Truth, I dislike this meme. While accurate, this satirical comment on the “white girl” obsession over the pleasant aroma and taste of combining cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves, simply reminds me my favorite season is ending. Yes, I love summer. I enjoy the warmer weather; the vibrant green trees, the crickets chirping at night, and the longer days. Most years I try to stretch summer out to the middle of September. Unfortunately for me, Utah weather does not seem to agree this year. Seriously, the leaves are changing here. Uh, sigh.
Summer, for me, went by too fast. I am sure for my sister, who is in her 3rd trimester, the summer months crept by slowly. So while the 4th of July feels like last year for her, it feels like last week to me. Why did summer fly by for me? Honestly, because we had so much going on. All these extra circular activities kept us extremely busy. Which meant I was unable to hike, golf, and just sit outside to enjoy the summer air. Okay, the last one I could have done, and in truth I did on several occasions.
Since this summer essentially slipped right past me, I wanted to take a moment to just share “What I did for Summer.” This is all the things I planned on sharing, but failed to share. Hopefully from here on out I am better about setting aside sometime to post new things and new recipes! In the meantime, please enjoy the following.
For our friends, family, Lynden, and me Summer 2016 consisted of the following:
Homecomings During Memorial Day
Memorial Day for me was all about Homecomings. Okay, I was already home, but my brother and some friends came to Price to visit. Summer began for me the day my mom and I picked my brother up from Salt Lake City. After 6 months in Texas it was nice to see him again. Trust me when I say I was bawling ten days later when we dropped him back off at the airport.
That same weekend my best friends from High School, Sarah and Tiffany, came to Price for Sarah’s mom’s retirement party. Although we took a photo, I am waiting for a copy of it. If you can believe it or not this was the first time in over 5 years all three of us were together at once. We really are “old friends.” We go months or years without talking or seeing each, and yet came together as though no time had passed. Okay maybe some time as one of them has a kid and another on the way.
Also that weekend, my friend Christie stopped by for a visit. She and her husband Ben were on their way to Germany. Yes, they moved to Germany. We managed to get together once a year when she came home to visit her family. I failed to ever visit her in San Fransisco, although I had it planned in my head; but Lynden and I need a new car before I could try to convince him to ride up the coast from San Diego to San Fransisco. Sadly, I failed at getting a photo of the two of us that night. Honestly I should have as it could easily be another 3 or 5 years before we see each other again. Man growing up is sad at times.
The Time It Turned Out To be Isabella
During the first weekend in June we finally learned the gender of Megan and Ricci’s baby. Whiskey or wine, boy or girl. Megan and Ricci revealed the gender by pouring the corresponding liquor into a bottle. For anyone else this theme would not have worked; for Megan and Ricci, who ironically met at a bar, it did! As Ricci pour wine, not whiskey, into that bottle we were all surprised. Okay, I was not surprise because I had said all along it was a girl. Call it an Aunt’s intuition I guess.
Or perhaps you could say I was not surprised at the gender reveal party because I made cupcakes for the party. This where absolutely delicious. I actually found this idea via Carissa Casey at Pretty Hungry.
The Mike Ballard Memorial Tournament
Every year Carbon County holds an annual golf tournament called the Mike Ballard Memorial Tournament. In Winter of 2010 Mike Ballard, whose wife works with Carbon County and whose daughter I grow up with, slipped at work and hit his head. Ultimately this fall lead to endless months in the hospital and endless bills for the family. Carbon County employees came together to hold this tournament to help raise money for the Ballard family. Unfortunately, Mike passed away in November of that year. In memory of him the tournament continued on in his name. Every year either an organization or a person in need is the repentant of funds collected during this event.
This year Carbon County partnered with the Ronald McDonald House and raised over $25k. Given that we are a golfing family, and that my mom is one the planning committee for the event, it has turned into a family affair for us.
Father’s Day and Dads’ Birthdays
June has always been busy for Lynden and me, even before we found golfing and the aforementioned tournament. Why? Well for starters we split father’s day between 3 days. This year it was breakfast with my dad, watching the US Open with Bill (fitting, I know), and dinner with Lynden’s dad. In addition to this day both Lynden’s dad and my dad are born in June. Their birthdays fall within 10 days of one another.
Hancho’s Birthday – When I Officially Ate Sushi for the First Time
This year, for Hancho’s birthday everyone met in Salt Lake City for sushi and a movie, okay Lynden and Stephanie did not eat sushi. Although I did try one piece of “true” sushi, I stuck with the shellfish variety. My pieces had crab and shrimp and were delicious.
Independence Day Weekend
Kastin, my roommate from the University of Utah, spent the 4th of July weekend with us. Usually she visits the following weekend for Greek Festival, however this year had plans to be out of the state. During her visit we hiked up Price Canyon, and later went golfing with Lynden and Hancho. One day I really do plan to share the details of that hike, mainly because it is so beautiful and literally fifteen minutes from my home.
