Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My Birthday Weekend

I want to start off this post by saying how awesome my family and friends are. They made my birthday and weekend very memorable and special. I am truly blessed.

On Thursday, I received a package from my mom and brother. I love getting packages! It makes me feel very important. They sent me chips and dip, Amish cookies (this can be discussed later), a hair straightener, money, and a Starbucks gift card. Oh and we can't forget the two cards: the one from my brother had a puppy on the front and sang when I opened it, while the one from my mother was more heartfelt and made me cry (not surprising). That same day, my dad came to see me. We went to Olive Garden, where we had a lovely dinner together. It was so nice to see him!

Friday was my birthday. I got up and went to my classes. UGH. Then, I had lunch in the caf with my friends. They planned for one of our friends to sing happy birthday to me, which he did, in front of everyone. My face was bright red with embarrassment. Actually, I get embarrassed often, so that's nothing new. Anyway, my precious little, Bekah, walked in with an oreo cupcake (my fave), a bracelet, a balloon that was bigger than my head, and a lovely note. This almost made me cry in the middle of the caf (so typical). Then, I walked back to my room and found that my friends had decorated it with balloons, streamers, signs, and donuts. I almost cried again (by now you should just always expect tears). As my friends got back from class, they brought me presents! Kitty and Sarah got me a pink makeup bag with a black monogram (my fave color combination). Molly crafted me a pink chevron canvas, with my monogram in the middle in black and white. Emmy got me a gray blanket with my name and letters in hot pink. Lastly, Bailey gave me a picture frame that she painted with a picture of us and a pink Santa hat. It is safe to say I have the best friends ever! All of these gifts brought on the water works. Later that night, a group of us went to dinner to celebrate my birthday. Definitely one for the books.

On Saturday, Molly and I went to Kroger and bought a ton of food. When I say a ton of food, I mean like pizza, chicken taquitos, chips and dip, mac and cheese, french fries, and soda. We literally sat on the couch all day, ate, and shopped online. Molly also made her tacky holiday sweater (see "Merry Christmas" post to see this masterpiece).

On Sunday, Sarah and I watched engagement videos all day. Classic us.

All in all, my birthday weekend was great, but it couldn't have been possible without the awesome people I surround myself with daily. It was filled with tears of joy, but hey, sometimes you just have to let them flow.

Until next time, stay Yankee Doodle dandy!

My room looked so cute! I felt so loved!

Molly and I at my birthday dinner

Sweet Maggie and I

My suite mate, Kitty, and I 
Molly and I taking our typical bathroom selfie

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My Last Day as a Teenager

To the rest of the world, tomorrow is a normal Friday. To me, it is the day that I will no longer classify myself as a teenager, but as a girl on her way into the real world. Yes, I will be two decades old. Like what? Where has the time gone? In some ways, I still feel like a kid, but in others, I can see how I have matured and grown over the years. As a kid, 20 years seems so far away. I never realized how much I've experienced until right now. There are so many milestones I have accomplished. Preschool, lower school, middle school (gross), high school, driver's license, breakups, makeups, oh and graduation. Well, here I am today, in my Sophomore year of college, feeling like my life has flashed before my eyes. I have overcome many obstacles that I feel have shaped me into the person I am today. I have learned three pieces of advice from all 19 years and 364 days of my life that I plan to continue forever:
      1.) Live life to the fullest (without being dumb, of course).
      2.) There is a bright side to everything, so seek it out.
      3.) Cherish the memories you create with everyone; they will be worth it someday.

You probably could care less about my advice, but it has helped me, so I felt compelled to share it with you. If you strive to attain one of these three little tokens of knowledge daily, you will live a happier life and be better prepared for what life throws your way.

Well, that's all I have for tonight. It's time to take my grandma self to bed.

Until next time, stay Yankee Doodle dandy!

Quite the change. Wouldn't you agree?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

So I'm Starting a Blog

On any other given day, I would have never envisioned myself writing a blog. I just don't think my life is interesting enough for other people to want to read, buttttt, here we are. This is a brand new experience for me, which hopefully will turn into something wonderful. Until then, forgive me if I bore you to tears. I hope I can convince you to stick around long enough for me to learn what I'm doing, and eventually crank out some really interesting and fun ideas. Until that day comes, I will continue to write and hopefully find the inspiration I need to turn this blog into something spectacular.

Until next time, stay Yankee Doodle dandy!

First post selfie