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As mentioned in my last post, after finals week my roommates and I paid a little visit to the east coast!

I’ll let the pictures do most of the storytelling. It’s more fun that way. Also, please know I really did wear different clothes every day. You just can’t tell because I’m always wearing my orange coat. Also, you’ll notice that many pictures are the three of our heads very close to the camera because there wasn’t anyone around to take our picture. My apologies to Liz for not being in as many of the pictures as well. She was often the one with the camera. That is all.

First we have Washington D.C.

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World War II Memorial

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Washington Monument

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This was our beautiful rainy walk to the Lincoln Memorial

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Lincoln Memorial

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Jordan and I laughed forever when we came across this picture. What a gem.

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View of the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial. Also, take a look at that beautiful sky! Isn’t that amazing??

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On the metro

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A foggy, chilly day at Arlington National Cemetary. Every single grave had a wreath.

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Not sure which museum is behind us…

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The eye-catching view as we came around the bend on the freeway. The Washington D.C. Temple!

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Ran into my cute missionary friend, Hailey, at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitor’s Center!

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Next we have our adventures in New York City

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My favorite thing in New York was seeing Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

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The fallen chandelier

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So excited for the show to begin!

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Radio City Music Hall

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The giant Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree!

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This is my favorite picture. A funny Palestinian man took this picture of us and kept telling us to “Strike a pose!”.

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A view from the top of the Empire State Building

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Our freezing faces on the top of the Empire State Building.

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Another subway ride

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Taking the Staten Island Ferry so we could get a better glance at the Statue of Liberty

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Staten Island Ferry

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The Statue of Liberty

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This picture was taken through a very dirty window. I sat inside because it was just too cold outside.

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We saw some pretty hilarious street performers. “Because it’s not a real show until there’s an…ASIAN GUY!”

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Central Park. All of the trees are dead.

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I was cold pretty much all the time.

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As you can see, I am pretty hilarious. At least to Jordan.

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The Brooklyn Bridge

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Just a quick glance at the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. It was so fun to stay there!

I don’t have near as many pictures of things in Pennsylvania but it was very beautiful and green. We mostly did a lot of shopping in Pennsylvania and I was able to buy some cute clothes for my mission.

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We did manage to get ourselves to Hershey where we took a tour of the chocolate factory.

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Cutest cupcake shop in downtown York

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The beautiful, historic Wilson home

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My favorite room at Liz’s house. I took several naps on that couch.

Lots of money was spent, lots of driving/walking/flying was done, and lots of fun was had. Liz’s parents were the most gracious and kind hosts and we had an amazing time. I’m so happy we were able to have this fun adventure before I leave on my mission.

Oh, and I report to the MTC in 41 days.

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This is how I’m getting through the last three weeks of the semester. The fact that on the Friday of finals week I’ll be on an airplane heading to a week of fun on the east coast. That is, if it’s not completely underwater still.

Three weeks from now I will be wandering through the streets of New York City, the museums of Washington DC, and the Hershey Chocolate Factory of Pennsylvania!

This trip to the east coast is something I’ve been wanting to do quite some time now so when the opportunity presented itself, I convinced Jordan to do it with me.

I went to New York when I was 15 and absolutely loved it but Jordan has never been. Liz, having grown up in Pennsylvania, has been several times and knows all about the city and the best things to do. We have some good things planned and I am so excited that the three of us get to go together!

So basically these are my thoughts………

 

P.S. I report to the MTC in 71 days!!!

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Roommate Bonding!

I love my roommates. They are some of my favorite people! We each have our differences but we have found some really great ways to bond and I have grown to love them a lot. I just wanted to share some funny things we’ve done recently that are so fun and make me love these girls even more.

Every weekend we push our two couches together and make what we call a “couch boat”. We keep them pushed together and it’s like a giant sleepover all weekend! It seriously is one of the best things about my weekends.

A few weekends ago Shaunzi came to visit with two of her friends from Provo and we watched a movie in the couch boat.

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About a month ago we decided to make a spur-of-the-moment trip to Salt Lake! We met up with Shaunzi and her roommate and ate dinner at Biaggi’s. We then moved to Settebello for some gelato. The night was full of catching up and plenty of laughter. Emily decided it would be fun to make a video about it so she was filming all night.

