So…. (Did you ever realize that a whole lot of my blogs start with the word “So”? What can I say? It’s a conversation opener!)
I am not sure if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t posted a blog in a LONG while. That would be for a few of reasons:
One, my love, love, love, CHRIS has been home on a long break from working, touring, writing and just being busy, and I’ve been spending every waking second with him. While he is home he has been working to raise money to fund his worldwide release of new awesome songs. I really hope he reaches his goal but REALLY glad he is home while he is trying! Here is a link to his campaign if you want to help with that!
Two, I was so excited about my Halloween party which was AWESOME by the way! I spent a lot of time talking about it beforehand and then my dad said I can make it a yearly tradition so I WILL be talking about it again!
Three, I have been working hard on doing daily things more independently. For example there are a bunch of different things I can do in the bathroom. (Ok, that sounds weirdly personal but I don’t mean THAT bathroom stuff!) Just like getting in there by myself by grabbing onto different handles and bars and stuff. Figuring out how to do that has taken a while to practice and get right.
Four is this NEW stair challenge I’ve been doing. You see, every night before bed, I have to walk up the stairs, round the corner then up MORE stairs, down a hallway around ANOTHER corner until finally I make it to my room and into bed. We put up bars and handles all over the place so I can do this whole thing by myself (the independent thing again). WELL…my mom has been timing me to see how long it takes. (She calls me Pokey McPokerson, whatever THAT means) Anyway, my fastest time yet was 3 minutes!!! I want to eventually get down to 1 minute. I don’t know if that sounds fast or slow to you but I can tell you the FIRST time I did it my time was more than 7 minutes! I guess I WAS pretty pokey thenL
So yeah I have been busy and that is why I haven’t been writing a blog. But MORE good news for me, I have been taken out of therapy so I have had a LOT of free time. So…(again with the SO, man I need a new conversation starter!) ANYWAY-I had already decided that my questions blog was so successful (over 200 comments, thank YOU) that I want to do that again. I mean there might be things you want to ask that I haven’t thought to tell you. My mom keeps saying that people want to know how I am doing after 4 years. Wow…4 years. Its hard to believe 4 years has passed since my accident. Like my youngest brothers are now in high school! And its like just yesterday my youngest SISTERS were babies. I might be a little off on my timing and stuff because the other day my dad asked me how old they were and I said I thought Mackenzie was 3, 4, or 5. That is how she was when I was her nanny but do you know how old she is now? TEN!! Yeah I was A LITTLE off.
When I got in the horrible accident, I was living in a house with Chris and my brother Adam while my brother Dylan was in Hawaii in college. Now I live in one with Chris, my brother and sisters, my mom and stepdad and Adam is engaged and living with Michelle, Dylan is going back to South Africa with Charlene and Cheyenne moved to LA to live with HER boyfriend! Before you know it that ten year old will be off to college!! Another thing that is way different is that I have two new family members, my adorable cousins Sinatra and DaVinci and soon my cousin Caitlin will be having a baby too!!
Later this month, Chris will be THIRTY but shhhh!!!! (even though this is SURE not the best way to keep a secret) it just seems that really old number came out of nowhere. Another change I guess. But for me the biggest change is that I was kind of popular before, I was Homecoming queen when I was in 8th grade, thank you very much! Now I am the Facebook queen…not the same L) I’m limited to just a few friends that come over but its kind of ok because I am a lot more of a homebody. I was REALLY self-conscious before; like I would throw a towel over my head if someone walked in the house and I didn’t have make-up on and now I don’t care much about that at all.
So (OMG, AGAIN?!? I THINK I HAVE A “SO” PROBLEM!) that’s what I have been up to, that is my update and how I am today. I am trying to get a video posted too but they are having technical difficulties I guess.
In the meantime, ask me questions. The best question will get a surprise mailed to them!
Right now, Im doing what I think I do ALL TOO often. Which would be, waiting for Chris to return from being away. He comes home TOMORROW, so I am in the home stretch. BUT it doesn’t help that I didn’t even realize this, he had to go back so soon. You see…he went on vacation with some of my family to Las Vegas and had to go directly from there back to LA to work on his album. Initially, I was jealous and wanted to go, but when I found out they had “pool days”, I thought “no thank you!! Have fun!
