Sunday, August 16, 2009

A week at Girls Camp

We just got back home yesterday (Saturday) from spending the week at girls camp. We had a ton of fun "camping" (we slept in little cabins) and just being outdoors. The girls had fun being with friends, learning about nature, swimming in the lake, etc. Amanda was a YCL (Youth Camp Leader) and was in charge of helping a group of 1st year girls for the week. I was the Business Specialist this year, so I spent alot of time before camp keeping track of all the registration forms, going to meetings, ordering t-shirts and sweatshirts and making sure things were organized. It was lots of work, but so worth it. Once we got to camp, I was also the camp photographer - which, we all know, is my favorite thing to do!

Amanda with the craft ladies. They were awesome!

One of the activities was a pie eating contest. One person stood on the bench, while the other person lay on the ground with a little pie shell on their forhead. The person on the bench had a little bag with pudding in it and they had to drop the pudding into the pie shell. Then the person on the ground had whip cream put on top of the pie and then ate it. As you can see, not all of the pudding landed in the pie shell!

Early in the morning, before anyone jumped into the lake for the polar dip.

One of the few times the girls actually saw each other.

Amanda and her friend, Tezra.

The whole group!

Sam and her friends from school, Brianne and Megan. They were in the same cabin together.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

This is SO Embarrasing, Mom!

This is what I heard over and over and over yesterday afternoon. I decided it was time for pictures again, so the girls got ready and we headed off to a nearby park. Actually, it wasn't really a park, but an entrance into a housing development with a small pond, water fountain, forest and grassy area. We drive by it all the time and I've noticed how pretty it is. A friend of mine mentioned it would be a great place for pictures and I had to agree with her. I had a great time taking pictures and coming up with different poses.......the girls - not so much!

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The pioneers walked and walked and walked......

The girls had the opportunity of going on a Pioneer Trek a couple weeks ago. (I'm not so sure they'd call it an "opportunity" - but that's my word for it!) The night before they left on Trek there was a big dinner, where they found out who their new "families" were and to have their bags checked to make sure they had everything. (And to make sure there were no cell phones smuggled in.) Then on Thursday morning at 5:30, (yes - IN THE MORNING), they all met at the church to load up on buses and begin their adventure. They were dropped off in the middle of nowhere (actually, it was at the base of Mt Rainier), where there were handcarts waiting for them. There was also a chicken for each family, to put into a wooden crate and keep with them for a couple days (until it became "dinner"). They walked, pulled the handcarts, played pioneer games, sang songs and crossed a river three different times, from Thursday morning until Saturday afternoon. It was a great way for them to gain a better appreciation for what our ancestors went through so many years ago. All-in-all, the girls had a good time.

When asked how it went, this is what I heard:

*Sam is REALLY glad she has the Mom and Dad she has, instead of her temporary ones. (I WILL be reminding her of this the next time she complains about the "injustices of life".)
*Amanda is glad she has the sister she has and not the ones in her temporary family. (This, too, will be a reminder in future situations!)
*Amanda never wants to see a handcart again.
*Sam can't wait to do it again in 4 years!

Go figure!!!

Before leaving for the church, I made them "pose" in their pioneer attire! Don't they look thrilled to be going? (Actually, it was having to be up so early they weren't so thrilled with.)

Sam with her "Ma and Pa".

Amanda with her "Ma and Pa"