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So You CAN Teach An Old Dog New Tricks!

June 12, 2008

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  1. June 12, 2008 10:42 am

    LOL now you all can do a video doing Rich Mullens Screen door with your cups!! good job Tam! my derek can do that and a bunch of things with the cups…me not so much 😆

  2. June 12, 2008 10:44 am

    derek will have to teach us more when you all get here!

    YAY!!! in TWO WEEKS!!!!

  3. June 12, 2008 10:46 am

    Nice. I think my sister posted a video of all of us playing this game at one point…

    Good times.

  4. June 12, 2008 10:51 am

    here is the link to the video Screen door

  5. June 12, 2008 10:57 am

    You guys are so cute!

  6. June 12, 2008 11:07 am

    I am mesmerized! How fun. 🙂

  7. June 12, 2008 11:25 am

    Great! I will be trying that stupid trick all night!

  8. June 12, 2008 11:29 am

    Oh my gosh!!! How fun was that!!!

    I’m gonna show this to Mary and see if she can do it! I’ll bet she can!! Kass and Kota you guys are good teachers!!

  9. June 12, 2008 11:37 am

    Hi all….

    I apologize for the interruption, but I wanted to send a prayer request and since Tam’s blog is an information highway, I thought this was the place to do it.

    Probably most of you have heard about the Boy Scout camp in Iowa that was hit by a tornado last night. Well, one of the boys who was killed is the son of a friend of one of my girlfriends. Please keep the families of these boys in your prayers: Sam Thomsen, 13; Josh Fennen, 13; Aaron Eilerts, 14; and Ben Petrzilka, 14.

    Ben is the boy I was speaking of.

    Thanks everybody!!
    Love and Hugs!

  10. June 12, 2008 11:37 am

    Reminds me of all the hand clapping games we used to play in elementary school. “Miss mary mack, mack, mack…”

  11. Heidi permalink
    June 12, 2008 11:39 am

    Prayers Heather…

    Already calling my churches prayer squad!!!

  12. June 12, 2008 11:40 am

    Good job Tam!

  13. June 12, 2008 11:41 am

    Maybe you can work up a longer routine and perform at our “retreat”. 🙂

  14. June 12, 2008 11:49 am

    brandiandboys, if she does you won’t see it. Your not invited.

  15. June 12, 2008 11:49 am

    Heather – thank you SO much for adding that comment here!

    YES – we will be praying!!!

  16. June 12, 2008 11:58 am

    I love brent’s laughing and comments in the back ground!

    I love the relationship you have with your kids … I pray that we can have that kind of relationship with our kids as they grow older!

  17. June 12, 2008 12:04 pm

    Very well done. It didn’t take you too long- and all three of you have fantastic rhythm. Good job.

  18. June 12, 2008 12:09 pm

    Whoa – Tam’s got rithym…,rhythim….uh, rhy….Tam can keep a beat!! Whodathunkit!

    Great job, old dog!! 😛

  19. Heidi permalink
    June 12, 2008 12:13 pm

    Kass and Kota are pretty darn lucky to be able to train you.

    Are you doing their chores next??

    Just kidding.. AMazing feat. There is no way I could this.

    No Way… I guess I am too old.. 🙂

  20. June 12, 2008 12:25 pm

    @Brian Alexander….If Brandiandboys isn’t invited..I’m not going.

    Tam, take care of this, would you please? Thx!

  21. June 12, 2008 12:37 pm

    @Lori, I sorry we will miss you.

  22. June 12, 2008 12:38 pm

    Cool! Your family is fun! I can knock a cup of tea over!

  23. June 12, 2008 12:39 pm

    I so want your kids to teach me this on the “retreat”. I think I might have finally found a way to make it on the Cross Point worship team. At the very least I can do it at our staff retreat talent show next year!

  24. June 12, 2008 12:39 pm

    now, now. play nice guys 😉

    ok – so i wanta know how many of you are actually gonna try this little Cup Routine???

  25. Heidi permalink
    June 12, 2008 12:40 pm

    I’ll try..

    I’m game

  26. June 12, 2008 12:44 pm

    @lori…thanks for the love.

    And just for the record, 5th Street just called me to tattle on himself for the bashing. Should I forgive him?????

    We have to bring kids on this “retreat”??

  27. June 12, 2008 12:45 pm

    Pete – i hope you video that “talent” show. actually…i’d like to see you and brandi do this together. ya know, cuz she’s not competitive and all 😀

  28. June 12, 2008 12:46 pm

    brandi – i was thinking the same thing…kids???? wont idiot be there!!!

  29. June 12, 2008 12:55 pm

    Tam, you get my email?

  30. June 12, 2008 12:59 pm

    BTW, NO KIDS! Idiot would eat them.

    Actually, all the kids would love Idiot.

  31. samantha permalink
    June 12, 2008 1:09 pm

    awesome job!

  32. June 12, 2008 1:18 pm

    yes, brian…i just found it a bit ago…responding now!

  33. June 12, 2008 1:19 pm

    Believe it or not I am going to agree with 5th Street…GI is a kid magnet…they LOVE him. He has taught in KidWorld with his wife every Sunday for the past two years!!!

    But still, no kids!

  34. June 12, 2008 1:21 pm

    @brandiandboys, make that the last time you agree with me.


