Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Youth Standards Night

A friend asked about this, so I thought I would post what we did for Standards Night with our Young Men and Young Women this last year. We were thrilled to have record numbers for the event! 27!!!! It was so great!!

Scott found the idea for the cruise and then I worked on tweeking it to match the current For Strength of Youth manual. We did a 30 minute "cruise" and then we "hit a storm" and had to abandon ship (the building). The youth needed survival items and went on a scavenger hunt to find them. (30 min). The we all abandoned ship and went to the "desert island' ( the land behind the church building). The Captain aka the Bishop talked to the youth about what each item represented and how their standards compared to the item and to their lives.

Overall a fabulous evening!! Huge Success!! So thankful that Heavenly Father guided all the ideas!!!

Here's our scavenger hunt clues, how they related to the items, and what item matched up to each standard and what room they were hidden in.

Standards from the For Strength of Youth pamphlet - the items the youth need to collect - Where they will be

*Why the standard matches the item

**The Scavenger hunt clue

Agency and Accountability - tools - Scout room

*Choose the right tools and be accountable for how you use them.

**Building a new life on an island takes skill. Be prepared!

Gratitude - Journal - RS room

*By recording our thoughts we are better able to see our blessings and be grateful for them.

**The Captain records all his thoughts about his voyage in a captains log You’ll find something similar in the place where women gather.

Education - scriptures- library

*Seek ye learning....even by study and prayer.

**The Lord sent Nephi and his brothers to get these. They are just as important to us today. You’ll improve your education when you find these with other tools of learning.

Family - comforters/blankets- mothers lounge

*A family can support and comfort you through life.

**Babies love to be wrapped up. You might, too.

Friends - compass - foyer (with a large compass taped on the floor)

*Good friends help us stay on course.

**North, south, east or west, you’ll need a Liahona to guide you best. The center is the place to start. Don’t forget X marks the spot.

Dress and Appearance - clothing - classroom 114

*Are you dressed to survive?

**Castaways always look ragged when they are rescued. Take extra of these from stateroom 101, 114, or 119.

Entertainment and Media - games - primary room

*Is your entertainment virtuous, lovely, of good report or praiseworthy?

**Avoid Cabin Fever, take these from the children’s room.

Music and Dancing - hymnbooks - YW room

*D&C 136:28 Praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing.

**Sailors songs are horrible. Help them change their tune in the beautiful young ladies room.

Language - whistle - classroom 109

*Blow the whistle on bad language.

**You’ll need a way to signal others on the island. You’ll find this in stateroom 102, 109, or 115.

Dating - matches - classroom 116

*choosing the right person to match up with can keep you from getting burned.

**Warmth, light and signals are all started with these. You’ll find them in stateroom 105, 113, or 116.

Sexual purity - water bottles- drinking fountains

*stay pure before you get married

**You never know what there is to drink on an island. Stock up before you go!

Repentance - soap - baptismal font

*get clean - repent!

**If your going to have to live and survive together, you’ll definitely want some of this. Find it at the ships pool.

Honesty - seeds - classroom 103

*Are you sowing the seeds of truth or lies?

**Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime. You’ll need these to help you grow on the island. Look for them in state room 118, 111, or 103.

Sabbath Day observance - tent - gym closet

*protect yourself from the storms of life by keeping the sabbath day holy.

**Protect yourself from storms. The biggest room is the place to go (Stay out of the Chapel).

Tithes and offerings - backpack - bishop’s office

*The windows of Heaven are pouring out blessings. Do you have room to receive them?

**The captains cabin has something to help ease your burden.

Physical health - granola bars - kitchen

*find treasures of health and knowledge as you keep the word of wisdom.

**You’ll need nourishment for the trip. Time to raid the fridge.

Service to others - candle - coat rack ( in a coat pocket)

*Jesus said, When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God.” He is a light in the darkness. You can be, too.

**Don’t leave the ship without something to light your way. You’ll find it by the exit.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Holiday Travels

We are now back in Texas (for the holidays). And we left before the snow storm hit in Indiana. Yea!

Wait, Wait......We live in Indiana? Since when? Oh, yea....It's been a year now! A whole year and we are officially Hoosiers!! We each have a very ugly driver licenses, Indiana plates on the cars and a "permanent" address!

However, we are in Texas for 2 weeks for the holidays (yea for paid vacations!). So far we've driven 20 hours (which includes a 2 hour stop at a rest area at 4am). Oh and btw, the reasons the hotels are empty is because everyone is was asleep at the rest areas. What recession!!??

