A DAY IN WASHINGTON D.C.

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Earlier this month, I was able to pick up a trip to Washington D.C. for 31 hours and I was incredibly lucky to have my dad come with me. We have always wanted to plan a trip to D.C. but we just haven’t had the time in our crazy busy schedules to make it work. Well let me just tell you we made every second of the 31 hour trip worth the wait. We walked over six miles through the heat and humidity (that humidity is INSANE!) to visit as many monuments and museums as we possibly could. The very first stop was of course the Washington Monument. I never realized just how tall it was. I could have spent my entire day there just watching planes come in for landing at IAD. My feet are blistered, but my heart is full. I had an amazing day and can’t wait to share all the amazing pictures with you all! 

 

STRESSED!

Oh man have I been busy! This week, more like this month, has just been crazy for me. I feel like I haven’t stopped to catch my breath. I’ve had two graduations, a graduation party, baking desserts for the graduation party, working seven trips this month, taking my brother to New Orleans, taking my dad to both Washington DC and Lihue, Kauai for Father’s Day, spending time with my family, working on the blog, a quick girls’ trip to Los Angeles, enrolling and submitting my first payment for continuing my education online, celebrating the Golden State Warriors victory, AND as of this evening starting bridesmaids weekend for one of my best friend’s wedding! Whew!

Won’t lie, I’m exhausted. I will be trying my absolute best to continue my posts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday but unfortunately I can’t make any promises. I don’t want anyone thinking that I have given up on Stuck on the Kitchen Floor, I just have to prioritize right now. I will do everything in my power to continue posting as regular as possible, and I’ll keep you all updated on latest posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat! If you haven’t already, follow me on social media to try to keep up with my latest adventures! Hope you all have a great weekend and stay cool! 

QUICK TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS

Just last week, I was lucky enough to work a trip with 24 hours in New Orleans, Louisiana. I was even luckier because my brother Travis decided to come with me.

We had such an amazing time, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. After working a red eye from San Francisco, we took a nap for a couple hours and then hit the town. Literally. We walked over ELEVEN miles just exploring downtown New Orleans. We walked around the entire Mercedes Benz Superdome (you don’t quite realize how big it is until you try taking a picture next to it- I look like an ant!) and the Smoothie King Center. We enjoyed beignets on the Mississippi River and did some shopping at an outlet mall. We walked through the French Quarter and of course Bourbon Street. 

Being from California, we don’t have too much history. So I always enjoy getting to travel to the South and the East coast and getting to experience the US history that we have. Just  getting to look at all of the beautiful architecture was worth it. But getting to spend time with my brother was truly special. It was the first of hopefully many trips of just us kids. I can’t wait until we have all of our siblings with us for another adventure. Check back next week to see some of the great pictures we took in New Orleans! 

GRADUATION WEEK

I am truly honored to announce that my youngest brother Dante has promoted from the eighth grade and my oldest brother Travis has graduated from high school! I wish I could find the words to express just how proud I am of their hard work and dedication. Even through tough times, they were both able to complete their homework, be involved with extracurricular activities, and spend time with their family and friends. 

I remember being four years old and begging for a baby brother or sister. I wanted a sister just because it seemed more fun, but now I realize just how much I needed brothers too. Travis came into the world, and everything changed for me. I wanted to be the best big sister I could, to be a good example, and to be apart of every second of his life. I wanted to protect him from the bad, encourage him when times got tough, and make him smile over and over again. I can’t believe he’s eighteen years old, graduated high school, and has joined the United States Army Reserve. Where has the time gone? 

My baby brother Dante. I love all of my siblings the same and they all hold a piece of me, but Dante has my soul. There’s just something about him that makes me a little bit stronger, a little bit more protective, a little bit more empathetic. He’s off to high school now. He’s only a couple years off from being an adult and my brain just can’t handle it. I love that he’s still a kid, I love that he hasn’t been beaten down, and I will do everything in my power to make sure he enjoys his last few years of being a kid. 

I’d also like to congratulate my brother Jared for completing his sophomore year of high school, he’s officially an upperclassmen! My baby sister, Savannah, finished second grade and will be starting third grade this fall! 

I’m so proud of you all! Enjoy the summer and remember you can achieve anything you set your mind to!