South Dakota

*An ocean of lush, green grassland extended farther than eyes could possibly see. The hills were rolling waves, and the grasses rippled as they swayed in the wind.

*Rock mountains towered above us as we gazed up in awe. I couldn’t help but wonder if my imagination was getting the best of me.

*Fertile farmlands blossomed with corn and wheat for miles as the endless land surrounded us from left to right…

Scenery ranged significantly in the breathtaking state of South Dakota. Experiencing Mount Rushmore outside of a history textbook is something that I will never forget. It is a massive monument that is absolutely flawless! The balance of each detail is unbelievable, and I am still astounded that the creation of the masterpiece was even possible! On that note, we also visited the Crazy Horse monument. While we were there, we went into a Native American museum and viewed the historic jewelry, dolls, chief headdresses, clothing, and pottery of the Indians that use to call the area their homeland. Not too long after, we visited a retired gold mine and learned about how the miners use to search for the precious material! It was very interesting, and I learned lots of neat facts. Our busy day ended with a walk through Rapid City and the mouth watering taste of homemade truffles from a chocolate shop. What an amazing journey through South Dakota!

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Last few hours

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As I savor these last few hours left of Spring Break, I recall:

how much chocolate that I have consumed in such a small time frame…

the 30 hours I spent in a Drivers Education classroom…

camping with my family over the weekend on the waterside…

and remembering how fast it has gone…

What a week!

5 DAYS & Winter Break

Merrychristmas

It is now official… Winter break has arrived, and it will be 2018 the next time that those studio doors will open. To celebrate the holidays, we played “Secret Santa” and exchanged anonymous gifts with each other. I just want to take a second to thank my Secret Santa, whoever you are, for the incredible peppermint chocolates and adorable coffee mug that you have given me. 🙂 I LOVE IT! I wish all of my friends a wonderful winter break, and I am looking forward to seeing you all again when we return. It has been a great year, and I am excited to see what the rest of this season has to offer. Happy Holidays!

THERE ARE ONLY FIVE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!

Short & Sweet

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All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

~Charles M. Schulz

This post is just short & sweet, wishing you all a Lovely Valentines Day!!!

*Take some time today and think about all of the people in your life who are special to you!! Life is so wonderful, and there are so many incredible people that surround you each and everyday… TELL THEM how much they mean to you and express how grateful you are to have them in your life! In addition, don’t forget to tell that special someone how much you love them!!! Thanks for reading, my sweet Valentine!! 😉