Monday, August 19, 2013

Summer Vacation

Everyone needs to take a summer break. So, I did too. I spent three weeks in Utah visiting family and taking my kids to swimming pools (because there are none here in No-Man's Land.) Then I entertained visitors for a couple weeks, cleaned out my garage and storage shed (woo-hoo!)
And last week was my biggest adventure. I went to Young Women's Camp for the first time as a leader. It was in the beautiful pines of California, complete with lake, canoes, and bears. And get this: the girl's actually sleep under the stars. It's tradition. Thirty degrees outside, with mountain lion sightings, bears digging through the trash dumpster, and gigantic nocturnal ants. And they sleep outside!! I slept in a tent, thank you very much, and prayed the bears left me alone. Every night we'd take our food, candy, toothpaste, gum, etc, up to the kitchen to put in a storage container so the bears would leave us alone. I even added my red-velvet-cupcake chapstick every night. I was taking no chances. However, without fail, every morning after stumbling out of my own personal cave I would see upon the picnic table one-and only one-last minute goody left out and forgotten after dark. One morning it was a huge chocolate covered peanut butter krispy-treat; another morning it was half an Oreo; the next, a sucker; then, half an apple...I started to think someone was purposely trying to kill me. But after four days I realized something about Young Women between the ages of 12 and 17. They will stare at a pair of flip-flops and tell you they aren't theirs, only to go in search of them an hour later and realize "Oh, yeah, they like, totally ARE!" We piled up an assortment on the last day of shampoo containers, t-shirts, towels, water bottles, notebooks, jewlrey and dumped them on a table. All the girls gathered and only one or two items were claimed before a majority was dumped in the garbage. Wow. Maybe it's from sleeping under the stars? They're probably all "moon-blinked" like the owls in Guardians of Ga'Hoole. Crazy. Overall it was amazing. I came home singing songs about Mormon Boys, Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe, squishing up baby bumblebees, and boom-chic-a-booms.
School starts in one week. My summer has been awesome.
How about yours?