the campas

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Washington D.C. Trip!

immediately after EFY in san antonio, our family gathered in washington dc to honor becky dear who has been interning for harry reid there all summer. she is a big deal of sorts. and we miss her. i loved the trip! i felt urban and chic. i am actually neither of those things but i loved the area we stayed in georgetown. and i got to see where becky is staying, at the byu barlow center which is essentially a church buildings with some beds in it! epic.

here's some pictures that sum up the experience:

i was SO excited to see dad and becky greet me at the airport i am pretty sure i sprinted into their arms. curse you EFY for talking about the importance of family 24/7 and making me miss them so dang much.

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we went to see uncle abe! twice. HONESTLY it was fun. get it!?!?

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i love my sister like i love barack obama.

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eastern market!



we went to the NEWSEUM!! the museum of news! it pumped me up to be a broadcast journalist.


biiicky gave us a tour of the capitol building!! she is SO legit. oh and please read notice the caption on that sign i found in the newseum. apparently it's "easy and fun" to be a reporter. interesting.

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DC and thomas jefferson. we went to his home: monticello, in virginia.

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it's on the nickle!! who knew!?

in honor of ms. cupcake queen lizzie hayes, we visited three major cupcake stores in DC! hello cupcake, baked and wired, and GEORGETOWN CUPCAKE! there is a dramatic and funny show about that store on TLC. watch it. we went there.

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last night in DC/ becky's birthday/visiting the first battle of the civil war. the battle of manassas happened on july 21st 1861, and started the civil war. we visited it on july 21st 2010. accident. and awesome. it was really sad, but i've always been interested in the civil war so it was cool to see it.

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Red Cross Red Cross READY!



yesterday was kind of a big day for me. i finished my public relations and media internship at the RED CROSS!!! i love the red cross. it is such a wonderful organization and if you are one of the those haters out there that i have come across who like to bash the red cross and say it is a rip off that unfairly spends all the money that is donated to it them i am here to virtually punch you in the face and say YOU SUCK cause the red cross is a completely non-profit organization that focuses on helping families and individuals in need. hundereds of volunteers give up their own time and money every single day for that to happen. it is heart warming. seriously.


i loved my internship because i learned a lot. i worked with jennifer, the head of PR for the southern nevada chapter of the red cross. this is her: she is awesom
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everyday i got to work on social media, local news and radio stations, disaster volunteers, planning parties to honor our major donors, (not organ donors. i have dealth with people who were confused by this before), writing the newsletter, writing press releases and news alerts, and other cool stuff. it was really eye opening cause my focus was on talking to the media, whereas my major and everything i do in school relates to BEING the media and talking to people like me this summer. mind boggling sorta, but it was fun. i am going to continue to work for the red cross when i am not in school. because it makes me feel good about myself and i love the people there. if you get on the Twitter account for the SNV red cross, i did all the updates for this summer and through december. i also did all the Facebook postings for this summer through december. FIND US! we need more followers.

http://twitter.com/SNVredcross

http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Red-Cross-Southern-Nevada-Chapter/56620459746?ref=ts


here are some pictures of my adventures this summer. i kinda failed at documenting my red cross time. sorry.

my red cross official badge gets me through any police or fire barriers immediately. i am also certified to be a red cross press agent and tell them what we are doing. i had to take a class to get that. worth it?? i think so.

creepy CPR training things like this are everywhere. weird. they give me bad dreams.
this is the ERV. (emergency response vehicle). we only used it once at a party. fail.
this is a red cross nurse hat from like the 1800's. i probably shouldn't be playing with it but IT'S SO CUTE! fact.
this is mimi, one of the volunteers. she is crazy and funny.
i loved my summer with the red cross. it filled the holes in my heart when i wasn't doing EFY, and was worth every moment i spent there. if you want to volunteer, i highly recommend it. visit: http://redcrosslasvegas.org/index.php?pr=Volunteer

Monday, July 26, 2010

San Antonio EFY. Tuned In and The Right Hand!

I love E.F.Y. Anyone who has talked to me since returning home from that fateful Denton week knows this about me. I LOVED being a counselor in San Antonio Texas. I have never felt closer to the Lord or had my testimony strengthened more than those long days of fun and no sleep of EFY. I love teaching the gospel to my kids. I LOVE MY KIDS. Each one of them (all eighty of them, no joke), have made me a better person. I could go on and on about every single one. They are inspiring, hilarious, crazy (especially after drinking coke), and make me smile so much. I miss them.

There are so many funny stories I have about amazing times shared with my incredible co-counselors Lance (co-fail) and Adam (I really lucked out when it comes to co-counselors), and stories with my roommates Heather and Becky. And more stories of the dances and hoedown throwdown battles, the service project blanket caccoons, cup games in the cafeteria, tardy push-ups, pizza night burping contests, last minute victories when it comes to our cheer, singing "davy crockett" in the Alamo and getting in trouble for it, sweating uncontrollably in the Texas humidity, and OH SO MUCH MORE! I would have to write a novel to capture all the funny memories. Waittt....that novel actually exists, it is my journal and EFY handbook.

Now all I do all day is listen to my EFY C.D., think about my kids, talk to my counselor friends, rejoice I don't have to wear a polo and name tag everywhere, miss Texas, and plan for my next summer of EFY-ing. I have so many pictures, here are just a few. Enjoy. Thanks for the memories EFY, you really were the best thing that has ever happened to me.

i got there on the fourth of july!!! party in san antoniohhh!!!
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tarah and i get a little crazy when put together. dangerous.
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Lance!!! he rocks.
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TUNED IN!!! I LOVE THESE KIDS!!!
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co fail.
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these girls are so great.
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banner makers!
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game night domination.
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my girls. in their awesome bandanas...thanks Target!
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PiZzA niGhT!
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TRINITY university!! i love the bell tower.
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gospel study.
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escorting=hilarious.
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blankets. in the summer. whyyy

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home made bows. cool huh?
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everyone. love this.
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WEEKEND FUN! alamoooo
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me and mom.
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we look tired. we are tired.
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river walk
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San Antonio! Balcony view. not mine, the boys got the good views. GRR.
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Parsons!
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new boys! They are little. I love it.
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THE RIGHT HAND!!!! I love them.
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we won every game that night.
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pizza pizza pizza pizza.
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my lateness push ups. my kids were so on time they always beat me. DANG.
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We loved that cafeteria. so much laughter.
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WINSTON IS SO COOL!!!
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hahaha.
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hoedown throwdown time!
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tucking in adam. he was tired, don't judge.
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brentonnnn
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this kid had huge muscles. fact.
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we were meant to be.
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my young men.
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i LOVE them so much!!!
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the beautiful girls. love them too!!
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everyone.
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EFY 2010: COURAGE TO STAND STRONG.