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since my birthday is tomorrow, i have been anxiously awaiting the end of the work week!  matt has a surprise date night planned tonight and then tomorrow all i wanted to do is go to the waterpark – 23 going on 8 years old over here.  schlitterbahn here in kansas city just opened the tallest waterslide (watch this video!) and we are planning to conquer it!
one: my in-laws are in napa for a conference this weekend but made sure to set aside time to visit my hometown of sonoma, which is the valley right next door.  they kept sending me pictures of all my favorite local spots and while it made me desperate to visit home, it was so special.  they even went to visit the place that matt surprised me and flew in from kansas to propose to me at one of my favorite parks.  we were right in that gazebo above when he got down on one knee 🙂
two: last weekend hanging with friends pretending we were still in college.  i love that my alma mater is in such a small town, because it means you are bound to run into everyone at the bar that night.
three: over the weekend i met amelia earhart, who just returned from a flight around the world;  no joke!  she is from california and came to ameliafest as a speaker and special guest.  she says she thinks her fate was decided when her parents gave her that name!  i got to talk to her and she said her favorite places were tanzania and singapore, which she said was similar to new york, so it is now on my list!
four: we have really been trying to eat healthier so i have been trying some new recipes this week.  some were absolute fails (this one) but others were so incredible (this one – we did not make them into tacos).  it has been fun being back in the kitchen now that i have more time since work has slowed down.
five: i have always loved quotes, which is why i always include them at the bottom of these “friday five” posts.  i think it is an inherited trait from my dad, who recently started sending me a quote each morning. it makes my day waking up to a text from him of some wonderful quote.  i am sharing my favorite below, i know it is long but it is so good!
“i remember christian teachers telling me long ago that i must hate a bad man’s actions but not hate the bad man; or, as they would say, hate the sin but not the sinner. …i used to think this is a silly, straw-splitting distinction: how could you hate what a man did and not hate the man?  but years later it occurred to me that there was one man to whom i had been doing this all my life — namely myself.  however much i might dislike my own cowardice or conceit or greed, i went on loving myself.  there had never been the slightest difficulty about it.  in fact the very reason why i hated the things was that i loved the man.  just because i loved myself, i was sorry to find that i was the sort of man who did those things.”
-c.s. lewis

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