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Week in Review: Enjoying the Last of Summer in the Mountains

I cannot believe it’s August already. How did May and June and July slip away so quickly. I have not quite 3 weeks left here at the YMCA of the Rockies, and then it’s back to teaching, grading, reading, writing…my busy little grad school life.

This past week, I’ve been taking the opportunity to enjoy the blessings of summer in the mountains before I have to say ‘goodbye’ to my life here. (For now. I’m thinking about coming back next summer!) Thank you, as always, to Megan for providing my favorite weekly linkup.

A few days with family: Perhaps the greatest blessing of the week was getting to spend a couple of days with my mom and dad as they passed through YMCA of the Rockies on their summer vacation. We took walks and talked, celebrated my dad’s birthday (and mine and my mom’s, sort of, since we all have birthdays within a month of one another), explored around Estes Park, and ate good food.DSCN1656Plus…

An adventure: Mom and I left early Tuesday morning for a guided hike up Deer Mountain. It was cool and very hazy in the park, probably in part from smoke blowing in from the big fire up in Wyoming. Still, it felt good to be out, use my legs, meet some cool people, and see some incredible views.DSCN1661A doctor’s appointment for a dear friend: My ever-reliable Honda got in for a new air conditioning compressor, funded by a grant from Parent Financial Aid. It was my mom’s vehicle before mine, and we both want the best for it.

A goodbye, and a welcome: Mom also helped clean up the apartment in preparation for my new roommate to move in at the beginning of August. It was hard to say goodbye to Michelle, whose been a wonderful friend, but it will also be exciting to welcome a new fiction student and teaching assistant to Ft. Collins.

Michelle in her platypus costume.

Michelle in her platypus costume. She will be missed!

A couple blog posts: I put out a What I Ate Wednesday and a Caterpillar Crawl for the month of July.DSCN1672A moment of beauty: On Friday night, back up at the YMCA after my parents had departed, I joined three other Y staff for sunset yoga up at Overlook Chapel. A lot of couples get married at this outdoor chapel–it costs at arm and a leg, but the view is stunning. 🙂 Not only was it a very refreshing and energizing practice, but the weather couldn’t have been better.DSCN1687A dance party: I also finished off the week on Saturday night with a little dance party. A few staff had organized Saturday night swing dance, but only a few of the staff new any actual “swing dance.” It was fun, though–I taught a lot of staff the basic step, and then after about 9, they put on some hip hop and we danced to that. 🙂

What has been the greatest blessing of your summer?

Do you get to see your parents (or adult children) on a regular basis? What do you like to do together?

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10 comments

  1. Wow that view is stunning. I can see why you want to go back next summer. Heck, I want to go work there. 🙂

    I’m glad you got to spend some time with your parents. It’s always good to be with family, especially when hikes, pizza and birthday celebrations are involved.

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up.

    1. Joyce says:

      Come visit, at least! It’s a great place to bring family.

  2. Cora says:

    Sounds like a really awesome week. Especially that sunset yoga session and dance party! Quite jealous of both of these. What a beautiful place you are working. It must have been such a treat for your parents to come visit and see where you spend your time. Also, I really loved your blog posts this week. Have a good one, Joyce, and soak in all that beauty.

    1. Joyce says:

      Thanks, Cora! The sunset yoga was really beautiful–I actually thought of you when I was up there!

  3. Ellie says:

    The greatest blessing of summer has been spending time outside and trying new things. I do not see my parents very often, mostly because we have nothing in common…so when I visit them, it’s Christmas, so we open gifts =P

    1. Joyce says:

      It can be tough not having a lot in common with your parents–but the important thing of course is that they are loving and supportive. I hope they are at least those things for you.

  4. I really loved your blog posts this week. Have a good one, Joyce, and soak in all that beauty

  5. I don’t get to see my parents too often. Every few months I would say. My Mom and I are trying to plan a day trip somewhere where we could meet in the middle and get some quality time in & find a new brunch place!

    That yoga view is beautiful!

    1. Joyce says:

      Awesome!–enjoy brunch with your mom.

  6. I only see my parents a few times a year. We usually try to eat some good food and do some site seeing when they visit. Those views of the mountains are stunning! I would love to do yoga outside like that!

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