MDW at the beach!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

I hope y'all had a fabulous long Memorial Day Weekend!
I know I sure did. I spent this weekend at the beach with my family (it was extra special because it was my stepmom's 40th birthday!) We spent as much time on the beach as we could, took some great photos, and enjoyed each others company! We left Friday morning to head to the beach and I was so anxious to get there. Something about being at the beach makes me so happy! Once we were there we unpacked, took a walk on the beach and did a simple dinner so we could just relax! 

Saturday was spent all day on the beach. Our family friends came along with us so it was a fun group of us on the beach all day! I finally got around to trying the Lime-a-Rita and I have to say it was amazing! The perfect drink for a day on the beach.

I'm so glad I got to spend time with my family this weekend, especially my {not so} little brother! The older he gets the closer we get so I loved having extra time to hang out with him this weekend! 

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and took the time to reflect on the reason for the holiday. Thank you to those who have served and continue to serve our country for our freedom. xo! 


I'm an Alum!

{it's official: I'm an alumna of Appalachian State University}

I can't believe I get to say that now! It is still so weird. A little over a week ago I was preparing to graduate from college. Between family being in town, packing and unpacking and finding some time here and there to relax I have been very behind on blogging. I am so excited to update y'all on my graduation weekend... it was definitely one that I will remember forever. This past weekend reaffirmed how lucky I am to be surrounded by the most wonderful friends and family!

Friday things definitely got "real." I had no classes, no exams, and nearly everything was moved out of my apartment except for the basics. Some of my best friends and I got together to take some graduation photos. This was such a fun time and it was nice to see each other once more before graduation chaos began!

Friday night some of my family came to town and we ate at one of my favorite local restaurants, Proper. Proper has the best southern food and the fact that you get to drink out of mason jars just makes it that much better! We spent the night playing around town, going to the infamous "cult house" that over looks the town one last time, and drank a little bit by the fire! 

I was so anxious for my wake up call that I hardly got a wink of sleep! I think it was actually my paranoia that I would miss my alarm and graduation all together that kept me from sleeping! ;-) I was not nervous at all. I was able to sit with some of my best friends that I had made in college and it wasn't until I was walking up to the stage that "it" really hit me. I was really graduating. I was really closing a chapter in my life. It was really...over. Walking across the stage is honestly a blur. It was one of my proudest moments but I was so caught up I don't really remember much of it! (is that awful!!??!!)

..... oh, just playing with my new Canon Rebel t3i that I got for graduation!!!
{more on that later}

So after driving home, attempting to unpack, it was time for my big graduation party at our house! I was so happy to be surrounded by such wonderful friends and family! 

my stepmom, me, and my mom!

Whew! Sorry for the long post, but it was a fun-filled and eventful weekend! I am so excited to get back to regular blogging! :-) 


Man, I love college

Yes, I did just quote Asher Roth in my blog tittle 
{bless my heart}

While college is all about getting an education, college life is also about making memories and having some fun. Over the course of my four years at Appalachian I have had my fair share of fun. There are things I would do nearly every week and weekend that became almost traditions in my book. For me, there were two main things that became "traditions" that really made college for me. These are things that I will definitely continue to come back to once I am an alumni and the memories that I have from these days and nights I will remember forever. 

Fellow App students and alumni will appreciate this post 100%!

Tradition 1: Mountaineer Gameday

Gameday at Appalachian is a way of life. We pull out all the stops for our mountaineers. Over the years I have collected a plethora of black and yellow shirts, skirts, and dresses all for my favorite days, gamedays. Blaring the Appalachian Fight Song or Black and Yellow at 8 a.m. became the norm among me and my friends. We lived for gamedays where we got to wear our cowboy boots and day drink with our favorite people. While I was never quite ready for summer to end and school to begin I was ALWAYS excited for gamedays at Appalachian. I will miss being a student and pregaming at Pike and KA and having so much fun on Duck Pond before the games. But, I am looking forward to my first game as an Appalachian Alum with my favorites! I know we will cause just as much rowdyness as we always have!

