Friday, August 13, 2010

Baby Kurt turned 2!

Baby Kurt turned 2 on Sunday and boy did we celebrate!
It all started on Friday. My sister-in-laws and all the kids and I went to the zoo together. We all have passes. We were at the zoo from 10 am until 4 pm. Long but fun day!

Morganne, Ayla and Kurt looking at a fox.

We played at the playground for about an hour.

Aren't they the cutest little chicks you have ever seen?

Silly goose, chillin' on top of the playground not caring that kids are being loud below!

We all road the carousel of course. Here is Brooke.

And Morganne

Brooke monkeying around!

I love this picture!

After the zoo that night, I baked a cake for Baby Kurt. Then Ayla and I went to the drive-in again. We went with my sister, Marion, my Dad and Lane.

We saw "Despicable Me." Loved it!! Way cute! We also watched "Charlie St. Cloud." I really liked that one too.

On Saturday, we started the day off at Arctic Circle for lunch.
The kids loved playing on the playground there.

Ayla would hold Baby Kurt's hand when they would go down the slide. It was so cute!

After Arctic Circle, we went to Hollywood Connection to celebrate!

Each of the kids got a balloon animal. Don't you love how Ayla's shoes are on the wrong feet? Classic! Love it!

Kurt and Morganne with theirs.

And of course, Brooke.

Brooke rode the dragon coaster over 20 times. She rode it with the girl that is in this picture. I actually took this picture before Brooke had to change seats so that the little girl could ride. She couldn't ride alone. Brooke is such a sweet girl!

Morganne and Ayla going down the slide at the same time.
I was so excited that Ayla was able to go through the jungle gym they have there this time! She has gotten really good at playgrounds. This one is a maze and I didn't feel she could handle it the last time we were there but this time I did!

She did great! See her climbing the slide? She even did it with no hands! Of course I didn't like it but sometimes I have to let go and let her be a kid.

They went face first.

And even on their backs.
We were at Hollywood for 4 hours that day. I was exhausted!

After Hollywood Connection we went home and I frosted and decorated Kurt's cake.

On Sunday, after church we went to my husband, Kurt's parent's house to continue to celebrate Baby Kurt's birthday.

Here is the cake I made for him. It was a Pocoyo Cake. Pocoyo is a kid show that isn't quite known here yet. I think it originated from Spain. You can youtube the cartoon clips. He is really cute!

Baby Kurt loves Pocoyo! He loved his cake too!

He got so excited, he couldn't wait to pick up Pocoyo!! So cute!

Here is one of us singing to him.
Of course Ayla is in front of the cake and Kurt has his eyes shut but I do love that he has M&Ms all over his mouth!

He had a great time opening his presents. And of course Ayla wanted to help.

All the kids really liked the guitar he got.

It was an exhausting but fun weekend celebrating Baby Kurt's 2nd Birthday.

We love you Baby Kurt! Happy Birthday!

This is how my weekends have been all summer. One Saturday, I went to breakfast with my family, went to visit my sick aunt, went to a funeral, went to a baby shower, swam at the shower and then went to a wedding, all in one day. Crazy, huh?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Boot Camp!

Our theme for this year's Young Women's Camp was Boot Camp.


It turned out to be an awesome girls camp!

Here are the girls cleaning up the dishes.
We all made camo pants and had dog tags to wear.

What is boot camp with out an obstacle course?

Yes, we had an obstacle course.
Each obstacle needed to be done with teamwork. There were 6 obstacles. When they girls got through an obstacle there was a gospel message that went a long with the obstacle. It turned out awesome!

I will explain the obstacle and give a brief summery of the gospel message after each. It was in more detail but this post would take me forever to type and it would be super long if I did the whole message.

Obstacle #1
The Log

You had to rotate everyone on the log without falling off while holding hands. Can't figure out why this text is suddenly bold. :)

It was so fun watching them figure it out!

This group finished first.

Good job girls!

Message: Others can hold our hands and help us stay on the straight and narrow path to help us reach the other side.

I don't have pictures of obstacle #2.
It was supposed to be done with rope and I used boards because I didn't trust my knot tying skills. So the obstacle was way too easy. I didn't get the chance to take pictures because they were done way too fast, oh well.

This is what the obstacle was supposed to be, on a lower to the ground scale of course.
You are to lean on the other person while walking further out on the rope, further away from each other.

Message: Strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (3 Nephi 14:14)

Obstacle #3
The Broken Bridge

They had to get in groups of 2 , blind fold one and the other lead them across the pieces of wood.

Love the trust thing!


Message: Trust in the Lord because he can see the beginning to the end. He will lead you from one end to the other. He knows all things.

Obstacle #4
Walking Boards

Each group had to walk the boards from point A to point B.

This group took the lead!

Go, girls, Go!


Message: Walk together in faith.

Obstacle #5
The Army Crawl

Sad thing is we had stakes to hold the yarn but they wouldn't pound into the ground so my friend Dee Dee helped me improvise. We used tables. Smart thinking Dee Dee!

They had to get in groups of 2 and tie their wrists and ankles together, then craw under the barbed wire (yarn).

Half way!

At the end!

Message: Christ descended below all men, so he could understand all men's trials and pain.

The girls then wanting to race walking over the yarn.

Right in the middle of a high five!

Obstacle #6
The Moving Bridge

Each group had 2 pieces of wood. They had to use the wood as a bridge to get across the markers on the ground without stepping off the wood.

They did this one pretty quick!

It was pretty close.

Message: Christ carried his own beam and suffered every thing for us. We don't have to carry our own beams; he will do it for us.

In the end, they all were winners!

There was this tower that someone built and the girls loved climbing it.

Brave girl!

You can see her better in this picture.

Girls camp was amazing! Our testimony meeting was the best part of it! Each of the girls felt the spirit and each of us shared our feelings. That is what it is all about: strengthening each others testimonies. Like our theme.

I was so blessed by Heavenly Father with my tasks I had to do for girls camp. It was done so quickly and everything just came together. I even got all the wood for the obstacle course for free. Plus we have amazing leaders for the girls! They worked really hard to pull everything together.

Heavenly Father loves the youth of the church. I have felt it!