May According to my iPhone

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May was a super busy month for me! It wasn’t very memorable and slightly boring though. Mostly work, family time, dog walks, and time at the lake. Here’s a quick recap of what my life looked like in May.

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Let’s start with the world’s happiest dog, Oscar! We celebrated his first gotcha day in May. This means that one year ago we adopted Oscar from the animal shelter and brought his home to join our family. You can read his full adoption story here. It was really important to both Brett and I that we rescue a dog and give them a good life after a not so great start. I think we have succeeded so far!

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May was dreary and rainy for the most part but we still had some good times at the lake! I’m ready for summer!

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May was the last week of my work’s walking challenge. Brett, Oscar, and I walked pretty much every day around are neighborhood. My boys are so cute! ❤

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It was beautiful a beautiful spring in Michigan (when it wasn’t raining)! I love seeing everything come to life after a long winter.

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Oscar isn’t a fan of swimming but he loves sitting on the dock! We enjoyed our first real lake day on Memorial Day!

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My grandparent’s got a new boat this year and we took it on it’s maiden voyage on Memorial Day! Such a fun day with family!

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Here’s a quick look at our upstairs guest bedroom. I never fully decorated it when we moved in so I’m finally getting around to making it feel like a welcoming part of our home. Here’s a before and hopefully I’ll have an after soon! It’s a huge space because it’s a converted attic so it’s the length of our house. The old owners used it as their master bedroom.

Did you do anything fun in May? What are you looking forward to in June?

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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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21st Birthday Week Activities!

It is officially the week of my 21st Birthday! As I have mentioned before, birthdays have always been special to me because I share it with my Grandpa and Riley. Birthdays give me a chance to celebrate everything that I have accomplished in the last year and give me something to look forward to.

This year, I started my birthday week off with a trip to Cedar Point with Brett. Brett is a huge roller coaster fan and yesterday (October 19th) was the last day that the ride Mantis would be running. Brett is weird and sentimental about roller coasters so I agreed to drive down with him to say goodbye to Mantis. It ended up being the perfect day because it was pretty warm and the park was slow so we were able to ride almost every coaster without waiting. We had a great day together!

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Some other activities that I am looking forward to this week are:

  • Getting my new driver’s license: My current license features my braces and awkward 16 year old face. I am super excited to get a new one that actually looks like how I look now.

    16 year old me buying my first car!

    16 year old me buying my first car!

  • Organizing my birthday party: I am looking forward to having an awesome 21st birthday with all of my friends. We are still figuring out all of the details but it’s going to be a fun night no matter what we do.
  • Outlet Shopping: On the 25th my mom, sister, and I are traveling to the outlet mall for some serious shopping time!
  • Birthday party at the lake: Celebrating my birthday at the lake with my Grandpa and the rest of my family is seriously the best part of my birthday every year. I love spending time with my family and the lake looks beautiful in the fall!
  • The Lake!

               The Lake!

  • Carving pumpkins: My dad bought me and Dani pumpkins to carve for Halloween. I just think that carved pumpkins are so cute and I always have a great time designing mine!

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Overall, this week is going to be filled with so many great memories. I am planning on cherishing the time that I get to spend with my Grandpa, family, and friends this week. Turning 21 is a huge milestone but to me it is about way more important things than finally being able to drink alcohol. Turning 21 means that I have spent the past 20 years growing, learning, and becoming a better person. I am grateful for all of the opportunities that I have had over the last 20 years and I am looking forward to all of the adventures that 21 will bring me.

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!

Spring Break: Arizona Part Two

Our first full day in Arizona was on a Sunday. My grandparents took us to this giant flea market to look around and shop. Dani found a lot of really cool things including, jewelry, beads, and dream catchers. I enjoyed walking around with my grandparents and just looking at all of the cool and very random items on display. You can find anything at flea markets and the best thing is most of the vendors are willing to negotiate prices with you!

Enjoying the mountain views on one of the many drives in Arizona.

Enjoying the mountain views on one of the many drives in Arizona.

My grandparent's spoiled us with about a million of these delicious peanut butter cups! If you haven't tried them yet you should go buy yourself a huge box right now!

My grandparent’s spoiled us with about a million of these delicious peanut butter cups! If you haven’t tried them yet you should go buy yourself a huge box right now!

 

The rest of the day was spent catching up and relaxing. My grandparents left right after Christmas for Arizona so we had a ton to talk about. They are huge supporters of mine and my sister’s education and really take in interest in what classes we are taking and what we are learning from them. I especially like talking to my grandpa about education because he is really smart and knows a lot of different information on a variety of subjects.

Relaxing with grandma

Relaxing with grandma

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We spent most of our time in Arizona going on “adventures”. My grandparents had looked forward to use coming and had a huge list of activities for us to do. It’s never a dull moment with my family!

One of my favorite days in Arizona was Tuesday morning when we got up bright and early to get pedicures. Tuesday was a girl’s day and even my Aunt Marilyn joined in on the fun. We had a relaxing time getting our nails done and they even lined all of us up in a row so we could talk! My grandma had so much fun and she met a ton of new people. My toes are now red with feathers on the big toe.

After pedicures, we went shopping at this beautiful outdoor mall. My grandma had been talking for a couple of months about taking us to this store called Charming Charlie’s. I had never even heard of it before but fell in love with it! Charming Charlie’s is basically a girl’s dream closet. It has jewelry, shoes, and clothes in every color of the rainbow! We spent a good hour in there looking at everything. I helped my grandma pick out the cutest outfit for spring complete with jewelry and a new purse!

That night we went to a restaurant called “Organ Stop Pizza” with the whole family. My grandparents live in the same community as my Aunt Marilyn, Uncle Gordon, Uncle Larry, and a few of their other close friends. Last time we were in Arizona we went to this place and I loved it so much so my grandparents made sure to take us back this time. We all split a giant pizza and sat back and watched two of the organ shows. At one point in time my grandma was singing along with the music which made me unbelievably happy. If you are ever in Arizona I recommend stopping at this place and watching the show!

Organ Stop Pizza! This man was incredible at playing the organ!

Organ Stop Pizza! This man was incredible at playing the organ!

There will be more later but for now I have to finish my economics and business technology homework. Thanks for reading!