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January 29, 2016

My Hymn For The Weekend

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Hey friends!

I don’t know if you know, but Coldplay released their music video for their awesome song Hymn For The Weekend feat. Beyonce and it is amazing.  I titled this blog after their song and also because I am going to tell you about a great weekend I had two weeks ago.

Two weekends ago, I drove me and a van load of my friends to the River Market to do a little shopping.  For those of you who are new to the KC area or just do not know much about it ( I am one of those people.  I don’t know much of anything.), the River Market is a part of the Downtown Kansas City area. On the weekends, there is a lot of local produce sold.  It is not the best in the winter though, because it is not as big.  Not as many people are there selling their goods.  It was definitely still worth the trip though.  We mainly bought fruits and vegetables.

Before we went to the market, we stopped by Quay Coffee for some caffeine goodness.  From there we walked over to the market.  Once there, we began to look for some good stuff because we wanted to come back and cook dinner with all the things we bought.  I got some peppers, hummus, pomegranate tea, and some bubble tea!  We also stopped by an Italian store to get some pastries.  They were ‘fracking’ delicious.  I also saw a man carrying a mesh sack with two LIVE CHICKENS!  I panicked a little when I saw them….I have a strange fear of chickens.  Don’t ask why.  That’s a long story for another time.  Maybe next week’s blog?

After we bought all of our goodies ( I hate that word and I have no idea why I used it.  I am sorry.)  We walked over to the the big Chinese market across the street.  I LOVE Chinese markets.  This one smelled like fish though.  Like it smelt really bad!  They had a big fish market in the back.  They would chop it all up for you on the spot!

When we had our fill of culture and diversity for the day, I drove us back to cook our dinner!  We had kale salad (did not like it.  Kale is overrated), avocado spread for pita bread, hummus, and peppers.  It was a pretty successful day, if I do say so myself!

Amanda served as our photographer for the day!

This was the gang for the weekend. Amanda, Me, Wyatt, Phil, Ty, and Erin

This was the gang for the weekend.
Amanda, Me, Wyatt, Phil, Ty, and Erin

This is what Amanda got to drink at Quay.   V artsy and hipster.

This is what Amanda got to drink at Quay.
V artsy and hipster.

Amanda is also a master of getting candid pictures.  This is me awkwardly trying to decide of I should get the spearmint tea or the pomegranate tea.

Amanda is also a master of getting candid pictures. This is me awkwardly trying to decide if I should get the spearmint tea or the pomegranate tea.  It was an overwhelming task for me!  Look at all my options!!!

Here Amanda is fascinated by the pickled octopus.  Shortly after this was taken, the man running the cash register told her that if she is going to take a picture of it, she had to eat it.  So she did and she did not hate it.

Here Amanda is fascinated by the pickled octopus. Shortly after this was taken, the man running the cash register told her that if she is going to take a picture of it, she had to eat it. So she did and she did not hate it.

Here is a pic of the guys right after we got our bellies full of Italian pastries.

Here is a pic of the guys right after we got our bellies full of Italian pastries.  Look at our cute heads.

Amanda got some v artsy pics of the stands.  Here are some spices.

Amanda got some v artsy pics of the stands. Here are some spices.

Here are some v artsy apples.

Here are some v artsy apples.

I was not aware that the picture was taken.....

I was not aware that the picture was taken…..

If you were wondering, I did make a typo! I meant to say “v artsy”.  V means very.  As if it was not short enough already.

But I suggest that everyone go check out the River Market sometime!  Especially in the summer when it is a lot bigger and hoppin.

Until next time friends!

Lynsie Petersen

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January 28, 2016

Improvising the Improv Show…And Leaving a Legacy in the Mean Time

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So after a crazy night of rehearsal, followed by an even crazier improv performance with Action Pact, and completely overtaking McDonald’s on Santa Fe, I managed to start leaving my mark and I hope you decided to as well! :)

Tune in next week for a behind-the-scenes look at “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie!

Katie Linsey

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January 27, 2016

The Truth About Community

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Going to MNU has definitely taught me a lot about what it means to live in community.

Coming into my freshman year, I had a lot of unrealistic expectations about the community at MNU. For example, I expected to be best friends with everyone. I didn’t expect cliques, drama, or really any hardships at all.

