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Photo Highlights of 2018

2018…what a year!  So many incredible things happened, which has led to lifelong memories that I’ll always cherish.

I was able to spend lots of quality time with my Little Sister of four years, Aniya!

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I had a travel marathon from March – July (Chicago, Boston, Iceland, Myrtle Beach, Peru and Portland)! I was able to spend time with old friends, have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with my mom, hang out with my brother on the west coast and get engaged during this short period of time!

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I was able to spend more time with my pup Linley than ever.  We even went to a baseball game with grams in Detroit!

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My dad and I were able to hang out a lot more than usual, now that we’re in the same department at work.  My dad is also in Big Brothers Big Sisters, and seeing his Little Brother grow up is amazing (and scary…)!

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My best friend (who I call my twin) and I share the same birthday!!! We were able to celebrate our 25th year on this earth together 🙂

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My fiance and pup cheered me up on Halloween as they dressed as a minion and a bee!

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And the most eventful day was Friday, November 16, the day I married my best friend 🙂

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I have no idea what could be better than repeating 2018, but I’m very excited for what 2019 has in store for all of us 🙂 Happy New Year!

All Smiles With This Guy

My boyfriend, Juan, and I have been in each other’s lives since 2012. We have traveled to foreign countries together, as well as a few states in the US. He’s truly my best friend.

We first met in 2012 during my first semester of college. The rest is history…

Juan and I have been able to enjoy many family events together, like my brother’s high school graduation and family Christmases at my grandma’s house.

Juan and I drove to South Bend, Indiana so I could meet his mom and aunt for the first time!

We also visited Juan’s hometown, York, Nebraska to celebrate his college graduation in 2013. And I thought I grew up in a small town…

Juan and I traveled in France, Italy, and the Netherlands together in 2014 (after my two-month study abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France).

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We’ve been to Chicago a couple times since 2012, one time being my 21st birthday!

The list goes on and on! 😊

I can’t wait for our next adventures in 2018!

Askøy & Bergen, Norway (Part II)

It has been MONTHS since I last wrote about my Norwegian adventure!  I haven’t stopped reflecting on my time in Norway with such incredible hosts.  I stayed with Kjell, who was my mom’s foreign exchange student in high school.  I hadn’t met him prior to staying with him, and it was great to hear about his time in America with my mom, uncle, and grandparents!  I was also touched to meet his wife and children; they are truly a second family to me.

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The view from Kjell’s home on Askoy

One of my favorite, and perhaps most memorable parts, of my two weeks in Norway were the boat rides Kjell took me on.  We were able to see his many summer homes and have great conversations along the way.

Above is Kjell’s parent’s home.  The red shed is where I would be asked to help him gut the fish we caught in the North Sea, little would I know!

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I remember that afternoon like it was yesterday; Kjell was taking me through the neighborhood on one of the family’s fishing boats.  He was showing me all of his favorite fishing spots, while sharing childhood memories.  I felt so close to him and I felt like I reliving his fondest memories.

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We eventually stepped out of our fishing boat and hiked a little bit.  He showed me his favorite spots where he, his siblings, and neighbors would play; Kjell even showed me the only spot where small flowers could grow along the sea!

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After some light hiking, Kjell and I had to cut the fish we caught in the North Sea (Kjell: 5, me: 2).  I didn’t have it in me to cut the fish, so I kept his mom company as Kjell prepared the fish for cooking.

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I remember feeling guilty for “taking the life of two fish,” but Kjell cracked a joke that made me feel so much more at ease!  He said, “Well, think about this, you’re feeding my sweet mother.  Without you, she wouldn’t have dinner tonight!” It made me laugh more than I probably should’ve!  And that was the best seafood I’ve ever had 🙂