Myrtle Beach and the 4th of July

This year I went down to Myrtle Beach for the 4th of July. My aunt and uncle live down there, and it’s a favorite place to visit. Hurricane Arthur decided to visit us on the 3rd. But the sky was clear and the weather beautiful on the 4th. It was the perfect beach day! In the morning, we watched the “parade” that goes through their neighborhood. I put “parade” in quotes because it may not be what you think of when you first hear that word. For this parade, people decorate their golf carts. After the parade, we went to the beach. The neighborhood association grilled hotdogs for everyone. My mom’s Uncle Frank and his family came for an hour (they were visiting South Carolina). That evening we watched fireworks from the beach.

 

Waiting for the parade to begin.
Waiting for the parade to begin.
My favorite golf cart in the parade.
My favorite golf cart in the parade.
The beautiful beach.
The beautiful beach.
My mom and I on a windy evening at the marsh.
My mom and I on a windy evening at the marsh.

 

June Moments

June has been quite the jam packed month (in a good way). I feel a bit behind on the blog, so I am going to provide a few snippets of all that occured this last month (mostly in the form of pictures). So here it goes – in chronological order – a rundown of June.

Farewell Eric O.

With the conclusion of medical school for “the Erics,” it meant residency was just around the corner. And residency meant that Eric O. would be leaving us for Detroit. The Erics, KJ, Jen, and I decided to head to the beach for a final hurrah.

Look at that beautiful sky.
Look at that beautiful sky.

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It got stormy, but never actually stormed on the beach (thank goodness).
It got stormy, but never actually stormed on the beach (thank goodness).

 

Nats Baseball Game with Lacey and Kandace

Lacey, Kandace, and I served missions for our church together in Nauvoo, Illinois. Lacey moved to DC for the summer, and Kandace helped her drive out here from Utah. Before Kandace flew back out to Utah we headed to a Nats game.

Nats Game

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Blake’s Graduation

My youngest sibling graduated from high school this month. Congratulations Blake! He’s off to BYU in the fall as you can see from his tie.

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Siblings minus Trevor (who is at BYU)
Siblings minus Trevor (who is at BYU)
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My favorite moment of the day was after it was all over, my mom looked at my dad and said, “Dear, we did it!”…and then they fist bumped.

Southeast Institute and My Birthday

Southeast Institute took place in Athens, Georgia and is the second of the four Institute programs during the summer that I help coordinate for work. While I was in Athens, I had a birthday. My coworkers ordered the most delicious cupcakes for me. Prior to leaving for Athens, my sister, roommates, and I went to Sushi and saw the “Fault in Our Stars” to celebrate. (Call me heartless, but I didn’t really love the movie). The Sunday after I got back from Athens, my family celebrated my birthday with delicious baked ziti, chocolate cream pie, and the opening of presents (we also Facetimed with Trevor). Thanks to my family and friends for making me feel special!

Delicious birthday cupcakes.
Delicious birthday cupcakes.
Traditional Institute staff selfie on the Big Bash night, which also happened to be my actual birthday.
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A welcomed surprise when I returned home from my work trip.

Pioneer Trek

Pioneer Trek is something done every few years by youth groups in my church. We dress up as pioneers, camp, and pull handcarts. We do this to remember those who went before us – our pioneer ancestors who sacrificed so much because they believed in God and believed that He had called a prophet to once again lead and guide His children. Many of them sacrificed all that they had because of this belief. I feel eternally indebted to my pioneer ancestors who made valiant choices that significantly affect my life today. I volunteered to help out with the activities portion of this Pioneer Trek. I was assigned to the hair washing station (who knew that was an activity?!).

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Beautiful drive down.
My sister and I in our pioneer clothes.  She volunteered for the full three days.
My sister and I in our pioneer clothes. She volunteered for the full three days.
Washing hair!
Washing hair!

 

Beautiful sky at the end of the day.
Beautiful sky at the end of the day.

Moments I Missed: Spring 2014 Edition

It’s time for a quick update with some moments I missed blogging about over these last few months…

Blake’s Band Concert

Blake finished up his senior year of high school. He’s had quite the year and is quite the musician. It’s been fun to see him in his element. In the fall, he participated in Marching Band. Once that concluded, he was engaged in Winter Drumline.

Blake's final Winter Drumline performance.
Blake’s final Winter Drumline performance.
Quick sibling picture at the Winter Drumline performance.
Quick sibling picture at the Winter Drumline performance.

 

Birthdays

Two dear friends celebrated milestone birthdays exactly one month apart. My mom and brother also celebrated their birthdays. I sure am grateful for family and good friends!

The glowing cakes.
The glowing cakes.

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Work Outing to the Nationals Game

Summer is our busy season at work. To kick off the summer season, we headed to a Nationals game.

U.S. Chamber Federation Relations Team
U.S. Chamber Federation Relations Team