I’ve now been going to MNU for 3 full semesters, and in that time I’ve learned some simple truths about community.

Truth #1: You won’t be best friends with everyone

The community at MNU is unique because it’s giant. When I hear the word “community,” I think of a small group of people. But the community at MNU is made up of over 1,000 people.

When you’re living in a community of 1,000+ people, expecting to know everyone is unrealistic… and exhausting. I tried to do that my freshman year and it was brutal. It was great to walk into Campus Center and know I’d have someone to sit with all the time, but the relationships I formed couldn’t be deeper than surface level. You simply can’t have that many close friendships without going on at least 29 coffee dates every week.

I think of community as a big family. You’ve got your “siblings,” or your closest friends, that you see all the time and tell everything to. Then you have your “cousins,” who you love to talk to when you see them, but don’t keep up daily. And then there’s your “second cousins who live far away,” who you really don’t ever see, but if they ever needed anything, you’d be there simply because you’re family.

I would classify a majority of the students on this campus as my “second cousins who live far away.” I love them and would do anything for them, simply because we live in the same community, but I wouldn’t call them close friends. The cool thing about the community at MNU is that we can come together to worship, laugh, and cry together without being best friends. There’s a special connection you have with people when you share a community with them.

Truth #2: Community is made up of human beings

I have had drama at MNU. I have strained relationships on campus. There have been times when I’ve been frustrated with the community. But, I should’ve expected that, because anything made up of human beings is going to be imperfect. People don’t love the community at MNU because it’s perfect. They love it because it’s real. Because, at the end of the day, even with all the imperfections, it’s beautiful. Being a part of this community has taught me love, forgiveness, and grace on deeper levels than ever before.

Truth #3: You won’t love everything about it

I don’t love everything about MNU. I hope I don’t get fired for saying that. But in all honesty, if you’re planning on coming to MNU, chances are you won’t love everything either. I don’t know if there’s any community that you’ll love absolutely everything about. Sometimes I don’t feel like going to chapel. Sometimes I sit in my room while everyone else is at an ASG event. Sometimes I need to get away. And that’s okay. I had the expectation coming to MNU that I would love every second of every day. That it would be rainbows and butterflies all the time. But I thank God that’s not the case. Living in community with imperfect people creates great opportunity for growth. And that’s exactly what I’ve done while I’ve been at MNU. I’ve grown so much.

If you’re thinking about coming to MNU, I hope that being honest and vulnerable with you has opened your eyes to what community is all about. I hope that this excites you about the possibility of attending a university with an authentic community.

-KT

Renee DeVault

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January 25, 2016

Them there Crazy Christian People

January 25, 2016 | By | One Comment

Sunday night my small group gathered together in Weatherby chapel, sat in a small circle on the floor at the front, and spent the next two hours praying together and singing worship songs. I wish this was more normal for us and in time I hope it will be.

It got me thinking though…why isn’t this more normal?

Why do I feel uncomfortable praying for more than thirty seconds or worshiping without a leader or even a single guitar?

Jesus said in John 15 that the world will hate us as Christians because they hated him. We have been chosen out of the world. This is a theme all through the bible. In Exodus 19 God describes his people as a holy nation, a people set apart for him.

Being set apart naturally means that we will not fit into what is considered “normal” in this culture.

In 1st Peter we are called (depending on translation) aliens, foreigners, sojourners, and exiles and are told that we will be spoken against by the gentiles, or, metaphorically, people who haven’t accepted God’s Kingdom. As aliens, members of God’s kingdom living in this earthly kingdom, our actions will naturally be different because we are of a different people group.

Just think about the insanity that we are accused with when we obey God. Isaiah 55 explains that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and his ways are not our ways. When we become obedient and align our thoughts with God’s thoughts and our ways with God’s ways we cannot help but look foolish to the world because God’s thoughts and ways are different from what is traditionally accepted.

We’re freaks and weirdoes.

At least I believe we should be.

I began to wonder, while in my worship and prayer session, about something my pastor asked us this Sunday. He asked if all of our decisions made sense. He asked if the way we live appeared completely normal by worldly standards. Do we put our own interests first, do what seems logical, and spend our free time enjoying ourselves or are we something radically different; a wild, exotic freak.

Think about quitting a high paying job to pastor a small church. That doesn’t make sense.

Think about spending hours on end in prayer and worship. That doesn’t make sense.

Think about giving generously and without even thinking even when you don’t logically have the money to spare. That doesn’t make sense.

Putting others above yourself, loving your enemy, and taking care of the poor don’t really make sense.

Even talking about God in everyday conversation seems odd to me at times. I could go for days without bringing up God in my personal conversations with my friends and it would be perfectly normal by cultural standards.

Christianity doesn’t make sense within the value system of our culture because these actions put value on something other than personal gain, enjoyment of life, comfort, and money.

These are the kind of crazy things that I want to be normal for me. I want a new normal. To do this I believe I need to reconnect with my homeland, with a God utterly rejected by this world, and begin to think thoughts that that aren’t my thoughts by nature and live in ways which would not be my traditional ways.

This requires a flipping of the perception of what is valuable. Prayer and worship is valuable. Other people are valuable. Generosity, following God’s instructions no matter what, and trusting in him are valuable. I want it to be normal for me to discuss him with my friends in casual conversation because he is what I want to be the most important to me. And people talk about what is important to them.

This is all simple obedience which stems from the joy of catching a glimpse of the greatness of our God and the magnitude of the mercy he has on us. That messes with a person.

It’s about obedience. These “crazy” things may seem impossible to do, but if God has called us to them, we can do anything because he will give us strength (Philippians 4) and we will find contentment in our lives. Plus, God’s plans are to prosper you, to give you a hope and a future (Jerimiah 29) so that “crazy” thing is for your good…I’d say it’s probably best to do it.

So at least in myself and with my friends I’m going to try to make that a reality. I want to be seen as illogical and crazy. I’m praying for that right now. It’s scary, but also very fun. I’d challenge you to do the same.

 

Katie Linsey

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January 21, 2016

A Passion to Serve at MNU

January 21, 2016 | By | No Comments

MNU has lots of wonderful ministries that give students the opportunity to go into the community and serve others.

To be honest, I’ve been to a few ministries, but haven’t found time in my schedule to regularly commit to attend a ministry.

Last week, I was hired to create the MNU Ministries launch video for this Spring 2016. It was such a blessing to me because it allowed me to hear impactful stories from students who have been investing in ministries for a full semester. It’s encouraging to know that there is a group of students at MNU that devote time to ministries every week.

I love attending a school that equips students to serve in the community, and do it with the passions and talents that the Lord has given them. There are many different ministries, which I’ve listed below in case you’re curious about them.

LOL (Loving on Littles) – A group of students that goes to an apartment complex and plays with children.

Deep Cries Out – An anti-human trafficking ministry that educates themselves, brainstorms ways to help, and prays for the victims.

Freedom Fire – A group of students that goes to a community center to play with children and tell them the Gospel.

EMT (Emergency Mission Team) – This is a new ministry this semester. This group will be available for any “emergencies” that come up in the community.

SMILE (Students Ministering in the Lives of the Elderly) – This group of students goes to a nursing home and sings hymns to the elderly.

Center of Grace – This group of students goes to a soup kitchen and serves people in the community.

I’ve attached the video below so that you can hear from the students yourselves. I hope that you’re inspired and encouraged like I was!

If you’re an MNU student, it’s never too late to sign up for a ministry, or simply attend for a week. :)

If you’re not an MNU student yet, this is what you have to look forward to! A university with a passion to serve, that encourages and equips students to go out and be the hands and feet of Jesus.

-KT

Lynsie Petersen

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January 21, 2016

It’s Never Too Late For A Peace Treaty

January 21, 2016 | By | No Comments

I hate watching the news. It’s full of hatred and anger. I can’t tell you the last time I turned on Fox News and heard a story of peace and love.

Why is it that we live in a day and age where my Bluetooth speaker can tell me the weather report and my daily schedule, but I can’t feel safe walking out to my car after dark?

This week we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr Day and I sat through a passion filled chapel, but the whole time I was struggling with the concept of “peace”. Dr. King called for it and yet we haven’t gotten any closer in the last 43 years.

