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December 31, 2012

Happy NYE everybody!  I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I started this blog.  2012 had its ups and downs, but luckily, I can say that when I look back I most definitely notice more ups. 

So tonight, I’m celebrating the commencement of a new year with my family; something I haven’t done in a few years.  I’m really happy to be doing this again.  As you can tell from my picture, we have this tradition of making hats and competing to see who has the best hat.  Even though I’m rusty, I came away with the win.  WOOHOO!!!

We also played a whole lot of games as we waited for the ball to come down, ate some great snacks and made lots of noise.  It’s great to be back at home for this time!

So, here I am, wrapping up the year?  What is one to say?  I guess I could talk about the major lessons I’ve learned this year.

Lesson 1: When times are bad, don’t dwell on it; move on because it gets better

Well, to start, I think the major theme of 2012 has been to keep smiling and moving on through the tough times because they aren’t the end of the world and the problems won’t last forever.  For instance, when I broke my ankle in April, (the worst timing ever because it was directly before Nationals) I was so upset because that injury took away the one thing I was looking most forward to in my life: competing in Nationals.  Well, turns out I learned a good lesson.  I still got to compete even though that wasn’t a good choice seeing as my ankle was broken, but I still got to pull out some really bad routines.  I also learned that it didn’t have to be about the destination (Nationals) this time, it was all about the journey.  I had the absolute TIME OF MY LIFE in Utah and I still miss it to this day.  If I were competing, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much because I would have been focused on the competition instead of having fun.  Although I would have rather been competing and helping the team, it still showed me that even in times that are supposed to be bad, there is always fun. 

Lesson 2:  No matter how bad your day is, there is always something to be thankful for

This year, I tried to really focus on being happy.  Of course, some days REALLY SUCK.  I hope it showed in my blog that I aimed to focus a lot more on the little things that make life good.  In reality, you’re not going to get a huge, great surprise every day, so it’s really important enjoy the minute details of life.  Being thankful for the little things this year has made me noticeably happier and I hope I shared at least a little bit of that happiness through this blog.

Lesson 3: Friends are great so spend as much time as you can with them.

In 2012, I literally laughed SO MUCH.   I’d like to give credit to Waggz, Katie Ruefer, SJ, Laurissa, and Abbey for that.   I lived with them for most of 2012 and I have such wonderful memories with them.  Even though we don’t all live together anymore, I laugh my heart out when I go visit them.  They taught me to never take my friends for granted.  I mean, sometimes I get the world’s best texts from SJ that say, “thinking of you! Hope you have a great day!” THEN I MELT TO THE GROUND!! I’ll also get random texts from Katie and she’ll tell me dreams she’s had or hilarious experiences that wouldn’t happen to anyone but her.  Waggz and I get lunch every week with Drea and it’s pure happiness.  Laurissa will forever slay me with her “adult-like” facebook statuses and just everything about her. PARTY FOUL!!!!!  I don’t know if she’s noticed, but I’ve made it a life goal of mine to “like” every action she takes on facebook.  I still live with Abbey and that one keeps me laughing every day so I’m thankful for that.  FRIENDS OLD AND NEW I REALLY DO LOVE YOU ALL.  Thanks for making me feel better than ever!!!

Lesson 4: Don’t lose sight of who you are.

Sometimes, it’s really easy to lose sight of who you are.  This past year, I found myself acting in ways that I didn’t recognize.  I was like, “excuse me, Mar, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?”  I did not like that feeling at all.  Yes, people change and grow and I felt like I was unable to do that.  I felt like I was stuck in the past and couldn’t be who I wanted to be.  I felt like I was being held back.  Sometimes, you have to forget about what people think and expect from you, let go of your past and accept the person you are growing into.  I don’t know why I was so afraid of changing.  I think it was because that would mean the past was in the past and that made me nervous.  Anyway, I sucked it up and let go of things that held me back and I’m so glad I did.  It took a large load off my chest and now I can live my life without feeling like I’m living though somebody else.  I hope in 2013 I can keep changing for the better because, in reality, life is all about change. 

Lesson 5: I realized how great my family is and how much I love every, single, family member (dogs included).

Every family has their weird issues, but through the problems, I can honestly say that I love my people so much. I have such great fun with them that I can’t even describe.  We all understand each other and our senses of humor match really well.  WHAT IN THE WORLD WOULD I DO WITHOUT THESE PEOPLE?!?!?!?!

So there are 5 lessons I learned in 2012.  I really like where I am in my life right now.  I live with wonderful people at JMU, I am dating the dood who surpasses the man of my dreams, my family and friends are all in good health, and laughs are always in abundance!! Thanks 2012!!  You were a good one!  

