Thursday, June 2, 2011

Extravaganza 2011

You are about to read an incredibly long post....It just keeps going....
You were warned!

What a weekend!

We took our teens to Extravaganza 2011, which is an annual Nazarene Regional event. Teens from all over the region (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisana) gather at Southern Nazarene University to compete in sporting events, talents, and Bible quizzing. There are services each evening and Sunday morning. Over 900 teens attended this year. It was a whirl-wind but we had a great time!

We hit the road Friday at 12pm (11:56am to be exact). I can hardly believe we left on time (1st time out of 3 years to actually leave on time); and headed to Oklahoma....

We stopped for some yummy Braums for dinner (and dessert) and then registered for the event and got settled. We had service that night and then everyone went to bed early - for a FULL day Saturday.

Our plan was to meet for breakfast at 7:30. Nik texted me at 6:25 telling me the boys were showered and ready to go...What?! Seriously?! Needless to say, they had to wait on the girls!

Saturday was packed full. All day. 4 Flag Football games. 3 Volleyball games. 4 Soccer games. 3 Basketball games. And 5 of our kids participated in a talent throughout the day. BUSY DAY.

That night, we went to Frontier City (a small theme park) where the kids ate dinner at hung out for a couple of hours. I rode a couple of roller coasters. Fun!

Sunday started out (not as early as Saturday) with a Service and then some free time. YAH! The teens enjoyed playing (and trying to beat Nik) at pool.

After lunch, it was back to more sports competitions. Soccer won the championship - and all other sports got to the semi-finals. The teens were a little bummed they did not make it to the finals, but I think they were some what relieved as well. They were tired!

Three of our teens who participated in talent, received a 1. Which meant they got to try-out to be in the big Talent Show Sunday night. So, in between all the sporting competitions, they did their talent again and one of our teens made it to the Talent Show!

Sunday afternoon, Nik found time to play in a Sand Volleyball Tournament with other sponsors on our district. They took the championship!

After dinner, before service, our teens and sponsors had some fun 'planking'.

Sunday night we had a great service. The band was good, the speaker was good. He brought a message that really seemed to reach all the teens and sponsors. Nik has received some really good feedback as to what each teen 'spiritually' received from this weekend - and that is what it is all about! The band sang a song, "I'll Stand". I think I have heard it before, but I didn't know all the lyrics. Here they are. Read them. The message of this song is amazing and really speaks to me.

You stood before creation; Eternity within Your hand
You spoke the earth into motion; My soul now to stand

You stood before my failure; Carried the Cross for my shame
My sin weighed upon Your shoulders; My soul now to stand

So what can I say; What can I do
But offer this heart O God; Completely to You

So I'll walk upon salvation; Your Spirit alive in me
This life to declare Your promise; My soul now to stand

So what can I say; What can I do
But offer this heart O God; Completely to You

So I'll stand; With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the One who gave it all

So I'll stand; My soul Lord to You surrendered
All I am is Yours
After service we watched the Talent Show (our teen was the closing act - and did AWESOME). By that time, it was past midnight.

We headed to the dorms to start packing and try to get some rest. The girls were in bed and asleep by 1:30am. The guys, however, had a little too much fun with 'Toilet Paper Bombs'. I don't know the whole story (they tend to keep things like that from me - me, being the responsible sponsor and all). Actually, they did not share this with me at all until as they said "we were a safe distance away". But I do know, if anyone asks...the correct response is "We are from Arkansas". Enough said! Ha!

Monday we hit the road and were home by 3:30pm. Once we unloaded (not unpacked...still in process) we hopped back in the car and headed to Kohls. We are not really obsessed with the store, but Nik needed a swimsuit for this next week, and we could not find one he liked anywhere else. Of course, we had some Kohls Coupons and ended up purchasing a swimsuit, 2 new shirts for Nik and 1 new shirt for me. Not too bad.

When we got back to Temple we ate dinner, watched a movie (because we could not imagine using more energy than that to do anything more productive) and were in bed, asleep by 8:00pm. 

Luckily, we both had Tuesday off. Kind of. I had the day off, but Nik was at the hospital by 8am to be with one of his youth sponsors during surgery. I stayed home to work on laundry, water the grass, and make a slide show of our trip for Sunday service. We ate lunch out (and ordered dessert even) then went grocery shopping. We did relax a little more Tuesday evening but we still went to bed early again!

We have finally recouped (I think)!

This post is getting long. Sorry if you are bored. Stop reading if you want. But sometimes it takes a lot to recap 'The Days of Nik and Carla' Ha! I'm almost done.... one last thought:

It was so nice to be out of town, having FUN with our teens and not worrying about stuff at home or our jobs. It seems like for the last couple of weeks all we hear about and talk about is the potential new pastor, and changes that might or might not come about, how this all affects us and Nik in his ministry and we hear everyones opinion (good and bad) and everyone keeps talking about the 'what ifs' .... It's exhausting! We both loved the break we got. We know we cannot 'hide' from the changes and not, not talk about them - but I think we both came back refreshed, renewed (mentally and spiritually - not physically) and ready for what God has in store for us. Changes and all!

What we are looking forward to the rest of this week: a short work-week; Volleyball Friday night; planting trees for the City of Temple Saturday; building a cross with our youth; Church; and getting Nik ready for Teen Camp!

Summer is definitely here...!

1 comment:

  1. What a nice time. Sorry we are going to miss volleyball tonight :( Hopefully we can make the next one. Dont miss us too much, lol!