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Sunday Afternoon Coffee [Sixty-four]

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, we would be sitting on a patio somewhere. Summer finally showed up around here and it feels so good. The Sexy Master Electrician and I went camping in early May in Yellowstone before all the tourist showed up and it was so great to not be constantly stuck in a traffic jam. We even went to watch Old Faithful go off.
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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you how proud I am about my baby sister graduating from nursing school. I went all the way home and across the state of South Dakota to see her walk an celebrate after 5 years of hard work. Now she just needs to pass her boards and she all set to start her new job. Great work Lil’ S!
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I would also tell you that I am now officially an aunt by blood. Very odd thing, but my little brother just had a massive baby boy named George. Thanks for taking the pressure of me to do such things, Michael!

If we were having coffee I would tell that I am super excited to see Garth Brooks in concert next weekend! My five year old self is freaking out. He was my first crush. I could sing the extra verses of The Thunder Rolls to the radio edited version. This is gonna be amazing.

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Speaking of concerts, there have been quite a few good ones around here lately. In the country world, I just saw Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. I forgot how amazing Faith is and I’m pretty sure she’s gonna have a major come back. Bastille was also in town and had an amazing show with Mondo Cozmo opening. In the fall we have Florida Georgia line with Nelly coming to town. Things are getting interesting.
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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would show you this card I came across that just keeps cracking me up. I am a dork, I know.

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A Trip Home [South Dakota Graduation Weekend]

yeah- we have a road named after us. No big deal.

This weekend my baby sister graduated from high school.  It’s kind of terrifying to think that 10 years ago, I was the one walking across the stage with 33 other people, (she was in a class of 24).  I flew home on Wednesday and my brother and sister picked me up from the airport on their way home.  On Friday, one of my dad’s brothers, Jim, and his family arrived.  I haven’t seen them in nine years, it was so good to see my cousins who are the same age as me and my brother.  My mom’s two brothers and their mom arrived and Friday as well with two more of my cousins.  It’s a good thing our Dunn Grandparents live through the trees, otherwise I don’t know where everyone would sleep and the closest hotels are a half hour away.  Who wants to stay that far from all the fun?

Top: the view from the ’76 Trail
Bottom: All the hikers at the top, Roughlock Falls, and Deadwood.

On Saturday, almost everyone vacated the house so mom and grandma could relax a bit before all the big day and Danielle could finish making the crazy cakes.  Some of us decided to go for a hike in Spearfish Canyon.  The ’76 Trail is only 3/4 mile long, but it gains 1000 ft in elevation.  It’s a bit like walking up a lot of stairs. The view of the canyon from the top is amazing definitely worth it.  We also checked out the beautiful waterfalls nearby. We also took a detour to Deadwood (it’s really just over the hills there) for some old time photos.  I might have to share them when I get them cause let’s face it, they are pretty awesome.

My little baby’s all grown up and going to college!

Sunday we had the final prep for the graduation reception and then enjoying Kristen’s hour long ceremony before hanging out with family eating great food and having fun.

Top: Thanks for the Flip Cup collage cousin Rachel!
Bottom: Rachel and I riding the horse.

Mom and dad decided that they needed to have an Empty Nest party since their last child is finally grown. This some how included horse riding, flip cup with about 20 people, (some where drinking water or pop), and a trip to the water tower  because there’s no place better to look at the stars.

Heading to the water tower- some by 4-wheeler other warm in a pickup.

Looking back, it was a pretty packed and hectic trip with all that went on an all the family that was there, but it was definitely a ton of fun.  Hopefully I will see my cousins a bit sooner than nine years, especially since I really want to check out Austin!