Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I know this is long overdue... But here is a start to my catching up...

Ok… Ok… OK

I know it has been a long time since I have blogged but things got a little hectic. So I will start back in June where I left off…

University of Tennessee 1 was most likely the best camp experience I have ever had working for varsity.  Everything at this camp was awesome!!! From the cheer staff, camp administration, campers, and especially Mrs. Joy!  I cannot wait to go back to that camp again next year!!! 

Camps like this one remind me why I love my job.  I was sitting in the football complex and I thought to myself… 8 years ago what if I had not answered my phone? What if I ignored it just like any other unknown number? I could be sitting at home staring at people as they drive past my house. 

After finishing up Tennessee 1 camp I was pleasantly surprised with a “Raving Fan” award.  I just want to thank everyone that I have come in contact with through Varsity.  I am truly blessed to work for Varsity and all the opportunities that have come from this job!!! Working for this company has been life changing and I will always cherish the memories made always!!!

After Tennessee it was off to South Carolina to Lander University.  I love when I get to work with the “Byrd’s”… Jenna & Maggee!!! It was also time for a free 10 minute massage courtesy of the wonderful Kim!!! Thanks Kim!!!  I was also reunited with some staff that I had not worked with in a few years.  Who could resist the charms of Michael & Foy??? And of course one of the BEST Head Instructors in the South East… WILL. 

At each camp it’s like a mini reunion of sorts. Then you meet new people and make new friends to only wait till the next camp when you can see them again.  It is strange how close you can become with these people but it is good.  I know that I have made life long friends and have a place to stay just about anywhere if I need too. 

After Lander it was home for a few days and the annual Fourth of July Extravaganza.  Of course on the way home I stopped at Shelton Fireworks warehouse to pick up a few fireworks. 

The Fourth of July is my absolute favorite holiday of the year!  Of course I made a bunch of random food and invited everyone in the neighborhood as well as anyone who wanted to enjoy the fun.  If you want to have fun you come to my house on the Fourth! 

The high light of the day was the fireworks spectacular of course.  It was probably the best group of fireworks I have ever purchased.  I love all the pretty colors and loud noises. 

Overall it was a good day. No one got arrested, there were no leftovers, and no one got fireworks shot at them.  I have already started to plan for next year!!!

After a quick trip home I was back on the road again. This time to Concord North Carolina. The Great Wolf Lodge … Heck yea!!! This means good food and waterpark time!!! But it also meant that I would be working with Selassie… this will be Selassie’s last summer working camps. So of course I had to make the most of it… with pranks and well of course the “Robert John” t -shirt. 

Selassie was in this little movie a long time ago and well we of course have to poke a little fun at him from time to time.  When Greg walked out in the “Robert John” t -shirt Selassie’s face was absolutely priceless. 

I am sad that he won’t be coming back next summer but I am so lucky to have met such an amazing person.  For the past 20 years Selassie has shared his wonderful personality and infectious smile.  I will miss you signing to me in the early morning of camps and of course I will just miss you being there.  LOVE YOU SELASSIE!!!

Ok thats it for now... there is more to come. But for now here is a picture of me in my fort...

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Summer Lovin'

It makes me giggle and brings a smile to my face every time I think about “Summer Love”.  Whether it’s a picture or a text from an old friend to remind you of that one summer... that summer you thought you fell in love and nothing else in the world mattered. Sigh… oh the Memories!  If I could go back and do it all over I would because it was fun and so carefree.  I miss the free feeling of that summer.  How can you not smile when you think of that one Summer??? :)

I’m so glad it ended just as fast as it had began.  But that’s what summer love is… Comes in so fast and turns everything upside down and by the time the leaves start to change its gone.  At the time I thought I would never fall again but I did but I’ll never forget that summer.

Everyone needs at least one summer love.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

I don't know...

Have you ever felt that any and everything you do is not good enough? Well today and the last few weeks I have not felt like myself.  I just want to kick this feeling.  Its not me and I do not like it at all... I cannot focus and when people ask for my ideas or opinion I have NO idea what to say.  I have no motivation whatsoever and I have so freaking much to get accomplished.

Monday I leave for my first camp of the summer and I should be gathering my things and making sure I have what I need.  For some reason in my head I feel as if it will come together if its suppose to come together. I love my summer job and my summer family.  I count down the days in the winter until I can be reunited with them... so why can I not get my stuff together???

Then I feel bad because I'm having a pity party for myself and there are way worse things going on in the world today.  Like I have no idea how it feels to watch everything I built and worked hard for destroyed in a split second by a tornado.  I am thankful for what I have and the people that surround me.  It could always be worse... Believe me I know that... but right now it seems as if I've been knocked down and I don't want to get back up...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Entry Number 2

All right ALREADY!!!

This blog stuff is demanding and blah blah blah. :)

My birthday celebration began with pouring rain and a flat tire.   Oh the joys of being an adult and the owner of a car.  Eventually the day got better because I got some sushi, saw some old friends, and was told by a two year old that she did not like me.  

I also received a one of a kind shopping cart from Megan and Lauren.  Thanks girls for the awesome gift… It will come in handy one of these days. 

My feelings for the day were somewhat somber.  The day before I had found out that a friend mine had passed away.  Hony was a photographer and you could always see him on the sideline of any sporting event in the area.  Hony would always talk to my Mom and me and give us the “low down” or gossip of what was going on in the area.  When my Mom died last Feburary he looked through his pictures to find some of her and then he gave them to me.  Those pictures meant the world to me. 

At the first football game of last year we kept having rain and lightning delays.  When we finally got started Hony and I were standing on the sidelines and he pointed something out to me… It was a praying mantis.  Hony said that he was praying that we get this game started.  I laughed and the more I thought about it I felt as if it was a sign from my Mom. She was still there with us on the sidelines. 

Hony was always there… he was a constant figure on the sidelines, he had become my sideline buddy and now he’s gone.  This fall when football season comes around I don’t know what I am going to do.  I won’t have Mom or Hony there, I might just fall to pieces the first game.  It will never be the same and that’s for sure. 

The past week has been difficult.  But it could be worse… it could always be worse.
Remember to tell your friends and family you love them because you might not ever get that chance again.  

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Twenty - One Plus Eight

What does this all mean??? It means that tomorrow I become one year older, one year closer to the big three zero. It scares me, I never thought I would make it past twenty.  But I'm here and I do love the life I have.  Even though things get rough sometimes I always say to myself, "It Could Be Worse."  That is the honest truth... it could always be worse, so love the life you live.  

I thought I would document my life over the next year and see where l end up.  I never know where I am going to end up and who I am going to meet.  I do not have any plans and I kind of like it like that.  All I have ever wanted is to be happy.  My mom always had my back on that too.  All she ever wanted for my brothers and I was to be happy.  I can hear her saying to me, "I just want you to be happy".  I miss my momma so much but I carry her with me in my heart everyday.  

So Twenty - One Plus Eight... It's all numbers.  That's all. Just silly little numbers that happen to combine to a bigger number. But it's whatever.  I still feel like I am trying to find myself.  I'm still that kid sneaking out to go to parties at a friends house.  I'm the person that insists on going to Hardee's at 2:00 in the morning to get some huggets with my besties.  "Woo Run's" are still MANDATORY on Sunday Nights and Black & Milds are still acceptable!  

... And I would not have it any other way. 

Here's to Twenty - One Plus Eight May you be the BEST year of my life... I cannot wait to see what you have in store for me.