Thanksgiving Already?!

Holy moly!  I cannot believe its almost Thanksgiving already!  That is so exciting to me!  I absolutely love the holidays.  From Thanksgiving until January 2, I am on an extreme holiday high.  I am looking forward to so much over this break too.
*Thanksgiving food!!  Yum!  Plus I get to spend time with almost my entire family.
*Lights On at Utica!  Mike and I going to bundle up for a trip to Utica Square to look at those beautiful Christmas lights, snuggle and partake in some Starbucks hot drinks (Hot Chocolate for me, some type of coffee for him). 
*Black Friday Shopping!  Definitely thinking about waking up early to go.  We'll see if I am that crazy.
*Christmas Decorating on Friday!  I've waited for the day after Thanksgiving, but I've been eager to do it for like 2 weeks now.
*BEDLAM!!!  Wow we have the potential to be 11 and 1.  That is just incredible to me.  And the fact that I actually get to be there in the stadium for this big game is so exciting.  Season tickets are the best investment I have made all year.  Go Cowboys!
*So many lovely people coming into town to celebrate, which means that hopefully I will get a chance to see some of them (hint, hint :) ). 

I have so much to be thankful for this year too. 
*Two AWESOME parents that are healthy for the first time in a while.  My mom who is always there to talk to and support me, even when she has her own things going on.  She lets me ask her opinion on everything, and just really helps me make the decisions that are best for me.  She doesn't always agree, but she supports none the less.  And my dad... the most wonderful man I know.  I am so blessed to still have him here. 
*A genuine and loving boyfriend who makes me laugh and smile and completely understands me, even when I am being a crazy person.  
*A wonderful best friend/roommate that is always there to be a shoulder to cry, shopping buddy, and just general partner in crime.
*Some of the best friends a girl could ever ask for.  Seriously.  I have learned a lot about how important it is to have those real friends... the ones that know your faults and mistakes you've made, plus all of your personality quirks, and love you anyway.  The ones that you can go a month or two without talking to and the second you do its like you were never apart. 
*A great reading job that is just so much fun with kids that warm my heart everyday.

I hope everyone has a wonderful/eventful/relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with their loved ones! 

Time to get a little Wicked?

Thanks to this guy......
I get to go see this tomorrow......

 along with this lovely couple....
I love love love Wicked and I CAN'T WAIT!!!

The Road Not Taken

I was thinking tonight about where my life has gone in the last few years, mainly since my OSU graduation. I thought about some of the incredible people that have entered my life and how grateful I am for them. I thought about my first grown up job and how I hope to be able to do it again someday. I thought about some of the people that have left my life and how that has impacted me. I thought about the triumphs and good times I have had, as well as the mistakes I have made. But most of all, I thought about how all of these things that have brought me to where I am today. I graduated college and moved out on my own. I got my heartbroken by a boy. I dated someone that unknowingly taught me about myself, both what I loved and what I wanted to change. I realized how important real friends are and that when you find them, it is best to hold on tight and fight for them. I almost lost my dad. I had a big kid job, and suffered the heartbreak of not getting that job back. I met someone that truly embodies good and genuineness in everything he does. I started grad school. Plus a million other small moments.

I think that often people wonder about what could have been. They look back on events in their life and wonder what would have happened if they had done something differently. I am guilty of doing that on more than one occasion. Tonight though, while thinking about everything that has happened, I asked myself "Would I change any of it?" and honestly the answer is a resounding NO! So many monumental things have happened to me in the last few years. All of these things, both good and bad, have made me who I am. If it weren't for these moments, these events, these people, I would be a completely different person. I wouldn't be me.

The title refers to my favorite poem of all time by Robert Frost. It doesn't quite fit with my topic, but I related to it so I wanted to include it. I am blessed to have taken the road I did, with all of its wonderfulness and flaws. It led me here.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Photo Update

Well since I decided to spruce up my blog a little bit, I thought maybe it was time to give a little photo update of my life recently. THEN I realized that I haven't even uploaded the newest pictures onto my computer yet! Be on the lookout for some more pictures soon, and hopefully an actual update in words, not just pictures! Love you all!

Holly and I enjoying what we thought would be the last warm days of the year. Can you believe its November and still in the 70's?

Mike and I out with friends. Love this picture oh so much.

80's party... And yes I bought that dress at Forever21 and there are people running around wearing it not as a joke. Its sad really.

Lovely roommate, boyfriend, and our friend Craig. That was such an awesome night!

First tailgate of the year! Go Pokes!

Mike and I at the Zoo! It was so hot outside, so we took a break in the Monkey House

Heidi, Holly and I at one of the football games! Love spending time with these girls!

Does everyone know that they do lucha libre (wrestling in Mexico... think Nacho Libre) at Elote once a month? Its pretty comical. Holly and I enjoyed it.

Super tired, but enjoying ourselves none the less.

Holly's 26th Birthday! So much fun!

Oh how I love Jenny Johnson!

Dancing awkwardly with Holly's boyfriend, Brady

Oh how I love this man and the OSU Cowboys! The perfect gameday combination

Best friends and our boyfriends living it up at the fair

Last bite of the Krispy Kreme Burger. Surprisingly tasty. And no we did not eat a whole one. It was split between like 6 people.

Shark Attack!

Different Perspectives

So I had a pretty interesting conversation with some people tonight about all of my life goals, and I just thought it was funny. Everyone at the table was talking about there career goals. What they wanted to do, where they wanted to work, how much money they wanted to make... etc. Then I said something that apparently was a bit shocking to them. I said that honestly, I wasn't a career driven person. I'm more of a family and life driven person. I will be honest and say that one of my biggest dreams is to get married someday and have kids. I would love to stay home with them if that's at all possible. And wow, can I tell you the looks I got at that statement. It was like I had just told them I wanted to sit on my butt all day and do nothing for a living. My favorite part was the vocal reaction I heard. "Wow, you really are setting back all of that feminist stuff aren't you?" That comment really got me thinking though. Does it make me less of a feminist because I wanted to stay at home when I have kids? Should I be ashamed because while I love my chosen career (something I am currently in school for again so that I can become better at it when I do get another job), I want to stay home when my kids are little and teach them there? Honestly, I think that the joy of feminism is that you support a woman's right to be whatever she wants to be. If a woman wants to be a lawyer, then she sure as heck has the right to do that. If a woman wants to be an executive or a tv anchor or a doctor or a physical therapist, then that's her choice and she totally deserves to be able to do that. But if a woman chooses to stay at home with her family, that's her choice too. That's her chosen profession, because yes, it is a job. My mom did it for many years not because she had to but because she loved it. Ok... off the soapbox now. Hope everyone out there in the blogosphere is doing really well! Sorry I have written lately... Here's hoping the motivation to write gets stronger.
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