Monday, June 23, 2008
2. burning or catching fire
3. being squashed
4. being chopped up
6. choking to death
7. falling from a high building
8. being buried alive...did I already say chopped up?
9. being eaten
This is a discussion she has frequently. Amber's questions made me think of it the other day. I'm pretty sure Chloe's list is very similar to mine. Number 6 was being shot but she decided it was worse to choke.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Hunter really prefers the social aspect of summer swim. She gets in the pool and does what she needs to but really does best at having a good time. I think she swims so she can see boys!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
These are the Parisian accomodations....I can hardly stand it! I'll be running all over now getting things ready to go!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
When we prayed and fasted for the "right" weather, I had no idea what that would entail. You would think that would mean blue skies, 70 degree temps, no rain, no wind. But I saw the Lord had something else in mind for us. We did have some blue skies from time to time and the weather was cooler rather then hotter. But, we had raging storms. One night I heard the thunder begin around 2 am and the hurricane winds and lightening with torrential rains continued for 5 hours straight. If you have ever been here when it rains...you can imagine that for 5 hours and the amount of water there would be left. One day it rained for a couple of hours in the morning and then high winds came and dried it all up within hours. Because of the high winds and rains we had hardly no mosquitos. While there were huge trials of weather, the Lord completely compensated every time. I think it was a challenging week for the leaders but the girls got along so well. I never heard one girl complain...even while wringing out tents and sleeping bags. The Maryville branch was wonderful and came to the camp and took back with them tons of sleeping bags and clothes to dry and then brought them back that evening.
The crafts went well and I was so grateful to have Melissa with me. She was a trooper. One day we used the showers while the girls were doing their certifications. When we got in there with the hot water and steam running, it started pouring and lightening and thundering outside. The lights flickered and we just laughed and giggled the whole way through our showers. What a funny, surreal feeling to basically be showering out in what feels like the open during an electrical storm....trying not to step on the big beetles that were crawling all over the shower floors.
I have to say, I'm really grateful I got to go to camp. It is really hard work but I enjoyed getting to know some girls that I never knew very well and associated with great women. Being a craft lady, is the best way to enjoy camp. I got fed very well. So well, I will be dieting all this week!! I was a judge for the Bishop dessert cookoff on wednesday night. Imagine 10 full helpings of desserts in a half hour. Bishop Litster's strawberry icecream and Fia and Bruce Hammond's peach/pineapple cobbler were amazing! Enough said.
I am a little overwhelmed with the recovery. We spent 5 hours after we got home hanging 20+ tents to dry in our garage, spreading 15 huge tarps all over our yard, unpacking a week's worth of 5 people's stinky clothes to wash, unloading camp gear, driving girls and their gear home and then making it to Bridger's dance recital with her all dolled up by 6:30 last night. The garage is still full of all the tents that need to be packed, the laundry isn't done, I have to help at the choir car wash this morning, Bridger has another recital at 2:00 and then at 7:00 today, I have to figure out what to do for Boyd for Father's Day, and I really want to help Catherine pack and get ready to move. All of our cars and our trailer are out in the driveway and in the street (a big neighborhood no no). I'm on overload.
I'm grateful to Heavenly Father for protecting his little "flock" of girls this week.
Monday, June 9, 2008
A lot of people reacted funny to my hair yesterday at church and then there were some who didn't say a word about it when they talked to me, they just kept looking at me funny. It's strange taking a shower..all that long hair. It's easy to wash...just like your own hair, only a lot more. The curling iron is really hot and the hair is course so I imagine it would get damaged fast. The process of getting ready takes a little longer but lasts much longer then the way I was wearing my hair before. My favorite is wearing it in a pony tail or with a hat. Hats have never looked good on me before because of my short fine hair, I looked like a cancer patient wearing a hat to cover my hair loss. Not that there is anything wrong with that...unless you don't have cancer.
The general concensus so far is...the long hair makes me look younger. I don't know for sure but I'm afraid I look like a 40 year old TRYING to look younger. It's just fun. I don't know how long I will have them for, but they certainly make my hair a lot more fun and feminine. It brings out the 80's rocker girl in me. Maybe I ought to go dig out my black leather jacket. I only wish the extensions made me lose 10 lbs. What is up with me not being able to get the weight off??
