Gardening in My Skinny Jeans

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Yes, you read that right. In my skinny jeans. I figured I needed to wash them anyway, so why not garden in them? Haha.

After living in Costa Rica for several years, I was finally able to take advantage of Mom´s perennial generosity. Mom was excited to share her flowers and I was excited to receive : ). We dug in her garden to our hearts’ content on Saturday (actually until it started raining and we were running for cover) and today I dug to my heart’s content (actually until I ran out of things to plant : )). I’m excited for the garden to not look so… droopy, haha. We can look forward to yellow and orange day lilies, purple cone flowers, black-eyed susans, yellow buttercup, snapdragons, and another flower that I forgot its name : ). There’s also a miniature forsythia bush that will bud yellow next spring. Oh, and you can’t forget the hostas. : )

Flowers from Mom: free

Mulch: $5

Childhood favorite Snapdragons: $4

Dirt under my fingernails: priceless


Spring Breaks of the Past

I realized this year that it is the first Spring Break since high school that I didn’t turn it into a big trip. I’ll take you through my mental reminisce:

Spring Break 2011

Road Trip: Playa Soraya and to Río Celeste

Adventurous Friends: Katie Zobro and Lisa Hartman

Read about it: Here and here

Yes, it's as gorgeous as it looks. Only even better in real life.

Here we are -- fresh and crispy from the beach hiking to Río Celeste.

Spring Break 2010

Bus Trip to Panama

To Keep Me Company: my very bestest friend Tricia

Read about it: Here and here and here and about the artwork here and about running into other Judson friends here

I checked ''Panama Canal'' off my list of places to go.

While hiking along the beach, we found this weird sphere that had washed on shore. We later found out it was used in the Panama version of the TV show Survivor.

Spring Break 2009

Bus Trip to Playa Montezuma

Friends: Kim VanArtsdalen and Trish

Read about it: Here 

Oh yes, I get that tan... only after 4 straight days in the equatorial sun. LtoR Kim, Trish, Kate

Spring Break 2008

Chicago Experience

Organization: Sonshine Gospel Ministries

Check out their ministry: Here

We went to class every morning to learn about the history of Chicago, and then we had assignments around the city based on what we learned.

We stayed in a house in South Chicago in a neighborhood covered in graffiti.

Spring Break 2007

San José, Costa Rica

Organization: A whole bunch of them…

Here's our team... I know you're thinking, ''That's a dorky sweater, Kate.'' Don't worry, my current sense of fashion agrees with you.

I think this is the moment when I fell in love with the rainforest.

Spring Break 2006

Nassau, Bahamas

Organization: Adventure Learning Center

Check out their ministry: here

We visited orphanages and worked at the Adventure Learning Center with students all week.

We painted houses that overlooked the Atlantis resort. Many families could not afford to even think about going to Atlantis for a day.

Spring Break 2005

Dublin, Ireland


We worked in schools most of the week, putting on plays and answering kids' questions about being Americans.

Ireland is very green and very cold in March.

And while I didn’t go anywhere this year, I accomplished a lot of graduate homework. : ) Besides, it’s fun to imagine where I might go next year…