Monday, July 27, 2009

I'm Melting...

Seriously! Since when was it 98 degrees in BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON??? Please tell me. I don't hate the heat, but I can only live in heat as long as we have AC. And for some reason we don't have AC. So therefore, I can't deal with it. This is how I feel....
I literally feel like my body is melting. I used to put make-up on and have realized it is now pointless because as soon as I put it I end up sweating it off in less than 5 minutes. SICK! So now here I am. Sitting, watching TV in front of a fan. The only way I can stay cool.... It's too hot to cook or eat at the house for that matter. The key is to go to a restaurant that has AC. It's like killing two birds with one stone. The sunny weather is nice, and would be perfect if it weren't so stinkin hot outside! Anyways, I do love the summer. And I am thankful we are having such nice weather. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and trying to stay cool wherever you are!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Oh What A Week!!!

This past week was full of adventure and fun for me. I went to Girls Camp with my ward as an Adult Leader. I know. I was suprised too. Who knew I was an adult! Anywho it was a huge sucess. I had a ton of fun and I am hoping/ thinking the girls did too. There were 11 girls then a Doneva and a Michelle. So much fun!


Cute Bailey, she's the most energenic 12 year old I have ever met... She was super helpful and whenever we needed someone to do something she was the first to jump up and say "I will, I will!!!" I love her!!!Even though it was 85+ degrees outside we still needed a fire to call it camping!Dutch Oven Pizzas... a HUGE success!!! And super yummy... from what I heard!!

Big Tongs and 11 girls sitting around the fire with the following conversation...
Girls: "Sister Chapin..."
Me: "She's not here right now, please leave a message and she'll get back to you as soon as she can."
Girls: "Giggle. Sister Chapin... I mean... Michelle. When's dinner?"
Me: "I've told you a million times. Sister Chapin is my mom and she didn't come to camp. And I don't know when dinner is. Talk to the briquettes and ask them how long they are going to take to heat the dutch oven."
Girls: "Giggle. Ok. Can we have a snack?"
Me: "If you want to spoil your dinner, go ahead. Snack away!"
Girls: "Sister Froberg, did Michelle say yes or no to the snack?"
Sister Froberg then just laughs... poor girls...


Heidi Hoyt, Me and Kyleigh Jackson... awe. Such cute girls that should still be 7 but are 14 & 15...

So remember how I was called to go as an ADULT.. yeah well... going to Girls Camp as an adult is WAY better!!! You get to have so much more fun!! The girls had "free time" and got to go down this giant slip and slide. I was a little scared to go down this slip and slide at first with all the girls around. So once "free time" was over... I called "adult time" into play. And all of the adult leaders went down.

Doneva Froberg showed me how it was done!

Then Jill Slesk had to challenge Jamie Slesk to see who could spin more times...
The "Adults" after "Adult Time"My Y.W. leaders... who are now fellow adult leaders... crazy.... Jamie, Doneva, and Michelin were all one of my Young Womens leaders at one point. :)

Girls Camp was a ton of fun. I would go to Girls Camp every year. I loved being with the girls. I didn't like picking up after them and them calling me Sister Chapin. But had a TON of fun with them!! Our ward has the best girls in the world! Our theme was Unity in our ward and Unity we had! It was amazing. Watching the girls build their testimonies was the exact thing I needed to see in my life. I watched the girls grow throughout the week and everytime it brought me to tears. I couldn't have had a better week!

That brings me to today...

One of my best friend's, Amanda Peck's birthday was this past week while I was at camp and she waited to see Harry Potter with me, so we made a day out of it...
We got a pedicure.....

And saw Arry Pottah..... And I even got a new cover for my phone.... Oh what a week I have had!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Really????

So I was on Facebook Friday Night at 7:45 because I am cool like that with Amanda watching me making sure I don't get the spoiler for the new Harry Potter movie since I refuse to read the books. Anyways, I was on Facebook and this was the advertisement to the side.....
Text Amen to Jesus.... REALLY?!?!!?!?!??!!? What the heck??? What is this world coming to??? So ridiculous. I was tempted to try it, but Amanda convinced me not to.... Good thing I have Amanda to babysit me on Friday nights....

