Lantern Fest

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I would like to say this is the most hipster picture I have ever taken and I absolutely love it.

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Lantern Fest is magical, I highly recommend if you have the opportunity to go. I ended up trying for pictures from my big camera and the camera phone and these two were the best to turn out.

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(Little did I know that these would be the last pictures I took with my camera phone as the next morning the phone died.)

This is looking to be a full summer, and May has been a calm before the storm. Here’s to a storm full of adventures and patience for when adventures go awry.


Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Ok. I was #alltheemotions this day.

On our drive to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I tried calling my Grandma to try to talk to her. I talked to my aunt to see if that would be more stressful to have me calling or if it would be ok, and my aunt said it would be ok to call. I couldn’t get ahold of Grandma, but another aunt was staying near Grandpa’s side and I got ahold of her and she asks me ‘do you want to talk to Grandpa?’ The last I had heard was that he probably wasn’t going to make it, I hardly knew how to process this information. But it is a blessing I will never forget. I got to talk to Grandpa, and tell him I love him. That ended up being the last time I got to talk to him.

My emotions were already all over the place because despite everything going on, I was so excited about going to this aquarium. I had gone when I was kid and always wanted to go back.

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A Couple Links

No post last week due to a great party the previous weekend and that’s when I write my posts (generally). A party where the guest room, and couches were full of overnight guests, the sinks were full of dishes, and there was an overflowing of chocolate. And some ale. And homemade chai. All of that and the only picture I took was of the best rice crispies I have ever had:

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To make up, here are the best posts I read last week:

Why Don’t the Guys in my Church Ask Women on Dates?  You guys, when I saw the title to this one, I rolled my eyes and expected it to be a whole lot of the same. But I was pleasantly surprised, and it made me laugh.

Some Thoughts on Adventures “We disvalue the beauty of the in-between chapters of our lives in favor of the highlights. We want to bypass things like plot twists and character development because the epic moments of triumph are what we think makes our stories great, when really, those milestones are just markers in yet another series of twists and turns that are making us who we are in the end.” This post was a great reminder for me that living a life to honor Christ is the greatest adventure, not the next new place to travel.


Movies! Catching up!

This post needs to start with the puppy.

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Drool monsters are not amused at busy schedules that don’t leave as much time for them.

Back to the catching up. In the last few months I had the opportunity to write a few movie reviews for 412teens/GQkidz. Which basically translates into I had a legitimate excuse to go out and see the movies I wanted to see as soon as they came out. Here are my reviews:


How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Fault in Our Stars

I’m writing this post on Saturday, and I have plans to see Guardians of the Galaxy Sunday, and I am very curious as to what I’ll think as I’ve heard mixed reviews.

To go back to my blogging roots, I’m going to give a nutshell of this summer in pictures. Going to make this long and just be done with the catching up.

First and foremost was the wedding.


I was honored to the maid of honor in my friend’s wedding. See those flowers? The bride made all of them. And many, many of the decorations.


I am so blessed for Rose’s friendship, she has been one of the greatest blessings of the last five years.



Shortly before the wedding, I went over to see my dear old friend who recently moved only 5 hours away! That is the closest we have lived to each other in 10 years. I was too busy talking to take more than like three pictures.

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And then there was a mad dash, last minute trip to CA, in which I was only there for about 24 hours before driving back up north. Just enough time for a quick Coffee Bean.

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And a visit to the potato museum as we drove back north. Because, why not?

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Going to bookstores with the little cousins. (Who will all be taller then me by next year, I just know. Except the new one! Because he’s only a couple months old.)

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Glacier Park with Laura! Who was out to visit for almost a whole week!!


We drove the Going to the Sun Road. It was amazing, spectacular.

As summer winds down, I’m sure there will be some more little adventures. But even if not, I will call summer 2014 a success.