March 31, 2013

happy easter everyone!

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this is my first easter away from home but i'm in good hands spending my weekend in hawkes bay at the best friend kate's house. while i am missing my mom's amazing cooking and the fun we have at home, i'm looking forward to making some new easter traditions. hope you have a great day celebrating christ's resurrection! now excuse me while i go finish my peeps my mom sent from home.

//photo via pinterest//

March 30, 2013

russell beach

a few more pictures from russell and the beach
first post here

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March 28, 2013

russell

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russell is a cute little wharf town a ferry ride across from the waitangi treaty grounds. i swear this town felt straight out of a nicholas sparks movie. it was so quaint and perfect. from eating oysters on the dock while watching a wedding procession to wandering the cute streets, it was such a sweet day spent with some of my favorite people. and if i ever come back to new zealand, russell will be the first place i want to go.

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March 26, 2013

waitangi marae

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while we were in waitangi, we went to a ceremonial welcoming at the marae which is a maori meeting house. before i went, i really didn't know much about the maori culture besides what i've seen around rotorua, which has a large concentration of natives. it was interesting to say the least and full of some really fun memories. like zach getting chosen to be our group's chief (and giving a hilarious speech) or singing and clapping along to some maori songs. some of their traditions are very unusual but i'm glad i finally got to learn about and have a better understanding of this very different culture.

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March 24, 2013

waitangi

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i'm finally back from outreach week so prepare for lots of posts. one of our first stops when we were in whangerai was the waitangi treaty grounds. this was where the first treaty between the maori and europeans was signed in 1840. its interesting to be in a country even younger than america because america has always seemed so young to me compared to everywhere else i've traveled. we went to a maori ceremony in the marae (maori meeting house pronounced mor-i) on the grounds then explored houses and gardens based on those of the first settlers to new zealand. the houses were cute and reminded me of the architecture on the east coast in america. the gardens were beautiful and we had a fun time exploring and taking pics.

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March 15, 2013

grateful for...

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i'm off to whangerai and the bay of islands for my schools outreach for the week but i'll be back soon

1. light streaming through open windows
2. discovering the simple joy of cottage cheese on rice cakes
3. re-falling in love with death cab
4. mustard yellow
5. watching fellowship of the rings extended edition in the place it was filmed (so epic)
6. amazingly cheap finds at the local thrift shop
7. after dinner walks with good friends
8. waking up before the sun for some 'me time'
9. opportunities to practice my handwriting
10. successful new recipes
have a great weekend!
//picture via carissa gallo//

March 11, 2013

golden hour

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our church has a night service on the beach every sunday that we help out with. before the service this week, we took a stroll on the beach to collect shells and enjoy the setting sun play against the waves. seeing the beach at golden hour is so magical.

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March 8, 2013

beach + friends

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last weekend, a few friends and i had yet another beach day

we frolocked in the sand, took lots of silly pictures and read books for class in the shade

i love these girls so much and i'm so blessed to have them in my life

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March 6, 2013

little things

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{coffee at cafe george in tauranga}

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{my teachers' adorable kids}

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{flowers by the boys house on campus}

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{sardines in olive oil from costco... yum}

March 4, 2013

girls day in tauranga


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this past weekend, we had a girls day to the beach in tauranga, which is a beach town about an hour away (past post here). we climbed up to the top of the mount on the beach and despite the millions of stairs and hot weather, the view at the top made it completely worth it. after, we grabbed lunch and smoothies, walked around the town, got some of the most amazing gelato i've ever had (who knew pineapple and blood orange were such a good combination?), tanned a bit and collected shells on the beach. one of my favorite feelings in the world is coming home after a long day at the beach exhausted and sunburnt, taking a shower and just chilling out. after we got back, we watched breakfast at tiffanys and had mexican food and proclaimed this one of our best weekends in new zealand yet

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