Friday, December 31, 2010

Things I've learned in 2010

  • You will eventually find out who your true friends are. Even though the process wont be the easiest thing in the world.

  • No matter how much you wish you could grow up and get rid of school. You will miss being a teenager and realize school wasn't that bad.

  • Carpe Diem

  • Sometimes being their for someone is the best thing you can do for them.
I've enjoyed this year more then I thought. It brought a lot of good things with a pile of bad. 2010 was fun, brought new adventures, and helped me grow as a person.

I just hope 2011 will be just as great if not better!!

Have a Happy New Year!

5 Question Friday

*Pictures are from last New Years Eve*

1. How long does your Christmas tree stay up?
We'll that really depends on when we got our tree. When we get it earlier(a few days after Thanksgiving) then we take the tree down around New Years Eve. If we get it on Christmas Eve(which is never intentional but we are so busy it just happens!) then we wait longer.




2. Do you have plans for New Year's Eve?
Of course! I'm going up north with my friend and ringing in the new year with a party!



3. Do you have any New Year's resolutions?
Nope.....I'm a horrible New Year's resolution keeper. So it's better I don't make them.



4. How did you spend New Year's Eve when you were younger?
Watching the ball in New York drop on TV in between my Mom and Dad in their bed. I find it very pathetic that's how I spent multiple New Years...good thing I don't do that any more!


5. What was the best way you've ever spent New Year's Eve?
 Last year I spent it at my friends sister New Years Party! It was tons of fun...we played a version of Apples to Apples. Except they printed out pictures of famous people or their personal friends/enemies and then placed them with questions like "Who would most likely drop out of school and travel the world?" And of course we did other things but that was my favorite!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Busy

This weekend has been a whirlwind of craziness!

First we had our Christmas Eve service at church with a potluck dinner. It was better then I was expecting. Lots of yummy food, good sermon, and lots of conversing with people. After I watched my best friend Shannon get thrown into a snow pile from her brother we eventually headed home.

Next day we woke up to a pile of presents(which I had wrapped and placed under the tree). I got clothes, movies, and a new softball bat! After chillaxing at home we then headed to a couples house from church for another potluck. Our church is tiny and everybody comes together for every holiday! That's one of the few things I actually like about our church. It's like a big family at times. After spending time with Alicia, Shannon, and Zach in a dark office eating food and hanging out(Strange tradition we have. It's really a lot of fun!) we went home.

Then on Sunday we spent the day with my Moms side of the family! My favorite part of Christmas is spending time with them. All the aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and my grandma gather together, eat, and share gifts. We then finished the day snowmobiling! Perfect way to end the day!

How did you spend your Christmas?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

(Courtesy Google Images)



Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,

The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.


The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,

The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,


But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.

I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky


And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay


Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.

Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,

And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.

(Courtesy Google Images)

                       MERRY CHRISTMAS


 



Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: He is Christ the Lord." ~ Luke 2:11

It's Christmas Eve one of my favorite days of the year. The anticipation of tomorrow, Christmas Eve services, and so much more.

I hope you all enjoy your countdown till Christmas Day!!

Being a little selfish and complaing about christmas and my family

*I'm really not a spoiled, whiny little brat that isn't happy with anything, promise!*

I got bored recently and decided to count and sort all of the wrapped gifts in our laundry room. I placed the items into piles. When I finished counting I found out that my sister is getting a whopping 23 presents! That go from big to small.

I then looked from her pile to a tiny pile right next to it. That had a small number of 8 all with the name "Rae" on them. None of them large and 5 of them were DVD shaped. DVDs that I picked out while shopping with my mom I even wrapped them.

I then ran to my parents and asked if they had some unwrapped gifts still. Both said that all the presents are in the laundry room! I told them about the number difference and they said "You didn't make a list this year. We didn't know what you wanted!" In which I reminded them of previous years in which I made a list. I always was disappointed because they wouldn't get anything on the list (I'm an amazing list maker mind you. I type it all out. With prices included and stores that sell these items.) Actually scratch that one year they did get something from the previous years list.

