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Iceland

May 28, 2018

I’ve been back from Iceland for almost a week now and things are finally starting to get back to normal. I think I’m finally over jetlag and back on a decent schedule. The unpacking and laundry are all done and I’m starting to slowly sift through the thousands of pictures I took over there. When I get a chance I will post more.

They really are the cutest

Sara modeling for us at Godafoss.

There are no words to describe what it was like here. So breathtaking.

 

Happy Memorial day, friends.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

April 19, 2018

Monday night I went to another Brewers game and they were playing Christmas music. Apparently local radio stations are mixing in Christmas songs. Students have been singing carols around campus. Last night we got several inches of snow (at least 7). I wandered around the neighborhood late last night snapping pics with my phone in the falling snow. This morning we woke up to a stunningly beautiful winter wonderland scene. It truly looks magical and I wish I had planned to go take pictures instead of going to work. I could have done a fabulous winter photoshoot for someone! Instead I’ve been snapping pics here and there with my phone. The phone doesn’t do very well at night, but I tried anyway since it was so pretty!

 

Apparently spring *isn’t* coming

April 16, 2018

Well, I had thought spring was on its way but with all the snow we’ve been getting this weekend (and into today), I’m not so sure. My car is currently stuck at home while I am here at work. And yesterday church was cancelled. So what did we do, besides watching livestream church? We walked down to Tivoli island and played in the snow. And took pictures. Of course.

By the time we got home my hair was soaked and dripping water everywhere. Our mascara was smeared. But we had fun. And we got lots of pictures.

Now if only winter would say goodbye for good.

Where is spring?

April 13, 2018

While I’ve heard reports of temps in the 90s back home in California, out here in the Midwest we’re still cruising along with temps colder than any California winter I’ve ever experienced. Summer has hit SoCal and we’re over here wondering if we’ll ever get spring.

But the cold temperatures made it perfect to do a headshot/hat photoshoot recently for Rebekah’s crochet business. Being out there shooting reminded me just how much I’ve missed doing portraits. I need to get back into doing them. Here are just a few of my favorites from the day.

 

Special thanks to Alyssa, Emily, and Gabrielle for modeling for us.

Spring is coming!

March 18, 2018

For several weeks now, Olga, Michael and I had been planning to go down to Chicago yesterday for St. Patrick’s day and to see the river dyed green. But then things came up and they decided it was best to stay local for the weekend. So I decided to use the extra free time to get errands done. (A totally free Saturday is so rare since we’re usually out exploring on Saturdays.)

But the day was just so nice that they ended up calling me while I was on my way to Madison and after I got my errands run, we met up at Blue Mounds State Park to do some hiking/exploring.

They had stopped in Mt. Horeb on the way in while waiting for me to get there and said it was fun, so I stopped there on the way back home. And then followed signs to check out Stewart Lake Park while I was there.

All in all it was such a great day of getting things accomplished (boring things like an oil change and new tires’ lug nuts retorqued and fun things like buying a new laptop in anticipation of getting back into photography and buying new photo editing software – my old laptop is too old and slow to add any new programs) and of fellowship, exercise, and exploring.

I love days like that.

*I’m trying out publishing from the WordPress app without changing photo size, etc like I usually do. This is faster but it might not be pretty.

South Korea – Winter Olympics 2018

March 11, 2018

Last year when I first moved to Wisconsin and met all of our fabulous athletes on campus, one of them asked me if we could take a missions trip together sometime. I said yes and then a few months later she asked if we could plan a trip over Thanksgiving. I looked at flights but it was such a short time-frame and flights were really expensive, so nothing seemed feasible. But several weeks later we had a missionary from South Korea at our church and he presented an opportunity to join Wings Bearing Precious Seed to hand out Gospels/the plan of salvation at the Olympics. I had wanted to go to Vancouver with an outreach team when the Winter Olympics were there and it hadn’t worked out, so this was an opportunity that I was definitely interested in. Alyssa and I prayed about it and God opened the door to join the team even though the trip was just a few months away. We didn’t know any of the other team members before going, but we definitely got to know them over the week we spent together.

We made so many memories. Had so many laughs. Had so many new experiences. And got to spread the Gospel to over 19,000 people and 40 different countries.

All it in all it was a great trip. There were challenges, but for the most part everything went smoothly and I’m so glad we were able to go.

A few pictures of the trip, somewhat in chronological order-ish. Just taken with my phone so they aren’t the best.

On our way!

We made it!

I lost another suitcase to Asia. =(

Well we didn’t make it to a raccoon cafe but we stumbled upon a cat cafe. But with a $12 entry fee, we didn’t go inside.

Incheon Airport’s cool globe infinity mirror

Alyssa and I with the missionaries. And a photobomb by one of our other group members. =)

With our fabulous Korean hosts

Hitting the street food vendors in Seoul on our last night

Twice we had Korean BBQ. Both experiences were amazing.

Super excited to get to see an event. And it was snowing when we arrived, ha.

Alyssa, Regina and I celebrating our gold and silver medals. =)

Go USA!

With a few of our group members. Found out that the guy on the far right has been to Lighthouse with the Cola Wars team, ha.

Views out the window of Alpensia Ski Resort

Korea dessert – bingsu. Amazing.

One of the Olympic Villages

Blurry picture of our Wed night service at the lodge where we were staying. It was a full house.

One of our 2 Korean BBQ nights.

Colorful streets

What we did a lot of: hand out literature.

There were so many colorful places to take pictures. I kept pulling out my phone as we walked around town.

Church selfies on Sunday. =)

Hanging out with Soohorang. The official mascot.

In front of the train station.

Sightseeing after church

Early morning explorations on our first day in Korea.

I don’t know who they were but they were colorful so I took a picture. =)

 

Inside the venue where the Opening and Closing ceremonies arena was.

Everything is transformed for the Olympics – even the storm drain covers.

Our entire group at the airport before parting ways for different flights.

*I also got to cross off a bucket list item: attend an Olympic event.

Frigid Weather and Fantastic Weekends

December 19, 2017

It’s cold. At least here in Wisconsin it’s cold. My weather app tells me it’s nice and warm in Southern California. Maybe a little too warm what with all the fires I keep reading about. =( But over here in Watertown we’ve been getting tiny little snowflakes.

I started writing this about a week or so ago. And the above sentence is far as I made it. I’ve been on a roll lately with blogging, obviously. 😉

The weather isn’t so frigid right now…but the weekends are still fantastic. And this weekend will be especially fantastic as I will be heading home on Friday! [Home as in California home.] I couldn’t be more excited to see my family and I’m a little excited about warm weather as well.

Last weekend I did an escape room for the first time ever and that was all that I had expected it to be. It was fabulous.

We answered all the questions correctly, we escaped in time, AND we made it onto the leaderboard for our escape time. This team rocked it.

 

Then on Saturday a friend and I went and froze walking around the holiday lights display at the Rotary Botanical Gardens down in Janesville.

Two weekends ago I went on a very spur-of-the-moment trip down to St. Louis and managed to also see Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I while down there. We somehow snagged $14 orchestra level seats on the way down, and had a great time.

A few Christmas events here and there…

A few weekends have held ice skating and late night adventures around Milwaukee. A few weekends have had home basketball games and just plain catching up on life and sleep. All in all, winter hasn’t been too bad so far. I AM counting the days till summer, however, when I can be out exploring again. It’s been so much fun being home in the states!