Last Wednesday was spent with my extra-extra-special friend Abigail. We had kinda been through a tough time in our friendship recently, and there were things we wanted to talk about--and we wanted to just hang out again because it had been awhile. So we went to the park by her house and talked and laughed and--can you guess?--took pictures. All photos in this post are from that day [watermarked = mine, not-watermarked = Abigail's]. I'll post more of our actual selves later, perhaps.
little kids + disney.
Babysitting. All day. I have a summer job doing babysitting/nannying for two adorable kids. Leah is seven and can be a little demanding, but she's sweet. Ian is three or four [I can't remember...] and most of the time, an angel. Oh yeah--and they usually have the Disney Channel on all.day.long.
plans + phantom.
My sister and I had been planning on getting together with Rebekah and Hadassah to watch The Phantom of the Opera for ages, ever since seeing Rebekah's high school's performance of it. I own the movie, but they had never seen it before. Thursday we finally got to see it together. It was a blast, and after listening to all of that awesome Phantom music, we ended up looking up Glee songs once it ended. ;P
movie + relating.
Friday evening was epic. First of all, my mom actually trusted me to drive all by my lonesome for the first time since I got my license--at least, to somewhere more than two minutes away. I met my friend Emily and we went to the mall to window shop, eat frozen yogurt, and see the new X-Men: First Class. I really, really liked it. A LOT. You can be sure to hear more about that later. Then Em and I spent some good quality time talking. She's just about the only one in the world who I know can relate to a major life issue I have. And that's good for me.
power loss + games.
After Friday's beautiful thunderstorm, our power was out all day Saturday. What a pain. But it gave me time to start reading Jane Austen's Mansfield Park and to play good, ol'-fashioned card/board games with my little sisters.
play + fivesome.
The fantabulous fivesome [myself, Cassie, Abigail, Hannah, and Esther] planned to go see the play The Scarlet Pimpernel on Saturday evening. It was at an outdoor theatre in a park, performing for free. The Scarlet Pimpernel being one of my all-time favorite books, I certainly enjoyed the play. Afterwards we spontaneously decided to have a sleepover, so we all crashed at Abigail's house for the night.
friends + food.
Hannah goes to the same church as Cass and me, but Abigail and Esther go to a different church--a church where I know basically all the people. So on Sunday, we went with Abigail's family to church, where I got to see a large number of my friends. Then I headed to a friend's grad party, where there was good food, crayons to color with, and many of the same friends. And Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day.
missions + chores.
This summer I'm volunteering in something known as Somali Summer Club at my church. It's basically a missions/VBS program for Somali refugee kids downtown. I had a training meeting Sunday night before falling into bed. Only to be awoken Monday morning by knowledge that my mom is on her major "scour the whole house" kick and I had things to do.
working + smiles.
Working on editing massive amounts of photos--which is fun, I might add [Photoshop, I love you]. Working on keeping two little kids entertained all day...without the Disney Channel, preferably.
And smiling because I have more friends to see, more grad parties to go to, more food to eat, more songs to sing, and more memories to make.