December 30, 2012

This is a picture in front of the Virginia Tree in DC.  They had the big National Christmas tree and then one for every state and territory.  The tree isn’t really in the pictures so it just looks like me in a handstand, but it’s the thought that counts.  

Today, I braved the train back to Union Station after such a perfect weekend at the Pleasants’ household.  Today, before going to the amtrak station, Eric and I went to the aquarium which was so super fun.  I enjoyed it.  Now, I’m going back to bring in 2013 in NOVA with my family.  I haven’t been home for New Years in a few years so I’m super excited for this!!!

Happy New Years Eve Eve everybody!

December 30, 2012

This is a pucture in front of the Virginia Tree in DC.  They had the big National Christmas tree and then one for every state and territory.  The tree isn’t really in the pictures so it just looks like me in a handstand, but it’s the thought that counts.  

Today, I braved the train back to Union Station after such a perfect weekend at the Pleasants’ household.  Today, before going to the amtrak station, Eric and I went to the aquarium which was so super fun.  I enjoyed it.  Now, I’m going back to bring in 2013 in NOVA with my family.  I haven’t been home for New Years in a few years so I’m super excited for this!!!

Happy New Years Eve Eve everybody!

December 29, 2012

WOAH THROW BACK TO FRESHMAN YEAR WOAH.  This was when SJ, Waggz and I decided to redo me and Katie’s room when Katie wasn’t there.  I think our hopes were to trick her into thinking our room was always like this and have her question everything she ever knew about life.  She was a bit too smart for that though.  

Today, my adventures in VA beach continued.  The highlight of this rainy day was going roller skating with Eric.  Unlike ice skating, this time, I was the novice.  I used to roller BBBlade all the time, but roller skating is a whole new world, Eric opened my eyes (a lil Disney song reference there…)  ANYWHOO, we did limbo on roller skates and then we decided to enter in the races.  Ok, background story: this place on a Saturday night was like a middle school haven.  Eric and I might have been were definitely the oldest people there (besides parents who weren’t actually skating).  Everyone else was really good and experienced….Eric was a whole lot better than me, but still not the best at skating and I was beyond all hope.  So naturally, we decided to enter the races thinking we could race agains each other and it would be fine.  NOPE.  The race coordinator put Eric in the best heat of all really fast dudes and they were first to go.  Ok so, more background story, I really wanted to race because I wanted to do everything fun but Eric was more hesitant and only did it because I was doing it so I felt really bad when it was obvious that only utter embarassment could come from this.  

Anyway, the race began and Eric wasn’t doing too badly!  He was in last place but…not like thaaaat last.  Just pretty much last.  To put it nicely.  Well, we all thought it was a one lap race but then the leaders of the (really, spread out) pack started to go for two. Poor Eric.  Well, he was going around a turn even faster to avoid getting lapped when BOOM, unfortunate lad wipes out again.  This would happen.  It was hilarious except he hurt his knee and wrist so that was a sad part.  He is the most wonderful of all sports though.  Literally.  

I didn’t fare much better.  Although I didn’t wipe out (during the race), I went in this really low and bad heat and lost to two girls who decided they were going to take the race as a joke by holding hands and blatently frollicked their way around the rink.  EMBARASSING YUP.  Then I was going too exit the rink to meet Eric but I didn’t know how to stop or even slow down.  So there I was, skating full speed into a wall of humans who were blocking the exit.  Busted right through some guy and a seven year old girl and literally fell out of the rink directly on to my face.  All I could do was crack up while everyone stared at me.

So Eric and I are really good at things that don’t involve walking……….. 

December 28, 2012

This is another picture from DC.  The pencil was so pretty when it was all lit up.  LIKE IT SO MUCH!

Well, yesterday I braved the Amtrak train to get to VA beach to visit Eric.  It was a fun train ride!  I like the train.  Anyway, upon arriving at Eric’s, we exchanged Christmas gifts and he got me something so wonderful.  It’s a red hat that says GONE SQUATCHIN’ in huge letters with “Finding Bigfoot” underneath it.  It’s kind of like the one Bobo wears in Finding Bigfoot.  LITERALLY SO HAPPY THANK YOU ERIC!!!!! Now I have no excuse not to squatch hunt.  The other best thing is that he got a matching hat for Christmas.  It’s hilarious!

Today, Eric and I walked a huge chunk of the boardwalk and explored.  ”Twas grand!  Then we were bad.  We went to this Panera type place and it said “please wait to be seated” so we did, but we never got seated.  Literally 30 minutes passed and we finally decided to stand up out of our waiting place and make eyecontact with someone.  As soon as we did that, we were seated.  WHY DID WE WAIT FOR HALF AN HOUR OF OUR LIVES!?  That’s why I like hanging out with him.  Life’s not in a hurry and doing stupid things like this is hilarious to us.  It makes great memories.  I like it all!!

