Saturday, May 16, 2015

{pretty, happy, funny, real} :: NPLTW 2015

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The NPLTW Photo Contest is a weeklong event that took place from April 28 through May 4, 2015. This contest challenges participants to take as many photos of themselves as they can while wearing a pro-life T-shirt and completing the tasks listed on During the week our oldest three children completed as many of the 475 tasks as they could. (It was originally 500 tasks, but 25 went missing on the list.) Captain completed 351 tasks earning 1370 points, Ranger completed 350 tasks earning 1368 points, and Twinkle Toes completed 350 tasks earning 1366 points. I promise that I won't post all the pictures, but I do have quite a few more "pretty, happy, funny, and real" pictures that I'd like to record here on the blog.

"This was the funnest scavenger hunt I've ever done! We got to do so many things that we've never done before and meet people we never even considered meeting while spreading the pro-life message." ~ Captain

"This contest was so exciting! Some of the tasks were fun, some were goofy, and some were difficult. It was really neat to meet and talk to our mayor. I also really enjoyed getting together with our friends to complete tasks." ~ Ranger 

"I loved participating in this contest! I especially loved holding all the baby animals, holding my baby cousin, and learning about my great-grandma who was arrested and sentenced to jail just before she died for praying in front of an abortion clinic. I wish I could have met her! I also really loved sitting in the driver's seat of that brand new white Miata!" ~ Twinkle Toes


Task 128: Helping a child plant a flower. (3 points)
Task 118: Laying down in your yard and make a heart shape with your friends. (5 points)
Task 123: Create a set of 3 pro-life Easter eggs. (5 points)
Task 57: Using peas, carrots and corn, make a pro-life message on a plate. (4 points)
(Note: The actual pictures submitted to the contest included my children wearing their t-shirts. These were just extra pictures I took of their creations. :) 
Task 155: At a store, holding at least 5 inflated, helium balloons.  (5 points)
Task 213: Setting a volleyball (volleyball net must be visible). (3 points)

While we were at the park I got distracted by the wildlife. So pretty! 

Task 451: Standing next to a sundial. (3 points)


Task 481: Pushing a double stroller down a sidewalk or path. (3 points)
Task 8: Sitting with a set of grand parents. (2 points)
Oops! Everyone was standing in the original pictures I took of the children with my parents, so we got to drive out to their home the next day for more pictures, this time making sure they were sitting… 
(I really learned to pay attention to details and read the directions carefully during this contest!)  

...and then the kids all got a little ride in the bucket of their Grandpa's tractor, just like my brothers and sisters and I did when we were kids! Fun, fun, fun! 

Task 420: Participating in a human wheel-barrow race. (3 points)
Task 421: Participating in a potato-sack race. (3 points)
Task 215: Running on an oval track and field track. (4 points)
Bonus for carrying baby brother all the way around? The smiles and giggles were worth the effort!

Task 226: The top person in a six person pyramid. (6 points)

On Friday afternoon we headed to town to hang out with friends! They were happy to help with many of the "with friends" tasks and also had lots of ideas on how we could accomplish some of the remaining tasks on the list! It ended up being a really late night, but we had such a blast! 

Task 119: Laying down in your lawn and spell LIVE with your friends. (3 points)
Task 192: Playing cards with three friends. (3 points)
Task 12: Being carried by two other friends. (3 points)
Task 244: Playing a game of corn-hole with friends. (2 points)
Task 63: Playing hopscotch with two or more friends. (3 points)
Task 429: Limbo. (2 points)

We also stopped by my brother's house to borrow his baby, bamboo, and sunroof! 

Task 5: Holding a baby. (5 points)  • Task 197: Standing in a patch of live (green) bamboo. (3 points)
"Mommy!!! Can you pleeeeease born another baby?!?!?!"
(I'm not sure why my younger children say "born another baby" instead of "have another baby" but I think it's cute!)  

Task 44: Holding a duckling. (3 points)
"Mom!!!!! Can we please take home a duckling?!?!?!"

Task 36: Holding an animal that is both black and white. (3 points)

"Mom!!! Can we please get a kitty?!?!?!?!"

Task 33: Holding a basket of kittens. (4 points)

"Please!!! Please!!! Please!!!"

Task 24: Standing with your pastor. (6 points) • Task 283: Holding a book by Judie Brown. (4 points)
Task 37: Sitting with a solid black and a solid white dog at the same time. 
When we initially stopped by the parish office to see if we could see our pastor he wasn't in the office. Our conversation with the secretary led to her calling the Pregnancy Care Center for us (and talking the administrator into meeting with us real quick before she left town!) and the suggestion of stoping by the recruiting offices to find a member of the U.S. Armed Forces in uniform. Perfect! She also said if we came back right before 4pm we could catch Father on his way into another meeting! 

