BE WARNED!! Many picture post ahead.
GIRLS CAMP 2010
About four months ago I was asked to be a part of the Stake Committe (a Stake in the Mormon church is a the place where all the wards come together. Wards are congregations with in a certain geographical area) for girls camp. I got to be on the "FUN" committe, even though they called it the Fireside Committe, it really just meant, we're the "good times" girls. We got to be in charge of the lip synch, the Bishops night fun, the music video, etc. I had NO idea what I was getting into, but BOY am I glad I got into it. I got to work directly with two of the funniest and coolest girls ever! And indirectly with a SLEW of fun, hysterical, AWESOME women. As seen in the picture below!
Stake Staff 2010
Alright, also as a matter of clarification for all my beloved non-Mormon readers out there. Girls Camp is done once a year for 5 days in the summer, usually at some location in the mountains, with addies or cabins, or sometimes tents. The girls go to learn things like boy scouts do. Tying knots, hiking, proper flag etiquette, I don't even know what all they do. But, it's also very much centered around creating greater bonds, drawing closer to Christ and strengthening faith in God. And around the"work" is a lot of fun. It's a very cool experience. I always loved "camp" as a girl. I haven't been in probably 16 years, and I wasn't sure I was all that excited to be going this year. However, this Stake is AMAZING and rocks! I will go to camp every year forever if it remains this fun. These women above, and many not pictured are the coolest people EVER! I haven't laughed this hard, or been this relaxed in a LONG time!
The Theme was a Super Hero theme. It worked so fabulously!
This is the main stage area where we did all the lip synchs, firesides, etc.
Yesterday afternoon it rained and rained and was just sooooo beautiful. I sat in the ramada area and just watched and listened to the rain fall for hours. This is a shot of one of the little "cabins" just above the ramada.
The fearless Threesome
Jamie, Me, Camie
Camie is the sister of Tracie, our friend that I just wrote about on he 30th b-day.
This picture proves a few very important things:
1. NEVER, EVER,NEVER wear tennis shoes (much less with capris)
2. Never, EVER wear these short/capris again, they do all kinds of bad things for my body. WOW!
Here I am "backstage" in my super hero cape, minus my mask, getting ready for our lipsynch.
We did our lipsynch to "Holding Out for a Hero". It turned out to be funny and a smash success. I could NOT have done it without the help of Miz Jennee P. Thanks Jennee. We stood in her kitchen and giggled as we came up with moves. The ladies were SUCH good sports and totally went for it. I look a little scarey, but HEY, I was JUSTgetting into it.
SheMan and HeWoman
These ladies are the Camp Spirit and they are INSANE and hysterical in every way. The things they are willing to wear, to do, to say are just amazing to me. Every year they come up with new characters and the girls just love them.
These are our fearless Bishops (a bishop is the ecclesiastical leader of a ward, sort of the equivolent of a Pastor or Priest). They come up for a night to meet with the girls. Well this Stake LOVES to "torture" these men with silly things. This year we created "superhero" alter egos for them and made them compete in a Super Hero Pageant, replete with physical fitness (situps, pushups, stretching and dance), evening wear (they put on a boa and strutted across the stage) and interview. So, from Left to Right we have:
The Incredible Sulk, Captain Junk in his Trunk, Captain Flotatious
Captain Twinkle Toes, Super Sensitive and The Mighty Redneck
Each of them had descrptions of their super powers and their deeds for the year and were introduced by "Disney Wonder Girl" and her sister "Cruella McNofun". Jamie wrote the most hilarious, witty, brilliant script I've ever read. I laughed the whole time. The girls LOVED it and it was a great success.
After the great pageant and commercials and deep thoughts and all the fun stuff, we had a dance. And while I promise there really were 150+ girls there and they were dancing, I'm just showing a bunch of the leaders. 'Cause trust me, these ladies were BUSTING some serious moves! I'd try to upload the video of Jamie droppin it, bu you know me and video. CURSES!
Camie, Jamie and Misti the star of this "Last Dance". Such a Fun, FUN night.
We were in the woods.....BIG bugs were bound to happen. Camie took it like a champ. And I sort of was a rock star, 'cause I actually TOUCHED that giant thing, picked it off her head and threw it. Well, aren't you impressed?
Flashlights were a must. Betsie especially rocked her headgear. What is not to love here?
Heidi (funniest girl EVER) Jamie (equally funniest girl ever) Me and Camie
Don't even worry, we are FULLY aware that we look either "challenged", special and or like we are POOPING our pants. And by we, I mean ME. Seriously? I took a picture like I was dropping a load. If you must know...we were trying to convey our rockstar ability to "do the cyclone". Ah hahahahahahahahaha, guess you had to be there.
Another area where they amazed me....the Craft Lodge. We are in the beginning stages of making some RIDICULOUSLY adorable hair flowers. Aren't we cute?
Other than my ability to look totally "Saucy" wish you could see the cuteness of this flower I created out of fabric. Easy peasy people. Camie got so excited, she's decided to make a bunch for her nieces for Christmas.
Our fearless Spirit Queens reappeared as mermaids for lunch the other day. Oh jeez, lunch. Dont even get me started on how gourmet and amazing the food was. All prepared by the coolest and funniest kitchen staff ever. ALL volunteering their time, taking time off work to come up and play with the girls.
Heidi, Jill and Aubrey
There are just some people in the world that make it a BETTER place. They're funny, oh so funny. Talented, kind, and loving. Jere has fully adopted us into two of these Wright families, and they've willingly accepted us. These are three of our favorite Wrights.
Heidi, Jamie and Betsie
Have I covered my love for Heidi yet? Perhaps mentioned her 3 Masters degrees, her ability to play the harp and violin like a Goddess? NO? Well how about her mad, MAD dancing ability. You should see her tap dance to Single Ladies. Not enough yet? Fine, then you will NEVER stop laughing. Smart and FUNNY! But get these cousins/ladies together, they're unstopable!
This group of young girls on stage ore just so fantastic! They're fearless, so willing to stand up in front of all their peers and act like complete fools. They dressed and acted like old ladies and put on these skits that just had you rolling. In this particulr one they are making fun of all the leaders. HI-LARIOUS!
And finally...on the last nijght, there is a "cheer off" between some of the leader womens and the men that are up there. Really, the men are such GOOD sports. Our ladies did three really great cheers, and I would say they totally won! I mean, Jamie did the full on splits at the end. HELLO!
I ended up riding home at about 11:30 last night, and it was so great. I got to visit with a lady in my ward that I really love. We had a great visit and good laughs. I rolled into my driveway at 1:15 a.m. and finally made it into bed around 2:00. It was SO great to sleep in my own bed, and to wake up to my sweet kiddos.
I am soooooo greatful for the opportunity I had to go up there, to associate with such amazing women. My batteries were most definitely recharged. I laughed enough for a year. I was child free and enjoyed that. I got spiritually uplifted, which was greatly needed. I had time to think and to ponder. It was truly a blessing, and I hope I get to repeat it again (sorry Jer).
Superheros and big bugs,