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Solomon's Temple Journal: Day Five (Friday) . A daily log (Not daily anymore) of my church's building of Solomon's Temple. This is the last day! . The Backstory Alright...here's what's going on. My church's mega-sized VBS is doing a Lego elective for the second year in a row and this year's giant project is a 50,000+ piece Solomon's Temple. The temple is supposed to be constructed Monday through Friday (June 21st through the 25th) by 150+ kids and a handful a leaders. This is the final day! Number Five! The Prep When I arrived at 8:00 AM, I was almost the only one there. The only people there were Samuel and his Dad. But still, I was sent straight to work. I started laying down brown tile. The temple is so close to being done, I can almost taste it...wait. What?! As it turns out, Mr.S, Sammuel, Abraham, and Sammuel's dad all stayed up 'till 1 working on it. Wow! Sammuel lays down the finishing touches before 9:00. Almost done... Meanwhile, Philip, a bunch of other helpers, and I finally go back to free build and destroy the creations for the last time! The Temple is given a big black cover for the unveiling. The 1st Station - Morning And now! The big unveiling! (For the morning section at least!) TA-DA! (Rebuilding something) After all the kids crowded around the Temple, they set them all up to take a picture for their commemorative photo thingy (you'll see later)(Childrens' faces are blacked out because I'm not sure if I'll get yelled at if a parent finds out their child's face is on the internet without permission). Here's some factual stuff about the Temple: (Might be hard to read) The 2nd Station - Morning While half of the kids were making the commemorative thing at another station, I was manning the free build station which wasn't free building anymore. We had the kids sort the orange and yellow into one table and the red and green into another. It was a competition. The first people to finish get snack first. Basically, it was like breaking child labor laws and having 20 kids sort Lego for you. You should have seen them go. They were done in 5 minutes! I bet an AFOL wished he/she had that many kids to sort for him/her. We ended up having to re-unorganized it every time a new set of kids came. :P The 3rd Station - Morning Over at the 3rd station/section of the morning, Mrs. B was helping kids put together their commemorative picture frame things. Kids would get a frame, and a piece of paper, and the helpers would open the frames, and the kids would decorate the paper, get signatures on their paper, and then put the photo on the paper, which will then go in the frame. A jr. leader brought a whole bunch of candy for every single kid. At the end of the morning, I stood by the exit to their Lunch time and handed out the candy. Wow, that was tempting to eat. Pretty hectic, but we got through the morning. Time for Lunch! Lunch For Lunch today, we got one fourth of a pizza (cheese), a small fruit salad, some baby carrots, some lemonade, and an ice cream sandwich. The 1st Station - Afternoon During the first station of the afternoon, we did the same thing as the morning. Unveiled it, took photos, etc. The 2nd Station - Afternoon Same thing as the morning except this time through, we left the orange, yellow, green, and red, we had them do blue, brown, gray, and black. The 3rd Station - Afternoon In last part of the entire thing, we started to put stuff away and cleared all the remaining bricks into boxes for next year, etc. When Everything's Over... We made this much progress today! (Click the pictures for larger images) IT'S DONE!!! You can see the temple in-person at the Harvest Bible Chapel Elgin, IL Campus, right now (although you should go during a Church service =P. 5:00 PM, on Sat. and 9:00, 11:15, AM on Sun. ) Notes: Special thanks to all the kids, helpers, Samuel, Samuel's Dad, Mr. S., Mrs. B, and Harvest Bible Chapel for 5 awesome days. Thanks to my older sister Chelsea for letting me take her camera during the week to take photos. Thanks to everyone who has followed the updates. It means a lot. Look for more stuff more me! I've got a lot of stuff that I need to post! =) If you would like to, please comment, rate, add me as your favorite builder, or check out my other creations. Constructive criticism is always welcome! ~Casey~


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