Even though its horrible when he’s gone, I know if he says he has to be, he really does. When I found that out, I went nuts. ”YOU’RE NOT COMING HOME AFTER VEGAS!!”I just KNEW it would be a problem. It might sound stupid, but I just feel…complete when he’s home. He helps me with so many things and we share a bed so its really noticeable when he’s gone, and he’s really sweet to me and gives me someone to talk to, so I ALWAYS dread when he leaves, which is why I’m looking forward to him coming home even MORE, because when he finally DOES, it will be for like two months!! Good thing because when he’s gone, its really hard on BOTH of us... sigh…back to our stupid facebook relationship. The one where we message each other constantly. Pretty much daily.
Speaking of LA! My sister is actually moving there this week. So I was thinking…that one of the many times Chris goes to LA, I could just go with, and then visit her.
So, what do you think I should say to Chris right when he gets here??
Sooooo….everyone knows ME. I would say its HIGH TIME they know my best friend, Sarah Mitchell. She’s so cool. If you knew her you would agree that she is definitely cooler than me. We have been best friends for 12 years, since we were freshmen in high school. She has been in many bands and is in a new one now and she is a model too. Busy girl! She is also the one who introduced me to Chris. Their bands played a show together and she thought that I would like him. Guess that means she is smart or psychic TOO! In high school, we went on a trip to Disney World together with choir and band. We roomed together and had the best time. That was the only time we went on vacation together until our recent trip to LA. Blast again! Right after my accident my mom said she was at the hospital all the time. While I was still in the coma she was one of my friends that would come to the hospital all the time and talk to me and sit with me to wait for me to "wake up". Then when I sort of did, she kept coming and would talk to me and hope I would remember and recover. She would rub my feet and exercise my legs and also do my nails and hair and just basically, be around for whatever came up. Then when I came home she was here a lot too and learned how to walk me and learned how to understand me when I talk, which, (yeah I get it everyone), its HARD to do! Now she lives in Chicago so we don’t hang out as much but we still try to get together every couple of weeks for lunch or dinner or at least coffee. She gets along great with everyone in my family and probably considers them all her friends too. I guess that is just what happens with best friends. I mean this girl really has been through everything with me! Have you ever been lucky enough to have a best friend who has stuck with you through a life altering event?
So……I had this idea. I always make such a big deal out of parties, hyping them up and everything. SO with Halloween coming up, I thought I should do that, and EVERYONE could have fun, and then…my mom said no...So plan ‘B- Im going to have a small get together (like 25 people)at my dads house. It may not be party ready, but HE said yes. Anyway, even though its small, Im determined to have this get together to be a ton of fun. I know people will still dress up. But now..I need a date! I wonder if the actual Halloween day is available…. Then again, Chris might be in LA or some crap which would make it un-available to me.
Soooooooo………not that anyone cares but me, but I've realized the opposite of relief, its disappointment. You know how I always say relief is the best feeling? Well disappointment is the worst.
Chris was supposed to come home after Vegas, but now he has to finish his work in LA.…and instead of going to bed with my prince charming like I thought I would, I will have to go to bed alone…I was so depressed. Just thinking it had to be the worst feeling in the world…and THAT got me thinking how I always say relief is the best feeling! Well disappointment is the worst! and it’s the opposite! So that’s a pretty bad feeling right? It really IS the WORST feeling, or maybe LA is just the WORST place. So…what should I do at my get together??
I got great news today and I want to TELL YOU! I guess I also have something to sorta ask you. Well the “yous” that are in the area I live anyway. So my cousin Parker Carroll was best friends with this guy named Andrew Weishar. They grew up together and eventually were college roommates both playing football. They were really close probably because they were both really nice guys. If you haven’t noticed I keep using past tense that’s because about a year ago, Andrew passed away from cancer. HE WAS ONLY 21!! :( straight up :(. That is NOT the great news obviously.
No, Im writing this to ask you to come see me at the fundraiser organized by the foundation started in Andrew’s name. They raise money for other families dealing with cancer. Pretty awesome cause, right? AND NOW, my GREAT news! Chris just told me that he is going to fly home to be at the fundraiser!!! That’s right, he is coming home earlier than planned and is even going to PERFORM some there too! I guess there is going to be a lot of fun stuff and bands and FOOD. So…great cause, great fiancé, great families present…WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO GO??? Exactly!!! Its on September 1st at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood. I know it would mean a lot to Andrew’s family and obviously other families that will benefit from this event so please go!! Here my cousin Parker (the one I was just talking about) tells you a little more about Andrew and the event called WeishFest!