The Great Saddness


Most of you know there are a few things that I really do not enjoy doing. Two of those things are scrapbooking and reading. However, I read a book. Maybe it was the lesser of two evils, but maybe it just called out to me. See, a few weeks ago my Mother and I went over to Eastern Washington and while there I found this book sitting on Deb's table. I started reading it and she let me borrow it. I mean it was either read the book or scrapbook with the gang. And since I'm not part of the "gang" I probably wouldn't have fit it. Anyways... back to the book... The Shack is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. It is a spiritual book. About God, however is not by an LDS author. It is just about your relationship with God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. And the book made me realize something... Sometimes bad things happen to good people and it doesn't mean there isn't a God or that He wanted to punish them, it is because someone else's choice had a consequence on that person. I also realized that in the LDS church we believe that when we are baptized we take upon us the name of Christ. And I always thought of it to be like before you do something stupid or bad think "WWJD" or something and just think of what Christ would do and do that. But this book made me realize taking upon us the name of Christ means we become one with Christ. We need to have Him in our hearts always. It's not made to be we only try to be like Jesus every once and a while we should always be striving to be like Him. Our relationship with God should be a relationship we feel comfortable with. You shouldn't fear God or what He has to say. You should be able to talk to him about everything. He should be one of your best friends. Same with Christ. He is our elder brother and we should treat Him like that we should have a friendship with Christ. And for the Holy Spirit we should know that we always have Him with us. Even if we can't feel Him, He's there. After reading this book I realized that I don't have those 3 in my life enough. I thought I was fine, and couldn't realize what was missing from my life. For the longest time I thought it was a puppy or something material that I needed to find joy in life and it's not. In the book they talk about a Great Sadness that a father felt after his daughter was kidnapped and killed. The way he walked around, he just always had this great sadness way him down. He blamed God for the bad things that happened to his daughter. And I didn't have something as horrific as that happen in my life, but I have still felt sorrow and pain like everyone else. And I had this Great Sadness that now I can realize how to get rid of the Great Sadness and the only thing to get rid of it is joy. And I can find joy through my relationships with God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Conclusion: This book is amazing! Go read it. It will open your eyes and heart up to God.


So maybe a 66 year old can out "construction" me...

So on Sunday at church I was offered a little side job to help an old-er lady in our ward with some "house work". It paid, and frankly, I haven't had a job for... some time now so the money would be nice. I agreed and was under the impression it was only going to be on Monday for a few hours. BOY WAS I WRONG!!!! I have been there all week. We are getting her house ready to be appraised tomorrow. 3pm is our deadline. Wow. This lady is CRAZY and not like nutso she might kill you, but like superwoman. She works on her house everyday but Sunday for 15 hours a day. She tiles, roofs, paints, scrubs, resurfaces, textures, and much much more. And when she said it was "house work" she lied. Well, I guess TECHNICALLY she didn't lie. We are doing work and it is on the house. I just thought she meant more cleaning. Ya know, mop the floor, wash the windows, scrub some toilets. Not, take out the grout in between the tiles in my laundry room and on the kitchen counters with this one inch blade. But, I can now re tile a floor OR counter. I also am pretty good at getting out rings in bathtubs. Just give me the right chemicals and magic happens. Anyways, I have worked for her everyday this week and it has been rough on my body. I have been so tired when I leave her home that I pretty much want to die. But I find a way to get me home (it's usually a diet coke). Shareen (aka Superwomen) has like 13 kids (some biological and some adopted) 11 of which are living. She is one of the most spiritual people I have ever met. I am glad I got to work with her this week even though I accidentally complained everyday. Here are some things that at first annoyed me, but I have grown to love about her....
  • She calls whatever we are doing on the house, no matter what it is "Construction" even tools... she calls tools construction
  • She is hard of hearing, but can sometimes hear when I whisper and can't other times when I am standing right next to her yelling
  • She is 66 years old and still fixes up her house
  • She told me not to drink Diet Coke... I still don't LOVE this one... but almost
  • She knows everything!!!!
  • She has a big heart and is very giving

All in all I think Shareen is an amazing woman and I know that her blessings are huge and abundant and she is definitely going straight to the tip top of heaven (if you get what I mean!)