Trust me though, they still have fun and learn and that's what counts. This time, Alyona went with us. She's having trouble in the bigger youth group as even though she's 13yo, she can't read and is on a 4 or 5yo level. Makes a big difference when everyone else is in middle school and their age. Yana goes w/ her and said Alyona is totally lost. They didn't go last weekend b/c Yana was sick. They're going this weekend. Alyona may fit in better w/ the elementary kids still. Not sure. Hard w/ kids that are not in a typical "mold" situation.
And let the games begin! Summer was the first one out which was no surprise to us.
Girls were up first and the boys were to encourage them and cheer them on. We were discussing encouragement that evening. You try to pop the other person's balloon. It is much harder than it looks.
After the girls, it was all the boys' turn. Nik is here waiting for instructions. After the activities, a sweet lady from church made Nik cupcakes for his birthday! Thanks Lara, chocolate is our thing. She even got Nik a present which he built as soon as he got home. This is the one thing we love about our church, everyone one feels like family & is always there for you.
The girls going into the house. Though we told them to let Nik go first as the teens had decorated it for Nik.
Some of the front door.