Monday, July 22, 2013

Kadence Jae Foundation

For the past couple months, Jason and I have been working collectively with a small group of people on forming a foundation in Kadence's memory.  We have been having monthly meetings and have officially filed the paperwork to be a tax-exempt organization which is a huge step.
One of the members of the foundation had a friend make the logo for the foundation, and it looks awesome!

One of my main jobs has been the Social Media end of the foundation.  The first thing we started with is the Facebook page, which can be found here
The next step was to create a website.  Who in the world knew how hard that was?  I bought the domain name and that was about as far as I could get without some help.  After many, many, many hours followed by many more hours, the website has been launched.
Felicia is still working on Kadence's official story, but the majority of it is complete!
I encourage you to check out the website and spread the word!  The foundations purpose is on the site, and one of the main purposes is to spread awareness about HLH since she did suffer from such a rare disease.
You can find the website here

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ocean City, New Jersey Trip

As I mentioned before, each year, my family on my Dad's side takes a trip together to Ocean City, New Jersey.  We have gone from needing two houses to now three, and next year it will be four!  As the family grows, so does the need for space.  While we are then separated between houses, it's that much more exciting that we need that many houses because there are that many people down there with us!  When we missed the annual beach trip in 2011 due to the wedding, it was very sad, because this trip is one of the highlights of our summer!
This year, there was a "kid" house that we stayed in.  This house had four bedrooms that were occupied by Jason and I, my sister Meghan, her friend Steph, my cousin Tyler and my cousin Brie.  Being on our own time schedule was definitely different, but it was nice to be able to stay up late playing Cards Against Humanity and not worrying about waking up other people in the house.
Here are some of my favorite pictures of the beach itself from the trip:

While I was in New Jersey, I met up with my friends Colleen and Ashley for lunch in Atlantic City and we had a great time!!

Later that night, we went out for our yearly dinner that Grandma takes us out for

The group at dinner 
Here are some pictures from our trip to Cape May one night
 Had to include this one since Jas is trying to ruin their picture

Made it in time to see the sunset

And the funniest moment of the trip?  Playing L-C-R while drinking out of the Pick Your Nose Cups that Aunt Amy brought... they provided many laughs!! 

We had a great time and I am already looking forward to next years trip!  I'm sure all of our future children will enjoy the trip just as much as we do each year!!