Sunday, August 31, 2014

We make a lot of cookies I guess




 Wow life is just grand right now.
My ward friends and I have a tradition of making cookies on Sundays. If you wanna see another post about this, check it out. The top photo was one of the first times we got together to make cookies.

//okay im scouring my journal to see when the first time was that we made cookies haha//

February 16, 2014 was the first day we every instigated what we now call #sweetservicesunday. We only had three people come over (Bradyn, Brianna, and Josue) and we made cookies so we could take them to our ward friends who just recently moved. We made 60+ cookies that night.
We gave them to a man who just got shingles in our ward that is like our grandpa. It seriously cheered him up big time and made us feel so good! And we also took them to our friend who just got her wisdom teeth out.

March 2, 2014 was the next time we made cookies. That is what the picture is above! We gave our friend 17 cookies because it was his 17th birthday. We made interlacing cards and that was exciting.

March 30, 2014 was the next time. We had 7 people come over that time. We took some more to our shingle-inflected ward grandpa and he told us some fantastic stories from his teenage years. He bought a car for $50 and at that time gas was only $0.19. He used to steal old tires on sundays for his car which I thought was absolutely hilarious. We took some more to our friends who moved and another family in the ward. We also took some cookies to a guy in our ward who was home from his mission who was recovering from surgery. He told us some mission stories and it was so great. I got really excited to go on a mission just talking to him about it.

June 8, 2014 is the second picture up there and the next time we got together. We finally decided to call it #sweetservicesunday. We took them to a friend who was really sad and it was kind of awkward hahahaha. Then we took them to another two friends from PG, and then our shingle-inflicted ward grandpa, and two cute older married return missionaries who live on the corner.

July 6, 2014 and cue photo number three. That was the next time we made cookies together! We only took cookies to a good AF friend of mine and it was kinda weird cause only some people knew her, but it was fun!

July 20, 2014 came next and we took them to some of our friends in the ward that had birthdays. We gave another plate to our shingle grandpa, and a family in the ward. We had three extra plates left over, and it was about 10:00 at night, so we stood by the stop sign (all 8 of us teenage hooligans) and yelled at people who stopped at the stop sign to see if they wanted some cookies. One car rolled their window down, but then didn't want our cookies. Thankfully, a guy in a truck took the cookies and went on his merry way. Ha. We then took them to our sunday school teachers and left them two plates.

July 27, 2014 this was the day for the old people in the ward. We went to town with all the old people we knew! We visited this precious old lady who was extremely grateful to see us and chat for a second. We visited a cute old couple who used to be our sunday school teachers a couple of years ago and it was just grand to be able to sit and talk to them for 30 minutes.

August 3, 2014 came next. 11 people came. We found out that our cute old couple who used to be our sunday school teachers really appreciated the visit from the week before. They were feeling down about their new sunday school class and that they weren't reaching the kids, and us visiting them really cheered them up. And the precious return missionary couple stopped us while we were rampaging the town and said that we were doing something really good. So we gave him a plate of cookies. 

August 17, 2014 We had 9 people there that time. We went to our ward grandpa, our friend's house, and who other homes in the ward. It was awesome. It felt like our last crazy thing before school started.

August 31, 2014 aka today. We had 13 people today (cue the last picture, and one person isn't in the photo) We made 7 plates of cookies, but only got to visit 6 people. Seriously, our group has gotten so dang big. It's pretty much half of the youth of the ward comin over to my house to make cookies. Hey, but I'm not complaining. It is so much fun to spend time together and visit people in our ward and make their night with cookies.
Today was kinda special because we visited a lady who's husband is bedridden and has been through such an ordeal through the last year and she was so grateful for us to come and bring her cookies to make her day a little better. That is seriously why we do it. It is grand and I love my friends.


