Sunday, July 31, 2011

On top of Table Rock

I have done a lot of hiking in my days. However the last couple of years I have not been able to due to other obligations like work. The other morning my friend Charlene made me get up at 6:15 for a 6:30 departure to hike Table Rock. It is easily one of the most spectacular views on earth. It is a view that you have to work for as in a tough steep hike. The wildflowers were out in abundance but have not yet peaked. The snow is late this year departing and may not ever be all gone before winter comes back. 
 The final mile was hiked in snow. Lots of it. We were very glad we had our poles with us. 
 I made it. It looks like you can reach out and touch the Grand Teton Mountains. My next thing to conquer will be the Grand Canyon in September. Rim to rim in a day. Guess I better get a few more long hikes in before then. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Finally some hot summer nights!

Summer in Rexburg is a wonderful thing once it arrives. It finally has arrived and we have been trying to make the most of it. Rexburg Medical Center had a fun summer party at Dr. Prince backyard. He was the burger flipper. 
 We had the fire department on call. 
 We tried to not make too many watermelon jokes for Wendy's sake. 
 Jaimie showed off her sunburn she got earlier in the day. The fire department might need to be called for her also. 
 The girls from the basement are a lot of fun. 
 It was a fun night with yummy food 
 Poor Lori. She was trimming shrubs to get ready for the party and trimmed the end of her finger. She had to have her husband sew her finger up. 
 Jason and his little family came for their final appearance. He is moving on to bigger better things. We will miss him. The CIA will love him. :)
 Carla received the employee of the year award. She was surprised. I had a hard time convincing her that she was the person we were honoring. 
 Janae got the Face book votes. 
 We had a band come to entertain. They were really funny. An LDS rap band. 

 A couple of nights later Andy told us all to get our pajamas on and we were going night golfing. For those who do not know, Andy is now in charge at our house and nobody disobeys. 
 We gathered at the golf course in the pitch dark night. He had a bunch of glow balls that they had gathered from the ditches along the golf course. Andy spent his youth gathering the golf balls in ditches. He has passed his talent on to Christian and Isaac. 
 We played fun things with the glow balls. The night setting on the camera allowed you to get the motion of the glowing balls. People are a bit blurry but fun shots nonetheless. 

Stay tuned for more hot summer night activities. Winter will be here before you know it. 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Girl's camp...are you kidding me???

In May I was asked to be the Girl's Camp Director in our ward. I have been camp director or involved in Stake Camps many times but this was a surprise. Especially as I only had several weeks to get ready and three of those weeks I would be in China. I said yes and I am so glad that I did. It was a blast. 30 girls came and 8 Women. 
 Our camp theme was Treasure Island. The Stake theme was "Sailing Home". The themes were fun to work with. We had this yummy Treasure Chest cake for dessert the first night in camp. 
 I dug out my sewing machine and whipped up a Treasure Island flag with the masts representing each of the Young Women Value colors. 
 Nothing like a hot dog cooked over the campfire. (I will never know). 
 I have to say we had some great talent in our camp. The impromptu skit was excellent and so hilarious. 
 The weather was perfect. We went on a hike to Packsaddle Lake which was beautiful. 
 Lori Prince and I showed up in our cowgirl hats. 
 Check out the Tetons behind the girls. I told them they were in one of the most beautiful places on earth. 
 There is a rope swing at the lake which was barely above freezing. You would not believe how many of the girls landed in the water in their clothes. 

 We had our share of silliness. 
 We had fearless Priesthood leaders. 
 I had the girls make bracelets but they had to earn the charms. They earned them for everything they did at camp. In their rare spare time they fastened the charms to their bracelets. It was a hit. 
 Did I mention the silliness? Someone (turned out to be Sarah the YW President) snuck rubber critters into our sleeping bags etc. 
 When you go on a cruise they usually have dress up night. So did we. It was really fun. I had a great hat made in Young Woman Value colors to wear to our dress up dinner. 
 Everyone tried the hat on. My week at Treasure Island Camp was a treasure. So glad I was able to go. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Loving summer 2011

 We thought summer would never come but once it did it has been glorious. What better in the summer than strawberry shortcake. 
 Rexburg parades are kind of cheesy but we love them. 
 A flyover to start the parade off. 
 We always go to the same area to watch the parade. 
 There are always good friends to run in to and reconnect with. The Spaulding's were sitting right by us. 

 Darth Vader and Princess Lea came to Rexburg this year. 

 The best part of the parade every year are the famous Ray's car wash boys. This year they have uniforms. The High School marching band does not even have uniforms. 

 The kids go to the parade to collect as much candy as they can. Jake turned up missing. After everyone went out to hunt for him I found him under the dining room table enjoying the candy stash all to himself. 
 The fireworks were out at the gravel pit. They were lit from the top of a gravel mountain. It was a great show. A big moon was right in the middle of the show. We all made home made ice cream in baggies. It was the best. 

 The warm weather was slow to come and the snow piled up deep this winter. That means flooding clear into the middle of July. This is the road in Drigg's under water. See the car spraying water. 
 The Clark's have been living with us for the last 6 months. Jake has about outgrown his little playpen bed. 
 At the end of the week we drove over to Sun Valley with David and Charlene. We took the Corvette's. It was a gorgeous weekend. It was the annual Allen and Company convention with the billionaires. The tiny Hailey airport was packed with fancy private jets. It was an amazing site to see. 

 We drove over the Galena Pass to beautiful Red Fish Lake. Incredibly beautiful. We rented a boat and cruised or I guess I should say putted around the lake. 

 Red Fish Lake is still being fed by fresh melted snow so swimming was not an option for us. However it felt good to walk in the water. 

 We stayed at Doug's house as there were no rooms in the entire valley. It was like staying in a cabin with all of his animals hanging around. Thanks Doug we had a nice place to stay. Not everyone has a bear in their living room. There is some antlered animal behind the bear giving it the appearance of having horns. I did not get the picture of the badger in the living room. Not sure I understand that. 

 Just had to share this. In Doug's garage is a urinal. How cool is that? 
 Driving back into Rexburg was a reminder of how beautiful the valley is. From a few miles out you can see the Tetons behind the valley overshadowing the Rexburg Temple. 
 I love when my roses come into bloom. I really do not do anything to them. They just grow and grow and bloom and bloom. 

One of the daisy's in my front yard. I love love love summertime in Rexburg.