Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Back to school they go

Okay so I know most of you will think I am crazy, but I was so sad to see my kids go back to school. A big part of it was that I was not sure that I was ready for the routine again of getting up early and to bed early. ugh! Also I get sad when I think of how time just flies and flies by! It feels like yesterday that I had Siera and now she is in 5th grade and almost 11. Honestly where does the time go??? I really makes me sad. On a happier note, the kids were so excited and ready to go back. It has been nice not to have fighting and boredom being going on all day around here. Savani will start school on Monday and so it will just be me and Milika. Good times, I guess! I hate that summer is over, but hey what can you do??

Monday, August 17, 2009

Are you ready for some football??

We are in full swing of football now. Lloyd is coaching Joshua's team, which is great because he gets to drive to all the practices. I love to go watch once in a while and love that I can leave when I need to. Lloyd is such a great coach for these boys and I am so happy that is working with them. So far practices are going great and both Lloyd and Joshua are excited about their team. Go Cyprus Gremlins!!

The girls entertaining themselves at practice.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Youth Conference

A couple of weeks ago we had our wards youth conference. It was a fabulous time. My husband is YM Pres and I serve in YW. It's a lot of fun to serve together. We started our youth conference on a Fri afternoon. We had the kids start with a fun game called Road Rally. They were split into teams and they had to do different types of tasks on this, it was kind of like a scavenenger hunt. It took 2 hrs for them to finish. They had to do different things like a chinese fire drill, sing a primary song to someone putting gas in their car and getting a married couple to kiss. They had a blast doing this. Here are pics of them in their teams.

After that we came back to our house and had a BBQ in the backyard with everyone. Yummy!

After the BBQ & playing games at the school by our house until it was dark, we came back to our house and watched a movie on our garage door. We watched Forever Strong. It was really fun to watch it outside. Props to Jess and Jason for hooking us up with that!

We had the youth come over the next morning for breakfast at our house before heading up the canyon.

After breakfast we headed up the canyon to our day camp spot in Cottonwood Canyon. It was a nice spot with lots of trees and shade and picnic benches with a big fire pit in the middle.

The kids went on a 5 mile hike up Cottonwood Canyon. The kids did great!

Eating lunch at the top of the mountain on our hike.

There was a lake at the top of the hike that we went on. Some of the kids really enjoyed getting wet and playing in it.

The kids cooling off after the hike at a creek just by our camp spot.

Chillin and visiting after the hike.

After they relaxed for a bit after the hike, we had them do some different activites around the camp area. This activity they had to match the names with the prophets as fast as they could.

This game they were blind folded and had to find an item without any help. When they got frustrated they could have their team mates talk them through finding the item.

This game they had to jump over this rope that had bells without ringing the bells on the rope. They had to get their whole team over and see how fast they could do it. They loved this game.

Enjoying a great dinner before our fireside and speaker program started. We asked my old Stake Pres that I grew up with Pres Buttars to be our speaker that night. He is such a powerful speaker and motivator. He has been a mission president and had a lot of great stories for us. I know he really got through to a lot of our kids. They couldn't quit talking about him.

On our way home after an awesome weekend and day. We are so blessed to be able to work and interact with these kids. Me and Lloyd feel like their parents, we don't stop worrying or thinking about them. They are the best youth.