Friday, September 18, 2015

Ready, Set, Apocalypse!

Confession time....  the McCollum family has been so busy with life that we failed to properly pay attention to the updates on the impending apocalypse and we are now finding ourselves horribly unprepared.  So unprepared that we are not sure where to start.  It's like finding out that you are about to host a huge multi-family meal just minutes before they show up.  At least we have a little over week notice, Sept 28th is coming quickly.

While this is not an official Mormon declared day of mass devastation, there are apparently several who believe that it will happen and on that very date.  It must take an incredible amount of faith to believe that God will RSVP for a day of reckoning and to completely alter life around preparing for the single moment. I suppose it isn't too much different from preparing for marriage, or having a baby, or buying a house, or starting a new job, or [insert your own stressful yet exciting life experience here].  Perhaps it is one of those, you can't pray to win the lottery and then actually expect to win if you don't buy the ticket scenarios.  The people ask for a date, they prepare for a date, they expect that it will happen. What about the other 5,327,348,234 people that are also praying to win the lottery, or the 12,342,654,545,897 people that are praying for peace, comfort, and safety rather than a mass destruction.  Which prayer gets answered and how does He decide???

There is no more time for logic, it is time to truly prepare.  Since this is not an official church sponsored apocalypse we are thinking that we will use this as a practice run and merge it with one of our family favorite annual holidays, national Talk Like a Pirate Day.  That happens to be tomorrow, Sept 19th but the 28th will have to do.  This really feels like a good fit for several reasons:

  1. Pirates live on boats - Noah was saved from the flood on a boat and there were animals.  We like animals.
  2. Pirates like birds, again Noah received a twig from a dove as a sign that dry land was near, and our first family pet was a bird named Sunshine.  FULL DISCLOSURE: The middle child "accidentally" swung it around by the tail feathers and pulled them all out so it was a goofy looking bird that couldn't fly.  (two years olds.....)
  3. Pirates are innovative and smart like MacGyver and if the apocalypse does come via mass destruction we will need to channel some MacGyver skills since we did not actually prepare for the tent and camping supplies that are supposedly needed for this event. 
  4. We need to stock up on snacks and some food storage and one of our favorite family snacks is called Pirate's Booty. (relax, its like popcorn people....)
  5. Pirates are strong-willed and do not let the peg legs and hook hands stop them from accomplishing what they want to do.  Charley has had enough injuries and surgeries that he needs this kind of inspiration.
  6. 6 Months In A Leaky Boat, by the Wiggles, was one of the girls favorite songs growing up.  They may or may not still play it and sing along.  We were told we aren't allowed to tell people so we can't tell you if this really happens or not....  There has to be a play list for all big life events, this will be on our family's apocalypse play list for sure.

This is going to be the best themed family parties.  So thankful we get to count it as FHE (family home evening - Mormon family night term) since the 28th is also a Monday!  We know there is this big competition for pinterest quality birthday parties, baby showers, bridal showers, and all that fun.  By sharing our ideas so far in advance we run the risk of people stealing our ideas and crafting them into something cute, clever, and pinterest worthy putting ours to shame.  Have at it, make the new board and pins for themed apocalypse parties, just let us know so we can create the pinterest fail version.

If we still have technology, internet, and anything to share after the 28th.....


  1. I wish I could be there to join in, it sounds so fun. But I know your branch of the McCollum family can make any activity fun.

  2. I wish I could be there to join in, it sounds so fun. But I know your branch of the McCollum family can make any activity fun.

  3. Way to much fun to be having during the end of the world.

  4. I'm really bummed I have to work! But save me some loot ya skullywagger!! Arrrghh

    1. Bummer! We will have to have another pirate party soon. National Talk Like a Pirate Day is a pretty fun holiday. Sept 19th every year :)