Sunday, November 18, 2012

Second Annual Sweat Lodge

Saturday evening I joined with three young men (we were hoping for more young men but some had good excuses for not coming while others did not) and four other adult Young Men leaders for the third annual Spring Creek 18th ward sweat lodge. This was my second time. For a report from last year please go to which tells of gathering volcanic rock for the sweat lodge and then to which tells about my first sweat lodge experience. It rained on and off all day so we did consider postponing it, but in the end we decided to do it. It rained for the first hour while some put up the lodge--tarps tied over PVC pipes--in the mud, others stoked a fire to heat of the basalt rocks and others cooked two pizzas in dutch ovens.

After dinner we hauled a tub full of hot rocks down to the river side lodge.

Everyone but me (I opted to photograph the affair and tend the fire and reheat rocks) piled into the lodge. They sat on buckets and squirted water from water bottles on to the hot rocks which then filled the tent with hot thick steam.

Once everyone was sufficiently hot and sweaty, they all piled out of the tent and into the cold Diamond Fork stream to cool off.  Some waded, some laid down.. Mike Black (center) (I replaced him as bishop and now we both work with the Teachers Quorum) enjoys (?) the moment with his two sons.

The water is cold!

Back to the fire for more hot rocks and then do it all over again and then again. 

End the evening warming and drying around the fire while talking about what the new age for missionary service means for the boys in terms of getting ready to serve at age 18.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Grandma Tueller's Birthday

This evening the Wasatch Front Tuellers gathered at the Brick Oven Restaurant to celebrate Grandma Tueller's 83 birthday. Joel went to bed still stuffed from all of the pizza he ate.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Basketball Will

For the past few weeks Will (#25) has been enjoying playing basketball in a city league for first and second graders. They play in an old gym behind the Art Museum that was once the gym for Springville High. Will told the coach that he knew how to do lay ups, and he does. He still needs to work on his long shots, some he makes some he doesn't. He plays with great enthusiasm.


His main coach Todd Kirby, in the wheel chair.

The assistant coach is Joel (in blue) who was also Will's soccer coach. I am so glad there are talented parents who are willing to help as volunteer coaches. The boys practice for 30 minutes and then play a game for 30 minutes.

 Sorry about the blurry photos but they do show that Will is a man of motion. This lay-up was good for two points (but no score keeping at this level).

Pre-game warm up "gangnam" style. His good friend Trevin is looking on. Notice Will's new Adidas indoor soccer shoes. They are metallic blue with orange stripes. They were expensive, but he fell in love with them and his mom/biggest fan couldn't say no.