In Tuesday’s chapel, Michael Randle spoke about loving God with everything and loving our neighbors as ourselves. “We don’t need justice. We need to extend mercy to one another” -M. Randle

Michael Randle preaching about loving our neighbors.

Michael Randle preaching about loving our neighbors.

Randle spoke about showing mercy to all people, just like God does for us.

Randle spoke about showing mercy to all people, just like God does for us.

We live in a time where things can still be changed. Yes, I’m white, but that doesn’t matter. God calls us to love all people, no matter their race, religion, or walk of life!

I want to leave a legacy worth leaving, so maybe this is the first step. If we join together, we really can change the world. My parents always taught me to leave a place nicer than when I arrived, so why isn’t that applicable to the world we live in?

Stephanie Krohn

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January 20, 2016

From Cali to Kansas

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After having such a great flight, I had an even better stay in California. When thinking of Cali, all I think of are movies that depict long, white beaches with sparkling blue water, big houses, and rich people driving around in convertibles. The sun always shines, and the streets are full of surfers, skateboarders, tourists taking pictures, and people in bathing suites. I think of palm trees, In-N-Out Burgers, and Mountains or in other words: paradise.

The good thing: It was exactly like paradise. The bad thing: It was over too soon.

My boyfriend picked me up from the airport and the first thing I noticed was that there were palm trees everywhere.For somebody from a moderate climate zone, that is something really special. We drove along the highway to Lompoc, on the left the deep blue ocean and on the right the beautiful mountains. Just the highway number one is worth a visit.

Day 1:

On the first day, we went on a hike to the Gaviota peak where you can walk on a trail while looking into the valley and watch the ocean.

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An interesting fact was that people would walk the trail and leave water bottles hidden at the side of the trail in case somebody comes by and forgot to bring something to drink. Very smart and very nice these Californians! W

Day 2:

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The second day, we went to a little town, called Solvang. It is also called the Danish capitol of the United States. There were a lot of timbered houses constructed in an old Danish style which makes it look really pretty. The stores contain all kinds of typical European souvenirs. I almost felt like home. After that, we went to the Purisima Mission in Lompoc. It was founded in 1787 and was home to the Chumash people. Since a lot of Native Americans were slaughtered here, it is said that their spirits are still leaving in that mission. It has a lot of old rooms and the chapel is really scary and cold from the inside. I took the pictures during the day, but we came back at night again to see if there is really paranormal activity happening as seen on TV. At 1:30 am, we walked over the pitch black grass towards the building. We were a group of five people and two had already seen something on earlier visits. Besides being scared of the darkness, there wasn’t anything going on until we reached the end of the colony. There was a loud sound as if a door was shut. I panicked and I wanted to run back to the car, but everyone else froze in place, so I did the same. It was one of the scariest moments in my life. After that, we made the way back and left the park – luckily.

Day 3:

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Today, we went to my favorite beach of all times so far: Pismo Beach. It has a pier where a lot of people fish. That’s where we found this pelican that almost ate a kid. It was almost scarier than the Purisima Mission because this bird was reckless. We stayed until the sun went down and it was so beautiful. The beach was endless and the water was not too cold so I actually went inside to the height of my knees. We found a sanddollar and little crabs, both are really hard to find.

Day 4:

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Day 4, we spend in Santa Barbara shopping and on the pier. The streets were super long and surrounded by flowers and palm trees on each sides. People were sitting outside dining and others just enjoyed going window shopping. They had really cool and expensive shops there or should I say boutiques? The side walks were all paved and there were small alleys at the sides with sculptures or water fountains. Flags were hanging down from buildings and at night everything was glowing in the light of the street lanterns. On the pier, there were shops. As a fan of the penny collector machines, I immediately had to carve my penny with a picture of Santa Barbara.

I consider California one of the most beautiful places. Now I am back in Kansas with 50 degrees less, snow outside, and no mountains or beach. I have to say though that I missed everyone here and it is always nice to be reminded that friends always stay friends no matter where you are in the world!

