Survived

Another Girl’s Camp in the books.  Year 2017 will be remembered for a variety of experiences.  Here are a few that I will treasure.  Being offered as Tribute from our ward to join the Expert Panel for Questions from the girls, the incident at the archery range where I was banned and the ensuing petition, almost flashlight vigil and the Justice4Angie message.  It really wasn’t my fault, but it was insanely crazy.  Loved the water fight with the super soakers and shooting the chipmunks with the water guns.  The testimonies by firelight and the time with these strong  young women.  Loved our movie night and hearing them giggling late into the night.  The hike, the morning trail runs, the clear nights and beautiful stars.  I loved it all.  

Unique Wonderful

This wonderful is unavoidable to those around you, it draws admiration and awe, it brightens the room and makes us smile, laugh and want to hug you.  Why do you have this beautiful gift?  It is because God loves you and didn’t want you to be lost in the crowd.  

Girl’s Camp 2017

Girl’s Camp

So very excited.  So much fun planned, then more fun, then even more.  The girls are going to be begging for the fun to stop.  My first time at this Camp so if you don’t hear from me it is most likely lack of signal.  Epic memories forthcoming!  ♥️

Update….YW are so excited to.  I am not sure we can get much done in class.  Too much energy.  

Birthday Party 

Well it was fun!  Keith and his helpers were totally awesome last night as the Master Chefs.  I feel bad they were pretty much trapped doing the BBQ all evening.  They worked hard, very hard.  We made a ton of fries but they were gone pretty fast.  Thank goodness for all the chips.  The grilled corn on the cob was very popular, we had 200 corn on the cob prepared.  We ran out of ribs so ended up doing a bunch of burgers and hot dogs for the late comers and we ran out of lemons for the lemonade so glad for all the soda that people brought.  I did get ribs, lemonade and corn on the cob so I was very happy.  Keith’s dad made the ice cream.  We didn’t even come close to meeting the ice cream demand but there was a lot of cake and desserts.  I loved that neighbors, friends and church peeps all came out.  It was just fun having everyone bring their camp chairs and hang out on a beautiful July Idaho evening.  

Unexpected Surprise

My husband is hopeless romantic.  I absolutely love him for it.  He has brought me so much Joy.  I think I smile so often because I from laughing at him over one of a million silly things he does.  He  has captured my heart and continues to day after day.  Once again he has swept me away this week on a romantic getaway and adventure.  I found out late Sunday that we were leaving Wednesday morning for two days.  No warning, just it’s set so clear your calendar.  He does however, offer me 5 clues over the next two days.  Mostly to hint at what to bring and a few insights into what we might be doing.  Friends helped me figure out the where which was awesome.  

So here is what went down.  We left early Wednesday morning to catch our flight to Seattle.  A BMW rental car was waiting for us when we arrived.  I did raise an eyebrow, Keith was very excited.  We sped off to the Four Seasons where we checked in, grabbed some lunch, then had a date at the spa.  Couples massages are so very fun.  I got my favorite, an 80 minutes hot rock massage.  After the most relaxing massage of my life we got some pool time in and virgin margaritas then love making before dinner.  

I admit I love sex.  Intimate, naughty, tender, slow, quickie.  It’s all good.  Having time, being alone with your love, no kids to interrupt and having him making you gasp, moving in you and gently kissing your neck, ears, forehead and lips.  I am loved and I feel safe.  He has my heart and I trust him with it.  The best unspoken words ever expressed are from those gentle slow thrusts.  I love you Keith.  

We had dinner reservations at The Butcher’s Table.  As a foodie I give this steak house 4 out of 4 stars.  My Filet Mignon was perfect.  Service and atmosphere were top notch plus the dessert!  They even had live music.  

After dinner we hit the Space Needle.  It’s way way up there to the observation deck.  I love the city lights.  Something about how the light bathes the darkness.  It’s just surreal.  Very beautiful and romantic.  


Thursday we had an extra hour to sleep in.  Climbed out of bed at 7:30 and grabbed breakfast before heading out for our adventure.  We left early to make sure we had time as it’s about 90 minutes out to the Skykomish River.  Nine miles of class III and IV rapids with one section called the Boulder Drop which is class V.  It was insanely fun.  I was laughing so hard.  I managed to not drown yesterday which is a positive.  I did lose my paddle.  These rapids are a bit more extreme than Moab rapids.  I got very very wet.  Not that kind of wet but my teeth were chattering.  Once the adrenaline wears off it was a bit chilly.  They took us back to our meeting place and had a BBQ sandwich for dinner.  We had to get back to Seattle, showered and dressed up for the Seattle Symphony performing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at Benaroya Hall.  The place was amazing.  Got ready crazy fast and there in time to get seated.  We were on the Founders Tier so had a view from above.  Incredible seats.  Here is a pic of Benaroya Hall and of the Symphony with this huge screen with the movie behind them.  It was Epic! 

