Thursday, November 26, 2015

Brit's 21st Bday!!!

Earlier during the day, Brit did 21 Acts of Kindness (well we were hoping to do 21 things, but ran out time). 

The weather started to get bad, so many of the friends who were planning on coming, canceled. However, some of our two favorite people, Hannah and Shannon came to celebrate.  :)

Mom made the cupcakes, and Hannah came up with the idea to put them in glasses and decorate them
as drinks :) Hannah frosted the cupcakes and cut up the straws.

Since the selfie booth was such a blast at Lisa's wedding, we attempted to make one. Hannah was sweet and made the cutest 21st pink and green banner.  My dad cut out the numbers 21 out of a cardboard box. :)






After all the pre-gaming (if that's what you would call it, lol) We headed out to dinner. Brittany ordered her first margarita! Afterwards, we took her to another bar afterwards. :) 

Brit had a wonderful time celebrating her big 2-1 birthday!! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

21 Acts of Kindness for Brit's 21st Bday

Brittany couldn't wait until the day she turned 21. 21 is a big year for everyone, so she couldn't wait to celebrate with her friends. However, Brittany is not really a drinker. And the last thing I wanted her to get drunk off of her butt on her big day. So instead, I surprised her with 21 Acts of Kindness.


Brit and I started off at the dollar store. We bought some toys to donate for what was going to be Toys for Tots. However, when we went to check out, they were collecting toys on behalf of the soldiers. So it worked out perfect, and we just left them with them. We also left a toy behind for a child who would come in the line next. :)

While we were at the Dollar Store, Brittany hid dollars in the toy section for kids to find.

Brittany dropped off donuts to firefighters. She was soooo excited about this because she wanted to see cute firemen. LOL ;)

 Balloons were dropped off at the hospital, along with crayons and coloring books for kiddos.

Money was put on the vending machines, for people who might of needed a snack.

We went out to lunch and left a generous tip. Brittany included a thank you. :)

We then headed to the nursing home that my grandma had stayed. They were so sweet to my grandma, that we dropped off some goodies to the staff. The residents were in the middle of music time, so we stayed to hang out for a bit. The residents got twirl things, while they listened to music and kicked around a ball. The woman who sat next to me was so sweet. She kept wanting to eat her red wand and asked me if it was candy. "Are you sure it's not candy? If you weren't here, I'd try it! It sure looks like candy!"

In between, we went to go donate blood, but I should have checked with Brittany first. She has never donated blood before, and just the thought alone of being poked scared her to death. I was going to donate blood with her, had to take a test, and because I had a TB shot the day before and it hadn't been read yet, I couldn't donate either.

We didn't realize it, but we started running out of time. We ran to the animal shelter to donate. (The stack of black bags in the bins are the items we donated.)

I stopped to get gas while we picked up some lottery tickets. Brittany handed them out. You should have seen the people's smiles and how generous they were. They even asked if they won big if they would have to share. LOL. Brittany is shy, so to watch her interact with people where they were both laughing was a lot of fun.  

Brittany stopped for a coffee break. She paid for the person behind her.

After this, we weren't able to get everything done because Brit had an apt to get her hair done, while I had to get back to the house to start decorating.

21 Acts of Kindness for Brittany's 21st Brithday

1. Leave $ in kids section of store
2. Buy a toy for child in line
3. Give random person compliment
4. Drop off crayons, coloring books, word searches for hospital waiting room
5. Drop off balloons for child in hospital
6. Leave $ on vending machine in hospital
7. Drop off donuts at fire station
8. Pay for someone behind you
9. Leave a generous tip
10. Donate blood
11. Get food for animal shelter
12. Buy gift for mom
13. Donate items to Habitat for Humanity
14. Leave $ for games at arcade
15. Donate toys for Toys for Tots
16. Give flowers and thank you to pastor & wife
17. Give someone a hug
18. Give cookies for nursing home staff
19. Visit with residents of nursing home
20. Buy lottery tickets for people at gas station
21. Thank you to mail person

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Big Red, Black Hawk

My Grandpa has always been one to take care of many things, even in some of the last things he could say. He wanted to make sure that everyone knew that he wanted me to have his car.

Hannah leaving me a love note!
I named my car Big Red. "He" was my first car when I turned 16, and I loved him. Mostly because there were some days that I felt like my grandpa was right next to me and was protecting me. Probably because I was a new, scary driver. Sometimes, I would even talk to my grandpa in the car or even put out my hand on the passenger seat, wishing that he was physically there. I should have been in more accidents than what I was in, but  I always felt protected in this little car.  This car held so many memories with friends, and taking me back and forth from work and school.

I knew about every little bump and ding in this car. My first biggest ding was when I parked Big Red in the wrong parking lot (I parked where the priest parks), I came out to my car to discover a huge ding on my drivers side. I was too scared to call the insurance company because I knew it would be 1. a lot of money, and as being a teenager, I didn't have a lot of money, and 2. I was the one who parked in the wrong parking spot. Apparently, where I parked it was a tight spot, and the priests would hit each others cars because they couldn't see, and go about their days. It's funny to think about a priest doing that, but they were older. I also remember when I came out to my car from working at another place, and found that someone had stolen all my hubcaps. 

In 2010, Big Red carried Travis and I out across the country to Phoenix. My uncle Bob replaced a dead battery with a battery that needed another replacing. Thankfully, Big Red broke down in Colorado, where we were stopping anyway to see friends. After moving to Phoenix, his air conditioning went out. Trav would drive Big Red a lot during the summer, and didn't mind the air conditioning thing as much as I did.


In 2012, Big Red carried us to Tennessee. The scariest moment of my life, of doing a 360 with ice on a bridge left me in tears, but I felt like my grandpa was there. I could have fallen off the bridge and down the hill, but I didn't. Big Red got pretty beat up that day, but I was safe. Someone was watching me. During our Tennessee trip, Big Red went with me back and forth to Indiana a couple of times, even in a bad winter storm in Indiana. Also, on my birthday one year, I went to get in my car, and the battery was dead (lol, the only reason I remember this was because I had all these coupons for free things on my birthday and I was soooo excited, but had to delay on getting a free bagel and almost a free lunch, hahaha)

Big Red survived and came to Michigan with us. By this time, he had multiple things going out with him because he was getting so old. Every time I would take him somewhere to get looked at, I think the people would think I was crazy for driving him. Then came the time where we needed to get another car. I hated the thought of having Big Red smashed in a junk yard. I wanted someone to have him would love him as much as I did. We gave him to Trav's side of the families. His cousin Connor loves him and I am sure is taking good care of him. When Big Red was driven away, I cried like a baby. Trav couldn't help but laugh a little, but also, gave me some of the biggest hugs to comfort me, but also because he was going to miss Big Red also.

"Black Hawk" is my new Jeep (an Indian name Trav came up with). A white Grand Charokee Jeep has always appealed to me. A couple days before looking at cars, I decided I would want to look at a Black Jeep. It was weird, because I never wanted to test drive cars (why it scares me, I will never know), but for some reason when they asked if I wanted to test drive him, I eagerly said yes. They also had a white Jeep, and we pulled Black Hawk next to it, but there was no comparison. I was getting Black Hawk.


Although, I don't, and probably won't have the feelings with Big Red with Black Hawk, I am warming up to my favorite features with Black Hawk. A heated steering wheel, heated butt warmers, a beautiful sunroof, and wiper speeds that don't only have two speeds: fast and faster. Hahaha. The Jeep will handle much better in the Michigan winters here, and will make me feel safer once we start carrying foster kids around.

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