October 31, 2012

pumpkin spice cupcakes

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happy halloween everyone! because new zealand is on the southern hemisphere, it is spring right now which basically means i have had two springs this year. though spring is fantastic, fall is my favorite season. i've really been missing the falling leaves, apple cider and crisp air of autumn. but just because the weather is warming up doesn't mean i can't enjoy some of my favorite things about fall: halloween and pumpkin treats! i made these pumpkin spice cupcakes for my school's halloween dinner and they were the perfect reminder of fall and extremely yummy! next semester, i'll get my fall fix here in new zealand but for now, these cupcakes are helping to fill the void

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October 30, 2012

life lately

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i've been posting a lot about my adventures and travels lately but not much about my everyday life. i just got back from a weekend in wellington (pictures to come) and before that, i had midterms so it's been crazy and busy around here. there is never much internet but its been a nice change of pace. i never realized how vital Internet had become until I've had to do without it. simplified, my days normally consist of working out, breakfast, morning devotions with the whole school, classes, lunch, classes, chores, homework, dinner and more homework with a few dance parties, prayer meetings and hot tub gatherings thrown in the mix. i've learned its the little things, like unexpected market runs and 6am morning yoga and tea breaks during class, that make life truly great. most of my classes are studies through different books of the bible and im also taking new testament greek. I've been so blessed by my fellow students here (all 12 of them) and cliche as it sounds, we have become like one big family! if i had to sum up my time here so far in one word, it would be blessed. blessed by great fellowship, amazing trips and travels, yummy vegetarian food, fun friends, interesting classes, entertaining teachers, sunny sunday morning church by the beach, the beautiful campus I get to call home and most of all, an awesome God. life is good

October 27, 2012

i love...


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melbourne may be one of my favorite cities i have ever been to! it combines all my favorite things: quaint streets, tall buildings, beautiful architecture, ample parks and a lovely waterfront.

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October 21, 2012

phillips island wildlife park


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after a crazy week of camp, our team stopped at phillips island wildlife park to see some of the local animals. it was so awesome to get up close and personal with these weird and wonderful animals. i'm still stoked that i got to pet and feed kangaroos! seriously i think they're my new favorite animal. so cute! another highlight was getting stalked by emu (i swear they are evil) and getting to pet a joey in its mom's pouch. these darling animals are yet another reason why i love australia!

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October 16, 2012

ccm camp

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a couple of weeks back, i went with a team from my college to melbourne, australia to help at calvary chapel melbourne's family camp. it was such an awesome week and we were all so blessed by the fellowship and the sessions we got to attend when we weren't helping with the adorable kiddies. just looking at these pictures makes me miss everyone i met and all the fun times we had! the camp was beautiful and there were so many fun camp activities to do but it was the amazing people that really made the camp memorable!

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October 13, 2012

opera kitchen

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while we were in hawkes bay, we went to opera kitchen for a quick after-church coffee. while the coffee wasn't half as good as groove kitchen espresso, it was still a really cute place with a great atmosphere! it is next to the Hawke's Bay Opera House which is so beautiful and modern. though i loved napier, this area was my favorite part of hastings, napier's sister city.

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October 10, 2012

napier beach

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napier is a darling little beach town on the east coast of new zealand. the hills reminded me of laguna beach, the main street of santa monica and the beach of moonstone beach in cambria. i should probably stop comparing new zealand to california so much but i can't help it! though the beach was freezing, it was so refreshing to breathe in the fresh salty air while enjoying some honey and passionfruit ice cream from rush munros.

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October 7, 2012

te mata peak

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the first thing we did when we were in hawkes bay was go to the top of te mata peak in havelock north. the view was breathtakingly beautiful. it reminded me of the rolling green hills in ireland, only alot higher. it was a lovely way to start a great weekend.

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