Tuesday, July 7, 2009

"Crazy Busy", "Handcarts", and "Cub Scouts"

It seems as though I find myself apologizing a lot for not being on the blog. So I'm done apologizing.
But I will try to fill you in on some of my activities.
I spent most of last week driving to and from and supervising Cub Scout Day Camp.
I couldn't be there every day, so several other people stepped up to help out, which was awesome.
CJ is no longer a cub scout, but Mark went for the first time and loved it. Especially the archery and bb guns.
Last week was also busy because J started his summer job.
He is working as part of a summer job training program. So we are having a lot of driving him to and from his job site.
The week before last I was literally cut off from civilization for 3 days while Chris and I went on Pioneer Trek with our stake's Youth Conference.
It was absolutely amazing. We were Ma and Pa to 10 teenagers who completely blew me away with how hard working, fun and just plain awesome they were.
I could devote several blog posts to talking about the Trek, but I don't think my words could do justice to the experience.
It was the most fun I've had working so hard in a long time. We basically pushed an 800 pound hand cart up and down a mountain for about 16 miles over 3 days. It was hard, it was fun, it was spiritual and it renewed my faith in the younger generation. The 10 kids in our family were amazing. Everyone of them worked so hard, pitched in together, and made it a great experience for each other and us.
I mean, I wouldn't go so far as to say that our family was better than any of the other families. But I will say that nobody was better than us.
Chris and I are already hoping we get asked to go again in 4 years.
While we were gone a couple of things happened.
Apparently some singer died. And our house was broken into.
I'm not too worried about the singer, he has a lot of people who care enough that I don't need to.
It did concern me a great deal that when we got home the screen was off the front window and the window was wide open. In addition, my dog Toby was in the back yard instead of in the house.
We called the police and they went into the house before us to check it out.
I think that Toby scared off the burglars when they opened the window by jumping out at them and barking like crazy as he tends to do when anyone comes over, especially if we are not home.
It is my guess that Toby hung out on the porch until a neighbor put him in the back yard.
Regardless, nothing was missing or broken when the cops searched the house.
Oh, and if that wasn't enough to keep us busy both Chris and I have been sick.
But we are getting better and life is either returning to normal or we are adjusting to the new level of crazy.
I'll try to add pics soon.
Thanks for caring and checking the blog.


Chet and Liz Hugo said...

That pesky real life of yours. Always getting in the way of entertaining those of us who have no life.--Liz

Chuck and Nancy said...

Isn't it nice to have a variety of things to do with your life?
I agree that being a Pa / Ma is lots of fun. We did it last year in the desert west of Utah Lake. I enjoyed it more than my wife did but that is par for the course in the outdoors.
I got to introduce the kids to Square Dancing.

Carrie and Karl said...

Sounds like fun. I'm glad nothing was taken. Toby deserves a treat for being such a great dog.
Talk to you later,

Lydia said...

I think that life is busy and that is what makes it fun. I hope that you enjoy it all.

Victoria said...

I want to hear more about the trek. We were ma and pa last year... and then it got cut very, very short due to some unseasonable freezing rain and danger of hypothermia... I feel a little cheated. What was the most memorable thing?