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Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer o' Fun #3 - Riverdance, Boston, Family Reunion

Wow, here is the third installment of my Summer o' Fun! Enjoy!!

We went to Riverdance at this outdoor theater called Wolftrap. It was very fun but we got a little bored when we were waiting for the show to start. Boredom + camera = the following photos.
We can look normal when we want to.I never knew that Riverdance had flamenco dancers, but they do and this woman was AMAZING! I mostly just want a dress exactly like hers. Talk about a good twirling skirt!Another Summer 'o fun activity put on by the DC Dayclub was a Summer Soiree. There was a dress code and it was held in our friend Whitney's backyard out west of DC. I contributed a honey peach pie, which I had never made before, but I think it turned out okay. My friends from Guatemala, Andrew and Clark, were both in town and it was delightful.June meant Bree's birthday and of course I had to make a trip up to NJ to celebrate with her. Her idea of celebrating was doing her first ever triathalon. Ya, she's kind of a
big deal. So Em and Adriel and I jumped in the Vibe and drove north. We got there SUPER late, but we had a good time on the journey. We would have been earlier if it weren't for the fact that it took us an extra hour just to drop by FedEx to get some posterboard to make posters for the next day. NJ has these silly things called jughandles and you can't make left hand turns ANYWHERE!! Needless to say, NJ is now my least favorite state to drive in.Look how amazing she is!Just about to jump into the OCEAN for the swim part.Yes she is riding pretty much a children's bike and wearing a white styrofoam helmet. Awesome.
Bree just about to cross the finish line and laughing at all the awesome posters we made!There was another poster that said "We like blonds, chubby ones". Those of you who love Sandy as much as our family does will recognize these favorite lines.The beach there was pretty great.We went straight to a YSA activity in Princeton, NJ. Canoeing is always fun.And finally we ended the day with some serious line dancing. This place was so great! We were the youngest people there by probably 20 years and those people take their line dancing VERY SERIOUSLY. We were all best friends by the end of the night and they told us to be sure we came back soon. :)
There is a serious following of Dayclubbers in DC. Every once in awhile they do an activity that tempts me to call in sick and this one could not be passed up. Jet Blue had an incredible sale and we all got cheap tickets to go up to Boston for the day. DC day club does Boston, Ferris Bueller style. It was a dream come true. Especially the Red Sox game. I am a fan. Everything you've ever heard about Fenway is true. You walk in and you can't help but be a Red Sox fan. It was
one of the greatest athletic experiences I've ever had. I say that because I don't remember who they were playing or who won, but I just loved being there. It is American history captured in a baseball field. If I lived in Boston, I would spend A LOT of time there.

One the girls had a friend who met up with us in Boston. It happened to be a guy who I was in the MTC with me. We took a picture exactly like this the day before he was leaving the MTC, so we had to reenact it! Good old Elder Ross. Walden Pond. Beautiful.

What could be better than family and Carrie Underwood to celebrate the 4th of July? It is my favorite holiday and I was so happy to head to Utah to celebrate with my family. We did the Stadium of Fire and then the parade and other stuff in Cedar City. All of this was before heading up to our family reunions. First in Brianhead and then up in Heber at the church camp up there.

I love these little men!Grandma and the boys!He's just a little man.

Good old dad running for school board. Of course he had to be in a old car :)

Cute little Trent.

Allie is just adorable always.

LOVE this face!!
My cute Grandpa.
We played some rip roaring games at our family reunion. My dad has some serious booty shakin skills.

I absolutely love my family. They are the greatest, end of story. I can't imagine my life without them. These family reunions have been the best part of my summer my entire life. The best part of the Haynie reunion this year was hearing from my grandfather. He shared some letters from my grandmother that they had written when they were first dating. It was amazing to sit there surrounded by my aunts, uncles, cousins, parents and siblings and realize that all of us were there because my grandparents had met, fallen in love, gotten married and made the choice to start a family. I'm so grateful they did.


  1. LOVE THIS!!! Thanks for blogging! :) LOVE YOU

  2. Man, you are one busy woman! So, fun. You will have to let us know when you are in Utah again. We would love to see you now that we are back at the good ole Y. :)