Thursday, July 12, 2012

Familia y vacaciones

So, once again it's been a busy last three weeks and I have lots to talk about. :)  Three weeks ago, I celebrated two of my friend's 21st birthdays!  It was a blast!  I got to see a lot of people that I haven't seen since the end of the school year and my boyfriend, Tim, was able to come as well, so it was a great time!  Not only did I get to spend my weekend celebrating birthdays, but I also spent the weekend watching water polo.  Yep, that's right..water polo.  My boyfriend played water polo in high school and loves playing in his free time for club teams, so I spent my weekend watching several games of water polo.  I still don't understand all the rules, but I will say that it is an interesting sport to watch, and I have a feeling that I will be watching water polo in the upcoming Olympic games.  If you've never watched water polo before, I suggest you give it a chance, too.  Although, I will admit that after watching two days in a row of water polo, I was tired! So I can't even imagine what the players felt like after 4+ games.  Also, it really made me appreciate all those times that my parents sat in the stands supporting me (and my sister) at school events.  I mean, I sat through one weekend so, again, I can't imagine the countless hours that my parents spent in the stands.  I know that they enjoyed it (most of the time), but still, that's many hours of achy backs and watching refs make bad decisions. Hehe.  So, all you folks out there that have supportive parents like I do, make sure you thank them right now and even in the future for all they do.  Thanks, Mom and Dad!
Anyway, Tim and I finished off the weekend by going to see the movie Rock of Ages!!  It was really good and I loved the music!!  I have a feeling that when it comes out on DVD there will be a sing-a-long version and I may or may not be investing in one when it does. :)  For the rest of that "week" (I say "week" because my weekend started on Thursday) I just worked and tried to stay cool in my room!  It was SOOO hot.  I have slept on the floor at least one of the nights and the two fans were always pointed directly at me and I was still baking!  Luckily, I have added two more fans, making a total of four now, and it has also cooled off outside as well.  I'm finally using a blanket at night again and I'm probably way more excited about that than I should be!  Although, it was extremely hot (and I have a feeling the heat isn't over because it's still only July), my friends and I have turned it into fun by coming up with some "You know it's hot when..." phrases.  Here are a few...

You know it's hot when you're excited to go to work because it's air conditioned.
You know it's hot when you've never been more excited to take a cold shower.
You know it's hot when you're sweating even after that cold shower.
And one of my favorites...
You know it's hot when you have to put your deodorant in the refrigerator.

Anyway, at the end of the week (meaning Thursday), I started my vacation by going to Six Flags with Tim.  Who knew it would end up being a record breaking day for the temperature, but we honestly couldn't tell at all.  We were having a blast and staying hydrated!  We were lucky enough to have short lines so we got to slide down a ton of water slides and rode some roller coasters, including the new one called X-Flight.  It was really fun and we also got to see two of our friends dance/sing in the shows that are performed there.  Overall, it was an amazing day, but the day didn't end there because I left that night with my family for Virginia for a family wedding. :)
This would be us on the first drop of Raging Bull - clearly you can tell because I'm terrified.
Glad Tim didn't drop the camera.
In front of the carousel at Six Flags
So, next stop on my vacation..Richmond, Virginia.  We (my dad) drove straight through the night and we arrived in Richmond around lunch time, just in time to eat and take a much needed nap.  Although, if you ask my dad, it wasn't a much needed nap for me because I slept the whole way to begin with. :)  Anyway, it was a wonderful weekend.  The wedding was beautiful and the reception was a blast.  Best part about the reception, besides the food company was the photo booth!  It was a blast and my sister, cousins, and I had a lot of fun dressing up in silly hats and taking pictures.  Also, of course, it was really fun seeing all of my family because I don't get that many opportunities to see them lately!
My family and I doing the photo booth..clearly we weren't ready for the second picture.
(You're welcome for posting this online)
The next morning we left to head back to Illinois..oh, by the way, gas is cheap on the East coast, but that good price wasn't really useful when a ton of gas stations were closed due to power loss from a storm that went through. power = no air conditioning and no fans!  Anyway, on that Monday, I was lucky enough to watch my brother-in-law get sworn into a the Elk Grove Village Police Department.  It was cool because they did a small Powerpoint on the department and some of their famous cases they've handled and then we got a tour of the department. :)  I had one more free day with my family before heading back to Kenosha, so what better way to spend it than running errands with my mom and sister and going to see Magic Mike in theaters.  To be honest though, in my opinion, that movie was NOT all it was cracked up to be.  Like I would be okay with never seeing it again, but that's just me.  If you saw it, let me know what you thought.  Anyway, I headed back to Kenosha just in time for the 4th of July.  Although that unfortunately meant that I was missing seeing my mom on her birthday, but I still had a fun Kenosha 4th!  I went to the beach two separate times, went to a cook out, and watched fireworks over the lake with my friends!  It was a great day and I got all rested up that night to start work again the next day after being gone for a week.
Fireworks over Lake Michigan
Okay, anyway, before this blog post turns into a novel, I'm going to stop it here now.  I realize that I'm only caught up to the 4th, but get excited for the next post because I still have a lot of exciting things to talk about, like camping and cross-stitching. :)  Sounds thrilling, right?!  Goodbye for now! :)