Ever since the birth of my nephew (2 days ago on Monday, October 14 @ 1:48 PM), I haven’t stopped thinking about him, my sister, or my brother-in-law. It’s so crazy that life keeps going on even after he’s been born into the world. Everyone walks around campus, following their schedules, while there is a beautiful 2-day-old boy out there that I call my nephew.
Ever since I met him, nothing has been the same. I feel completely changed and refreshed. I no longer care about petty tasks or drama that certain people bring. Why should I get caught up in those mundane things when there’s a sweet, innocent, handsome boy under the care of my sister and brother-in-law? Nothing can measure up to how great it feels to know that he’s part of the family.
It’s hard for me to focus in my classes, because all I can do is think about him, look at pictures of him on my phone, and yearn to hold him close to me again. Practically everything that everyone says to me makes me think of something related to him. I don’t want to be annoying to those around me, constantly mentioning him, but I can’t help it.
Needless to say, I love my nephew, and I always will. I am aware that he is lucky to be born into such a supportive, loving family, and I can’t wait to watch him grow. I am so proud of Kelly and Scott and know that they will be fantastic parents to their first-born and others to come.
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”—Kurt Vonnegut (via psych-facts)
“If you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you - you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing was ever going to happen again.”—C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (via youuidiotkid)
“We live in an age where we feel guilt whenever we have to cut someone off but the reality is that some relationships do need to die, some people do need to be un-followed and de-friended. We aren’t meant to be this tethered to the people in our past. The Internet mandates that we don’t burn bridges and keep everyone around like relics but those expectations are unrealistic and unhealthy. Simply put, we don’t need to know what everyone else is up to. We’re allowed to be choosy about who we surround ourselves with online and in real life, even if it might hurt people’s feelings.”—Thought Catalog (via rainydaysandblankets)
“You are the books you read the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colours fill your mind.”—Jac Vanek (via psych-facts)
“One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about. We never needed best friend gear because I guess with real friends you don’t have to make it official. It just is.”—Mindy Kaling; Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
volunteered for the first time at an elementary school serving lunch and managing arts n’ crafts for poverty kids in the area. ADORABLE kids & very well organized/appreciative coordinators. Looking forward to my summer with them!
downtown adventures with Cait and her sissy :)
dill pickle chips!
Panda Express…”can I have your biggest thing of orange chicken?” oh yeah…that’s me! ><
The Bachelorette. SO HAPPY MICHAEL G. IS GONE PWAHAHA
Finished The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. LOVED IT. Go read some of his stuff. He’s great.
I really really really really wanna read some John Green, but every time I go to a library (different ones, too!), he’s all checked out. Must mean he’s great, though! As if I didn’t already know that..
So I’ve decided that I’m going to write at least something on my blog every single day for the next year, starting today. I’m not gonna make myself sit down for an hour every night to write, but I just want SOMETHING from everyday; a sentence, a word, anything. This is more for myself so that I’ll be able to look back on my year’s events and remember things more clearly. The other night, I had two of my closest friends from college over at the condo and we were reminiscing about how we met, how our friendships developed, where we’d go to hang out, etc. Although it was incredibly fun and made me love them even more, it was really difficult to remember the simplest of things that I thought would’ve been ingrained in my brain. Like where we sat in the dining hall. It may seem pathetic to become obsessed in trying to remember where our friends sat in the dining hall my first year of college, but at one point it was a known thing for all of us and we unconsciously walked over to that table. That’s why this blog will be fun for me! I can remember petty crap like that :)
The past three days have been AMAZING and it’s such a great start to my first summer up here in Oregon.
July 2: I flew into Portland this evening, where Caitlin and Will met me and drove me to St. Johns. We went to a nearby Burgerville and stayed there, talking, for two hours. Caitlin and I stayed up late that night catching up on June’s events.
July 3: Cait and I took the bus to downtown Portland, explored/shopped there a bit, then took another bus to Hawthorne in Portland. Portland is crazy and I love it. We ate at “Baghdad,” a McMenamin’s restaurant on Hawthorne, then walked a LOT. AMANDA AND FAMILY CAME TO PICK US UP AND AHHH it was great. I love her and her parents. Voodoo Doughnuts. More catching up (this was the night I mentioned earlier where we reminisced about freshman year).
July 4: Got to see Will again! Waterfront was crowded but fun. Nordstrom Rack, arguing about the (un)necessities of blazers/ties/leather jackets. Caitlin’s mom’s apartment. Tarot cards (CAN YOU SAY CREEPY?). Food. Karaoke (if you can call it that). Watching fireworks below us in the entire valley of Portland/Washington from their beautiful view. Back to condo. Cards, cooking, Mario Party, Mario Kart, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (LOVED IT). What I call an all-nighter (we slept at 6:30 AM). I loved this whole day and the three people I spent it with.
July 5: Slept from 6:30-11:30 AM. Surprisingly not tired. Said bye to Will, Amanda, and Caitlin. Wedding gig with the sissies! Can I just say how great it is to get paid for making music with my sisters? I love spending time with them, creating music to make the atmosphere for a special day, and being at weddings. It’s just a win all around. Also, Kelly is getting SUUUPER pregnant and she’s just as beautiful as ever. So excited for October to be here so I can meet my nephew!! :) Came home and watched this week’s episode of The Bachelorette and ate (drank?) soup. I regret nothing.
I’m also happy that I had people to spend the night with me here at the condo for my first three nights here, or else I know I’d be super scared to sleep here alone. Last night was my first night alone at the condo, and it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be! Hooorahhhh!