Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

20140728-220150-79310199.jpgGeez, I’ve been slacking big time on Weekly Photo Challenges lately. The weeks of summer are just flying by so quickly that by the time I begin thinking about the current theme, it’s already time for the next week’s photo challenge! But anyways, this week’s photo is of my lovely little sis from our sailing adventure a few weeks ago. That day was definitely a highlight of this summer!

-H

Sailing Adventure

20140708-114126-42086113.jpgLast week I got to go sailing for the first time and it was an experience I won’t soon forget! I never really realized how much hard work went into sailing a boat, granted I just got to sit back and enjoy the ride. And yet for some reason, I was absolutely exhausted by the end of the day so hats off to anybody who sails! It was a moderately windy day out on the water which made for great sailing conditions. Aside from the fact that my pants got completely soaked with water by the end of the ride, I had a great time! After docking, we got to dry off and eat lunch while recapping our little adventure. Overall, it was a great day and an awesome experience!

-H

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Long Exposure

I hope everyone is having a great 4th of July weekend! Yesterday I learned how to take long exposure shots with my Nikon (thanks to YouTube!), which of course meant I had to make everyone jump around with sparklers so I could capture it. Here are some of my favorite shots….

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20140705-141135-51095829.jpg ^^Let’s pretend that “S” isn’t backwards :P

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Summer Playlist

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… because I strongly believe that no summer is complete without one! Whether you’re listening on-the-go in your car, at home, or on vacation, summer is so much better when it has its own soundtrack. And I have no shame in admitting that I sometimes still burn CDs to listen to in the car (I guess 90’s kids habits die hard :P). Some of my favorite songs are forever connected to great memories from summers past and I always get that nostalgic feeling when I listen to them.

Here are some of my recent favorites that I will definitely be listening to all summer long:

1. A Sky Full of Stars- Coldplay
2. Happy- Pharrell
3. Not a Bad Thing- Justin Timberlake
4. Hourglass (feat. LIZ) -Zedd
5. Coming of Age- Foster the People
6. Best Friend- Foster the People
7. Slave to the Rhythm (Remastered)- Michael Jackson
8. Spectrum (Feat. Matthew Koma)- Zedd

Happy Listening!

-H

Weekend Happenings

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Last weekend was a good one! I spent a good portion of Saturday outdoors in the sunshine and celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday with my lovely mama and family. Every year Mother’s Day rolls around and I always find myself frantically trying to buy my mom the best gift. But what do I buy for the woman who has done so much for me? Who has literally and figuratively made me the person that I am today? There really aren’t enough words for me to express just how much she means to me and I just hope that I can one day come close to being the kind of mother that she is. Love you mom!

And here are some snapshots from the weekend…

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DSC_0591My brother and I made brunch for Mother’s Day. Blueberry pancakes FTW!

DSC_0623Fajitas! We had dinner at a delicious Mexican Restaurant.

photo¬°Margaritas y cervezas para todos!

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DSC_0626So…apparently cactus is edible! Am I the only one who didn’t know this?

DSC_0621¬°Delicioso!

‘Twas a great weekend :)

-H

R&R (Part 2)

Here are a few more pics from my Nikon of my trip to Florida last week. It was after I got home and uploaded the pictures to my computer that I realized I only really took pictures of palm trees and the ocean. oops! But how could I not? Palm trees are such a rarity to me coming from this frigid tundra of a state and the ocean was just too beautiful! Anyways, I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I do!

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Until next time, Florida…

-H

 

R&R (Part 1)

Hey blogosphere! I made it through my first semester of grad school in 1 piece! And what better way to celebrate this than with a little trip? I hadn’t taken a trip since the Christmas holiday and was eager to go somewhere new. After a little deliberation and research, I decided on Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time since the forecast here last week was rain EVERYDAY! So we packed our bags and made our way to sunny Florida on Monday. The weather was absolutely beautiful and the view of the Atlantic Ocean from our hotel room was perfect. We were even able to sneak in a mini road trip to Miami Beach for Dinner on our last night! Ft. Lauderdale is the perfect beach destination and I would definitely go back.

Here are some iPhone pictures from my trip.

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Stay tuned for Nikon pictures in Part 2 :)
-H