Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fourth of July weekend

This fourth of July was an amazing weekend! We were lucky enough to have Mike and Andrea invite us to Mikes parents house in Seattle. It is beautiful place right on the water. The weekend was sunny with only a few hours of gloomy weather. We had such an awesome time.

The first morning we jumped on the boat and Mikes dad, Jim, took us on a tour of the bay. It was peaceful morning.

On the way back to our dock the tide started going out. The timing was off and our boat actually got beached before we made it back to the dock. Bryan and Mike tried to push the boat off the beach but it didn't work. The others at the house rescued us with kayaks. It was quite an adventure!

One night we had a camp fire. We enjoyed the fire and watched the sunset.

The water was super cold but we thought it would be a lot of fun to go tubing. We threw on some wet suits and jumped behind the boat. When we fell in the water it was soooo freakin' cold but it was totally worth it. We had so much fun!

One of my favorite things we did was set off fireworks! One of the reasons Fourth of July is my favorite holiday is because I LOVE fireworks. I was thrilled when I found out we got to set off our own fireworks. It always reminds me of being a kid. We had so many fireworks we set them off for what felt like hours. The neighbors also were setting off fireworks all along the bay.

We took the ferry over to Seattle and walked through the market and had lunch. We bought some fish and shrimp for dinner that night.

On July 3rd we all loaded up on the boat a drove over to a bay with a bunch of other boats. There was a huge firework show. It was neat to see the fireworks reflection in the water. We sang patriotic songs, which I'm sure the neighbors loved :)

For breakfast one morning we went out. Bryan got apple pancakes that were huge. He did a great job but didn't finish them :)

The trip was amazing and we were so thankful for the experiences. We had a blast!

My grandparents 60th wedding anniversary!

On June 9th 2011 it was my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary.
I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful it was to see the whole family get together for such a wonderful mile stone. With all my grandmothers health problems lately we weren't sure if she was going to make it. The women in my family are stubborn and strong. She was determined to make it. She looked so beautiful in her white dress and I'll never forget the smile on her face. We went around the room and said our favorite memories of grandma and grandpa as a couple. It was wonderful to hear so many stories of when they were young. I love that I have a couple to look up to. I love you both so much!

(above) Most of the bradley family. Look what two beautiful people made :)
60 years ago on my grandparents wedding day. My grandma had just turned 16 and my grandpa was 20. They are so sweet, young and in love in this picture.

Monday, July 25, 2011

May 2011

May was such a fantastic month! So many wonderful things happened :) It started off with Sarah's Kentucky derby 25th birthday party. She did an amazing job planning it. We all got to bet on horses, drink mint juleps and eat hot browns. I was impressed that so many people dressed up, I loved it!

Mint julep cupcakes...EVERY tasty!

The birthday girl and I.

My southern gentelmen.

My horse, stay thirsty (totally didn't win, but it was fun to shout stay thirsty at the TV for about 3 minutes.)

The race begins!

After the race was over, Bryan and I switched clothes an made our way down to Newport beach for Jamie's birthday beach bon fire. I was so excited to spend some time around a warm bon fire on the beach. Jamie had the perfect bon fire snacks: hot dogs, jello shots, s'mores and beer! Great way to kick off the summer. It was a very fun night :)

Just a few weeks after the girls birthdays was my graduation. I couldn't believe it. I finished! I finished my masters. It was finally all over. I was so happy that I kicked but and got to finish with my friends. It was a splendid day and I miss seeing these girls every week. We did it!

Natalie, Vanessa and I.

The parents :)

My brothers!

After the ceremony we went back to the Greens house for a graduation BBQ. Thank you everyone who came. I loved the support!

The biggest supporter of all, my husband. I'm so lucky :)

Next on the list for May was Candace's baby shower. I was over the moon about planning this shower! I've know Candace since I was two and she feels like a sister to me. Her mom, Danielle and myself put her nautical themes baby shower together. It came out better than I expected.

Danielle (preggers), Candace, and myself.

We put hand prints on fabric and a friend is making a quilt.

Everyone got the chance to make baby onies. This was a huge hit!

Memorial day weekend was spent with the Slattery's. It was Mikes 25th birthday and we spent the weekend off roading in a desert somewhere. It was so much fun. I haven't been off roading in a really long time, and certainly not the way we were off roading. There were quite a few times that I screamed in fear but I still felt totally safe with Mike driving. They brought their RV, which was a different type of camping that I have every done. It was way more of a community of camping. It was really fun!

Mike even let Bryan drive. It was very nervous but he did amazing! Here he is rock climbing while Mike guides him.