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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the amana colonies.

I hope you all had the best mother’s day yet.

you will hear zero complaints from me.

mine began with an amazing meal feast, followed by a ‘to die’ for chocolate peanut butter pie [because I literally almost died trying to make room for it]. a nice wander through the {amana colonies}. with a necessary stop at the {millstream brewery}. and ..it just wouldn’t be mother’s day if we didn’t end the day at the outlet mall, so we did. and we all left happy with our deals.

{blog every day in may} ..

“issue a public apology”

I forgot my camera yesterday in a crazy rush out the door. and only had my phone to capture the day.

so ..

I apologize, because I am about to overload you with photos of my mother’s day ..from my phone, no less.

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the amana colonies // LLinaBC.com

[happy mother’s day mom & grandma. love you].

so there you have it my public apology + my mother’s day.



now onto making this week a great one.

happy monday all.

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for the mom’s.

happy mother’s day!

I feel truly blessed to be able to spend the day with not only my mom, but my grandmother too. this is one of my favorite holidays. my family has a great tradition, that began the year I was born ..twenty-six years ago. yikes! we go to this little town, called the {amana colonies}. it’s a german settlement. and I’m in love. the food is amazing. they have the cutest shops. a brewery. and a scrumptious winery.

trader joes iowa map

thank you trader joe’s for your map.
 

we have a delicious meal. do a some shopping. followed by wine & beer tasting. then head to the nearby outlet mall. what’s not to like?

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“what do you miss?”

on a day like today, when my family has kept the same tradition for decades ..it’s hard not to think about the ones who are not there.

my paternal grandparents, who are no longer with us. [but loved our trips to the amana colonies].

my brother, who is far away in colorado.

and for the rest of my extended family that I am not able to be with on this holiday.



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