Tuesday, December 15, 2015

CHRISTMAS TIME!

Ok! So since it is the 15 of December, that means that only 10 more days till Christmas!! So for this blog post, I am going to write about my family's Christmas traditions!

-Christmas-

     When I was little I grew up with celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas. I know, that makes no sense but let me explain. My dad grew up being jewish and my mom grew up in a not so religious household, so when they got married, they decided that they would put me and my sisters in Sunday school, but we'd still celebrate Christmas. I don't know why they decided this, but they did. Though, in 2006 (when I was 6) we all (my family) decided that we'd only celebrate Christmas. 

    Now that we only celebrate Christmas these are the traditions we do. So usually like a week before Christmas we go to a country club called The U-Club, and the U-Club every year has a Santa Brunch. So we go to the Santa Brunch, and then we go get our Christmas tree. And my family loves getting ginormous trees, I think last year our tree was maybe 12 or 14 feet big! So then we come home and we just put the tree up, we do not decorate yet. 

    Another Christmas dinner my family goes to is a party my dad's lab holds. They call it the PRL Party, PRL stands for Plant Research Lab. So we always go there, and they have a Santa come in and he gives gifts to the children of the couples. I stopped getting gifts when I turned 10. lol. 

     Then Christmas Eve comes, and we have our whole family over, even though the other half of my family is jewish and they celebrate Hanukkah, they still come over. So its Christmas Eve, and thats when we decorate the tree, and it was really funny because last year it took my family like 10 minutes  to get the star on top of the tree, because it was so big! But also on Christmas Eve, my mom and sisters bake these amazing sugar cookies! 

   One other thing that my family does differently, is we only put presents under the tree on Christmas morning, so there is no peeking or trying to guess what the presents are. And of course my sisters and I fall asleep on Christmas Eve, watching either Friends or cheesy Christmas movies!

Merry Christmas! 


   

Thursday, November 26, 2015

THANKSGIVING

     So today is Thanksgiving, and I decided to write about what my family did this year! 

-2015 Thanksgiving-

     Alright, so I already said that today was Thanksgiving, so I'll than start off with saying how today went!

     So usually for Thanksgiving my family and I go to Seattle or California, and we have Thanksgiving with my parent's best friends. But this year we decided to stay home, and I was actually super exited about staying home. And now that Thanksgiving is done I can say that today may have been the best Thanksgiving ever!

     Today started off by my whole family sleeping in (which was lovely). My mom and dad then started cooking the food, and all that jazz. My dad then brought up the idea of going to see the new James Bond movie; Spectra. And we decided that it would be really fun if we went, because we all had been wanting to go! So we then went to the movie, and it was really good! But we all are pretty sad because it may be Daniel Craig's last 007 movie :(

     We then went home, and the intense cooking started. It started off with my dad making the cranberry sauce. Then my mom and I made the stuffing, potatoes and turkey! And my sister made the green bean casserole. It was quite a stressful experience, but overall it was pretty fun. 

     So then all the food was in the oven, and my family started to have some down time. My dad watched football, and my sister, mom and I decided to watch all the Thanksgiving friends episodes. BTW, my family and I, are huge friend's fans. And it was really funny because one of the episodes was making fun of Chandler and his cranberry sauce, so then my sister and I started making fun of my dad and his famous cranberry sauce. 

     It then rolled around to FOOD TIME! And my whole family devoured the food, in like fifteen minutes. My sister even started to get the meat sweats. And then my sister and I fell into food coma. 

     Then maybe one or two hours later, I went downstairs to grab a bowl of stuffing, because stuffing is definitely my favorite Thanksgiving food! I then grabbed my phone, and texted/called all my friends and family, and told them how grateful I was to have them in my life. 

     Overall today was a great day, and I'm forever grateful to everyone that is in my life. 








