Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
We were over a group of 20 kids. These kids were hilarious and amazing. I am use to working with 6 year olds and these kids ranged between the ages of 12 to 14. I worried about being able to relate to them... but it was much easier than I thought. Throughout the week of the camp the kids do activities that build teamwork and are put through different challenges that help teach them different ways to think about their lives and set goals. It's a powerful week full of emotion. I couldn't believe how close I felt to these kids after spending just a couple of days with them.
Mason and I also met Patrick. Patrick is one of my dad's students that also participated in the camp. My dad teaches a class involving all of the material at the camp and so the other trainers at the camp were all from him classes. Patrick was amazingly full of energy. We loved him to death and he was a great example for the kids. The kids called him Jet Lee. They loved him too!
It was a good bonding experience for Mason and I. He got to see my family in a light that he has never seen them in before and the same for them seeing him. This is a picture of all the trainers. Kyle and his wife Stacey came too. It was the first time we have all been together in Casa Grande since Kyle got married. We had a fun time. So like I said, the rest of these kids are my dad's students.
This is random... but Raena is one of my dad's students who I use to babysit about 12 years ago. She was darling then and she still is now. It was fun to see her at this camp all grown up. Oh my little Raena!!
I feel so blessed to get to be a part of this camp year after year. I love seeing the kids on my team begin to view their lives differently. It's amazing when a child of an alcoholic suddenly realizes that they don't have to follow in their parents footsteps.
It's such a great week and I am so thankful that I got to take the week off of school and go down there to be a part of it.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Needless to say (but to help me admit by accepting the fact) that I am now 26. Boo.
Here we are, Ryan and I celebrating our birthdays! When I was young I always use to get excited for the 4 days that were between Ryan's and my birthday because I felt like I was actually catching up to him in age instead of the two year difference.
Mason was so nice to me for my birthday this year. I think he was trying to make up for last year when we were broke as a joke and not much happened. Here is what he did for me:
I woke up with a tray full of Cheeto hot fries. Now to some this may seem strange - but to me... Here's the story. These things are absolutely delicious. But here is what makes them so special for my birthday. When I lived back east 3 years ago they use to have these at gas stations and I would get them on special occasions. Much to my dismay they do not carry these in the gas stations in the whole state of Utah. A couple of months ago Mason drove to Colorado with his friends for a football game and while he was there I asked him to check the gas station for these. He thought I was a bit strange but alas he found some and brought me a bag home. Only then did he taste them and realize how amazing they were. So... everytime we leave the state we look in gas stations and very rarely do we actually have success. But somehow - he won't tell me how - he managed to get a whole supply for me, for my birthday. A completely thoughtful gift.
And then, as if that wasn't enough, he scheduled us a couples massage down at the DeLeon spa in Lindon. It was wonderful and so relaxing. What a sweetheart.