Synchronized swimming-family style

Hello friends!

I thought I would share something super cute!

Doesn’t summer remind you of the olympics? Well last week when my family went to Wyoming for my grandfather’s funeral and my family reunion, a few of us congregated at the same hotel with a pool and needed to create some fun after my grandpa’s viewing the first night.

We got the funny idea to create a synchronized routine similar to the olympics!

We practiced and practiced! Two grandkids, two daughters and one son in law including myself performed the routine flawlessly and my son in law set it to music.

See for yourself our gold medal winning family synchronized swimming routine complete with one shower cap and two life jackets!

Enjoy!

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Bucket List

Hello friends!

Summer is flying by and I’ve been super busy!

I did something brave last week, I jumped off a bridge into a lake (Palisades Reservoir) It was part of our summer family reunion activities โค๏ธ we also floated down Salt River but no video (lots more fun)

I didn’t know it was on my bucket list; I’ve never jumped off a bridge before. I’ve never jumped off a cliff before.

I don’t know why, now that I’m older, I’m doing all these things? Maybe age causes brain damage??

Apparently there is a correct way to jump off a bridge into water. Who knew?? Not me ๐Ÿคจ and oddly enough I did not ask questions.

It was a high bridge (high to me) in a little cove of the reservoir I often played in while growing up. I learned to water ski there when I was young. I personally still like water skiing better ๐Ÿ˜Š

Apparently one should point the toes, drop in the water straight, with your arms high above your head coming to a point or dive like Greg Louganis (but I can’t do that!) LOL

So I just jumped off when I gathered the courage. My left arm was out to my side with my elbow bent. My right arm tried to plug my nose but missed as the force of the water whipped my hand up and I scratched my own forehead. The water was pretty deep and took awhile to rise to the surface and I had a feeling I would drown (panicked).

But I have it on video that I was brave so I never have to do it again. Thankfully my left arm isn’t hurting so bad anymore ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

I hope you enjoy my video- bridge jumping

Summer Hair (I got a wig)

Hello friends and happy weekend!

I know I told you I would share my wardrobe tricks while on vacation in Peru, but something else happened!

While in Peru, I wore my two halo pieces every day until about 9pm. Normally at home I take them both off when I get off work. I do this because one piece attaches on top of my head with a monofilament wire, although maybe the hair is too heavy because this wire has been digging into my head, leaving a dent and sometimes causes my scalp to bleed. It’s been painful.

I’ve been wearing both of my halo pieces daily because for the last several months, my hair has been falling out at a terrific pace. It might be stress that made it worse, I honestly don’t know.

So I’ve been thinking of getting another wig. My hair loss was bad about 3 years ago and I got a wig then (it’s a short one though) and I’ve really got attached to long hair. It’s so fun!

So yesterday after work, I went to a local wig store called “Creative Wigs and Hair Replacement”. It’s a new store from the one I visited a few years ago, but I’ve learned since then not to be afraid of a wig store. The employees are so kind and just there to help women or men. (I think most women wear wigs due to hair loss and the employees are so sweet, some of them experiencing the same thing)

I was originally trying to find a wig similar to my halo (s). I tried on several. I think the human hair wigs were very nice and look super natural although they are VERY expensive -$2500. So I thought that was out of the market.

But then I tried on a really cute wig, it’s a tiny bit shorter, still long hair, kind of a beachy type of style……and it’s blonde!

So… I decided I love it and it doesn’t hurt my head! Yay! I also don’t have to worry about my hair loss because with a wig I don’t depend on my hair to hold the thing in place. I’m super happy and wanted to share my new look with you! Plus it’s summer and that calls for lighter hair! Now I just have to figure out how my drastic hair color change will work with my clothes! ๐Ÿ˜‚ first world problems am I right??

Happy summer everyone!

If any of you are struggling with this same thing, hair loss- please know there are lots of options and it helps so much. Don’t be afraid to visit your local hair/wig store! Be brave โค๏ธ

Vacation Time

Hello Friends and happy Wednesday!

Holy cow it has been a minute right??

I went on vacation the middle of June and am almost caught back up.

My husband and I went on a wonderful trip to Peru! It was amazing friends! If you’re ever able to make it, you should!

Our itinerary: We flew to Lima and spent the day touring the city, we then flew to Cusco-drove south of Cusco to Aqua Caliente where we stayed for three nights.

We visited the remains of a temple at Ollantatambo, stopped to sample barbecued guinea pig, hiked remains of a temple at Pisaq and visited a silver smithing store and a world famous potter-Gemanario- where we got my husband a gorgeous wall sconce for father’s day (he spent the rest of our trip carrying it around all boxed up LOL-but it got home in one piece).

We then took an amazing day to see Machu Picchu (the bus ride up the mountain with all the crazy switchbacks was wild!) and it was breathtaking, I can’t explain how mind boggling it is to actually see in person!

The next day we spent exploring temple ruins (several) in Cusco including Qoricancha, stopped at a Llama farm, and explored Cusco on foot outside of our tour company. That was fun and Cusco is a fabulous city.

The next day we flew from Cusco to Juliaca which is a much higher elevation and we drove through the countryside (visiting a family farm and ruins of a pre incan burial ground before we made our way to Puno (elevation 13,500) right on the edge of Lake Titicaca. I had a little bit of altitude sickness that day and spent some time with oxygen in the morning and at night to help adjust. We took a boat ride out on the lake to visit the Uros floating Islands which was way way cool and then we were out in the body of the lake and far far in the distance, we could see the side of Bolivia.

That night we took a taxi into Puno and ate at a fun Chinese restaurant (yes in Peru-only two chinese people in all of Puno!) and made our way back to the hotel through a group of people protesting in front of a court building. That was interesting, I heard a couple of people say “gringos” LOL but we were safe!

The next morning we began our two day flight back to the USA. We flew from Juliaca to Cusco, Cusco to Lima, Lima to LA and LA to SLC. We had a nine hour layover in Lima and a six hour layover in LA.

Finally we made it home and I was tired, but we sure had fun! It was an amazing trip and I love the country of Peru!

I hope you enjoy some of my pictures!

(Another post later this week will address my wardrobe issues while on this trip ๐Ÿ˜‚)!