Day Numero 5

My next “I’m thankful for” is Brandon. He is my third oldest brother and 4 years older than me. I’m thankful for Brandon because of the spiritual insight he brings. I’m very proud of my brother for serving his mission in Brazil (came home in August). This isn’t to say that my other siblings aren’t spiritual or that I’m not proud of them but that it’s something that I’m thankful for in Brandon. Brandon is a pretty funny guy too, always trying to make people laugh. I love that he tries to make people laugh. We chat. We’re buds.100_3558

He's the one standing

He’s the one standing



“Play is the work of the child”-Piaget

Some people don’t realize how important it is to play. When a child plays, they are examining, testing, and learning about their environment. Play is how a child develops.


MATT! Matthew is my second oldest brother, 5 years older than me. I’m thankful for Matt because we’ve been through hard times together. We weren’t always close and our relationship was rocky for a while but now I couldn’t imagine what I’d do without him. We go to church together (when I’m home), go to events together, have some of the same friends (that we have dinner parties with), spend car rides together chatting about life, give each other advice, and are each other’s wingman/woman. All in all, much like best friends. And I’m glad for it.

Left: Matt Right: Brandon

Left: Matt
Right: Brandon

Next up…

My brothers and sister. I can’t decide if I want to do them all at once or in 5 separate posts (you read that right, I have 5 siblings). For now, I’ll just do one at a time. If I run out of days, I can smush them together. I’ll just do them in order of oldest to youngest (no need to play favorites here).

First up: Phillip

Phillip is 7 years older than me. I’m thankful for Phillip because he was always the comforting one. Compared to my other brothers he seemed more calm (probably because he was older) and more like the one that you would go to for a hug. He’s the brother that you just know he cares even if he doesn’t show it.

(left to right) Back: Matt, Phil, Brandon Front: Amanda, Me

(left to right)
Back: Matt, Phil, Brandon
Front: Amanda, Me





I’m Thankful For…

My mother too, of course. How could I not put her next?
My mom was the one who taught me how to cook and tried to teach me how to sew (fail). Growing up, she would make our Halloween costumes from scratch. I’m pretty sure I had (still have it) the best Cinderella costume ever when I was tiny. I looked just like the real deal. I also remember how my mom was a yard duty at my elementary school and I looked forward to seeing her at recess.

(she is super hard to find pictures of, always the one taking them)

(she is super hard to find pictures of, always the one taking them)

Happy Halloween!

How was everyone’s Halloween? I’ve always loved Halloween simply because I loved dressing up and walking around town. I believe that you’re never too old to dress up. But you can be too old to trick or treat. Trick or treating is for kids. That is the sad truth that some young adults have trouble coming to terms with. When you are an adult, you can purchase your own candy and it’s inappropriate to go begging for free candy at other people’s doors when that candy is meant for the children. Anyways, there are tons of adult friendly activities for Halloween. You don’t need to trick or treat, you’re an adult.

I dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood. My friends and I went to a wonderful Haunted House and a dance. The scariness of the Haunted house was lost though when we ran into the Mad Hatter in Wonderland. He was asking if we’d seen Alice. Of course, we hadn’t seen her but funnily enough, my roommate was dressed as the Cheshire Cat and that seemed good enough for the Mad Hatter who then proceeded to greet “Chester” and try chat with her. After the dance, we trekked to the grocery store for ice cream and amused some of the other patrons with my costume and the fact that I (Little Red Riding Hood) was carrying a skull in grocery basket (the skull was from one of my other friends who had dressed as Hamlet). We then enjoyed the rest of the night with root beer floats and candy that my roommates family had sent us.

See, you don’t need to trick or treat. Plus, it’s illegal in my town (for those 18 and up).Image

Thankful November

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I don’t often have much to post on this blog so I figured I might as well do Thankful November. Its one post a day saying something I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for my father. I’m a daddy’s girl. He has always been supportive and loving but also practical, helping me think through my decisions […]