6.29.2008

Trek!

Last week, from the 18th to the 21st, my mom, dad, my sister C, and I had a great opportunity to go on trek. It turned out to be a good and fun experience, though we had a lot of blisters by the end.

Day 1 (Wednesday):
We got to the church at 7 am and left on the buses soon after. We were already dressed in our pioneer clothes. Once we got to the site (somewhere around the border of Utah and Wyoming), we were immediately put into our families. I got into the Woods family. There were six boys and three girls (including me) in our family. Their names were: Avala, Natalie, Kyle, Blake, Isaac, Taylor, Jordan, and Randy.

We walked 18 miles the first day! It was a way tough day! Tons of people got blisters and sunburns from just the first day. We also had the women's pull that was a hard thing, because the women had to pull up a huge hill. It was really great to come up though and see the men at the top in lines with their hats off to us. After we passed them, they hurried up to help us. It was awesome. The first day was really hard, but we were sooooo happy to see the port-a-potties because it meant we were setting up camp.

We got to camp pretty late, around like 9 pm and set up our tents out of tarps and wood poles. After that we got our dishes and had a yummy dinner of taco soup. It was really cold during all the nights, especially since the tarps weren't insulated or anything. It felt good to sleep, though, after a very exhausting day.

Day 2 (Thursday):We woke up at about eight in the morning and had a quick devotional. Then, we had breakfast, took down our tents, and then went over for a devotional that Bro McKay gave. It was really good. He talked about how proud we should be of our American flag and told the story behind the "Star Spangled Banner." Then, we head to walk once more. We walked about eight miles, which wasn't as long as the day before, but still tired us out a lot.

We had to set up our tents once again, but my family kept having problems. We ended up having to start over, which was NOT what my Pa wanted to do, but the only thing we really could do. Our tent was already a big mess. We then had dinner, listened to some music that was played by some of the people who had brought their instruments, and then had a much needed sleep.
Me, my friend Courtney, and her brother Jordan listening to music (by the way, my mom--not ma, mom-- took all the pics.)


Day 3 (Friday):

Friday was a nice day, because we didn't have to walk. It was a day full of fun, games, and spirituality. We played a lot of games that pioneers might have played then. My family won most of the games, except for a log-cutting one and the three legged race (we got disqualified on that one).
Me on the A-Frame thing, where my family had to move it with ropes and not let it fall. We did really good on this one. No mistakes at all!

Me and my "sisters". From left to right: Natalie, me, and Avala

Later on, we had a solo experience for about two hours where we got letters from our parents and a letter from our bishop. It was great to read the letters and think about stuff. Afterwards, we got back and had a testimony meeting, which was great to talk about our testimonies and the solo experience as well.

After dinner, we had a hoe down, where we did some square dancing with a guy calling out the moves. It was a little confusing, but it was fun and I got the hang of it after a few minutes. We also danced to a few line dances and had fun being crazy with those. We had peach cobbler for dessert (yum!) and then stayed up really late, since it was our last night together. My sisters and I stayed up forever just telling jokes and laughing lots. For me, it was probably the coldest night of sleep yet. When I woke up, my feet were numb!

Day 4 (Saturday and the day we go home):

We had to wake up way early on Saturday and woke up to Bro. McKay yelling in his blow horn for a half-hour probably. We had a quick breakfast and then took down our tent. Before going, my family had one last devotional and said one thing we liked about each person. We had to really rush by the end, because it was time to go and we had to hurry and pack our cart. We ended up being the last family to leave.
My family having our last-minute devotional.

We walked about six miles the last day, but it didn't feel that hard compared to everything else we had walked. We passed the time by playing alphabet games and stuff like that. We had fun.

My family pushing the cart (I'm in the front, along with all the other girls).

When we got to camp, Bro. McKay and his wife hadn't come yet--they were older and they walked the whole way, so they were a little behind--so everyone got in two lines to greet them. When they came up, we all sang "The Spirit of God." You could see the happiness from the tears in their eyes. It was a great moment. They did a lot for the whole trek and everyone really appreciated them.
We were so happy when the buses arrived and we got to go home. I slept the whole way back.

Trek was such a fun and awesome experience that I will never forget. My family was great and I had so much fun with them. Even though I can't, if I could go again, then I totally would. It was the best.