Tradition #2: Klondike
There's always that one place in a college town that you can go to any day and at any given time and have a blast. Klondike was that for me and my friends. We spent countless beautiful days, nights, and lord knows, a ton of money at this hole in the wall. People who came to visit App never understood our love for that place, but everything about it was just awesome. Yes, it was a hole in the wall, and yes, it was crappy, but you were always guaranteed to have a blast and know at least 10 people there! It was a place where we spent Tuesdays, Thursdays and the weekend. We would  sing and take over the dance floor, and of course no night at Klondike was complete with dancing on the fireplace! A new owner bought it a few weeks ago and it closed (so sad) but I look forward to it reopening and continuing my most favorite times there when I come up for visits! 

Oh, the memories..... :-)


Four Years of Friendships

It seems like it was just yesterday that I was packing up all of my belongings from my home and moving to my little college town. I was so excited to be going to college, but had no idea what college had in store for me. I'm in a similar emotional state now, fours years later. I was excited for a new chapter in my life, but extremely nervous as I didn't know what was to come.

Over the past four years I have made so many strides in life. I have grown into someone that I am proud to be. I have learned so much about myself. I have become "me."  I have found the best group of friends that I can count on and that will keep me laughing until 4 a.m. I have found what I want to do with my life in the "real world" and I have found so much to be happy with in life.

I wasn't kidding when I said I was packing up ALL my things to head to college. I was "that" girl when I came to school who brought way too much of everything. Whoops, I guess I should have prepared better and saved my parents many trips up the seven flights of stairs in Cone. 

Since coming to college I have made a great group of friends, some old and some new. I have been great friends with the same girls since freshmen year for the most part. I love this group because we are all so diverse and different in many ways, but we can all come together and have the BEST time. I can truly say these girls have helped me 100% get through college. I am so grateful for the friendships that I have made and can't wait to see what we all accomplish after graduation!

If there is one thing I will miss most about college it would definitely be being so close to all of these girls. We are all so close together now and after graduation we may all be a plane ride away.... 


Coming to an End...

Whew! These past two weeks have been a whirlwind of stress, emotional breakdowns (both good and bad), excitement and nervousness. My life as I have known it for four years is coming to an end.....and I'm not sure how I feel about it.

I have been going back and forth between blogging about this or not- and I have decided that I need to. It is a big milestone in my life that I will love looking back on one day.

My life is full of "lasts" lately. It all started in the fall with my real last day of class. Then came my last football game and my last fall/Christmas/spring break...While those are all lasts, they really didn't hit me as hard as my recent "lasts" have. 

Boone NC Tilt-Shift
my home for the past four years...nestled in a sweet mountain town.
I have completed my last week of college classes. I'm now on my last week as a student at Appalachian. I am about to submit my last final paper ever. I am spending my last hours stressing over exams. I am spending my last few nights in my college apartment. I am packing up the last of my items in the place where I have called home for four years. Soon I will walk on campus (....all the way to Walker Hall) for the last time. (ok....maybe I won't miss that long walk too much! ;-) )

last college "to- do" list! :-)
It's almost like I have been in denial about this. I think I have just been so busy that it didn't hit me until now. I am trying to have a good outlook on this time in my life. College prepared me for the life I am about to start and I will be just fine. 

Luckily, not all of my "lasts" have been sad! Last week among all of my paper writing, presentations and portfolio compiling I made some time for some sweet girls who I have become so close to... my wonderful Her Campus ladies. It was our last get together of the year and a senior send-off for us. We had a potluck dinner and it was so nice to relax and enjoy the company of these ladies. We spent the night laughing and sharing stories and talking about how far HC has come in a year! I will miss these ladies so much and I am so excited to see what they can accomplish after we're gone.
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With graduation in FOUR (!!!!) days, I will be doing a few posts about my life in college, both for myself and my readers! Sorry in advance if I become nostalgic and obnoxious.

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