Monday, August 25, 2014

a whirlwind...

...is exactly what summer (and pretty much all of 2014) feels like to me.  It's like I blinked when it was January 1st and when I opened my eyes, all of a sudden it is the end of summer!

     I'm going to try and backtrack to tell you guys what I did this summer.  It's definitely been busy, to say the least.

In June:

I had a slow month for June, which was quite nice!  We finished up school, and I started to help one of my friend's with her dog washing business.  It was so fun!  I was able to connect with new friends, and also to see old friends that I haven't seen in a while.

me and my forever friend Blaine (who lives 6 hours from me) gave eachother blindfolded makeovers when she came down to visit (:

In July:
whew, okay- this was a busy month.  First, I was apart of a 4th of July parade in my hometown on the library float.  We had tons of fun throwing beads and celebrating our nation's independence!  About a week after that, I had the AMAZING opportunity to go with my friend Blaine, her older sister Reide, and Reide's friend Maddie...white water rafting!!  We went on the Ocoee River in Tennessee.  I had an absolutely fantastic time.  We also went hiking and got to tour The University of the South (aka Sewanee).  It was a beautiful school.  Later that month, I saved a puppy on the side of the road when I was going to meet some friends for coffee.  I absolutely COULD NOT leave this baby there.  But, if you know my family, you know we cannot take another dog (we actually have ahem... nine at the moment).  God had it worked out so perfectly though!  A friend of mine was looking for a dog, and Charlie found a wonderful home.  After this, my sister Mary bought her first car!  It is a 2006 used Toyota 4Runner.  She looovveees it.  To end the month, I had a lemonade stand with my friend Blaine (:
us girls the day before white water rafting- l-r me, blaine, maddie & reide

so. much. fun

ahhhh!!


little charlie!

mary and her car!
lemonade!


August-
August has definitely been the busiest month of the summer.  The 5th of August was my 16th birthday (:  My parents surprised me with a trip to San Francisco, CA!  I had THE BEST TIME EVER.  This trip was just me and my Mom, which made it extra special.  We left on the 4th of August and came back on the 9th.  I had no idea where we were going until we got to our connection in Houston.  We did everything in San Francisco- walked the Golden Gate Bridge, did lots of hiking at Lands End and Crissy Field, went to Lombard St, visited two libraries (of course), drove to see the Redwood Trees on the Avenue of Giants, went to Pier 39 (Fisherman's Wharf) and saw all of the precious sea lions, drove down the coast of California for three hours, and made tons of memories.  It is, by far, the most fantastic trip I've ever taken.  I had so much fun with my Mom!
Now, at the end of August, I just have a few minor life achievements...lol such as getting my driver's license (!!!!!!) and starting my Junior year of highschool today.  I did get to have a tea party as a late celebration for my birthday from my friends Blaine, Reide, and Maddie.  We had such a cute little get together (:

SAN FRANCISCO

Golden Gate Bridge at Crissy Field

Eno ing at Land's End (: 

Land's End

Celebrating my birthday at an Italian restaurant (: 

Redwood Trees!!!


Driving down the Pacific


My Christy and Todd lovers will understand how important this was- I wore my Forever bracelet to the beach and stood with my toes in the sand.  The books were so real to me as the waves splashed through my toes.  I turn around, and TWO VW VANS DRIVE BY!!!!  totally passed out.

the full house house!

Princess Diaries' House!

we had a picnic with the Painted Ladies (:

Seward Street Slides- SO MUCH FUN!

windy day!

an accidental wrong turn led us to Hawk's Eye View!

Pier 39 Sea Lions!

on the way home ):  I did not want to leave!


The next week we celebrated my Dad's birthday by going fishing in our amazing Gulf of Mexico!




LICENSED DRIVER

FREE Starbucks Venti Mocha Frappuchino for my birthday (:

my amazing friend Melissa had her 19th birthday on the 23rd!  Love this girl so much!

after the tea party with blaine (:



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