It’s been a busssy summer! It’s been over a month since I’ve updated, so here goes my first effort to get caught up on the happenings of summer.
Less than a week after I returned from Myrtle Beach, I headed to Los Angeles for West Institute (the third of four professional development conferences during the summer I participate in the planning and execution of). The weather was beautiful. But I would expect nothing less from southern California! On the first Saturday while I was there, I had the opportunity to go to the Los Angeles LDS Temple. When I lived in L.A. as an intern in 2008, I never had the opportunity to go inside the temple. I was so grateful for this opportunity. L.A. will always hold a special place in my heart because it was there that I decided to serve an LDS mission. I feel like the decisions I made in L.A. in 2008 changed the trajectory of my life in a way I didn’t expect but in a way I will forever appreciate.
On Monday we headed to the magical Trattoria. I describe this restaurant as magical because beautiful white lights hang over the patio and every evening the entire restaurant joins in the singing of “That’s Amore!” And this restaurant has the most amazing endless garlic knots. Delicious.
Wednesday evening is the Big Bash, which at this Institute site takes place on a Yacht. The weather predicted rain (which is crazy in L.A. in July) but thankfully it only drizzled a little bit on Wednesday morning.
Thursday evening we gathered at Raymond’s sister- and brother-in-law’s house. Their house is in the Pacific Palisades, and you can see the Pacific Ocean from their backyard. If it’s a clear night, you can even see Catalina Island. This was a very fun night. We always take lots of pictures while we’re up there.
After West Institute concluded, I headed down to Long Beach to spend some time with my great aunt Fannie. She is a beautiful lady inside and out, and I had a great time learning more about her love story with my great uncle George. I was also able to spend some time down by the Pacific Ocean. It was kind of a windy day, and there were A TON of kite surfers out on the water.