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Hey Everyone!

We had so much fun yesterday hosting our friend Dustin’s Grad Party! Things couldn’t have gone more smoothly and I think we all had a great time! We were so happy to be able to have the house and yard to do it in, and were really happy with the turnout!

We spent the day before and of cleaning, and Brett straightened up the yard so we were “presentable” lol. Dustin and his wife Stephanie are such a great couple, and we love spending time with them. Dustin has had quite a journey to get to this point, having to wait a year and a half after finishing his prerequisites to make it into the nursing programs lottery at Golden West. He is now finished and about to start his first week at Hoag Hispital!

The day of, Dustin and Steph came by early to set things up. I think they did a great job with the decor! They were really creative and used a gag gift from a family member do they had toy instruments on the table, and a stripped wrapping paper for table cloths! They even made a matching sign that they hung from our apricot tree in the back! Some friends brought healthy sides like strawberries, grapes, and hummus, while family brought brownies and a homemade strawberry sauce topping. We bbq’ed burgers, veggie parties and chicken, and they laid them out with buns and other fixings. A game of washers and some music brought it all together… Aside from the heat that we hid from intermittently, it was a beautiful day.

Here are some snapshots from the day, and hopefully some creative ideas for your next BBQ at home!



We got to show the house to some new people, and it was really rewarding to hear their feedback and reflect on the work we have done over the last 2 years. I put up the painting my mom is donating to The Raise Foundations Summer Soirée this Friday night. Check it out!!!



This “process” piece will be going in the live auction and I can’t wait to see what it brings! The colors are so versatile! The large size would be make a great accent wall in so many areas… If you’re crazy about it like I am, check out tickets to the dinner and auction this Friday at the Hilton in Irvine. It’s a great cause and there will be many great items to bid on!

The Raise Foundation Homepage

Event Tickets

Hope you have a great Sunday! Brett and I are riding bikes to the OC Fair in a few hours… Can’t wait!

Lots of Love,
Mrs. B