Thank You, Mom, For Keeping Life Interesting

Thank You, Mom, For Keeping Life Interesting

You took me through life the fun way
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Thank you, mom, for taking me through life over the last 19 years. You have truly made me who I am today. I know I may not tell you thank you enough, but there are so many things you that I don't appreciate enough. Being at college has really showed me how lucky I am to have a mother like you.

I have learned of so many college kids who don't have a relationship with their mom like you and I have and that saddens me so much but also makes me so thankful for you. With all that being said, I feel like I don't say thank you enough for the little things, so below I have made a list of the twelve things that we do together that I am so thankful for.

1. All the times you've taken me shopping

From taking me toy shopping to taking me clothes shopping, you've always been there to be my second voice. If the stuffed animal was too ugly or it the clothes were too preppy. I could never doubt that you knew what looked good versus what didn't. Also, how can I forget to mention that countless hours that we prom dress shopped. Whether the dress be yellow or pink, you always knew what looked best.

2. Introducing me to Broadway

Thank you for showing me what I am now most passionate about. Broadway has become a part of me because of your love for it. Without you introducing me to theater, I would not be majoring in it at school, nor would I have had a rad collection of Broadway trading cards and a massive number of playbills. There is no one else I'd want to stand outside for for an hour and a half in the winter with just to get autographs.

3. Giving me a sense of style

I know I may deny this, but I do want to thank you for giving me a sense of style. You have taught me everything I need to know about clothing. Bell-bottom jeans are cool, if you have on a chunky necklace, do not wear earrings and NEVER wear white after Labor Day (even though I do it anyway, sorry mom).

4. Letting me sleep in your bed all throughout high school

I will never buy it when you tell me you didn't like me sleeping in your bed because I know you're missing it now. I'm actually convinced that you never enforced the whole "clean your room" rule because you didn't want me to be able to find my bed.

5. Going on long walks on the beach with me

You never let me down when it came to walking on the beach whether it be just the two of us, or you, me and Sydney. We always got some good sun and even better exercise.

6. Always making me yummy dinners (even when I didn’t admit it)

Okay so I know I might not always admit that your cooking is bomb. But your cooking is sooo good and I miss it so much. I miss having tacos and stuffed shells. Those were five stars meals you used to make.

7. Teaching me the key to life: treat everyone the way you want to be treated



Every since I was a little girl you always told me to be true to this rule. Treating other the way I want to be treated is a rule I will pass down to my children because I hope they go into life with the same mindset you gave me.

8. Singing and dancing to Kinky Boots all over the house

Singing and dancing is defiantly the way to live life. From the car to the kitchen, singing Kinky Boots never got old. I think we could maybe even audition and make it now, of course after you win American Idol.

9. Watching endless movies together

Thank you for introducing me to the one and one Madea. I loved the nights when we would just lie in bed and eat and watch movies. The funnier the better.

10. Trusting each other with everything

You never fail to be my support system. I can come to you with any problem and you are always there to give me advice or whatever needed.

11. Giving me a sense of humor

You have a pretty good sense of humor, I must say. You can make me laugh so hard that my stomach hurts.

12. And most importantly making me feel loved

Every day since I was born you always made me feel confident and loved. From saying "I love you" to giving me endless hugs when I'm sad. You're always are here for me. I can't thank you enough for this and, without your love, I don't know where I'd be, honestly.

When I become a mother, I wish to pass down all the good qualities you have given to me. I hope to teach my children you only live once, so live life to the fullest. And I hope to love my children just as much as you loved me.

Cover Image Credit: Marissa Chappell

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A Letter To The Grandpas Who Left Far Too Soon

The thoughts of a girl who lost both of her grandpas too early.
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Dear Grandpa,

As I get older, my memories are starting to fade. I try to cling to every last bit of memory that I have of you. There are certain memories that have stuck well in my brain, and I probably will never forget them, at least I hope I don't. I remember your smile and your laugh. I can still remember how your voice sounded. I never want to forget that. I catch myself closing my eyes to try to remember it, playing your voice over and over in my head so that I can ingrain it in my memory.

I always thought you were invincible, incapable of leaving me. You were so young, and it caught us all by surprise. You were supposed to grow old, die of old age. You were not supposed to be taken away so soon. You were supposed to see me graduate high school and college, get married to the love my life, be there when my kids are born, and never ever leave.

My heart was broken when I heard the news. I don't think I had experienced a pain to that level in my entire life. At first, I was in denial, numb to the thought that you were gone. It wasn't until Thanksgiving, then Christmas, that I realized you weren't coming back. Holidays are not the same anymore. In fact, I almost dread them. They don't have that happy cheer in the air like they did when you were alive. There is a sadness that hangs in the air because we are all thinking silently how we wished you were there. I hope when I am older and have kids that some of that holiday spirit comes back.

You know what broke my heart the most though? It was seeing your child, my parent, cry uncontrollably. I watched them lose their dad, and I saw the pain that it caused. It scared me, Grandpa, because I don't ever want to lose them like how they lost you. I can't imagine a day without my mom or dad. I still see the pain that it causes and how it doesn't go away. There are good days and there are bad days. I always get upset when I see how close people are to their grandparents and that they get to see them all the time. I hope they realize how lucky they are and that they never take it for granted. I wish I could have seen you more so that I could have more memories to remember you by.

I know though that you are watching over me. That is where I find comfort in the loss. I know that one day I will get to see you again, and I can't wait for it. I hope I have made you proud. I hope that all that I have accomplished and will accomplish makes you smile from ear to ear. I hope that the person I marry is someone you would approve of. And I hope that my kids get more time with their grandpa than I did because the amount I got wasn't fair.

I want to say thank you for raising your child to be the best parent ever because they will one day be the best grandparent ever. Just like you.

Cover Image Credit: Katelyn McKinney

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5 Father's Day Gift Ideas That'll Make You The Favorite Child

Father's Day gifts are hard to think of, so here's a bit of inspiration!
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Now that Mother's Day has passed and we picked out gifts for Mom, we kids need to start thinking of Father's Day gift ideas. I think one of the most common problems of Father's day for us is thinking of a gift our dad would like. These are some of the ideas that will hopefully give you an idea of your own (or you can take one of these, I don't care).

1. A miniature whiskey barrel

If your dad drinks alcohol, this is a really cute idea! There is a website where you can customize a barrel to say his name or his last name. He can fill it with his favorite alcohol and it has a little spout to pour it out!

https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/personalized-whiskey-barrel

2. A photo frame with a timeline

Dads may act tough, but a sentimental gift will make their heart big. One time, I got my dad a photo frame where it had four slots. The first slot was a picture of him and me when I was a baby, the second one was him and I when I was a toddler, the third was him and I when I was in high school, and the fourth had a note that said 'wedding day.' This is a nice sentimental gift that will definitely get to your dad's heart!


3. Tickets to a game

Many dads love sports, so try to get tickets with just the two of you to a game. The Rockies are playing a lot during June, and tickets are reasonably priced. This is going to be a fun bonding experience filled with laughter, baseball, and hot dogs!


4. Cook for your dad

Who doesn't love food?! A day of grilling hamburgers, cooking greens, making mashed potatoes, and serving drinks to him is simple, but fun! This way you can show your appreciation for him while making his stomach happy!

5. A coupon book

A coupon book is easy to make and can include things like mowing the lawn, pulling out weeds, and more. You can put anything you know your dad hates to do all the time. Simple and cheap!

These are just five ideas, but I hope that gets your mind going or that I gave you an idea you haven't already done!

Cover Image Credit: Jazmin Moore

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