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Thank You Notes: Surprise Mail, Harry Potter and My Love

I love Fridays, I love thank you notes, and I love Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You Notes, so, naturally, Friday here on my blog means:

Thank You Notes and Jimmy Fallon!

Thank You Notes| It's FRIDAY, time for thank you notes!

Jimmy’s Thank You Notes:

Thank You Notes

Thank you, Lowanda!!! Lowanda has to be one of the sweetest bloggers in the whole wide blogging world. 🙂 I was fortunate to meet Lowanda at Bloggy Boot Camp almost two years ago. The BBC was held in Atlanta, but the funny thing is…. we both lived in South Carolina at the time and probably about 30 minutes away from each other. Lowanda has been making me smile with her infectious smile and kind heart since then. And last Friday Lowanda sent a HUGE box of smiles from South Carolina to Washington with this sweet box:

Thank you, Lowanda, for the surprise happy mail! Everything but the Ice Cream

Surprise Everything but the Ice Cream Package

My kids love Ms. Lowanda!! We may have made a song about how awesome Ms. Lowanda is. 🙂 Some people have happy dances (we do too) and some people have make-your-own-happy-song and happy dance, I’m not ashamed. I’ve been making crazy random songs for the kids for YEARS. 😀  Anyone else want to admit to this?

Thank You Notes Friday: Thank you, Lowanda, for the sweet Everything but the Ice Cream Box!! You seriously made this gal and her tribe the happiest people. :)

Thank you, She Speaks, for asking me to be in the spotlight! It was such a pleasure. 🙂

Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress featured on She Speaks

Thank you, Snohomish Hard Cider Fest, for selling out. :::Heaviest of heavy eye rolls::: I mean c’mon we finally decide to have a day date to celebrate (early) 15 years of marriage and you SELL OUT ON US! DOH! That’s okay, we ate our sorrows away (because that’s what two people trying to get fit need to do). We shared a MEGA cinnamon roll from the pie place I told you about a few weeks ago. 🙂 We then went home made some burgers on the grill and had our own cider sampling. 😉

Just the two of us in Downtown Snohomish

I’m not sure what I was doing with my face in this picture…. Actually we both look like we have snarky smirks. Probably who-the-heck-sells-out-of-a-festival snarky smirks 🙂

Thank you, kids, for humoring me and taking this picture but also the pictures at the beach (those are coming). 🙂 I love y’all!

Did your local bookstore have a party for Harry? Ours did, it was okay, I’m sure it was nothing as special as the party they had in Naperville.

Harry Potter illustrator Kazu Kibuishi

Wand making

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I was right. Also they (Naperville) had a Qquidditch match!!

Thank you, babe, for loving me! You.Are.The.Best.Thing. YOU’RE THE BEST THANG, BABY!!! Happy 15 Years, m’love! ( See also Our Soundtrack 2014)

Text from my babe

And I didn’t even correct him, because how could you after a sweet text like this 🙂

silently if, out of not knowable night’s utmost nothing, wanders a little guess (only which is this world) more of my life does not leap than with the mystery your smile sings or if (spiraling as luminous they climb oblivion)voices who are dreams, less into heaven certainly earth swims than each my deeper death becomes your kiss losing through you what seemed myself;i find selves unimaginably mine;beyond sorrow’s own joys and hoping’s very fears yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: yours is the darkness of my soul’s return –you are my sun,my moon,and all my stars (- e.e Cummings) _______________________________________________ Just a heads up I may fill my IG with pictures of yesterday for a few days. ???? #sorrynotsorry ? 15 Years!!! ?

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Picture Time!!
We Still Do 15TH Anniversaryl-o-v-e 2

Established 2001

Established 2001So, this picture. I love it, but do you see that on my back? Some may say it’s light reflecting, others may say a spirit… What say you? If spirit, I’d like to think he or she was enjoying the evening just as much as we were. 🙂

Sunset and Kisses

My babies at the beachBaby girl and the sunsetPeace Out Summer 2016

The Boy at the BEACH

Because I’m such a fancy gal I opted for a lavish dinner on the beach, I even decided to have the whole family present to help us celebrate.

Ivar'sPicnic at the beach

Happy Friday!!!


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22 thoughts on “Thank You Notes: Surprise Mail, Harry Potter and My Love”

  1. I think someone dear to you who is no longer with you is present in your happy photo.

    I adore the pic of you guys from behind making the LOVE with your hands!

  2. Happy Anniversary!! You guys are the cutest! I absolutely adore your family and I love that you included the kids in your celebration. They are growing up knowing what true love and mutual respect looks like. And the life lotto…aww…just touched my heart! ❤ So glad you guys enjoyed the ice cream treats and created a song for me! Stay sweet and enjoy your weekend! ?

  3. Fish and chips, please!
    I’m so curious about the new Harry Potter. I’ll probably pull the trigger for our Alaska trip.
    As for the light orbs, my mom is a big believer in them! I almost burst her bubble once, talking about light and photography and reflections, but even I can’t explain them. So there’s that!

  4. Like I said on Instagram…love it all! Your husband coined it perfectly. (I don’t know if you watch The Bachelorette (don’t judge if you don’t! Haha!), well I started following the Chad guy on snap bcuz I thought he’d make me laugh with his douchebaggery, but instead I felt sympathy for him. His life is sad. He’s chiseled with money, but doesn’t have anything near what WE have!). THank you to your husband, my husband & sad Chad for reminding me how blessed WE are!

  5. Cheers to fifteen years and YAAASSS to Harry Potter. The B&N near me had a midnight part for the HP release but I couldn’t make it. Womp womp! Nevertheless, I’m loving the book, so who needs the party? Also pertinent: Lowanda! I was so fortunate to have been partnered with her for the summer swap and know exactly the type of happiness she can bring with one of her boxes!


  6. Hooray! I love the cute LOVE photo with you and your husband – gah! it’s adorable. And, how sweet to get that amazing package with so many goodies from sweet Lowanda. I’m loving all the joy in this post.

  7. I love hearing stories like yours! I think that winning the life lotto is more important that the powerball any day!

  8. such great posts. I went to my local bookstore for the Harry Potter weekend… they just had some colouring stuff… wasn’t that exciting. If it were me, I would have hired a magician to wander about the store or something.

  9. I thought all your pictures were lovely, but I had to stop when I came to the pictures of the food, I had to stop and put my tongue back in my mouth. That’s my kind of eating, right there!

  10. Happy 15th Anniversary!!! Love the pics 🙂 I look for orbs in pictures too 🙂
    What a great box, I hope you guys enjoyed your ice cream.

  11. First, congratulations on 15 years of marriage!! <3 The two of you make an adorable couple and add your kids and it's perfection. God bless you guys. I wish you many more happy, healthy, prosperous, love-filled years together! I loved all the pictures. I don't know what that sparkly light was on your back, but whatever it was it had to be all good, it looked so sparkly and magical. I have to admit I do make up little happy jingles all the time. I sing them to my nieces, nephews, husband, dogs, and to myself. Yes, I'm weird and don't care who knows it. 😉 Ha, ha! Have a happy week, my friend! <3 xx

  12. What a lovely post to share, telling us what you’re thankful and grateful for. Encouraged me to think about doing one!

  13. I <3 your family! The photos are so cute 🙂 (And I somehow missed those tattoos before!).
    Yay for surprises in the mail.
    We were on vacation when the new Harry Potter book came out. We were gonna go to a celebration in this awesome bookstore in the next town over but Eve started dozing off on the way so we had to turn back around and put her down for her nap, sadly. But I am so excited to read all the books with her when she's older!

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