It was a truly surprising and unexpected 48 hours.  Nice mix of chill, relaxation and adventure.  We flew home and getting ready for the Birthday party tonight.  It should be pretty fun.  Lots of friends.  Ribs, homemade fries, homemade lemonade, several cakes including the soda pop cake, German chocolate and Bad Ass Double Chocolate plus homemade ice cream.  If I have to be 29 I might as well do it in style!  😇

Olympic Park 

We had a chance to do a few activities at Olympic Park while in Park City this week.  The Zip Line was awesome but the two most fun was the Extreme Tubing down the ski jumps.  That was insane!  We also did a bobsled run.  What an enlightening experience.  I have found an appreciation for this sport.  Although our bobsled was on wheels and we weren’t on ice and probably a dozen other differences as well it was stlll cool.  If you do it be aware you will get banged around a bit.  You were helmets but still quite a bit of being tossed around.  Scariest thing I did was stepping off the drop tower.  


A drop of 65 ft to hopefully not your death.  I don’t know why but my inner survival skills kept telling me no.  Our 13 year old showed me how to do it.  My ego could not allow that.  A very fun afternoon for everyone.  We had dinner at the Blue Iguana in Park City.  If you are looking for a fun outing a day here is worth the time.  If you take a group of 25 or more you can get a 15% discount if you arrange it ahead of time.  Just a tip.  ♥️

Mindset 

I saw this and it has really bothered me.  Although it nails the current mindset of humanity, is it right?  My understanding is doing something kind for someone else isn’t a conditional act.  If you are looking for praise I am not sure the intent is right.  I personally believe that acts of service tend to do as much or more for our own good than those we serve.  If our attitude isn’t right how easily we can be offended.  We are all a bit broken in this life.  The world has the capacity to beat us pretty good.  Some people don’t know how to express appreciation.  They may not even recognize it or may question your intent as it is so unfamiliar to them. They may be past feeling.  Kindness though has an incredible power to melt the hearts of the bitter given time.  Look at the great story of the Grinch.  The Whos still found Joy and Love and Kindness.  More than enough that the Grinch’s heart grew two sizes that day.  I know it is a made up story, but one that happens often.  Never give up on kindness. Never use an excuse and withhold service because someone is ungrateful.  It may save you both in the end.  

CNN

CNN threatening to reveal the name of the Reddit user after Trump tweeted the video of him wresting CNN is sad.  They coerced an apology out of him, then threaten him they may still reveal who he is if he isn’t silent.  I don’t like Reddit because it’s full of trolls, but still I believe in free speech.  CNN threatening the Reddit user really is ridiculous.  Sometimes you want your anonymity, you need to be able to say things anonymously.  CNN demands anonymity with their sources.  The fact they went out and found him is wrong on so many levels.  I don’t like what that guy had to say about many things, He was a troll and spewed hate to get people riled up.  Still wrong, wrong, wrong of CNN.  The only time anyone should be chased out of anonymity is a case of clear and present danger to National Security or some kind of criminal activity.  

Independence Day Park City 

This has been a very fun July 4th.  Left Idaho Falls around 9:30 yesterday and arrived at 2:00.  Mandy and her family got here just before 3:00 and Sara and her family soon after.  The girls claimed the Guest House, the boys the bonus space above the garage.  They were very excited to have their own space.  This vacation property is amazing.  Over 14,000 sq ft with 9 bedroom suites, pool, theater, game room and just insanely beautiful.  Once settled the kids went swimming while Mandy, Sara and I went for groceries.  The boys grilled up dinner and we prepped the rest.  Enjoyed the pool for awhile then went to Main Street and had some dessert.  Finished the night back at the pool and hot tub. 

July 4th started with 4 am sex then a pancake breakfast at the park.  At 8:00 several of us ran the 5K.  Parade started at 11:00 and was right up Main Street.  I caught a nap after the Parade then we went back for live music, watching volleyball and BBQ.  We did this buffet and OMG it was delicious.  The day ended with an absolutely stunning show of Fireworks.  I think a swim and the hot tub will be a good way to end this very full day.  I want to do a July 4th Party next year at the Homestead.  I got some great ideas today.  We wore the kids out, that is not easy to do.  I hope everyone ate some good food, spent time with peeps you love and enjoyed some fireworks.  

Suffering 

I found out last night that a friend’s son died of a heroin overdose late Friday.  Speaking with her I have never felt such suffering from someone I care deeply for.  Addiction is a monster.  She shared something very profound with me.  Addiction took her son two years ago when he first used Heroin.  It has been two years of in and out of rehab.  It robbed him of a mission, of Joy, of his dreams and now his life.  His family had always hoped he might overcome this.  Had a glimmer of Hope but last night she said the loss from two years ago became absolute defeat Friday.  Prayers for my friend.  May he and his family find some peace now that he is free from the monster.