Greek Festival and the Greek Festival 5k
For me no summer is complete without the Annual Greek Festival. Seriously, I love the food and because I am a nerd bingo. It is a perfect way to remember the heritage of my ancestors who worked so hard to create a new and better life in America. They were the generation that created the American Dream.
This year, for the 4th annual Greek Festival 5k I finally was able to walk, because lets be honest you see me in that photo at this point I am not running, with my mom and Stephanie. To help with overhead costs donations were received by Price Auto Farm Ford, Price Auto Farm Jeep Dodge Chrysler, Les Olson Company, Market Express, and my mom and step-dad! Yeah, I still need to send out thank you cards to the sponsors. The above photo was taken by one of our local news stations, ETV10News.
Stephanie’s Birthday – Nitro Games
There are two people in my life who love their birthdays and treat them like an actual holiday, Megan and Stephanie! Seriously, I love it that they both are like this because most of us grumble at the thought of another birthday. Not these two, they know that birthdays are special, and they know how to celebrate! Every year for Stephanie’s birthday we have some sort of celebration. This year she choose to attend the Nitro Games. This event was beyond entertaining, not when accidents occurred, but when the rider actually landed his trick! We had seats facing the west side, and the game was held at the Rice-Eccles Stadium. Trust me when I say this was a bad combination in 100 degree weather. It did however make for a beautiful sunset. Just look above!
A PawTree Booth and Pioneer Days
As many people know I am trying my best to break into the multilevel marketing business. No, it is not a pyramid scheme, okay some might be, but the one I have chosen is not. I choose to sell pet food and signed up with PawTree. This company offers a healthier alternative to pet food, pet supplements, and pet treats. Although, I am struggling with moving forward, which I blame on my hectic life and on my overall shyness, I do believe that this is an amazing product. For the first time in Lily’s life she finally has a smooth and silky coat.
During Pioneer Days at Wellington City my upline Amber came to help me “talk dog” with the community. It was a blast to finally meet her, and to get a better understanding on how to approach people! Oh and Amber, during our busy call last night I forgot to tell you my goal – 2-A-Day 4 days a week!
Much needed Staycation
At the end of July I took some days off work for a much needed break. Out of everything Lynden and I did this summer this week was by far my favorite. Why? Because we simply were able to spend time with each other and relax. Here is a mini breakdown of why I loved that staycation.
- Lunch and Dinner with Candice and her kids. The only kiddo we were unable to eat with was Creeder Man, oh and JJ. Still though it was fun to just get together and not stress about who was making what!
- Random afternoon golf. Lynden and I went golfing one afternoon. This day he played amazingly. In fact he played so well that we finished the back nine in a little over an hour! Both of us enjoyed that golf experience.
- Here is a photo of Lynden and me walking Lily. It so happened that during my staycation we found Pokemon Go. For a week we played it every single night. Honestly we should still be going for walks. That week we all felt refreshed and energized.
Baby Shower Grand Junction Style
Megan’s dear friend Stacy threw her a baby shower in Grand Junction, which I attended. It was so nice to simply spend time with everyone, and watch as they spoiled Isabella. Have I mentioned I am excited for baby Isabella? I plan to have a post all about her baby shower. Hopefully it turns out cute, and is fun!
100 Year Celebration of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
A few weeks ago my church celebrated its centennial. The committee worked hard to put on an exceptional event to celebrate this milestone. It included a golf tournament (big surprise), a Lenten dinner on Friday, a banquet dinner on Saturday, and a BBQ after church on Sunday. Besides getting to see family and friends who have since moved from the area, I simply enjoyed knowing that the community my ancestors created a hundred years ago still lives on today!
Last, but Not Certainly Least – A Wedding Among Two Friends
Earlier this week Jake, Stephanie, Hancho, and I had the pleasure of attending our friends, Alan and April’s, wedding. The setting was both historical and beautiful. I am so glad these two have found each other, they are a perfect match. I am also glad that Jake remembered to get something to decorate Alan’s car. The best part of the car decorations, Alan had to ride home alone in it. Trust me, you have to know this group of friends to understand why his solo drive was so appreciated. Congratulations again you two!
Finally, Winter is Coming… Okay Autumn
With that, I will try my best during the next few days to squeeze out ever last ounce of summer as possible. So tomorrow when everyone is posting “Welcome Fall” on their Instagram and Facebook accounts, I plan to wait. I will welcome fall after labor day. Again, not because I hate fall, but because I am a summer gal. Seriously, do not get me wrong, I enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving. I love my boots and sweaters. Truthfully, I enjoy all seasons with the exception of January. So when people say, “Oh it’s Autumn,” I think…