Monday, March 31, 2014

just chillin on a cow

i've realized that i'm a huge fan of denver.
honestly, it's almost embarrassing and almost shameful because i brag about my city all the time. maybe to the point where it sounds precocious...
regardless, when we were home for spring break, i was able to take my friends around the city. it was so wonderful.
and of course we had to visit the big metal cows outside of the art museum while we were there. i'm sure these cows have some sort of story behind them, but frankly, i just find it hilarious that there are two large cows watching over the art museum at night.
oh, and we had to take an obligatory photo on the mile high step at the capital. legend tells that the step is exactly a mile above sea level.. (or in reality it's a mile above sea level. whatever. the step is cool.)

 ^^ see? one mile up. it was a momentous occasion.^^

denver, i still miss you and can't wait to see you again. being away from home always makes me appreciate it a little more.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

pikes peak

so, in true blogger fashion, here's another photo dump from the day we went to Pikes Peak!
friends bought us tickets to take the cog up to the peak, which was so kind of them, and such a fun ride! our guide was very informative and the view from the top was... well, incredible, to say the least. supposedly you can see the curvature of the earth from the top (i've never been able to see it, but i think that's just me and my crazy eyes).
after spending time on the mountain we explored the cute town of manitou springs for a bit.
also, i have a horrible habit of never editing the photos i put up here... is that bad blogger form? i suppose i just like photos in their natural states.

 an action shot of eugenia and. i actually really love this picture.

 and THE VIEW!! oh my gosh, i can't get over it!

 when megan finds out i posted this photo of her she won't be pleased, but i think it's a beautiful profile, don't you?

and of course no voyage is complete without a cute group photo.  

 oh look! another! and can we all take a moment to appreciate the photobomb from the man in the train? flawless. absolutely flawless.

we also stopped at this little pizza place when back in town. this statue was creepy, but the pizza was good! 

in Manitou we found the coolest penny arcade! it was so much fun! 

and of course we had to explore all the little shops! finding these jackets was a highlight. 

oh, and this shop that sold cacti! aren't they adorable? if only they didn't have hundreds of tiny little barbs! not gonna lie, i got a little careless and was stuck in the finger. ouch!

Friday, March 21, 2014

spring break

these past few weeks i've been incognito because life has been overwhelming.
one week ago i wanted to give up, quit college, and go home. i was done. so a spring break in beautiful colorado was just what i needed. it was everything i needed. time away, time home, in God's beautiful creation... it has been wonderful. and i kind of don't want to go back!

 the girls minus one ready to road trip! we were all a little sleepy.

remember when i mentioned the sibs in this post? here we are again, ready to caravan to colorado! 

one day when i was with my family the ladies went to garden of the gods, which is absolutely beautiful! 

i love these two beautiful ladies so much. 

an action shot. because they're way better than posed pictures. let's be honest. 


breathtaking doesn't do it justice. it hurts my heart leaving.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

a daddy to raise a lady

So... I absolutely love birthdays, especially when they belong to the one's I love. And my Dad is an especially special human being. I could never say all I wanted to say about him in a letter, but I figured I may as well try.

Where do I even start? It is not rare to find beautiful people in this world, but finding people who change the world they live in is no small feat, and you, Dad, are one of those people.
You are so strong, and you love so well. You have encouraged me in my darkest moments. You scolded me and loved me when my heart was hard, and you raised me up to be a lady seeking no one's approval but her own and God's. You have loved your family unconditionally, and worked hard to provide for them. You have always given 100% and never shied away from hard work. You taught me that we don't always need to see eye-to-eye, but we must work together, and that in an argument, both parties are guilty.
Daddy, you are my hero. You are the greatest man I have ever known, and I love you so much. Thank you for being the wise listener when I just needed someone to talk to. Thank you for making me laugh with your corny jokes and filling my head with knowledge (because the world is a fascinating place). And thank you for comforting me, from 700 miles away, as my tears wet the phone cradled against my cheek. You cried with me, and you held me in your big, strong arms from far away.
I love you so much, and I couldn't be more proud to call myself your daughter.
Happy, happy birthday.