Family Traditions I Miss Between Thanksgiving and Christmas

Growing up on the east coast, my family has a TON of Thanksgiving traditions that I have missed out on while being away at college.

A few of my favorite traditions that I miss are:

1. Indian Pudding – my mom’s special Thanksgiving dessert. Growing up, my family never ate dessert because we aren’t really sweets kind of people, we are much more of a meat and potatoes kind of family. Indian Pudding is made in the crock pot, and I am pretty sure it is the WORST dessert ever especially when paired with vanilla bean ice cream. Anyways, I really miss this dessert because it is part of my childhood and something that I always looked forward to during the holidays.

2. Decorating the Christmas Tree – The day after Thanksgiving was when my mom, dad and I would always decorate the house and the tree for Christmas. I really miss this because we would go through all of our ornaments and decide what we wanted the tree to look like each year. Whether it was all of the ornaments that my brother and I made during elementary school, a classic snowflake tree, or something crazy, it was always super fun to look back at my childhood to see how much I have grown.

3. Christmas Parties – When my family lived in Massachusetts as well as in Washington, we always had some party to go to whether it was for my dad’s work or just family friends, we would always be going out and doing things. Now that I am in college and my parents have moved to Florida, the social scene of the holidays has been lost.

4. Christmas with both sides of the family – When we lived in Massachusetts, my family had a tradition of having basically two Christmases every year. On Christmas Eve, we would go to Mass with my Mom’s side of the family and then head home for a huge dinner and presents. The next morning, we would wake up semi-early and have our family Christmas as well as an amazing breakfast cooked by my amazing almost chef Mother. After breakfast, we would get ready for the day and then head to my Memere’s house (my dad’s mom) for my Dad’s side of the family’s Christmas. I loved having Christmas with both sides of my extended family because I got to be the youngest when we were with my Mom’s family and the second oldest with my Dad’s family. It was always nice to see both sides of the Christmas spectrum every year.

Those are my top four favorite parts about the holidays that I miss the most as I become an adult. If you have any comments for any of these things, I urge you to comment! I will reply to your comments when I can!

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Things I am Thankful For

As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, I wanted to take a moment and let the world know what I am thankful for this year.

1. My family. This fall my dad lost his job and my mom has been going through a rough time with not really having too many contacts in Florida, even after being there for almost three years now. I love my mom and dad so much and cannot wait to see them in just under three weeks!

2. My friends. Chloe and Natalie are my two best friends here in Pullman and I have no idea where I would be without them in my life. They are my rocks and I love them to death. We are able to joke around, relax and watch movies, and have a ton of fun without doing anything stupid… most of the time. Without Chloe and Natalie, I probably wouldn’t have as good of grades as I have this year, I probably wouldn’t be thriving in my job search and I really just wouldn’t be as happy as I am right now. So I just want to say thank you to my two beautiful ladies, you are the best.

3. Netflix Disney Movies. This one is kind of weird I know, but Netflix has been my saving grace during those times when I just wanted to curl up in bed and watch movies. The fact that Netflix now has Disney movies, is probably the best part about it now. I am able to watch all of the movies from my childhood just by opening up my computer. No more renting movies from the library or trying to find friends who have these movies, just a click of a button and I’m reliving my childhood. 🙂

4. The Sun. On a 20 degree Winter day here in Pullman, I am thankful for the fact that it isn’t snowing. After living in Florida for 8 months from January-August, I am NOT ready for it to snow!

10 Years from now…

10 years from now seems like forever away. I will be 31 years old but there are many things I want to accomplish in a simple 10 years.

First of all, I want to build my career. At this point, it seems like I will never get into the Public Relations field. Every job I try to apply for needs at least 3-5 years of experience, but how is a college graduate supposed to get experience when every single job asks for experience. It all seems like a round-a-bout way of telling college graduates that they will not be getting a job when they graduate. Right now, it seems like my life is at a standstill. I am trying to graduate from WSU, and cannot look for jobs back home because home for me is Florida. Many employers do not understand why I am going to school out-of-state, but if they would give my resume a chance I would tell them that I came to WSU for the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, ranked in the top 25 in the nation. I would tell them that I have worked full-time since my freshman year to gain experience in a real-life setting. I would tell employers that they are missing out on a great opportunity by not hiring me. I believe I can be an asset to any firm that would take me.

Okay, I’m done ranting. In 10 years I also want to have a family, or at least be close to it. I want to find my Prince Charming and live happily ever after. I know I just went on a huge rant about my career, but a family is the one thing I will not live my life without. My brother and his wife are expecting their first baby, and they aren’t even 30 yet. At this time in my life, I don’t even have a prospective husband or someone that I think might be a good fit to be my husband. I think that I am trying too hard to find the love of my life and I need to settle down a little bit, wait until I move back to Florida, and then let my Prince find me. Like my mom used to tell me, “You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince.”

My Current Relationship

Thomas and I have been dating since September of this year. We have known each other though for about 3 years now.

How We Met:

I met Thomas while hanging out with my previous boyfriend, Kyle. Kyle was in a fraternity called ACACIA with Thomas’ roommate and we ended up going to his room in a different residence hall to hang out with him. Thomas was there and I felt like instantly we became pretty good friends.

Since the day we met, Thomas was always the guy I went to for car trouble, computer trouble, and phone trouble. Even during my freshman year, when I spilled Top Ramen all over my Blackberry, he gave me an old phone of his to use until I was able to get a new one the next summer. He has always been the most giving, helpful and thoughtful friend I have ever had.

