I always write my blogs about people! Mainly my siblings… probably because I’m lucky enough to have THEM (and not some stranger) take care of me. Adam, Dylan, and now Cheyenne (or Cheye to those who know her) Let me tell you a little about her: she is a spitfire FOR SURE. As long as I’ve known her (which is, ummm, hello, her whole life) She’s had a HUGE attitude and she’s REALLY cool. Like it’s an automatic no if you say pretty please. At least I think that makes her cool among other things. Does that make sense? Like when she lived in LA for  couple years, not only was it much quieter (I always say she  doesn’t know how to talk… only yell) and I’m not sure if it’s because we’re really close in age or what but we have SO much in common. She’s really one of my best friends J AND now I know SHE wouldn’t find this noteworthy, but I sure do! Everything she cooks is GREAT! ANYWAY, since we like the same things, she DEFINITELY knows what I like and is ALWAYS giving me little surprises and treats. So that helps our relationship. At least it makes me like her more or, sorry, “love” her more. And I KNOW I’ve talked about how pretty I think she is, but she’s also EXTREMELY smart! Now tell me-are you close enough to any of your siblings that you could trust them to take care of you if (god forbid) something were to happen to you?

 
 
Ever since we were little, I’ve kinda taken charge of my “little” brother, Adam.  And now…next weekend in fact…HES GETTING MARRIED!  Man, how time flies… I remember acting out the ‘Wizard of Oz’ with him over and over again.  We literally knew every word.  (Hello- future Wicked lover right here).  The two of us were always really close.  He just couldn’t get away from me, or wouldn’t.  But I didn’t mind.  My mom said right when she brought him home from the hospital I treated him like MY baby.  And he was a BIG BABY: 10 pounds 4 ounces!  Now I know Adam is my LITTLE brother, but he wasn’t little when he was born and he isn’t exactly little now…definitely not littler than me (I’m kinda short and he’s definitely tall).

Shortly after Chris and I got an apartment together, Adam moved out and got the apartment with HIS girlfriend RIGHT below ours! That girlfriend is the same girl he’s marrying next weekend, Michelle Young.  So, yeah, she’s been around for a while.  I remember that sometimes when Adam would come to our apartment, he wouldn’t use the stairs like a normal person.  NO, instead he would climb UP his balcony onto ours and into our apartment.  It was crazy at first but also came in handy a few times.  We lived there for two years and then after that, we said,  ”SCREW apartments” and Chris and I rented a house.  And of course, Adam was more than welcome to move in with us. I think my other siblings may have even been a little jealous or hoped when they got older, they would live with us too in our house.  It was so awesome. DEFINITELY, the best time of my life so far.

I heard that after my accident since Chris was at the hospital the whole time, Adam got really depressed being in our house alone.  Eventually he decided to move out because he couldn’t stay there anymore with all my stuff still there.  AwwwwL Sorry Adam.  But its ok because NOW he is my personal assistant…sometimes.  (Come to think of it, he pretty much always HAS been hahaha!!)  But now he MAKES me go to the gym so I call him the ‘Exercise King’.  Of course I hate going to the gym but at the same time, I know it’s for my own good so I SHOULD thank him….hmmm…maybe someday ;)  

Since I won’t be making any speeches at the wedding, I wanted to write this blog about him instead to tell him: “I love you Adam, I guess since you were born.  And now and I’m SO glad you are marrying Michelle.  She will make sure you don’t do TOO many crazy things AND I will have beautiful nieces and nephews so GET STARTED!  After your August 31st wedding though when I get to be a bridesmaid, and Chris is a groomsman!”

The rest of you…look for pictures!!    
 
 
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So I’ve been thinking a little about the “perfect world” and HOPEFULLY the future.

It would be a place where there’s no war, but everyone is truly happy. Even if it to become happy we needed help.  For example, the chances of marijuana being legal in the future are really good!  No Im not a drug addict BUT it has been proven to help many things, including a brain injury.  When something helps me it makes me happy!!

 And picture this: balloons EVERYWHERE.  Like people just let them loose all the time! Now I really want people to think about this like me, because I want it to happen and think it can.  Ok, not just “random no reason for them” balloons but what if…we put money in them!? No, Really!  Say you have an extra ten bucks… put it in a balloon!   Its extra to you but to the person that FINDS a balloon with ten bucks, the money is cool but the finding it is COOLER!  That could make someone’s day! Then say, about 2 out of every 20 balloons have MORE money in them.

Now this idea may be stretching it but I SAY, enough of this presidency in our country!! Let’s instead have kings and queens! That’s WAY cooler!!  All of this stuff is within or control even if its strange.  I say we just DO all this stuff or at least SOME stuff to make our world closer to perfect. I mean, it’s for us, right? I think we just can. (At least the balloon thing.) WE GOT THIS. We really can do it!

