Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monday Musings: Camp Shalom 2012

Girl's camp is an interesting event.  It takes a lot of preparation, tears and sweat and then you go for five days to no showers, bugs, bats, and sleepless nights.

Yet there is something that moves you up there.  I always say your emotions are intensified at Girl's Camp.   I felt it. 
I was able to feel of God's love not only for me, but for the girls there at camp.

We encouraged the girls and leaders to memorize The Family:  A Proclamation to the World.  I felt the spirit of the document as well.  I felt so much appreciation for my own family.  We want ourselves and the Young Women to be "Articulate Advocates for the Family" (Sister Elaine S. Dalton)  And watching those girls read and memorize the truths in The Proclamation, you knew they were getting it.  I got it even more ( I memorized it too...woo hoo)

Happy to be home now with all my family  to showers, less bugs and sleep, but look forward to taking the spiritual high I felt there and help make me a better person.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Five for Friday: Camping at Payson Lakes

The Water Fight
Braden the Man
The Face off
Cousins!



Jaycie was a little fish and didn't want to get out of the water

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Musings: Camping

We are getting ready to go camping.   I'm 40 something years old and I still haven't decided if I like camping or not.  I like being in nature and I like being with family and friends.

But it is so much work.  I don't mind work but this messes with my brain every year.  The food, shelter, clothes, toiletries, and of course toys.  etc. etc.  And then to pack it in our van that can barely fit the 7 of  us makes me regret I didn't go for my Physics degree.

Hopefully by the end of camping I'll feel refreshed and rejuvanated.  However, right now I echo Dave Barry when he said:
Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday Activity


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Families that play together stay together, especially when their play is uplifting and wholesome. Family vacations, holidays, birthday celebrations, and other activities build strong bonds and feelings of self-worth. The phrase “Remember when we…” is sure to bring love and laughter in the years to come. (lds.org/Happiness in Family Life)

Unscramble the underlined words.  Write in your journal about an activity we did as a family this summer.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Five for Friday



Cascade Springs: the sky


St. George:  The jumping place

Getting ready for Les Miserables

One of our cabins in Cedar City

1.  Cascade Springs
2.  Tuachan
3.  Jumping Place at St. George
4.  Les Miserables
5.  Cedar City

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wednesday Review

Show Way


To keek up the spirit of freedom, I chose this book for this week.  It tells the story of  a girl named Soonie and her great grandmother.  Her great-grandmother made quilts with " show ways" on it-Secret meanings in the quilt that were maps to freedom. 


Activity:  DLTK's Crafts for KidsAll About the USA Paper Quilt Craft


United States paper quilt craft

Wednesday Reviews

Americana Adventure





This is the book we did last week.  It's brimming with patriotism and takes you on a true Americana tour.  It also has lots of things "hidden" things to look for like 43 of the presidents and thir nicknames, along with other great Americans.

Our weekly activities included just enjoying the holiday and our holiday traditions:  Hiking the Y, attending an Owlz baseball game and watching the fireworks.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Musings: Les Miserables

Last week our family took a trip South.  Friday the older girls and I and my sister attended Les Miserables at the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City.  It was phenomenal!  I had seen it many years ago, have always loved the story, the music ( most of the music) and was not disappointed.


I decided to read the book before I went.  I didn't finish it.  I'm on page 509.  The book has 829 pages.   And this the abridged version. 


Victor Hugo's writing is brilliant.


 When the Bishop learns about Jean Valjean and the percieved danger he imposes, he states:  "Have no fear of robbers or murderers.  Such dangers are without, and are but petty.  We should fear ourselves.  Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murderers.  The great dangers are within us.  What matters it what threatens our heads or purses?  Let us think only of what threatens our souls?"


Also from the Bishop:


"Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions. "


"Progress must believe in God.  The good cannot have an impious servitor"




And my favorite quote from the show at the end:  "To love another person is to see the face of God. "
Then the show ends with this song: