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Hey, I'm April and I love to write, take pictures, sing, blog, dance, workout and spend time with my family! Although, not in that order. ;)

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)! 😀

I love Colorado Springs during the summer! It’s the one time I’m actually cool with it being ridiculously sunny all the time (although this past summer was SO cool because it thunder-stormed almost every day at 3 pm). Because we’re temporarily living in North Carolina this Fall and early winter – we got here two weeks ago – it was pretty neat to go through all the photos I took during our summer in the Springs.

I really loved these ones in particular, because we got to visit a castle by Garden of the Gods. This is the second time we visited Glen Eyrie Castle (first time for Myles), but last time we went it was snowing and WAY too freaking cold to walk around the grounds and enjoy the beauty of this place. We spent the entire afternoon eating snacks, walking around, and taking pictures! My kind of day!!

Anyway, keep your eyes peeled for more pictures of our adventures in the Springs over the next month or so (and don’t forget to view our previous posts)!

Downtown Colorado Springs holds many different photo ops. What with all the coffee shops, cafés, and places to hang out, you’re sure never to experience a dull moment! In fact, a couple of weeks ago, we happened to walk up to an elephant being showcased in the middle of the park! This elephant was SO magnificent and cool. I managed to grab a few shots of her (although I wish I could have snapped a few with Fletcher standing close-by, but alas, Fletcher was flipping out. Turns out, she doesn’t like being close to elephants).Fletcher does, however, like visiting different and unique coffee houses. This teeny tiny coffee house – called Story Coffee Company – is right in the center of downtown Colorado Springs. We walk by it all the time and I decided to take some pictures!The owner of Story is very friendly and easy to talk to. He’s used to having people take pictures of his coffee shop, so he continued to do his thing while I tried my best to make my 35mm lens work for this tiny shop. Although I wasn’t able to bring Myles in (he was in the stroller), Fletcher loved the bar stools! We will definitely be visiting this place again soon!