Posts Tagged ‘celebrate’

christina’s bridal shower

It seemed like just last week I was putting my FJ Cruiser into low gear to get Christina and me up the treacherous muddy trail to the cabin for her bachelorette party. And here we are already, dolled up for her bridal shower! I'm afraid to blink because I can't afford to miss her wedding!! The venue was beautiful and impressive. It really seemed to fit Christina's wedding vision of "Jane Austin" romantic. Nearly all the girls from the bachelorette party were there – plus Christina's mom, her wedding planner, and a friend from work. So I knew a lot of people! Jewel hosted a Jane Austin-themed game where the teams had to guess if a line was from a Jane Austin book or not. It was very difficult for me…. less so for Christina and some of the other girls, haha. Hashani, the maid of honor, brought a stunning cake, and rumor has it she made it herself. So impressive! It was fun to see Jessica again, too. I mean, she compliments my hair color and my height (5'6" vs. her 5'5.5") and my IG videos so naturally we're BFFs. ;) What really struck me most about this bridal shower was how many people came to show their love and support for Christina. She has a lot of people in her corner – a ton of family and another ton of friends. God has certainly blessed her with a great tribe. And I'm happy to be part of it! Congrats Bride-to-be!

bachelorette cabin weekend

Bachelorette Party, Cabin Edition! This was nearly all of us who drove to the mountains in West Virginia for some weekend shenanigans – Sheree, Jewel, Christina, Jessica, Danielle, Daniela, and me – just missing Hashani!

elena’s birthday

Happiest of birthdays to one of my very favorite sisters-in-law! I am so glad you came into our family four years ago. Life has certainly changed because of you, and we are blessed to know you. We wish God's best for you this coming year.

easter with family

What a beautiful Easter weekend! The sun came out and warmed up the chilly April air. The budding trees provided a great and timely reminder of life after death. Death is conquered, as proved by the empty tomb. Jesus is a living savior! Because he lives, so do I.

happy birthday declan!

This little goofball turned two! Tully and Megan invited us up for Declan's big birthday bash. And it was big! There were easily 50 people there, at least a third of whom were kids. A lot of family traveled in to make it, plus friends and coworkers with their kids in tow. Brian and I came the night before and helped with setup. In all, the backyard held a tent for shucking oysters, a wildly popular inflatable bouncy house, a cool sandbox house, and Tully's newly licensed and purchased hotdog cart (Hero Dogs). That doesn't even account for the food and drink spread. At first I thought, "why would you go through all this effort" but then I saw the massive windfall of gifts – plus the fun of hosting a party – and my mind totally changed. Big birthday bashes for everyone! :)

birthday part I


This was a super last-minute trip, to the point where Mom wasn't sure whether to mail my birthday card or hand it to me. Ha. Sorry, Mom. But it wasn't really indecision; more like a lack of time to make a decision. Brian and I had a lot going on leading up to Labor Day weekend: Brian had just started a new job and was spending a lot of overtime there even in the first week. He spent his remaining waking hours studying our budget and spending trends. I was busy with a couple big work projects, and all my free time was spent on homework for this certification I'm trying to get. We were also looking into flights to MN that turned out to be prohibitively expensive. Our only two sources of relaxation were walking Sasha and watching the US Open (btw, how fun is professional tennis??).

date night & fireworks


I'm not sure when exactly it started, but Brian and I have created a loose tradition of going out to eat for date night once a week. The warm weather probably has something to do with it. We try to go to places with outdoor seating to take full advantage of our summer nights. It's been a great way to reconnect at the end of a long day or week. It provides a great excuse to slow down, set down our electronics, and interact with the people in our community. Or just each other, if that's what we want. :)  This particular night we grabbed quesadillas from California Tortilla. As we sat outside enjoying our food, fireworks started going off. They were coming from the nearby town center. Dusk had settled by the time we finished eating, so Brian put the top down on the convertible and we went on an impulsive drive toward the source. It was so fun to see the fireworks from inside the car. A bunch of people were pulled over on the side of the road to watch, and the town center parking lot was nearly maxed out. We squeezed in and enjoyed being part of fun – even though we had no idea what we were celebrating! Haha. 

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