Mackenzie Theiler

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January 19, 2016

It Has Only Been the 1st Week of School

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I love how, on the first day of fall semester, everyone is so excited to start school. Students arrive 3+ days early, setting up their dorm rooms, if they are living on campus. Then fall break comes and everyone is so happy the semester is over! Now, spring semester has began. Everyone is coming back as late as possible. Some students are even arriving on campus a few days after their classes have started. I find this, quite, hilarious.

It has only been the first week back, and I am counting down the days, till spring break. It has only been one week, and I am already bogged down with a ton of homework. I understand the difficulty of my major, but I would not change it for the world. The only thing that is stresses me out more than anything, is the cost to buy text books. The majority of students, only need a text book for that one semester. If they are taking science classes or math, generally, they only need it for 2 to 3 semesters, max. There are tons of sites that you can get books for cheep, and even, rent for very little cost. When I first started off going to college, I did not know anything about these websites. Being the first in my family to go to college, I was completely on my own. So I was this kid…

#collegebookcomic

I spent close to $1,000 just on text books for school. Do not be that kid. I have some sites listed below, that I have used,  to get cheaper text books. Hopefully, this will help you through your semester, when the professor makes you get the text book, even if it is just for “one page.”

 

bigword.com
(This website shows how much your book costs & compares it to tons of prices and places you can receive your text for less than half the cost.)
chegg.com
(This website is also good if you have questions or need a tutor for one of your tougher classes.)
amazon.com
(This is my favorite website to get my textbooks. Also, if you have Amazon prime, and need your books the next day they are really fast at delivery.)

Renee DeVault

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January 18, 2016

The Awkward Dinosaur Tries New Things

January 18, 2016 | By | No Comments

It’s a new semester, a new year, with new classes, a new job, and a time to try new things and start new habits.

This week I have begun all sorts of new things.

First of all I began my new job as Managing Editor and News Editor of the Trailblazer. I have a new office on campus and brand new coworkers.

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I got to decorate my office which was awesome and it’s really nice to have a place of my own to get some work done during the day.

I’ve been loving my new classes but probably my favorite so far is Hebrew. I have been missing learning languages. In High School I took French and American Sign Language but neither were nearly as challenging as I predict Hebrew is going to be.

First of all, it reads right to left and the written version has no vowels. I’ve been kind of obsessive about learning the alphabet and it’s one of the most fun things I’ve had to do for a class in a while. It sounds crazy but I love languages and writing. Learning how to write in completely new characters has been awesome.

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It’s good to take on new challenges. Isn’t that what college is for? Learning new things and challenging ourselves in order to grow? Hard classes are some of my favorite things. Next to raindrops on roses of course.

Speaking of a challenge, I have been looking for new things to do with friends on campus. Just because we live in Olathe, Kansas and attend a smaller private school doesn’t mean we can’t have wild and crazy times.

So naturally we have taken to starting fires, setting up hammocks, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

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Fire is fun.

Contained and mostly safe fire is probably the best for our uses. It’s a really good winter activity, especially if one has a craving for marshmallows and allergy friendly hot dogs.

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Gabe hung a hammock in his suit in Uphaus. It is incredibly fun and added some much needed extra seating to the suit for watching movies, and Youtube, and Netflix, and really anything. It’s like camping…but with air conditioning and a bathroom with running water.

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Dungeons and Dragons is awesome. I very much enjoy it much more than I thought that I would. It reminds me of pretend games that I would play when I was a little kid, except for with dice…and five other nerds on the same quest.

Basically Alex wrote a game for us and helped us create characters and we all learned how to play. I’ve played twice now and have absolutely loved it so far. it’s something I never would have tried before but I very much enjoyed it.

Try new things, especially when it’s harmless fun like using fictional characters to explore magical elf scholar caves and fight skeletons.

Another new thing I’m trying this semester is being more intentional about date nights.

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There are lots of great places to go on cheapish dates around MNU. Quinn and I went to Black Dog Coffee house in Lenexa on Thursday. They have some awesome specialty latte’s and the atmosphere is just so cute. Quinn and I sat in the bakery next door.

I really want to make sure that in this semester I take care of things that are really important to me. One of those things is definitely Quinn. Setting aside a date night out of our weeks keeps our schedules from getting too busy to make time for each other.

This semester is going to be full of new challenges and new things to enjoy, but I want to always have time in my life for my friends, Quinn, my family, and God.