"My name is Parker Carroll, and I graduated from OFHS in 2009. As an alumni of the Oak Forest basketball program, I am asking for your help. I am on the Board of Directors for the Andrew Weishar ("Wisher") Foundation. As you may have heard, Andrew Weishar (21, Br. Rice graduate, resident of Midlothian) passed away this past October from colon cancer, and his only wish was that his family and friends do everything they can to give back and help others in need. This foundation has been set up to commemorate Andrew's life and the legacy he has left on others. As a foundation, our goal is to provide funds for other organizations and individuals in the area who have struggled, or are struggling in the way the Weishars have after being affected by cancer. In saying that, we are hosting an event called "WeishFest" on September 1st at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood. This event will consist of live bands, along with food and beverages for all. I am asking that you please take a look at http://www.WeishFest.com
where you can advance purchase a ticket for this amazing cause, which you can do under the "EVENTS" tab on the site. More information about the foundation, the event, and ticket sales are on the website - The Andrew Weishar Foundation Thank you all for your tremendous support, and I hope to see you at WeishFest!
THATS IT,,,See you there? I mean SEE YOU THERE!!
My brother Dylan’s girlfriend who is from South Africa has been here for exactly two months today. Her name is Charlene and shes just great. Im not looking forward to when she goes home. And get this--when she does leave in December, Dylan is going with her! All the way back to South Africa! That means this will be the first Christmas of my whole life without my favorite brother. Unless…they break up! Anytime one of them does something wrong, Im the first to “tell on them” to the other. Im like, “Hey you need to dump him (or her)…” They were confused when I said it the first time but now they get it. They are pretty funny together too. Im not sure if this was a cultural thing or what but one time they were both at the stove and he did…something …I don’t remember what though (yes,I know this story would be WAY better if I could remember what but gimme a break…brain injury here!) Anyway, she freaked out and said, “Man, dont do that!!” The way she said it with her mad accent and everything…I thought that was hilarious! And I already told you how she always has gum, which I love, but also, just like me, she is constantly putting on Vaseline and she shares!
I don’t want them to break up. I really like her and Dylan is SUPER happy and they are cute together. I guess that means he probably WILL go to South Africa for Christmas so you know what that means, dont you??? That's right, I will have to get a new favorite brother! I certainly have enough spares to choose from!! Aww relax brothers you know I don’t really have a favorite. I really need to stop saying that I do. Do any of you have a favorite sibling?
Don’t worry, I won’t tell :)
So my last few blogs have been all about going to LA.I was so excited.but now,that Ive already gone,I figured I should write another one! ok,it all started last Monday morning when my dad picked me up. Then-we went to my favorite, Starbucks(thank you so much daddy)and AFTER all of that,we picked up my best friend Sarah from her apartment in the city.ok,we did the stuff we had to do, now we’re on our way to the stupid airport.I HATE the airport. such hasle…and my poor dad had to do all that driving around and THEN be the one to see me off! It was when I was in a tight spot too.I had no other way to the airport,and Sarah and I had been looking forward to this for forever.So he saved us! I already thanked him in person but thank you to him on here.so after all of that,we went too the STUPID airport….and fleww to LA,and then what I like to call my “Chris refresher” could start.It was so great..he was all ”Julianas not gonna wanna do this….”and totally concerned with what I wanted to do! it was SUCH a relief when I first saw him!(I TOLD you relief was the best feeling!)and also-some things YOU might care about: well like I said, it was total relaxation from the start.I wanna go back!!but I don’t wanna fly there…not sure how that would work. But really, no therapy and just hanging out with my best friend and fiance,who are also friends.So those two were just playing guitar and singing together the whole time (shes awesome,and plays guitar and sings TOO).more relaxation. But we mainly stayed in our house all day which was that of these three brothers who were fiends with Chris and really rich.That might sound boring,but we had no rules so we did whatever we wanted...Being so closely regimented normally,I thought it was fun! jealous yet?now this all was so great but I bet everyone can guess what I thought the best part was-BY FAR.thats right!! Seeing Chris.my love AND,no offense to her,but in the past,when I visited Chris,its been with my sister but now…another freaking trip to the airport and a flight where you cant hear me talk .sister.so of course I would have a better time this time.really,I cant believe that just one week ago I was there.now Im focusing on Chris coming HOME.hes been here almost a month!that SHOULD be long enough for anything!but NOT to finish his second album.Letters to Juliet.named after me.Have you ever been away from a loved one for an extended amount of time?if you have,I bet not as long(or often)AS ME!I win!!.. so?
