Spirit Sticks and Sunburns

Today was just awesome!  Today my campers went to the Annual Association Field Day at one of our branches.

This was our second field trip, and overall things turned out pretty great.  The Association Field Day is where all of the Camps that are apart of our association gather together in one location to be together, be loud and proud and to play games together.  Today there were five of our branches in attendance.  We had a total of about 40 kids today.  We were small, but we were mighty.

I was kind of concerned about the weather, and another canceled trip, but they decided to go ahead.  When we got to our destination, we were a little lost, none of us had been to one of these before.  They started this several years, after I stopped working as a counselor at my other YMCA.  I met up with another camp director, and she was trying to get some answers as to where we should go.  After getting some answers, I took my kids to the port a potties for a bathroom break and to the gym to await the other camps to show up to start.  The weather wasn’t very cooperative at first, it wasn’t raining, it was misting, but it was enough to drive us inside.

We finally got things started and completed our opening ceremony and were off for lunch before games.  We were asked to plan a water game and a dry game to teach to the other camps as they rotated between stations, but that didn’t work out.  They decided that we weren’t going to do the water games, and that we would just fall in line with another camp and follow them.  There didn’t end up being a rotation, but we made do.

We played many a game with our campers and some of the other camps decided to join in our fun.  We played Bob the Weasel and it was so catchy that as I was doing my rounds between my groups I saw that other groups were playing as well.  We sang several camp songs and yelled numerous chants.  By 1:00 the sun was starting to peak through and the humidity began to rise and my campers got really tired and restless so I decided that we were going to play the games that I had planned to teach, which were some of our favorite games.  We started out with the leaky cup challenge.

You split your group up into two teams.  You need two cups with holes in them and four buckets, two filled with water. Your teams use the cups and fill them with water race to the other end of the boundary and put the remainder of the water in the empty bucket.  The team that fills the bucket up first wins, or in our case gets to dump the bucket of water on a counselor.  Our kids had so much fun that other camps wanted to join in.

We finished up around 2 and started heading to the bathrooms for our final bathroom break before hitting the bus and to hydrate after running around like crazy.  We took a giant all association picture.  And then we were told that we had to stay for closing ceremony.  So we gathered our campers up in the field behind the YMCA that we were at and waited.  They were getting restless again so we sang some more songs and yelled some more chants until the event coordinator came out to close out the day.  He took his spirit stick and played a chanting game with each branch, the higher the stick was in the air the louder we were to get, the lower to the ground the quieter we needed to be.  He thanked everyone for their participation and tallied up all of the points.  Then he said that there was one branch that showed great sportsmanship, were really excited and pumped up, good listeners, well-behaved and embodied the Four Core Values of the YMCA.  Can you guess who?  Before I tell you who, I want to explain what this all means.

Each year the Spirit Stick is awarded to Y Camp that meets the criteria listed above.  Since starting this, one branch almost always wins.  When you are awarded the Spirit Stick, you get to take it with you for the rest of summer, and bring it back next season for the next Association Field Day.  You also get to make your mark on it, and receive bragging rights among the association.

So if you guess my camp, your right!  Not only was it our first time attending the Field Day but it is also our first outing after becoming apart of the association!  I am so proud of my campers.  They were so excited.  None of them thought that they would get it.  So this weekend, I will be purchasing a Kelly green spoon of ribbon and a white or silver paint marker and making our mark on the Spirit Stick.  By the end of the day myself and some of the other counselors had a little bit of a sunburn on our faces, but when most of the day if over cast you don’t really think about using sun screen….o well…

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I am so proud of my campers.  They behaved very well today, the listened every time.  They were amazing.  Today was an amazing day!

Coming out

This isn’t what I had planned to share with you but after watching this I fell the need to share this with you.

Ingrid Nilsen is one of the most inspiring people to me.  We all know that I am a youtube junkie.  I look forward to each and everyone of her videos.  She is the most beautiful, inspiring and most well put together person I know.  She has been in inspiration for many of the things that I have accomplished in my life this far.

Yesterday she posted this video.

I had no idea what it was about.  I saw that she had posted a video and I clicked on it to watch.  Before I get into this, I must tell you that most of my friends are gay, in one way or another.  No gay happy, but Gay LGBT.  Being around people that are gay does not bother me on bit.

I had no idea, until her video.  I am so happy for her that she is finally out.  I could see the stress she has been under build up over the past several years and when she finally just said it yesterday, I could see the stress falling off.  It is never easy to tell people something that intimate about you.  I went through something similar.  We all go through phases.  I dated a girl in high school and we kept it from just about everyone, parents included, except for our closest friends.  We did that because we weren’t sure if it was a phase or if we really were gay.  It turned out to be a phase for me, her, not so much.  And she is now happily married to her partner.  But when my mother found out and questioned me about it, I was terrified.  My parents are a bit on the older side, so I was harder for them to except my experimentation.

