Sunday, July 29, 2012

young women's camp

6 years. it's been 6 years, summer after summer, one week at young women's camp. it's crazy how fast time flies! it was a great week! hard, scary, trying, but great. i learned soo much and am so grateful for the experience.

first of all, our theme was ARMY Strong: A Righteous Mormon Youth. super fun. everyone loved it. and our stage was just lovely. silhouettes and the blue sky. i loved it:)

we had fun together. our group of YCL2's (Youth Camp Leader's, second level) are so close and support eachother 100 percent. i really felt that this week. we had fun with shadow puppets and weird faces, screaming, laughing, bathroom trips, dinner.. so great. i love them and will miss each of them dearly!

i think though that some of the most important lessons i learned were these:
you choose to be offended. therefore choose not to be. when you think everyone loves you, you're so much happier!
make sure the water is turned on before you decide to take a shower. and always turn the stage lights off. that solves lots of water issues.
surround yourself with amazing friends who will do whatever it takes to help you in emergencies.
who's parachute am i helping to pack? and more importantly, am i grateful to those who are packing mine?
3 minutes of scripture study is better than none.
eat when you know you need to, even if you don't feel hungry. always.
europe sounds a lot more fun than tracy.
laughing doesn't necessarily burn calories. kasie thinks she can prove that;)
there are some people you just need in your life. keep them close.
have the courage to act on a prompting. it usually is the right thing to do, as scary as it seems.
married people are so cute.
patty thought she was locked in the freezer a few years ago. making up a skit about it was even funnier;)
a letter sprayed with cologne definitely stays smelling that way.
lichen. maybe;)
do what is right! always move forward! prepare!
we take our showers at home for granted way too often!
as much as i want to be a big girl and be on my own, i still need my momma. i love her very much.

it was a good week. i am grateful to be home. but honestly, i hope i can go back next year. it's a special place, camp is.

to the girls i love dearly, i wish you the best! love you<3

short hikes and high fives

{{4/5!!!}} soooo natalie asks if we'd like to go on a hike saturday, so of course we're all for it.
seriously the longest, hottest walk ever. it was fun! definitely! i just need to remember to pack more water next time! it was so hott! but by we finally got to the shaded area, the rocks and little stream running through, was amaaaazing! we stayed there for 2 hours or so, just laying around and throwing rocks at each other and laughing when nat fell in the water;) eating, talking politics and school and biking {we really are random people} haha we had so much fun!

the walk back was looong, but everyone enjoyed themselves. devin thinks im a crazy driver {it's not my fault sometimes when you need to change lanes, you just have to pretend you're a california driver!} and phillip probably thinks we're boring people. but that's okay!

the real reason i had to go was to take pictures;) but it was super cute so it worked out anyway! this is by far my favorite! someday, after i learn wonderful things in college, i want to be a wedding/engagement photographer. really. just putting that out there.

so after this hike/sit/walk thing, we came home. rhiannon and phillip went home, nat and devin to a movie. nathan and i went swimming! hahah he launched rachel and i off of his shoulders which was fun! but i always felt like i was too heavy;) anywho, after swimming and showing off cartwheels and handstands, we headed to dinner. La Villa {i think} is DELICIOUS! oh my goodness yummm! and then we headed to the dance where we surprisingly had a fantastic time! hhaha looots of high fives. it's kinda our thing, thanks to shay. haha i'm super excited for this year! i can tell the three of us our going to be fantastic friends:) ahh! and i love how we know how to help and be there for others. we are awesome;)
sooo turned out to be a fun day! cant wait to celebrate a certain person's birthday coming upp. it's gonna be great! hehe

yayy! alright one more:) AND THEN I'M CAUGHT UP!!



ohh idaho. i love the wide open, green grass, beautiful weather of idaho. it's just amazing!! we had so much fun with the cousins! all 19 were there! at one time! it was so fun:)

i think the best part of idaho {{aside from cute cousins asking me to play all the time}} was definitely visiting the BYU-I campus! it sounds so fun! and i want to apply for the theatre talent award, and i want to do the photography major and i'm just so excited!! AHH!! and every once in a while i can go down and visit grandma and grandpa. it'll be so FANTASTIC! ahh!!

and my aunt kristin. i look up to her a lot. i love all my aunts, but it's been a long time since we've seen them. and i had fun talking to her.

well off to the next post!

efy (finally)

hooray! 5 weeks late. i know, but it's been a busy summer!

alright so efy was fantastic. emotional, tearful, loud, crazy, fun. but fantastic:) i learned a lot, loved my councilors, had a blast with jaz. sad it's my last year, but we had fun:)

here's the pics and more thoughts. enjoy<3

these are our lovely councilors, Jenn and Scott. Jenn was so helpful in jazzy's little hair dying adventure;) and she was so much fun! i loved the spirit she brought and the fun we all had together.
Scott was great. he knew when to be serious, and when to be silly. he especially liked my "happy hungry dance" haha. oh and i was his favorite ginger for the week:D
hehe they were so great! i am so grateful that i had the chance to meet them:)

bahaha soooo jazzy had this really faint pink streak in her hair. it used to be bright bright hot pink, but it had significantly faded by the time efy came around. still, haha we had to dye it. we had fun though;) perfect match on the hair dye, turned out perfect! haha it was definitely a fantastic adventure!!

 awww our girlies: savannah,mikaela, dakoda, kim, jasmine, jennifer, kenyon, kirie, hannah, kate, me:) we had soooo much fun together! random dancing, laughing, just plain fun always. i couldn't have asked for better ladies to meet:)

oohh kate and hannah. they were definitely super fun to be around! i just had tons of goofy pics of them and couldn't help it! haha

pizza night dance partyy!!! yeahhhh!!

 our boyyss!! aww we couldn't have asked for a sweeter group! scott, seth, john, ryan, alex, eli, james, hayden, spencer, duncan, charles. all week we had soo much fun! with the scottish game thing and escorting and interpretive dancing (on my part) and taking pictures. i had soo much fun! aww miss them all!


alright so here the guys were being goof balls and acting all girly with their ankles crossed and everything, except we hardly ever got one picture where they were all looking! they would put their head down, or look to see who else was being added to the group. it was pretty funny!


well then spencer tried to roll across everyone, which scott pushed him one way and then all the other guys were leaving so spencer just kinda gave up;)

 annnd then they dog piled him. boys are so crazy!!

 so there were some pretty important people in our session this week. 
{{far left}} celeste helped us get hair dye and always brought a smile to our faces, no matter when we saw her. she made the whole day just fabulous no matter what! i absolutely loved her positive attitude and sweet spirit! 
{{center}} COLETTE! oh my goodness, so this is one of my previous bishop's daughters. it was so fun to see her! she is so sweet and i just loved saying hello every once in a while!
{{far right}} spencer. pretty much he wore pink and it went with these other photos;) but he was super cool too!

she needs to be a model. end of sentence. oh goodness jasmine, you're gorgeous!

aaand of course our crazy times together! sorry some are cut off, but i love my jasmine! we had such a great time together. she's the best. shopping, crying, laughing, screaming {a lot}, singing, bathroom dance parties, hair doing, running, sharing clothes, just. us. being crazy. as usual;) I LOVE YOU GIRL!!! washington is toooo far away!

well that was my week! sorry it's so late. MORE TO COME I PROMISE!!<3