I'll be spending the day getting packed for girls camp. Boyd and Chloe left this morning and the rest of us leave tomorrow. I'll be sure to take pictures while we're there!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Seriously, I know I said "enough said". But really, do I look this huge in real life? Anyway, here's the result. I'm hoping to wear them through the summer.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
A. ATV's, air conditioning, August
B. Bridger, birthdays, BBQ, bugs, bathing suits, backpacking, blogging
C. Chloe, choir practices, chocolate, cold drinks, California, car washes, church, cousins
D. Driver's Permit, dandelions...hopefully not on the lawn, deer poo in the back yard, drive in
F. Friends, flowers, family reunions, fireworks, fake tans, flat hair, flip flops, Father's Day, frozen custard
G. Gardening, Girls Camp, giddy girls, grilling, gasoline prices, Grandma
H. Hunter, Hot weather, heavy rains, humidity, hair extensions, hamburgers, hiking
I. Icecream, ice water, icky humidity, Independence Day
J. jello salads, jumping on trampolines, June, July
K. kittens under the front porch, kicking soccer balls
L. Laughter, late nights, lightening bugs, lazy days, London, lightening, laundry, lifeguarding
M. Matinees, Maui Babe Tanning Oil, moonlit nights, mountains, meets, mosquitos, mowing
N. Naps, no school, New Mark registration
O. Outdoors, Oregon, ocean, Oak Park registration, organizing
P. pools, patio, Paris, potato salad, parties
Q. Quick Trip
R. root beer floats, reunions, rodeos, Rock Band, repellent, reading books, restaurants
S. shakes, sunshine, swimming, shaving legs, sunglasses, shorts, scout camp, storms, sunscreens, seminary training, strawberries, Staley registration, sprinklers, shade, Smithville Lake, sisters
T. Tennis lessons, tubing, tons of sun, trips, tomatoes, tornadoes, thunder, tomcasso
U. Umbrella for shade, ugly hair, Utah
V. Vacations, visiting family and friends
W. Watermelon, warm nights, weather, weddings, Wii, walking Lola, water
Y. Yummy food, yellow hibiscus, Young Women's activities
Z. ZZzzzzz's - anytime I want
These are some of our ABC's of summer. It has been a great diversion as the lightening approaches.
I've had nightmares about tornadoes for the last three nights so I'm a little frazzled to begin with.
Say your prayers for us here in KC.
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Wednesday, June 4, 2008
That ought to last a day.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
He told us last night that today he would leave us with an Apostalic Blessing. So, it was worth it to me to get my family to the church 2 hours early so I would be able to sit close and witness this miracle. He told us that giving these blessings is historical and a tradition and that he had two missions as an Apostle...to bear witness of the Savior and to go in His name and bless.
This are excerpts from his blessing that he left for the Platte City Stake:
In the name of the Lord...
Elder Holland blessed every man, woman, child as if his hands were on each of our heads. He knows about the needs and quests that we have. He knows we have and will have sad days and happy days.
He blessed us thru those days--those Liberty Jails days to come.
These blessings carried over to those we love and are concerned for as he knew that the cause of much of our sadness may be due to others' sufferings.
He blessed the men to be worthy of the priesthood they bear. Nothing could bless the kingdom more then honoring the priesthood.
He blessed the men to be more like the Master, whose priesthood they hold, to treat all those they know kindly.
He blessed men, young and old that they will become the disciples of Christ they said they would become when they received the priesthood.
He blessed the women. Women have carried the flag of faith since the beginning of time and said he was here because of faithful women in his life. He blessed those we love and cry for and that we will know we are loved and cared for. He reminded us that as Christ suffered, that it was women with perhaps the exception of John, who wept and huddled around the feet of Christ.
He blessed the children that they would be protected in all important decisions they will make. He wanted the youth to understand that we (as leaders) understand their journey and want to help them. Know and love and respond to the teachings of their parents, that they will be safe.
He blessed those who are sick, in mourning, those who have lost loved ones to death and reiterated that this blessing was as if hands were on their heads. He acknowledged that he knew there were some that were hoping to get personal blessings this day but that he couldn't personally bless them all, but that we are to believe that this blessing is as if it is on their heads of healing, happiness and hope.
He blessed marriages and said that God had authorized him to bless us to have strong marriages and trust in each other.
He said, "All of this will be realized in your life."
He said of Christ, "He has, Does, and Will appear."
I cannot even convey the Spirit that was there and the enormity of what we learned and I don't even think it would be appropriate or mean the same to someone else. It has been a sacred experience I will hold in my heart forever. What a generous man, as he lingered as the Savior did with the Nephites as they stood with tears in their eyes as He told them He would leave them until the next day. Elder Holland lingered and shood the hands of many people until he could no longer stay. I truly felt his love for us.