Thanks to minimized screen time and the plethora of Disney posts, we missed out on a whole month of Napp activities to post about. Instead of spreading it out, I’m going to pack it all into one post for you today. Hold on to your hats; we are about to fly through June.
We started off the month by heading up to Mt. Vernon, OH for a wedding. But not just any wedding. In a joining of families long imagined, my cousin married my sister’s best friend (and my honorary second sister). Jim and Brittany were sweet enough to ask me to sing for their ceremony. It was a beautiful day and one of the most fun weddings I have been to. Kevin even got out on the dance floor!
The third weekend in June was filled with community theater performances. Earlier in the spring, I auditioned for a part in our town’s Broadway Revue. I performed as part of the Dance Chorus and also sang a duet (“Goodbye Until Tomorrow/I Could Never Rescue You” from The Last Five Years) with one of my dear friends. I had a lot of fun. I rarely get to perform like this any more, so having the chance to be on stage again was priceless. The highlight was probably being cast as Fantine in the “Les Miserables” medley. I got to sing “I Dreamed a Dream” and a be a part of a beautiful trio at the end.
Also that weekend, we had the pleasure of attending the wedding ceremony of one of Kevin’s coworkers. It was right in town, so we got to go before my Saturday matinée show. I am so glad we did. There’s nothing quite like watching one of your friends experience the same joy you did not too long before.
Back at home, the flowers around our house bloomed beautifully. We inherited some nice landscaping from our home’s previous owners, including some gorgeous lilies and a rose bush. I especially appreciate these features of our house when Kevin clips some flowers and brightens our kitchen with them.
June also brought with it a big event: my parents’ 30th anniversary! Since they are not party people, my sister and I found a different way to honor their life together. We contacted friends and family from over the years and asked them to write a small note of congratulations for my parents. We also gathered pictures from every era of their relationship. The result: this beautiful book. We got it from Milk, which, despite its horrible design interface, really put together a nice product.
The fourth weekend of June found us headed to another family wedding, this time in Georgetown, KY. My cousin Matt and I have always been very close. He and his brother served as ushers for our wedding and I was honored when he and Alyssa asked me to sing for their wedding. I could not possibly be more happy for these two. They both deserve so much love and God has truly blessed them with each other. The wedding was beautiful and a truly worshipful time. It was also super fun to see Jim and Brittany who were just back from their honeymoon. On a completely side note, we stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Georgetown and were really surprised and impressed with how nice it was.
On the way home that night, we visited the drive in movies to see World War Z. Now, we had gone to the drive-in last summer as well. It’s the sketchiest place, but so fun. We had a Groupon for a double feature that included a large popcorn. We didn’t stay for the second movie, which didn’t start until almost midnight, but we enjoyed the inexpensive way to see Brad Pitt’s latest. Only downside: we ran the battery down on our car and had to get someone to jump us before we left. It didn’t turn out to be a problem at all, but it definitely made the night more eventful!
We closed out the month by cashing in a Groupon for a canoe trip down the Little Miami. It was a cool day and we made great time. In fact, upon on return, the staff couldn’t believe how quickly we had done the trip. We’re canoeing champions! You can look for us at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. We had a great time making our way down the river and doing something different.
Oh, and after the canoeing we celebrated our third annual Little Kid Day. This holiday originated when we were dating. It involves eating snacks we ate as children (i.e. juice boxes, Gushers, etc.) and picking a movie we loved as kids. It used to involve making a blanket fort as well, but then we realized that those aren’t nearly as fun when you have to disassemble them yourselves. This day we were inspired by our visit to Disney to watch the classic Swiss Family Robinson.
Also in celebration, I attempted a grown-up version of a meal my mom made when we were little: mac and cheese with smoked sausage on the side. Now, as a kid, I only ate the Kraft blue box mac and cheese; I was long overdue for an upgrade. Martha Stewart’s recipe served the occasion perfectly and was delicious. As with any Martha recipe, it required a good amount of time invested in it, but it was well worth the effort. (I did cut the huge recipe in half and it still was way too much for just us two!)
There’s no denying that we love summer. June encapsulated that perfectly. There is so much to do and we have been staying very busy fitting in as much as we can! July hasn’t slowed down much for us at all, so make sure you keep coming back to see how we’re filling these (finally!) hot days.
What did you do this June? Has your summer been as filled with weddings as ours?