Oh…and messing with Jordan.

I want to always have time to mess with Jordan.

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Isaac Walker

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January 15, 2016

A Look Back On My Break

January 15, 2016 | By | One Comment

Hey friends!

So this week concludes the first week of classes of second semester here at MNU.  Personally, I am not fully recovered from Winter Break.  It is a strange feeling because I was ready to come back to school.  Being a young adult and going back home is kind of weird.  My mom still wanted to know where I was going, who I was with, and when I would be home.  It really did not make me angry.  It was just kind of inconvenient because living here on campus, you get use to not having to tell anyone any of the details of your outings.

Thankfully, for most of my break I was not home.  The day MNU got out for winter break, I hopped on a plane with my younger brother and flew to Pennsylvania to see our father.

We were on the plane by 6:30am...We were not the happiest people on the plane.

We were on the plane by 6:30am…We were not the happiest people on the plane.

Once we got to PA, we were going non stop till the 31st of December!  I had one, and only one request though.  I HAD to see the new Star Wars movie.  Thankfully that was an easy request for our dad to fill.  I loved it with all my heart.  Also while we were with our dad, we did a lot of hiking.  We hiked along various parts of the Appalachian Trail.  I had never been hiking in PA before and I was kind of surprised how beautiful it is. Here are a few pics I took while we hiked.

This part of the Appalachian Trail went through a field. This is the lowest part of the entire trail.

This part of the Appalachian Trail went through a field. This is the lowest part of the entire trail.

This is where it started to get super rocky. It was awesome but very exhausting.

This is where it started to get super rocky. It was awesome but very exhausting.

We did not walk the whole trail. I found out it is actually pretty long. Here is a selfie I took at a pretty high point of the trail.

We did not walk the whole trail. I found out it is actually pretty long. Here is a selfie I took at a pretty high point of the trail.

Another pic from the high point. My big head isn't in it. Your're welcome.

Another pic from the high point. My big head isn’t in it. You’re welcome.

We did some other activities.  My dad had to work a few days so me and brother hung out at his apartment some.  We did not have access to a car, so we rode bikes around the cool town our dad lives in.

Young Asher on his bike.

Young Asher on his bike.

When we were not riding bikes, we were watching court shows on tv.  I became addicted to them…Judge Judy is my new #WCW.

One of the last days in PA, we drove Washington DC.  I had never been before and it was pretty awesome!  Sadly Obama was not there and I did not get to meet him…

We parked in the garage of this insanely nice hotel.

We parked in the garage of this insanely nice hotel.

Our first stop was to the Holocaust Museum. Not much needs to be said about it. It was beautiful, sad, amazing, and heart breaking all at once.

Our first stop was to the Holocaust Museum. Not much needs to be said about it. It was beautiful, sad, amazing, and heart breaking all at once.

Here is the Washington Monument. This is as close as I got...

Here is the Washington Monument. This is as close as I got…

As you can see, this is the one and only White House. Obama did not come out to say hi and the security guards outside would let me any closer...

As you can see, this is the one and only White House. Obama did not come out to say hi and the security guards outside would let me any closer to look in the windows…

We took a lot of selfies...I think my dad just discovered what they were and wanted to take them all the time!

We took a lot of selfies…I think my dad just discovered what they were and wanted to take them all the time!

After PA, we flew to Florida to meet our mom there.  We stayed with her brother and his family.  We went to the beach, an old military fort, and did some shopping.  We were there from January 1-6.  Here some pics I took while in FL.

Took this on the plane ride from PA to FL.

Took this on the plane ride from PA to FL.

It was pretty gloomy every day in FL, but it was still nice out.

It was pretty gloomy every day in FL, but it was still nice out.

This is a group photo of all the cousins and their significant others.

This is a group photo of all the cousins and their significant others.

This is me and my cousins precious, little child Lincoln Deahn.

This is me and my cousins precious, little child Lincoln Deahn.

Overall, I really enjoyed my winter break.  I got to spend it with loved ones I do not get to see regularly anymore.  At the same time, I am happy to be back here at MNU.

I hope you all had a great break and that you got to spend it with people you love you!  I hope this next semester is the best one yet for you all as well!

Until nest time friends!