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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?!).
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.
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!
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.