Saturday, July 31, 2010

Shakespearean Festival Once Again

We always go to the Shakespearean Festival every year in Cedar City. But this year we brought a whole new crowd. Lauren and Sidney came along and Lora's sister Letisha. It actually wasn't a disaster, like me and Lora said it would be if it wasn't just us.

Cedar City has a new store which we all enjoyed....

We have this tradition every year that we try and find the actors and take pictures of them. Well, one day while we were waiting to get our tickets the STAR of the Shakespeare Festival Bryan Vaughn showed up in the lobby! I had to pretend I was taking a picture of Sidney in the doorway in order to capture this baby. Even though my stalker skills are excellent, this one was a little more obvious than normal. But it was a success even if he did see me take it AND kept running into me the rest of the day which made our relationship very awkward.

But nevertheless, the numbers are high this year of the number of pictures I took of actors (when they weren't looking of course.)
The plays were incredible. I actually read all the Shakespeare plays this year so I could tell who the main character was this year!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


I've spent the last 15 days in Palmeras, Peru on a Humanitarian Trip with an organization called Youthlinc. I heard about this group when I was a junior in high school and have wanted to go for a long time. I was so excited when I finally got there.

The village is right on the Amazon River so we had to take these little boats everywhere. The first time I got in one of the boats I was sure we were going to tip over. By the end of the trip, I loved those little boats.

We were in Palmeras to build a school, a medical shed and a sidewalk. Let's just say the Peruvian people have a lot of muscle. They were always helping. Even the little kids wanted to paint.

I worked mostly in the classrooms with the kids. We did a lot of activities which the kids loved. And they are the cutest kids I have ever seen!

We were able to finish everything we came to do. We gave out hundreds of shirts, jolly ranchers, long socks, soccer cleats, pants. We also left school supplies, medical supplies and a lot of memories.
I'll never forget the time I spent trying to talk to the kids in my very very broken Spanish and the awesome team I went with. We had so many good times in Peru.
I was really sad to say goodbye to all the new people I met and the beautiful Amazon.

Welcome back Summer

I had forgotten what it was like to wake up to sunshine and not an alarm clock. Ginny is no skinnier from when I left even though she's been on a "diet." (The first thing she did when I got home from Europe was bite me. Thank you. I've missed you too.)

Erin and I have been taking her on lots of walks so far. (The vet said she is MORBIDLY obese!)
It's kind of strange walking around American Fork neighborhoods again. Everything is exactly the same. I've acquired the habit of taking my camera everywhere with me. I'd forgotten how beautiful the Utah sky is.

I'm still getting used that summer feeling of suddenly being able to do whatever you feel like doing. I keep wondering what homework I'm forgetting to do and then remember that all homework has gone away until September!
Happy Summer!

Good-bye Europe

I sadly said goodbye to London and hopped on a bus to visit the Martins in the Netherlands. The house I stayed at literally faced all of these windmills.We would ride European-style bikes around at night on the paths that went around the windmill. Emmy's training wheels were taken off and she loved showing me how good she was on her bike.

Amsterdam was so peaceful. It didn't have the busy, lonely feelings big cities have.

Anne Frank Huis

Van Gogh Museum.

Good bye Europe. I'll see you again soon.