Vacation 2019 {Part 2)

Hello, dears!

I’m back with the second part of our recent vacation! I’m super excited about this post because 1) I got tons of pictures of the most gorgeous surprise party + my best friend Aria, and 2) I MADE A VIDEO! I sneakily took clips of most of the things we did that weekend and compiled them for Aria after I got back. I hope you enjoy watching that at the end of the post as well as browsing through the photos. πŸ™‚

But before you get started,Β an announcement:Β My friend Amanda and I are starting a podcast about books! πŸ˜€ You can find out more about it and about us by listening to the first episode here. If you ever wondered what I sound like, well now you can know! πŸ™‚ Also go follow Amanda’s blog while you’re at it, because it’s excellent. ❀

Now, onto the post.Β Please read this on my site for best formatting results.

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Sweet Sixteen Barn Dance

Hello, dears!

Remember how one of our friends had a barn dance at our shop last year for her birthday party? Well, this year we did it again and it was SO much fun! The shop was a mess, so it was a good thing we had a dance motivating us to clean it up. πŸ˜› I took plenty of pictures throughout the preparation and actual party, of course, and I hope you guys enjoy browsing through them!

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Summer Barn Dance

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Hello, dears!

Just a few weeks ago, we had the privilege of hosting a barn dance in celebration of our friend Sam’s (Samantha’s) birthday! It took a while to prepare for, but we all absolutely LOVED the dance. πŸ˜€ It was the first one our family had been to.

Sam wanted Megan and I to take some pictures, and of course we happily obliged. πŸ˜‰ Today I’m going to show you a few of my favorite photos, from decorations to dancing. Enjoy!

I got to help with the decorating, which was super fun. πŸ™‚ At first we tried hanging streamers from the loft, but it was too damp and humid and they just sort of hung there limply. So we took them down. But while we were hanging them we found this gorgeous moth! Isn’t it striking?


Don’t these blue gingham tablecloths go perfectly with the barn dance/birthday/picnic atmosphere?

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Our magnolia tree is blooming, so Megan suggested we use some of the flowers for the table. I’m so glad we did, because I had no idea they’d be this beautiful! And they smell amazing.


Unfortunately theyΒ are rather prone to closing up into buds, but they’re still pretty that way too. πŸ™‚

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We also had bouquets of ferns from our woods, chamomile daisies from our pastures, and larger daisies that Sam brought, which they had dyed blue with food coloring! πŸ˜€

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I enjoyed making “place cards” for the food, even if I didn’t get around to labelingΒ everything. πŸ˜‰

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Sam brought these lovely stamped paper fans (because boy was it hot that day!).

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She also brought a bunch of paper medallions and some balloons to hang from the loft. They looked so pretty!

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They set the speakers and such on haybales, which made it seem more like a barn dance. πŸ˜€

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Hee hee, I quite like this picture of Sam’s sister Jesse.Β  πŸ˜€

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And this one of Sam. πŸ™‚

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Oh, and it was so funny – Sam and I wore almost the EXACT same outfit! Identical shirts and only a tiny bit different skirts. XD She was going to do my hair to match hers too, but we ran out of time, so it kind of looks like an octopus in these pictures. O.o Next time I shall remember to put it back before the dance. XD

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Megan took the picture before and this picture from the loft. Aren’t they so neat?

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Okay, now we’re finally ready for the barn dance part! One of the ladies from church was the “caller,” who patiently instructed all the dozens of people in how to do each dance. We learned the dance slowly first, without music, and then did it once or twice with music before learning a new dance.

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For each dance, we lined (or circled) up in the middle of the shop floor and usually did a short sequence of steps that ended in being whirled off to the next partner, where you repeated the process until the music stopped.

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We learned quite a few dances including the Virginia Reel, the Caroline Promenade, the Spanish Waltz, the Basket Weave, the Snowball Reel, the Patty-Cake Polka, the Posties’ Jig, and one or two more which I don’t remember the names of.

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I think my favorites were the Basket Weave and the Spanish Waltz, although they were all fun.

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I didn’t get pictures of the Posties’ Jig, but HA HA WOW. It was a 10-years-and-up dance for good reason: it had a lot of steps. Our group kind of epically failed at it since we got so mixed up and confused, but it was HILARIOUS. We laughed at ourselves so much. XD

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My brother Logan was my partner for a couple of the dances, which was nice because our heights are a good match. πŸ˜€

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One thing I really like about barn dancing is how changeable it is. You don’t stay with one partner for long, which adds to the excitement (and confusion, but XD).Β It’s also very fast-paced, which makes it feel like a game.

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And I think it’s great that whole families, even younger kids, can participate in most of the dances.

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I’m so glad Sam chose to have a barn dance for her party, and that we got to come. πŸ™‚ Hopefully we can do one again soon!

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So there you have it! At the end of the dance I was EXTREMELY hot and sweaty, and my feet were so sore from going barefoot on concrete for a whole day that I could hardly walk, but it was definitely worth it. XD XD Next time I shall 1) put my hair up and 2) wear shoes. *nods*

Have you ever been to a barn dance? What dance is your favorite (the Virginia Reel, Spanish Waltz, etc.)? Do you have a favorite picture?

Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!