In other news I bought my sister 4 cool gifts. Last year she returned the gift she bought me for something she wanted instead a day before Christmas. So this year I asked of she had bought me anything her response "I didn't have time!"

After this Christmas I'm considering becoming a scrooge. Families sure know how to make the holidays great!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Signs of Winter

My toes are cold.

My nose is numb.

My throat is scratchy.

I'm drinking Caramel Apple Cider from Starbucks.

Lots of cars in the ditch.

Snowplows out and about.

Wearing gloves indoors while I type this at work.

The mall is packed.

My Christmas shopping isn't done!

Christmas is 3 days away!

I love this time of year!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

There is this boy...

I have a problem.

A guy problem to be exact.

Which is never a good thing!

I've always been one to fall for the typical "bad" boy. Never on purpose but it just happens. No matter what I tell myself I cant stop it.

So recently(or at least I've finally allowed myself to admit it) I've been allowing my feelings to get the best of me.

I've dealt with these guys before and it never turned out well!

And now I get to suffer all because I cant find a nice innocent boy to like.

And I cant talk myself out of it with my friends because they wouldnt understand!

Oh joy.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

College

I'm a planner which is good at times. It's scary to think that college isn't that far off. I've been thinking about life after high school since 5th grade? Lets just say it's been a long time. My heart has always been set on being a Neonatal nurse. So that part of my future is planned but what college I will be pursing my future career with is a little undecided but very close to being decided(if I get excepted.)

My top choice is Winona State University
WSU is a  public university in Winona, Minnesota with more than 8,600 enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. Winona State has been ranked as one of America’s "100 Best College Buys" for quality and value, 14 years in a row. It is about 4 1/2 hours away from home not to bad. Far enough away that my parents won't be making surprise visits but then again I can head home if needed whenever.

This may sound pathetic but I first learned about this school when they sent me a huge envelope of stuff and they spelled my name write! That is a rare occurrence and it defiantly helped with my decision making. Plus my friend lived near there and she liked it.

My 2nd choice is Northern Michigan University
NMU is a 4 year college public university located in Marquette, Michigan's(Upper Peninsula). With a population of nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Northern Michigan University is the Upper Peninsula's largest university. I'm not very happy with the size Id prefer a smaller school but other then that I like it. The campus is beautiful, the town is the largest in the U.P., but its population is under 20,000. Which in my mind is a lot smaller then I'm use to. Plus it's only 4 1/2 hours away! They also having snowmobile parking. I love snowmobiling and hearing that made my day.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Books and Bookstores

I love books! Plain and Simple. Opening a book for the first time is a magical experience in my eyes. You enter a whole new world.

I'm not a fan of online books though. Sure it's convenient but I cant bring that device to school if I have time to spare. I wouldn't want to carry it around with me either for the fear of it being stolen or broken!Plus you cant just lend your friend your e-book when you want her to read a great book!  It's just not the same as a real book. It doesn't have the book smell, the binding, and the pages to turn!

In this article they talk about book stores not being able to survive because of so many people switching to e-books!

And I love that bookstore smell! Cant beat it.

I don't know what I would do without book stores and real books!

Friday, December 17, 2010

5 Question Friday

1. Do you regift...and if so, do you have a regifting horror story?
I normally don't but a few times I have. I normally feel guilty about it but I have been threatening my friends with re-gifting if they don't get me something good. ha. I'm just kidding...maybe.




2. Do you know what you are getting for Christmas this year?
I know the majority of my gifts because I picked them out on Black Friday but they are mostly small little things. My parents add something big to the pile that I don't pick out.



3. Who brings the most gifts in your family, you or Santa?
We don't believe in Santa so my parents bring the most gifts.


4. What store do you love to buy jeans from?
Goodwill. Sounds strange but I found my favorite pair of jeans there! They fit perfectly and they were worn in already. Perfect. I got my second favorite pair of jeans at Deb for $10!


