Ever since I was in the 5th grade, my family and I would travel across the country to spend a week away from home. We’ve been to Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Texas. We would visit museums, enjoy the natural beauty of national parks , and walk battlefields.
We learned about the settlers in Jamestown, fell in the Atlantic Ocean in Delaware, walked the Antietam battlefield, saw ghosts in Gettysburg, strode along the banks of the Savannah River in Augusta, found a Civil War soldier named Butt in Stones River cemetery (I thank him everyday for his service on national holidays), climbed a small mountain in Chattanooga, and saw the Stockyards in Dallas.
My God… there are too many stories to tell from each trip. If you care to listen, please leave a comment below. I’ve got plenty of time on my hands, because this year we’re staying at home.
This year has been wild from start to finish! I rang the New Year in by getting a tonsillectomy. My little brother with Down syndrome graduated high school!! I got to spend the fourth of July in Panama City Beach and missed a day of work because the car broke down in Alabama on the way home. I started my senior year of classes and applied to grad school. I got a job at a cupcake place and made a hell of a lot of awesome friends at school!!!!! Friends for life, I’m sure.
I hope everyone else has had a wonderful 2015. This school year has been rough, but I’ve learned many lessons. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs, but needless to say, it’s been a solid year overall. Hopefully, 2016 is better by far and filled with so many wonderful things and opportunities. Hope you all do well on your finals and have a great break!!!!!
Until next semester!
Ok, so, this is a shortened school week for Easter, or as I like to call it Spring Break Part 2. Our first spring break earlier in March was pretty decent, the weather was ok, and it was mostly filled with work for a lot of us. But this weekend will be different! I’m not overly religious, but Easter has always been a holiday that I have cherished for the family time. I come from a decent sized family (20-30 people when we’re all together), we’ve always been very close knit and spending time together is important and cherished. This Easter, much like this past Thanksgiving and Christmas, is even more important. Back in August my grandpa (now 88 years old) was diagnosed with stage four cancer. This rattled the foundation of our family pretty hard, especially for those of us that live out of state (most of my family resides outside of Chicago and just over the border in Wisconsin). Since the diagnosis my grandpa has been doing really well, keeping up with his exercises and keeping a healthy appetite. Everyone else in the family visits home as often as possible, helping my grandma out when she needs it, and enjoying every second we get to spend with everyone. We don’t think of my grandpas’ diagnosis as a tragedy, he’s lived a long life, full of love and memories; rather, this is an opportunity to be even more grateful for the time we do have with him. So this weekend I will happily make the five hour drive north, help cook an awesome Easter brunch, and laugh, a lot, and love very single moment of it. Enjoy this second spring break, go visit with your family and friends, or call them, tell them how much you love them, laugh with them over good jokes and memories. Cherish the moments, that’s what’s truly important in life.
This past weekend provided a much needed break! With a couple days off school, and only work and the never-ending to-do list to tackle, I could finally breathe a little bit. As always, I took the word “break” a little too literally. and didn’t accomplish as much as I possibly should have. Regardless of the feeling of anxiety Monday morning, I had a wonderful Easter here in St. Louis.
My first ever Easter away from my hometown and a large gathering of my family, I celebrated the day in the city with my twin and mother. Being from a much smaller town than St. Louis, they’re always happy to come to the “big city”. I threw on my Easter dress and statement necklace late Sunday morning and drove down to Lafayette Square to meet the pair. We brunched at Sqwires, a restaurant I had been wanting to try for quite some time. The area of Lafayette Square is beyond picturesque, and has become one of my recent favorite neighborhoods of the city.
One breakfast burrito with veggie sausage in the gorgeous sunlight later and I was feeling great. My twin, always eager for a little city shopping, was disappointed to learn the malls were closed. We decided to do the cultural thing and seize the opportunity to visit Forest Park, in particular the Art Museum. We battled all the traffic, picnic loving individuals, and runners, eventually finding a parking spot. With it being such a beautiful day there were many out and about. After wandering around admiring the art for a couple hours, we were hungry once again. We decided to visit Kayak’s Coffee, another spot on my “must do” list. It’s located just a few minutes from Fontbonne, and I have to say I’ll be coming back again. An iced coffee and a cranberry muffin did me in for the day, and it was time to return back to reality.
A crazy busy week (or three) of school awaits, but it was thoroughly enjoyable being Easter happy here in the city.
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