Sunday, August 30, 2009

Issue 66


Whitney was tenacious about achieving her goals this summer. She started a new online Algebra course (that I think is amazing by the way) towards the end of the last school year. The teacher gave her the summer to complete it. The first weeks of summer she did an hour a day. By mid-summer we realized she'd never finish at that pace and started doing 6 to 8 hours a day! The last week of summer, was crunch time and Mom and Whitney sat at the kitchen table together doing Algebra for 50 hours, until she finished her course! Keeping her 4.0 GPA was a huge motivator during the early mornings and late nights. I'm proud of her determination to reach her goal, even though it was tough.

6:oo am Algebra session

Another goal Whitney set for herself was buying a small laptop computer for school. She spent many hours this summer babysitting for her aunt, who is an author. The last week of summer she finally had enough money saved and as soon as she finished her math course we went to the store. She has a novel writing course this year that it will really come in handy for, not to mention all the papers she's likely to write. Way to go Whitney!

The first day of school, Sophomore year.

Scout Camp

Wall Lake

me falling over

Wall Lake

me and Jared, (plural) at one of the twin lakes

The stone chair of supreme awesomeness

A gruelling hike 3 miles up rocky terrain with 25 pounds on our backs, and guards forcing us all the way. Sound like concentration camp? Try scout camp! (Okay, it was actually a lot of fun!) We started the hike around noon and arrived at camp about 4:00 pm. With beautiful scenery along the way, and a stop at Wall Lake, it was a great hike up to Twin Lakes. After setting up camp we all went fishing. (Caught 6 fish between us. They were Delicious!) We then took another hike up to the notch. It had a beautiful view! The next day we saw the stone chair of supreme awesomeness* and went on our way. It was an awesome camp!

*a chair made of stone and surprisingly comfortable!


This last Wednesday was my fifteenth birthday! Yay! Exciting! We went to the Zoo and I had a neat friend party on Friday. Some of my favorite presents are; a titanium water bottle, a leather journal, a seed-beading kit, and a Bonsai tree! A Bonsai tree is one of those really tiny ones, mine is the kind that is going to live for a couple hundred years so I need a really good name for it. I'm thinking about "Zen" but if you have any suggestions let me know. I am also going to be learning how to drive this year so that's exciting. To all of those who gave me gifts thank you. To those who didn't, well shame on you.:)


Our BYU investment condo has been on the market for awhile, without much action, (big surprise in this economy!) We decided to give it a make-over this month and spent many hours improving it. Steve (Dad) and Whitney gave it a fresh coat of paint and yesterday we moved everything, ripped out the carpet and old couches and had new carpet laid and brought in new couches. A huge thanks to my brother Quinn who spent the day doing slave labor for us. We couldn't have done it without him!
Know anyone in the market for a dang nice BYU men's condo?

Knights' Summit

the final battle

the victory parade after the final battle

don't I look great?!?

the authentic musicians at the feast

The Knights of Freedom Summit was a great time. We learned about 5 Knightly Virtues at different camps. They were team work, proving yourself in battle, going on a quest, etc. At the end of the 2 days we had a huge battle with all of the adults (who played villains) against the kids. The first day you got a shield and the second day you got a sword. There were different colored camps, brown, green, purple, yellow, red and we were the oranges. We all made up a cheer, and our cheer was "Orange, orange, we are strong. We fight for freedom, we fight the wrong. Huzzah, Huzzah, Huzzah!" We did a tournament thing with all the knights. Every team had a tournament to find their team champion, and I was the team champion from the oranges. But the kid from the brown team beat me and everyone else so he was the Queen's champion.


For the knights summit I volunteered as an elitist (bad guy). you probably think this was easy, march in, yell "ha ha, were the bad guys" and start smacking swords with the kids. Not in the least. I had to wake up at 6:00 each morning, help set up, and be in costume and character before the kids started arriving. I was an elitist (A.K.A. a rich and powerful noble who looks down his nose at every one else) and had to make the kids dislike us while not hurting any boys feelings. This did not succeed however, as all the kids loved us and thought we were cool. It was our role to escalate from quietly resenting the King and Queen , to openly rebelling against them. After a failed attempt to kidnap the Queen, (all in the script) we ran away and joined the gelds (the real bad guys) in the final battle. After surrendering we left and joined the feast afterward. With not much down time, and a lot of heat, it was certainly hard, but a lot of fun!