2013: year in review.

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I’d say 2013 was one for the books. [J] & I moved to des moines, IA, and made our apartment a home. we traveled to minneapolis for a weekend with amazing friends. and celebrated mother’s day in one of the sweetest, little towns the amana colonies. my dad, [J], & I banded together to throw my mom an unforgettable 50th birthday. megan of the thread affect + I finally met/went to a blogging event in chicago. I fell in love with des moines, especially the farmer’s market breakfast burritos. attended my family reunion in small town iowa. took the most amazing 16 day cross-country road trip, #LLontheBIGroad. GOT ENGAGED at mount rushmore! celebrated my 26th birthday & [J]’s golden birthday. [J]’s parents threw us an engagement party in chicago. and we can’t forget christmas.

enjoy the last two days of 2013.

[ps: it’s snowing!].

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crested butte.

on july 21st, [J] & I set off on a sixteen day vacation road trip across the country.

that same day we explored the state of south dakota.

and happened to get engaged.

set up camp during a hail storm in devils tower, WY.

received a history lesson at little bighorn battlefield, before embarking on the most amazing drive to yellowstone.

then there were two of my favorites night at yellowstone national park.

a weekend with friends in salt lake city.

our last night of camping // in estes park, CO.

and a gorgeous hike just outside of denver, CO.

we were happy to unite with [J]’s family for the remainder of our trip. which happened to take place four hours west of denver. in the small town of gunnison, CO. we were there to attend a wedding.

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mt. princeton [of the collegiate peaks].

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wedding attire.

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loved the place cards + vintage keys.

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that dance floor was callin’ my name.

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before heading back to denver, we had to make a special trip to crested butte, CO.

a quaint, beautiful town perfectly planted at the base of a mountain range.

it was my favorite.

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rocking my white + turquoise spike capwell necklace.

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we showed up just in time for an art fair.

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a storm was on the horizon ..

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this sunset.

we woke up the next morning, sad to say goodbye to our trip. but happy to be heading back home.

not before snapping a few shots of the beautiful sunflower field behind our hotel. looking out towards downtown denver.

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[*editor’s note: it was 6AM. and I had not yet had my coffee. or the opportunity desire to meet any make up].

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until next time denver, colorado.

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go on a road trip. go see the beautiful things that are only mere hours away. it’s amazing what is out there. and what you may find.

happy tuesday.

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take a hike.

after 10 days of traveling the country [6 of which were spent sleeping in a tent] ..[J] & I made it to denver, colorado.

it’s always been a “home away from home” for me. a lot of my family lives there. and I’ve been out to visit more times than I can count. I cherish every moment spent there. it’s so beautiful. maybe one day, I’ll pack [J] up in a truck & move there.

now that I’ve thoroughly frightened my fiance this is how we spent our time in denver ..

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this is why you throw away your garbage when camping..

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if you leave it, bears will find it. and be a great photo opportunity & an AMAZING animal sighting for us. [ but that’s besides the point].

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we hiked up to devil’s head fire lookout.

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with my parents + their sweet, little puppy.

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who was over the hike almost instantly!

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the views could not have been more gorgeous.

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because I’m easily amused ..

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after the hike, we were all exhausted. but especially ..

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the parent’s pooch.

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then there was a backyard cookout.

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and thee most amazing sunset ..

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I may have left a piece of my heart there ..

we’ll be back soon.

happy tuesday.

and remember ..

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