Summers are for the Girls

Hello again friends!

Hope everyone had a great summer 2016. Mine was definitely full of highs and lows. But I am here to share with you the best part of my summer. Going to Ireland with my mom and grandma! I had never been to Europe before, and my grandma had never been out of the country until this summer. We got to take a girls trip to a destination of my choice to celebrate my graduation and I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Ireland. Being a photographer we talked the whole trip about it being a photographers dream, and I must say, it really was. So I’m going to share some of the highlights of my trip with you!

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To start off, it was an exciting day departing Oklahoma City knowing in 8 or so hours my grandma would have her first stamp in her passport! So my dad, brothers, and papaw came to see the girls off on our trip.

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Then while we were killing time at the airport I got to show my grandma the loveliness of Snapchat filters.

Our first day in Ireland consisted of my mom learning how to drive on the wrong side of the road, trying to power through some serious jet lag, and exploring the cute little town of Kilkenny that has a beautiful castle right in the middle of town.

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Once we actually got to exploring we had the learning curve of having to work my brother’s GoPro that we had never used before. So there are more videos like the one below than I would like to admit…

BUT with all the GoPro fails we had lots of successes as well. Check out this shot at the Cliffs of Moher. My mom is terrified of heights, so there are plenty of embarrassing pictures and videos of her, but I decided to be nice.

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What I loved most about this trip is that we didn’t really have a set schedule. Some days we would just hop in the car and drive around backroads until we found something we were interested in seeing. One of my favorite things we stumbled upon was a sign that said “Play with Baby Sheep.” Obviously I made my mom stop.

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Of all of the backroad adventures we took, our favorite was in Ardmore. We found this perfect little quaint town and just started to wander. We stumbled upon breathtaking cliffs, an old well, and even a castle literally out in the middle of a field. With all our wandering we accidentally got lost, so we REALLY got the backroad experience as we were walking down them trying to find our way back to our car.

I could go on and on for days about the amazing things we saw and did in Ireland, but I’ll keep it short and sweet for now. A few weeks after our trip my grandma suffered a stroke, and was in the hospital for weeks, but is luckily recovering. So we thank God everyday for the timing of our girls trip, and no matter what we can always look back on summer 2016 and smile, because we’ll always have Ireland.

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-xoxo- Alyssa

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