Thursday, March 27, 2014

Little Person: A Throw Back


This post is dedicated to things I use to do, say or believe when I was younger. I named this post “Little Person” because this was one of my nicknames when I was a young girl.

When I was a young girl, my mom used to call me “little girl”. I had expressed to her multiple times that I did not appreciate this nickname. So instead of “little girl”, she came up with the name “little person”. When I had AIM, my user name was “littleperson”, that was also my first email username.
Matching Swimsuits are a thing

New Testament
When I was younger, I thought that the New Testament of the bible was written in my day of age. I thought the word “new” meant brand new. I don’t know what lead me to believe this.

The Grand Canyon
I visited the Grand Canyon for the first time when I was about 6 or 7. I heard that it was a place with pretty views. I remember as I approached the edge, I looked up and my mom and said “That’s a pretty big picture”. I was completely convinced that it was painted on a huge canvas. I guess the beauty was just too remarkable for my young mind to digest.

Blood of Jesus
I always dreaded the times when I had to attend the “Family Service” at church and miss out on Sunday school. There was one time when the congregation sang “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus”. Instead of singing that lyric, I sang “Nothing’s up the butt of Jesus”. I believed this with my whole heart, apparently.

Twin Lakes
Throughout my childhood, my family often visited Twin Lakes to go camping. My parents took me to the edge of the lake and there was long grass growing from the bottom of the lake beyond the surface of the water. My mom warned me to not walk on that grass because it wasn’t on the ground it was water. I guess I didn’t believe her because I ended up falling in. I was so upset, I begged my mom to go back to camp and change my clothes. Instead, she made me wait it out and walk all the way back to camp hours later because I didn’t listen.
Me, Sydney, Alex

Being a Good Sport
I was quite the soccer star when I was younger, each game I would score four or five goals. A few months ago, my family and I were looking through old family videos, and we found one of me playing on my first soccer team. The video showed me scoring the goal and instead of joining my team in celebration of scoring, I ran to the sidelines to my family and smiled in front of them while they praised me. I guess sportsmanship just wasn’t my thing.

Another Lake Story
When I was a “little person” I obviously did not understand the concept of a lake. But what I was familiar with was the ocean. We all know that at the beach, the waves come up high and then go back down until the next wave comes. Well I thought that a lake was the same way. Before approaching the water, my mom warned me that the lake wasn’t the same as the ocean and when you enter the water, it doesn’t disappear from under you and go back down, it stays. I guess I didn’t understand such a concept. I entered the water thinking that it would disappear, and it didn’t. My mom scanned the beach looking for me and she didn’t see me. She looked in the water and saw me head deep in the water with my lips above the surface gasping for air. I don’t remember this because I was too young but my mom loves telling this story.

One time the five of us visited Yosemite. I remember pulling over to the side of the road to check out the view. There was no guard rail to keep you from falling off the edge, so my parents warned me to stay away. When I was younger, I must have thought I was invincible because sure enough I ran straight towards the edge of the cliff. I was one step away from falling hundreds of feet and my dad grabbed me by the hair and saved me. Thank God for that!

Our Cabin
This one is more of a sad memory. My mom's side of the family owned a cabin up in Shaver Lake, and we would visit it often. One Fourth of July we were all asleep in the middle of the night and my parents smelled fire. They woke up to our cabin up in flames. My sisters and I were pulled from our beds and brought outside. Now most of these stories I don’t remember, but there is a moment from this story that I remember clearly. I was seated in my car seat with our van door open watching as our beloved cabin burned to pieces. My brave dad attempted to put it out with our garden hose. We miss our cabin everyday but we know that everything happens for a reason.

I hope you are entertained by all of my stories. But if there is anything to learn from this it is to listen to your parents.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Life List

My Bucket List:

For those of you that care, ENJOY

1.     Visit Europe

2.     Have children.

3.     Learn how to Salsa dance, properly.

4.     Own my own personal rocking chair.

5.     Buy a car (I’m still young, okay!?)

6.     Run a Marathon.

7.     Finish a TV series in one day.

8.     Run the Rose Parade  route before it starts

9.     Own a home.

10. Go on a shopping spree. A BIG one.

11. Swim in turquoise water

12. See a sea turtle

13. Get married (should have put that before “Have Children”)

14. Own a pair of Birkenstock’s

15. Visit Australia

16. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

17. Kiss someone in the rain

18. Go on an African Safari.

19. Own a Louis Vuitton purse.

20. Rock Climb (for real!)

21. Win more than $10 on a scratcher

22.  Live abroad

23. Read through the entire bible

24. Fly in a helicopter

25. Swim with Dolphins

26. Attend the Oscar’s.

27. Say Yes to the Dress

28. Learn how to play a guitar

29. Crash a wedding

30. Go to the Olympics (as a spectator)

31. Eat to Ruth’s Chris

32. Graduate College

33. Have coffee with Oprah (I feel like we would get along)

34. Zip line in a jungle

35. Be on Wheel of Fortune

36. Be on Family Feud

37. Pull an all nighter

38. Go parasailing

39. Learn how to duggie (properly)

40. Wear a true ball gown

41. Have a garden

42. Learn how to do a flip into the pool

43. Snow board in Utah

44. Teach Swimming Lessons

45. Stay at the Hyatt in Huntington Beach

46. Stay at the Langham

47. Make a quilt

48. Visit every national park

49. Start an intense collection

50. Swim in an underwater cave

51. Go on a true spontaneous mini-vacation

52. Own a BUNNY

53.  Read my child a bed time story

54. Start a fire using only sticks

55. Meet Ryan Gosling

56. Go on a month long mission trip to Africa

57. Watch Chicago on Broadway

58. Learn how to make a balloon animal

59. Own a beach house

60. Spend a whole day alone

61. Watch the sunrise every day for an entire week

62. Throw a huge party

63. Do a pull up

64. Take a Lamborghini out for a drive.

65. Hike Mount Whitney

66. Get some fishing line, a fishing rod, and a $20 bill and pull a prank.

67. Visit the Statue of Liberty (up close)

68. Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef

69. Do a mud run

70. Publish a book

71. Ride an Elephant

72. Visit the Holy Land

73. Own a house with a porch that wraps around the whole house

74. Go surfing in Hawaii

75. Share a meal with Kate Middleton

76. Visit the Louvre

77. Go on a cruise

78. Buy a dog

79. Send a message in a bottle

80. Learn the living room routine in Perks of being a Wallflower

81. Go on a night stroll in Paris

82. Be in a movie

83. Road trip across the US

84. Spend New Years in Time Square

85. Go Wine Tasting