Monday, May 16, 2011

HIking in Zion with the Teachers!

Some of the guys were lucky enough to be taken on a hike to Zion the other day!! It was beautiful weather and the guys loved it. They had time with some of our teachers outside of school as well which was really fun.
Here they are hiking through a slot canyon!
The cliffs and rock formations are amazing up here!
Here they are at the overlook of one of the trails they went on!
This overhang was one of the highlights of the trip!
Some boys showing off their "skills".

The views are absolutely breathtaking!
The overhang provided some shade for lunch as well. And yes they are holding up the mountain! J/K
This Waterfall was beautiful and is part of one of the other hikes that you can go on. It looks small but is really about 100 ft. high and 5-6 ft. wide!!

Fishing Competition!!!

The upper level group decided they wanted to challenge me in a fishing competition(along with Chris on their team). And me having some RED personality traits, I decided to take on the challenge! I also thought it would be a good opportunity to teach the boys a life lesson. The fishing started out where myself and my team of lower level students had all the real worms and fake lizards etc.. and the upper levels only had the bare minimum. Then...................
 The upper level team preparing for the competition.
 At this point the lower levels and myself had caught a few and the upper levels had 0! They started to show signs of frustration.
Here is Tristan giving coaching tips to the other students. "Look the fish are right in front of you".

Jake and Cameron teaming up to use the "2 heads are better then one" theory!

The fishing was slow at first!

Students started resorting to desperate measures to get fish making "Huck Finn" style poles and even using just their hands as reels by looping string around it.

At this point we took a break for halftime and everyone was able to use the "goods". Once everyone had the real worms and lizards and grubbs.

Sasha reaping the rewards of having the good stuff!

Jack showing off one of the fish he caught.

Me, Wes and Kyle with one of the "big boy" fish!

Dom and Cam with one of theirs!

Chris with one of his many fish!!

Now everyone was starting to get into it and they were wanting everyone to get at least one fish even if they were not on their team.

Jacob brought home a good one for his team!

Wes and Kyle got one of the biggest ones in the pond!!

We had all the boys pose for a picture afterwards.

Then things got a little crazy! Just kidding the boys just wanted to have a goofy picture!

We met afterwards and talked about how in life we are not all given the "golden spoon" and handed all the easy ways of doing things(like the upper levels were not given the good bait). Sometimes we need to get creative and also have determination. We also need to make sure we can maintain "level headed" when things are not going our way or the way we had "planned".
Fortunatley all of our parents have given us the "golden spoon" or the right materials like the worms and lizards of life by sending us to DRA. And now we need to use the tools. Just like with fishing even if you have the right stuff you still have to cast out the bait and reel in the fish! And even then, sometimes the fish will fight and then break your line or slip off your hook, so you need to still have all those things like determination and a cool head so you can keep "catching fish".

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Off to the RACES!!

We had our annual field day the other day and it was amazing! Everyone had a blast doing all the fun events from the running, tug a war, and food challenges. There was truly something for everyone! Here are a few pics from the events, enjoy!
One of the first heats in the 50yd.  
 Anthony stepped out to a quick lead on this 50yd.
 Good heat on the 50yd dash.
 Runners lining up for the mile!

 Trevor took this one all the way!
 It was a photo finish on this one!
 Chris pulled out in front on this one.
 This was a good heat for the 100 yd dash.
 The 400 yard dash is tough!
 Kyle takes the lead!!
Guys jumping for candy that was launched into the stands. It was really cool and the weather was perfect!!