Monday night I was able to go to Heber Girls Camp and meet my wife and two daughters. It was Raven’s fourth year and Sidnee’s first year at camp. Heber Camp is a special place, and it was great to be back there.
On Tuesday I did the hike with Sidnee and the other first year girls. After the hike our girls went to the challenge course. This is Raven on the zip line platform. She had climbed up a cargo net and walked across a balance bridge to get here.
This is Sidnee transitioning from the cargo net to the balance bridge. I got to see her do the zip line right before I had to leave for the overnight hike with Raven and the other fourth year girls.
The overnight hike was a pretty tough climb, but the girls did well. We ate tinfoil dinners, and I slept in my hammock. We saw two spiked deer on the way back to camp the next morning.
On Wednesday the girls went to the lake and got to play in the canoes.
Thursday I spent the morning in the kitchen helping with breakfast, wearing my cape and quoting movies. It was fun to goof around with Trish, Brittany and the other women.
A great thing about Heber Camp is the wildlife. I saw multiple deer most days. On the way out I saw a doe with a young baby on the side of the road.
Today several of the girls were asked to share their testimonies. Many of them had great experiences with quiet time in the woods. It was inspiring to hear how several of them came to better understand the Atonement and that God loves them and is aware of them. I feel like Girls Camp is the crown jewel of the youth activities in the LDS faith, and I’m glad I can be a part of it.
I had waffles and strawberries for breakfast. That was my request, and it was fantastical.
I got a Leatherman Sidekick multi-tool. It’s awesome.
I took my family to Church, where my oldest daughter was asked to talk for a few minutes about fathers. She’s a teenager and I’m still cool.
I got to visit with Marty and catch up.
I had a stuffed jalapeno hamburger, shrimp and fruit salad for dinner, and it was excellent.
Being a dad is one of my greatest joys in life. I love to hide and scare my kids. I love to play James Bond on the PS2 with my boys. I love to tease my girls. I love to take my girls to the Temple. I love to watch their soccer and basketball games. I love to teach them how to shoot a blowgun and sharpen a knife. I love to go to Girls Camp with them. I love to quote movies with them. I love to spend time with them. One of the greatest things I can do in this life is to raise them to be responsible and capable. I think I’m doing a pretty good job, but it helps when they are great kids to start with.
I finished the first four weeks of the Insanity workout. It sucks. It’s biking season, so the only reason for me to do Insanity during the summer is to train for Tough Mudder in July with my brothers. I skipped the recovery week and went to Week 5 today, which is about 15 minutes longer than the first four weeks, so it sucks more. But I only know a few people who have finished the workout, so I will be able to make fun of them. Ha!