Monday, August 03, 2009

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

It has been a really fun and very full Summer this year. I was out of town for 21 days from June 10 - July 26! Here is a taste of what I have been up to:

After returning from Ethiopia, I celebrated my 30th birthday with way too many parties.

Party 1 - a fabulous boat picnic with Andy.

Party 2 - Dinner with my Knoxville girls. Sadly, no pics available. After waiting for more than an hour for a table at Downtown Grill & Brewery I guess that we weren't in a smiley mood.

Party 3 - Las Vegas with Jenny and Jenny to celebrate all of our birthdays! This trip deserves it own post, but here are some highlights.

About to see Jersey Boys!

At the Grand Canyon
The traffic jam at the Hoover Dam on the way back from the Grand Canyon. More than two hours to go five miles, then a flash flood in the desert ....
This is what we looked like when we finally got back to the hotel. We toasted ourselves for making it home.

On our way to dinner at Mario Batali's on our last night.

Party 4 - A weekend with Mom and Dad to see Wicked at The Orpheum in Memphis.

In July, we also celebrated Andy's birthday with a great dinner at Whitestone Inn in Kingston.

Then, off to Missouri for Andy's friend Amanda's wedding. We saw both of our families, went to the Muny with Jenny and saw a lot of Andy's friends from Mizzou.

This is Andy's oldest nephew Jayden. He is my new best friend, though he can't remember my name. He declares his love for me regularly.

Now I am back on Knoxville catching up on regular life for a little while and getting ready for football season!