Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Family Reunion

This is just about the whole Packard clan. I never got the picture like this one from our last reunion so I made sure to get one this year. And here it is...

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Family Reunion

So we had our Packard family reunion this last week, approximately 120 people there for the reunion. Yes water bottles with every ones name on their own, and 9 watermelons for 3 days. We had so much fruit. I ate the most food for each separate meal then I ever have in my life. And if was delicious. And this year was special because it's the first year we've had all the families' there. So that was really neat. I'm really blessed to be in this family. Having so many cousins and we all get along so well. We have such a fun time together. Five of us are all going up to BYU Idaho this fall.

So this year the reunion was in Utah, at a campground near Fruitland. It was so gorgeous, I didn't feel like I was up in the fountains at all, maybe I wasn't, I don't really know where we were but I loved it. There was a river running through our campsite and I was with the first group to float down it. And was that an adventure... it was ICE COLD and shallow in many areas. So if you weren't paying attention your butt would hit the rocks on the bottom. And river would try and pull you right into the bushes so you're trying to guide yourself away while keeping your balance on these ridiculous tubes. It was so much fun.

We had our annual archery contest, and those bows are dang hard.. of course I'm just wimpy anyways. There were two 50 dollar bills up for the teenagers and if you hit one, it was yours. Nate the lucky dog hit one. I was nowhere near... Jared hit the other 50.

The cousins! Left to right, Mckenna, Quinton, Aubrey, Me, Nate, Kent, James, Jared, Emma, Spencer, and Ben. We were only missing Caitlyn whose in college right now and Steven but he came up later that day.

But the reunion was really good. I'm sad my mom wasn't there, she was the only sibling not there. But it was still good, my dad compensated for the difference. He brought up his spa stuff. So the aunts got facials, or foot massage, and he had his paraffin wax and speakers. The whole parade.

I love my family. Reunions are the best. The next one in two years will be different.. all my guy cousins will be on missions and I'll be 20! Scary!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Camp fire song

So at our family reunion there of course was singing around the camp fire. And one song that just made me laugh was our Sophisticated Row, Row, Row, Your Boat... this is how it went.

Propel, Propel, Propel your craft
Placidly over the liquid solution
Ecstatically, Ecstatically, Ecstatically, Ecstatically
Existence is merely an illusion.

I had to sit there and think for a minute of what it was really saying... had to refer back to the simple version!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


I just love this show. I now own the first 3 seasons... and in a weak attempt to hook one of my friends... I managed to re-hook, I guess, myself. So I've started from the beginning again.

Oh and my no sugar... I'm weak sauce and only lasted a week. So.. try again? Sure we'll see how far I go.

Beauty and the Beast

Friday night I went and saw Beauty and the Beast at the Scera Shell Outdoor Theater. They did an awesome job. The set was so cool. It was all made of books, staircase walls. The books lining the staircase could be pulled out and opened into the walls for a new scene. It was very clever.

The actors who played Belle and Gaston were by far the best. They had awesome voices and did a really good job.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


College scheduling is a pain. And being the last to pick classes... makes it worse. I had everything planned essentially around my main most important class. And of course it's all full so I have to wait till next semester to take it and I had to re-do my whole schedule basically.
But here's what's happening..
I'm taking 15 credits total.
mondays/wed/fri include nutrition, choir and math
and tues/thurs include english, communications, institute and math on thursday again.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Well I went in for my first official shadowing. It's weird how chill the back room of radiology is. Because really, they just sit and wait for a call. People are on their laptops, reading books, really just doing whatever. Which is pretty cool. I can handle that. But I think I went during a slower section of the day. I saw in the hour and a half I was there, I know not very long, but I saw a chest x-ray done 3 times. That's it. Cool the first time, and the lady I was with was sweet and talked to me... but the last 2.. eh it wasn't too great. But apparently I'm allowed to shadow in the ER so I'll look into that next time. And I need to go earlier, the guy that needs to see that I'm coming in shadowing was not there so no brownie points this time. I'm also going to try and shadow in the Cath Lab. Hopefully things pull through there. I'd like to see an actually procedure done start to finish, instead of just video footage from the x-ray. Which I do love looking at, but I want to see the procedure... see how things work.

But walking out of the hospital, there's an 'information' desk. And it made me smile, all of the 4 people in that tiny area were cute little old ladies, all of their hair curled to perfection with their glasses. They all just looked sweet, I'd walk up and seek information from them.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Coming Up!

How does time just slip away like that! Right now, there are 22 days left until I leave for Europe. And 16 days left for me to memorize music. dah.. I should really get a move on.

But I got my credit card today! Platinum baby. Silver and kind of sparkly, I'm thinking it'll blind me once I get it in the sun.

I register for classes on Wednesday I believe... I still need to call and figure a couple of things out but hopefully I get the teachers I want, and my schedule works out!

It's been a week since I went off sugar and today at my aunts house, they made those really really good rice crispy treats, just the plain ones all marshmallow-y... I couldn't resist. :( So I guess I'm starting all over again. We'll see how well it goes second time around.

New Testament

I'm finally getting around to this post but I finished the New Testament with the ending of my high school year and here are some of my favorite scriptures I discovered.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.

St. Mark 12:27
He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living.

Romans 12:21
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 Corinthians 3:18
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he man be wise.

1 Corinthians 15:53
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immorality.

2 Corinthians 6:14
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?

Ephesians 6:12
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

2 Timothy 1:17
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


So for the summer, I decided I was going to go off sugar. Cause lets be honest I eat completely not healthy. And my mom is worried for me in college.. so I was like, okay going off sugar. And so far I've been given
-cold stone gift card
-a neighbor bought me a truffle at my work (which are extremely delicious fancy chocolate bars... also unhealthy but yummy! and it was mint chocolate too)
-and free ice cream.. being a giant ice cream cookie and a pint of ben and jerry's ice cream.

The gift card is tucked safetly away in my wallet where I can't see it, the truffle went to my parents, they enjoyed that. And the ice cream is sitting in the freezer. Why can't I get all this free junk food when I'm not deciding to be healthy!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Medical Camp

So I went to the medical camp again this year. And my new finding was the Cath Lab. The Cath Lab is where a tube is placed up the femoral artery and up towards the heart. They then pump a dye and with x rays you watch the dye move through the veins in the heart and look for blockages. The Cath Lab also works with pacemakers, stents, angioplasty and other things with the heart. So radiology + the heart = my soul singing. So now I have two for sure interests where I want to go into, I'm gonna have to do some research. I'm shadowing at the hospital this summer though so that should help.

Other news.. I got my laptop! My dad found an awesome deal so we grabbed it... after I checked it out to make sure it was a good one. Which of course it was.

Other then that, not too much going on. It doesn't feel like I'm graduated still, summer hasn't come yet and Utah weather can't decide what it wants to be.