realize prizes would be awarded to the most originally decorated trunk. So, this year they started planning, but couldn't agree on a theme. At the last minute they had a brainstorm and loaded up the back of my husband's truck with their props (mostly furniture from my living room!).

Here are a few photos of their "Living Room" in the back of the truck. My son was dressed in his jammies and played the part of the annoyed and grumpy home owner who has to get up and answer the door to trick or treaters. (the "hippie" sitting next to my son is the Children's Director's child). They took the extention cord and plugged in my son's TV, and a lamp. It seems their idea was a hit! In fact, a lot of the trick or treaters wanted to watch TV instead of "Trunk-or-Treat". They came home pretty pleased with themselves and were awarded a prize basket as well!
In it was microwavable popcorn, plastic popcorn containers (they are cute...they look like popcorn bags from the movies), 4 movies passes, and movie candy!

And, I guess I asked sweetly enough this weekend , because my husband made a blog banner for me! I'm still playing around with text colors, and am not sure about the parchment (a warm color) on top of the grey- toned background color. But, I'm liking the new banner!


Ruth Welter said...

Ow Suzanne, that is so cool that you toured an old prison, it sounds so fascinating. Something I would definately like to do someday.

Lorraine said...

Ever clever...sounds like a fun time. And I think the new banner is groovy.

Lorraine said...

The banner looks great!! Sounds like you all did some neat things!!

the feathered nest said...

I'm liking the new banner too! I church by us was having a Trunk or Treat event last weekend and I was wondering what it was. Sounds like a hoot!


~~kattz*cottage~~ said...

Hi Suzanne!
Your new Banner is SO pretty! And Trunk or Treat looks like so much fun ~ what a cute idea, the living room in the truck! Very clever & the popcorn prize looks like fun too!

Enjoy your day!

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

Hi Suzanne!
Hope you are feeling tons better! Miss those trunk or treat days with my own kids but enjoy other's kiddos dressed up. so much fun.
Enjoyed the links to the museum. Be blessed.

Lana said...

Congratulations to the guys for the prize! Glad you are better and that you enjoyed the field trip.

Lana said...

oh! love the new banner too!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

What a fun church activity that was to do! I love the banner your husband made :) And it isn't too late to join the craft fair...just post your items and prices that day and come leave a comment at my blog inviting everyone!