i didn’t want to study for genetics

thus, this now graces the wall above my desk. i like it. :)

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baby!!

baby shiloh was born this morning. i am completely in love with her already. :)

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a hint to how the barbie story ends.

also, a picture i wish i’d had for my august post, haha.

story forthcoming. :)

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the ok button on my phone doesn’t work anymore.

this post title is completely irrelevant to the rest of this, but i couldn’t think of a title and felt like sharing that fact with you.

so, the weekly update is clearly going really well over here. ha.  but, nothing too exciting has happened so far.  okay that’s a lie.  i just haven’t updated because i’m not used to it after such a long break.  but… here goes nothing.

the first picture of senior year:DSC_0633

um, yeah.  i got really excited when i opened my dresser drawers and found that they were lined with winnie the pooh paper.  so… i might be a senior in college but i think i’m actually still 5 years old.  gretchen’s drawers are lined with princess paper.  i think it’s clear who got the better drawers here.  (me.)

awkward first day of school picture in which i look really tired.  (i was, and there’s a story behind that… maybe for another time.)
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roomies pumped for the first day of classes.DSC_0641

so, the first day of classes went off without a hitch.

the second day of classes in bullets:

-skinned a cat
-ate nothing but a piece of gum until 3pm
-accidentally dressed exactly like gretchen for the first of what i’m sure will be many times(she left before i even woke up, ha.)
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and the rest of the week happened but i honestly can’t even remember the highlights, other than the fact that i ate eggplant and made cookies with kara on thursday night.  (and that right there is exactly why i need to be better about blogging, ha.)

labor day weekend happened.  several weeks beforehand i had been invited to go to pittsburgh over labor day and said no, because i figured it would be a time when i’d be with all the friends i hadn’t seen all summer.  well, it seemed like everyone ended up leaving campus for some reason or another, so i kind of regretted not going to pitt.  but gretchen and i hung out and it was good.  i have zero pictures.  whoops.

on wednesday of week two, bekah came on a very whirlwind visit and we up and drove to the big house.  (sidenote… 3 of my best friends who graduated last year are living in a house together in pittsburgh.  we have been referring to this house as ‘the big house’ since before it was even a real thing.  i fully intend to spend a lot of time there this year, and this blog will likely contain a lot of references to said big house. :) get ready.)  anyway, we got to hang out with jared, emily, and shelby. (and kim too, because she stopped by for a little bit, which was a nice surprise.) it was wonderful eating real food for dinner.  good food and good friends.  somehow, these are the only two pictures i took.  i will be murdered for posting them, but it’s all i’ve got, ha.
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i ended up getting kind of sick in the middle of the night (and stayed sick for several days after) so driving back in the morning was not the most fun thing ever, but i’m still glad we got to go.  the first of many big house trips for mary grace!

thursday i received this in my school mailbox:
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creepy, right?  i’ll get back to this later on…

this past weekend i went to dinner at the professor’s who is leading our france trip’s house.  his wife made the best food and it was awesome.  i am even more excited for france now (i didn’t realize that was possible, haha.)  it’s going to be such a great experience, i am sure of it.

saturday i did absolutely nothing on the “to do saturday” list i made friday night, and rather watched a lot of sports and went out with friends.  i don’t regret it, haha.  loved watching the buckeyes win, and then watching my friends tear it up on the soccer field here at school. 6-2 win. yeah!!!!  i’m so excited about football season, and also to watch all my friends play soccer.  in theory i like summer the best, but idk… in reality my favorite season might just be fall.

you know what else happened on saturday?  this:
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ew.  what????  (again… i’ll get back to this.)

sunday marked the start of middle school youth group, and let me just tell you… this year is going to have a completely different dynamic that i think is going to be exhausting but great none the less.  i’m excited to see the lord work in all of these kids lives.  being a youth group leader is so so so rewarding and i love it.

while walking home from youth group i ran into a bunch of friends who were walking to the park to frolf.  (is that popular where you guys are?  do you even know what that is?  i feel like the only time i’d ever heard about it before i came to school was at camp, which, consequently, was also located in pennsylvania.) so i decided that i might as well put my work off a little while longer and go hang out with them.