December 26, 2012
Who else is experiencing the Day-After-Christmas Blues?  I am a little bit, but not too bad because I celebrated throughout the whole season.  
This is another picture from Washington DC when the galz and I visited.  This is the National Tree which I think is not as good as most other trees.  For instance, the tree at Reston Town Center is a lot better than the DC tree.  Seriously, it was like a bag of lights not even fitted to the tree.  GOOD ONE.  Oh well, it was still great because we got to take a picture with Santa.  Kept us young!  
Something else kept us young.  It happened in the metro station.  This little four year old girl decided to lead us five twenty year olds in song, dance, and chants for 11 minutes as we waited for the metro.  We drew a crowd.  She had us singing “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow” at the tops of our lungs for all to hear.  Then she led us in dance moves.  WE DIDN’T EVEN QUESTION IT.  That was the best part!
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December 26, 2012

Who else is experiencing the Day-After-Christmas Blues?  I am a little bit, but not too bad because I celebrated throughout the whole season.  

This is another picture from Washington DC when the galz and I visited.  This is the National Tree which I think is not as good as most other trees.  For instance, the tree at Reston Town Center is a lot better than the DC tree.  Seriously, it was like a bag of lights not even fitted to the tree.  GOOD ONE.  Oh well, it was still great because we got to take a picture with Santa.  Kept us young!  

Something else kept us young.  It happened in the metro station.  This little four year old girl decided to lead us five twenty year olds in song, dance, and chants for 11 minutes as we waited for the metro.  We drew a crowd.  She had us singing “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow” at the tops of our lungs for all to hear.  Then she led us in dance moves.  WE DIDN’T EVEN QUESTION IT.  That was the best part!

December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas everybody!!!  Thank you, Jesus, for coming into this world to save us all! Wow, what a happy day!  Well, everybody is still as sick as ever, but we all sucked it up, went to church, opened gifts and had a glorious dinner.  The highlights of my gifts were my new, really, totally awesome bike, a lunch box and 45 dollars worth of coldstone gift cards (apperently my parents don’t communicate on what they get me for Christmas.)
This picture is from when I went to see Christmas-y things in Washington DC with Marisa, Abbey, Emily, and Kim.  Such good times.  This is the manger that was on display.
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December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas everybody!!!  Thank you, Jesus, for coming into this world to save us all! Wow, what a happy day!  Well, everybody is still as sick as ever, but we all sucked it up, went to church, opened gifts and had a glorious dinner.  The highlights of my gifts were my new, really, totally awesome bike, a lunch box and 45 dollars worth of coldstone gift cards (apperently my parents don’t communicate on what they get me for Christmas.)

This picture is from when I went to see Christmas-y things in Washington DC with Marisa, Abbey, Emily, and Kim.  Such good times.  This is the manger that was on display.

December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve, people!  Here’s another throw back to sophomore year of high school.  Yeah…this was five years ago.  FEELIN’ SO OLD!  Not really, age is just a number. Well, this is us during a winter break practice so it is actually really close to five years ago to the date!  Cool, right?

Anyway, nothing too exciting happened today.  Most of my family is sick so we are all slumping around.  At least everyone is trying their best to feel good since it’s almost Christmas!  Hope everyone is having a very blessed holiday season!

December 23, 2012

As the year is coming to an end, I must use up the rest of my throwback pictures.  This one is of Jessie, Lauren and I in front of Klines.  Good thing I am always prepared to do handstands by wearing shorts under my skirt!

So close to Christmas time!  Of course, I caught a nice little cold so that’s just glorious, but that can’t ruin Christmas so it’s all good.  I’m home on break and today Eric left from his weekend visit to my house.  SO MUCH FUN WAS HAD.  Let me tell you, I didn’t know two people could have so much fun with fake mustaches.  We toured around RTC, got frozen custard from Milwaukee’s, went to the mall to make a mustache video and not buy anything, and then ice skating!  

There was this guy, he was having trouble skating all night and I was keeping my eyes on him.  He seemed to be doing all right and kept narrowly avoiding a major wipe out until the end.  I look over, his arms are flailing, his body is bent and then he just lost it.  He went down so hard and then did the most dramatic slide I’ve ever seen. Could have won an Oscar for that performance!  Of course, the dude was in the middle of a huge pack when he fell and he basically parted the Red Sea of humans.  I LOL’d so hard that Eric literally had to drag me to the wall because I was incapable of movement.  Did I mention that the guy who made such a scene was actually Eric?  GOOD TIMES!  

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