I completely understand why she battled with it.  People are mean, its just their nature.  If something is out of the norm, its hard for people to accept.

Ingrid, if you are reading this, which if you are, please leave me a comment, I would love to get in touch with you.  I am so happy for you, and I don’t want to you to get discouraged.  People are in shock and are in a society where homosexuality is new and a growing trend.  Just remember that there are people out there that truly support you.  I am one of them.  Your journey is just beginning, and it will not be an easy one, but just remember that you did not choose this path, it chose you.  You are such a positive person and a role model.  We are the same age, in two different parts of the country, but I will always be there for you supporting you.  Stay positive.  You go Girl!

Long Time….No Words

I am sorry that I have not been able to write in two weeks.  I have been extremely busy here in the last few weeks.  An explanation is in order.

As some of you may know I work for a YMCA and I was chosen to be the Camp Director.  The last few weeks have been filled with planning, hiring and training.  Monday was our first day on camp.

Things are hit and miss.  We got rain and cold weather on day one, which in my book, doesn’t really count.  Last year their camp consisted of swimming, free time and more swimming and free time.  This year we are changing this up.  Most parents have accepted out new way of thinking.  The kids weren’t too happy with it at first, but now that they have been exposed to new ideas and games, they are all gung-ho. Most Parents weren’t thrilled about he new paper work, but with merging companies comes new policies and procedures.  After we explained the new papers they were a little more understanding about the change.

Friday was great.  Parents were calling and telling us just how happy and impressed they were with the first week of camp.  Their kids would come home and talk about their days and the things they did and then pass out at bed time.  When I heard about that I was elated.  My work has paid off.  Parent’s are finally happy with the camp program.

My goal this year was to have 50 children signed up.  My boss didn’t expect more than 20.  After collecting all of the new paperwork from campers that didn’t register in advance, we have 70 campers registered, and no less than 50 each week.  I am flabbergasted.  Seriously stunned.  Its pretty much split down the middle, 50% returning campers and 50% new campers.  I couldn’t be happier.

Thursday night I ended up with whatever is going around.  Everyone I am surrounded with has it.  So, yes I am sick once again.

My goal is to keep up with my uploading schedule as it stands now, but I cannot guarantee content everyday, as I am a very busy woman this summer.  I have so much that I want to share with you and I apologize for not getting anything posted for the last two weeks.

Serially Found

Today’s Prompt: write about finding something.


Over the past six months, something in me has changed.  Not for the bad, but for the better.  If you know me personally, you know that I am not a very open person, which is why I decided to start blogging.  To give myself a space to just vent and be me.

I started working at the membership desk at another Y in September of 2014 and it has been great.  I love it.  But I was a little uncomfortable at first because I had to step out of my box.  I was forced to talk to complete strangers and be okay with it.  This was a challenge for me.  I am a not a very social person.  I just not, there I said it, and now the whole world knows.

This job has really changed me.  I am more comfortable with being around people.  I talk to just about everyone…my father complains that I just don’t shut it anymore.  I have become much more outgoing.  And I love it.  I am not that awkward girl anymore.  People don’t wonder as much about the strange girl in the corner.

I have found my confidence and my social side of me.  The person I think I was always meant to be, and not the weird shy girl the people I went to high school with know.  I have found a new me, and I really like her.  I am not afraid anymore.

Happy _____________________

Today’s Prompt: Tell us something about your favorite childhood meal — the one that was always a treat, that meant “celebration,” or that comforted you and has deep roots in your memory.

Feel free to focus on any aspect of the meal, from the food you ate to the people who were there to the event it marked.

Today’s twist: Tell the story in your own distinct voice.

When I think about today’s prompt, there is one really vivid memory that pops up.

When I was a little girl, we would have my family homemade nights.  Not for any particular reason, just because.  Sometimes it would be because it was a Friday night, or because someone did something note worthy, other times it was just because.  We would always make homemade pizza.  The whole family would get involved.

My mother would make and bake the crust just enough so it wasn’t soggy on the bottom before we put on the ingredients.  My mom would lay down the sauce and dad would lay down the hamburger and cheese.  My brother being the olive lover that he is would always demand to be the only one to put them on…mainly so he could eat some in the process.  We would all work together on putting on the pepperoni and I would get to put on the mushrooms.  We would finish it off with a dash of pepper and more cheese.  And my brother and I would place it in the oven together.  I remember once that I sat on the floor in front of the oven because I was so hungry.

The smell of homemade pizza still resonates in my nose today.  We would take it out and it would be golden brown, and mom would slice it up as the rest of us worked on putting salads in bowls and setting the rest of the table.  We would let it cool down a bit while we all wolfed down our salads.  After we ate the first we would do it all over again with the second, usually in the same order followed with arguing about who would get to put on the olives the second time around.

