My First College Winter Break

My First College Winter Break

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I have been home on winter break from college for about a week now, and as the big sister, I have a lot of responsibilities to take on... again. I have two younger brothers, and they are both old enough to take care of themselves. However, they can be pretty lazy at times, and don’t exactly help out my mom in the ways that I used to, and the ways that they should.

While my parents have been at work and my brothers have been in school, I have been left alone to either sit on the couch and slowly, but surely, become a couch potato, or be productive and clean the house from top to bottom. Since I’m weird and do not enjoy doing nothing for too long, I have chosen to wash several loads of laundry, clean up things in various rooms, vacuum, do the dishes, and wrap presents. I have taken out the recycling and picked up dog poop a few times as well, and these last two things are supposed to be my brothers’ chores. I am so glad to be home!

Although it may seem so, I really am not complaining...that much. Most of my friends are still in school, so I need to be doing something useful with my time anyway. I might as well help out my family because I love them and want the best for them. I am still an important component to this household and they need me. (I really thought they would crash and burn once I left for college, but surprisingly, they’ve managed!)

I sincerely have been enjoying helping out my family. What really warms my heart is when the youngest of my two brothers hugs me when he comes home from school. He did not want to admit that he missed me while I was at college, and on my occasional visits home he would not say hello, but instead ask, “You’re back again?” A few times, he has asked me to help with his homework and rub his back so he could fall asleep, and I gladly did it for him. We have been chatting a bit before he falls asleep as well. When he asks me questions and tells me about the funny things that happened during his day, I know that he really has missed having me around.

My family is very busy, but right now, I am not. I really am not used to having nothing to do, so it is nice to have time on my hands to do things for them. In high school, I did not have a lot of time to talk to my brothers. I would go to school, my college class, work, and then do my homework assignments. Everybody had, and still has, very different schedules, and we rarely ate dinner together. However, now that my schedule is basically free, I can wait at home for them and catch up before they leave again to go to work, or to practice, or to the gym.

I am more than happy to be home for the holidays, where I am truly appreciated and loved. I am happy to be spending quality time with my family.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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5 Spring Break Plans That AREN'T The Beach

The beach isn't the only worthwhile destination to consider for spring break.

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Sun, surf, and sand: an ideal combination that draws thousands upon thousands of college students to the beach every spring, but that may not be the only worthwhile destination to consider for spring break.

1. Road trip to see the wildflower blooms out west

If you're a flower fanatic like me, the news of the rare wildflower blooms across Texas and California must've sent you into a frenzy, too. Every day, I read another article about the post-drought paradise that has recently sprung up across the southwestern part of the states. To be honest, a road trip wouldn't be my first choice for a vacation, but a road trip to see flowers sounds like a dream. Just know, if you plan on making the drive, I'll stow away in the trunk to tag along.

2. Weekend trip to visit/surprise out-of-state friends

Spring break schedules scatter across the months of March and April for much of the nation's colleges. As it goes, your out-of-state friends' and your break will almost never line up. Even colleges within the same state often have varying break schedules. So, the likelihood of planning a vacation to the beach altogether is slim to none. Why not surprise them for the weekend??? (Or possibly, give them a heads up beforehand). Either way, I know I miss the heck out of my high school friends and would be so overjoyed to find a weekend to hang out. Even if nothing majorly eventful happened, just seeing a movie and grabbing dinner would be worthwhile.

3. Take a day trip to a state park

While I wouldn't typically consider myself to be an outdoorsy gal, I've been on a couple of hiking/camping trips that I'd plan again. Although most people probably aren't park experts when it comes to their own state, Google is just a tap away. You may be surprised to find out just how many state parks are in your state. Also, some of them may very well be close enough for a day trip. Round up a small group of friends and head outdoors for some fresh air and nature. Plus, I'm sure there'll be plenty of scenic locations to snap a pic for the 'gram.

4. DIY projects

Has your Pinterest board been filling up since Thanksgiving? Who said you have to leave the house to make the most of break? Personally, I'm fully content with spending my free time working on projects. There a few feelings more rewarding than finishing a long-awaited project. Painting is my hobby of choice, but there are so many other crafty hobbies and creative outlets out there. Why not take some time to create a new piece for your apartment?

5. Pick up shifts at a food kitchen or animal shelter

No, this idea may not be vacation-related, but it's certainly a great way to fill the time. Gather a group of friends and head to the local animal shelter to walk the dogs, or possibly, organize a group shopping trip to pick up groceries for a local food bank. Maybe, even consider signing the group up for a few lunch or dinner shifts at your local soup kitchen. Yes, you may want a break over spring break. However, the day-to-day struggles people face don't provide them the luxury of taking a break. You can have your downtime, but there are plenty of hours beyond your relaxing to put towards a good cause.

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