a little ramble on new years eve

well. its that time again. New Years Eve. I always have mixed feelings about today..
part of me is excited to see a new year, but then another huge part of me is really sad.
by now everyone is probably like, "wwhat?"
I am, as my friend so accurately described today, "freakishly sentimental" (*wink*)
I am always sad on this day, because I have an extreme fear of not enjoying things to its fullest.
for instance: I want to cry when I think about the fact that I probably won't remember every little cute thing my baby sister says and does five, even three years from now. It really saddens me.
so today, I always have the thoughts running through my head, "did I enjoy every single second? will I regret something about this year?" the thought that I can never re-live 2015 makes me think.
this probably sounds really crazy and extreme, but its something I constantly do. I was sad on Christmas Day because it was going to end. same on my birthday. Its always apart of my thinking. sometimes I reallllyyy hate it. I am so worried about if I am enjoying it to its fullest, instead of.. well.. enjoying it to its fullest.
but I also think its beneficial thinking because it causes me to want to enjoy things even MORE.
life is a definite maybe. death is for sure. we have a very short time to live. we could be here one second, and then gone the next. that easy. as fast as you can snap your fingers. I don't want to just live. I want to LIVE. I very often use a hashtag for my instagram pictures that is simply "#LIVE". I want to LIVE with no regrets of the things I wish I had done. Life is a beautiful occasion.
eat that cupcake.
always kiss goodnight.
never say "no" to a new adventure.
listen to your favorite song a million times, even if that means you get tired of it.
cuddle tighter.
always say, "I love you"
laugh uncontrollably.
dare to dream bigger.
count blessings, not calories.
have fun. even if you look like an idiot in the process.
plant flowers.
carpe that diem.
never stop showing people how much you care.
read 'til 3am.
kiss baby cheeks.
sit in a field and make flower crowns.
send balloons to the sky.
go stargazing.

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a peek into my life via instagram

ciao guys! long time, no see! life has been really busy lately with the holidays and whatnot, but i am hoping to get back in full-swing blogging mode because my parents graciously gifted me with a mini laptop for Christmas! so to start this new blogging season, I figured it would be appropriate to share some life updates and I am an Instagram lover and share almost daily, so I have lots of memories on there!

So for about six weeks, our homeschool co-op had a 50's dance class! Boy, was that fun! I don't claim to be a good dancer, but I can now safely say I have mastered the east-coast swing dance. ;)

And here is the result of the dance classes! My childhood dream of a sock hop finally came true! so we dressed up in our best fifties attire, and danced the night away! it was loads and loads of fun. This is me and my good friend Alivia behind me!

on November 27th, my baby niece turned one! crazy how time flies.

In early December i attended our annual Christmas parade for the first time since I was 7!

our homeschool co-op had a rollerskating Christmas party! ah, i miss that day.

this is a stained glass window that over-shadows some reading chairs at our public library. i love it.

I met these two this year. (Jacy, me, then Alivia) I've known JacyRayn for a year in February, and Alivia this September! they are both bloggers (links in names), and we are already tightly-knitted :) I give you The Three Musketeers! Haha! #jayliviyah (just realized i actually never posted this on Instagram. Oh whale. :P)

I hosted my 3rd annual Christmas party this year! I vote it was the funnest one yet! A lot of people couldnt      make it which was sad, but we also had Jacy and Alivia as our newcomers, and we had a blast. We played our traditional game of Dirty Santa, did some draw prizes and more games, and then just hung out and even had an unplanned dance party! Alivia and I did our 50's swing dance, and Jacy taught us some contra! It was all-in-all a really fun day.

                                               Shalom turned 2 on Christmas Eve! What?! How?!

Ah. Christmas Day. It was wonderful. I was blessed beyond measure and miss it already.

Most recent update: last night (Dec. 25th) I seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens! I got home at almost 1am but it was soooo worth it. Man it was good. Also heart-wrenching.... Also funny. No words for this movie.

Well I hope you enjoyed this little snippet of my life these past two months! You will hear from me very soon!