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"You never know what the day will bring!"
I don't think I've ever had a month where I didn't look back and say, "It was a busy month!" July is no exception.
July 3rd, my dad and I went cherry picking one last time at Villa Del Sol in Leona Valley. It was definitely the end of the season. A majority of the cherries were past their peak but we still managed to get plenty of good ones. We pitted and froze the ones we weren't going to eat right away. It'll be wonderful to be able to bake a cherry cobbler with those cherries once the weather cools off.
I celebrated Independence Day with Monica and her parents at Ryan M.'s parents' house. It was a lot of fun - volleyball in the pool, barbecue for dinner, and plenty of fireworks.
The next day, my dad and I went up to Wrightwood's Mountaineer Days festival. It's always fun to go to a fest. We hung out by the Oscar Mayer weenie mobile and then went on a hay ride pulled by a Jeep festooned in patriotic ribbons and decorations. After that we wandered around the fest, taking it all in before having lunch and a refreshing iced tea at the Village Grind.
The following week was, frankly, insane. Tuesday the 8th through Sunday the 13th I was out every single night. Tuesday I went west coast swing dancing at the Hacienda near LAX. Wednesday was my normal west coast swing dance class. Thursday I went to the Atomic Ballroom in Irvine with my dance sista, Sandy, for more west coast swing. I stayed the night at her place which was a good thing, because we didn't get in 'til the wee hours! The next day we spent listening to '80s music and laying out by the pool. It was relaxing and so much fun! Friday evening I went out for dinner (Kinetic Brewing Co.) and a movie ("Fault in Our Stars") with JoAnna and her husband's cousin. Saturday the 12th I went with Monica and her parents to a Phil Vassar concert at Marie Kerr park. I'd never heard of him before but he puts on one heck of a show, especially if you're into country music! And really, summer just isn't complete without attending one of Marie Kerr Park's Starlight Series concerts. :) To wrap up the week, Sunday I went with my dance sistas Lisa, Angie, Genevieve, and Sandy (and Sandy M. - there are two!) to Clubhouse in Placentia. Lisa, Sandy, Sandy M. and I took a great semi-private workshop from pro Rachel (I feel terrible that I can't remember her name at the moment!), who gave us some fantastic styling pointers.
It was a great week!
Monday the 14th I took a break. It was actually really nice to have a night in after being out so much.
The next day I was back out again. I went with Lisa to her private lesson in Hollywood (Lisa and fellow dance family member, Jason D. are competing in American Smooth this November). We met up with Jason's mom and sister to hang out and watch the lesson. The venue itself was amazing, harkening back to Hollywood's more glamorous era. It was great to meet the instructors, pros Jonathan and Lorena, too.
After the lesson it's Lisa and Jason's tradition to get boba smoothies. I'd never had one before. It was de-lish!
From there we went to the Hacienda but didn't stay long before heading back home.
Things settled down for a little bit after that. On July 19th, my parents and I went to the beach.
The following week, on Weds. the 23rd, the dance family got together at Bex to celebrate Lisa's and Angie's birthdays. From there we went to class, which was followed by froyo. It was such a fun night! Everyone had a great time and we were all a little crazier than usual with the celebratory vibe in the air.
Tuesday, July 29th, I met Joyce in Summerland and picked up Ryan. (Ryan's cousin, Sarah, came along, too.) It was so great to see him again! I always feel like a part of me is missing when Ryan's gone.
That pretty much wraps up July. Below are photos from the month. A lot of them are fun candids I didn't mention in this post, so be sure to take a look. :)