Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Today was camp rally practice and I must say it went well. Our skit and dance are just adorable. All of the girls have put in a huge effort to make it great. Millie is lucky to be a first year during the summer of 2008. I have LOTS to do to be ready for next Tuesday. Joe and Doug are also going to camp (a boys' camp in California that is) and then straight on to a lacrosse tournament in Newport Beach. So all of us, save Bret, have to be ready for a week of camping by Friday. All of our gear will be heading up to the mountain to be set up Saturday. Jenna and Bret will be going to visit their Mom on Wednesday and Thursday this week, so that means I have til 5 tomorrow night to get all Jenna's camp gear out and looked over to make sure she is not in need of anything. Last year when she got home we decided to keep all of her stuff in one spot in the shed, but I can't remember if she needed a new something or other and any additional supplies. Since Doug is not going up this year I won't have Mr. Honey Do to do things for me. I have been so spoiled these last 4 years with him up there all week. He was such a huge part of camp for the girls and was a huge help to me. He would get all of our fire wood stacked and light a fire for us every night, carry down our trash, bring us treats at night, put up a hammock for us etc. He just did everything up there, from giving homesick girls blessings, to helping cook meals, to setting up tents to running through camps at night playing tricks right along with the rest of us! The best part was just having him there. Each year he would do a special fire side about 'covenant keepers' that made a huge impact on the girls. Ya, ya I know I am bragging about him a little, but why not? He is worthy of much praise. Anyhow, Doug or no Doug, we are almost ready to head out into the woods.
Tonight we had our camp fun night at Dee's. We sang and ate pizza and practiced the dance one last time. Tomorrow night is rally! Wish us luck.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
TUESDAY: Tuesday was our busiest day of the trip. We got up and headed to Hoggle Zoo in Salt Lake, went over to This is The Place park, went on to U of U to check out the campus, and toured Temple Square for the billionth time. We even took a carriage ride to Memory park and back to the Temple. We ended the day with a shopping trip to the Gateway mall and dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. I could not believe we fit it all in in one short day!CAN YOU BELIEVE THE TONGUE!
WEDNESDAY: Wednesday was Seven Peaks day for the entire crew. All of the sports camps at BYU spend an evening at this wonderful waterpark. Dee and I headed over at about 11 with the girls and met up with our kids later. We told all of the kids they could act like we were not there if they wanted to be on their own but they all chose to come and hang out with us. They brought all their new pals along with them! That night, keeping with Mecham/Moody tradition we ate at Stan's and brought plenty over to the dorms for the kids before we left for home. It was a long day in the sun and this
turned to this
before we knew it!
Doug was headed up to Zech's wedding in Spokane so he made a detour and visited all the kids in the dorms on Wednesday night.
THURSDAY: We got up kind of late and decided to hike to the Timpanogos Caves. When we arrived at the trail head we found it we should have planned better and made reservations. Oh well. We played around in the picnic area and put the hike on hold until tomorrow. It was perfect and gave us plenty of time to just enjoy nature.
I have always been a little bit of a tree hugger.
After a couple of hours of playing around it was time to go and get the kids. Johnson was heading out on a flight to come back to Vegas for the Priests' hike and Joe was going with a friend to his Grandma's in salt lake until Saturday. We arrived early enough to watch the playoff games. Bret's team won the championship and so did Joe's! Joe was awarded one of the coveted top player awards. The coaches pick a dream team and Joe was first pick for mid field. Oh happy day! Not only that I was approached by Jason Lamb, BYU's head lacrosse coach and was told Joe was one of the top 5 players at the camp! He said he 'fully anticipates Joe playing for the Cougars' in college! Joe met a friend from Boston, MA who happens to be the son of a college mate of my cousin from his years at West Point. Small World! After the lacrosse action was over at 4pm we had two hours to burn til it was time for Jenna's final game. I went over and helped her pack up her dorm room and got her all checked out and then it was on the court for her final volley ball tournament. She was great! She really held her own among girls who have been playing for much longer than she has. Here is Joe getting his award and Jenna with her great serve!
That night we took the whole crew to Brick Oven again for dinner. Jenna and Bret never would have forgiven me if they missed it! Besides, my cold had finally gone away so I could actually taste what I was eating!
FRIDAY: Up early and on the road to the Timpanogos caves. We ended up buying our tickets and having three hours to burn so we headed further up the road to the Tibble Creek reservoir. The water was icy cold and the kids were having so much fun they just did not want to leave! We made it back in time to have a snack at the snack bar and headed up the hill. We all did the hike and enjoyed the cave tour immensely. It was nothing like the 4th year hike up Mt Charleston, but it was a good hike nonetheless. Here is a photo from our hike.
Friday night, Dee got a massive headache so the kids and I played outside in the neighborhood park til after ten. Then we came in and watched a movie and readied our self for the arrival of the three older kids returning from EFY and Salt lake the next day.
SATURDAY: Joe, Mary and Quincy returned and we headed out to Lagoon for the day. Another Mecham/Moody trip tradition. Not much to say except, the kids loved it and we closed the park down at midnight. The place was crazy crowded but it did not deter the kids one ounce! Oh, I rode the Rocket!!! Del Taco on the way home and finally in bed at 2am. The three amigos below:
On Sunday it was home to Vegas and bye bye BYU til next year!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
We raised quite a bit of money for the troop. Doug won bids on a cake made by Wesley Fonbuena and also a 5 course dinner for 4 prepared by Chef Peck. It was pricey, but I know it will be worth it.
You can see Joe's cake
and Bret's Pizza in the picture
After the auction The girls ran over to the Ellsworths for a girls' night with Reggie, Erin, and Britney and Doug and I went to Batman with our boys, Dee, Todd and Sam. It was a pretty good show with lots of action. Our boys loved it but it was a little dark for my taste. Tomorrow we have a busy day and lots to get ready before we head up to Provo. The boys have lacrosse in the morning and I need to get two lessons ready for Sunday plus I am speaking about my experience on the hike. Bishop is out of town so it will be a busy day for Doug on Sunday too. Doug and I are making another trip to the temple tomorrow night with John and Di and the girls are babysitting for the McCormack family while we go. Hopefully, somewhere in there we will have time to pack.