But tell me, would YOU want to live in my “perfect world”?


 
 
I’m not sure what you’ll think about this but unfortunately… Chris and I broke up a few months agoL.  Almost three actually, even though it feels like forever ago. You might be surprised, I dont know but one reason we didn’t make it public is because we needed to figure this out for ourselves before we listened to what everyone ELSE thinks about it.

Now, I don’t wanna sound…I don’t know-conceited, but we were feeling the impact of fame more than ever before on our relationship. I’m scared that people won’t really understand and be kinda mad because they had such high hopes for us. Well, so did I!  I mean, I had thought we would get married too (like all engaged couples DO, CHRIS), HAVE KIDS, and live happily ever after. I still want all of that-REALLY BAD! Its just not how things are now.

But heres the thing: Even though we are technically “broken up “nothing about our relationship seems different. I guess its kinda confusing because we still kiss and hug and go out to eat and spend a lot of time talking on Facebook.  And when hes home we spend a lot of time together.  See?  Not much different!  Now I HATE(despise,really) that he comes and goes because of work (Im sure you’ve all seen my “countdowns “on Facebook), but that was the same when we WERE engaged because…hey, I want that music recorded as much as anybody! And even though we’re “broken up”, he still takes me out and everything. And I just really do want him to be happy. You all know I think he’s a good guy and he really is my soul-mate (a title we upgraded to from ‘best-friends’). 

But, I also, personally, want him to just be happy again and move beyond the situation that HE didn’t even cause.  I love him and our relationship so if this is what soul mates feels like, I am good! If he needs more, even though I AM classically jealous and I’m not sure how I’ll handle THAT I can still love him and he can still love me.

So don’t be mad, or disappointed, or whatever you might be that is bad because there isn’t just married or not married and this sucks for everyone but not because its bad but just because it isn’t what we planned.  So what?  Its what we have. There is not just ONE kind of love.  I have friends in same sex marriages and their love is not any less LOVE.  Neither is our “not getting married-soul mates forever love”.

I mean, we might even change our minds again one day. AND I SURE wouldn’t hesitate to go back to that with him because he is SUCH a GREAT guy. He really treats me fantastic. But Im sure any regular blog readers know THAT.

I love you Chris, the same as always even if it has a different name.

The question for YOU is...dun dun duhhhhh…are you still interested in us?

 
 
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I’m sure everyone is tired of me doing blogs about different people… but, I just have so many great people in my life, and basically, everyone just seems anxious for a new blog. So here we go:  I’ve mentioned Mike Schick plenty of times on Facebook and I just thought I’d let everyone know who he is. To start with, he’s one of my very best friends. Way back at the beginning of time, (I think everyone knows that) I used to work at Starbucks…and he used to come in there ALL THE TIME. Fast forward a few years and Mike is one of my best family friends. He also comes over to my house for dinner several times a week, so my whole family knows him. He doesn’t even need to knock! He’s like family himself. Another thing about him is that he’s a GREAT cook. There has been plenty of times he cooks dinner for my family(on what we like to call Schick Sunday) and  because he’s also very gracious-- it wouldn’t be crazy that he cooked something for just ME! I remember one time, my brother and I were driving somewhere and we passed him walking so we picked him up. And he just so HAPPENED to have a surprise for me. It was REALLY good banana-nut muffins he made!  One other time he made these chocolate chip cookies…oh…my…god. This one time though, he moved to LA and I wasn’t sure I would ever see him again-- But on my birthday I came downstairs to find him at the breakfast table wishing me happy birthday! It was the best. He really is one of my best friends.


 
 
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I think that most people know I have a TON of siblings, so, I decided to name them and what I think is their best quality. Kenny: he can fix ANYTHING! Mainly car stuff and THAT can obviously come in handy. Allison: she’s a really good cook. She works at this one place and she always brings me EXCELLENT stuff from there which makes me think she’s also very giving. Adam: he’s a hard worker. There is NOTHING he will say he can’t do. Lazy is definitely not the word to describe this one. I remember him getting pretty mad when someone called him that once, He said ”I am NOT lazy!” Dylan: for his size he’s really strong! Like, it’s surprising! A few nights ago we were in the bathroom and I said my feet hurt REALLY bad standing on the floor so he straight up CARRIED ME to bed. Me and all of my hundred and…well let’s just say hundred. Cheyenne (or known by people closer to her as Cheye):  now this quality might not be thought of as so important but, I really do think her best quality, is her looks. Also, I don’t know if its cause we’re kind of close in age but, she really is like my best friend. A bit of a wild child, but, in a cool way! I mean dropping out of high school and then much later picking up and moving across the country! You got to love her-right? At least I do. Delaney: she’s SOOO nice. That might not seem like that huge of a deal but she really is! Mackenzie: she’s SUPER smart! She got straight A’s ALL of last year! Kyle: well the guy is really funny. He CRACKS me up. And Last but not least, Christopher: is REALLY athletic. Not that I would know because I hate going to sports games and rarely do. But I HEAR that he is athletic! So, I hope I haven’t bored you with all my talking about my family, but I wanted to share how great they are!


