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Happy Five Year Anniversary Tim!

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I’ll never forget this moment. But there are a whole lot of memories over the past year I won’t forget. Our first trip to California together. This Rose Bowl. Our first trip to Disneyland together. Surviving driving through the Polar Vortex. All the movies and TV shows we watched snuggled up on the couch during those snow storms. The dinners and time out on the lake soaking up the sun. Our first ER trip together (hah!). Starting another season in Spartan Stadium. The late night talks and loads of laughs. Another move across the state. Another 154 miles from your house to mine (which is better than the 1,215 miles from East Lansing to Orlando, or the 1,56s from Trufant to Rome). But mostly, just being with you, being lucky enough to have that time.

I love you for so many reasons. I told you in your card that the space was too small for all the witty, romantic things I wanted to say to you, but here I am with all the space in the world and I’m still having a hard time saying exactly why I love you so much. I love that you make me laugh. That you always believe in me. That you don’t make fun of me when I cry (and it’s ugly. Like Kim K ugly, only I don’t know how to contour so my face looks fat and puffy). I love that you’re so smart. I love you for bringing so many wonderful people into my life. But mostly I just love you because you’re you, and you compliment me in a way I don’t believe anyone else could.

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I love you a lottle. To the moon and back. I’m so blessed to have you in my life, and I thank God everyday for it.

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Happy five year anniversary Timmy!

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I’m so happy I get to do life with you!

Catching Up

Remember when I said I wouldn’t fall into the “too busy to blog” hole again? Woof. Well here I am, after quite the break. And if you’re not my parents, sister, or boyfriend reading this, bless you.

I’m back, with a plan this time, and I think it’s going to make all the difference. Quick recap, I got pretty sick and it knocked me on my butt for a while, but here I am, and I’m pretty excited about the things I have planned to share with you!

When 2014 started I was in a hotel room in southern California getting pumped for the Rose Bowl the next day (go green!). My two year internship ended in early December and I really had no idea what I wanted to do so I just started jotting down ideas about what would make 2014 my best year yet. Right at the top of my list, number 1, I put EXPERIENCES OVER THINGS, and so far I seem to be doing a pretty good job of that. Summer finally hit Michigan last month and so far it’s been fabulous. I’ve spent time with my family, my best friends, and lots of time on the lake at Tim’s. Here are some of my favorites:

peoniesSeriously, nothing better than peonies

beach volleyballBeach volleyball with some best friends, followed by swimming and grilling? Don’t mind if I do

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Tim and I took in our first Whitecaps game of the year. Frozen drink standard.

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When your boyfriend tells you to get dressed because he’s taking you out to dinner, and where you’re going is a surprise, you throw on a sundress and race to the car. And then you end up at Twisted Rooster, one of the coolest restaurants around. Locally grown food, and Faygo in a glass bottle. It’s the bomb.com.

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I finally got to see The Book of Mormon at Wharton Center with my best friend! Laughed out loud the entire time! It’s not a show for everyone, but we loved it, and so did everyone sitting around us!

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I got to spend some quality time with my entire family at the Detroit Zoo (got that vitamin Z) at a private event my mom’s company hosted. I wanted to see lions, tigers, and polar bears and luckily got all three. Also fell in love with the red panda. This was my “hurry up and take a picture of me with the polar bear before it runs away again!” picture :)

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We tried Grand Rapids Brewing Co. for the first time! Make sure you’re a little bit hungry when you go and order That Pizza Thing. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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This Fourth of July was one for the record books. Tim’s family has a big extravaganza every year and it just keeps getting better and better! One of my best friends, Kaitlyn, came to the lake for the first time. I took her out on the wave runner (my first time driving in over a year) and though it was touch and go at times, we both survived. And by survived I mean got back to land in one piece without being thrown off and ate our weight in delicious snacks and other food for an entire afternoon, with some volleyball, time on the water trampoline,  and relaxing thrown in to mix it up.

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If you read one of my earlier posts (bless you) then I’ve already introduced you to my baby sister Kristina, who happens to be the coolest thing since sliced bread. She brought some friends up for the day and it was so fun hanging out with her! Also, her face when she went tubing for the first time, priceless :)

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If you know Tim, you know the kid loves fireworks, and he’s been stocking up since Memorial Day weekend.The only things I ask for when we go? Floating lanterns and neon sparklers. So sissy, Kaitlyn, Caroline and I all sent a floating lantern up from the beach while listening to “at last I see the light” from Tangled. And all was right with the world.

Like I said- woman with a plan this time- so stay tuned! And if you’re in the Grand Rapids area go eat at Twisted Rooster!

 

Why February 14 Means More to Me

In honor of Valentine’s Day I thought I would share a story with you.

Once upon a time there was a boy name Albert and a girl named Iola. They met one summer through a mutual friend and fell madly in love. The boy was Catholic, the girl Protestant, and the girl’s mother didn’t approve. She was horrid to Iola, cruel even. During WWII Albert enlisted in the Navy and served on the U.S.S. New Jersey. Iola’s mother refused to let her write to him while they were apart. Iola would go to the Catholic priest when she could to see how Al was doing. She waited for him and when the war ended he returned home. On February 14, 1946, Valentine’s Day, Albert proposed to Iola. She was so in love with him, and she said yes. Her mother was so angry. She beat Iola and told her to never come home again. Despite all of that Al and Iola were married later that year. They moved to Redford, Michigan, and raised 11 children in the same house Iola still lives in today. Al and Iola shared 62 years together before Al passed away in 2008. (more…)