Simple Joy Saturday #32

Simple Joy Saturday #32

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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Sorry…I am a little late to posting.  It has been quite the week, and the upcoming week will be even busier!

April 21-27, 2018

1. Songs that recall happy memories.

Do y’all have songs that transport your mind to a time in your past?  It seems like the radio has been playing such songs all week.  I have mentally traveled from my first cheerleading camp to the Grand Canyon with a stop in Victoria, TX.

What songs bring back memories for you?

2. Speaking of  music, this pianist is incredible.

My mom told me that I would regret my childhood refusal to practice the piano…

(…and those ten songs just took me on a mental journey my freshman dorm room to the Woods Family Camp.  After that, I sat in my car for a while, attended a PIU chapel service, arrived back in Tyler, TX, and visited my high school youth group). Music is truly incredible.

3. Coffee-flavored yogurt is back at Aldi. 

Enough said.

 

 

Simple Joy Saturday #31

Simple Joy Saturday #31

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

simple joy saturday logo from kats9lifes

April 21-27, 2018

1. Last weekend, I met a college friend at Pilot Mountain.  We had such a great time hiking and catching up!

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The Pilot

The Pilot

Pilot Mountain State Park

Before you leave, I need to know if I there is a man in these rocks, or if I am just seeing things…

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You see it too, right?  Perhaps he is the pilot that gave Pilot Mountain its name.

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This one time at camp…

This one time at camp…

You cannot converse with me for very long without hearing something about summer camp.  Whether it’s the eight years that I attended youth camp as a child or the three summers that I served as photographer at Pine Cove, camp seems to weasel its way into every discussion.

A favorite activity at most youth camps is the blob.  If you aren’t familiar with blobbing, it essentially consists of a giant inflated pillow in a body of water and a high dive.  One child sits at the end of the pillow, and the other child stands on the high dive.  When the second child jumps down to the pillow, the first child is launched into the air.

I was an average-sized teenager.  Thus, I wasn’t very good at blobbing other campers.  However, I loved sitting at the end of the blob and letting the largest high school guys launch me into the air.

As you can imagine, this didn’t always end well.  For the sake of this story, we need to backtrack to the Friday night before I went to camp in 2012. (Warning: this story is loooooooong, but I will try my best to keep it short)

Lake at High Point Camp

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30 Before 30: Year 3 Review

30 Before 30: Year 3 Review

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On Tuesday, I finished my third year of tackling this list of thirty things I want to do before I turn thirty.  Here’s what happened in year three:

1. I graduated on May 5

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Arizona’s Waiting on These Eyes

Arizona’s Waiting on These Eyes

At the end of every trip, I find photos that don’t really fit with any post.  Like these.

Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo

Most people go to the zoo to see the elephants, the giraffes, or the tigers.  But at the Reid Park Zoo, the birds stole the show.  Majestic peacocks ruled the park.  Frilly flamingos strutted around their island, and cute ducks delivered smiles to all onlookers.