We've had Christmas with my brother Walter and his wife Lynsi (Walty & Lula), had AWESOME BBQ (THANKS Dad!!!), and a huge turkey dinner with all the sides. Plus all the deserts you can eat. We're going to be so fat when this is done with. Hurray for New Years Resolutions. :)

We'll head to San Angelo tomorrow and go to war, ie paintball with ALL the Clayson siblings. BRING IT ON!

Hopefully, I'll have some great pictures of the event. Until then, enjoy these others.

Josh - Age 7

Aaron - Age 5 1/2

Celeste - Age 10

Eli - Age 3 1/2

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Summer Time ...... Fun?!

Summer started for us one week ago.   It's been a rather eventful week and I thought I would expound on all the ....fun?

Celeste and Josh had school on Monday and Tuesday.  

Monday was a regular normal day.  We FINALLY figured out how to get the pool up and running and got an extensive run down from Jenny at the pool store.    We also found out that the heater for the pool is shot.  Since we don't have $3000 laying around, the heater will have to wait.  We've spent the week vacuuming, skimming, scrubbing, repeat.  Eli and Aaron have been helping me.  

Tuesday, Aaron and Eli were helping me.  I'm sitting on the diving board reading about how to do stuff and I hear something and look up and Eli is under the water....fully dressed.  When they say that you see life threatening events in slow motion, it's true.  I can minutely see every detail of me running around the corner of the pool and realizing he was too far out to reach and me jumping in fully dressed to drag him back out.  He was probably in the water a total of 30 seconds, but time really does stand still.  That and I learned that denim pants and denim overalls are Really Heavy when they are wet!  :)  We were both shaken and other than a really big bruise on my knee from dragging him out, we're injure free.  Yea!  AND the day gets even better......

Late Tuesday.....I made soup for dinner and it was boiling hot and Celeste spilled some on her hand and got 4 blisters from it.  Then Eli spilled a whole bowl on his tummy and legs.  I'm glad my mom gave me silvidine (a silver based burn cream) and both of those wounds were healed my the morning.  (Eli didn't have a very good Tues.)

Wed. I was cleaning the pool and stepped off the end of the diving board to the ground and twisted my ankle.  Didn't think much of it, but by Wed. night and Thursday morning, I really thought it was broken.  It hurt so bad.  

Thurs afternoon I went in for Xrays.  It's not broken, but I tore the ligaments.  I'm doing better now, but it's still sore.

Friday, Scott calls me early morning to tell me he'd been in a car wreck.  A semi missed it's turn and slammed on it's brakes.  So did Scott and everyone else on this major road (at 7:45 am).  The semi decided that it would back up a few feet to make the turn instead of going around the block.  It saw the line of cars behind it, but not the little 1990 Saab convertible directly behind it.  Scott held his brakes to keep from hitting the car behind him and layed on the horn.  The truck stopped after the front end of his car looked a little squished in.  We're waiting for the insurance money to pay.  At least he was honest about it and admitted to backing up, instead of Scott running into him (which is what the Police officer thought when he first got there).    Other than a sore back, Scott is doing well.

Saturday we officially swam in the pool.  It took me 30 minutes to get in as far as my waist.  (Think upper Rocky Mountain stream cold).  Eli only got his feet wet, Aaron and Josh only got to their chests.  And then there's Celeste and Scott.  Both enjoyed jumping off the board and gasping for air as they came up.  Definitely like father like daughter moments!  We'll get a pool cover soon and that should help keep the heat.

Sunday, today, has been a beautiful day.  Church was wonderful and the afternoon has been great.  I'm glad Heavenly Father has blessed us with such a beautiful day, after such an eventful week!  Hopefully, this week will be a little less crazy.  I'm leaving for San Angelo on Wed. (all by myself!!!!) to paint the house we have for sale and Scott will have the kids for 5 days!!  So the next blog could be just as eventful!  hahaha  We'll see.  :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Playing around with IMovie

Here are a few clips of movies I took around Christmas.  Grandpa Denison is saying his famous poem that he say's every Christmas "But just before Christmas, I'm as good as I can be."  The plane is my brother Walter taking us up.  Josh is TERRIFIED!   Eli was having the time of his life!  All the other clips are pretty self explanatory.  Aaron really wanted to only ride a little horse at Christmas at Old Fort Concho.  At the end, Scott was asking the kids what Graceland was as we drove through Memphis on our way to Indiana.  I hope you enjoy!!