When Kyle and I broke up last fall, Thomas was there for me when many others weren’t. My relationship with Kyle wasn’t the best, or the healthiest so my friends just laughed and said “FINALLY!!!” when we broke up. But I was heart broken. It is hard not to be, especially when he was attached to my hip for the last three years. Thomas was there to let me cry, he was there as a shoulder to lean on. I never thought Thomas and I would be more than just friends, but when I came back from my internship at Walt Disney World, he asked if he could pick me up from the airport. I was gracious for his willingness to do this for me and accepted. He helped me move into my apartment and was just the same friend I had always known.

A few weeks after school started, Thomas and I were hanging out watching a movie and he finally asked me to be his girlfriend. It was a shock to me but I obviously said yes.

Thomas and my relationship is not perfect in the slightest. We talk maybe once a day, but unlike all of my other relationships I don’t completely rely on him for everything. I don’t rely on him as my only friend or the only person I can hang out with on a regular basis. We are both very busy people and though we talk almost every day, we definitely do not see each other every day. Since we are both seniors in college, we have a lot of other things on our plates like work, studying, applying for jobs, etc. so it’s nice to be able to do my own thing and still be able to go on dates and have fun with a guy I like.

At this point in our relationship I find myself thinking about whether it will last after college. We both are very close to our families and since his live near Olympia, WA and mine live in Florida, I think we might be heading into a roadblock. Right now, I am trying not to think about the possibility of us breaking up because we both want to live near our families after graduation, but I also don’t want to think of the consequences of long distance after college either… Let’s just say, I’m going to have fun, make it last and in about six months I’ll figure out where to go from there. 🙂

Things My Mom Taught Me

1754971-4626770-202-HThis past weekend, I flew to Seattle to spend a weekend with my mom. Since she lives all the way in Florida and I live in Pullman, WA, during the school year I barely get to see my parents. It was a great time to be able to spend time with my mom, do some sight seeing and have a little bit of fun. This trip was supposed to be super fun and relaxing, but the first night I was there, we went to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory by South Center Mall in Tukwila, WA (about 30 minutes south of Seattle, closer to the airport). While we were at dinner, my mom’s friend’s car was broken into and my whole suitcase was stolen. I lost things from clothes to shoes and even all of my make-up and hair products. During this weekend alone, my mom taught me probably 100 things about life, love and the pursuit of happiness as a woman. I am going to share as many of these things with you as I can think of.

1.  Possessions are just things, they can be replaced.

2. It’s okay to cry sometimes.

3. Spend time with the people you love, put your phone away.

4. It’s important to look good. Yoga pants are not always the best option.

5. If a hotel offers free food/drinks during happy hour, take advantage!

6. Happy hour at a sushi restaurant means spending less than $40 for about $100 worth of food.

7. Never settle.

8. Don’t ever eat too much.

9. The best company is people who care about you.

10. Life happens. Try your best and you will succeed with flying colors.

I only was able to spend two full days with my mom, and I am sure she has taught me these 10 things a million times, but as I am growing up and becoming an adult I finally realized that what my mom says matters.

Here’s your take home from this blog post: Listen to your mom and make a book of the things she says. One day when you are in a dark place, the things she has taught you will come in handy.

The Denny’s in Pullman is Closed.

So, we were having a huge debate in the Telecounseling Center of the Admissions Office here at my university about the fact that the Pullman Denny’s closed this weekend. We had all heard a rumor that the Denny’s would be reopening to a Red Robin in the upcoming months. Tag, the Team Leader for our shift did not believe this rumor, so he got on the phone with the Executive Director of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce who told him that there were no proposed plans for the Denny’s building.

No one has any idea what it feels like coming from the west side of Washington and not being able to go to Red Robin here at school. You only really understand my frustrations when I now live in Melbourne, FL and HAVE NOT HAD RED ROBIN IN 4 YEARS! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!?! I WAS SO EXCITED FOR THERE TO BE A RED ROBIN!!!!!!!!

All joking aside though, I’m actually really mad.

The PROS of having a Red Robin in Pullman:

– AMAZING DEALS

– Unlimited french fries

– BEST BURGERS EVER.

The CONS of having a Red Robin in Pullman:

– There are none. This is the best idea we have ever thought of.

Photo

IMG_199265148768872 This photo is from my very last day working and living in Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL. I lived and worked at Walt Disney World from January 2013 to August 2013. These eight months were probably the most fun of my entire life. While at Disney, I worked as a Lifeguard at three different resorts: Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, Old Key West Resort, and Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club.

At Disney, I was introduced to so many different people from all over the world. Some of my best friends were from different countries such as Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Italy, France and New Zealand. Meeting these people probably made my Disney College Program worth it. The pay wasn’t great, the job held long hours, and while being an intern you basically get treated like free labor. Having friends that helped you get through the long days and stressful nights.

Luckily, my college program was a chance for me to go home for eight months. Since I go to school in Washington State and am from Melbourne, FL, I am always looking forward to going home and being able to spend time with my mom, dad and puppies. While I was in Florida, I was able to see my mom once every couple of weeks where, fortunately, my mom would take me out grocery shopping, to lunch/dinner, and we would even go to the parks together just to ride our favorite ride, Splash Mountain.

Now that my college program is over and I am back studying at Washington State University, I am really glad that I enjoyed every single moment I had with my parents. Especially knowing that I will not see either of them again until December, I am happy that I was able to spend so much needed time with them when I had the chance. Taking the time off of school to go to Florida and spend time with my mom and dad also made it easier to come back to school and finish out my college career strong. I am very thankful for all the opportunities I have been given and would not trade my experience for anything in the world.