Thursday, March 15, 2012


Spring is here. It's strange to say it after such a mild winter, but it's true. The forecast for the next 10 days looks lovely - not a day with a high temperature below 68°F. Things are beginning to grow again, the trees are in bloom, and the sun is shining. I love it, especially that extra hour of daylight in the evening. It just feels like summer - even though it's still March!

Our little boy asked me yesterday if the pool was open. He is a fish, and has been asking all winter long to go to the pool. Even though it feels nice enough to go, we will still have to wait two more months. He also asked if it was July - but I think that was his excitement about the baby! He insists that the baby will be born in July (Hope not! That would be too early!) and when I tell him it's going to be at the end of August, he digs in his heels and shows his stubborn streak.

In other springtime news, I vacuumed the car today! To some of you, this may not sound like a big deal, but for me to actually get out and vacuum the car, the planets must align, and angels must descend, and a whole host of other conditions must be met. And today was that monumental day! My friend laughed at/with me today when I explained that I was going to vacuum it out last summer, but it was just too darn hot. I finally did it today, because I know it's going to get hot again! And if I let the perfect weather pass me by, I'll just have to wait another year. So anyway, after two full hours of vacuuming, the layers of crumbs and glitter are no more. Although, there are still flecks of glitter here and there to remind me of the Young Women that I love so much. One question, for anyone who lives near a beach. We had some sand in our car from a couple of day trips to the beach, and I couldn't vacuum it up for the life of me. If you live close to the beach, do you just live with this? Do you have some sort of special vacuum that gets it up? These are the important questions in my life.

Also, I don't know if this is related to springtime or not, but I have felt this intense urge to complete my Personal Progress. I've been the Young Women's President for over two years now, and I was a counselor in a presidency for a year before that. It's probably time to get a move on. Personal Progress is not my forte. I don't know how to motivate the girls. I don't know how to get the ones that are anti to give it a try. I don't know how to help the ones that have the desire to stay on track. Maybe those answers will come to me as I try to implement it in my own life. But seriously. Some of these requirements are so super easy for grown-ups. Plan meals, shop, and help prepare meals for two weeks? Check! I know some of my cousins are YW leaders, so I'll share this - did you know that on the Personal Progress website, there is a "special needs version" of all the value experiences? I didn't realize until tonight, and I have a few girls who could totally use that! They are a little lighter on the reading and they give specific journal prompts to guide them as they're writing. Take a look if you are a leader.

OK... Done rambling for the night.


Karen said...

Karey, one of my favorite things we did when I was YW President was to have an annual PP Workshop. We did it on a Saturday, provided lunch, and got tons accomplished. I have all the details, worksheets, etc. that we used, and would be happy to share them with you if you have any interest. But I will not be one bit offended if you say no thanks! Just email me if you want more info.

love ya, karen

Tara said...

Yay! You're expecting! How happy and exciting for you guys! It's been a while since I've seen your blog, I guess- since you're already so far along!

The YOYO Lady said...

Haha, no Tara, I just haven't blogged in a long time!

Cathy said...

Karey, I'm so glad you are back to blogging! I love keeping up with your cute family and the adorable antics of that Lincoln. He's just too funny.

Blessings to all of you!

Marc and Miriam Deru said...

It's great to hear from you! I always love reading your posts-- you're such a fun writer and your dear boy there is a hoot. Also, congratulations on getting to the Bahamas! That is awesome!

Mirien said...

This is my first time in a YW presidency and I am working on my PP award to help motivate my daughter to finish (she's already 18!). I love the online recording and journaling but haven't noticed the special needs version yet--I'll check it out. We have a quarterly personal progress party and I think that's helping the girls keep up the momentum. But some girls just aren't as motivated by stickers and awards (like my daughter), and it's hard to help them. The bishop pointed out to me that there is no age limit for PP, like there is for Eagle Scout, so we just keep encouraging and helping, and hope they'll catch the vision at some point.

The YOYO Lady said...

Yes, Mirien, some girls just don't care about it, and we have a lot of those! Oh well, someday, like you said, hopefully they'll catch the vision!