A Letter To My Not-So-Little Cousins

A Letter To My Not-So-Little Cousins

We basically grew up together

Dear Trenton & Oliver,

I am writing you both this letter so you know more about me as a person and so hopefully I can learn more about you as individuals. I grew up with you and it is so hard to believe that you are both almost my height! I am going to split this letter into two parts so each of you get a snippet of me and what I want to say.


We basically grew up together; you were born when I was 8 years old. Watching you as a baby grow up to the handsome young man you are right now is so incredible! You are actually taller than me and most of my friends! I am so happy that you are growing up alongside with me; it isn’t easy being in school still. We may not be on the same level of schooling, but I promise everything in life and school gets much better. You will love high school and college so much, I promise. Enjoy being young though, because as a 20 year old, I sure do miss my younger years. Do not be afraid to take chances; do not be afraid of being your true self. You are very bright and I know you will do great things!


We also grew up together, but in a different way. Watching you grow up was also a blessing. Looking at you as a baby, I always wondered what you would be like when you got older. Now that you are much older, I am only more impressed by what you are accomplishing. Keep doing what you love, keep doing stuff that makes you genuinely happy. I am so excited to hear more about what you are doing and going. Like I said before, do not be afraid of taking chances and being your true self. Also, Happy Birthday!

Little bit about me:

I am 20 and I go to St. Thomas Aquinas College in NY! I love hanging out with my friends, reading, writing, and am even thinking about writing a book. I have learned over my lifetime that I may not accomplish all my dreams but I can accomplish the ones I work for. I learned over time that friends change and new ones are made. It is interesting knowing that some of you were interested in music because in high school I played the flute and did color guard. I was (unfortunately) not a fan of running but always commend the people who even participate in races! I am excited to see you guys as soon!

For both of you guys:

You boys are both so strong mentally and physically. I am so excited to see what you both grow up to be, I am always a phone call away if you ever want to chat with me. I am so happy and proud of your accomplishments (I can see them on Instagram). I hope our bonds as cousins get nothing but stronger over time. I think of you guys all the time. I hope you both do not forget how much I really do love and care for you both. Excited to see you guys over the holidays


Your cousin and older sister xoxo

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Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.

I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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Home For The Summer

Home sweet home.


Now that school is finally over, I packed up all my stuff and finally got to go home and be with my family again. More specifically, I got to see my dog.

Moving out was a hassle. I didn't realize how much crap I actually had. Sure, it started off not too bad when I moved in, but over the course of the year, more and more stuff came into my possession. By the time I was supposed to move out, it was like I had twice the amount of stuff from when I started. It took two days to officially move all of my belongings back home.

Since being home, I've noticed a couple of things.

First of all, my mom missed me a lot. Hi, Mom. :)

It's not like when I went to college, I completely disappeared from my mom's life or anything like that. We talked on the phone often, and she would visit me sometimes to take me and my sister out to dinner or something with our dad. Also, with the number of times I had gotten sick throughout the entire year, it was like every other week I came home.

The first day I came home, she made a run to the store and called me asking if there was anything I needed, and I said not to my knowledge. She came home with a crap ton of my favorite ice cream and snacks, just because.

Another thing she's been doing is cooking every night. My mom works during the week, so understandably when she gets home, she doesn't always feel like slaving away in front of the stove to make dinner. However, for whatever reason, my mom has made it her sole mission to make me gain 20 pounds by the time the fall semester comes around.

She knows I hated the food at school, so whenever she cooks dinner, she mentions that I love being home because I get to have real food. I mean, I'm not complaining. Who doesn't love a homecooked meal?

I can tell my dad is pretty happy about me being home with the new change in the menu.

Second of all, for the time being, I have A LOT of free time.

Now, this will change once I get my summer job, but as of right now, I have nothing to do. Both of my parents work during the week, and I didn't really keep in touch with the majority of my high school peers, so I have no one to hang out with. I mean, I could see some of my college buddies and sorority sisters, but everyone lives far as hell away.

This is kind of difficult for me. Not because I can't just spend time alone; I have no problem with that. However, I'm used to having a full schedule. Aside from just being used to it, I like it. I'm one of those people who likes to keep busy.

When I'm out and about or have a lot of things to do, I feel productive. Now, I just feel lazy because I literally have nothing to do. To try and counteract this, I've resorted to doing a personal project throughout the summer.

I just need something to occupy my time. Boredom sucks.

I'm glad to be home, though. Living at college is great, sure, and you have all this freedom to do whatever you want and you won't get in trouble or whatever, but I don't really care about all of that. Family is very important to me.

My mom, as crazy as she is, is my best friend, I tell her everything. Living away from that can really stink. Makes me wonder if that is why I kept getting sick so much. Like it was my body's way of forcing me to go home and be with my family.

This summer is going to be a much-needed break from school. I'm excited to see where things go.


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