Monday, April 22, 2013

stake basketball

i would argue that few moments in life are scarier (at least to an active latter-day saint) than receiving a phone call from the stake president about getting a calling. maybe it's just me. i suppose that i'm just a touch too shy. any calling is going to cause me a little bit of anxiety, especially one on the stake level. so i found myself driving to the stake offices, feeling much like a little boy called to the principle's office, not quite sure what i did wrong. why me?! i am ever so thankful that i was given probably the one calling i feel halfway qualified for: stake physical activity director. in other words, the sports guy. and the first sport that was immediately put on my calendar was basketball.
growing up in texas, i never had the opportunity to play church ball, but i had heard plenty of horror stories from the missionaries who came from utah. i was told countless tales of brutal play, dirty tactics, naughty words spoken, and ridiculous fights. i can't truthfully say i believed all the stories. this is the gospel of peace after all. the church wouldn't endorse something so contentious, right? i suppose i am thankful that i had forgotten all those stories or i might not have immediately accepted my calling.
so, in my blissful ignorance, i got to work. i quickly contacted all nine wards, reserved the gym, got a schedule made, and the season was soon underway. for the most part, it has been a good season. it definitely has had its ups and downs. i've gotten to get to know tons of new people in the stake. unfortunately the people i have come to know the best are the hotheads who i have to either pull aside and tell them to cool off, or who come up to me after a loss and complain for twenty minutes about how they were cheated out of a win. but with the exception of these three or four above mentioned superstars, it has been fun to get out and watch some basketball (though not as exciting as i wished it was - these aren't professionals i get to watch, that's for sure :) ), as well as play in an extra game or two when one team is short on players.
all ups and downs considered, i am enjoying the opportunity to serve. and while sports often bring out the worst in people, they can also bring out the best, which is why the church supports it. and how can i not be having fun when i have such an awesome cheerleader like this...

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Easter

Our Easter came and went pleasantly. The last two years we've hid baskets carrying candy and a small gift and had Claire finding eggs that lead her to her basket. Does that make it a tradition yet? She woke up and Scott first explained the game to her and then she was out of her room and a pro by the third egg.

While Claire's eggs led her through her play house and up the stairs, Everett just looked on in bewilderment. :)

Claire found both baskets hiding behind the couch upstairs and gave Everett his. He didn't seem to like the pink grass in his basket. I'm not sure whether it was the feel of it or the fact that it was pink that he didn't care for. ;)

Claire was excited about her new princess toy and Everett seemed to like his little tiger.

We got ready for church and enjoyed the lessons about the Resurrection. I had prepared an Easter lesson a couple weeks ago for Sharing time in Primary. I had little visual aids to teach the story and I had practiced on Claire. She actually knew the story pretty well and could tell me who the woman outside the tomb was ("Mary") and why she was so sad ("Jesus gone"). And then she'd get all happy when the woman sees Jesus behind her ("There he is!"). It was pretty neat though, hearing her describe the story of the Resurrection. This was the first year she was actually able to somewhat understand the real reason we celebrate Easter and I'm excited to be able to go into more depth each year and help teach her more about Jesus.

After church we went on a short walk and tried to get some pictures of us in our Easter clothes. Claire's getting into a stage of cheesy grins or doing her own thing for pictures which includes dancing. The last picture she is doing a little bow. :)

The boys in their matching ties. So handsome. And our attempt at a family photo. We put the camera on the stroller and set the timer and it took like a dozen pictures, all of which Claire is either picking her nose or looking backwards up at me and Everett is looking the other way in most as well so this is probably the best we got. Oh well. :)

 Happy Easter!