Thursday, April 5, 2007

March Madness revisited

We finished out the month of March with a surprise birthday party for Papa Ken. When the Clarks show up, it's always a party, right? He turned 62 on the 30th. Instead of birthday cake we had a big chocolate chip cookie and cheese and crackers. The end of March also brought the end of basketball. Whoo Hoo! It was a long but fun season.

Saturday the 31st we attended a state wide youth event sponsored by Faith Baptist Bible College centered around the Final Four basketball games. Alex, Jackson, and two others from our youth group attended. Pastor Steve Cox of Clear Lake gave a challenge to the teens on being prepared for Christ's return. They organized a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, coinciding with the broadcast of the basketball games on two huge screen TV's. We enjoyed pizza (can you have a youth event without pizza?) and prizes throughout the evening. Alex and Jack's basketball team didn't fare too well. They were eliminated in the first round, and Jackson didn't even get subbed into the game. Jackson and Alex participated in the slam dunk contest, and Jack won first place. Actually, he was awarded second place, but the kid they gave first to was a little shrimpy guy who only made one of his four dunks, and it was more of a lay-up than a dunk, so we overruled the decision and granted Jack first place. They both received the same prize of a t-shirt. Alex's name was drawn, and he chose a basketball as his prize. The finale of the evening came after the games were over. Prior to the final four games, the teens were given the opportunity to predict the final score of the games to be thrown into a bucket and the closest prediction would win a prize. Up for grabs were 2 PSP game systems and a Wii game system. The winner of the first game got the choice of a PSP or the Wii system, and she chose the Wii, leaving the PSP for the winner of the second game. No one was more surprised than ALEX when his name was drawn. You see, his astute mother whispered the winning score in his ear as he was filling out his card, so in effect, I WON THE PSP! Overall, it was a very successful evening.

And now the drum roll...Bryce was the official winner of the Clark Family Bracket Breakdown! He correctly chose Florida as the winning team, rocketing his score over all the others. CONGRATULATIONS BRYCE! Notice his picture in front of the window in the living room. Do you notice anything about the window? YES! It is fixed. And it only took three panes of glass and three trips to the store to fix it ;).

"My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice--indeed, I myself;" Proverbs 23:15

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