Here are the highlights from this amazing week!
|Me in my red polo on the first day. I was pretty grumpy about this color, but I decided it's not so bad.|
|LOVE the participant shirts this year!!|
|The Duck Family.|
3. Games night was a hoot. The games were a lot more fun this year than last year, in my humble opinion. Plus, my kiddos used the USU "I Believe That We Will Win!" chant in their cheer, without any help from me! So proud. I may be a BYU fan, but I have developed some Aggie pride over the years (and I know USU students won't say it's possible to have both... but that's a conversation for another time). Games night also included push up contests, crazy dancing, and all around super-funness.
4. I got to do the musical program! It was so funny to me that out of 7 weeks last year, I never got that duty. Even though it was kind of a bummer just because I didn't get to be with my kids as much (rehearsals are during lunch and free time Tues-Thurs), I actually really enjoyed myself! I was excited to be a part of it, and I was able to help it move along pretty quickly with my piano playing abilities. Also, one of the songs was one we had done in LDV and I had access to some pretty sweet harmonies because of that, so it was really fun for me to add those in and have it sound awesome. :) And even though I didn't get to spend as much time with my kids, I got to spend time with these sweet ones that did Musical Program, including this girl who had a pretty tough physical disability. But she was SO tough and had the best attitude about it. It's amazing how much I learn from the youth.
5. Crazy, awesome boys. While they were a bit goofy sometimes, and liked to call me "Bad-Ash" no matter how much I told them not to (say that out loud... yeah. Okay, so... it was a little funny. But not EFY appropriate. ;) ) They were pretty wild and loud most of the week, but they definitely brought a lot of fun and excitement to our group. Even though they wouldn't mingle with the girls unless we forced them. Haha.
|That one time they caught me snapchatting and jumped in the picture...|
6. An awesome co! Sadly, we failed and did not get co-ship pictures... but we had an absolute blast. Jordan is an EFY veteran (something like 20 weeks, I think?) and he definitely had no problem picking up the slack when I was gone all the time for musical program. He's also a pro dancer (and informed me that I'm sadly lacking skills in that area... rude... but true. Haha.) so the kids loved following him around at the dances and copying everything he did. Good times!!
7. FREE SNOW CONES! That is one of the greatest things about EFY on BYU campus - counselors get free snow cones at the place by Helaman Halls if they bring their kids. :) Definitely wasn't going to pass that one up! Especially since I only got one free time with my kiddos.
8. Working with Kjarinda again. She wasn't my BC this time, but it was good to have her there for multiple reasons. :) I had some things I was struggling with at the time, and it was good to have a good friend around who knew what was on my mind and could just come give me a hug during the day and make me smile when I needed it. She was in charge of singers this week, and chose me to sing a song for the girls. It was an incredible spiritual experience for me, and she and I talked about it after that we both felt like it was something I needed to do. So grateful she was in tune with the spirit and gave me the opportunity! She also gave me a ride home on Saturday, which was quite the event since there were 4 of us in her car, with all our luggage, AND all her stuff from moving home from Logan. Let's just say, it was squishy. But man, I love her so much! Can't wait to be roomies in the fall!!!
|So much love.|
10. The new Reflect & Review format. Instead of having a lesson taught by the counselors each night, we were just supposed to talk about what we learned that day. I was honestly a little worried about how it would go, but my girls were SO impressive! It was basically a mini-testimony meeting each night. I was endlessly impressed. On Friday night, rather than my co-counselor and I spending a ton of time talking, it was mostly the youth. And it was amazing, yet again, to see those ones that you never thought you'd get through to, stand up and bear their testimony of the gospel or say they had a new-found commitment to go back to church, or help their inactive families get reactivated. I can think of nothing more rewarding than seeing that change in one short week.
Such an amazing week. I had so many opportunities to serve and love these youth, and to really step outside myself and think about others, which was really better than anything I could have asked for at the time. I am so blessed. Can't wait for my next week!