Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ward Camping Trip

Before I start can I just say: I am doing dang good at this blog thing for the month of September! This in no way reflects how busy I actually am, it's just that I finally have something more interesting than homework to share with y'all :)

Anywho... Let me start by saying I absolutely LOVE University 3rd Ward! I submit it is the best ward in all the Church, but we're too humble here to assert that here :)


Last Friday we went up to "Mt. Zion" which is the Church cabin on Mt. Lemmon. The first group of us got there around 5pm and went straight to the edge of the mountain to get a group picture in front of the beautiful view:

Me, Maren, Katie, Kacy, Kami, & Aubrey


Then it kinda turned into a little photo shoot...

"Ali: hate the rock!"
Ali, giving her best impression of "hating the rock"


Bishop & Sister Wilson came to see the view, so we tried to scare them

"sneak attack!"


The Next Karate Kid... 2



Katie trying to "save" Maren





Pondering the beauty of the Earth (i.e. thinking up more poses...)



Yoga poses!

"Upward dog" & "Mountain Pose"




Bishop Wilson's response to our Narcissism :)



Later we decided to put the camera down and actually join the fun!



Card games :)
Amber, Ashley (my VT companion), Julie, Laura, Erica, Korey, Jessica




In the lodge: Boys & fire... ugh

Jeremy, Ben, Adam



"Head: move!" (what movie??)
JD (head), Trevor (body)



Campfire time!




Girls hangin' around by the campfire!
Lillian (my awesome visiting teachee), Ali, me, Annie




While I was helping in the kitchen I sat in some water...
...and used it to my advantage ;D




"Helping" some more in the kitchen

Katie, Maren, some crazy person, Ali





After we sent the guys to sleep outside, the girls had basically one big sleepover in the loft :)

Erica, Me, Julie, Ashely, Maren, Aubrey, Kami, Vickey, Kacy, Katie, Vanessa, Alicia



The morning after...

Kenzi, Ali, Ben



This pic eluded the "no-cameras-in-the-morning" rule...
But we look dang cute, so I let it survive :)
Beth, Kenzi, Ali, Me, Julie



The result of the ward camp-out: I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the sisters in this ward!!! The are so much fun & I can already tell this is going to be a great year :)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Dear President Kartchner

I really enjoyed your fireside about standards last night. It's great that you have so many good stories & examples to illustrate your points due to your career as a doctor however would it be possible for you to not use stories/examples that involve needles & sewing up gang members? It makes it easier to pay attention to your message when I don't have to worry about regulating my breathing so I don't lose consciousness. I knew you'd understand. Thanks mucho!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

This made me "lol" in the library

Allison sent me to this today.

It's pretty funny, but it also makes me cringe quite a bit...

It reminds me of every hand-written sign we encountered at that "99 Cent" Store near the Peoria WalMart (I put that in quotes because things were usually 99 cents, but exotic things like bamboo & statues of Buddha cost much more--for obvious reasons)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Back 2 da 90s

This week I was informed that I will be getting released as an Activities Committee co-chair in my ward [I now teach Gospel Doctrine--which makes me realize: um, I think I kinda liked planning parties for a calling!]. For my last hoorah before getting released, our ward was in charge of the institute dance for this month. Our committee decided on the theme "Back to the 90s." Nay-sayers protested that the 90s were only 8 years ago, but they forgot that they were also 18 years ago!

I was a little nervous about coming up with enough things that were strictly "90s" but everything came together SO well! The music was all-request 90s: Spice Girls, Will Smith, boy bands, theme songs from 90s TV shows... The refreshments were a good reflection on what I remembered of food in the 90s: school lunches :) We had PB&J sandwiches, Squeeze-Its, Hostess snacks, Capri Sun, candy, etc.--so yummy!

Decorations were neon silhouettes of different members of the activities committee :)

Many awesome people actually dressed up!

We set up a vintage Nintendo on a projector complete with the original Mario Bros game--a BIG hit with the guys
(our bishop did have to "regulate" a little so the guys wouldn't spend the whole time video gaming)

By 10pm the dance floor was PACKED--so much that people started dancing even in the kitchen!

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Please pass the oatmeal & spaghettios

My former partner-in-crime, thrill-seeking, mischief-making friend Mikey Rodgerson is heading off to preach the Good Word to the lucky folks of Richmond, VA for 2 years--but before leaving he had a lifelong dream that needed to be fulfilled first...
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FOOD FIGHT!

Seriously, it was disgusting...ly fun!

spaghettios
oatmeal w/ colored sprinkles
canned spinach
watermelon
potato salad
cantaloupe
refried beans
watermelon jello
pinto beans
spaghetti
*Special thanks to Mom for providing the 17-year-old home-canned jellied plums & apricots :)


In the line of fire

On the battlefield, "BFFL" has no meaning

Class photo-esque

Getting hosed-down for cleanup
ps: what's wrong w/ Katie's leg??


Oh and I think I need to make another PSA...

While engaged in a food fight: KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLOSED!

Eating watermelon & refried beans at the same time tastes dIsGuStInG!!!