Alright here are the stats so far:
Days of #sweetservicesunday: 10
Plates of cookies taken (give or take a few): 39
Most people to show up: 13
How long we've been doing this: 6 months

Saturday, July 19, 2014

1:00 in the morning and we're just gettin started


 I fell asleep at 6:00 in the evening and woke up to my alarm at 12. We left our houses at 12:30 and started hiking at 1:00.
The first hour we used our headlamps, but when the moon came over the mountains we turned them off and hiked by the light of the moon. Hiking in the dark makes the time go by pretty fast. But when we got to the last stretch of the hike, I was on the verge of death. My poor feet hadn't hiked that far since I had surgery, but I pushed through. My steps were slower and slower, but the kept going forward.
We kinda took a wrong turn after the saddle and before the peak, so we had to backtrack and figure out how to get there. The little shack on the top of the mountain kept getting bigger and bigger and I was so ready to just be at the top!
I made it, finally. Whew! Holy crap and hot dang. Wow it was such a hike. It was gorgeous cause the sun started rising through the clouds and we could see practically everything.
We decided to take a different trail back down, and go through the glacier. Before we got to the glacier, we took a wrong trail. We were on the trail 10 feet above the one we were supposed to be on, so we climbed down a cliff and went on our way. Except I was terrified and real scared. But I did it.

We finally got to the glacier! Okay, the glacier was half melted and the rest was rocks rocks rocks all over the place.


We climbed down the rocks, and started to slide on the snow. I didn't think my butt would ever be able to feel anything ever again. I was so numb all on my hands and bottom. Goodness gracious it was so cold.
Then we took the journey through the rock park at the bottom. It went on forever. So yikes to that.
We hauled all the way back, so sorry for not getting any photos of the pretty flowers! It was gorgeous though.

Hello 17 mile hike! Yay for getting to cross that off my bucket list!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

spiritual zombies and able-bodied ladies

 AKA girls camp. ha
So I didn't really realize how much furking work it was going to be as a stake YCL. (youth camp leader I think is what that means) I legit had zero time to sit and relax and hang out. We were going at it all freaking day, but I really appreciated the hard work after it was done. It was like I accomplished something grand, you know?
So much happened that I can't even possibly begin to explain, so let me just go off of these photos

Okay, but really about this hipster lessons. Are we hipster yet? What even is a hipster? How do you become one? Why do you want to be one? Ha. Anyway these donuts were delish.


The first day we took the stake through a time machine back to Jesus' time so they could see what life was like back then. The theme was I walked where Jesus walked, and so we were trying to physically show them that! We had a bazaar where all the YCLs dressed up in the time period and told stories and sold things. It was fantastic.


 Megan and I slept on the hammock every night instead of the army tent they set up for all 12 of us stake YCLs. Nothing against having carpet in our tent and actually being able to stand in it, but there's something about sleeping under the stars that just gets me, ya know?
Um I'm saying ya know a lot and I don't know why. Wut

We brought these hilarious cat pictures to camp to hang up in random places, so at midnight after our showers, we went and stuck them up. This is our ward's board that had all the pictures of the girls in the camp on it. We put the cat up there ha.


 I rappelled down a mountain before we got in canoes. It was one of the most frightening and fun experiences of my whole life. They pretty much had to coach me to go over the edge of the cliff, and then half of the way down I was so terrified that I just walked down. Ha. The two guys at the bottom, one of them my next door neighbor, were coaxing me to jump and jump and eventually to hang upside down haha. And I did it! I got all the way down and had a complete blast doing it.


That night we had a visit from the 10 virgins. Each YCL led a ward around to see each virgin's 'house' and get to converse with them. The ones that struck me the most were the foolish virgins who only talked about themselves. And the first virgin who was Christlike. We had first seen the foolish virgins and felt such a lack of the spirit in our hearts and we arrived at the virgin who was portraying the christlike attribute and there was a sense of coming home. It really struck me that I am every single one of the virgins in one way or another, and that they are all in us.
After we went around to all the virgins, we all got back together again, and watched as the call for the bridegroom came and the 5 foolish virgins were scrambling for oil and they couldn't get any. They all expressed their remorse for not preparing to see the bridegroom.
Each member of camp had received a vile of oil prior to this experience. At the door of the presentation, we were each given a battery powered candle. Those with their oil had a working battery inside their candle, and those without their oil were left with a dead battery. It really spoke to me about preparing now to see Christ!

