mmm, life is good.

last weekend, five of my good friends (we have formed a "family" here at school this year so that we can remain close, even though we now live all across campus and we have weekly dinners and other activities) anyways, the six of us went on a family vacation to Minneapolis. We went to the Mall of America and stayed overnight in a hotel. It was such fun and a very much needed vacation. we had a great time; it wasn't without conflict/disagreements and we had to compromise at times, just like any family, but we still managed to have a blast - so much laughter - and have some good, serious conversation as well.
some highlights:
well, the mall was good, but especially: the american girl store (because i've always wanted to go), beadniks (awesome bead store, even tho i didn't buy anything), ragstock (thrift store/strange random things - i bought church socks; you know, the lacie, ruffled kind), roller coaster and log ride at Nickelodeon Universe.
ordering pizza and having it delivered to our hotel room. and of course the delivery man came at the exact moment that three of the girls were changing into swimsuits... and screamed. :)

Rachel, Holly, and I spent over two hours in the hotels swimming pool playing first grade, made-up games with the pool toys, all while 9 middle aged ladies watched from the hot tub, all the while giving us strange looks. so wonderful.

talking, giggling, rolling off the bed, and just being friends late at night in our hotel
.

and having church in the car on the way back.

a weekend well spent, for sure.

"And I feel you here
And you're picking up the pieces
Forever faithful
It seemed out of my hands, a bad situation
But you are able
And in your hands the pain and hurt
Look less like scars and more like
Character"