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this is when I’ll be sharing how the planning process is going, the details, & any other wedding shenanigans.

today it’s all about being engaged.

I was on the verge of happy tears, constantly. and could not stop staring at my ring, for 12+ days. [it still feels so foreign & brand new two months later. I still get so excited every morning when I put it on].

if you give a girl a diamond [especially while on vacation] ..you’re going to end up with at least twenty ring pictures.

I was so excited to finally be engaged to [J]. we were sharing an amazing vacation. and I had the most beautiful accessory on my hand.

every breathtaking scene was a mere backdrop in my mind for another shot of my bling.

I couldn’t get enough.

[*editor’s note: I would’ve loved nothing more than a “newly engaged” manicure. but due to living situations in the great outdoors, it wasn’t in the cards. so the majority of these are bare naked nails. the remainder are my attempt at a self-mani over a campfire. that lasted one day].

at breakfast ..

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on tree branches ..

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with our campsite in the background ..

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where we got engaged .. {read story here}

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in the tent during a thunderstorm ..

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while taking a water break ..

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with the fiance + devils tower ..

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a lot in yellowstone national park ..

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and on the top of the rocky mountains ..

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life seems to fly by. so take a moment, jump up & down, and celebrate the heck out of being engaged.

it’s such a happy time in your life.

and you’ll need some time to adjust to saying boyfriend fiance.

happy wedding wednesday.

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history buff.

just in case you’re not sick of hearing about [J] & I’s trip yet ..

on day one, we drove from des moines to mount rushmore. making a couple stops along the way. {read more}. then, that night we got engaged. no big deal. {read more}. on day two, we left south dakota & headed to wyoming to set up camp at the base of devils tower. which we explored on day three {read more}.

after hiking around devils tower, we got in the car and continued our road trip to montana.

and set up camp. just in time to watch the sunset.

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the next morning it was breakfast over the fire, as usual.

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and off we went to the little bighorn battlefield.

which is incredibly amazing. and oh so important to our country’s history.

the reader’s digest version: it took place in june 25-26, 1876. and was the U.S. army battling against the native american tribes, who were resisting pressure from the government to relocate to reservations.

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the memorial of “custer’s last stand”.

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the native american memorial.

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after some inspiring history, it was time to get back on the road ..

destination: yellowstone national park.

but what we didn’t expect ..was to have some of thee most beautiful scenery along the way.

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sweet little towns, tucked in the valleys of massive mountains.

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and winding roads, going up the side of said mountains. [I drove].

but with thee most breathtaking scenery.

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around each turn, we said “it can’t get any prettier than this” ..so we’d park the car, get out, and snap a couple photos. but without fail ..it always got better.

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history buff // LLinaBC.com

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friends.

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history buff // LLinaBC.com

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and without question, one of the most entertaining parts of our trip ..just so happened to be when there was an “open range”. and road signs would say “caution: animals on the road”. and you would come around the corner, and see this ..

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history buff // LLinaBC.com

I guess when you’re driving hours & hours across the country, it doesn’t take much to entertain you. just beautiful scenery & cows on the road.

cannot wait to share our time at yellowstone. next week.

are you sick of trip recaps yet?

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happy wednesday.

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the week in photos: special edition.

we’ve been back home for four days. and they’ve flown by. filled with unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping, 100’s of emails, and settling back into our ‘routine’. as much as I loved our escape, it’s nice to be home. plus there are so many fun things on the horizon, to keep us busy & not sitting still.

[J] & I both have birthdays at the end of the month. a day apart actually. [I’m the 27th & he’s the 28th]. that’s always fun. two jam-packed days of celebration.

my favorite time of year is quickly approaching: autumn FOOTBALL SEASON. you can guarantee I’m already planning a couple trips back to our college town to relive our glory days tailgate! we did, after all, receive the “award” of {#1 party school this year}. but don’t judge us, because des moines, IA was ranked {#1 best place for business & careers}. this practically says: iowans know how to work hard, play hard.

and ..

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which is incredibly exciting. and means, we have a wedding to begin planning!

on that note, let’s do the week in photos: special proposal edition.

it all happened on DAY ONE of our trip.

we set up our campsite. and headed to mount rushmore, for the nightly lighting ceremony.

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the sun set. the moon came out. and the ceremony began.

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a lady spoke, they played a 20 minute video, and everyone in attendance stood to sing the national anthem ..

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then the spotlights came on.

and simultaneously, [J] got down on one knee ..

I immediately began crying. the happiest cry I’ve ever cried. I was speechless. [excluding a couple “are you serious?”]. after a really long hug, a kiss, & a crazy amount of tears ..

I said “yes”!!

and the family sitting next to us insisted they take our picture, to capture the moment. so generous. and sadly, such poor photography skills ..

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it’s the thought that counts.

another girl offered to take our picture later. and by later, I mean, after about 15 minutes of more tears. my eyes were so red, blotchy, & puffy ..

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engagement edition // LLinaBC.com

the next morning, we had breakfast at our campsite. [breakfast burritos over the fire, and french press iced coffee].

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and we went back to mount rushmore. to re-capture the moment. 

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engagement edition // LLinaBC.com

engagement edition // LLinaBC.com

engagement edition // LLinaBC.com

and then we took off to our next destination ..

as an engaged couple.

woo hoo!

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