Today is National Cousin day. I’m not going to lie—this is news to me but I love my family so why not blog about it! Going to my grandmother’s house as a child I was always the baby girl (until my beautiful sister was born). My brother is 9 years older than me and all of my cousins are older than him. Unlike your typical 6 year old little girl in dresses, I was a tomboy (or a punching bag depending on the day). My uncle Ray (their dad) called me Charlie. I never quite understood it but maybe it was because I was like the son he never had—even though I’m a girl! We would go to my grandmother’s house and have the BEST fried chicken EVER! While she would cook we would socialize. Unlike my brother (who was annoyed with his tattle telling little sister) my cousins would actually play with me. They taught me almost everything there is to know about sports. Sometimes my boyfriend looks at me in confusion by the fact that I still know the starting line up and stats of the 1995 Carolina Tarheels. (Duke fans–ugh) One of my favorite things was playing ball in my grandmother’s yard in the little peaceful lake town in North Carolina. We would play football in the yard and they used to kick my butt. Looking back I’m starting to think maybe they wanted me to play so they could actually win. HA. Now when we all get together they are all old (not really just I have to pick on them) have back, knee, and other types of excuses not to get beat up by their little lady cousin. It is crazy looking at now and then and how much things have changed. One thing that has not changed is how much fun we have together no matter what we are doing. They all have completely different personalities but no matter we always have an amazing time together. They are like my big brothers and I love them to death. I am forever grateful for their unconditional love. I LOVE YOU MIKE, JOHN, AND TONY!!!
Ever heard of family day? Neither have I…until today! May 15th is a date in which countries of the United Nations observe International Day of Families. Dating back to May 15, 1995, the International Day of Families is a day in which people of the UN focus on the importance of balancing work and family. Specifically, it stresses the significance in financially and emotionally contributions of workers to their families while consistently adding to the growth of the society. Celebrations include workshops, meetings, and campaigns focused on the strength of family support systems. Although here in a America this is nothing we celebrate, I think it is very important for all working professionals to keep in mind how lucky we are to have careers and families. It is important to always keep a tight balance of the two and continuously strengthen our efforts to grow in both aspects of our lives.
“A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.”– Dorthy Canfield Fisher
One thing I am more grateful for than anything else on this Earth is my mom. She is the person I can tell anything to and never have to worry about her passing judgement. She has always been my number one supporter and done anything necessary to ensure I have been taken care of. I am a strong believer that blood doesn’t define people as family, love does. I am adopted and words can not express how thankful I am that I was united with the family I am now a part of. I wasn’t the easiest teenager and I still have my occasional not so good days, but my momma has always accepted me and welcomed me with open arms. Without her love and guidence, there is no telling where I may be today. I love you mommy, thank you for loving me the past 26 years!
Above is a photo of my sweet mother
As you may know, Mother’s Day is coming up! This Sunday, we celebrate the hard work of moms. A celebration that dates back to the ancient Egyptians, this is a day in which we should make it our priority to put our mother’s first just as they have our whole lives. Whether your mother, aunt, grandmother, or friend raised you, make it a point to do something to make that motherly role model in your life feel special.
One thing we used to do in elementary school was Muffins for Moms. Below is simple recipe for banana muffins I found on http://allrecipes.com you could use to make that special lady’s day a little bit brighter!
BANANA MUFFINS II
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray, or use paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Scoop into muffin pans.
- Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped.
Sometimes we love them, sometimes we hate them but no matter what we will never be able to get away from them. I am one of 3 children. Although I do not see my brother or sister often, they mean the world to me. Today is National Sibling Day and I am very fortunate to have a brother and sister. We fight, we cry, we laugh, we smile, but at the end of the day we share a bond that will never be taken away. I’m adopted and my mom and brother have always joke that my brother picked me out. Whether that is true or not is still up in the air, but I am so glad to be his little sister and have another little sister to call my siblings. A sibling isn’t classified as looking alike or sharing the same blood. It is about about the connection you share with one another and knowing they will always love and be there for you. Make it a point this year to communicate with your siblings. Agree on a routine visit or dinner date. If they do not live close by make it a point to call or visit more. This all sounds petty but I can guarantee it will mean the world to them as well as build a stronger relationship with your family.
This is a photo of me and my siblings in Colorado