And What A City It Was

Thursday, April 17, 2014

You know that feeling when you go somewhere and everything you see is beautiful? 
Well that is how I felt in Chicago. 
Not that everything was beautiful, but to my Country-Girl-Who-Only-Ever-Sees-Corn-Feilds-On-The-Horizon eyes, it was wonderful in every way. 
There was never a lack of photo-shoot locations or things to look at, or places to walk...nor was their a lack of noise. 
(Man, that city is one noisy city.)
To tell you the whole truth (which is always better than lying) I didn't take as many pictures as I would have liked.
I took more video footage, which I plan on sharing sometime soon.
But for now I will share 50% of the pictures I took, the other half are a shoot a did with my sister that are coming in a post all by themselves.
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Yours very truly, 
Mackenzie Hope

This Made Me Smile :: Monday :: Three Lovely Days In The City

Monday, April 14, 2014

This weekend my sister-in-law and I went up to The Windy City to visit my sisters at school. 
And what a weekend it was.
Full of...
Walking.
Coffee drinking.
More walking.
Picture taking.
Laughing.
Singing on the dorm roof.
Walking more.
Shopping.
Taking floor pictures (my sister is an RA).
Wedding planning.
Sister time.
Adventuring.
Wonderful Spring weather (finally!).
And so on.
It was grand.
I have ever so many pictures to share.....as well as a video I am working on of our weekend. 
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Happy Monday! 
-Mackenzie Hope-

This Made Me Smile :: Monday :: Lattes and Weekends

Monday, April 7, 2014

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It has been a good weekend. 
With lots of smiling. 
I think a good ol' list will sum it all up. 
1. Volley-ball season is back. 
Oh yay! 
2. Barefoot season is back. 
Never again will I put on a pair of shoes. 
Never ever. 
Well....okay...maybe not never.
3. Whoever invented frothed milk...I love them. 
And frothed milk. 
And a good latte. 
Coffee. 
No, I have not got the hang of latte art just yet. 
Well, not at home. 
At The Cafe that I work at I have done some latte art on and off...it is harder than it looks. 
One day. 
I still love frothed milk. 
A lot. 
4. There are many lovely plans plots and schemes going on around here.
Music. 
Adventures. 
Trips. 
Pictures. 
Et cetera. 
Yay. 

And that is that.
Happy Monday! 
Happy week. 
Happy life. 
The end. 
-Mackenzie-



This Made Me Smile :: Monday :: Cards

Monday, March 31, 2014

It was my birthday last week. 
I am happy to be a year older. 
But you know what else? I am happy to have the friends and family I do. 
I got so many sweet greetings and cards that just made, and kept making, my day wonderful. 
And most of these were not your ordinary birthday cards. 
No, almost every one was personalized in some way. 
One was a poem (Hi Zack (ch)...look you made it!). 
One had all my code names all over it (Don't ask.)
One a stunning painting (Miss Sarah Grace....you are the artistic one)
One with a lovely tea cup in lace on it (Hi Birthday Buddy!).
Two were lovely sentimental notes from my lovely sisters (*whooohwowh*....Delaney, you know what I am saying.)
One a lovely picture of a camera (Allison, question: does the bird have a  name? How about Herbert?).
One I had to de-code (it says "Happy Birthday Jack!".....no comment).
One had my favorite cartoon charter Vergil on it doing a dance (Andge....you de' boss so is Vergil)
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What can I say? I am I blessed with some creative friends and family, and so thankful for every one of them. I will save every one of these cards for years.

And that is all I have to say. 
Happy Monday and happy last day of March.

-Mackenzie Hope
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