This is the end result:

Doesn’t that just look so fun?? It was. 🙂 Also, if you are wondering about Lizzie’s dancing around strangers, you can check out Ellen’s Dance Dare! So stinkin’ funny.

Basically, I love my roommates!

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Okay, so this was my fourth time cleaning the sink but it never gets old! I just love it!

Today Sam, Brandt, and I went to Angie’s (a popular local diner) to clean the sink! No, I’m not referring to scrubbing their kitchen sink with soap.

To “clean the sink”, you must eat all of this:
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It was a bunch of vanilla ice cream, bananas, chocolate and caramel syrup, Reeses peanut butter cups, whipped cream, and nuts.

My mom was in town and dropped by for a minute to say hello and have a few bites.
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We ate and ate and ate…
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But the three of us just couldn’t finish it. We came pretty close though! Sam even drank some of the gross melty stuff in the bottom. They gave us a “I Cleaned the Sink at Angie’s!” bumper sticker anyway. 🙂
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We had a good time! I love those guys and it was fun to get together and pig out on ice cream!

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Oh Richie…

First of all, let me introduce my friend, Richie, to you. He’s a cute boy. 🙂
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Here are a few random pictures of him. He is goofy sometimes…Okay, a lot of the time. 🙂
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Richie is one of my best friends. He is leaving on his mission on Thursday to serve in the London England South Mission. He has had his call since early December and so he has had a long time to prepare and learn more about his mission.

Over the past few weeks, Richie and I have spent a lot of time reminiscing.

Between 8th grade and our sophomore year of high school, Richie and I were in three of the same English classes. I don’t remember him much because I was kind of shy and I think he was too. However, we remember many of the same things from our classes. In one class, our teacher was a funny old man and he liked to do magic tricks for us with his cards and little gizmos. Our class spent a lot of time laughing, sometimes with him and sometimes at him, and it was just really fun. In another class, we both remember a time when someone stuffed all of our teacher’s books into his microwave and he couldn’t find them until one day during class he opened it and found them all inside. Bahaha!

By the time our junior year rolled around, we had many common friends and we started going to the same parties. He asked me to the Homecoming dance and I thought it was a little weird, mostly because I didn’t know him very well and wasn’t expecting it. Looking back on it now, he agrees that it was kind of weird and random but we still had a blast!

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In October of our junior year, I tagged along on a band trip to St. George/Las Vegas. This trip marks the beginning of the formation of the group of friends I would continue to play with throughout the rest of high school. We spent hours sitting at a table by the pool talking and laughing. Because of the establishment of this new group of friends, Richie and I got to know each other better.

Throughout our junior year, our friendship grew and developed through hilarious Facebook wall posts, weekend parties, and stake youth activities.
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At the beginning of our senior year, Richie, Zeke, and I started carpooling to Magic (chamber choir) every morning which was always loads of fun (even at 6:30 am!). We came up with lots of fun ideas and activities for our friends to do throughout our senior year. During this time, Richie and I became pretty good friends and spent a lot of time laughing and making jokes.
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Just a little side note: Richie and I were both in Senior Ball Royalty. It was kind of fun because both of us ended up being 1st Attendants so we were paired up for the dance and pictures! Exciting! Also, this picture is ridiculously awkward.
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In August of 2010, we both started attending Utah State as well as the same ward. So, between school, church, and already being good friends, we spent a lot of time together.

I could make this lengthy post even lengthier by telling about all of the fun things we’ve done, but instead I’ll just put some pictures and captions, they’re more interesting anyway. 🙂

We rented cruisers from Aggie Blue Bikes and rode them around all over campus.
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We went to football and basketball games and cheered our little hearts out! 😉
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We went to Poetry and a Beverage every month!
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We go shopping ALL THE TIME. I’m not sure why but a lot of the time we end up at Walmart, Deseret Book, Best Buy, and Staples. Oh, and also the USU Bookstore.
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Camping with friends.
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We went bowling.
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We went to a USU Jazz Band concert and then to A&W.
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We like to get popcorn chicken and Shasta from Maceys and sit in The Zone and talk.
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We built a mini snowman and named him Hudson.
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We went to the IWA dance and the Jazz Band dance.
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We went to Citrus and Sage and got an Almond Joy steamer and a Nutella/banana crepe.
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We went to the temple and did baptisms for the dead.
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Those are just a few of my favorite times with Richie. We do a lot of fun things together and no matter what the activity, we have a blast just because we get along so well.