When we got back Father asked if we needed his dog, Benny, for any pictures… We mentioned task 37 and needing a black dog too. He said, "Natalie (the youth leader) is here and I think she has Mercy with her!" Sure enough Natalie came over with Mercy and we were able to check off another task! In the meantime Captain noticed that the book sitting on the table in the corner was written by Judie Brown. What luck! :) 

This is just some of the people we met throughout the week including: Our Mayor, Hibachi Grill Chef, Burger King Manager, a member of the US Armed Forces, Pregnancy Care Center Administrator (caught her just as she and the rest of the staff were headed out of state for a pro-life convention), Taco Bell Manager, Animal Shelter Manager, Park Ranger, Walmart Manager, YMCA employee, Target Manager, 7-11 Manager, Red Lobster employee, Fire Chief…
We met so many people during the contest! We live in a very liberal state and it was always interesting to hear their reactions when we would explain the scavenger hunt. Usually, after the photo, they would say something along the lines of now what is this for again and we would respond "National Pro-Life T-shirt Week!" There was usually a long pause and then "Ooooohhhh…." Occasionally we'd get a thumbs up (Target manager!), a "glad to help!" (music Store), or a "keep up the good work!"  I had been especially nervous going into Target since the boys still had their faces painted with pro-life messages and everyone was staring… My oldest said God was testing me! I love their courage, dedication, and perseverance! 


Task 402: Sitting on a park bench wearing flippers, scuba mask and snorkel. (6points)
Task 129: Using three hula-hoops at the same time. (2 points)
Task 389: Take a bit out of an onion. (2 points) -- The things my kids will do for a contest! 

Task 191: Gangnum-style 4 friends.
What my friend and I wanted to know was "what on earth is "Gangnum-style?" followed by "How on earth do our children all know what it is?" 

Task 405: Pretending to play tug of war (with no rope) with at least 3 of your friends at the mall. (5 points)
Task 173: Riding an escalator going down while looking through a paper towel roll. (3 points)
Task 172: Riding an escalator going up while holding an open umbrella. (3 points)
Task 146: At a clothing store standing next to a mannequin. (3 points)
Task 298: Jumping rope in an elevator (floor buttons should be visible behind you). (5 points)
Task 382: Exemplifying the phrase: "Forced Perspective." (making something look different in size) (6 points)
Task 102: Sitting on a full-sized boat (at least 12 feet long). (3 points)
I don't usually approach people at gas stations and ask if I can take a picture of my kids in their boat! ;)
Task 249: Thumb-wrestling one of your parents. (3 points)

Bud: "My turn, Mommy! . . .  I gotchu!"

I mentioned in one of my other NPLTW posts that we still needed to find one more person with braces so that he could get his own picture taken for Task 401: Standing next to two people that have braces and are smiling. (4 points) After the sweet employee at the Grange helped us get pictures holding baby chicks and the little ducklings pictured above she asked if there was anything else we needed…. Ranger looked at me with a big grin and I smiled back… "Why, yes! Actually, would you mind taking a selfie with us? He needs a picture with two others with braces!" Thank you, Kayla! :) 

Task 165: At a car dealership, in the drivers seat of a new, import car, with the door open.
Yep. . . We had to come back the next day and retake these pictures "with the door open."
I'm wondering if that was intentional! ;) 
Twinkle Toes: "I love this car! I could totally see myself driving this when I'm 16!!" 
Mom:  "Hahahaha! Right…."
Twinkle Toes: "It's only 5 years away!" :)


Task 416: Make a LEGO creation with a pro-life message. (4 points)
Task 287: Holding a sign that says "Abortion" under a STOP sign. (5 points)
Task 484: Holding a sign that says "Defund" in front of a Planned Parenthood so that it appears to say "Defund Planned Parenthood" (20 points)

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life, 
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.

I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion, 
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death 
by the Resurrection of Your Son.

I am ready to do my part in ending abortion. 
Today I commit myself 
Never to be silent, 
Never to be passive, 
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.

I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement, 
And never to stop defending life 
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected, 
And our nation once again becomes 
A nation with liberty and justice 
Not just for some, but for all.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

(Note: You'll need to scroll through this post again before clicking "older posts" or you can find them here: A Day Trip to the California CoastSeven Quick Takes (includes winner announcements), Decorating Cookies on Mother's Day (Life is Precious cookies), Instagram Recap: National Pro-Life T-Shirt Week, and Getting Ready for National Pro-Life T-Shirt Week.)