Yesterday, while Matthew was hiking Mount Timpanogos his mom invited me to a Relief Society Meeting that her ward was having. The theme was "A Celestial Spa." We got to learn a few fun things, like how to make homemade lip balm and bath salts, a little about reflexology and were given a few home decor tips, but the best part of the whole morning to me was our first guest lecturer. The speaker is a musician and he spoke about spiritual connects and how they influence our lives. He spoke about how spiritual connections are like a spider web; in our meetings and through music we build connections with those around us. These connections are especially important in times of trial because they are like a web of testimony and support that gives us faith to continue on. He then spoke of music and how a certain combination of notes can bring a flood of memories and emotions to us. He played a few songs like “Happy Birthday” and the theme song from Jaws and let us experience our feelings. He then played a chord that didn't sound so good and spoke of how sometimes we try and make spiritual connections (through visiting teaching, or home teaching or bringing cookies to a neighbor etc.) and it doesn't go quite like we would have hoped or we have a bad experience in life. He then explained that these experiences are also very important. They are not always pleasant to go through, but they help us to become who the Lord wants us to be if we turn to Him. If we have the right perspective those bad chords/notes can help our song of life become more beautiful than it would have been if we hadn't had the trial. He then played a line of a song without the chords and then added the chords in to illustrate his point. The music was indeed more beautiful with the "bad" chord. I felt the spirit very strongly and I know that as we go through trials we can become stronger, more valiant servants of the Lord and if we trust in Him, He will help us to reach our full potential and when we will look back and listen to the song of our life, it will be beautiful.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
We discovered many interesting sites as we began our hike to the first cache. First, we discovered that there was a concert at Red Butte Gardens and that if you want to hear the concert, but don’t have money, you can just hike up one of the many small hills right outside the gardens, set up a camping chair and enjoy the fresh air and somegood music! We all took mental note and Elisa and I enjoyed dancing to a few of the songs while Matthew and Alex looked embarrassed, because there were people watching. Our second discovery along the trail was a tarantula…
creepy little fella if you ask me, but Matthew and Alex got close enough to get a picture. As per usual, it is hard to see how big it really is because there is nothing to compare it to, but it is interesting looking anyway. The last thing we discovered on this first cache is that Matthew and Alex will try anything to make themselves look good…even take a picture of a box that isn’t a cache to say they found one! Let me explain this last one…
So we were walking along the road, headed towards the coordinates on the GPS when suddenly we found a fence in the way. Elisa and I determined that the cache was somewhere within this restricted area and decided that it was not worth trekking through the tarantula filled brush to “maybe, but probably not” find a cache, but that we should move on to cache #2 instead. Well the boys decided that they were up to the challenge, so as Elisa and I headed back towards the car, the boys ran into the brush.
About 5 to 10 minutes after Elisa and I got back to the car the boys arrived. I thought they got back way too fast to have found the cache, and was surprised when they said they had found it. Elisa and I asked to see a picture and sure enough they had a picture of a green looking box. We were disappointed in the box because we thought it would be more exciting and we wanted a picture of the boys with the log they signed (signing the log proves you found the cache). A few minutes later, the boys admitted that they indeed had not found the cache, but soon after wading through high brush realized that finding the cache was a lost cause.
Even after the let down of our first cache we were enthusiastically hopeful that we would find one. So we continued forward. The second cache was somewhere close to Rice Eccles Stadium and had to do with the Olympics, but alas, we did not find it. Instead we made another discovery, which we should have realized sooner, but nevertheless were too excited and in a sense jumped the gun. We soon realized that we in fact did not have the proper equipment…our GPS is not a handheld GPS, but a car GPS. We decided that one day we would make another go of geocaching, but for tonight, the only place Mandy could take us to was Cold Stone. Lucky for us we had a gift card and each of us got a scrumptious desert for free!
After Cold Stone we headed back to the apartment to play some card games. We stayed up so late that Alex and Elisa chose to sleep on our living room floor rather than chance falling asleep while driving back up to Ogden. All in all it was a wonderful evening filled with great food and a fun adventure!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday morning I had the opportunity to spend the morning with the Taylors at Hoogle Zoo. As always it was fun to see the kids enjoying themselves. I had never been to any of the shows at the zoo before, but this time we went to the bird show and habitat show. They were both very good. The bird show was quite amazing. I still don’t know how they manage to keep the birds coming back, because they could easily fly the coupe! Many times the birds fly right over our heads and I am positive that many of the audience members, including James (nephew) had their hair ruffled. The habitat show taught about all the different types of habitats that animals live in and at the end of the show everyone got to go up and pet the armadillo and possum. Other things we saw besides the shows included: the baby elephant, turtles, the big porcupines, fruit bats (not behind a cage), rhinos and vultures. After seeing all the animals we spent a little while in the play area and then headed home.
Later that night we went out for a late night snack at The Village Inn with Matthew’s parents and then up Immigration Canyon to watch the meteor shower. Right before we went out I started to not feel so well, but I chalked it up to my allergies. It wasn’t until Saturday morning that I realized that I had a fever. I spent the rest of the weekend on the couch and in bed. I still saw a couple of good shooting stars (when my eyes weren’t closed) and Matthew enjoyed spending time talking with his parents. We always have a good time with our family. I think that is one thing we are both very grateful for.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
The majority of our drive home today was very familiar territory to me, yet I couldn't help taking pictures of some of the scenery. And get more and more excited as we inched closer to home!
I know our place isn't much (I mean I do call it "the crap hole," although it really isn't all that bad) but it is really nice to be back home!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Matthew and I met AmAsie at the salon she works at and I was her last client for the day. I miss having Ams close by for several reasons: 1) for some reason she thinks I am funny, 2) she makes me laugh (cause I think she's funny), 3) she is a great hair stylist and always makes me feel pretty and 4) she takes me for who I am, good and bad.
When Pete got home we went to dinner and then Ams and Pete split a pair of free movie tickets with us and we watched the best movie I have seen in a really long time, "Inception." It was mind blowing! I am so glad we saw it in theaters! I even would have paid full price, and that is saying a lot because these days I don't believe that many movies are worth me shelling out the cash to see it in theaters. Thanks Pete and Ams for your hospitality!! We Love you!!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Thursday morning we got a wake up call by some monkeys jumping on our bed. After two of the monkeys headed to school Matthew and Porter spent the morning attempting to build a lego tower that reached the ceiling. Chris came home early to join us for lunch and a small hike before picking up Isabel and Zen from school. That evening we all tried to help build a tower to the ceiling and after giving up played the Wii. After the kids went to bed we watched the movie The Ghost Writer with Chris and Jen.