6 Things I Am Thankful For This Thanksgiving

6 Things I Am Thankful For This Thanksgiving

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November is the time of year where most people remember what they are thankful for. It is just in the spirit of Thanksgiving to post about it on Facebook and to let people know. This year I have a lot to be thankful for and I want to be able to share that with people.

1. My Parents

This may seem cliche, but my parents are two of the people I am most thankful for.

My mom is a strong-willed, determined woman who always seems to put the needs of others before herself. This past week she cleaned nonstop so she could host her family, 15 in total, at her not so big apartment for an early Thanksgiving. My mom has also taken it upon herself to dive deep into the depths of wedding planning. In just a few months she has found me a venue, she has found me a hairdresser, a florist, a DJ. She has put together a budget. She has found decorations. She has given me ideas for everything and anything wedding related. My mom is also someone I talk to nearly every day. Whether it be driving home from work, from one job site to another or to school, she almost always stops what she is doing to talk to me for ten minutes.

My dad is a hilarious, warm-hearted man who is always willing to help with anything I need. This past week he has started calling around to find the cheapest places for me to get tires for my car. He is offering to pay for a sizeable portion of my wedding. He works countless hours at work. When my mom can't talk on the phone, he is always quick to take the phone from her to talk to me himself. We don't always have the most productive conversations, but they are entertaining and keep me laughing.

2. My Fiance

My fiance is someone I cherish deeply. He is someone I get to spend the rest of my life with. He is always there for me when I need him even if it's something stupid. He supports me in my every decision. He forces me to do my homework even when I don't want to. He is my rock. He is also my best friend. We are always laughing at the stupidest jokes or making comments. He has given our cats awful nicknames. He has taught me to love new things(like spicy food and The Walking Dead). And I get to marry him in just over 215 days!

3. My Two Best Friends











Amber and Ashleigh are my two go-to girls whenever I need to vent or cry or just need a good laugh. These two have agreed to spend a big part of my big day together with me. They have agreed to help me plan, to attend countless dress appointments and to dance with me on the dance floor to whatever music I have the DJ play. I am so thankful to have two of the best friends a girl could ask for!!

4. My Brother

Honestly, when I was younger I hated my brother. He was annoying. He was stupid. And he was a jerk. But as we got older and as I moved away from home our relationship got a little stronger. I am thankful for him because he can be kind of funny sometimes.

5. My Internship

Last week in my weekly supervision I told my supervisor that I was hopeful to be able to stay with Catholic Charities once my internship ended in May and she told me that I absolutely should and that she would support me in any way to help me get a job there! She told me it is clear that it is clear that I am meant to be in the human services field and that my work in case management/care coordination has flourished. She said my work ethic is outstanding and that I truly care about people to the best of my ability. I have never been so happy to be working for a company and I can only hope that I can continue to once my internship is over.

6. My Cats

Does this even need any explanation? Just look how adorable they are!

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15 Fourth Of July Fun Facts And Trivia

The United States of America: Land of the free, home of the brave.
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Fourth of July is a holiday I look forward to every year! Full of outside, summer fun, barbecued foods, and firework displays. Behind all of that, however, is history! In celebration of our nation's Independence Day, here are 15 fun facts and pieces of trivia:

1. John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress to formally sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

2. The Fourth of July was not declared a federal holiday until 1938.

3. The first White House Fourth of July party was held in 1804.

4. Around 150 million hot dogs are consumed on Fourth of July (wonder if this statistic includes the hot dogs consumed during the annual Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest?)

5. Back in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, 2.5 million new people lived in the U.S. Now 240 years later, 311 million people live.

6. The now American-celebrated song, Yankee Doodle, was originally written by officers of the British army to make fun of backwoods Americans.

7. Three United States presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.

8. July 4th is also celebrated in the Philippines, because in 1946, the country was recognized as an independent nation.

9. In one year, $600 million is spent on fireworks alone in the U.S.

10. Most of the signers of the Declaration did not formally sign until August 2, 1776.

11. Though it is no treasure map as predicted by Nicholas Cage in "Treasure Hunt 2", the message "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776" is written upside down on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

12. More than 14,000 firework displays are put on across the country on Fourth of July!

13. Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the world's oldest Independence Day celebration. It dates back to 1785!

14. In 1781, the great state of Massachusetts became the first one to declare Independence Day a holiday

15. Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Display is the largest in the United States

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Forget The Beach, Do These Things Instead

These 25 thing won't break your bank this summer.

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When you think of summertime you think of the beach. Going to the beach usually involves a lot of driving and necessary spending. These 25 activities are perfect for summer and will not break your bank.

1. Take A Walk.

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As simple as it sounds, take a walk. Walk around your town or neighborhood; you'll be amazed at all of the little things you normally miss whenever you're driving by.

2. Have A Picnic.

Nothing says summer like a picnic. It can be at your local park or even in your backyard; just don't forget the watermelon!

3. Roast s'mores!

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Everyone loves a good s'more, and the nostalgic smell of the campfire.

4. Make your own ice cream.

Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to cool down on the hot summer day, but it can also break your budget. Homemade ice cream is fun, delicious, and will not hurt your wallet.

Here is a sweet recipe!

5. Blow bubbles.

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I mean come on, who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

6. Watch the clouds

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Whenever you're having a stressful or sad day grab a blanket and head outside and watch the clouds blow by. Make a game out of how many different shapes you can identify.

7. Pick some berries.

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Find a local strawberry or blueberry field that allows customers to pick their own berries, it is a lot more fun than it sounds trust me.

8. Go to a minor league baseball game.

Hot dogs, ice cream, and fun memories are all to be had at a local baseball game.

9. Go to a parade.

Your town or a neighboring town most likely has a holiday parade on Memorial Day, 4th of July, or labor day. Go to these parades, you'll get to see all of the local youth organizations, support your community, and maybe even get some candy thrown your way.

10. Watch the fireworks.

Really watch the fireworks, don't try to take pictures that will come out blurry. Live in the moment.

11. Watch the sunrise

It may involve an earlier bedtime the night before, but it will be worth it.

12. Watch the sunset.

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13. Make a slip & slide

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Tarp+water+soap=endless fun

14. Paint with bubbles.

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This takes blowing bubbles to a whole new level. Add your favorite colors of food coloring to your bubbles grab a piece of paper and blow onto the paper; you'll come away with a masterpiece.

15. Make a bird feeder.

Give back to mother nature by building a bird feeder.

16. Catch lightning bugs.

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AND THEN LET THEM GO!

17. Build a fort.

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Let's be real, everybody loves a good fort.

18. Tye-Dye something.

Shirt, socks, blankets, it doesn't matter what it is as long as you have fun.

19. Read.

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Go to a local bookstore, run your fingers along the spines of all the books and pick the one that calls to you.

20. Color with chalk.

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Unleash your inner artist on your driveway and/or sidewalk.

21. Pick up litter.

Go outside and help clean mother earth, it will not only benefit you but everybody around you as well.

22. Have an absolutely epic water gun battle.

Swim Pool Boy Water Swimming Summer Water Gun

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Grab your friend, enemy, kid, neighbor, parents, whoever you can find and challenge them to a water gun battle.

23. Go camping.

Get back into nature in your backyard, or at a free campsite.

24. Volunteer.

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Many of us have extra time in the summer so volunteer your time in your community!

(Dog walking at the local animal shelter is always a great choice)

25. Find joy.

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Find what makes you happy, and never stop doing it.

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