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Carlyn

Nanny 911

by Carlyn on July 31, 2014

in College Life,Extracurricular

Each week during the summer, half of my days are spent babysitting. I guess I shouldn’t really say babysitting anymore since the girls aren’t babies. We can just call me a nanny. That sounds more sophisticated anyway. Emma is 13 and Kara is 10. I have been with them the past few summers, and knew the family well before I started watching them. The girls go to school and play softball with my cousins, so I met them through that.

Although Emma and Kara fight a lot like typical sisters, the three of us have fun together no matter the adventure. Some of the things we do are trips to the zoo, Six Flags (we have season tickets), the pool, and parks with playgrounds. If we just want to get out of the house for a little bit, we’ll grab lunch out or walk up the street to the snow cone stand. Another routine is going to the movies. Wehrenberg theatres have a good summer special. Every Wednesday and Thursday they play a movie for just $1. The movies are typically only about a year old, so they are fairly recent. I enjoy kid movies just as much as they do, so this works out well. Some days are more relaxed and we just chill around the house. But even that is fun, considering we jam to all the One Direction albums while we make One Direction collages. Or we play board games, which is most often the One Direction board game that we made out of an old Candy Land. Do you sense a theme here?

Being with the girls definitely adds a level of excitement to my summers. There is never a dull (or quiet) moment with them. I can’t completely blame it on them though. I get pretty loud myself when we are having too much fun together. We are so close that I practically consider them the little sisters I never had. It’s nice to get paid for something that I hardly consider work.

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If you are into music and pop culture, you probably think of Justin Timberlake when you hear the initials J.T. However, before the modern J.T. was James Taylor. He was the original, considering he first rose to fame in the 1970s. He continues to be an outstanding singer, songwriter, and guitarist, and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to see him perform live.

The people that I went to the concert with were my mom, her best friend, and her husband. This is the same group that I went to the Paul McCartney concert with a couple years ago. They tend to be my buddies for the oldies concerts. I like a wide variety of modern music, but part of me has an old soul when it comes to my music taste. James Taylor has a very classic and soothing sound. It made for such a pleasant night. Also, it was actually nice weather, despite the fact that it was in the middle of summer in St. Louis. The show was at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, which is an outdoor theatre. We had lawn seats, which is something I had never experienced before. I just love seeing live shows, and this was another one I had looked forward to for a long time. And there are more coming up soon! Next are Miley Cyrus (which was postponed from April) and then One Direction (for the second time!). Like I said before, I listen to a variety of music styles, obviously. Bring on the summer shows!

JT

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Yes, this year my family and I started the 4th all decked out in red, white and blue in Lambert airport. At 4 a.m., I was going through security to get on a plane to go to Mexico. Now, it wasn’t just a normal family vacation. My cousin was getting married. It was a week-long family vacation.

The resort we stayed at was all-inclusive. So, we had all the food and… alcohol we wanted. My family took full advantage of that. I had a lot of first experiences while I was there. I went Kayaking, which I was super nervous about at first. I’m glad I did it though, it was so much fun! I highly recommend it! I saw MJ for the first time. Not really, it was a Micheal Jackson impersonator. I had some Salmon and Lobster. I found out that I love salmon, and hate lobster. It was also my first time swimming in an ocean…with sting rays! No, it wasn’t an excursion. At first I was freaked out but I got use to them. Most importantly this was my first time seeing my cousin getting married and it was beautiful. I am so happy for him and his new wife.

Between all the shenanigans I made some new friends! Iguanas roamed around the resort. I saw at least 10 a day. Possibly could be the same ones but it is still a lot. We had a waiter throughout the whole week named Lorenzo and he was the sweetest. He went out of his way to make sure we were satisfied. He said he only makes $4 a day, so we made sure to tip him well because he deserves it, while he is trying to look for work in America. Within a year he will be able too, and I hope the best for him!

Selfie in Mexico Selfie in Mexico MJ Concert MJ Concert Set up for reception Set up for reception Ahhh, paradise. Ahhh, paradise. I love this amphibian. I love this amphibian.

