Sunday, December 26, 2010

2010 Was A Big Year

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I know I did...blessed with the company of family and the joys of thoughtful gifts that I gave and received.

I'm sitting here, the day after Christmas, thinking about how 2010 is coming to a close. For the past 17 years, my mind has thought of "years" in school years...because when you start a new school year in August, it feels like that is when you have the chance to start over, make some changes, and accomplish some things, whether you're starting 4th grade, 12th grade, or your senior year of college. Now I'm trying to shift my mind to think in calendar years like the rest of the "adult" world!

2010 was a really big, and wonderful, year. Lots of changes, lots of excitement, and a few things that brought about some sadness or nostalgia.
I rang in 2010 in Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl, which was such a fun trip aside from our loss, and a great way to end my EIGHT years in marching band! I can't imagine my life without it, and while it's nice to have my weekends again and be home for all of the holidays, I do miss performing and being with such a tight-knit group of people.
I began my last semester as a college student, which was so surreal! I took lots of classes that interested me, and also had my Advertising Campaigns class that capped off my degree nicely, ending with a huge presentation to CBS radio in Dallas.
I welcomed a new grandlittle, Audrey, and a great-grandlittle, Callie, into my Tau Beta Sigma family. These girls, along with Kayla and Ashley, have truly become like little sisters to me, and I value keeping close to them even though I am now a TBS alum.
I got sick...a lot. Staying so busy during my senior year was both a curse and a blessing because I truly lived it up and did just about everything I possibly could, but I also didn't sleep enough and wore myself out. I wound up with the stomach flu in February and an upper respiratory infection and mono in March. My body forced me to rest, and since then I have been MUCH healthier for the rest of the year!
I spent part of spring break in San Antonio with my best friends Briana and Marissa. We are a true testament to the ability to remain close to friends even when you are separated by physical distance.
BIG milestone-- I graduated college! I now have a Bachelor of Science in Advertising/Public Relations from Texas Christian University. Four years flew by faster than I could ever have imagined. With this graduation came many goodbyes-- to Tau Beta Sigma, to band, to my many friends at school, to living with my roommates, to both of my jobs working with children that I loved so much; so while it was an exciting time, it was also sad too!
I moved home. Living at home again after four years of living in a dorm/apartment/house with your friends is a little strange, but I've settled in nicely. I get along well with my parents and enjoy spending time with them... and major bonus, it's rent-free!
I got an internship doing something I had never done before, and learned a lot.
I went to Hawaii!!! Such a beautiful place, and an amazing family vacation. I want to go back to paradise!
I got a grown-up job!!! And not just any job, the job that I had hoped and literally prayed for ever since I was an intern. I had tried to prepare myself if it didn't work out, but I was so relieved and overjoyed to be hired and get to do what I love.
My sister left for college. It's weird being the only child at home, but she's adjusted well to college and is following in my footsteps as a public relations major. I'm very proud of her!
Another major change-- Alex moved to California. We had done a "short distance" relationship at different colleges over the last four years, and that was hard at times, but this was a huge distance. It was hard to have him leave after an amazing summer together, but a semester flew by and we survived, so I know we can do it! I honestly think all of the build-up and preparing for him to leave was harder than it's been now that he's actually moved, because I was dreading the unknown.
I began to experience TCU as an alum. Strange to not feel such a sense of ownership anymore because I can no longer walk the campus as a student, perform at football games, hang out in the buildings. But I love TCU and wear my purple even more proudly... it's just a little different from the other side!
I visited Alex twice in California. It was wonderful to spend time with him there and experience his life.. I think it makes it easier to be apart when I know what his life is like there and have been involved in it firsthand. I am very much in love with him and am so proud of what he is already doing with his life.
A few other things that have happened-- met lots of great new people and friends, paid my first loan off, joined a bowling league with some of my co-workers, and experienced holidays in the "real world" and now appreciate time off more than ever. There were many other things that happened, but hopefully that covers the big stuff. All in all, it was an amazing year, and I am very very blessed.

To sum it all up, I chose a picture from each month of the year in 2010:

JANUARY- Fiesta Bowl! New Year's Eve in downtown Phoenix

FEBRUARY- the most snow I've ever seen in my life

MARCH- My Tau Beta Sigma Pink! Family (Ashley, Kayla, Audrey, and Callie) at 3rd Degree

APRIL-My advertising campaigns group, Sentidos, after we presented to CBS Radio in Dallas over a campaign we had worked on for 3 months

MAY-Graduation with my family

JUNE-Sister's high school graduation


AUGUST- 6 Year Anniversary in California

SEPTEMBER- TCU game as alumni with my pledge class!

OCTOBER- Cowboys Game on Halloween with Bree and Marissa

NOVEMBER- Bauza's Birthday

DECEMBER- Happy Graduation, Caroline!

Choosing picures for that was WAY harder than I expected, because I love pictures and have hundreds from the past year to choose from!

Thank you to everyone who made 2010 a great year... I value and love each of you!

Friday, December 24, 2010

'Twas the Night Before Christmas... In Texas, That Is

My mom used to read this story to us every Christmas Eve! 

‘Twas the night before Christmas
In Texas you know,
Way out on the prairie
Without any snow.

Asleep in their cabin
Were Buddy and Sue
A-dream’ of Christmas
Like me and like you.

Not stockings, but boots
At the foot of their bed,
For this was in Texas,
What more need be said?

When all of a sudden
From out the still night,
There came such a ruckus
It gave me a fright!

And I saw ‘cross the prairie
Like a shot from a gun,
A loaded-up buckboard
Come on at a run.

The driver was ‘Geein’,
And ‘hawin’, with a will.
The hosses (not reindeer)
He drove with such skill.

“Come on there Buck, Pancho,
And Prince, to the right!
There’ll be plenty of travelin’
For you-all tonight.”

The driver in Levi’s
And shirt that was red,
Had a ten-gallon Stetson
On top of his head.

As he stepped from the buckboard
He was really a sight,
With his beard and moustaches
So curly and white.

As he burst in the cabin
The children awoke,
And both so astonished
That neither one spoke.

And he filled up their boots
With such presents galore
That neither could think
Of a single thing more.

When Buddy recovered
The use of his jaws,
He asked, in a whisper,
“Are you Santa Claus?”

“Am I the REAL Santa?
Well, what do you think?”
And he smiled as he gave
A mysterious wink.

Then he lept in his buckboard,
And called back, in his drawl,
“To all children of TEXAS,

Sunday, December 5, 2010

When I Count My Blessings, I Count You Twice

I meant to post this during Thanksgiving week, but I figure that this entire season is about giving thanks and remembering the blessings that God has given us. I am so thankful for the people in my life--my family, my boyfriend, my co-workers, my many friends. They are who keep me going, keep me sane, inspire me, help me grow, make me laugh, and each teach me something in their own unique way. Thank you all. I am so thankful to have a job I love, the opportunity to live with my parents, to have gone to an amazing school, and to live in a wonderful country where I am free. There are many more things that I am thankful for, but that sums it up well.