Monday, September 15, 2014

Blogger Night Out - Hospital Tour

A few days ago my sister and I went to a blogger event in SLC at a new section for Primary Children's Hospital that opens next month to the public. But before the tour, we started out with a delicious dinner of meat, veggies, potatoes and mushrooms. The mushrooms were flavored so deliciously!

CEO spoke to us for a bit about the hospital and their goals. Some things this hospital has includes dialysis for kids as well as a cool tubing system to send tests and prescriptions between hospital sections. The listened to what parents wanted and added in particular details! 

These balloon lights were so cute and one of the neatest features in my opinion!
Lots of attention to detail, parents helped pick textures and colors to help kids stay calm

Laura, Reese and I...he takes a good selfie, or should I say...three-fie? Hmm.

The view is so pretty!

Dining area , still getting set up

Kitchen area , so open and spacious and it has a pizza oven (on the left in the picture if you can squint and see) where kids can create their own pizza that the staff bakes for them. There is also a gelato machine. Mmm

It's hard for parents to bring their children here, esp when siblings are in tow. The Kids Camp is for ages 2-12 (as long as they are potty trained) and they have activities for this age group but older kids are allowed in too. Pretty neat that everyone can be at the hospital but the parent can be up in the room with their child who needs to be seen while the other brothers and sisters are taken great care of. Every volunteer goes through a strenuous background check, just like a regular employee. 

Bonnie was our tour guide and she was fantastic

As you can probably tell from the pictures, the colors are bright and cheery

Each level is color coded so that parents (and kids) can easily know where they need to go. Smart!

Another awesome feature is that there are benches instead of chairs in the exam rooms. 

 We were told that the construction workers have dressed the bear up and move him around each day. 

Even the floor was fun!

This painting is on the 3rd floor. So amazing and was donated by the artist. 

It's hard to tell but the windows have a few out to SLC and all the lights, it was really pretty!

Small kid-sized chairs

Funny sign at the end.

I was very impressed with this new section of the hospital and the plans for the future. One thing that stood out to me is that our tour guide Bonnie talked about a section where parents who are not good at knowing how to be parents can learn to be better. A parent who is at risk of losing their kids can come here and there is a room with a piece of glass that you can only see one way through. The parents have a piece in their ear with a person on the other end telling them how to respond or what to say as they interact with their child. Some parents today didnt have the best examples themselves when they were little of what to do and not do when you are an adult and have kids.  I think it is really good that there are people willing and able to help these parents be better and know how to best respond to their kids.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Day 2 - Camp Ritchie Girls Camp

Girls Camp is no vacation! Esp. if you are on rappelling staff. I am not a good morning person but I managed to make it work. Tuesday we did not do an early morning rappell because of the weather. It felt so weird to sleep in! Wednesday we actually up and out early. 

Breakfast Tuesday morning. Soo good!

Tuesday morning we did some training as staff at the top of the rock

Never get tired of this view!

Hanging out on the rock, refreshing my skills

Dock side!

Dam side!

Ty hooking me up to rappell down the rock. I thought it was 300 feet but I guess its more like 150 feet. Ah well , still so fun!

Lunch was sandwiches, mac and cheese and more delicious salad. 

In the afternoon, Ty and I got paired up to work at the bottom of the rock. That was fun!

Time for dinner and to take down the flag. The 4th level girls did a great job leading everyone in some songs before we headed in to eat. 

Dinner was one of my favorites - chicken enchiladas and Mexican rice! Nom nom nom

Singing a funny camp song. 

Uploading videos on here is weird...

My friend Natalie pulled me aside after dinner and told me to follow her down to the craft cabin. She knew I was only staying until Wednesday and she helped me make these cool water bottle holders. I made one for me and one for Tony. Super fun!

We could actually have campfire outside Tuesday evening!

Steve aka "Cookie" at camp because he is the head chef announcing the winners of the candy jar guessing game

My friend and her sidekick were in charge of capers. Not an easy job!
My friend Chris (left), so good to see her again!

Steve Millet directing two girls ( one was Vivi on rappelling staff! ) because they tied for guessing the amount of candy in the candy jar, had to each down a pixie stick (the giant kind) and see who could do that the fastest. 

Vivi (right) she won!

The activity this evening was the star gaze. We all walked over to flat rock with our blankets, towels or sleeping bags so we could lay down and look at the stars. Steve pointed out what he could of the constellations even though the clouds were starting to thicken up. The short program was great and we met back in the lodge afterwards for a treat. I'm so glad this event didnt get canceled!

Walking back from the bathroom and I found this. Shudder. 

Caryn brought lights for our tent and it was so cool to see it glowing at night!

Woot. Day 2 of camp completed and it was wonderful!