Monday, July 18, 2016

Birthday Weekend

Saturday was my 29th birthday, and I made sure to celebrate all weekend long :)

Friday night we had a cook out at our house, which actually wasn't related at all to my just ended up being one of the only nights we had free this summer to do it. We had about 20 people over and we ate, drank, played games, and hung out until late. It was a perfect night.

Since we were up late, Kevin and I slept in on Saturday, which was a great way to start my birthday. Then we headed to the Muskegon area for the day. I had planned on going to the beach, but it didn't really warm up until ate afternoon, and it was a little cloudy, so I just laid out on my parents' deck and soaked up the sun there. My mom made me my favorite meal for dinner (her homemade sloppy joes and macaroni & cheese). She also made me mini carrot cake cheesecakes for dessert, because carrot cake is my favorite. My mom is the best!

A few family members came over to hang out and celebrate and we ended up having a bon fire at my parents before we headed home.

Kevin and I went to lunch on Sunday to one of our favorite places in Grand Rapids: Houlihan's. Then we went and saw Secret Life of Pets. We were both disappointed in the movie. We thought it was going to be funnier than it was. It was ok, but not great. I was just happy to have a date day with my husband :)

Another great birthday in the books. Now I have a year to prepare myself for turning the big 3-0!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

4th of July Weekend

I hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend! Ours was pretty great...except for the fact that our dog is terrified of fireworks, so that part wasn't too fun.

Kevin and I went out to dinner on Friday night to celebrate our anniversary. We went to a little Italian place that we had heard good things about, but neither of us had ever been to it. It did not disappoint! We ate way too much food and came home and passed out...we're getting old!

On Saturday, my mom and I spent the day at my Grandma's helping her with her yard sale and cleaning out her garage. It was a long day, but we got a lot done for her, so it was definitely productive. Not 5 minutes after we got home, Admiral heard fireworks, so he headed to the bathroom and got in the tub to try and hide. It was so sad! For some reason, he calms down if we go in the basement, so that's where we spent the rest of the night.

Sunday was my family's 4th of July party, so we headed to my Aunt & Uncle's house where we again, ate too much good food. We came home Sunday night and Kevin went and played cards with his friends, while Admiral and I spent the night in the basement since there were a bunch of fireworks.

The 4th was spent catching up blog reading (me), catching up on Game of Thrones (Kevin), yard work, laundry, cleaning, grilling, and of course, trying to calm a dog who hates fireworks.

How was your weekend? Did you spend time with family and friends? Did you eat too much food like we did?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Three Years

Today marks three years since we said, "I do." I can't believe it's been three years already! Kevin, thanks for making the past three years some of the best. I love being married to you, my best friend. Can't wait to spend the rest of our lives together. I love you!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Birthday Bash 2016

This past weekend was Birthday Bash weekend! Anyone who lives in West Michigan and likes country music probably knows what Birthday Bash is, but for everyone else, here's a little explanation: it's a free, two-day, country music concert that is put on by the country radio station (B93) in Grand Rapids each year. The tickets are free, but you pay for parking and all of your food and drink inside the concert. This year was my 8th year going to Birthday Bash and I think it may have been the hottest weekend yet! Temps hit 90 degrees both days and total sunshine.

My mom, aunt, sister, sister's boyfriend, and his friend came this year and we had a great time. I actually didn't take a ton of photos because I didn't have my phone out much. I was just enjoying the weekend and tried not to look at my phone much. But I do have a few to share!

Saturday's Lineup: Brandy Clark, Lanco, Granger Smith/Earl Dibbles Jr, Brothers Osborne, Chris Janson, an d Chris Young

Sunday's Lineup: Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Old Dominion, Frankie Ballard, and Cole Swindell

typical breakfast

You can check out my recap of past year's bashes here: 2015, 2014, 2013.

My favorite of the weekend was Chris Young, but there were so many great artists! It was hot, sweaty, and we came home with sun burn, but can't wait to do it all again next year!

Thanks again to B93 for the great concert and to all of the volunteers and staff who made the weekend so much fun for everyone!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Peonies & Landscaping

Since we bought our house, I've started getting more interested in flowers/gardening/landscaping. Lucky for me, previous homeowners had left lots of perennials that I've been able to enjoy. I've also added a flower bed to our back yard and added perennials to that. And I always get some annuals to add more color to the yard.

Today, I just wanted to share some photos of the flowers that have already spring blooms. My absolute favorite ones are my peonies. They are so big and pretty and smell SO GOOD.

A few weeks ago we spent a good chunk of our weekend taking out a giant bush/shrub in our back yard. I haven't liked it since day one, and over the past few years it has just gotten so big and out of control that I couldn't stand it any more. So we cut it down and then dug up the was a lot of work but SO worth it. 

Some BEFORE photos:

Looked so much better after it was cut down:

 After the stump was dug out. And then I planted a small forsythia bush that I hope grows and blooms next year!

And a little Before & After:

I really love doing yard work and can't wait to do more projects this summer. Do you enjoy yard work? What are you favorite flowers?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Father's Day Gift Guide

Can you believe Father's Day is this weekend? That came up quick! I'll be at Birthday Bash all weekend, so I actually won't see my Dad on Father's Day, but I did do some shopping and wanted to share some of my Father's Day gift ideas with those of you who still might have some shopping to do. These are ideas that could work for dads, husbands, boyfriends, etc.

Father's Day Gift Guide

Baseball Hat - Kevin wears hats a lot in the summer, so this would be a great idea for him. And of course, it would have to be a Detroit Tigers one.

Golf Balls - Both mine and Kevin's dad love to golf. And so does Kevin. So golf balls area always a good idea, You can never have too many!

Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Kevin always has his phone playing music when he's outside doing yard work or when he's working in the garage. A bluetooth speaker would make so much more sense than using just his phone to play music.

Men's Underwear - I feel like no guy can ever have enough socks, t-shirts, or underwear. And a set from Tommy John with all three is even better!

Cashews - My dad loves cashews, so this is an easy thing to add to any gift for him.

What was on your gift guide for the dad in your life?

*I was contacted by Tommy John to share a Father's Day Gift Guide. I was not compensated in any way. All ideas and opinions are my own.*

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend (recap)

I know, I know. It's been a while. I'll spare you the "I've been busy" stuff, and just get back on track. I made this long holiday weekend even longer by take an extra 1.5 days off work.

I headed to the casino Thursday night with my Dad. We both ended up winning, which made the night even better. I spent Friday afternoon helping my mom clean out my Grandma's garage and then headed home.

Saturday morning I got up early to headed to the Hope Network One in Five Marathon Relay that I was participating in with some of my co-workers. It was a fun race for a great cause. And we had some really fun jerseys: Team 55 Zebra!

I spent Saturday afternoon doing things around the house. There may have also been a nap in there too.

Sunday was spent doing yard work and cleaning/organizing the garage. And my peonies started opening! I love how pretty these flowers are, and they smell SO good. One of my favorites.

Monday we headed to Muskegon for a Memorial Day parade and cook out with Kevin's family. Overall, it was a great weekend. Looking forward to more fun-filled weekends this summer!