Dance the Night Away (x2)

Hey Everyone!

This past weekend was an absolute blast! On Friday night Volunteer Services put on a dance at Evergreen Commons, an activity center for senior citizens. There were about 200 people there total from both Hope and local retirement homes. I could not believe how much fun I had at a dance with senior citizens. The DJ did an awesome job of playing both contemporary and classic songs. We learned some line dances, and he taught the wobble. I was impressed at how low some of the senior citizens got on the dance floor haha. It was fun to see older women dancing with Hope guys and older men dancing with Hope girls. There were also some awesome snacks and refreshments, and the Hawaiian theme decorations looked great. Since I am on Volunteer Services I was able to help pick out the decorations for the dance. I think everyone had a lot of fun at the dance, and it turned out to be a great fun success.

Some of the senior citizens hitting the dance floor

Lovely Hope ladies

On Saturday night, there was a dance on campus called Club Durf. Club Durf dances are nothing like a typical high school dance. In my opinion they are much more fun. Basically people dress in creative outfits and dance crazily. Saturday’s dance theme was thrift store prom night. Sadly, I did not have time to go to the thrift store so I just picked out a couple of random items from my closet.

I always get a great workout after Club Durf. I feel more worn out after dancing than I do running. After Club Durf we watched The Little Rascals in my friend’s room then crashed.

Ready for Club Durf

This was definitely a great weekend full of activities and fun. I’m starting to feel sad that school is winding down. I cannot believe Easter is already this weekend! I am super excited to spend some time at home with my family and friends.

Have a great week!

***CoLLeeN***

Can I get a YEE-HAW?

Howdy Ya’ll!

Hope’s homecoming weekend kicked off the right way this Friday night with a Hoedown! The hoedown consisted of hayrides, farm animals, swing dancing, hot apple cider, snacks, and a bonfire. This is my favorite Hope event of the year, and it is the perfect fall event! My personal favorite part of the night consisted of learning new swing dances. I am not the most coordinated person, so dancing is not my forte. However, I enjoyed watching everyone at Hope College dance. We did a group circle dance where people changed partners every 30 seconds. It was so funny watching everyone dance and trying to stay in sync with one another.

Another fun part about the hoedown was crawling through a hay maze in complete darkness, but it took me awhile to find my way out. Once I finished the hay maze I petted some goats, horses, cows, and even held a baby rabbit. After hanging out with the animals, I went on the hayride with a group of friends. We finished off the night with some final dancing.

Once I arrived back at Hope, my roommate and I had a great conversation and stayed up talking for a while. I really enjoy our late night talks, I am so thankful for our friendship. 

My friend grace with her new goat friend!

Amy and Grace with a horse

Some friends just dancing crazy

Have a fun week!

Tulip Time!

Hey Everyone!

I hope you all are doing well. I am still in Holland because I am taking a May term. Quite a few students stick around Holland during the summer. May terms are a great way to earn credits in a short time period. I am taking an Entrepreneurship class, which so far has been great.

My first week has been very exciting because Tulip Time occurred in Holland. I never experienced anything quite like Tulip Time. There were parades, Dutch dancers with people dressed in Dutch costume with wooden shoes, fair vendors who sold yummy fair food, tulips all over the place, fireworks, fair rides, and much more. Holland’s streets were packed with people coming from all over to enjoy Tulip Time. It is something very unique and kind of hard to describe.

Despite the cold winter, the tulips all around town look beautiful. I love running and looking at all the different types of tulips lined up along the streets.

Thankfully Holland’s weather cooperated for Tulip Time. It was in the 80s for most of the week. I was worried that summer never would come in Holland, but it definitely was plenty hot for me.

Well, I recommend that everyone experience Tulip Time at some point. The rest of my family already has planned to attend it next May. I hope you all have wonderful weeks!

CoLLeeN

Beautiful Tulips!