Saturday, November 14, 2015

Why I am who I am pt2

So here I am again, writing for my blog. For my last blog I wrote about a characteristic I have, which was sticking up for myself. And today I am going to write about another characteristic I have, which is...

-Escaping the Negative-


Escaping the Negative is not really a trait I have, but it is more a "thing" I like to do. Escaping the negative means, saying goodbye to the people/things that hurt you, or cause negativity in your life. I do not mean, if your friend is being mean one day to end the friendship, because I understand everyone has bad days, including myself. Though, if you notice a pattern with one of your fiends like: they're being more negative than positive, or everything is always about them. Then it would be time to end the friendship, and escape the negative. 


I have started to notice that since the beginning of high school I have had to end a few of my friendships, because of the negativity. And currently I am in the middle of putting an end to a friendship. It is really upsetting, but I know it is the best thing for me, because I have finally come to the understanding that you should not surround yourself with bad friendships. 


Throughout this year,  I have had to ask myself, what am I doing? If you keep doing this, then you're not going to have any friends? And it's true, if someone has a friendship that is unpredictable, or extremely unhealthy, and they come to their senses that the friendship is extremely negative, and they eventually end the relationship. Then they will have to suffer the consequences of feeling like they have no friends. But this is actually very untrue. I think once you escape the negative friendships, you will start to eventually feel like you have more friends. 


The reason I think that once you end an unhealthy friendship you start to feel like you have more friends, is because, the friends you have are ACTUALLY good friends. And by escaping negativity, you're just creating room for positivity in your life. And going from, more negativity than positivity, to more positivity than negativity, is truly a great feeling. 


I understand that it is extremely hard to stop being friends with someone, that you thought was going to be one of your best friends for ever. But something we have to understand is, having a small number of loving/positive friends is way better than having a large number of negative/fake friends.  













Friday, October 30, 2015

Why I am who I am

Why I am who I am?
For my first blog post I decided to write about an events that shaped me, to be who I am today. And why I act like I act. 

Sticking up for myself. 
      
 Ever since I was a baby, I've always felt the need to stick up for myself. I'm not sure if there was actually an event that made me this way, or maybe it's because I grew up with two older sisters, so I had to fight for myself? I'm not sure. But I do know, that in 5th grade I was bullied, and because I was the new kid at school certain girls would spread rumors about me. And I know I did not like that. So when I found out who was spreading rumors about me, I went right up to them, and confronted them about it. Yes, it may have been harsh of me to do that, because I was only in 5th grade, but it seemed to work. The girl stopped spreading rumors about me, and my friends became my friends again. 
   
 Though, now that I'm in high school, I have noticed it is harder to stand up for yourself. Again, this year, a different girl, started telling her friends (which were my friends) that I was an awful and hurtful person. So the girls she told this too, started ignoring me, and I had no idea why. And again, I went up to them to try to find out why they were acting this way, and they seriously just said "I don't want to be friends with you anymore" and walked away. That was really hard for me to handle, because I had no idea what I did to make them not want to be my friend anymore. So my only choice was to walk away from the friendship. 
   
  I did not want to do this, but it was the only option. I did not have the choice to work through the issue. I had to leave the friendship with the girls having a bad "picture" of me in their heads. I could not stand up for myself, and I hated that.

   I then tried to forget about them. Tried to erase them from my memory, cause every time I thought about our friendship, I felt a big amount of guilt. I'd work my way through the events that happened, that led up to us not being friends. And I'd think, well maybe if I did that, this would not have happened. And I would get so frustrated with myself. So I then looked myself in the mirror and asked myself "do you have any real regrets from the friendship? Was there ever a time, where you felt guilty for something you did?" And my answer would always be no. 

    Now that this event has past, I have come to the conclusion, that with some people you can never change the way they look at you. And you have to be okay with that. And if your "friends" don't want to hear your side a story, or whatever it is, then they are not the best "friends" for you; and there is nothing you can do but decide to surround yourself with only real friends.