Summertime and a new house means lots of fun and lots of work, and sometimes both! Summer is a great time to catch up with friends and family.
It all started out with a "man's weekend" in Utah with some college buddies. We stayed in a camp trailer at a campground that had a pool, basketball court, and a pickleball court. If you have never tried playing pickleball, I would definitely recommend it, especially if you are trying to play it in 20 mph winds. Awesome weekend with some great friends. Below is a picture of Sam, me, Phil, Danny, and Rich after eating some great Mexican food.
While I went to Utah, Natali took the opportunity to go to New York and visit her good friend Leanna. Here they are in Grand Central Station.
And here they are in front of a stained glass window at the MET.
And of course you can't visit New York without going to see a Broadway show. They decided to see Wicked.
We were able to spend a lot of time with some Jeff and Renee, some good friends here in Dallas. We took a painting class together, went to the Greek festival, and had a water balloon fight at their house before taking advantage of their community pool. It has been so great to make such fun friends.
And then I had to get to work. Having a new house means lots of projects around the house. I planted a garden.
I set up our home projector and surround sound in our media room.
I tore out some carpet and turned a room into a dance/karaoke room.
Of course, I had to try it out. Yep, still got it.
We got new furniture, so our bedroom had to be repainted.
And with a new house comes lots of decorating. Natali convinced her mom to come out and help her with some of the decorating and picking out some furniture.
Here is one room after some decorating help from Launa.
Dan and Launa came and enjoyed some nice Dallas weather. Launa helped Natali pick out furniture and decorations and Dan got to fly to Dallas.
And Tracie and Natali really tested out the karaoke room.
Happy to be home owners!
Then in October, we traveled to St George for Tracie's farewell.
We are so proud of this girl for making the decision to serve the Lord. Putting off school, career, dating, and everything else is not an easy thing to do. She will be in Paris, France for 18 months!