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East Coastin’

After 26 hours and several dance parties in the car, we made it to the east coast and have been here for over a week now! We got to spend time in New York and Virginia with our grandparents and cousins. We have done a lot in the last 10 days, but I will try my best to keep it short.

Britt, our favorite professional soccer player, is playing for the Western New York Flash and we got to go see one of her games! She even got to come to Grandma and Papa’s house for the weekend 🙂

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We have really missed watching her play and having her live in our house.

One night, we went and got ice cream at Watts and then we went to Lake Ontario to watch the sunset. I brought my new camera and I am obsessed with it… Plus, how could anyone take a bad picture when the view looks like this???

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It would seriously be impossible to take a bad picture.

We went to Letchworth State Park! We had never been before and it is so pretty and green. I am weirdly fascinated by how many trees there are here… They are just so different than in Colorado! I’m also super unamused with the amount of bugs and humidity on the east coast…

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We made an “Amazing Race” game for the kids to play at Grandma and Papa’s house. We had them running through the fields, all around the property, writing poems, podding peas, and eating popsicles as fast as they could. Pure entertainment for the kids and for those of us who were watching 🙂

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Oh yeah, and we had them eat a plate of whipped cream with no hands.

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In this event they had to run five laps, but after every lap, they had to eat a popsicle. This was on the first lap, and Theo and Jeff are probably in the middle of yelling “anything for the W”…

We drove to Virginia, and let me tell you, 7 hours in the car feels like nothing these days. For the last few days we have been hanging out in the “penthouse”, watching tons of soccer, and pretty much living at Top Golf. We got to see all of Dad’s high school friends and we also got to see Holly and Russell. We miss them a lot, too. We need all these people we love to move closer to Colorado…

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Top Golf is awesome, but it is a very public place for me to be swinging a golf club…

We celebrated Theo and Jeff’s 13th birthday… I officially have teenage brothers, so thats scary, but I sure do love them!

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They love pictures…

Last thing. I promise. If you actually read this far, you deserve to hear this story. My brothers have long boards and they are super good. Sometimes, I think I want to learn how to ride/think that I have the coordination to ride… The boys were long boarding and everyone was outside watching them (literally everyone…)  and I asked Theo if I could try. He told me no, so obviously I tried it anyway… I was going super slow and it’s kind of hard to explain, but somehow I flew off. I landed on my butt and hit the ground so hard… I have a bruise, so that should be super comfortable every time I sit down for the next week… Oh and Theo didn’t even help me up… He laughed at me, took the board, and walked away. It was quite the reality check and karma… I apologize for not having a video to share.

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We watched sunsets, had campfires, ate s’mores, told stories, rode bikes, played golf, saw old friends, and had a really simple and laid-back week with family. It is almost time for this part of our trip to come to an end and for us to go on our next adventure… This time by plane 🙂

Outdoor Adventuring Part 2

Last week, Hannah, Kira, Josh, Michael, and I went on our annual sunrise hike! When we got to the top of Eagle’s Peak, I was speechless for two reasons:

1. Because I had the worst cramp ever the entire way up. I felt like I was about to go into labor and give birth to a child. I don’t know what that feels like, but if I had to guess, that would be it… Kira was also having some struggles on the way up. We are not exactly sure what was wrong with her, but she is convinced that she died on the way up and is now living her second life

2. I have never seen a more amazing view in my life. Everything was glowing from the sunrise and it was absolutely beautiful. It was worth every minute of sleep we missed and every bit of pain I was in. That view had me speechless

If you ever want to have the best time of your life, take your four best friends, homemade muffins, a bottle of orange juice, and a speaker for country music (obviously), and hike a mountain at 3:30 in the morning. I promise you won’t regret it.

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I could’ve stayed on top of that mountain forever. I would never get sick of it. Never.

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Or the view. Or the people. I miss getting to see the mountains and their faces everyday.

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I will get up at 3:30 in the morning every day for the rest of my life if I am guaranteed to have a day as perfect as this one was.