  35. June 12, 2008 1:28 pm

    i’ll take your word for it brandi. but you’re right….no kids!

    and leslie – i loved Oh mary mack!!! i rocked at that!

  36. June 12, 2008 1:31 pm

    Brian makes me laugh a GREAT DEAL! 😆

    Okay that vid was cute! I was laughing the whole time. My favorite part….Brent *giggling* in the background.

  37. June 12, 2008 1:36 pm

    oh! and who remembers…

    “Firecracker, firecracker, boom-boom-boom”

    oh yah!!!


  38. June 12, 2008 1:46 pm

    @Brandy, You can take brandi&boys spot at the retreat!


  39. June 12, 2008 1:51 pm

    that video took about 3 minutes too long.
    i’ll say the old dog took about 3 minutes too long.

  40. June 12, 2008 1:56 pm

    mandy! be nice!!!

  41. June 12, 2008 3:07 pm

    That’s from Full House!!! We did that ALL the time as kids. How fun to be reminded. I hadn’t done it in so long and just did it with yall on the video and it was loadsa fun. Thank you 😀




  42. June 12, 2008 3:32 pm

    sweet! I’m gonna learn that and teach it to my worship team to do as an accompaniment to As The Deer 🙂

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  44. June 12, 2008 3:51 pm

    I don’t know what was more amazing, the fact that you learned that so quick or that I just spent 5 minutes watching you learn it! 🙂

  45. June 12, 2008 4:01 pm

    sorry ruggles! 5 minutes you’ll never get back. oopsies 😀

  46. June 12, 2008 4:01 pm

    who has tried this today???

  47. June 12, 2008 4:17 pm

    @Brian: YESSSSSSS!! 😆
    I’m packing my bags now!

    Wait, what retreat?? 😯

  48. June 12, 2008 4:31 pm

    that brought back some memories! We used to do that at church camp like forever ago!

    Good job!

  49. June 12, 2008 5:14 pm

    sheesh–I just asked hubby if he wanted to try it, and his response was something along the lines of


    Oh well. Mary and I will give it a go!

  50. June 12, 2008 5:15 pm

    video it lori!!!!

    thanks carrie!

  51. June 12, 2008 6:20 pm

    very impressive tam!!! most impressive part is how you are cutting back spending on entertainment to make up for gas prices!?!

  52. June 12, 2008 7:35 pm

    So,,,,, There is alot of talent in Tam’s house.
    BTW, I saw ur doggy walking back and forth. It will be very funny if he/she learns the trick too!

  53. June 12, 2008 7:53 pm

    You are a cool mom! Your kids are blessed to have you!

  54. June 12, 2008 8:16 pm

    that is one of my all-time favorite things. i learned it when i was on my first mission trip when i was 14 (i can still picture myself setting at the lunch table in nicaragua, learning this). i can assure you that it took me much longer to learn it than it took you!

    the best part is a huge group of people doing it and passing the cups all around the circle. loud, rhythmic goodness.

  55. June 12, 2008 8:19 pm

    Very nicely done Tam….

    I will have to show this to my Daughter when I get home from my business trip.

    She will insist to learn it this weekend… On second thought…. 😉 Just Kidding we will have fun learning it. Don’t know if I will be brave enough to post a video though.

  56. June 12, 2008 8:51 pm

    That is so cute!!!

  57. June 12, 2008 9:24 pm

    So, I’ve been fighting the urge to do this all day. 😕

  58. June 12, 2008 11:18 pm

    Brandy…do it…come to the dark side 🙂

  59. June 13, 2008 6:34 am

    Oh, lawdie, I did that with teenagers when we were youth pastors. Brings back a ton of memories.

  60. June 13, 2008 7:55 am

    So B, where’s the video of you doing it? 😯

  61. June 13, 2008 8:45 am

    I taught them all, they showed you how they do, so in a way, you saw me do it 🙂

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  64. TheNorEaster permalink
    June 13, 2008 7:59 pm

    You have a great family.

  65. June 13, 2008 8:53 pm

    That was such fun!!

    We’re gonna do this – great summer activity – we might get it learned before the school starts. 😆

  66. June 13, 2008 11:43 pm

    Tam, Hun? you know i love you…. BUTT…

    ..if you are going to give that Mandy Girl such ‘ammunition’ as the title of this post well… i just don’t know what to say…
    i mean it’s not like the young’un needs ANY encouragement to be mean to you now does she???

    you are being what is known in the trade.. as an ‘enabler’… it’s so not good for Mandy for you to do that.. just a little thought before you type is all i’m sayin’ – ‘k?

    We still bud’s?

    And the video was fantastic – what a wonderful family unit you guys all are… i’m still waiting for you and B dueting though… someone told me he has a good singing voice??? 😉

    i am not letting this ‘go’ btw. 🙂

    This Video is my all-time favourtie so far 🙂

    Kass and Kota – you guys amaze me every time with your talent and positive energy!


  67. littlemissmary permalink
    June 14, 2008 10:30 am

    Hi Miss Tam,

    I watched this with my mom and I wanted to say

    GOOD JOB!!!!!

    I tried to learn it, but I haven’t figured it all out yet.

    (Mom helped type this out!)

  68. June 15, 2008 7:23 am

    Hi Tam!

    Your family is awesome!


    Congrats, too! It didn’t take you very long to learn the trick.

    Goes to prove you aren’t THAT old yet.

    Just sayin’. 🙂

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