Monday, August 14, 2017

Step Into My Week: Sleepovers, Volunteering, & BBYO

This week was a great week. I got to see a bunch of my friends that I hadn't seen in a few months. It was amazing to finally see them. I seriously love my friends so much. They're the best.

I was in Asheville Monday through Wednesday, so I got to spend a bunch of time with my family. My cousin, Chloe, had just gotten back from camp on Monday. I loved hearing all about her adventures, her new friends, and how excited she is for next year already. Camp is seriously the best!

On Tuesday, I spent all day with Chloe. We ran a few errands with our Grandma before heading back home. We had a delicious lunch at Sunny Point. I got an amazing tofu chorizo dish. I definitely want to go back again. I ended up sleeping over at Chloe's house, since we were having so much fun together.

On Friday and Saturday, I had orientation for a volunteer program I'm in. I'm so pumped to see all that we're going to do this year. The people in my group are all so talented and passionate. I love being around passionate people.

Saturday night was my BBYO chapter's kickoff. I loved seeing all my friends and hearing all about their amazing summers. My friends and I ended up just sitting around and talking for 3 hours. It was so great to catch up with them.

It was such a great week to see all my friends and family. I absolutely adore the people in my life.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Step Into My Week: Shoot the Hooch, Hiking, & Swimming Holes

This summer has been pretty great. I've gotten to experience so many things. This week was no exception.

I had my last week of work at camp. I had an amazing time with my campers. I'm definitely going to miss them.

On Thursday, I shoot(ed) the hooch (floated down the Chattahoochee river). I had a complete blast with my friends. None of my friends expected our route to have as many rapids as it was, so it was definitely a surprise.

I got to go on a gorgeous hike with my dad on Saturday. We hiked to an old mill that was beautiful. I loved seeing the rushing water in the river.

I got a major haircut on Saturday. I cut 6 or 7 inches off. I was definitely a little nervous while my hair was getting cut. I absolutely love my new haircut.

On Sunday, I went to a swimming hole with my friend. We went to Sweetwater State Park. The water was the perfect temperature. I had a great time sliding down the rocks and swimming.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Step Into My Week: Kiawah Island, Charleston, & Family Visits

This past week was jam packed. I absolutely love staying busy. I always try to stay busy. In the summertime, I want to be making the most of my break from school. I definitely made the most of summer this week.

To start off the week, my Grandma came into town. We had a great time together. My mom actually thought she was driving in on Saturday because she misread her text. It was pretty hilarious to find out my Grandma showed up at my door and completely spooked my mom.

My phone had been acting up for about a week on Friday. Luckily, I had an Apple appointment to get it fixed. The guy helping us gave me a new phone for free. That was pretty sweet.

We ended up having a pretty chill weekend of hanging out. We took my Grandma to Ponce City Market. I absolutely adore the mushroom bao buns from the Korean place. They let me buy a few bao buns. I was snacking on them for the rest of the week. They're so good.

On Sunday, we ventured out to a cute home decor and art store that had just opened up in the Westside. They had amazing art and pillows I want in my room. After that, we went to Upbeet, the place you've seen all over Atlanta Instagram feeds. The food was fantastic. The Vegan salad completely knocked it out of the park with the delicious tofu. I'm definitely going back.

I've been working at a camp for a while now. My campers are truly the best. I love seeing their faces light up as we go on adventures. Sadly, I only got to spend Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with them, since I was going to Kiawah Island.

My uncle had a work conference that was in Kiawah Island, so he invited me along to babysit my cousin. I had an absolutely amazing time. The weather was amazing considering it's normally miserably hot and humid.

We ended up spending most of our time at the pool. They have some gorgeous pools. I loved the view of the beach from a pool. Seriously, the views were amazing. Plus, my cousin really loved the food at the pool.

Board games are the best anytime of the year, but at the beach they're even better. My cousin, Claire, and I ended up spending an entire morning playing Uno, Monopoly, Chess, Trouble, and Sorry. I could play Uno for hours.