I have never met anyone who shares my sense of humor as well as Richie does. He cracks me up! Our thought processes are very similar and we often find ourselves making the same comments and laughing at the same things. It makes for some super hilarious conversations!

We have several other funny little similarities, and something we laugh about is that we’re are pretty much the same person but he’s the boy version and I’m the girl version. That goes for our personalities as well as our physical size. Richie and I are both on the smaller side. He’s just barely bigger than me in pretty much every way. It’s pretty funny and it makes us laugh. 🙂

Richie is a very talented writer. He is very skilled at writing formal papers. He helped me write a last minute paper (seriously, it was due at 11:59 and we finished at EXACTLY 11:59) and has also edited many of my long research papers about really boring things. He is always willing to help me out and make my writing sound better. He is also really good at comical writing. He has a very witty sense of humor and his stuff is hilarious! At the beginning of our senior year, Richie (and friends) came up with this great idea to make a Love Locker. They decorated it and made it all fancy and Richie wrote “The Rules of the Love Locker” as well as “Ten Steps for How to Send a Love Note”. Both are so, so funny! I always enjoy a good note/packing list/book report written by Richie.

“This locker is dedicated to: Lunchtime, Liquid Scents, and Letters. For: all who have been, are in, or wish to be…IN LOVE!!”

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Rules of the Love Locker.
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Ten Steps for How to Send a Love Note. It just cracks me up!
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If I had to pick one word to describe Richie, it would be GOOD. Richie is just so good. He has a strong desire to always do the right thing. He puts a lot of thought into the decisions he makes and tries to do what is best. He continually strives to be a better person and I love that about him.

If I were to pick a second word to describe Richie, it would be TALENTED. Seriously. Richie is one of those people who is good at pretty much everything he does. He is very gifted musically and has some crazy good piano and saxophone skills. He often gets asked to play for events and the people love him. He was the Music Sterling Scholar in high school and went all the way to the State level where he was in the top ten in Utah. Yeah, he is that good.
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Richie is also really smart (which I consider to be a talent). He took several college courses during high school and did very well in them. He has helped me with my homework a number of times and it has actually been quite a blessing. I don’t know what I’ll do when he isn’t around to ask questions to! He also got a 33 on the ACT. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the scoring scale, a 33 is a VERY good score. Also, he is majoring in Biological Engineering. Very cool (in a slightly nerdy way) and very difficult.
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Richie loves people. He loves talking with them, goofing off with them, serving them, and just being around them. He especially loves his family and friends. I can’t tell you how many times he has mentioned how much he loves his family. He is always telling me about the things they do together and how much fun they have. (BTW, I love his family. They really are wonderful. His parents are so nice and his mom is always up for a good laugh, which I love. His brothers are hilarious and always make the funniest comments, and his little sister is the cutest, sweetest girl. I’m pretty sure I’ll have to make visits to his family, even while he’s gone, because they are such great people.)

This is Richie and his brother, Steve, on Halloween dressed as an old married couple. So funny!
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Richie’s mom, Connie (who often reminds me of my own mom), and little sister, Jenny.
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Jenny dressed up as a cute little Aggie cheerleader for Halloween.
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He also loves his friends. He is always up for a fun activity or getting together with the group. He really misses all of the guys who are away at school or have already left on their missions and he writes to them frequently.
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Richie is one of the best people I know. Anyone who knows him would say the same. He is so righteous and good and loving. He has an incredibly strong testimony and loves the gospel. He is anxious and excited to get out on his mission and work hard. He is willing to put everything he has into serving the Lord and building His kingdom. He has a deep desire to help others learn of the Savior and know of the happiness that comes from following Him.
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It will be sad for me not to have him around to hang out with anymore but I am so happy that he will be out serving a mission. He will be able to bring so much joy to those whom he comes in contact with and I’m sure he’ll be filled with an overwhelming amount of joy as well. There is no doubt in my mind that he will be an outstanding missionary.

So long Rich, I’ll miss you!

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Spring Break – Part 3

It took me a while to get this post out because:

1) I didn’t have the pictures from that last two days of the trip until today.

2) It took me a while to get back into the groove of school and work.

3) I’ve been pretty busy and just haven’t had time to post.