5. Christmas meal: Big, All Out Meal or Snacks and Apps?
Big and all out! We have tons of food. Not always good for the people watching there weight but oh that food is so good!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gilmore Girl Quote

[Lorelai answers her cell phone]


Lorelai: Hello?

Emily: You get over here right now!
Lorelai: Who is this?
Emily: This is you in twenty years! "Who is this?", I swear!

This scene in Gilmore Girls reminds me of my mom!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cutting

Today has not been fun.

Today I noticed my best friend since the age of 5 has multiple cuts on her wrist that look like they are a few days old! She claimed our friends cat did it but I've seen cat scratches and those were definitely not them! I confronted her and she admitted to me life has been stressful and she just gave in. She promised she wouldn't do it again but I don't know if I believe her. I've been kicking myself all day for not paying better attention to her lately. I know school has been stressful for her, she is playing basketball against her will this year, and her mother...don't even get me started on her. I just wish I would of been more supportive or something.

Hurting yourself isn't the answer and it was her choice but I still feel I should of done something!

I don't even know if I should just let it go or have someone talk with her. Was it really a one time thing or something more serious!?

She said to me "You just don't understand!" You're right I don't understand but I do understand that you're hurting yourself and somethings wrong.

I thought this only happened on the TV shows!

Conversations recently

Sorry for the few that are a tad bit inappropriate. I just thought they were funny and should be added.

My friend introducing her date to her mom-

Friends Mom: Hi, I'm Denise and I'm Katie's MILF.
Keegan: Ummm...nice to meet you?

Conversation about goodwill/rollarskates-

Aiden: I hate goodwill
Kyler: Shut up man! I got my rollarskates at goodwill
Aiden: Rollarskates?
Kyler: I was like 5...and they were ninja turtle...Leonardo to be exact.
Aiden: That's gay. Everybody knows Michelangelo is better
Me: I cant believe I'm friend with you guys.

Talking about advice our moms give us-
Julie: My mom always told me "Panties up, dress down". Thankfully once I hit college I just reversed this and had a great time.
Rae: Well I'll make sure never to give my kids that advice!

Monday, December 13, 2010

A glimpse into my weekend

No, we weren't sneaking out the window. A blizzard had just begun and we aren't that crazy!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Winter Wonderland

We got over a foot of snow last night and it's b-e-a-u-tiful outside! I only wish it would of held off till today and then we would of had a snow day tomorrow!

I love when we have bad weather. Which sounds sort of strange but when people hear a blizzard is on its way or a rain storm people tend to connect. Does that make sense? We help each other out of the ditch, you're allowed to drive slow without people honking their horns, and grocery stores are packed in preparation of being stuck in your home a while. We all have that common bond and it brings out the best(majority of the time) out of people!

Oh and today is my daddy's birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The stranger, The Better

“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”

I type this at Starbucks(yesterday but I'm not posting it until tomorrow..which is today for you people reading!) while I watch my friend Sarah color in a sponge bob coloring book and draw strange looking pictures. Seriously, sometimes I swear we are back in Elementary school. Oh and she just asked(in a loud voice)  " When are we having our dying party!" She's talking about dying our hair together but the people next to us must be really confused...or disturbed. She just stole my gum and tried fixing the wrapper and replacing it in the gum package. She's a strange one indeed

In other news we are going bowling and sledding tonight! It will be tons of fun!

Friday, December 10, 2010

5 Question Friday

1. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

We are allowed to open 1 on Christmas Eve and then the rest on Christmas Day!

2. What is your favorite Christmas cookie (or candy)?
Hmm....I just like plain ole' sugar cookies.

3. What's the worst Christmas gift you've ever received?
This hideous purse that was made from who knows what...and inside was a cross necklace. How they went together I have yet to find out. Ill post a picture sometime. Or maybe I'll re-gift it to someone I don't like.