on monday, we had a very, very boring day in genetics.  i’ll leave kara’s notes to speak to that.
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and yesterday… there was this:
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so yes… some weirdo friend is sending me barbie pieces.  which is creepy and weird and just… i don’t even know.  gretchen received the other arm, leg, and the torso.  no confirmation on who is doing this, but i have my suspicions.  we’ll see if the culprit comes forward.

a funny story related to that head… i took it out of my mailbox and immediately just shoved it in my bag because like… who wants to be seen in the mailroom randomly holding a decapitated barbie head?!  not me, that’s for sure.  well… an hour and a half later i went to get lunch, and when i pulled my id out of my bag guess what came flying out with it!  yup… the barbie head.  so that was embarrassing, to say the least.

in other news, c&d’s baby will be here friday at the latest!  can’t wait to meet her.  i’m sure there will be lots and lots of pictures. :)

until next time… peace outttttttt.

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never forget.

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i’m baaaaaaack!

i know you’re pumped about this, haha.  i took a break from blogging for the summer.  frankly, i pretty much took a year long blog break since i posted like 6 times last year.  however, seeing as i just started my senior year of college this year, i’d like to actually have a record of it.  so, i am going to blog at least once a week, preferably much, much more than that.  and to start it off, here’s a summer recap, in pictures. fasten your seat-belts ladies and gentleman… it’s gonna be a long one.

in june….

my sister graduated from high school!DSC_1004DSC_1035

two of my best friends got married!
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as an aside, a bunch of us bridesmaids have been friends since we were 12. we survived a lot of awkward times together, haha. :)
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and my fav little kids started to not look so little anymore…DSC_1447

in july…

we went to the indians game!
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watched the sunset with cat.DSC_1616DSC_1624DSC_1638DSC_1654

turned 21, seriously struggled to blow out all my candles (it took 5 tries because i started laughing so hard) and got a goat card!DSC_1667DSC_1670DSC_1673DSC_1674DSC_1676DSC_1680DSC_1681DSC_1684DSC_1688DSC_1693

celebrated my birthday with more cake/a bonfire with friends (and somehow only managed to get 3 people in the pictures… whoops.)
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my roommate came to visit, and we ate menchies, went to the beach, struggled to grab hands while swinging, hung out with c&d and the kids, and woke up at an ungodly hour to watch the sunrise, which was kind of a fail because it was cloudy, but still fun…ish!
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a bunch of other friends came to visit/we drove to see even more friends.  we watched sunsets, ate calzones, hiked in sandals, skipped rocks, built rock towers, ETed all over the place, went to an indians game, played monopoly (i won, for the first time ever!), went out for ‘birthday’ dinner (a little late), played pounce (which jared lost miserably at), went bike riding (i got stung by a bee and emily heroically pulled the stinger out of my foot), played in a fountain, made ourselves delicious dinner, played more cards, hung out with d and the kids, had a girls date at menchies and the park, watched more sunsets, went to see the skyline, and had classy wine night. (yeah… it was pretty much the greatest 5 days ever.)
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in august…

i went on vacation with c&d and family.  so fun! (seriously withholding the photos here because i could probably go crazy and post hundreds from these few days, ha.)
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i went to one last indians game with cat.
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had my last day nanny the most simultaneously sassy and sweet 5 year old ever.DSC_0546

devoured a calzone at dewey’s one last time with cat and jason, then went to mcdonalds for cones.DSC_0618DSC_0624DSC_0627DSC_0630DSC_0631

and that, is a photo synopsis of my summer.  at least the parts of it my camera was around for. :)

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today.

so it’s been a somewhat crazy (and at times really rough) past few weeks. i haven’t blogged about any of it (mostly because there hasn’t been time) but i survived it. summer vacation starts tomorrow and (hopefully) that will mean much more frequent blog posts.

anyway, today basically all of my best friends graduated. it was a very bittersweet, emotion-filled day. i am so so so excited for and proud of them but i am also incredibly sad that they are leaving. i held it together pretty well today, even through saying goodbyes, but i don’t think the whole thing is really going to hit me until i go back to school in the fall and they don’t. in all honesty, my heart hurts thinking about that, so i’m trying not to.

i am absolutely exhausted, but had to share my new favorite picture:

i am seriously in love with this photo. it’s exactly the photo i’ve been hoping to get all semester and i just get so happy every time i look at it. it’s perfect. i love these people so much.

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