The only difference is that this time we would take it downstairs and have family game/movie night.  If it was game night, we had a blast.  Mom always got that devilish grin on her face when things were going her way.  My brother always trying to figure out a way to cheat without getting caught, but that never really worked.  My father with his look of total concentration on his face every time.  And since it was usually Fridays that we did this on (no homework!) we would stay up later than usual.  My father and I would always end up having a word war with scrabble©.

We always had a blast on these nights.  As we got older and busier they were fewer and far between.  But I will always remember and cherish these memories.

Happy Friday Everyone!  What is your fondest memory?

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Mom’s Favorite Songs!

mom terry and iYesterday would have been my mother’s 61st Birthday.  So in honor of her, I have decided to share with you some of our favorite, Turn it up and roll down the windows songs.

Here’s To you Mom!


Don Mclean American Pie

Eagles Seven Bridges Road

Tina Turner What’s Love got to do with it

2014 favorites

Today I wanted to share with you my favorites for 2014.  They aren’t just beauty.  There are several different categories.

Eyes:

Shadow: This year has really been a true test of time.  I mean what is going to take the least amount of time to apply and for me that has been all about the Mabelline Color Tattoos.  There is such a great color selection and they really don’t take a lot of time to apply.  This has been my staple for most of the year.  

Shadow Primer: Goes to Urban Decay Primer Potion.  I love this stuff.  It works really well for me!

Mascara: I have a few, my holy grail of course is a cult classic, Tarte’s lights camera splashes.  love this!  But this year at Ulta I picked up the ck one mascara and I really like this one too!  It’s just as good as the Tarte mascara.

  

Liner: I can’t live without my rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner.  While it isn’t really waterproof, it is the smoothest liner I have found so far.  My colors vary day-to-day depending on what eye look I am doing or what I am wearing that day, but they are all good nonetheless.

Gloss: This year has been all about the gloss.  It’s easy to apply and I don’t need a mirror.  I have been loving the Mabelline color elixirs.  They have just the right amount of color to them, and just the right amount of stickiness.

Lipstick:  again with the birthday stuff but this time from Sephora.  This year I got a mini set of some makeup forever products and the lipstick that came  with it perfect.  I have been looking for something that is neutral but not too pink, something that doesn’t look like I am trying to hard.  Their Rouge Artist Natural collection in number 9 is perfect.  I am loving that.  I will be picking up a full size here soon.

Treatment: hands down the Agave Lip mask from Bite Beauty.  In the winter my skin dries out so fast from the cold weather, and my lips are no exception.  This product has truly saved my life.

Foundation: Stila Stay all day Foundation in 3 light.  This is the perfect skin match for me.  I find it easy to blend and it’s not heavy.  It is a full coverage foundation, but you don’t feel like you are wearing any at all.  This foundation has been my staple for the last several years.

Body Wash: Of course where would I be without philosophy.  I use the Sparkling white ginger, I stock up on it because it is seasonal.  but this is amazing.  It cleans and smells really good.  It’s not too strong.

Serum: L’Oreal youth code texture perfecter is where it’s at.  I have noticed that my skin is softer, and its helped to keep down the redness in my checks from my rosacea. 

moisturizer: Olay  fresh effects dew over gel moisturizer is a new addition to my skin care routine.  It’s light weight and sinks right into the skin.

Mask: Freeman’s Anti stress Face mask is one of my favorites.  Its cheap and gets the job done.  It’s great for an at home spa day.

Base coat: I was loving the Orly nail gripper, but I have discovered Deborah Lippmann’s rehydrating base coat and it has done wonders for my nails.  I love this stuff.  Ulta recently had it on clearance, so you can count on me stocking up!

Color: I recently picked up some Marc Jacobs polishes, as I have been climbing the higher end ladder and I really like them. They are actually cheaper than Deborah Lippmann and they last longer once you learn how to use them.

Top Coat: was seche vite.  But I just can’t’ do it anymore.  I  live on a budget so I just cant fathom throwing away a half bottle of polish when I am spending $10 on it.  So I have jumped on the band wagon, another YouTube sensation. Glisten and Glow’s Hk Girl Top Coat.  It is just as good as Seche but its doesn’t goop up after a couple of uses!

Book: okay so I know that I am not a teenager or a young adult anymore but for some reason I just can’t get enough of this trilogy of books.  They were written by Simon Holt, and if you are not a fan of clowns, this is not for you!  It’s really good and I cannot get enough.  Every time I finish them I want to read them again.  If you have read Stephen King’s It, and liked it you will like these.  It’s The Devouring Series.   There are three books and they are divine!

Miscellaneous Item:  This year I finally got off of the waiting list for the Ipsy Glam bag and I love it.  The price you pay is worth all the goodies that you get, considering the value of the products is more than what you actually pay!

Music:  I am still in love with John Mayer’s Voice.  This year he put out another album….its fantastic!

So there you have it my 2014 favorites.  What are you favorites for this year?