Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pumpkin Launching! with pictures

This week my brothers and Dad competed in a pumpkin launching contest at the church we're going to. It was great fun to watch! They made the whole trebuchet out of materials that we already had. Readying for a launch: The team=Stephanie, Chris, friend Matt, Dad, and Michael: Pulling back... And release! One team had a seriously cool-looking ballista: Below; on the left is a super-tall slingshot; it won in the distance competition. I think it went about 450 ft. on it's best launch. On the right is another (bigger than ours) trebuchet. It placed second, I believe. Our team was getting less than 100 ft. in the distance competition, but after that they added some length to the throwing arm, and it was getting up to 180 ft... good enough to get 3rd in the accuracy competition!


  1. Ohhh, NOW I recognize you! I couldn't see your profile picture very well, but then I recognized your Dad, brothers and sister in one of the pictures!

    I'm still curious as to how you found our blog? It's quite interesting to think of the different ways we've found different blogs!

    Are you going to any dances in Elkhorn?? I don't think we are for a while, because there aren't many good callers . . . .

    Hope to see you soon!


  2. That looks freakin' AWESOME.
    I've heard of pumpkin launching but never seen it in action before. I know that kid Matt from somewhere...I'm pretty sure it was Heartland Homeschool Group in Crystal Lake but I'm not entirely positive of that. Grr I hate it when people know me but I don't remember them. Lol.

    So how come you weren't on the team? I could see you getting into something like that.

    Funny story: Vanessa and I went to a Kutless/Thousand Foot Krutch/Pillar/Fireflight plus-a-few-other-bands concert last night in Hoffman Estates. It was at a church that I had been to before, but it had been a couple years so I used yahoo maps. Didn't work very well. We had to stop at a library and ask for directions, which kinda helped, but then we got lost again. So, then we finally found the road next to the church, but w had to go through this huge Sears parking lot. It was great fun, finding what we thought was an exit but it was really just a dead end into more parking. We were like rats in an experiment. ;-)- Lol.

    But, even though I was this close to losing it in frustration, we found it. I'm glad Vanessa is a little better with directions than I am. I'm not in the least bit ashamed to ask for directions. Lol.

    Anyways, have a great weekend...God Bless.


  3. Awesome! Some of those people really went all out lol! I wonder if I could get something along those lines going here at school... All these engineering minds... haha. Great to see your family having fun! Tell em all hi for me!

    God Bless!
    Corey <><