 

 

 

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My family members would not be considered “animal people.”  My oldest and youngest brothers like to play with dogs, and of course we all love puppies and kittens.  But, overall, we are not prone to loving animals.  That being said, we do have two small dogs as members of our family.  Rather, we did have two small dogs.

My elder dog, Jack, died on Monday afternoon.  He was 10 1/2 years old—an elderly dog, but not yet ancient.  Jack was a black terrier-poodle mix; he looked like a lanky Scottish terrier.  He was docile in the company of family members, but fierce when faced with danger.  Which generally came in the form of a mailman or neighbor’s cat.  Unfortunately for Jack, he was not quite as big as the neighbor’s cat, and had to be dragged from impending altercations occasionally.

My mom noticed a few weeks ago that his behavior was atypical of him.  Usually a quiet, loyal dog, he would follow her around the house, hating to be separated for long.  The past few weeks, he spent most of his time hiding under beds or behind chairs.  Jack was losing weight rapidly and ate very little.  While I was home for Easter weekend, we took him to the vet to find a solution to his odd behaviors.

The vet found a tumor.  Needless to say, my Easter break was spent with much tears and deliberation of what treatment path to follow. Finally, a surgery was scheduled for Monday to remove the tumor if possible.   At first, the surgery seemed to be going well.  The vet was able to remove Jack’s tumor, which had been leeching the protein and nutrients from his body.  The doctor began to sew him up again.

The vet found another tumor.  This one was four inches, huge for the tiny dog.  The tumor was near his spine and large intestines and there was nothing the vet could do to save him.

We were devastated.  By Monday, we had assumed the worst but were hoping for the best—we ended up with the worst.  My younger dog, Jill, wanders the house looking for her best friend.  My mother and youngest brother cried, and I cried talking to them on the phone.  I learned that mourning a pet is similar to mourning a human family member; you will still feel the emptiness, the hole they filled in your life.  Like humans, pets can cheer you when you are sad and give you their company when you are alone.  Plus, they never say a cruel word to you.

Jack was a kind dog, and he was with us for many years.  It will be strange adjusting to life without him.  Even though I visit home less frequently now that I am in college, I will still half-expect to see him when I walk through the front door of my house.  Jack was a dog, but he was family.  I suppose my point in writing today is to remind you all to cherish the time you have with your family, friends, and loved ones.  Even the smallest members.

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Supernatural

by Isabella March 24, 2014

A lot of our values growing up have been shaped by movies and television and I’m not ashamed to admit it. This spring break, I’ve been catching up on a TV show called “Supernatural.” It’s about two brothers that fight evil forces in the world. The show is funny, graphic, and full of cool visual effects, […]

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It takes A team

by Marki March 10, 2014

When it comes to putting on a performance you have to have a team to make it work. From the director first starting out with an idea, to them going to the designers to execute their vision, to the actors come together to make it all come alive on stage. It takes everyone to really […]

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Not So Fun Weekend

by Corie February 24, 2014

I had good plans for this past weekend. I was going to go to STL Up Late Party, spend some time with family and also have a girls night. All of that had to be cancelled though. I just had to get sick. It’s the time of year where the weather is starting to change […]

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Family Time Is The Best.

by Corie February 17, 2014

I spent this weekend with my family and it was great. We had a family friend come in from Chicago. We also were celebrating my cousins 14th birthday. There was a lot of reminiscing and telling new funny stories as usual. Of course while munching on a lot of food. Besides the party I went […]

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Holiday Cookie Making

by Alumni Posts December 12, 2013

Each year my family gathers for a cookie making day.  Now, for some reason we bake at the beginning of the month and somehow think that the cookies will make it to Christmas Eve, which they never do.  The cookies we make are Brookies, Red Hots and Smuckers. A Brookie is basically brownie batter, topped […]

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Happy Holidays

by Tara Jones December 11, 2013

I feel so guilty already! My family doesn’t exactly have set holiday plans for Winter break like everybody else. Rather, we’re spending time bonding with each other because I feel like that’s something we can certainly improve on! The Christmas season isn’t about gifts and gluttony, food and folly. It’s about love. Thus, that’s what […]

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