Monday, August 12, 2013

Flashin' back

Lately, or rather, pretty much all summer, I've been having major flashbacks of my childhood.  I've been remembering (and missing) toys, shows, books, little habits, food, etc.  Maybe it's happening because my mind is finally grasping that I'm almost all grown up?  (For me, we will count graduating college as achieving ultimate adulthood.)

One thing that I have always loved about my parents is that they have never hesitated in encouraging me to stay young.  Ok, ok, not always loved, but in the aspect of wanting to collect toy figurines, or buy toy cars, or watch kids movies all the time (even in my teens and twenties), they've never made me feel bad about it.  So I have happily, to this day, still bought Disney figurines or dolls, or movies, or whatever!

Anyway, when I got home about a week ago, I was going through my closet in my old room where I keep all of my stuff from when I lived at home.  I was attempting to clear some stuff out so that when I moved out officially after college, there would be less junk to deal with.  While I was doing that I found all kinds of things that I had forgotten about!!  It just made my heart smile as I remembered growing up and how I entertained myself for hours with all the stuff. 

 Here are some of my toys and things that I had and that I loved enough to keep forever! 
First things first, my Disney figurine collection!!

Click on the picture to see it bigger and better

Here's some closer up:

They just make me so happy! I've no idea why, but I've always been a sucker for little figures like these!  For my birthday, my sister bought me 2 more sets of them!!  She bought the Disney Fairies set and the Disney Tangled set!!

And then there are my Disney Barbies!!  I WAS going to try to collect all of them, but I figured it would just be too much money to do that and they are much bigger than figurines, so more space is required to show them!  Maybe when I have a daughter, we will start her one. Then she can share with her mommy ;)  lol

These first two are my prides!!  Both are collectibles.  Ariel is from the film debut, and Cinderella is a 50th Anniversary special addition.  I don't like Cinderella, but her dress is simply amazing, so I gave in!!  (Plus the person selling had no idea what kind of item they had so they were selling for really cheap!)  The rest are just from the Disney store!!  I love these dolls because the past few years Disney has really been doing an excellent job with resemblance! 

Well, that's my girly collection!!  I've got other stuff, but I'll write another post for those ;)  Some of the toys and books I miss were these awesome Sky Dancers that you pulled a string and it made this pretty little doll with wings go flying in the air.  I had really awesomely illustrated books to go with them!  I also miss all of my Disney story books.  But those are boxed up until I have my own awesome library. See my post here about my future epic library.

Well, I hope I brought back some memories of your own childhood!!  I loved my childhood and I wouldn't ever change it!!  I was very blessed and I thank God for such amazing, supportive parents.  

Friday, August 9, 2013

Senior year = Last year

         To say that I'm excited about this upcoming year of college would definitely be lying.  I don't even know what I am about it....  Am I just a smidge bit excited? Am I nervous? Am I leery? Am I anxious? Do I even want go???

         I've got no clue.  All I know is that time has flown by wayy too fast. I feel like it's only been a couple years, but then when I think about it, it actually feels like 6.  Even though I didn't much write about all the problems I had, every single year was wrapped up in one or two events that really screwed things up and pretty much sucked the joy out of friendships, relationships, and even just myself.  I'm kind of scared that this last year will end up the same way and I don't want that at all.  I know that the main reason for the past 3 years being so filled with junk is because I have refused over and over and over again to just let Jesus be the center of my life. I'd replace Him, and then get hurt, get in trouble, get lost, and do things that were just plain stupid, and still just wonder why.

         Well, I know why.  And right now, I am REFUSING to do anything less than let Jesus be the most important thing in my life.  Senior year is going to be filled with really big decisions. There will be relationship growing and/or letting go of them, choices about Master's programs and schools, future jobs, acquiring a car I can afford along with an apartment to live in, probably drama (not even Jesus could avoid drama), and that's just naming the few that I can think of, and not counting the things that will just pop up.  

         Most of all, I'm worried about people.  The people I don't want to see, the people who might not want to see me, the new people I don't know if I'll even like, the jealousy I'll probably feel about certain things, and the overall lack of true closeness and friendship I have failed to develop these past few years with the people around me, and then the fact that my boyfriend is going to be totally wrapped up in football (which isn't his fault, I get that), but my love language is quality time and I've no idea if I'll get much of it...   

         So here is the age old wish of every single person to ever have lived:

I wish I had more time.

I wish I had more time to spend with these people:

A lot of them have graduated and/ or left and I definitely miss them.  I've always hated shallow friendships and I've been terrible at getting past that and into meaningful friendships.  I'm going to make this year a year to remember (but this time in a good way).   For everyone in these pictures, I love you SO much and I can't wait to hang out again, talk again, or whatever!!!  You are in this blog post for a reason!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Movies anyone??

The people I been living with this summer have a pretty good movie collection.  During the weekends I usually watch a movie, sometimes two.  So the other day I decided to count all the movies that I've watched and it's a pretty legit list!  And I'm pretty sure I'm missing a few, too!  I'm pretty sure nobody really cares, but here is the list!!! (I didn't do alphabetical order because unless it has to do with filing, it's incredibly boring.)

Movies I hadn't seen:

The Cave                                    Invincible
Amazing Grace                            The Lone Ranger
Cloverfield                                  The Soloist
I Am Number Four                       Abraham Lincoln
Man of Steel                               Super 8
Flyboys                                      Inkheart
The Forgotten                             Planet of the Apes
Pink Panther                               We Bought a Zoo
Hachi                                         Iron Man 
The Princess Bride                        Iron Man 2
Valkyrie                                      Human Centipede
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas      Monsters University
Robin Hood                                 The Purge
Megamind                                   Shark Night
The Grey                                     Runaway Bride
Rum Diary                                   Immortals
Oz the Great and Powerful             Rango
The Princess                                Spiderwick Chronicles

Movies I had seen before:

Prometheus                                Avatar
Avengers                                    Thor
Despicable Me                             Castaway
Captain America                          Inception
She's the Man                             Treasure Planet
King Kong                                   Nacho Libre
Benchwarmers                            Wall-E
Snow White & the Huntsman  Pitch Perfect
One Night w/ the King                  Jurassic Park
Lost World                                  Ice Age
Warm Bodies                              Tombstone
Amazing Spiderman

That's like.... 60 movies! Haha  I'm awesome.  On another note... I read 6 books! lol   

But anyway, my boyfriend isn't much of a movie watcher.  That is going to have to change. Haha  I'm looking to own a collection like this:

Ive always wanted to have people over when I have my own place, so it would be awesome to have movies!  My favorite ones are the ones with the tragic endings.  My two favorites of the summer were The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (which I may write a separate post about) and Hachi.  Both were heart- wrenching.  Anyway.... yup! :D