Whew! July flew right by. Here’s a review of our adventures

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I know I’ve not been sharing a lot of thots here lately but it’s a good reason. I’ve been busy living life instead of writing about it, I guess! I kept planning to write individual blogs about each adventure but decided to just sum up July all at once.

We celebrated at home and really enjoyed it. We bought fireworks and also went to the Elkins fireworks show.

I made this Flipagram of the Elkins fireworks

As I said, we also bought fireworks. John found some that reminded him of his childhood.
Fireworks John

Of course I wanted sparklers!
Sparkler

We also took a trip to Wichita to see my family and attend my cousin’s wedding. If you want to get technical, Rebecca is my cousin’s daughter but that still makes her my cousin! I remember when she was born so it was cool to see her get married.

The big moment
The big moment

We also got to spend a little time with other relatives including playing my absolute favorite game: Hand and Foot.
playing cards

Here’s a shot of the two of us at the reception:

I love this shot of us even if the lighting is weird. This is from my cousin's wedding reception.
I love this shot of us even if the lighting is weird. This is from my cousin’s wedding reception.

I also participated in the Captivating Heart International Tea Bazaar. It’s the annual fundraiser for the Captivating Heart Women’s Retreat (please come!). This year instead of a “ladies tea” theme, we went international! We each took a different tea from a different culture and made that with corresponding food. We tried to dress in the way that reflected the culture of our tea as much as possible.

I made Thai Milk Tea. I left out the sugar and that made it come out totally wrong. Next time I will use the sugar! I just thought that was the Americanized version of it but I was wrong. The thick layer on top is the coconut milk and half and half. The spring rolls were a huge hit, though!
I made Thai Milk Tea. I left out the sugar and that made it come out totally wrong. Next time I will use the sugar! I just thought that was the Americanized version of it but I was wrong. The thick layer on top is the coconut milk and half and half. The spring rolls were a huge hit, though!
A closer look at the Thai Milk Tea and spring rolls.
A closer look at the Thai Milk Tea and spring rolls.

Most of the month I was busy with the WordCamp Fayetteville team. WordCamp Fayetteville is a group I’ve been involved with for several years. We organize a WordCamp, which is a weekend conference for WordPress users (If you are reading this blog, you are reading a blog powered by WordPress).

WordCamp Fayetteville sign

There were glitches with the planning this year and they had to appoint a new lead organizer with less than two months before the event. We had to start from scratch and basically did most of the work in the last three weeks before the event! Whew! It was crazy but worth it. We are already planning to start in February for the 2016 conference so we can do even better.

This is most members of the planning committee for WordCamp Fayetteville. We were tired but glad it went so well!
This is most members of the planning committee for WordCamp Fayetteville. We were tired but glad it went so well!

Hmmmmm….. what else happened in July?

The first Whataburger in the state of Arkansas opened in Fayetteville. It had lines going a mile or so down the street for the few couple of weeks and still needed cones and directed traffic many weeks later.
The first Whataburger in the state of Arkansas opened in Fayetteville. It had lines going a mile or so down the street for the few couple of weeks and still needed cones and directed traffic many weeks later.
We went to the 112 Drive In Movie Theater. It was my first time in a drive-in since Free Willy came out in the early 1990s. It was FUN but HOT! We saw Inside Out (fantastic) and Jurassic World (so so).
We went to the 112 Drive In Movie Theater. It was my first time in a drive-in since Free Willy came out in the early 1990s. It was FUN but HOT! We saw Inside Out (fantastic) and Jurassic World (so so).

I also spent a lot of time dealing with health issues, but I’m always doing that, aren’t I?

Things got a little serious when I reflected on our nation and freedom in this blog.

I plan to update this blog more often but thanks for checking in with me on July!

 

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