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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Celebrating the Fourth of July!

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Happy Fourth of July!

Today is a day to celebrate America and recognize all of the men and women who fought for our freedom and independence. It’s one of my favorite days of the year! Between barbecues, fireworks, and boat rides we should all take a moment to remember why we are celebrating today.

I will be celebrating at the lake with my family in the morning and early afternoon before heading out to the airshow to finish the day up with fireworks and airplanes. Brett is one of the most patriotic people that I have ever met so we will be celebrating America all week long.

I hope you have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

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Five on Friday #11

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Hooray! We made it to Friday! This was my first week back to work after vacation and I’m exhausted.

  1. Fourth of July is next weeks which means that it’s our biggest airshow week of the season. I’m exhausted just thinking about it! The fourth was always my favorite growing up because both sides of my family would get together to celebrate America and my sister’s birthdays. I loved having everyone together at the lake.
  2. We went to Oregon last week on vacation with my friend, Anna Sophie, and her boyfriend. You might remember her from my study abroad posts. We hadn’t seen each other since leaving London in 2015 so it was so nice to catch up! I’m hoping to write a whole post about our trip soon.
  3. Before vacation I was really motivated on my health and fitness journey. My goal is to not only lose weight but to accept my body at every stage along the way. I’ve spent the past couple of years being really terrible to myself with the way I talk about and treat my body and I know that needs to stop. Body image is a huge issue in our current culture and I’ve really had to step back from social media in order to get my head back in a good place.
  4. Going on vacation has really made me realize that I need to spend more time away from work. My work-life balance has gotten much better since last year but I still worry and think about work way too much. I need to step back every once in a while and just worry about me.
  5. I had a neurologist appointment on Monday afternoon and I’m thinking about doing a Migraine update post to share what’s been going on. I haven’t done an update post in awhile because there hasn’t been any updates.

Do you have any plans for this weekend?

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Summer 2019 Bucketlist

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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!

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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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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!!