We’ve been bad about blogging. Or good about not spending too much time online. I can’t decide which one… Either way, here are the highlights of our summer. We hope you enjoy the retrospective adventure.
Graduating: the plan. Jake and I have graduated from IU! Jake finished his undergraduate degree in Economics (with Honors) and I finished my Masters degree in Violin Performance with Violin/Viola pedagogy as my outside area (kind of like a minor). It was great having the support of my parents and Mama Frost for the occasion. However, it’s really not all that exciting that we graduated because we’ll be studying at IU for another year. Jake will be taking a couple prerequisites for applying for Masters in Statistics (Yay!! No more Law School plans! = huge sigh of relief due to the current law market), and I will be getting another 1-year-degree called a Performer’s Diploma. It’s really just another year tacked on to my Masters; I’ll be doing most of the same things–private lessons with Mimi, orchestra, chamber music–but I’ll also be able to take viola (very excited) and orchestra repertoire to prepare for professional symphony auditions. #takingadvantageofJacobsSchoolofMusicwhileIcan.
The Carolinas: attack of the nephlings. After graduation (and a $1,200 car repair) we took the 13 hour drive to Greensboro, NC to visit Jake’s sister Jennifer and her husband, Jared, and 6 kids. It was a whirlwind of running around with 5 girls under the age of 9 (and Gibb when he wasn’t busy being a teenager) and eating delicious food. We even managed to convince the triplets that I was once a mermaid but decided to become a human to marry Jake. I think they still believe it. In Greensboro, we also visited the former Woolworth’s diner–now turned museum–where the first sit-ins happened. It was sexy.
After Greensboro we headed to Charlotte where we visited Jake’s brother Paul, his wife Tracie, and their 4 kids. I didn’t know 4 kids could seem manageable, but after hanging out with 6 for a few days, 4 seemed like a piece of pie. We took a tour of the financial district of Charlotte (which apparently is a big deal, I had no idea) where Paul works and visited a couple of museums on civil war history/history of the South.
We then traveled with Paul and Tracie to the beach in South Carolina. It might have not been the most beautiful beach, but it had cool wildlife: dolphins, horseshoe crabs, a bobcat, and….
And the condo we rented had awesome burnt orange shaggy carpet (I forgot to take a picture of that).
We also visited Charleston on the way back. I could spend a week there. Just off of the shore of Charleston lies Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. I probably learned this at one point in Ms. Mackay’s AP US History class, but I had since forgotten it. The architecture of Charleston is something of a mix between colonial and New Orleans.
The Beehive State: the newest Katherine addition. As many of you know, my mom is named Kathryn. I also have a relatively new niece named Katherine (Katie), and now I have a sister-in-law named Katherine. And she’s great. Peter and Katherine’s wedding was very classy, and very very very well organized. Peter gave out schedules that had every activity down to the minute 8:30am-9pm. We had a great time making fun of him for it, but it was actually pretty helpful. (Shh don’t tell him that.) They got married in Provo and had a grand reception in the Springville Art Museum. Now they are in North Carolina. (Another reason to go back and visit? Sure! We’ll take it!)
I forgot to mention. After the wedding, we celebrated by cutting off William’s (Bill) hair. Bill has been one of Peter’s best friends since forever and he had been growing out his hair/beard for… well probably for forever. And finally that night he had had enough. And he trusted me with the honors. Here’s how it turned out; and yes, the two pictures that follow are of the same person and within 2 hours.
Nauvoo; GGGGG uncle/grandpa. Hyrum Smith is my great great great great great grandfather. Which means that Joseph Smith, the illustrious Mormon prophet, is my GGGGG uncle. While I enjoy thinking about that fact, I had never really gotten into church history to learn about how these dudes influenced the early LDS church. So this summer I took it upon myself to read Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Bushman (LDS scholar) and No Man Knows My History by Fawn Brodie (ex-LDS woman and historian) to get two well-different but well-informed accounts of the beginnings of the Church. If you have a lot of time on your hands, and the patience to read pretty dense historical accounts, these are interesting reads! I found out all sorts of totally crazy, as well as awe-inspiring, things about the early Mormon church. But that is perhaps for another post.
In the middle of this, Jake and I were invited to join our church’s youth program as the leaders from our ward (or congregation) to go to Nauvoo: the central established LDS city from 1839-1849ish. We mostly pawned our kids off onto other groups with their friends and did our own thing. Our favorite was the Community of Christ tour (formerly called the RLDS church). We saw where Joseph and Hyrum would hide for days/months when officials came looking to arrest them, all sorts of original pieces of furniture and Smith family heirlooms, the room on the top of the Red Brick Store where many of the first religious ceremonies were held, and the final resting place of Joseph, Hyrum, and Emma (Joseph’s wife, who later re-married and stayed in Nauvoo.)
Olympics: I have a crush on Rupino/Wambach. I decided that I wasn’t going to let the Olympics go by this year so I made US women’s soccer my sport to follow. And I was not let down. In the semifinals, the US pulled off a 4-3 win in what is one of the best soccer games I have ever watched. Here are the highlights. Watch them.
More Midwest: KY, IL. After another $400 car repair (Reggie: if you drain any more money from us we’ll take you to the dump, just like all of the appliances in The Brave Little Toaster), we went to Louisville, KY to go see Mumford and Sons in concert with some friends. Here’s the thing about M&S. They only really do 2 kinds of songs. But they do those 2 songs really really well. So we had a good time.
I also went back to Illinois–this time to the Windy City– to visit Kellee, my longtime friend from high school. I love that I’m still in touch with a handful of my best friends from Timpview. Especially when one of them lives right in downtown Chicago-2 blocks from Millennium Park and every shopping center that you could ever want…Can someone say hole burned through my wallet? Kellee and her husband, Harold, also have a RIDICULOUSLY CLEAN apartment. The minute I touched down in Bloomington I bought a bunch of cleaning supplies and organizing bins. We’re not quite living in filth, but we have some improving to do.
That’s all, folks. If you’re still reading, it must be 3 am and you must be finding any excuse not to go to bed.