We rented bikes while we we're in Kiawah. It was great to be able to go everywhere. The bike ride from the place we stayed at to the pool was gorgeous. I definitely want to ride my bike more after this week.

The best part of the week was seeing my friend, Bekka, from BBYO. She's incredibly kind hearted, loving, and an all around blast to hang out with. We had lunch at a delicious cafe called Five Loaves in Mt. Pleasant before adventuring into downtown Charleston. Charleston is just lovely. I loved all the brightly colored buildings. Everyone seemed so happy to be in such a beautiful city.

That's it for this week. I've definitely been slacking in the blog world. I'm hoping to get back to blogging more frequently soon. I end up so tired each night after working at camp all day.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Step Into My Week: Camp & Honeysuckle Gelato

I'm back! I've spent the last month at camp. I had the best time ever! Camp is one of my favorite things in the whole world. It's seriously the best. Some of my bestest friends in the whole wide world go to camp with me. I just love my camp friends so much.

Anyways, I got back Friday (7/14). I basically slept the whole weekend as I was exhausted. It was great to be with my parents again. We got to hang out and have a great time. My dad and I grabbed Honeysuckle Gelato during the weekend. It was great. They brought back our favorite flavor, raspberry!

I've been working at a camp this past week. Overall, it's been a great time. I love the kids with all my heart. They're all so sweet. My campers bring the biggest smile to my face. I'm so happy that I'm spending my Summer doing this.

Monday, June 19, 2017

What I Packed for a Weekend in Asheville

I'm a notorious overpacker. Although, my sister packs even more than I do. In the past few months, I've been working on packing less for trips. For this trip, I managed to pack everything I'd need and a little more. My family went to Asheville to visit family for the weekend. We stayed at my Grandma's house. This meant I could do laundry if I ended up needing to.

I don't go anywhere in the Summer without my Chacos. Ever since I got them, I've been obsessed with having a Chaco tan. Somehow, I've managed to have a Chaco tan throughout the year ever since. Once again, I'm trying to keep the Chaco tan streak. Plus, these shoes are great for hiking if we had decided to go.

We were going up to Asheville to surprise my cousin at her birthday party. Her birthday was at at a putt putt place. I knew I'd need sneakers in order to be allowed to play. I ended up wearing my sneakers almost the whole trip.

A sweatshirt is always a must for the car ride. For some reason, car rides always make me freezing. I love having a sweatshirt to slip on whenever I get cold. Plus, I ended up using it the rest of the vacation whenever I'm cold.

Rain jacket
I’m so glad I brought this. We were on a ropes course while it rained. My rain jacket helped keep me from getting completely soaked. I also used this as an extra layer under my sweatshirt if I needed it.

I wore a t-shirt to sleep every night. Whenever I find a soft t-shirt, I always get it. Soft t-shirts are the best. The t-shirt was incredibly soft.

Exercise Top
On the way up, I wore an exercise top. For some reason, exercise tops are so comfortable to me. I love the way they feel.

Nike shorts
I wear nike shorts to bed and whenever I do something athletic. (I just realized that sounds like I don’t ever do anything athletic. Oops.) These shorts are extremely comfortable. They’re a must have.

I didn’t end up wearing any bottoms but jeans and nike shorts. It was perfect jeans weather. Banana Republic makes the best jeans. I got these jeans on super sale last January.

I brought along with me some shirts that are incredibly soft. I absolutely love these shirts. They can be paired with anything. They’re some of the most versatile clothes I own.

Toiletry Bag
I keep all the usual toiletries in my toiletry bag. It was extremely important that I bring my toiletry bag so I could have somewhere to store my retainer cases. I don’t want to accidentally lose my retainers.

I didn’t end up wearing everything I packed. I managed to wear a lot of what I packed. I wasn’t sure if we would go somewhere nice so I brought a dress and a pair of lace-up espadrilles. We didn’t end up going to a nice restaurant or to the pool so I didn’t need a swimsuit. Luckily, it didn’t rain for more than an hour while we were in Asheville so I never wore my rain boots. I also never wore my leggings and jean shorts.