I Just Want to Travel

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I love to travel. There’s just something so amazing about exploring a new place, culture, way of life, that really makes me feel alive. I love wandering around new cities and getting lost. I love listening to people speak different languages and wondering what they are saying.

Every year my vacation days refresh and I begin to plan all of the things I want to do and see. My work is pretty good about vacation time but it never seems to be enough for me. There’s a whole world out there that I want to explore!

Brett also loves to travel so we talk constantly about the next places on our bucketlist. In 2020 we really want to visit Amsterdam and Prague but I’d love to sneak in a few days in London. We didn’t plan a big trip in 2019 because we traveled to Florida, Arizona, Oregon, and Florida again. I think we will visit Massachusetts or New Hampshire in the fall though!

Travel is something that is always on my heart and mind. I visited Europe for the first time in 2011 and became addicted to exploring new places. There are so many places that I haven’t been and I’m looking forward to visiting all of them!

Do you love to travel?

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July According to my iPhone

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July was another crazy busy month! I’m trying to enjoy every minute of summer but it’s going by way too quick. In July I got to celebrate the birth of my twin nieces, lots of birthdays, family time, and unfortunately, the death of Brett’s grandpa.

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My husband, Brett, works for an airline but he also works as a Media Director for a local airshow and balloon festival. The airshow takes place the week of the fourth so leading up to that I got to watch all of his news interviews on TV. He does such a great job!

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I don’t really care for airplanes but I do love seeing the hot air balloons! This picture was taken at one of the night balloon illumes. I especially love the American flag balloon!

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Next we celebrated the birth of my sister in law’s twins! Her and her husband had been trying for kids for at least 5 years before these little miracles were born. Ava and Elizabeth were born July 12th at 35 weeks. Their mom had been hospitalized since 31 weeks. Mom and babies are doing great! The girls got released from the NICU a few days ago and are home with their parents.

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Oscar got to come to work with me for the afternoon! He loved meeting my co-workers, getting lots of cuddles, and sitting on my lap while I worked. He’s such a good boy!

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Brett’s grandpa passed away on July 15th at 97 years old. Grandpa Ed was in the Army Air Force in WWII. We went down to Florida last week for his service and to clean out the house. He was buried with full military honors. Grandma Emma who passed away in 2017 was buried alongside him.

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We also had to say goodbye to Emma and Ed’s house in Florida. We spent four days cleaning everything out, organizing, and dividing all the belongings. I had a hard time leaving because I have so many great memories from our many trips to visit.

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These two were my favorite! Just look how sweet they were! I have so much love for both Ed and Emma and know that they loved me just as much. One of my favorite things about this trip was looking through the millions of pictures they had collected. Ed scrapbooked before scapbooking was cool! His scrapbook from WWII was one of the coolest things I have ever seen.

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Brett’s Aunt from Tennessee is visiting this week. They had a family reunion on Sunday so she’s been staying at our house since. It’s kind of fun having our first real house guest!

July had many highs and lows. It was hard to lose Grandpa Ed but we gained two new lives at nearly the same time. We had prayed for Ava and Elizabeth for years and I can’t wait to pass on the stories of their amazing great-grandparents to them.

How was your July?

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Saying Goodbye

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Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when you don’t know when goodbye is coming.

I’ve mentioned Brett’s grandparents many times in travel posts and quarterly goals. His grandma and grandpa moved to Florida 20ish years ago. Brett and I made a point to go down and visit them at least once a year and they became another set of grandparents for me to love.

Grandma Emma passed away on November 30th, 2017. She was a fierce woman who stood strong for everything she believed in. I loved her stories about all the places they traveled, her brutal honesty, and her love for her family. We’d sit on the couch in the Florida room for hours and just chat about anything and everything.

Emma made the best homemade chocolate frosting, french toast, and roast. Each visit she’d welcome us with a homemade cake and a hot dinner. We shared a love for travel, books, music, and the Bailey family. The first time I met her she dragged me to her closet and had me try of dozens of Mardi Gras beads. I really cherish the time we had together.

Grandpa Ed passed away on July 15th, 2019. This loss hit me really hard. He was a WWII veteran, Purple Heart recipient, and an amazing story teller. He was stubborn, strong, and had a great sense of humor. He looked so much like Brett. Ed passed away suddenly and at 97 years old it was still unexpected.

Ed is the reason why Brett loves airshows and aviation as much as he does. He’s also the reason why Brett has so much respect for our military and our country. He taught Brett to love history and introduced him to many of his favorite movies. Ed was a hero and I feel honored to have known him. My last words to him were “see you soon” and I know I’ll see him again one day.

We will be traveling down to Florida soon to celebrate Ed’s life with our family. He will be missed but Brett and I will make sure to pass on his legacy to our future children and grandchildren. The sacrifices he made for us will not be forgotten.

This week has been hard (and it’s only Tuesday!) but I feel good knowing that Emma and Ed have been reunited. I aspire to have 70+ years of marriage and to travel the world like they did.

See you later, Ed and Emma!

“After all, to the well organized mind, death is but the next greatest adventure.” – J.K Rowling

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What Fourth of July Means to Me

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Happy Fourth of July!

Today is one of Brett’s favorite days of the year and I always try to share his excitement! Our 4th always consists of spending the day at an Air Show and celebrating all of the men and women who fought or are currently fighting for our country!

I always think of both of Brett’s Grandpas on this day. His Grandpa Charlie died before we started dating but was an incredibly hardworking man. But his Grandpa Ed (Red) lives in Florida and I have got to know him well through the years.