 
 
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So, two weeks ago, on Wednesday (WINE Wednesday, must I remind you) I went into the hospital. What?! Talk about some bad timing. When I found out I said but its wine Wednesday and I’m going to miss American Idol! It was supposed to be a GOOD day, ya know? But I HATED it there so much at one point I said to my mom “I can’t WAIT to go home” and she said “why exactly?” I said “freedom!” are you kidding? One night, I asked for my medicine, and you said you had to wait for them to bring it!! You’re my mom. YOU should be in charge!”

In other news-do you remember how my brother left about three months ago? (Well I’m sure YOU ALL do, because I wrote a blog about it) well he comes home tonight! And I keep thinking about how he’s next (next meaning going to be just like me) for missing his fiancé, and it’s ROUGH, for her too. Oh man, he and Charlene were together CONSTANTLY. They just went from one place to another being together –lucky. I’m happy to have him home though!


 
 
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It’s been so long since my last blog, so I finally got around to writing one! There are a few things I found myself writing about so he we go:

My accident was going on FIVE YEARS ago. jeez. I mean, a lot has changed, but a few things have specifically changed so I made a list: “who knew’s”.  Ok, who knew that one day Chris would be performing for tens of thousands of people, and actually I just talked to Chris, and he said he has performed for 100,000 people so… (EXCUUUSE me Mr. Medina). Who knew my brother, Dylan, would meet a girl on Facebook, fall in love, and be marrying her in South Africa next year. Who knew my sister Cheyenne would now live in Los Angeles. And who REALLY knew that at my mom’s house we would have a dog I ADORE. I pretty much hate dogs. Not really a “who knew”, but everyone DOES seem to be getting older, faster these days. A few months ago, Chris turned, (gasp) 30! And my one sister who I used to nanny at the time of my accident was only in kindergarten then and next year she is starting high school!

These two topics don’t necessarily go together, but, since I’ve (once again) waited WAY TOO LONG to post a blog… I finally am. AND! We are in the month of my birthday, so…

Every year my birthday party is a huge deal to me and every year there is a THEME. Well so far this year I've been keeping it a secret. But now, I’m revealing it...its 80s! Just need more ideas. I have some…I just need more. My parties are always fun so I do have that to live up to. On the subject of my party, my mom said one REALLY good thing-- and one kinda bad. The good thing is that we can most likely have the party at my house. And the not-so-good thing was the date the party would have to be on April 5th (two months away!) I guess think of it like two months to get excited…but I always say that my impatience is my worst quality and OH BOY will I be impatient by FREAKIN’ APRIL!!! That’s SOOOOOOOO far away!! I don’t even have Chris to get me through the time. We have a Facebook relationship right now. He’s in LA, finishing his second album. God, THAT ALBUM BETTER BE GOOD!! I keep losing him to LA for it! But back to my birthday party... one more reason I’m overly excited for the party to GET  HERE(in April, need I remind you)is that’s the next definite time I will see my really good friend, Mike. And by then I won’t have seen him for like 6 months AND OF COURSE Chris would be there and blah, blah, blah…now if only all of Facebook could go to the party too!!! I really need ideas for it!! one person suggested a rubiks cube cake and I’m pretty sure we will have that but I definitely need more…now even though every year I’m super excited about my birthday party, this year I’m EXTRA (notice the all caps really mean it.) Excited because of the theme! But do you all think you can help me come up with more ideas for the party? Maybe in the comments?!


 
 
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I always post blogs BEFORE parties about how excited I am. Well how about AFTER? Because I wanna talk about how great New Year’s eve was so I will give you a play by play:  Ok, first Sarah (my best friend, I think ya’ll know THAT) got here and did my nails.  Later I got a ton of compliments on those nails so thank you Sarah!  Then another good friend, Mike got here and we had a drink, mine I Just sipped in front of the computer for a while.  I am pretty sure he had more than one and doubt he was sipping! Then after a few hours of just hanging out, Me and Sarah, Mike and Connie (my personal assistant and now a really good friend) left to head to Night Games to watch Chris’s show.  I was thinking, ‘Now all the fun could start!’ A little secret:  Even though it was fun to just hang out with my friends, it was basically torture waiting to leave because I have a very hard time being patient.  The drive to this show was very short, that was a huge relief and kind of a surprise too.  I don’t know why I didn’t realize that the place was just a few blocks away but I was VERY happy to find out we were there just a few minutes after we even got in the car!  Shortly after we got there it was almost time for Chris to go on and when he did it was SO exciting.  I always think that Chris performs good but I was extra excited because it was New Years Eve and I knew he would do even better.  His drummer, Mike McManus was staying with us for a few days before the show and I specifically told him how much I was looking forward to the show so he “better not screw it up!”  He thought that was really funny.  (Yeah, I am funny Mike but still, don’t mess up!)