I got to go to my first W-League game of the year and one of my best friends, Beth, is on the team this year. She’s a stud. I have loved seeing her become so successful and happy. Plus it’s pretty cool having a famous friend and a reason to make obnoxious signs for the games 🙂

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Not our best picture (also not our worst), but we had to wait five hours for a rain delay, so please give us a break.

Before I left to go out of town for the summer, I got to have lunch with my neighbor, Caroline. We have been neighbors and friends for ELEVEN years now! She is one of the sweetest, most hilarious people I know. Every time I leave from hanging out with her, my cheeks hurt from laughing and smiling. No joke.

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I do realize that this doesn’t fit with the Outdoor Adventures title, but we did sit in the “outside” area at Panera, so it counts.

Total sidenote: Long story, but sometimes my friends tell me that I’m a boy… I saw a quiz on Facebook called “How Girly Are You?”, so naturally, I took it… because I was hoping that by taking an online quiz, I could prove my friends wrong… unfortunately, my result was “You’re basically one of the guys”. I guess there’s room for improvement, so at least I have that going for me, but I’m also low-key offended and I just felt like I needed to share that.

I have loved getting to see all of my friends from home this summer, and I have loved being home for the last month, but by the time I write my next post, I won’t be in Colorado anymore! Time flies.

-Sarah

Outdoor Adventuring Part 1

We went to Arizona to take Jeff to a soccer camp, so we made a mini vacation out of it. We stayed in a yurt, hiked part of the Grand Canyon in 120° heat, went to Horseshoe Bend, walked through Antelope Canyon, and boogie boarded at the Sand Dunes.

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I’m blown away by this place every time I come back. Being in it is completely different from just looking at it. The walls are massive, and I think it is safe to say we all felt tiny in comparison. Next time I’m at the Grand Canyon, I want to hike the whole thing.

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Antelope Canyon is one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. It is on Navajo land near Page, Arizona and you have to go in with a tour guide. It’s a pretty amazing landform and it’s total screensaver material.

Sydney, my best friend since we were ten, came to visit from Nebraska and came with us on all of the above adventures and more! She stayed for a week and a half and we had the best time. We always do. She is able to put up with our family for extended periods of time, which isn’t always easy, so I know that we will be friends forever. I still remember when we were ten and would walk to each others houses daily, watch Mama Mia at our weekly sleepovers, and make a mess from doing an art project every time we were together (actually, we still do this…). I would post a picture of us together when we were 10, because Lord knows we have plenty, but I think we would both agree that some things are better left unseen.

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This is a lovely GoPro picture of Sydney and me, featuring our yurt and hammock.

When we got home, Kira and Sydney took me to the driving range for the first time ever. Let’s just say that I struggle with patience and hand-eye coordination… But I will say that I think there is potential for me to like it if I improve. A lot. In the future, I need to practice in a place where there are zero people (sorry to everyone at PC golf course who had to watch me learn to golf), and where no one can take videos of me trying to swing a golf club (@Kira).

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Golf attire 10/10. Golf skills 0/10. I did not think it was this funny when I was actually trying to swing at a golf ball. Kira and Sydney did though.

There will be a second part to this post sometime in the near future. “Near future” is all relative, but it will definitely be soon! There were just too many things to put them all in one post.

-Sarah

 

 

First Blog Post…

This is my first blog post (in case you didn’t catch that in the title), so I guess this means I am officially a blogger… I’ve always said that a reality TV show could be made to document my life, but for now a blog will have to do! If you’ve spent any amount of time with me, you probably know that my life is almost always hectic, things hardly ever go the way I plan them, and I pretty much think that every second of it is hilarious. From crazy adventures with my friends, to traveling with my family, to my regular everyday life, I don’t want to forget any of it. This blog is going to be the place I come back to in the future to read about my best life experiences and all of the lovely people who have been a part of them. So… If you ever want to read about what is going on in my life or about any of the random thoughts that I have, this is the place to come. I hope you are as excited to read about my adventures as I am to share them… Thanks for reading!

– Sarah