We took our 2nd year gals on a 5 mile hike around the mountains. Holla at us totally haulin' up and down that mountain! We were back in time to go watersliding!
We washed each others feet like Jesus did to his apostles and it was splendid. Especially after hiking a million miles! Holy guacamole.

Fruit pizzas are bomb. And so are testimony meetings in the rain when it's pitch black outside. I love it.

The last night we went padding. hahahaha. We took 50 pads and stuck them everywhere around camp and it was hilarious. The trouble we got in afterward was not so hilarious.



We dressed in our Holy Land outfits to say goodbye to the wards as they reentered the time machine. What an experience.


Monday, July 7, 2014

#sweetservicesunday


I swear every week we have new people come to my house to make cookies and take them to people. yay for tradition.



Sunday, July 6, 2014

pics or it didn't happen


okay so pics or it didn't happen is basically my motto. And I'm pretty sure all yall are going to thank me when we're all old and want to see all the things we did during our crazy teenage years. So here you go.
I got my first sno cone of the summer! It was mango flavored and just fabulous. I love snow cones so much! Yum yum yum
I saw divergent and let's just say that the main guy is super attractive. And after seeing that movie I kind of felt empowered, like I could do anything and no one could stop me, ya know? It was liberating and I loved it. We got to the theater right as the movie was scheduled to start and there were only crappy seats left. We talked to the cashier guy for seriously 10 minutes about if we should see that movie and if it's worth it, or if we should see a different one, and if he liked the other movies playing and such. It was so funny!
We picked up a garlic Parmesan chicken tomato or something pizza and when we got to Pizza Hut I couldn't remember for the life of me what it was called (as I can't now) and the cashier dude was getting so frustrated! It was weird going from a really friendly cashier guy to this jerk one ha.
We sat on the deck and watched fireworks and ate pizza and that was that.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

sleeping on the deck for fun



Fourth of July. Holy guacamole what a holiday it was!
I woke up early so I could march in the Freedom Festival parade. The worst parade of the season, that's for sure. It was hot and sticky in our uniforms, but it was okay cause Pete snapchatted us saying that he had three parades for the day. Thank the heavens above that we don't do that!
I used Pete's trumpet and accidentally used his bobby shew mouthpiece for the whole parade. Let's just say that my lips weren't even tired! And that I was hitting notes way above what I was supposed to be playing.
Okay, people ask me all the time if I hear them during parades. But you gotta understand something. I cannot look and see who is yelling at me and know who it is. So yes, I do hear people screaming "Kiana!! Kiana!!" but I don't know who you are.

My girl Alex and I went to Wendy's after the parade to fuel up, because obviously you want fast food after sweating for two hours in the hot sun. It was oddly satisfying though, because I was just that hungry.

I showered up real fast and headed over to my aunt and uncles house to have a barbeque. There was an assortment of meat to choose from, but sadly since I ate at Wendy's I wasn't too hungry. And I almost fell asleep on the couch cause parades are just that. exhausting.

My mom, my cousin, and I went to the Stadium of fire performance!! Carrie Underwood is fantastic. And flawless. And the fireworks were amazing.

We got home at midnight. I snapchatted my friend Kara seeing if she wanted to sleepover on the deck and so she came over at like 1:00am and we slept on the deck and talked and the sun woke us up at 7. It was grand and we look awful, but we ate waffles and we loved it.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

waffles at noon


I woke up at 10:20 to my friends texting me saying they were on my way to my house to pick me up for summer seminary. Hahaha, so this is what I looked liked. We got there half an hour late, but still had an hour of spiritual nourishment to feast on!
After seminary was over, we headed over to Megan's house and grabbed her waffle maker and made waffles at my house. We cut up a mango as well, cause I'm pretty much obsessed with them and they are so dang delicious. We finished making all the food and sat on the deck and ate it all! Since we've gotten the deck done, we have seriously done everything on there. Pretty soon we're going to sleep on it. It'll happen.


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