Since my accident Ive been called a very literal person. Because of that I often struggle with what to write a blog about. I really do want to write more often, it just takes getting more ideas! As soon as I get started, I cant stop! SO I had this idea, well its an idea actually to use YOUR ideas. Hopefully, youre not all literal like moi! HOW ABOUT I have you guys ask questions and I can answer them. That would make ready the comments even better. And I already adore reading the comments so now I would even more! Oh yeah-not that this is interesting, but my mom thinks this would help my thinking so do it! You have to listen to MY mom! THAT is the blog!! SO, this is going to be my last blog before I leave for LA (because I leave in less than a week, YESSS!!)
So here’s the deal: How about you guys, in the comments, ask me questions and I will answer them! I know that other people have been asked questions about me, so now ask me myself! Be nice, but Im excited. Come up with good questions please.
Oh, and thank youJ
Good surprises from you guys. I love surprises (but I think you know that) and I guess you guys do too. Soooooo…You know we have a lot of people in our family and that means a lot of birthdays. Well…one birthday that is coming up is my brother Dylan. Yeah, you probably heard of him but I am not sure if you heard how my accident actually brought about something cool for him too.
So my brother Dylan, will be 23 on August 5th (OMG, 23??!) Well he actually met an awesome girl through my Facebook page. Charlene and I have actually become friends since theyve been dating(she ALWAYS has gum and I LOOOOVE gum!!) (haha, they’re in love and its all because of ME). Even though she lives in South Africa! Dylan went out there for a while and they still liked each other SO NOW she is even staying with us… til December! She was writing to me to say that she was praying for me like ALL THE TIME!
Eventually my whole family talked to her by Facebook, Skype and on the phone even. Welp, Dylan talked to her the most but now we ALL LOVE HER!
That is just one more crazy thing that happened to our family. I care even more than usual because I have been spending more time with him lately and that means with Charlene too. My sister used to take care of me all the time, but now, he does sometimes too. So I wanted to make sure to say this HUGE happy birthday to Dylan because the day I leave for LA, is his birthday oh no. OH yeah and even though this was mostly about him and Charlene, you should know that he SO awesome. I have 5 brothers and he’s my favorite! Dont tell the others though because they think THEY are. Have you ever missed a birthday that was important to you? Anyway, I feel really bad.
So I didn’t know what my next blog would be about until…Chris surprised me with tickets to LA!! And then it became obvious what the topic would be about. Im thrilled because hes been gone here for way too long and now I get to see him MUCH sooner than I planned! like a month!! Its already been a while. We’ve been having one of our “Facebook relationships” which my mom claims are sweeter and more healthy. BUT one really bad part is that Chris wont tell me WHEN the tickets are for!! how bogus is that?!! So…my countdown cannot begin!!
Another HUGE time I was surprised in my life was my engagement. I worked a Starbucks and went on a break. when I came back,there was a huge sign hanging that said “Juliana, will you marry me?” Maybe Chris is just a good surprise-ER. AND the first thing I said, after “YES!!” was, “Do I have to go back to work?” I didn’t, phew! They had it planned that we would all go to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner to celebrate. I didn’t eat much because I was on the phone calling EVERYONE!
Okay, this surprise was not actually Chris’ doing, but was my mom’s. One night after work I came home and “SURPRISE!! It was a big sweet 16 birthday party with all my friends AND then I went out to the garage and there my friend’s band played! Well, that 16th birthday was sure as heck a great one because the party was super fun and THEN the next day was my ACTUAL birthday. My mom and Donnie were taking me out to breakfast and when I walked into my driveway I saw a car with a bow on it! I didn’t get it at first but then I just KNEW it was mine! I had no idea my mom and Donnie would do something like that! I guess I have the best parents ever!!
This just in!!!I know when Im leaving!! Its gonna be August 4th!AND my best friend is going with!!! How great!!!!! NOW my countdown can start. I wont be able to think about anything until then!! What was YOUR best surprise?