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Making Memories Monday: Fathers, Family, Flip-Flopped Feet, Fakeouts, and Fourth Fireworks

Oh, alliteration.  How I love you.  (As evidenced by the titles of my “blog days”.)

I have so much to catch up on for my Pictures to Take Throughout the Year list!  So let’s get this party started, shall we?

June Catch Up:

(***Still to take sometime in the summer:  animals at the zoo & outdoor activities)

Baseball games

At a local park.
Photos with Dad
I realize this is one of the most unflattering pictures taken of me EVER, but it’s the only one where it’s both me and Dad and on Father’s Day.  So there you go.
Purse:  FREE from a yard sale!  Red sweater* (not pictured:  silver stitchings of dogs, paw prints, and tennis balls on this adorable sweater!): gifted.  Gray gingham shirt:  Target (bought 2012).  Jeans:  Avenue (bought 2012).
*For the father-in-law portion of the evening, we went to a puppy parade, where me, the hubby, my parents-in-law, and both of our dogs were participants!  A great time, and thus, the adorable dog-themed sweater.
Feet wearing flip flops

Nail polish:  Grand Canyon Sunset, OPI. (Same color I wore on my toesies on my wedding day, so this particular color has great memories attached!)  Flip flops:  Payless (bought a looooong time ago!)
Strawberries on the vine

Okay, okay, I confess.  These are neither real strawberries nor are they on the vine, but this was such an interesting sculpture!  Actually, I’m not sure whether or not those strawberries are 100% fake.  On closer look, there was some red (full disclosure: and mold!) under the black paint of these strawberries, and they were squishy upon touch instead of metallic-feeling.  So yeah.  Your guess is as good as mine.
Gray cardigan: a.n.a. (bought at JCPenney 2011).  Pink tank:  St. John’s Bay (bought at JCPenney 2012).  Belt (worn as necklace): ??? (gifted).  Shorts:  Mossimo (bought at Target 2012).  Belt (worn as headband):  ??? (gifted).

July (week 3…3!!!!  Where is the time going?!?)
4th of July celebrations
Here I must pause and wax poetic about this year’s Fourth of July.  From 2005-2010, the hubby and I hosted wonderful 4th parties at our place.  It quickly become a tradition that both we and our friends looked forward to every year.  We’d bring our couch outside to the gravel driveway, set up the grill, have roasted corn with spices and various other barbecue food, spend about $100 on fireworks, and proceed to launch them in the huge driveway next to ours that belonged to a car detailing place (we totally got permission from the owner beforehand, of course, and every year he was more than happy to provide the driveway because we were always pretty anal about cleanup…big buckets of water and industrial-sized push brooms were involved).  Then, from our own private, hilled driveway, we’d watch the at least 5 different fireworks shows that were going on in the towns that bordered us.  It was absolutely wonderful.

Then we moved, and we were unable to do the usual get-together because the town we moved to didn’t allow fireworks.  We went to an acquaintance’s place to watch fireworks at a nearby small lake, which was fun, but just not the same.

This year, we’re in yet another different town (I HATE moving.  But hopefully we’ll only need to do it one more time).  Again, we couldn’t have our get-together here (mostly because our friends are further…farther??? [You’d think I know this, being an English major and all.  Then again, I’ve been too lazy to look up parenthesis rules, so there ya go.]  But also because we didn’t have any extra money to spend on even a box of $2 sparklers.)

So we made plans to get together with some friends at a city that was a midpoint between us.  It was a huge Fourth festival, with over 60,000 people in the city’s park (I heard about it the next day in the radio…trust me, I didn’t bother counting or coming up with elaborate equations to figure this out.).  There was live music and kettle corn and strawberry lemonade.  We got there early, staked a claim on the wide, expansive, grassy hill, kicked off our shoes, and played a card game as we waited for the fireworks show to begin.  It was the first time in my life that I have ever laid down on my back on a blanket in the grass to watch fireworks, and I had the added benefit of being cuddled up with my hubby.  It was also the longest fireworks show I ever remember seeing, lasting I would think a good 20 minutes or so.  The fireworks were beautiful, and at the end of it all, we ran to the car and were able to get out of the traffic and on the highway back home in record time!  All in all, a wonderful, low-key day.  Next year, though?  We’re totally setting off fireworks ourselves and reinstating our get-togethers.  🙂

Some pictures of the gorgeous show.

My extremely-rushed patriotic nails.  Saw a cool pattern on Pinterest but it didn’t work out the way I wanted to at all (it was supposed to look spangled, not like abstract art).


Enjoying sitting on the lawn in my red, white, and blue!
Polka dot shirt: Merona (thrifted).  White tank:  ??? (thrifted).  Blue shorts:  Mossimo (bought at Target 2012).  *Side note:  Wow, I really have been wearing those shorts a lot!!!  Star earrings & necklace:  ??? (gifted).

I’m hoping to use the next couple of weeks as catch up.  There are a lot of fun things on this month’s list!

To Your Own Relaxing, Pleasant Surprises!  🙂

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Making Memories Monday: Blasts from the Past

Pictures to Take Throughout the Year
June (week 2)

I’ve fallen pretty behind on my picture-taking list this month.  So much so that there are three items that I’ve lost my opportunity to take in my area.  So I’m cheating a little bit and providing those pictures from my own life.  The good thing is that of course there are memories attached, so at the very least I can share those.  The fourth item is also a blast from the past, only because I don’t know anyone getting married this month, and I’m not the type to stalk either places of worship or wedding venues.  Enjoy!  🙂

Graduates dressed in caps and gowns

My high school graduation.  I’m pretending I don’t know where my diploma went (in case you can’t see it, it’s on top of my head.  It blends in well with my cap).

My university graduation.  I’m showing off my awesomely-decorated cap.  🙂  Also, you can’t really see it here, but my hair has purple.  It was very slight…it was only deposits (no bleaching involved).  When the sun shined, it looked like I had grape jelly in my hair.  I LOVED it.  It was my then-boyfriend/now-husband’s graduation present for me.  😀

My university fellow graduating class.  I’m in the fourth row on the right-hand side.  😀  (Really, I am!)
Children on the last day of school
I don’t have any school-aged kids (or any kids at all, for that matter), so I didn’t have any current photos (and wasn’t about to go stalk kids…ew…creepy much???).

Awesomeness is exuding from this picture.  I was 15 here, so technically I was still a child.  This is my last day of 9th grade.
The bangs, the lime-green shirt with heart-shaped zipper pull, the scrunchie with neon-colored flowers…aaah, the good life.  🙂

Brides getting ready for the big day

A quick story on my wedding photos:  on our actual wedding day, the photographer was a no-show.  My incredible maid-of-honor rallied everyone with cameras and went down the shot list to make sure I had all the pictures I wanted.  On our first year anniversary, Gruffy and I went back to our wedding venue, all dolled up again in our wedding garb, and had a professional photographer (obviously a different one than we hired for the wedding) take professional photos as an anniversary present to ourselves.  The first three pictures are from the professional photographer* and the last one is from the actual wedding day.  I think in the last one, I’m admiring myself right before I walk down the aisle, and you can even see me “ooh”ing in approval.  😀
*In our photography package, the photographer released the rights of these photos to us.  I left her name out so I could keep some of my privacy (it would be easy to pinpoint where I live if I mention her name), but if you really enjoy these pictures, please let me know in the comments below (with your email info) and I’ll be happy to email you her website.  🙂

To Recalling Some Happy Memories of Your Own,