YOU GUYS. Sorry for the photo overload, but you have no idea how hard it was to pick just these ones to share with you. There are SO MANY OTHERS that I love!!! Ohhh my gosh, I cannot say enough wonderful things about Lindsey Bickert Photography. You know what? You’re just going to have to go like her FACEBOOK PAGE and check out her WEBSITE while you’re at it. She’s amazing – if you live in the Springs, you need to book her asap! She is amazing and so good with kids. Please, guys, treat yourself to a good family session and book Lindsey while she still has spots remaining!

This post will officially be my last Colorado-Springs-Summer-Adventures post. We did our best to get out this past summer and explore all the Springs (and surrounding areas) had to offer. Sometimes I took pictures, but most times I didn’t. To be honest, it is really time-consuming and ridiculously difficult to take pictures of three kids as well as details of the area. Shocking, right?

Anyway, we’re not sure whether or not we will be moving in May of 2019, so this past summer might very well have been our last in the Springs. Another moment of honesty: I AM SO READY TO MOVE! Shawn and I are eager to explore the world and give our children a chance to experience different areas and (hopefully) different cultures. It’s all in God’s hands, though, so our dreams may be put on hold for a few more years. We won’t know for a while, but I’ll keep you posted.

These were taken about two-and-a-half months ago in Manitou Springs, an adorable little city located just outside of Colorado Springs. We visit here often; we love the quaint little shops and fun restaurants. We will definitely miss this city if we move, but I’m glad I took the time to take pictures so we can look back on our fun time with friends!PS We visited Manitou with one of my good friends, Hope. She is pregnant with her third baby now, and she is also a blogger! Check out her Facebook page here, and her blog here. You will not regret reading about her family’s story. It is a powerful message of loss, love, and healing. I am so proud of her honesty and openness. God is using her in many ways – I know her posts will speak to you, in ways you may not even expect!

This past summer we visited one of my favorite spots to go hangout in Colorado Springs – Ivywild School. It’s an old schoolhouse-turned-district that includes a coffeeshop, brewing company, and whiskey bar (among other adorable shops) inside. At this point, however, you may be wondering what the title of this post is all about. Well. I did something super dumb. I took a bunch of awesome photos of Ivywild School, and I thought I had uploaded them all to Lightroom (a photo editing software I like to use). Turns out, I only uploaded one. That would have been fine, but I deleted the rest off my memory card, thinking they were safe and sound on my computer. D.U.M.B. Dumb. I’m still so pissed about this, actually, and the more I blog about it, the worse I feel because I never got the chance to go back before taking off for North Carolina!!!

Good thing is that we will be returning to the Springs in January, so we will be able to go back – but it won’t be nearly as pretty as it was in the summer (PS there’s a 50% chance we’ll be moving in May, so we might not be able to visit Ivywild again during the warm season). Oh well, lesson learned.

I’ll close this post on a more positive tone: I just found out that my graduation application from Liberty University was accepted! I will officially be graduating in December with my B.S. in Psychology, minoring in Counseling. AND!!!! I will be starting my Master’s in Professional Counseling in the new year! Things are about to change drastically, and even though I know I will be even busier than I am now, I am very excited (understatement, actually)! 😀