Summer 2019 Bucketlist

summer 2019 bucketlist

June is here which means it’s practically summertime in Michigan! Summer is always so busy for us so I like to make a list of things that I want to get done. Pretty much every weekend in the summer we are at an airshow so my free time is super limited. Creating a bucketlist helps me to actually enjoy my summer!

  • Watch fireworks
  • Have a bonfire and roast s’mores
  • Go hiking
  • Host a cookout
  • Learn how to mow the lawn
  • Plant flowers
  • Paint our dressers
  • Go kayaking
  • Spend as much time at the lake as possible
  • Try to teach Oscar to swim
  • Go for boat rides
  • Spend a day doing nothing but reading
  • Go to the beach
  • Eat dinner outside every night for a week
  • Plan a small wedding anniversary trip
  • Airshows, airshows, airshows

What are your plans for this summer?

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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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I’d Rather be at the Lake

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Fourth of July weekend offered a much needed break from my crazy busy schedule. Unfortunatly, I wasn’t able to get the whole weekend off so I had to work 11:30-8 on Saturday. But besides that I had a fantastic time out at the lake with my family, watching fireworks, grilling out, and going to a local airshow/balloon event that Brett helps coordinate.

Let’s begin with July 4th. Usually on the fourth both sides of my family (my mom’s family and my dad’s family) come together for a huge celebration at the lake. This year was a little different because we had a smaller party with only a few families there. It was still so much fun to have both of my Grandmas hanging out together. I love being able to spend time with both of my families at once!

Grandpa taking us on a boat ride <3

Grandpa taking us on a boat ride 

The fourth was even more special because my Grandpa took us on a boat ride. This felt like the biggest treat ever because he rarely ever drives the boat anymore. I love when he takes us on boat rides because he can tell us who lives where on the lake. He just knows so much and I really admire him. I felt so spoiled being able to spend so much time with my grandparents this weekend!

My family

My family

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After spending time out at the lake my parents, sister, and I headed to the airshow grounds for fireworks. Brett’s whole family was there as well as a few of his friends so we had a great time hanging out together. I really enjoyed the fireworks this year and I love being able to watch them with my family and friends. I enjoy celebrating our freedom and thanking everyone that has fought for our country. I feel lucky to live in such a great country where we are free vote and make our own decisions.

Kids playing with sparklers and bonfire.

Kids playing with sparklers and bonfire.

Like I said before, I had to work on the fifth. After work we had a neighborhood party with food, drinks, a bonfire, and fireworks. It was fun sitting around the fire talking and laughing with my neighbors. I have known most of them since I was 4 or 5 so they have all watched me grow up. I have babysat most of the kids and it is weird watching them turn into teenagers. It seems like just yesterday I was changing their diapers and tucking them into bed!

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Love

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Today I woke up bright and early to go to the performer briefing for the airshow. I’m obviously not a performer but Brett has to go to the briefings so that he can update the event’s facebook page. After that, we headed to the event grounds to get ready for our busy day. It was such a nice day to spend watching all of the amazingly talented pilots!

 

Smiley face in the sky!

Smiley face in the sky!

The Thunderbirds!

The Thunderbirds!

The Blue Angels flew by to say hello after the show! So cool!

The Blue Angels flew by to say hello after the show! So cool!

Brett is majoring in Aviation Administration so he loves all things airplanes. I just love how happy airshows make him. He is so passionate about them! I had a great day hanging out with Brett and his friends. I am grateful that I get to have opportunities like this!

I had such a great weekend. I don’t want to go to work tomorrow at all! I am pretty sunburnt even though I wore sunscreen so I know that wearing my uniform tomorrow will suck!!!

How did you spend your Fourth of July weekend?? Thanks for reading!!