Thursday, June 25, 2009

Our Young Women Portland Retreat!

Last weekend, we took our Young Women to Portland, OR for a memorable retreat! We started our trip by river rafting down the Deschutes River! It was so fun! Most of the girls had never gone before and a guy in our ward volunteered, along with his dad, to take the 18 girls and leaders! We made it down and only me and another girl got thrown out! It took me a while to get back to the raft--my bum hit a few rocks but other than that, it was AWESOME! We then traveled to Portland to a fabulous hotel right down the street from the temple, ate pizza, swam and had an amazing devotional! The next morning we did baptisms for the dead and started to make our trip home! We made so many memories, laughed a TON and our testimonies were strengthened! I would do it all over again!
My dear hubby stayed behind and took care of the kiddies and I love him for that huge sacrifice! He would have loved to come along! We are still on a high and I know the Young Women (and leaders) will never forget that experience!!!

5 comments:

Hailey said...

I'm jealous you go to be where Edward & Jasper were! Looks like such a fun trip! I would have loved to see you fly out of the raft!! ;)

athompson said...

How awesome, Alisa.. We will have to compare camp stories. I just got home, and I feel like I was on a spiritual high as well.. young womens is definitely where its at..

amy morgan said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for having a "retreat" and not a CAMPING TRIP!! I hope the ENTIRE Young Women's program catches on to this LOVELY idea! Could your girl's be any luckier to have such a WONDERFUL leader?! You are amazing! Love ya, ALWAYS!

porterpies said...

Did I hear that Vaughn was just made bishop? He is such a neat guy and will be awesome. Such a cute, wonderful family!

Jana said...

Hey, I don't know if you remember me. . . Jana. . . Hillary's old roommate from RICKS!! But I was lurking around and thought I'd say hi. You have a darling family!! And you look fantastic!!!

Logan's field trip to the fair!

Logan's field trip to the fair!
We got to wonderful opportunity to chase around 1st graders in 90 degree heat!

This is the new "time out" spot!

This is the new "time out" spot!

My favorite things

  • Hanging out with my kids
  • Excercising-it's my cheap therapy bill
  • Watching a good show on TV with Vaughn
  • Painting my toenails and adding the cute flowers and rhinestones!
  • Serving the Young Women in my ward-I love them!
  • Having my girls' nights out-I have some awesome friends!
  • "Escaping" into a great novel-when, and if I have time!

Our trip to Idaho for Labor Day

Our trip to Idaho for Labor Day
We decided to make a trip to Idaho to see family and we had a blast! The kids (also Vaughn) got their horseback riding in!

The Dreaded, but good, Family Pictures

The Dreaded, but good, Family Pictures
Talk about precious cargo.....

The Fam in Blackfoot

The Fam in Blackfoot
We were soooo hot waiting for the parade to start-pre Idaho state fair kickoff

Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde
Megan is petrified of this lady's dog and Sadie LOVES doggies! They both managed to pet the dog!

Mom's visit

Mom's visit
My mom visited us the middle of August and we had a great time (other than our air conditioner broke and it was like 102 degrees!)

The Fam

The Fam

Quote of the day

Old Man Jenkins

Old Man Jenkins
For all of you SpongeBob lovers....Taylor's costume was a hit!

Logan the Ninja

Logan the Ninja
He loved his costume and had to have it perfect-my little OCD child!

Our beautiful Sleeping Beauty

Our beautiful Sleeping Beauty
She literally wore this dress since the minute she woke up! She had been waiting so patiently for this day!

Sadie is a fairy princess

Sadie is a fairy princess
She had no idea what she was in for...

Sadie is 2!

Sadie is 2!
We can't believe our little baby is 2 now! She had a GREAT day and Megan had a hayday with all of Sadie's new toys!

One happy little girl

One happy little girl
Sadie was so happy from morning till night-she gobbled up her cake like nobody's business (just like mom)

The RandallRileys

The RandallRileys
These kids love each so much! It's lame they're moving soon....

I love the youth!

I love the youth!
I'm pretty sure our cute youth just reminded us of the love and affection they have for us!