I was a little bummed in advance, thinking about my brother and sister not being home but it was all just fine because my brother Adam DID go to the show!  Adam and I are really close in age and in general, just really close.  My mom said that as soon as he was born I acted like I was his mom and we stayed together all the time.  Did you know when I had my first apartment that Adam got his first apartment a year later in the SAME building, one floor directly below me?  Yep!  Now that he is the “workout king” pushing me at the gym almost every day, I am a little less excited to see him each day but on New Year’s Eve I figured I was safe from that.  Guess what?  I was wrong! Early that day he DID take me to the gym!  But back to the good part of the night when I was GLAD he was there….  Not only was my brother there but BOTH of my parents and step parents were there.  Now that does NOT happen very often!  And something else really good is that my cousin was there since her fiance’s family OWNS the bar.  That was cool.

The show was as awesome as I expected and so was the stroke of midnight because I got to celebrate it with a whole lot of kisses from Chris.  It was a great party.

Speaking of parties, the NEXT one I will be planning will be my BIRTHDAY party so sorry in advance for having to hear about THAT one for months in advance! And I have a good idea for a theme this year! Since I was born in 1986 the theme will be ‘The 80s’. But before that party there are parties that I will attend for a much more fun reason: Two of my cousins are having babies so, yeah, Baby showers!

What big parties do you have planned this year?  (Warning I MIGHT steal your ideas...heeheehee)


 
 
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Every year on Christmas Eve at my Aunt Lori’s party the nieces and nephews are asked a question and they have to write their answer.  This year’s question was ‘What do you wish for someone else in 2014.’  My answer was “For Chris to be all the way famous.”  So that answer got me to thinking about my next blog….THIS blog:  New Year’s Resolutions.  Back when Chris and I were dating I wanted to help him become famous by advertising for him or pushing his career.  I used to post everything he did on Facebook or My Space and now I have a whole lot more places to post.  So then, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to help that ‘wish’ I made on Christmas Eve come true.  Let’s get started on that! 


Tomorrow, on New Year’s Eve this year Chris is going to play a show at Night Games right here in Oak Forest.  It’s going to be a lot of fun and I am really looking forward to it.  I really hope to see as many of you there as possible.  After this show Chris is leaving for a pretty long time… (I will save my complaints about THAT for other blogs…) for now I hope this is the best night.

I do have other resolutions for myself too. Here are some things that I am going to try to accomplish this year: Like way too many people, I want to lose weight. I’m talking like 60 pounds. Then I would be at my pre-accident weight! I plan on being overall HEALTHIER! Sound good to everyone? I mean, I already love fruits and vegetables, so I’m covered there.  I just can’t have TOO much overall or I’ll run into the OTHER resolution! And with all that extra weight gone PLUS being healthier, I could basically take on the world!!

I asked some of the people closest to me what their resolutions were and they said this (girls THEN boys of course):
·       Mommy: “To start writing again.”
·       Cris: “To be more organized, so I can spend more time with our family. We have a lot of great things happening next year!”
·       Ms. Knick: “To concentrate on my health and fitness and be skinny by the end of 2014!”
·       Cheyenne: “To prioritize and not take on more than I can handle.  Oh, and eat healthier too.
·       Allie: “To get a 4.0 GPA.”
·       Delaney: “To perform to the best of my ability in my school play.”
·       Mackenzie: “To be the best at my next band concert.”
·       Michelle: “To try to stop worrying so much about things I cannot change and be grateful for what I DO have, every day.”
·       Charlene: “To be healthier, to smile even MORE, and to be the best fiancée ever!!”
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·       Chris: “To be a better version of myself and become the person I feel I should be.”
·       Daddy: “To start going to church.”
·       Donnie: “To have a more positive outlook.”
·       Adam: “Mine is to help you get in as good of shape as possible. And help you enjoy it and make you realize your health is the most important thing in your life! Don’t worry. We will just continue how we r going now: Some gym time, and eating and drinking a little better.”
(Oh great.  I’m in for it now)
·       Dylan: “To learn something new and to move in with my Fiancée.”
·       Kenny: “To work hard for my new family and save $1,000 a month.”
·       Kyle: “To make All-Conference for varsity baseball and football.”
·       Christopher: “To make the varsity football team as a sophomore.”
·       Craig: “To have an operating business.”
·       Mike Schick: “To be successful.”
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Ok, so you knew this was coming, in fact you even know WHY this was coming…I love to read comments!!  Ummmm yeah so tell me, what is YOUR New Year’s Resolution?