Saturday, August 30, 2014

Girls Camp

I am the Young Women's Secretary in our ward and got asked to put together the Personal Progress Tent at camp this year.  The theme was Come Unto Christ--There's No Place Like Home.  It was so much fun tying the Wizard of Oz into everything that we did.  I was really worried about leaving my kids home with Nate all week, but he did a great job with them and everyone was alive when I returned :).  I didn't take a ton of pictures while I was there, but there are a few.  When the girls were arriving at camp, we had them get settled and then come and decorate a tin can.  Those cans tied in with our Individual Worth Value on 'Tin Man' day...we told the story of the Bucket Filler and encouraged the girls to fill each other's buckets with love all week long.  They were so great about writing sweet notes to everyone, and the cans looked so cute strung up around the canopy.  

The craft ladies had the girls paint these yellow bricks, and we had a devotional the first night where each girl laid their brick down going up a hill to represent the yellow brick road.  At the top of the hill, they rotated through small presentations from the scarecrow, lion, and tin man.  Each character tied their story into a gospel principle.  It was wonderful!

I was so proud of my sign!

I was actually able to leave the campsite for a couple of hours one day and enjoy a beautiful hike in Garmisch with the girls!  How awesome that we got to go to Garmisch for girls camp!?!  (although the 5 hr drive wasn't ideal--nor the daily rain :( )

I think our tent may have been the only one that didn't get soaked that week.  Thanks to Dani Weller for setting it up right!!

These two ladies were in charge of crafts and we got to work together a lot in planning for camp and while at camp!  I was lucky to have them there with me!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Omi & Opi Come

Our whole family had been looking forward to the summer so much--mostly because we knew it would bring a visit from Omi & Opi!  The dates got moved around a bit, but finally in the middle of July, we were on our way to the airport to pick them up!!  It was such a happy reunion!  A whole year of not seeing each other was way too long!!!

The first day after arriving in Germany, we made the trek up to Kristel and Lelli's houses in Frankfurt.  It was supposed to be Lelli & her husband, Frank's, 50th birthday celebrations.  It turned into a birthday/funeral.  Kristel's ex-husband (and Lelli's dad) had passed away unexpectedly the week before.  It was nice to see everyone, despite the occasion.  

A couple of days later, we headed to East Germany.  We spent the night with our family there, and then Ute (my mom's cousin) and her husband, Dieter, drove with us to Prague.  We spent two wonderful days in Prague.  It was an amazing city.  I didn't expect it to be so cool, actually.  I'm starting to feel like most European cities are similar.  But Prague really felt unique.  We did a lot of walking during those couple of days, but the kids were troopers and we all managed to have a lot of fun.  On our way home, we stopped in Nuremberg just to check it out.  A quick walk around the city with lunch by the river, and then we hopped back in the car.  Honestly, Nuremberg wasn't the most impressive place we've seen.  Kind of underwhelming.  

We went to this really fun restaurant in Prague where the food is brought out to you on a little train.  The kids thought it was SO cool!

Our stop in Nuremberg:

We went to the Homburg Flea Market on the Saturday after our trip to Prague--you can always find fun treasures there :).