This was the first year we were able to spend Justin’s memorial day birthday with his family. We recently moved back to Utah (read why we moved HERE) and are now living closer to Justins family so we spent his birthday celebration with them.
Last year for Justins birthday we went to Garden of the Gods in Colorado. You can see the video of that day HERE.
Anniversary’s can be really hard after someone has passed away. This is why we decided to make his birthday fun by doing what he loved most. Justin loved the outdoors! He spent all his free time fishing, hiking or climbing. Whenever he was having a hard time he would go to the mountains to recharge. It was his happy place! I now feel closest to him whenever I’m in nature. It just feels like that’s where he would be. Spending the day doing what he loved most has turned into a great tradition and has helped make the day easier to get through.
Justins 33rd Memorial Birthday
The night before his actual birthday we had all of Justins closes friends and their families over for a barbecue. It was so great to see everyone and their kids. Justin would have loved to see all of our kids playing together. We all really miss him and loved sharing some of our favorite memories of him. It’s also so important that I stay close to his friends so my boys can grow up hearing stories about their dad and know the type of person he was.
Justin loved the outdoors so we spent the day doing what he loved most. This year we got up early and went on a small hike in with Justin’s parents. The boys made it about halfway before they started asking us to carry them. haha They loved the waterfall and the bridge. It turned out to be a perfect outdoor adventure for his birthday.
Sometimes it can be hard when we do the things Justin loved most because you just want him there so badly to experience it with us. I just know how much he would have loved to get up early and take the boys on a hike.
A couple years ago Justin’s sister and I decided to design custom t shirts in honor of Justins love for the outdoors. We thought it would be fun to have t shirts to wear on all our outdoor adventures. Now that we spend Justins birthday doing something outdoors this has made the day even more fun now that we have shirts to wear. This year was the first year we were able to wear the shirts on his birthday. We have a ton of different designs so check them out HERE or if you want to buy some.
Go Outside For Justin Photos 2022
We invited our friends and family from all over the world to join in on this tradition. We decided to make a hashtag #gooutsideforjustin so people could tag their outdoor photos. It’s an easy way to see all the pictures of everyone doing something outside in Justin’s honor. I collected some of the photos that were used with this hashtag this year and put them together in this slide show. Thank you all so much for participating in this fun day! It always makes my day to look through them!