We took our annual trip up to Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday. We sure missed having Pa & Grandma Danna with us, like we did last year! We took a hike (not to cub lake again, a new trail through the meadow). While driving we saw elk, two moose, and a few big horn sheep. One of my favorite traditions during one of my favorite times of year :).
Oh, this lady! There was a group of people observing this elk (from a logical, safe distance). Then she comes along for a close up shot and all of us tense up waiting for the elk to show her whose boss. But he didn’t. A few years ago, Pop and Gram got too close to a bull elk and he started to charge Pop. Fortunately, the elk changed his mind and left peacefully…leaving all of us (especially Pop) a bit shaken up. Ever since then we like to call Pop “elk bait”, but not to his face.
I’ve searched around online for ideas for various Young Women activities in the past. We had a great YWIE program this year, so I thought I’d put it out there for other’s to glean ideas from.Our bishop spent several Sunday lessons teaching the girls about modesty. He challenged them to go home, find an immodest item of clothing, cut it up, and make a quilt. So we had an activity for the girls to bring in fabric and we would start sewing. Only a handful of girls brought it clothes to cut, so we had fabric on hand for the others to choose from. Each “log cabin” square represents the Laurel, Mai Maid, or Beehive class. A sister in the ward has a fancy embroidery machine, so she made a leaf, a rose, and a beehive to go in the center of each square. She also embroidered the 8 Young Women values on strips of fabric that matched the value’s colors. We called it the “Eastlake Young Women Modesty Quilt” and had each YW sign it as her commitment to dress modestly.We had another activity to get the girls to tie the quilt. One girl volunteered to braid the boarder and another came to my house to help sew it on. We were (almost) able to get each YW to participate in some way with the quilting process.Then for the decorating for the event we had families bring in quilts to be on display. Several girls made giant sheets of sugar cookies. They were then cut into squares and frosting was used to make it look like a giant, edible quilt. At another activity we had the girls made “mixed media” quilt squares to represent themselves. They decorated with their name, their favorite scripture, their favorite value, their talents, etc. Then that evening we had the dads (if available) present the young woman to the group and talk about her talents and good qualities. Then piece by piece we added a quilt square to our display. We had a speaker talking about the process of quilting and how it relates to the gospel. We talked about unity (something we struggle with). Then in the back of the room we had a display area for girls to present any projects they have been/are working on.We all thought it turned out really well, and now we have a great quilt to permanently display in our YW room.