Saturday, May 17, 2008

lizzy's 12th b-day!!




although monday, may 12th was her real - and golden - birthday, her party was on friday. she had a barbeque, opened presents, made purses, played night games, and had magic cookie bars and pineapple-raspberry sherbet! whew...what a night!








miss chalk came to bring in the festivities!! we ALWAYS have more fun when she's around! my mom had made enough purses so miss and i made ones too...we finished ours watching high school musical 2 that we found on the disney channel :)



then, this morning, i finally worked on the bucket! there is a regional young single adult activity tonight. a friend in my ward signed me up to do a basket without me knowing what she had done. the activity is a date auction. this means there will be men and women who can be "bought" and taken out on a date...it will be like a runway thing i think. then there will be an auction for date baskets. much like the auction in the musical oklahoma where the girls make a lunch and put it in a basket and then the guys bid on the basket and get to eat the lunch with the girl, we - the dates are all double dates for safety issues - make a basket with the things needed for the date and then 2 guys bid on it.

keli and i decided to do a cabin date and ride her family's 3-wheelers. so here is the basket that we put together for it.









i am a bit nervous that the familiar feelings of the stake dances when i was 14 and just got excited for laura getting asked to dance, or tamara, or amber will all come flooding back tonight when no one bids on the "bucket o' fun". wish me luck!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

MOAB!!!

my singles' ward went down to moab this past weekend. i was more than nervous to head down there. i know a number of people in the ward, but don't feel very close to them. moab is the out-door-lover's paradise. i do love the outdoors, but am not confident in much hiking, climbing, etc. and was worried.

kelly stoddard - who i don't even have a picture of! - came because i begged her to come be my friend. that was heavenly on saturday as she graciously came on the river with me.
but, i should clue in to the reality that when i am the most nervous about something, it tends to be amazing.

i drove down with 2 fun girls - natalie and emily - and we talked the entire time. we were in natalie's tent together and then rented a jeep for friday. natalie made a comment that has been running through my mind constantly since she said it. she said that she has never been with 3 girls and had no much fun and have all 3 get along so well and be so content - no one ever felt left out or not apart of things ( i remembered back to my elementary days...i was dear friends with 2 twins...lisa and deann harvie. i loved them - still do and have looked and looked for them... anyway, when it was the 3 of us, someone was always left out...). i agreed with natalie, as did emily and have pondered why that was.

i think it comes in part from the fact that we are very independent women...at least socially. we don't rely on a ton of people to be happy. and we had lots to talk about and lots to empathize and sympathize with one another about. we were all anxious to learn from and of one another. thus, we were very happy to be with each other.

thankfully emily loves to take pictures and did a wonderful job in documenting our time together. let me give you a run down of the weekend:

  • Thursday, 5 PM - on the road!
  • Thursday, 9 PM - arrived, sang "happy birthday" to brother christensen.
  • Friday, 8 AM - breakfast, rented jeeps (still in my pj's still!), showered, went into town and looked at shops, read for institute, slept, read for institute.
  • Friday, 1 PM - left to go jeeping!! i drove too!
  • Friday, 6 PM - washed and returned the jeep and looked at what movies were playing.
  • Friday, 8 PM - dinner, "devotional" and testimony meeting (i was asked to read a "scripture" that was originally about the seed of faith in Alma, but was asked to substitute the word tree with boyfriend.
    • And behold, as the boyfriend begineth to grwo, ye will say; Let us nourish him with great care that we may get a date, that he may grow up and bring forth diamond rings unto us. And now, behold it ye nourish him with much care, it will get you a date and grow up and bring forth diamond rings.
    • but if ye neglect the boyfriend, and take no thought for his goodness; behold he will call you for any dates and when the DTR of commitment cometh and scorcheth because he hath no depth, he withers away from you and you pluck him up and cast him out.
    • Now, this is not because the flirting was not good, neither is it because the diamond rings thereof would not be desireable; but it is because you just want to be friends and ye will not nourish the boyfriend. Therefore ye cannot have the diamond rings thereof.
  • Friday, 8 PM - Kelly and Scott and Kelly's roommate arrived!
  • Friday, 9 PM - a handful of us ran into town and watched Iron Man.
  • Saturday, 8 AM - breakfast, cleaned up camp, got ready for river run.
  • Saturday, 11 AM - RIVER!
  • Saturday, 3 PM - home again, home again, jiggidy jig!
























cheesey, cheesey, chessey!

















remember, we ARE camping! - OH there's kelly's head!




Let's talk about Fun!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


this past week was BYU's Women's Conference. our little staff went to be the cheerleaders and smilies to the presidencies as they presented during the two days, May 1st and 2nd. We learned lots and lots as we listened, shared, and watched for a total of about 20 hours. we love being together and love getting to learn and grow and share with one another.

we even love being rather crazy together!!




dignified, yet sleepy!!



dignified and loopy!



just loopy!!