Anyway, our last day in California was pretty chill. We went to Coronado Island and sat on the beach for a couple of hours and then went to lunch at In-N-Out.
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Then we went to Seaport Village in downtown San Diego and spent some time looking around in all the little shops there. After that we went to an outdoor mall somewhere near the San Diego Temple to look for a French cuff dress shirt for Brandt.

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That night we went to visit a lady named Andy. She lived with Spencer’s family for a little while before she moved to California and we went and ate pizza and chatted with her.

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On Saturday morning we woke up and went to breakfast at Kono’s before heading home. We went out to the water one more time to wave goodbye and got in the car to leave at almost exactly 9:00.
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We had been driving for about an hour and 45 minutes when we came to a traffic jam. It was terrible. We only drove about 5 miles in 3 hours. Seriously. So, to help pass the time, we jammed out to music, ate snacks, took pictures, and played Scum.

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When we got near the end of the traffic jam we drove past what had caused it. There had been an accident involving a moving truck and a semi-truck. It was really messy and there were smashed boxes and other garbage all over the freeway.

So anyway, at 1:45 in the afternoon, we found ourselves in San Bernadino with hours of driving still ahead of us. We hurried and took a quick bathroom break and filled up on gas and continued driving. Also, I slept with my eyes open. AGAIN.

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We drove and drove and drove and didn’t stop again until St. George where we got some frozen yogurt from Golden Spoon. From there we drove to Cedar City and picked up some pizzas from The Pizza Factory to eat in the car and also filled up on gas. Then, around 11:30 pm we made a quick stop in Provo to visit a friend of Brandt’s and then drove the rest of the way home. We lost an hour from the time zone change and another hour from Daylight Savings so we ended up getting home at around 3:00 am.

Our trip was a blast and I’m glad I got to go! It was so nice to take a break from school and have some fun!

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Spring Break – Part 2

The past two days have been a blast! We started out Wednesday morning with brunch at Konos. It’s a restaurant right by the beach so we were able to sit outside and watch the surfers out on the water while we ate.

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After breakfast we walked a few blocks to Trader Joes, one of mine and Brandt’s favorite granola stores! We bought Joe-Joe’s and Cats Cookies.

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Then we drove to La Jolla cove where we spent some time looking at a bunch of sea lions and birds. We also climbed on some rocks through a few little caves and found crabs and anemone which were really cool.

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After some time at the cove we drove to La Jolla shores. It was a beautiful day at the beach and there were a lot of people there. We played in the water, ate snacks, chased seagulls, and painted with watercolors. Just so you all know, painting with watercolors at the beach was seriously one of the greatest things ever! I loved it!

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Also, remember in my last post when I mentioned that the seagulls stole our bread and ate it all? Well guess what??? It happened again! Except this time they stole our Teddy Grahams (which were not yet opened) and poked a big enough hole in the bag  to rip it open and we quickly had every seagull at the beach on our blanket. It was pretty hilarious but a little sad because we couldn’t eat our Teddy Grahams anymore.

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We were still at the beach as the sun was setting so we were able to take some really cool pictures.
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When we got back to Aunt Barbara’s house, she had some really yummy pasta ready for us to eat and after dinner we went to see Rango. The movie started and I was asleep within the first 15 minutes. It was not at all impressive to me so I just laid down on the seat next to me and went to sleep.

The first activity today was a visit to the San Diego Temple. We went and did baptisms for the dead and it was really nice. It’s a really beautiful temple with such a pretty design.

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After our visit to the temple we went back to the house and had cereal, sandwiches, and leftover pasta for lunch. Spencer hooked us up with a beach house for the day (his friend’s friend who we didn’t know) and we packed up our swimsuits and food and headed to Ocean Side. The beach house was really nice and it was within 100 feet of the ocean! We got the spare key and let ourselves in (all with permission from the owner, John). It was a really nice place! We spent most of the day down by the water but came back for a little hot tubbing while we watched the sunset.

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We changed into normal clothes and went to a fun little market down the street that is held every Thursday night. There was music, lights, and many different kinds of food. It was such a fun environment and kind of exciting!

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On the way back to the beach house we stopped at a nearby pier to take some pictures. It was lit up with lights and was so pretty!

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I’m loving all the good food and sunshine I’ve been getting here! It’ll be sad when I have to go back home to snow and quick dinners in between work and school. Oh well, I guess I’ll just enjoy it while I can!

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