Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A multi topic update...

March is always so busy in our family. It's full of so many fun things....too many to mention. but I will mention that it is my birthday MONTH. In fact I had my birthday on Monday and I was spoiled properly for many days of gift giving. Mark even got me a new scroll saw because mine died. I've already used it too. Love it! Our 23rd wedding anniversary was on the 8th. I woke up to roses, balloons and breakfast in bed. So nice!I thought I'd share a little blast from the past. These are our senior pictures, which is also the year we were married. I know....babies! Fun to see though....even with the permed hair and blue eye shadow. I loved the 80's! Ahhhh...Good old days!
These signs for girls camp is what I got to use my new saw on. Cute stuff, huh?! I cut, Missie sanded and base coated, then I did the words and all the detail painting then pt them together. We made a good team. Going along with the bee theme, each level is a different color and name. I haven't finished all of them yet. The stake staff (I'm one) are the "queen bees" the priesthood men are the "bee keepers" then I have to make signs for locations around camp. I can't wait to get them all done. I did get these ones all finished and put on stakes so that the girls would know where to go tonight during our first aid clinic. Missie did an excellent job putting the whole night together so the girls would be certified before camp. They all went to different classes. Some taught by nurses and others taught by firemen. As you can imagine, teenage girls really like having the firemen around. Missie did all the hard work. I just brought the signs and cutely packaged up brownies that she made as thank yous for the know...the frivolous fun stuff. :o)

After the classes they had rooms set up as "save a ycl" (youth camp leader). Each room had girls who were pretend suffering from different problem that the girls had to help with. I had to laugh when I saw Caitlin had been attacked by a you can see by the size of him, it must have been quite the fight. I don't know if she'll fully recover. LOL!

The Skousen family was kind enough to offer plots of their farm land to families in our stake to plant a small garden. Best part is they plowed the land and they water it. All we have to do is plant it, weed it and harvest it. So great! Each family got 5 rows deep by about 10 feet or so. We planted watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, tomato's and strawberries. I can hardly wait to see it grow. We did end up with 2 plots because the Masters wanted to share a plot with another family, so now we will share our garden with Brek, Brittany and the grand babies.

Most of what we planted were from seeds except for the tomatoes and strawberries.

Mark working hard to repaid the first row. Koozer familyHal taking on the roll of supervisor/spectator. :o) Just kidding Hal. Your whole family did a great job working together to plant your garden.

This picture makes me laugh, so I had to include it. It's like he's all pumped up or something. Tough guy! LOL! There will be more garden updates to come. I did buy wood so I can make cute garden signs. The morning we planted it was freezing. I'm sure to remember that day come this summer when we're weeding in 115 degree heat here in Satan's summer home. I also got to enjoy a fun sisters day of lunch and a movie with 2 of my sisters, Coleen and Julie. Rene' always misses out on the fun because of that darn thing called a job!'s 1:00 a.m. and I don't get nearly enough sleep as it is, so I'm outta here! :o)

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Birthday boy and Bee's....

My Cody boy turned 16 today. It seems so strange because he's always been one of the "little boys" Brek, Chad and Kyle were always the "big boys" and Cody and Cole were the "little boys" It's really hard to re-program my brain to think otherwise. He's now of driving age, but has yet to really push the issue and I'm sure as heck not going to bring it up. I'm holding out for as long as possible because I'll be danged if he's going to drive my car. Isn't that a terrible mother thing to say?! I've been through it enough times now so I've earned the right to be concerned and protective of my car. Before I went to town I took him lunch at school. He was thrilled! Who knew taco bell and gatorade could make a kid that happy. :o) We got Cody a pair of converse shoes because he requested shoes that "didn't talk". Translation...One's that weren't split open so you can make it appear to talk with your hands. We also got him a quiver to hold his arrows, finger tip gloves for shooting and an arm guard. A few months ago Cody made his own long bow in scouts. He worked so hard on that thing and he's so proud of it. Archery quickly became his thing. He practices all the time. Last weekend he went on a big scout camp out and one of the competitions was archery. Out of 500 boys he was #1!!! How freaking cool is that?! He ended up coming home with a kids watch and another kids hatchet. Turns out he bet them he could pierce the ear of the deer on the target. Sure enough he did it both times. I felt bad that he took their things, but I wasn't there to make him give them back. He said "it's okay, mom. They were going to trade them anyways."....Whatever!
Anyways...I love that sweet TALL boy that still hugs me and tells me he loves me every single day. Makes me happy!
Happy 16th birthday Cody!

I totally forgot to post about the camp kick off meeting. I so love this years theme.
"Bee the One"
Don't you love it!
The scripture we are pulling from is 1 Timothy 4:12
"Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in faith, in purity."
Really think about that scripture. It contains a pretty powerful message. I just love it. We want each and every one of the girls to know and believe that they have the power and ability to make a difference in this world. ONE person can indeed make a positive impact in the lives of others. I've always tried to be that kind of person. I certainly make mistakes, but I feel horrible when I do and I try to be better. We have a terrific group of girls in my stake and I know the spirit will be strong at girls camp this summer. Their testimonies will grow and their desire to grow and make a difference will be a wonderful thing to watch. I can hardly wait!
For the meeting I made the poster and set up a table scape in a cute bee theme. They all loved it. As you know, I'm the craft director again this year. My next task is to come up with 3-4 craft projects EACH for up to 150 girls that go along with the theme that I can teach at camp. Plus come up with decorations for the entire camp. It's a BIG job on a LITTLE budget. I'm going to have to be really creative! I've been looking for my creative mojo. Have you seen it? I'm sure I'll find it around here somewhere. Perhaps I need to clean up my office to find it. Hmmmm...