Iowa with the Cousins

fullsizeoutput_4a41This past weekend I took a quick trip up to Iowa to visit my cousins. They are the cutest little munchkins you ever did meet, and I am so glad I got to see them one more time before I leave for Germany in a week (!!?!). There’s something so incredibly special about spending time with family. I can’t even really put words to it– I’m sure you already know exactly what I mean. As I’m about to leave for a whole year, I am reminded of how much I love and care about my relatives. I think leaving for a while makes you appreciate home that much more. But I won’t get too mushy just yet, I’ll save that for the airport ;p Below are a few photos if you’d like to see!fullsizeoutput_4a42Estelle is hilarious. She has personality to burn and a deep, hearty laugh that makes me crack up every time.fullsizeoutput_4a44fullsizeoutput_4a46fullsizeoutput_4a47fullsizeoutput_4a48fullsizeoutput_4a4bEvelyn seemed so much older and more mature this time. She knew so many facts about nature and life and reading. I was pretty dang impressed.fullsizeoutput_4a4cfullsizeoutput_4a4eAnd Lars. This boy is a real stunner. He has this serious smolder that makes your heart melt.fullsizeoutput_4a51fullsizeoutput_4a52fullsizeoutput_4a54Taking the golf card for a spin.fullsizeoutput_4a55fullsizeoutput_4a56fullsizeoutput_4a57fullsizeoutput_4a58fullsizeoutput_4a5efullsizeoutput_4a5ffullsizeoutput_4a60fullsizeoutput_4a61Love the Iowa farm aesthetic. It definitely has a Scandinavian feel, which makes sense because this region is home to a large Danish-American population.fullsizeoutput_4a62fullsizeoutput_4a63The house my dad grew up in until the age of 10!!!! fullsizeoutput_4a65fullsizeoutput_4a66When I arrived, this swing did not exist. But by the end of the day they had just, well, constructed it! These people are seriously so handy and I admire them for it.fullsizeoutput_4a67fullsizeoutput_4a68fullsizeoutput_4a69fullsizeoutput_4a6afullsizeoutput_4a6bfullsizeoutput_4a6cfullsizeoutput_4a6dfullsizeoutput_4a6ffullsizeoutput_4a70IMG_9273fullsizeoutput_4a72Someone drank a lot of punch…fullsizeoutput_4a73fullsizeoutput_4a74Not sure what’s happening herefullsizeoutput_4a75fullsizeoutput_4a76fullsizeoutput_4a77fullsizeoutput_4a8ffullsizeoutput_4a90fullsizeoutput_4a91fullsizeoutput_4a92fullsizeoutput_4a95fullsizeoutput_4a96fullsizeoutput_4a97fullsizeoutput_4a98My grandfather’s name in the barn.fullsizeoutput_4a9cfullsizeoutput_4a9dfullsizeoutput_4a9efullsizeoutput_4a9ffullsizeoutput_4aa0fullsizeoutput_4aa1fullsizeoutput_4aa2fullsizeoutput_4aa3fullsizeoutput_4aa4fullsizeoutput_4aa5Have a good one friends!

Happy Weekend!

IMG_9541Hey friends, it’s the freakin’ weekend! Not only that, but I had Friday off due to a faculty conference, so it’s a three day weekend! WOOHOO! It was a long week for me academically, so I am more than okay lying around in my PJs for hours on end and catching up on Netflix. But I did take a quick break from my laziness to visit the Malibu pier and eat at Malibu Farm Cafe on Friday. The food at Malibu Farm is all organic and locally grown, not to mention delicious- 5/5 stars, would highly recommend! Plus, the view from your table can’t be beat. Below are a few photos from the outing if you care to take a quick look. I hope you enjoy and have a fabulous weekend. I’ll meet you back here in the blink of an eye friends.IMG_9542IMG_9544IMG_9545IMG_9553IMG_9557IMG_9558IMG_9559IMG_9561IMG_9571IMG_9575IMG_9580IMG_9581IMG_9587