Hello everyone! July has approached so quickly and it has depressingly dawned on me that half of summer break is already over. In response to the impending doom of returning to the rumored hardest year of high school, I resolved to make the most of what freedom I have left. However, my two best friends decided to be dedicated and passionate and are on opposite sides of the country for programs in colleges, Leah in San Francisco for fashion camp and Alie at NYU for mostly forensic science. As you can probably guess, this is making it somewhat difficult to thoroughly enjoy myself.
However, I am not going to let this dampen my spirits and hopes for the best summer ever!
In June and on my BIRTHDAY, Leah, Alie, and I went to Michigan with the Boulder County Younglife organization and our leader, Carlee. It was a life changing experience that brought me closer to the Lord and also included a 50 foot swing, ropes course, go karts, a zip line and much more awesomeness. Despite it being overcast and chilly for a majority of the time, it was truly one of the best weeks of my life.
|Carlee, Leah, Alie, and me as Lil' Bo Peep and her sheep getting ready to DOMINATE a volleyball tournament.|
|Alie, Leah, and me on the Swing. Alie took forever to pull the string that would drop us 50 feet down. Leah had a traumatizing experience. I loved every minute of it.|
In celebration of our birthdays all conveniently scattered throughout June, my dear friends, Jhana and Louise, had a small get together with our friend Eve at the Boulder Reservoir. It was great to visit the only beach available in Colorado. And even though I have an irrational fear of being underwater, I actually really loved swimming in the cold water on one of the blazing hot days in Colorado.
|Louise eating a Popsicle.|
|Jhana and Eve|
I discovered something completely delightful on my computer. Being 2,000 miles away from each other, our only manner of direct communication is through video chats. Through the fantastic program of Oovoo, we have the ability to do multiple person chats just as if we were all there together. The delightful discovery is not Oovoo but the fact that my webcam allows me to implement amazing special effects during out video chats. I have the capability of adding hats and sparkles, warping my face, and even becoming an avatar that moves when I do! Its absolutely fantastic.
|Me as a pig. Alie and Leah clearly enjoy my special effects.|
Sadly, my adventures took a turn for the unfortunate. At a Sunday intensive Irish Dance practice, I was working on my hornpipe (hard shoe) when my ankle rolled outwards as I leaped off of it. The result? A badly sprained ankle. Just today I am able to walk on it. It swelled up profusely and to my pleasant surprise it turned blue, purple, and green! Like a rainbow! And just my luck, I was supposed to perform on the local news this Tuesday. Unfortunately, that did not happen but I was able to make a brief interview on TV because my aunt is the producer. I will post the video shortly! I'm a little bummed that I could not dance, but there is always next year! The next goal is to make sure it is healed by this upcoming Sunday as I have a competition at the Colorado Irish Festival. Cross your fingers for me and keep me in your prayers!
|My ankle 5 days later, colorful and less swollen. Yay!|
Hopefully this ankle will heal by the 17th when I will depart for Vancouver for an intense irish dance camp at the Celtfest summer program at Vancouver Island University. Let's hope!
Well, that's all for now!
Have a truly eventful summer,
Your growing and living friend,