Ballet Recital 2008- Earth and Beyond!

Last week, we had our annual ballet recital. The theme this year was Earth and Beyond. My class's dance was Asteroids. We had purple costumes with a short skirt and some sparkly waist and arm bands. It was lots of fun though! We had a super long dance--over 6 minutes, and my teacher was great. Her name is Liz and she is leaving next year to get her Master's Degree in New York! She was an amazing teacher and taught me lots! Here's some fun pics! In the ones where we are doing our dance, I have a ribbon in my hair and a black leotard on. They only had some people wear costumes for rehearsal to test the lighting.

Above is me and my sisters with my aunt, Zildy. I was so happy she came this year, because she has tried to come for a lot of years, but something always comes up, so it was good she came (or I would have been REALLY angry! jk). By the way, I don't have my costume on, because if you dance on pointe, you don't get to keep it.

I can't wait for ballet to start again in August. After the recital, ballet ends for the summer. I always miss it so much! Sadly, this will be my last year to dance at Clytie Adams, because I'm graduating next year. I will miss it so much when it ends!

6.25.2008

Fun with Family

About two weeks ago, my aunt, Ruth, and my three cousins came from Texas to visit for a week! We had such a blast. It was cousin crazy for a whole week and we had such a good time. My other aunt, Zildy, came from Salt Lake and stayed a couple of nights too, so that she and her two kids could be around for all the fun. Unfortunately for me, I had work, school, and ballet a lot, so I couldn't be around for as much fun as I wanted to be.

They came on Monday night (I had to leave right after they came because I had a class) and
we had a barbecue and the cousins began bonding by playing the Wii (classic).

I don't really remember too much of the week because I was gone a lot, but I do remember that the mom's went shopping a TON! It seemed like every time I came home, they were out shopping, which made me jealous. >: {

By the end, it was really really sad when they had to leave again. We don't see them very often and its the BEST when we do. I wasn't able to be there for the last goodbye (I was taking the ACT) but from what my mom told me, it was a huge tearfest and everyone was crying like crazy because they didn't want to leave. Just for that reason, I'm glad I wasn't there, because I know I would have been crying too. I hope someday, we'll all be able to live close together again, like we used to, so we don't have to have such sad partings. So yeah, it was lots of fun while it lasted. We hope to see our relatives again soon!

The Last Day of School!

On the last day of school, which was on May 31 for me, my friends and I did lots of fun stuff. We stayed at the school and signed yearbooks for a while and once we were done with that we went to the park. At the park, we played tennis (which has become one of our frequent hobbies, though we're all REALLY bad at it). We also played kickball. We wanted to play volleyball, but there were some other kids around so we figured it would be better if we didn't. After that, we went to a playground and played tag on that a lot (like elementary school!).
Laura and Jackie try going on the tire swing at the playground. They had a little trouble though. :)

Courtney pulls a face as she prepares to go down the slide.

We played a lot on the slide and tried to squish each other as we got to the bottom.
From top to bottom: (Hannah, Jackie, Laura, Courtney)

I'm in the back, trying to be seen!

After that, we went swimming at Farmington pool, except one of my friends, Laura, couldn't come because she had to go to work (I know sad!). Swimming was lots and lots of fun. We were planning to watch a movie later on my Courtney's projector, so we went to Smith's, got lots of treats, and visited Laura while she was working. It was cool.

Then we went and watched the movie, The Forgotten. It was kind of a scary movie but mostly it was just weird. It was fun, and we talked and laughed alot too. Overall, it was an amazingly fun day! I had lots and lots of fun and a great way to hit off summer.

6.22.2008

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day (which yes I'm aware that it was awhile ago) in the morning, we went to the Union Station museum with my grandparents. There were three sections with antique cars, old rifles, and the trains. I think the trains was the best part because it had a lot of exhibits and stuff you could go in that used to be like a real train. The cars were way cool even though we couldn't sit in them or anything. We probably spent about five minutes at the most in the gun exhibit because we didn't really care and they all looked EXACTLY the same. :D It was lots of fun though and we had fun pretending to run all the train stuff.

Later on, our old next-door neighbors came to our house for a barbecue and we played a lot with them. Its always fun to see them because they were our best friends for the longest time and we don't want to break that bond. It was a great day and was definitely nice to have school off!
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