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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Does blogspot even allow this many pictures?

We recently enjoyed (THOROUGHLY enjoyed, loved, fancied, and all other synonyms describing our delight to be breaking away from "real life") a trip to the East Coast. Virginia/D.C. area is breathtaking, even before Spring has hit the region full throttle. It only rained a day or two, and the rest of the time we loved the ideal sight-seeing weather.

Catching up on the country's history was fascinating. It's amazing how many little details I had overlooked. We had a first-hand look at where the British colonies were first settled, wars were fought and surrendered, and important documents were signed. Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg contain some of America's richest history. If you've ever been to Europe, you probably agree with me in that our country's recent birth (comparatively) doesn't lend to much history. Except for the East, the United States doesn't have many old buildings dating past the late 1700s, so it was fascinating to see.

Also worth mentioning: I have a knew obsession with Pocahontas. The Disney story is so misleading! Her true story makes me sad.

We visited the nation's capitol and were deeply moved by all of the displays the Holocaust Museum offered. The Smithsonian had SO many museums...I could have spent the whole week there! We saw the Declaration of Independence and other documents. I wonder if all the men that signed knew it would be around for so long, they would have pressed a little harder.

Also loved: saying hi to Obama at the White House, beautiful bike rides, TONS of good food, sleeping in a bigger bed, some shopping, Busch Gardens, being with my family, and even some SWIMMING!

Yeah, yeah, I know. Picture overload. But look, I have to post plenty so that anytime I'm on my blog page, I can look at the pictures and pretend that I'm not in Utah. Kind of like an out of body experience, but not as creepy and probably less painful.

Some pictures, in no particular order:

These gorgeous buildings = our place of residence for a week. Seriously, Virginia is SO pretty.

First of all, our luggage actually arrived. My family's luggage gets lost at least once a year.

Capital Building at night. Gorgeous.

Keaton and Brian in deep contemplation.

WWII Memorial.

You get the point.

Busting out the map in D.C.

Busch Gardens! Greatest amusement park everrr. My 10 year old sister was determined to go on a roller coaster (this place has some CRAZY roller coasters, might I add), so we took her on the first one we came across...which happened to be one of the most intense. Oops. Ask her about it.

Being the incredible basketball player Brian is, we thought he had a pretty good chance of winning a big prize! A Wii, an iPod...

...he won a basketball. Pretty sure he still had the high score of the day though.

Haha I love them.

We LOVED Williamsburg. I remembered it a little differently when I was 10!

No one in my family wears normal colored shoes. It's a genetic thing, I guess.

This tavern we ate at was well worth the wait. We later found out it was haunted...

Where the Declaration was signed...the chair on the end is an original!

A cute little garden in Colonial Williamsburg.

Made some time for a little outlet shopping :)

Even on a cloudy day, it's BEAUTIFUL.

The trenches from the Revolutionary War are still in great shape! SOO cool. SOO green.

A small cannon ball STILL stuck in a building from the Revolution.

A cloudy day on the coast. So pretty. I loved all the lakes and bays everywhere!!

My brother preaching in a church in Colonial Jamestown.

On a replica of a ship arriving with supplies for the colonists in Jamestown.

You guys. Let's go back for Thanksgiving.

Anyway, lots more pictures to post soon, but I'll give everyone a break for a while!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April and it's still snowing. Lovely.

I love me some blog stalking, but I haven’t actually made a post…sorry. Some highlights of the past couple months:

Grant! Brian’s brother Grant came home from his mission in Chile! We enjoyed being in Arizona with his WHOLE family…and the “whole family” included a few more members than Grant remembered leaving behind! Annnd I can’t resist mentioning the fresh orange juice everyday. Love love love. If we end up in AZ, I insist on having a few orange trees so my in-laws won’t have to watch me sneak out of their backyard with a purse full of oranges on a weekly basis.

Boot camp. Eww. Whatever would possess me to pay to get my butt kicked every morning at 6 is beyond me. I thought it would be a good way to kick-start a workout regimen in preparation for my end of summer event with Natalie, when in all actuality it just made the whole month a blur. I was so tired I don’t even remember most it. Except for the orange juice, of course.

Spring Break! No, no Spring Break for us super devoted and studious hair school students, but I took one with my family. Brian and I enjoyed a whole week away from the real world to visit Virginia/D.C. I could go on and on about the necessity of getting away from “real life,” but I’ll spare you all. Not only was the weather AMAZING, so was the scenery. So beautiful! I would love to live on the East Coast. Check back for pictures someday.

Go Duke. Every year, my friends and I make brackets for March Madness. The friends I’m with on a day-to-day basis have changed from years past, but one thing stayed the same…none of them really know what’s going on in basketball. And that’s why we’re friends. So, we all just guessed whatever teams we wanted and put an OPI nail polish into the pool. I volunteered Brian to score them all for us. Thanks Brian! The winner will let you use the polish of your choice, just one time.

Legally blonde. Natalie and I went to see Legally Blonde on Broadway! Just kidding. (If anyone wants to go to NY though and happens to have a plane for me to fly on for free…I’d be glad to go). We went to see it in Salt Lake when the production made a stop here for a few days. We were so lucky to get tickets! I LOVED having a girls night out!

Hair show. Each year for Taylor Andrew’s annual hair show, they assign a theme, and all 4 schools in the state participate. This year, the theme is fairytales. My group is doing a Pirates of the Caribbean (is that a fairytale…?) theme. The focus is on the hair, but I’m learning just how much goes into a show! From finding the right models to the music to the clothes, there’s a lot to consider besides just the hair. Faatemah from the show "Shear Genius" is hosting…exciting! Our show is in May, so come!

Other than that, Brian and I have just been spending hours upon hours at school! I'm trying to get to 2,000, and he's just trying to get done! I'm eagerly awating the day when we'll have more time to hang out together. Someday...