Monday, July 20, 2009

Friend Makin' Monday...Girl's Camp!

I'm Back! Did you miss me? I missed you!

This week's FMM is being hosted by Jolanthe at No Ordinary Moments, and is a perfect oportunity for me to share Girl's Camp!

The task is Vacation...and we're supposed to share our favorite vacay. Well technically Girl's Camp was a resposnibility for church, but I loved every minute of it...so I'm sharing!

If you read me regularly you know I had to go to camp late, due to some unfortunate events that took place during the weeks prior. I'm still really sad that I missed the first 2 days!

When I got to camp, the girls were having free time, and they were doing fun hemp styles in each other's hair. You use the hemp twine to twist and tie around the hair, kind of like friendship bracelets, if you ever made those. You throw some beads into the design as well.

This picture was the perfect representative of the entire week. The girls were really kind to each other, and there wasn't any girl drama with cliques, and gossip, and bickering. Everyone just really got along well, and was thoughtful, and helpful the entire time.




There were many rigorous games of California Speed going on throughout the week.


Andrea, AKA Young Women's President, or one of the neatest people I've ever met, chillin' in the camp chair. Don't let the image deceive you, she worked her little tail off to make this camp a success, and it showed!

This is Heidi, rearranging the coals on our dutch oven chicken. Even though she looks like one of the girls, she's actually our Camp Director! She was amazing, and took this task on with such enthusiasm and she pulled it off and we all had an amazing experience!

All the girls, grouped by their ages, were responsible for preparing and cleaning up different meals throughout camp. They were always more than willing to serve and had a great attitude, and fun time doing it!

I saw this fabulous idea for Glitter Toes when Jen at Tatertots and Jello posted about it, and I just KNEW I had to do it for Girl's Camp! It was a huge hit!


Tada! My toes are the bottom left pink ones. We all felt sparkly and pretty, even amongst the dirt and the bugs!

Being in the mountains, away from the everyday distractions of life is such a wonderful way to appreciate this beautiful earth our Heavenly Father has blessed us with, and reflect on all the wonderful blessings we enjoy each day. It's also a perfect opportunity for the girls to bond with and serve each other, and really ponder what matters in life, and how the decisions they make now can affect the rest of their lives. We had a wonderful message on Virtue presented by a member of our bishopric, and I hope and pray the girls were touched, and really take his words to heart. My heart hurts for today's young people when I think about all they have to face in today's world, and I want so badly for them to make the decisions that will bring them the greatest happiness. I hate to think of them making the choices that will bring heartache and regret. I so want to be able to help them avoid these pitfalls.

At the end of camp we all posed for one last group shot, and home we came! I loved my time, and from what I could tell the girls loved it as well. I'm so grateful for this opportunity I have to serve in this amazing program, with the amazing leaders I am able to associate with and work side by side with. They are such wonderful examples, both for the Young Women, and for me!

I'm going to link up to FMM...but I won't be able to come visit everyone until I get all my camp laundry done, and unpacked, and house cleaned...I am so missing you ladies though, I promise to be by soon!

18 comments:

Rhonda said...

Hey! Glad your back! Sounds like it was a wonderful time! I know everyone will never forget it! I know you helped in a big way to make it special!

Ave said...

What a fun you had! I'm sure the girls loved it.

Shawn said...

Welcome home and Happy belated birthday!

I'm glad you had such a wonderful time. Can't wait to hear more!

shortmama said...

Looks like loads of fun! Get it, loads? Like your laundry? Oh nevermind

Jenny said...

It looks like you all had a wonderful time!

I love the glitter toes!

Vivienne said...

Awesome time! So glad you got to go, even if your trip was a little abbreviated.
:)
Welcome home.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Missed you, X!!! So glad you had a wonderful time...when I coached high school cheerleading, I always had the most fun with my girls. It takes you back, huh? Glad you're back and hope things are going well at home. :)

Becca @ The Texas Darlings said...

Sounds like a great time!! Last week was a little quiet in bloggy land with you gone!!

~Becca

jenjen said...

Hi Xazmin!
So glad you are back! What a fun time it looks like you had at camp! And you did glitter toes too! How fun!

XOXO
Jen

Small House said...

Camp, camp, camp, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! I'm glad you had a good time, and you know the YW did!!!

So being so behind on blogging, I missed all the earlier excitment you had. GOOD GRIEF!!! When it rains it pours. I have to honestly say, I felt bad for you. HOWEVER...I think it will honestly work out to your benefit. Look at all you did this past week for the YW in your ward.
Have a great day.
Sandra

Heidi said...

We did have too much fun. Thanks for posting all the fun memories we made. You are great.

So glad I discovered your blog!

Marrdy said...

Welcome Back and I am still completly jealous of you going to Camp! (But thanks for all the cool ideas!)

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

Wonderful pic and post! It brought back such great memories when I went to girl's camp as a teen (many, many years ago!)

Christie in Dallas, TX said...

What a great week! So glad you got to go for part of the time. Sounds like a week that will not be forgotten!

MiMi said...

woo hoo! you're back! i'm gonna steal the glitter toes idea from you now. :)
just got a few minutes to visit so i had to stop in my favorite bff's blog!
macey

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

Love the pictures! Looks like everyone had a wonderful time. Super cute toes!!

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Jolanthe said...

Love the toes! Too fun! :) Sounds like you all had a blast!

Happy FMM.

Jolanthe