May 8th, 2010

tadah

Helping hands and grim labyrinths

Today has been so packed! Our ward had a temple baptism trip and a service project at the same time! and we figured it wouldn't be right to ditch both of them, so we called Ponyo to see if she was going to either one of them, and since she was going to the service project, we asked if we could have a ride! Tadah!

So this morning, we joined the Mormon Helping Hands in a statewide project to help with parks and stuff. Our ward's assignment was to plant trees along... I think it's called the Clovis Trail? It's like a bike trail that goes through the city. And we were planting trees there! Yay! We planted valley oak trees, and they made it really easy, because the holes were already dug and everything. It was pretty fun hanging out with people, but we forgot to wear socks, which was a very bad idea because there was a lot of dirt everywhere.

We also set up an irrigation system for the trees so they would have water to grow with, and that's when the scary thing happened! I was poking holes in the pipe that went around a tree, and when I finished, I stepped back so one of the guys with the nozzle thingies could attach them. When I did, I stepped right into a hole! Aaaahhhh! They tell me it went down to my knee! I was so afraid a snake was going to be mad at me for disturbing its home and bite me and kill me. But fortunately I'm still alive.

Another good moment was when I passed by a fruit tree, and I asked the guy with me what kind of fruit it was, he said, "Uh... Indigenous." Other than that, there was mostly a lot of us singing Mary Poppins music. Mr. Banks's theme is very catchy.

Soon after we got home, Celeste called and asked us if we wanted to join them (her, Mom, and Sarah) going out shopping. So off we went again! After a lunch at Chick-Fil-A, or however they spell it, we went to Jo-Ann's where we got fabric that we hope we can use for an Iris Hawthorne costume, but since the trip was so sudden, we didn't have any color reference. We'll see. And then we went to Barnes & Noble, where we skipped ahead in our Disney Reading Project and got Alice in Wonderland. I did sort of keep an eye out for Wind in the Willows, but I didn't look very hard. And our first set of books isn't even set to arrive until Monday! It doesn't matter, though, because it will be a long time before we get to any of them. We have so much cool stuff going on.

And that! leads me to our shiny new video game that we got on Thursday: Labyrinth of Grimm. I was a little worried that it would maybe be a little boring, but it's very awesome. Collapse )

In conclusion, we love it to bits. But we have a ton of other awesome stuff to do today, so we probably won't get a whole lot of time with it. Or we'll put off some of the other awesome stuff. We'll see. But I definitely need to practice the piano.

Today I'm thankful for getting a chance to help with the service project, getting to go out shopping, Labyrinth of Grimm being super awesome and shiny, already having had Labyrinth of Grimm wallpapers on hand (the one we're using has a lovely picture of the Brothers Grimm), and not being bitten by a snake.