IMG_0268 Happy Fat Tuesday, everyone! My parents, boyfriend, and I took a quick, 4 day ski trip over the weekend to Angel Fire, New Mexico. Let’s just say it was hard to leave our peaceful, relaxing, cozy vacation house and come back to work, school, and other responsibilities. Trips like these make me realize how important it is to cherish each and every moment I get with my loved ones.

This past weekend was definitely a busy weekend on the slopes because it was a trifecta of holidays:  Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and Mardi Gras.  I hadn’t skied in two years, so I was a bit nervous getting back on the slopes the first day.  However, I soon was reminded that skiing is just like riding a bike and it came back rather quickly.  I was so happy for my boyfriend, Taylor, who also seemed to pick the sport up again quickly since it was only his fourth time skiing.  On the contrary, my mom and dad are pros and their form is amazing, so they pretty much look like butter coming down the mountain. It was fun skiing behind them because I was trying to mimic my mom and dad’s every move. One day I will be as good as them!

Moreover, these kind of vacations really get me thinking about time. In Austin, I am so busy with my own life and my own responsibilities.  I live by myself so I quickly form my own routines and get very use to having things go my little way.  I would consider myself OCD and somewhat of a perfectionist- this is a good and bad thing.  Once other people come into my routine or space, I am not use to it at first.  Don’t take me the wrong way, I love being around other people and welcoming others into my home, but it can be an adjustment having other people in my clean, orderly space.  However, after a few days of getting use to sharing my space with other people, it’s hard for me to be alone again when they leave.  It’s a continuous back and forth game which can be quite exhausting.  I have noticed that the older I get, the harder it is to say goodbye to my loved ones. Being on vacation with my parents and Taylor has made me realize how precious the little time I have with them is.  The only thing that could have made the vacation even better is having my two brothers, Danny and Timmy, with us, as well.

I would give anything to see my family and Taylor every single day, but right now, my life is on a different mission and I have to live away from them to follow my dreams and pursue my goals. I don’t know where all of this is going to take me, but I do wish to live and be close to my family and close friends again while having a solid career one day. I know we can’t have everything we want, but I will definitely try my hardest. Remember to always appreciate the time you have with your family and loved ones because it is so incredibly valuable. At the end of the day, I don’t think there is anything more important than family.  Family is forever and I am so blessed to have these people in my life.

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Everyone back at home in Louisiana- have a wonderful Mardi Gras!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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