Holidays

The worst Christmas I’ve ever had

Christmas is no doubt my favorite time of the year. In the past couple of years since becoming an aunt, I have loved this holiday for the spirit of giving. I clearly have grown up since the days of it being all about the gifts and receiving them. The reason why Christmas is my favorite time of the year is because of all the joy and laughter that people have.

However, there was one Christmas that I just really can’t get out of my mind when the season comes around.

As a little background, I have always hated how alcohol makes people act. I literally can not deal with people, especially family members, who are drunk. This so happened to be the case with the worst Christmas I have ever had.

It was a couple of years ago. My aunt, who tends to drink to begin with, had had WAY too much to drink that night. She was belligerently drunk to the point where she was demanding more alcohol to take home. She was drunk and therefore got more and more angry when her bottle of alcohol (that she took from my uncle) was misplaced (aka taken and hidden from her). She was yelling and screaming for her alcohol in front of the entire family, including my five year old nephew. She kept saying that she needed the alcohol in order to have sex with her husband. Swearing and throwing herself all over the place, and even getting into a fist fight with my mother, I decided that I needed to walk away and take my nephew with me into the other room.

This is where he told me that this was the worst Christmas ever.

It is really insane how much one event can change the entire spirit of a night. After this, everyone seemed to be less cheerful and the spirit of Christmas was gone.

And that is the story of my worst Christmas ever.

Holidays

A Reflection of 2016

Needless to say, 2016 has been a crazy year. As for every other year that has come and gone there have been many up’s and down’s in 2016. Something that happens at the end of a year is people reflect back on all of the awful and terrible things that occurred in that year. Why must people have to focus on the negatives?

With that being said, here is a POSITIVE Reflection of 2016…

  1. The number of tigers is increasing as well as manatees, and pandas (who are no longer on the endangered list!).
  2. The Ice Bucket Challenge took the world by storm raising money for people with ALS.
  3. Child morality is decreasing (everywhere!)
  4. Pokemon Go
  5. There was a new breakthrough in science for treating Pancreatic cancer raising the survival rate from 16% to 27%.
  6. The world crime rate has decreased drastically in the past couple of decades.
  7. 50 million trees were planted in twenty four hours by volunteers in India.
  8. Science has made great improvements inn Alzheimer’s prevention.
  9. The ozone layer is beginning to repair itself after our efforts to get rid of aerosol chemicals being released into the air.
  10. Providing better health care for veterans.
  11. Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.
  12. Medically designed glasses have allowed people to see color for the first time.
  13. People survived cancer, overcame depression, anxiety,etc..
  14. Babies were born, families grew, coming together.
  15. Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar, finally.
  16. There’s a new Harry Potter book, movie, and Pokemon Go like game coming out.
  17. Finding Dory finally came out
  18. Deadpool, Captain America
  19. Zootopia
  20. Moana
  21. Puppies
  22. Chocolate
  23. Significant others
  24. Family
  25. Friends

Cheers to 2017!

Holidays

9.11.2001.

If the numbers in the title of this post look like some type of morse code to you, it is simply because you’re young. You weren’t old enough to remember what had happened, or possibly you weren’t even born yet, on this day fifteen years ago. I was four, and although I didn’t quite know or understand what was happening at the time, i drew a picture of what I had seen. Two towers, a plane, fire, black circles falling from the sky.

We don’t really want to say much on this blog and more so have it as a time of silence to remember all those who were lost in the tragedy of 9.11.

We thought that the perfect way to approach this is with quotes from survivors, family members, important leaders and those who witnessed the event.

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Watch this short video 

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If you have the time, please take 40 or so minutes to watch this documentary of reports from the air.

Holidays

Independence Day

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Independence Day here in the United States is celebrated every year on July 4th. As the name implies, we celebrate our independence as a country. Independence Day is considered to be a federal holiday and most people tend to have the day off from work and enjoy a long weekend, or even week! Cookouts. Fireworks. Carnivals or festivals. Parades. Beach trips. Block parties. Drinking. And so on. This holiday weekend is packed with tons of fun of families and friends to enjoy!

Out of all things to do on this Federal holiday, we should take a few moments to reflect on some of the things we are thankful for each and every day living in our country.

We are thankful for… Our Rights. As people of this nation, we have established rights from The Declaration of Independence. We  take our rights for granted far more than we should, since they are the backbone of our independence. Freedom of speech. Freedom to vote. And so on…

We are thankful for…Our education systems. Education is something that varies with where you live. Here in the United States we have some of the most prestigious college universities and educational programs for us to take advantage of.

We are thankful for… Those who keep our country safe. Many people are out of the state, country, or even continent fighting for our safety and risking their lives for our nation. We are thankful for the men and women serving.

We are thankful for…Employment. Sure the employment rates were at a bad place in recent years, however, they are starting to improve with our economy. We are thankful for the jobs we have and the jobs that are available to us.

We are thankful for… Our police and safety systems. Police are ensuring that the road is safe with responsible drivers on this weekend full of drinking. If you are planning on drinking, please make sure you establish a designated driver for your safety as well as other people on the road. This also includes all of the firemen making sure that firework displays run smoothly and other first responders who ensure people’s safety.

We are thankful for… Our families (and friends!). This holiday weekend is often spent with family. For me, I know that this time with my family is something you can never have too much of. Family time is quality time!

We are thankful for…a house over our heads and food in our bellies. There are people in foreign countries who are starving. There are people who are living in cardboard boxes. Although there are some cases of homelessness here, we also have programs that are designed to help those in need.

We are thankful for…Health care. We have some of the best doctors and hospitals available to us. We have some of the best treatment centers. A good health care system isn’t available toe everyone in other countries.

We are thankful for… Our lives! Something we definitely take for granted at times.We can sometimes want too much or become overly greedy. We should take the time to appreciate everything that we have in life and enjoy it all.

Live free & Be safe this holiday!

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