We started off the summer by driving 8 hours to New Mexico to spend Memorial Day weekend with my husband's family. This was a long drive, but everyone really had a blast and it was totally worth it. Plus when you have a driver and self contained children, long road trips equals quality reading time. Pretty much a win/win. The kids all had a great time together. Marion got to play games all weekend long with his brothers and nephews. We even made homemade ice cream which is always one of my favorites. We haven't all been together like that for a long time and I was glad we went.
|Most of the whole Hammond gang.|
|He who makes the ice cream gets to lick the paddle.|
|Yay for Pinterest! What ever did we do with out it?|
|All because 2 people got married 50 years ago!|
|The photo booth was a huge hit with the young crowd.|
|We be serious canoe paddlers!|
We were home from Seattle for a little over a week, before we all piled into the van and drove up to Utah. Trent wanted to tour the University of Utah and Utah State before he went off to boot camp for the National Guard. There is too much red at the University of Utah, but it will be a good education if that is where Trent decides to attend. I liked Utah State better, but it is not my decision. Utah State did hand out free ice cream which may have helped sway my opinion.
|Leaving Las Vegas for boot camp with the Utah National Guard|
|Fun times stalking the cardboard cutouts|
And there was a morning spent out on the boat, always a good time.
|Dropping Trent off in St George|
The next week was the Trek for our stake. We had not done much in the way of preparation due to all of our other activities. Finally the day before she had to leave, we made it to the fabric store. I started sewing her skirt and apron about 10:00 pm and was able to get it all mostly done. It was a bit stressful and crazy but I got her to the Stake Center by 5:00 am the day of the trek. She had a wonderful time and was very glad that she went.
|Here are a few of the girls from the ward|
Here I am with my Aunts. I love these ladies so much and am so grateful for all they have taught me. I feel truly blessed to be a part of their family and it was so fun to get to spend time with them. Especially time in the kitchen, that always leads to delicious things that need to be eaten. We had cooking demonstrations on pie crust, Lemon Meringue Pie, and cinnamon rolls. It was awesome.
Here I am with my niece who is so very kind to bring me sticks shaped like "Y"'s. She knows how much I love BYU and loves to help feed my passion. It is so sweet of her and I love her for it. We made it back to Vegas just in time to pick Diana up from Trek. She had a great time and it was a wonderful experience.
A week later we celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary. I really can't imagine how it has been that long and yet looking at us we were indeed much younger than we are now. My husband bought me lovely flowers to celebrate.
This same week my class was holding my 30 year High School reunion up in Seattle. I had known about it all summer but didn't plan to attend. Several friends from High School started talking to me on Facebook and telling me I should come. When I looked at the list of the people attending, I started to feel curious and excited to see these people again. And when I realized that I could use miles I had to get a free ticket, it seemed like there was no good reason not to go. It was a very crazy spur of the minute decision and 24 hours later I was on a plane back to Seattle. I was there for just about 36 hours.
|I love this group shot from a fall dance.|
Here is a picture of all the Mormon kids who graduated.
And here is a picture of most of us again 30 years later.
Here I am with Marianne Diehl
After the main reunion, our group was hungry and so we went to Denny's. It was so nostalgic, just like after dances in High School. Only back then we went to Farrel's. It was very fun to catch up with everyone a little bit more. I didn't get back to my parent's until almost 2 am. I needed to get up at 4 am to go to the airport. I was worried I might not wake up, so I just stayed up all night.
Here is a before and after picture of me. This was my senior picture, and here I am well I guess 31 years later because my senior picture was taken at at the beginning of the school year. Kind of fun to see that I haven't changed all that much, at least on the outside. Thank goodness the inside me has changed quite a lot. Good thing or all the trials I have been through would have been for nothing.
Any of you still reading deserve a medal. That is what you get when you run a marathon, right? As you can see it was a very eventful couple of months. I hope that the school year will feel like a vacation from all this vacationing, but somehow I don't think that will be the case. I feel very blessed to have been able to spend time with so many wonderful people who I care so much about. My life is so much better for having all of you touch my life for good.