However, we are finally starting to slow down and catch our breath. Thank heavens for these laid-back, lazy summer days! We feel so fortunate to be able to have a fairly calm summer this year. But, we have done such lovely things, so here I go, catching my breath and sharing all of our fun!
1. Eric with the Young Ambassadors in China
Eric had the awesome opportunity to visit China in May with the Young Ambassadors. He is just becoming a little world traveler! So he left for a month and toured Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, and Hong Kong, plus a few more cities. And no, I did not get to go with him. Bummer, I know. Let's just say, I am very glad he is back home. And I think he is too, at least as far as the food goes. :) He had an incredible experience though! Who wouldn't? This is China we're talking about. If he ever gets to go back again one day, you bet I'm going to find a way to be there with him haha.
2. Megan's little life in Provo
Alright, alright, I know this doesn't sound near as appealing as being in China, but I did a few things to stay busy while my sweetheart was away. Luckily, I was still busy with school. The last two months of the school year are nuts! Between the testing, assemblies, field trips, parties, and good-byes, it literally goes in the blink of an eye. And before I knew it, my first "half-year" of teaching was over. There were some definite bitter-sweet feelings. I also got to go back to USU to walk for graduation. It was so awesome seeing old friends and being back in the town I love so much!
I also made a few goals while Eric was gone. One was to visit as many temples as I could. I wanted to do a little "traveling" of my own. I had the opportunity of going to three new ones, making it a total of 7 different temples I have visited now. I hope that number just gets bigger and bigger as I get older. Not to say I have been to a lot, but because I love the same feeling of peace and love felt in every single one. Another goal was to hike the Y, so my mama came down for a weekend to visit and we did it together. Good memories!
3. Together Again
What a good place to be....together. I just love spending every minute I can with my dear Eric. Whether we are visiting family, playing with friends, watching a movie, or heck, even doing the dishes... if I can be doing it with Eric, I love it! Here are a few of the things we have been doing since our summer began.
At a super rainy REAL game
Celebrating my dad's 50th birthday
An evening in the park with Avery and Kimball
The first of many summer campfires
Supporting our sweet friends Taylor and Bailee at Bay's half marathon.
A day on the lake with our friends
4. Disneyland Adventuring
Okay, this could and probably should be a blog post all of its own. Yes, we went to DISNEYLAND! The Sackett's have a family trip each summer and this summer we were so lucky to get to go to the happiest place on earth. I have only been once before when I was 14, so it was a dream come true to go again. All of the siblings and spouses and nieces and nephews were there...which means complete crazy, non-stop fun! We went to St. George for a few days, then headed to Disneyland and California Adventure, went north to Universal Studios, and then headed south to San Diego for a day at SeaWorld. Ah, talk about a great vacation. It is nice to be back but I secretly wish we could do the whole thing over again. It was so fun!
5. The 4th of July
I seriously love the 4th of July holiday. It ranks right up there next to Christmas, in my opinion. I LOVE the bbq's, the fireworks, the parades, the warm summer nights, the family....I just love it all! This year was the first 4th of July that I haven't been up at Pickleville in four years, so I think all of the fun seemed even more special since I hadn't done it for a while. On the 3rd, we had a neighborhood "Cul-de-sac of Fire." We had the grill out, lots and lots of treats and watermelon, and some sweet fireworks. Then on the 4th, we went to the Provo City Parade, had a family bbq (with more watermelon and some homemade ice cream), and then went to the Stadium of Fire. Let's just say, Kelly Clarkson is INSANELY talented! Gosh, she is just as good live as she is on her albums. And the fireworks were amazing. Wow. Such a memorable night. Here's to a successful celebration of our nation's birth!
Phewww.... It feels good to take a moment catch up... to relieve the memories we have had the last little while. Eric and I have been married for just over 6 months now. And they have been 6 of the greatest months I have lived. I like having that guy around. He makes life fun. Oh! Let me share an example. Lately, we have been having some great thunderstorms here in Provo. So, the other night we were driving home when a storm really started picking up. Eric was DYING to be out in the rain. He gets so giddy over summer rain storms. It is really funny. He would be right in the middle of saying something and stop with a "WOAH!" or a childish giggle. See for yourself....
And knowing that, we can truly catch our breath.