June 25, 2019

Camping and Pageants and Snow Oh My!

We are all home again. It feels great. What is NOT so great is the amount of laundry and cleaning we have to do. Why is it that it takes twice as long as your "trip" to recover from said "trip"? And there is so much laundry and tidying to do as well. My house looks like it threw up all of it's belongings into a massive pile of crap near the stairs.

Meanwhile, my body is still trying to recover from the amount of activity it has done since last week. Girls camp was fun, but MAN ALIVE, there was so much walking and stairs and more walking and more stairs! Taylor and I were at the Lyman Lake Recreation Camp with our stake. (WHICH, by the way, they only do every other year, so it's stake camp, ward camp, stake camp, ward camp.) Anways. Our ward was lucky enough to be housed in the lodge this year. And I say lucky, because it was COLD and the whole stake went home EARLY because of SNOWSTORMS. 

Anyhow, here is the front of the lodge: 

And the back: 

And the insides:

The last night we stayed in camp, the entire downstairs area of the lodge was cleared, and the wards that had been staying in tents were brought inside to sleep. We had a few extra bunks in the loft area as well, so those were cleared out to make room for everyone.

We did have a little bit of cabin fever that last day as well, because a lot of the outside activities were cancelled for safety reasons. The stake leaders said they would take the wards out individually to make up for their water activities. I don't remember whether or not they are going to take them to do another ropes course. If they do, great. If they don't, also great.

It was also fun for me because I got to know some of the other ladies from church. I am not really great at making friends, and I miss a lot of activities because I don't feel good. Actually, I was super worried that I would relapse at camp, but I DIDN'T, and I'm just gonna chalk that one up to the Lord. (Thank you and amen.) It also helps that I carry a pharmacy with me at all times.

As far as personal participation, I did go on the slack line with Rachel. She was a little nervous about going over the pond (because it was COLD) by herself, so I stood next to her and said since we're basically the same height, I would go with her. (Because it's less shaky with 2 people, but that only really works if the 2 people are about the same height.) Anyhow, I got up on the slack line, and cheered us on the whole way. Now, TAYLOR on the slack line was funny.  She was going over by herself, and they started bouncing the line, and that little  monkey swung her legs up onto the top line, and then started pulling herself along hand over hand, yelling "Are you gonna stop bouncing the line?" It was hilarious to watch.

I also want to mention that I was super good at throwing tomahawks, and it made some of the girls a little nervous. WHICH IS PERFECT. Of course, no girls camp is complete without a little drama. Luckily, I don't really care too much if a teenage girl is mad at me, and not caring make them even MORE mad, so it just makes me laugh, which makes them even MORE mad. Man alive, so many life lessons at girls camp.

Of course, we got home just in time to do a quick load of laundry and then turn around and drive to Manti, Utah to see the last ever performance of the Manti Pageant, which is called "The Mormon Miracle Pageant", and after much discussion, no one in our family could quite pin down what the miracle was. At any rate, we saw it, it's over, the end. Actually not the end. It was so stinking COLD! We were not prepared for how cold it was outside. Again, I think this all goes back to being from the Mesa, Arizona area where a hoodie is all you ever need. We were FREEZING.

And now we are back at home (with Blayne!) trying to get everything cleaned up.

The end.

June 16, 2019

Summer Loving

Summer is here and kicking our butts. I'll tell you what, I am daydreaming in rose-colored glasses, watching my kids run through the sprinklers, with slightly melted popsicles grasped in their chubby little fists. Instead? I just have teenage boys in and out of the house all day, needing rides to places, and money for things.

We already had our annual stupid summer accident. Thaddeus and Daniel went to high adventure camp. The second day, Thaddeus ended up in the hospital after the zip line broke, resulting in a metal rope burn and TWO gaping lacerations that were stapled back together again. I'm just glad he didn't fracture his skull. Needless to say, Thaddeus came home from camp early.

Also: I am going to girls camp..... wait, hang on a sec....

I aM GoIngTo GIRLS caMp!

Taylor had been hinting that she didn't want to go to girls camp, but after much discussion, she decided that she would be able to go if I came too. So I am! We leave Tuesday morning. I have no official job for camp, so I'll just, you know, be there for moral support and stuff. 

THEN, Taylor and I are going to leave girls camp a day early, because we will be headed down to the Manti LDS Temple pageant. June 22 is the pageant's final performance. I don't remember exactly the announcement, but a bunch of LDS pageants are going bye-bye. So we'll see the Manti pageant (And we will be riding in style because all the hotels and bed and breakfast places are sold out, so we rented a motorhome!) Next summer, we're going to go see the Hill Cummorah pageant and check out a few church history sites. Should be fun. 

Also, my parents and Blayne are meeting us at the pageant. And then we are taking Blayne BACK from our dear homesteading grandparents. I am super excited to have Blayne back, and Taylor is DYING for some special sister time. It's been a really, really good experience for Blayne, but we miss that sweet girl something fierce! 

I have also been looking for places to spend my personal time. Last week, I toured three nursing schools, because I would be SUCH a good nurse... Unfortunately, last week was also my slump week. (You know, the week before my infusion where I just get more and more sick?) And after talking to Troy, and factoring in all the costs, and factoring in all the slump weeks, and potential relapses, and disease progression... well, nursing school just doesn't make sense. I seriously hate that I can't even do something I really, really want, because of my MS. CURSE YOU MS! 

So I can't do nursing school. 

I can't do my (dream job) elementary art class teacher job.

But I DID find another program that I'm excited about! A million years ago, when I was going to school in Virginia, I found the coolest program for carpentry and woodworking, and I really wanted to take those classes, but SURPRISE! We moved away instead. But the community college down in Salt Lake has a furniture and cabinetry program. Naturally, I applied to that program. I'm pretty excited and am SO happy, and I have so many home projects swimming through the brain. It shall be glorious! 

May 28, 2019

Almost Summer

We are in the last week of school. We are excited, but also not excited. The kids want to do so many things, on top of all the other things that already are happening, and it's just not going to be a calm, lazy break.

Meanwhile, it rained SO MUCH, that I already had to go and prune the itty bitty tomato plants. They were starting to grow a little fungus, because that's what happens when you have warm, wet weather. Also, I made Troy go out back with me to see all the plants that I am super proud of. And this year we have gooseberries! I've never had one before, so I'm excited to try. What else, what else...

I've been interviewing for a few different jobs. The first order of business after getting officially hired will be to hire a house cleaning service for every other week. It's happening guys. I can't keep the house in tip top shape because my dumb body doesn't like household chores. My body doesn't like to bend. It gets SUPER angry. And almost all the chores around the house involve bending! Loading dishwasher, bend. Cleaning toilet, bend. Mopping, bend. Vacuuming, bend. Laundry, so much bend! And I can do a little bending. It's just that I can only do so much, and I prefer to save my bends for the garden, therefore, maid service!

The kids will also have to step it up a little bit around the house. They will have to get dinner prepped and started. They'll have to keep up with their chores, and their activities. They're just going to have to take their responsibilities seriously. I mean, there's not an overly excessive amount of things they need to do... but putting your shoes in your bedroom is required. I know it's asking a lot, but I feel confident that they will figure it out.