Monday we had our dental check ups, only a few kids had cavities, I will keep their identity secret. I took up most of the morning. For family night we watched Tim's Father's Day DVD Mall Cop--on Clearplay. I exercised on the elliptical. The kids have been dying to watch it. It's pretty funny.
|In God We Trust|
|united we stand virtuous|
|The 3rd years, Emily's group|
|the walk way in front our our camp--we had a Don't Tread on Me Flag as well|
|Our sign: CH 8th Ward Virtuetown, Land of Liberty, you can't afford NOT to live here and Guardians of Virtue|
|the backside of our sign has the Declaration of Independence||we all signed during one of our devotionals.|
We set up camp and then we had stake orientation, some stake activities including lunch. One of the co-camp directors and I ran back to camp after the camp photo of our ward to finish setting up the decorations. The girls put up most of them--all the cans with battery tealights, banners and their own virtue banners they made to take home later. FYI our theme we were given was the Revolutionary War and the value virtue. The Stake theme was Modern Girls Vintage Values and each ward had a era and value. The stake did the Restoration/Pioneer and faith. So we were the first era and it went up to Future. It was very inspired and clever! That first night they did a faith walk and we walked through all the eras and they had quotes and the youth leaders (YCLs) dressed in their era clothing. Then at the end of the walk they inspirational music playing while we wrote some things down--things we are grateful for, good at and things we want to change. Wednesday we had our hikes. I went on the 3rd year hike with Emily's group. It was all very up hill and then very downhill.
It rained just as we got to Julie Andrews Meadow. We were blessed to stay clear of lightning and it cleared up quickly but we were soaked! My toes got a rug burn/type burn on the tips. Luckily no blisters. It was fun and we were back by noon. We had pedicures and lunch when we got back. We also had a craft they made to give to a stake secret sister. That night was the skit night. We went first and we rocked. one of our YCLs wrote the skit and it was super clever using musical songs that had words for our theme. The stake leaders did "Kid History" of the pioneers and it was hilarious! I think it was the best skit overall. They wrote it and had kids tell it and they lip synced it and had some funny props. Honestly all the skits were clever there were just 2 I couldn't hear so they may not have been as good but they all seemed really well done.
Thursday morning we had rotations with the stake, ropes course,
lunch with a cool speakers from the YW general board and the
stake YW President. They were excellent. Canoeing on Tibble
Fork Lake and the Zipline. We were going to make another craft but we decided to let the girls rest or write on each others Smashbooks on the front. After dinner we had a fireside with Michael McClean. The bishopric arrived just as we were leaving to go there--including Tim. So it was fun to be with him. Unfortunately I got the giggles during the flag ceremony--no sleep will do that to you! I could not stop and you know how I snort so I fought hard but made enough commotion that everyone turned around and laughed at me (I had my head as far down as I could to keep from losing it completely). Oh my, all I could do is whisper, "I am so sorry." All I can say is that Michael McClean was amazing. I thought it would be entertaining but it was AMAZING. He really brought the spirit, it was powerful. He was so good about telling the girls that this was the spirit sharing the love of Heavenly Father with them that their leaders had prayed that they could feel that at camp--he was so right! I could go on and on but that is the just of it and many girls shared how his fireside was life changing to them! After the fireside we went back to our campsite for testimony meeting (after a few of the girls, including Emily, met and/or hugged Michael McClean). Testimony meeting was great of course and most frequent thing said was how they had come to know that Heavenly Father and their Savior love them. This is huge, when we understand that we are children of God and he loves us we treat each other and ourselves with more love and compassion. It was super! The bishopric brought up ice cream for us and that was nice treat too! We stayed up late packing things up to make it easier in the morning. We got to bed after 2 AM! Then up at 7 AM. We had the stake secret sister exchange at 9 AM--vintage facebook is what they actually called it. So every girl got a gift and somewhat met another girl they may have not known before! Then we finished packing up and did our cleaning assignment for that day and went home! I got home around 11 AM since I was helping with the cleaning. We had the girls help us unload the trailer and cars. Then they went home with their stuff and we leaders organized everything and put it away in the ward shed. By the time I got home it was 1 PM. I made lunch, did laundry, took an Epsom salt bath and then showered then took a 2 hour nap. I was interrupted here and there until I could actually go down at 4 PM. Tim took care of dinner and took the kids (Izak on down) to see Madagascar 3 at the discount movie theater--they all liked it but Izak.
Saturday Micah had a lacrosse game in Spanish Fork--45 minutes away at 9 AM so he and Tim hurried out. BTW Micah scored 2 and they won by 1. I had chore duty and tried to finish the laundry. We got all the camping gear put away. Tim organized stuff, and tidied the garage a bit. He took a load to the dump, he painted chalkboard paint on the wall in the playroom. Hopefully he'll finish that tomorrow--he's putting up a metal piece for magnet stuff to go on and some trim. I will post a photo next week. It should be fun! Emily and her friend Ashley went to see Annie some people from our ward were in it. Izak took the little kids to a short play that some kids and their cousins were doing at the park while Tim and I had a little date to our Cedar Hills Grill! It was yummy and the view beautiful! Then we went and helped my mom with some stuff--actually Tim did while I visited with Teresa, and my parents. Today was the farewell of Taran's friend Andrew and the homecoming of Derek who is the brother of his friend and roommate from BYU Scott. It was a good meeting. Tim was the chorister for Sacrament meeting and Primary today! After church we went to Andrew's farewell and then to my mom's to 'celebrate' my birthday! It was yummy and fun even though Charl couldn't be there. We did miss them though! So there you go! Phew!
Oh, so I forgot to write about how my mom and neighbors watched my kids and Timo drove them to things while I was gone. Tim also took care of them after work. They got to go swimming, and to the Provo Beach Resort and other fun things so they didn't miss me at all!