Camryn went and stayed with her Grandparents in SD (thanks again!) and we took on 5 other girls! 5 other teenage girls I might add. Why you ask? I am not sure, but it was a blast! Ryan and I were host parents for Youth Conference. Meaning from Thursday night to Saturday night these were our daughters.
Whitney, Carolina, Florencia and Emily-the 4 we had the first night. Striking a pose in between a battle with 350+ youth. The Stake made all of these "swords" out of wooden dowels and pool noodles. Talk about fun!
On Saturday we collected can and dry goods from our neighborhood with a cousin group. They did better than any other group. And they got a taste of what it would be like to serve a mission. A lot harder than they thought.
Dropping our donations off at HOPE-Helping Our People in Elsinore. Pretty amazing they have this for our own community. Mckenzie joined our family on the second day-because we are the coolest!
For our second service project the girls went ALL out. This Dad just got back from Kuwait in the ARMY and the wife has been taking care of her parents and her Grandma all in one house. She just had surgery and the Dad is going into surgery next week. They were so inspiring to the girls. The mom is doing so much for her family while her husband is away serving our country. We cleaned a huge pool liner, washed two cars, pulled weeds, washed 4 sets of sheets, cleaned 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and put together there HD TV with surround sound. The girls were such troopers! And the family was so grateful!
Our first and last Family picture. Pranks with the boys, yelling the words to every song on the radio, long showers and crazy emotions- it is hard work but always worth the experience and spirit felt in the end!