When Brett’s Grandma passed away in December we spent a lot of time with his Grandpa. Ed pulled out his scrapbook that he created from his days in the Army and shared many stories about his experiences during World War II. It was heartbreaking to see how badly these memories still hurt him. He was injured and earned a Purple Heart which is a huge honor! I am proud to call him “Grandpa” and will make sure to pass along his stories to our future children.

It hurts me to watch him suffering from the loss of his wife and an injury that still he suffered during World War II. He lives alone now in his nineties while his whole family is in Michigan. The VA has done very little to help him while he risked his life for years for this country.

The Fourth of July means so much more than fireworks and barbeques. It’s a day to remember all of those people who represented our great country and fought for our freedom. All of the people who still suffer from the memories and heartbreak of war.

I am proud to live in the United States but I realize that it took a lot of suffering from others in order for us to enjoy this freedom. Today we should celebrate America and all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Thanks for reading and Happy Fourth!

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USA: hidden gems you can’t miss, according to travel bloggers – Curlygirlabroad

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I am so happy to have had the chance to work with Emma from Curly Girl Abroad on her recent blog post! It was great to share a bit about where I’m from in Michigan.

Thanks again, Emma!

Florida 2014

Well, it’s been two weeks since Brett and I got back from Florida so it’s probably time to start writing about our trip! We had a great time relaxing and enjoying time off from school together. The week we were gone was my only week off from school. As soon as we got back I started school again. So it was a much needed break from school and life!

We flew down Monday afternoon and arrived in Florida around 7 pm.  Our car rental company surprised us with an upgrade to a 2014 Mustang! We were so surprised and excited so thanks so much rental company! After we got our car we had to drive from Tampa to Lakeland which is only about a 45 minute car ride. However, traffic was terrible and it ended up taking us about 2 hours to get to Brett’s grandparents’ house. And of course once we got there we had a ton of catching up to do (even though I was exhausted and falling asleep on the couch).

I LOVE THIS CAR!!!! <3

I LOVE THIS CAR!!!!

Day one in Florida we slept in and then went exploring. And by exploring I mean shopping! J Brett loves taking me shopping (not really). He’s a trooper though! We were only gone for a couple of hours and by the time we got back it was already time for dinner. On our first night in Florida Brett’s grandma always makes a huge pot roast feast for us! It’s one of the things I always look forward to about going to his grandparents. After dinner we watched American Idol and Dancing with the Stars.

Day two we went to SeaWorld! It was so cute and fun even though it rained almost all day. We weren’t able to ride any rides or see the killer whale show which was super disappointing. It was my very first time going to SeaWorld Orlando (I went to the one that used to be in Ohio when I was 5). I thought it was really fun and I had a great time seeing all the animals with Brett. We have so much fun hanging out together; he really is my best friend!

 

Dolphin show!

Dolphin show!

Sleeping Brett! He's so cute!

Sleeping Brett! He’s so cute!

Day three was spent searching for our lost car keys….. Don’t ask.

Don't worry! We found them....5 hours later

Don’t worry! We found them….5 hours later

So day four we went to Busch Gardens Orlando…..which ended up being closed because of flooding. They originally delayed opening until 2 pm so we went to Golden Corral to eat. Then we drove back to Busch Gardens only to find out that they decided to close for the day. Brett was so sad and I was pretty upset because we had wasted a whole day waiting for the park to open! It rained so much that morning that the park was completely flooded and they couldn’t get rid of all the water! So instead we went to the outlet mall for two hours and then headed home for a homemade dinner with the grandparents.

Rainbow!

Rainbow!

Finally on day five we made it to Busch Gardens! We had so much fun going to all the exhibits and riding the rides! The park is huge which really surprised me! It was my first time going to Busch Gardens and I really liked it. There was so much to do including shows, exhibits, and rides. I’m not a huge roller coaster person but I did manage to ride a few rides with Brett. He LOVES roller coasters and totally nerds out about anything that has to do with them.  We finished the day by making dinner for Brett’s grandparents. Brett and I made them steak kabobs (they had never even heard of kabobs, crazy!!). I also made them an ice cream cake which is their favorite thing!

Busch Gardens was so much fun!

Busch Gardens was so much fun!

Feeding a kangaroo!!

Feeding a kangaroo!!

Falcon's fury not open yet=sad Bretten

Falcon’s fury not open yet=sad Bretten

Sunday was our last day. We woke up early for homemade French toast before heading to the airport. The last day is always super sad. We had a direct flight back to Michigan and my parents were nice enough to meet us at the airport and then take us to dinner.

So sad to go home :(

So sad to go home 😦

Our Florida trip was so much fun and I am very glad that I got to spend the week with my boyfriend! He is so sweet! Brett’s grandparents are the nicest people in the world and it makes me sad that we only get to see them once a year! They are both in their 90s and unfortunately are not in the best of health. So it’s really important to us that we make it down every year to see them!

Thanks for reading!

Back to Reality

Hello guys! I am officially back from Florida!

Our rental car, a 2014 Ford Mustang!

Our rental car, a 2014 Ford Mustang!

Brett and I at SeaWorld visiting the penguins!

Brett and I at SeaWorld visiting the penguins!

Brett and I had a fantastic trip to visit his grandparents and are very sad to be back. School started for me on again Monday and I am taking Organizational Behavior which is a management class. So far the class seems okay but my professor is very entertaining. I am also back to work which is awesome! We are going through a lot of changes so I am learning a lot.

A beautiful Florida rainbow :)

A beautiful Florida rainbow 🙂

I am working on more posts right now so I should be back soon. Thanks for the patience!