Monday, June 25, 2007


[On the way home on Saturday from Macon, the sun was shining through the clouds on the most beautiful way. I tried capturing it on camera, and it turned out pretty good. In my opinion, it was the lord's way of showing us how beautiful this trip was to our testimonies]

My summer has been hectic already! Sorry for not posting for ages. I've been extremely busy, what with Tennis camps, working, reading, going to lessons, teaching lessons, watching Tennis, going to Youth Conference and planning a Murder Mystery party. But I've had a blast doing it all. Tennis is amazing, and I'm apart of a country club team that does tournaments all over. Work isn't a great big party, but it isn't horrible. I get to choose my hours and get paid $7 an hour. I'm thinking of upping my hours to 15 a week...right now I'm doing 12. But this is only a summer job. Once school starts, I'll call Coldstone about my application to get a better job. Anyways, I'm now done with the Harry Potter series up until book 6, and now I'm anticipating the release of the 7th installment, of course. Piano lessons have resumed and I'm learning a Kuhlau Sonatina, Chopin's Nocturne, and Debussy's Clair de Lune. I also have to do 4-octave scales, chords, and arpeggios. But I love learning piano again. Its such a great feeling to be making beautiful music through the piano. I feel like a kid again! Teaching isn't so bad. I'm getting my students prepped for a recital next month, and they're psyched, despite the fact that it'll be a small gig. But I'm starting up a new student whose parents will be giving me Horse-back riding lessons in exchange for piano lessons. How cool is that?!
[Tamara Kitchen in a tree at Adam-Ondi-Ahmen]

I'll save the tennis talk for later. So, Youth Conference. I'm not lying when I say that I wasn't anticipating going on a road trip for YC. The plan was to visit all the Missouri church historical sights in a span of 2 days or so. I don't like buses. My last experience involved a kid barfing across the row from me and from then until I got pepto bismol in my system, I had the sudden urge to puke, but withheld it for my friend's sake. I was also going to be away from my racket for that amount of time, and I was going to be stuck on the bus with some people I didn't want to be around. But it turned out to be one of the most spiritual times of my life. My testimony of Joseph Smith tripled, and I wanted to learn more, so I've been feasting upon the words of christ every day since last week. It was fun and exhausting, and I'm glad to be home, but it was such a wonderful spiritual uplifter. I loved it.

Now, the Murder Mystery. I am throwing a Murder Mystery Birthday Bash party for my friends Sara and Kelsey's sweet 16 birthdays. Sara's B-day happens to be today so the date of the party is more closer to Kelsey's, whose is on the 12 of July. But its going to be tons of fun, even with my huge responsibility of making invites, the setting, the characters, scripts, and informing everyone about it. But I'm uber excited!
[Mariah Crouch laughing for the Camera at Far West.]

Anyways, I'm tired and I've got to work from 9-12 tomorrow and then I'm doing horse-back riding in the evening. Yay me! Today, I played tennis from 3:30 to 5:00 with my team the Clydesdales. Fun name, huh? But ours isn't the only one. We're one team of many. I'll explain Team Tennis later, because its actually quite complicated. Its nothing like doubles or being on a team of tennis players. Its a lot like a team sport.


Thursday, June 7, 2007

School's Out!

Already I'm goofing off. The picture was taken after finals yesterday and me and two of my friends came back to my house and played games. I was doing the Hula to the Hawaiian music channel on our TV.

School is out, and it still hasn't hit me. Today feels like a Saturday and that in a few days I'll be going back to the monotony of school-life and I'll have more homework to do. But no. I'm out for the summer! I've had a blast the past few days. On Tuesday, after finals, me and my friends Daniel and Amanda went to Oakland Jr.High for a bit and hung out in Sweeney's room and watched Walk The Line. When we got hungry, we left and went to IHOP for some breakfast-for-lunch. Many good times there. I then went home and practiced for about 3 hours on violin and piano. It was a very peaceful day. Wednesday was just as fun after finals. Me, Amanda, and Daniel were going to go downtown, but we were too lazy, so we went to my house and played Simpsons Clue until 2:45. We then bombarded Oakland again looking for teachers and friends and then went to Lange to see friends on the buses that travelled from Oakland to Lange. After that, I went home and watched a lot of Tennis and then went to mutual.

Today's adventures were simply marvelous. I woke up, watched the Women's Semi-Finals for the French Open, and later played Croquet with Sarah and gave Trissey an outdoor bath. It was a wet experience for both the dog and me and Sarah. But it was lots of fun(Picture above is of the experience). To dry Trissey off, we gave her a walk around the park across the street and explored Mother Nature. I brought the camera along and took some great Candids as well as nature stills. I am very proud of my work with the camera, and I'll display some of the pictures. Trissey was as exhausting as usual, and at the end of the adventure, she decided to jump in the creek and get wet all over again. What a crazy dog. But it was so much fun and later me and Sarah will be going to the Twilight Festival and then we're watching Poltergeist for old-times sakes. I love being on Summer vacation, and next week is when Tennis camp begins! Hooray!
Mine and Sarah's favorite climbing tree as kids

Sarah walking Trissey
Me and Trissey on a bridge.
Rebellious Trissey in the creek
Some cooky bird ornaments in someone's garden