Hello from Destin, Florida!!! My family and I decided to take a vacation here after I got mono. We were going to go to Costa Rica, but with all my sickness troubles, we didn’t want to go out of the country in case that happened. It turns out everything happens for a reason, because Costa Rica is actually being hit with a huge hurricane right now. Granted, so is Florida, but clearly we aren’t getting any of it in Destin- it’s all sun and surf!
We rented a house in the village ‘Terra Cotta’ for the week, and it’s very cute. Even better though, the beach is only a two minute walk away, and there are probably at least half a dozen restaurants all within walking distance of the house. So far we have gone to Kenny D’s, Backyard Burger, and Whale Tail. Kenny D’s has been the favorite so far- I got a mahi mahi sandwhich and it was DELICIOUS! We had burgers for lunch from the fast food joint, Backyard Burger. I am totally not a fast food kind of gal, but these were not greasy and gross at all. Each patty was hand shaped and the burgers looked like the did on the picture- big fluffy buns and fresh thick lettuce. Whale Tail was probably not the best place… It was really overpriced, especially considering they served everything on paper plates. The food was okay, just not what we were expecting.
Aside from all the food fun, we also have an outlet mall right near the house that keeps screaming, “Shop here!” At some point during the week we will hopefully get a shopping day. Even if we don’t go to the outlets, there are lots of souvenir shops around here- I am definitely going to get a Destin t-shirt.
Surprisingly, I haven’t gotten too burnt yet (knock on wood). I got more burnt this past Saturday at Allatoona High School’s graduation. It was the first full graduation class of Allatoona, and it was the first year they did graduation in the football stadium. I played in the symphony orchestra so I could watch graduation, but boy was it hot! Despite my sunscreen reapplication every half an hour, I still got fried. But it was worth it to see some awesome people graduate high school. Ryan Manning was in ROTC and he got a very special military award after the graduation ceremony. My best friend’s brother, Brad Gerke, gave an amazing speech as saludictorian- it was better than the valedictorian’s speech and the class president’s speech combined! I didn’t ever get a chance to get to know him, but I know Jessie is going to miss him a lot, and I know he is going to do awesome things with his future. Then I watched Blake Bramblett, Olivia Stell, and Amanda Turner receive their high school diplomas. These girls are absolutely amazing! They kept up with me in the hospital, are beautiful girls inside and out, and got to start the FCA program at Allatoona. Lastly, some awesome band kids said goodbye to their high school years. Melanie Abel, Anthony Alfieri, Evan Lebish, Ryan Barrett, Aurora Cardella, Marcus Porch, Gabby Corrotto, and Nick Mcann were just a few. I am going to miss each of these seniors dearly… Allatoona won’t be the same without them.
Oh! And the Saturday before that, I went to the band banquet. All of the band kids, marching band and concert band, bring food and everyone enjoys the pot luck dinner. The band directors also give out awards. I was chosen by all of my peers to be the VIP of the season. I got a standing ovation from everyone, and I felt so incredibly honored. It was an amazing feeling to have so many people believe I was inspirational to them.
During the last week of school, I went to Allatoona to spend the day with my friends. I picked up my yearbook and got everyone to sign it. I also did my band audition that determines by chair placement, so we’ll see how that goes… Considering I hadn’t played my clarinet since September, I guess it wasn’t bad. But, I definitely still should have practiced more… Ah well- It’s in the past, and I honestly don’t care what chair I get. As long as I can still be in band, I don’t really care
I think that sums up everything I have done lately!! I still feel like I’m forgetting something though….
Oh yeah! I remember now!
I AM NOW ONE OF THE DRUM MAJORS OF THE ALLATOONA BUCCANEER MARCHING BAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so incredibly excited to be a drum major with Ryan Ricker and Nolan Edwards!!! This marching season is gonna be great!
I know everyone else is just getting out for the summer and is happy that school is over, but I, on the other hand, cannot wait till it starts. Some time in June I have a meeting with the counselors to register for classes, and I am super excited for that. Plus, I get several weeks in Pennsylvania after I get home from Florida- Getting to see my grandparents when I am healthy and out of the hospital will be so wonderful.