4. Christmas song that you love?
I love all Christmas songs!

5. How many trees do you put up?
We always put one up in the living room and when we have time we put a small one on our porch.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Barbara Walters

I love driving around with friends! Depending on the driver you could have a near death experience, a laughing attack, or a great conversation...and unfortunately you might stuck with an awkward silence kind of ride.

On Wednesday my friend Olivia drove me to Starbucks. I was her first passenger since getting her license! I of course made her race Chelsey to Starbucks by showing her a short cut but hey when her mom asked how driving was she can say "Oh great! I just raced my friend to Starbucks!" I'm sure she will love that response!

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In other news if you didn't know I'm a basketball manager for our girls team. It's kind of boring but allows me to hang out with my basketball playing friends. On Thursday they have their first home game. I'm so excited sad that I will be missing it though. My reason you might ask!? Well don't tell anyone but there is a Barbara Walters special on TV that night! Shhh... I would be made fun of to no end if they found out! They also might be mad because I missed a game last year because I wanted to watch The Bachelor final was sick..cough cough.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Top 100 names

They recently announced the top 100 names of 2010. I'm obsessed with names as I have mentioned here, here, and here. Only one of them really surprised me....

#95. Genesis

I don't believe I have ever met a girl named Genesis. It's unique(well apparently becoming not as unique) but also has a biblicalness that I thought people were falling away from.

I would never name my kid Genesis but I kind of in a strange way like it.

Monday, December 6, 2010

When I was your age...

I was trying to think of a good blog post when all of a sudden I heard my mom say "I don't understand why music has to be blaring everywhere you go. Don't you ever just want peace and quite?" A phrase she uses often. She is constantly turning down the radio for "peace and quite." So I thought it would be fun to write down things my mom has said to me this weekend. Most of them can be heard from the typical mom. 


"No matter how many times you open and close the fridge new food will not appear!"

"I kind of like you"

"Bored! How can you be bored? I was never bored at your age. We worked all the time!"

"Do you think this is a hotel? You can't just come here only to sleep and call upon room service"

"If you could stay out last night, you can get up this morning."

"Shut the door! I'm not heating the entire neighborhood! Oh and turn off that light while your at it. Do you think we own the electric company?"

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Just a bit embarassing

Last year my friend Shannon and I filmed the Varsity girls basketball games. We would sit on the top bleachers, have random conversations, and do mini-commercials during time-outs/half-time! What we didn't think about was that someone would be editing all of the footage!


A few days ago at the girls basketball game my favorite English teachers husband(girls basketball coach) mentioned something about filming. He then turned to me and said " I really enjoyed yours an Shannon's commercials last year!" Then my english teacher said "He was once editing a video and starting laughing. I walked over and we could here your conversations while you filmed the basketball game! It was hilarious!?"

I don't even remember what our conversations were about! But I'm guessing it wasn't always G-rated and all the gossip that went around...seriously you get bored while filming!

Well at least they enjoyed the commercials?

Friday, December 3, 2010

5 Question Friday

1. What's on the top of your holiday wish list and why?!
I really want a new camera. Which one in particular I haven't decided on. I just want it to be fancy and take great pictures! Why? Because I'm jealous of people that can take amazing photos!



2. What is your favorite Christmas gift from the past?
My snowmobile Violet. She is amazingly fast and brings me lots of attention. On Christmas morning my dad insisted I go to the garage and get something for him. After moaning and groaning for a bit I finally got up and to my surprise was my beautiful snowmobile! Oh and he didn't tell my mother. Apparently getting a 10 year old a snowmobile wasn't on her list of things that were age appropriate. No worries though. I haven't crashed and she is still running.




3. If you had life to do over, what would you be when you grow up?
Im still growing up! My goal is to become a neonatal nurse and eventually a stay at home mom.



4. When do you put up your tree?
We try to set dates...but it just doesnt work. We have gotten our tree thanksgiving weekend, Christmas eve at a grocery store,...and many more times. It always is an adventure.



5. What is your favorite Holiday?
I love all holidays! I dont think I have a favorite.