For my baby sister.

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Taylor Marie Capener,
I turned 3 years old and two days later you were born. I’m still glad mom refused to have you on my birthday. You know how I am about sharing… 😉
I can’t believe you’re done with your first week of COLLEGE. It just hasn’t hit me yet.

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Sorry Tay, but you were an ugly baby.

I’m sorry for the times you were taken to the doctor because everyone thought you were mute. In reality you just never felt the need to talk because I answered all questions for you. Pretty sweet deal, right?!  I really did mean well.
(Never fear guys, she DEFINITELY learned to talk… eventually.) Then I started wishing you hadn’t. Oh you drove me insane. It was a constant state of feeling like this….

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I really did try to sell or you… sometimes even drown you in the bathtub. My efforts never worked. I was stuck with you. You did eventually get cuter, so I’m glad for your sake.♥

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Although sisters, we could not be more opposite in looks. As we got older that became extremely noticeable. (I then found out later I was adopted.) JUST KIDDING GUYS. But seriously, you were a toe-head through and through I was the darkest brown you could get. You had stick straight hair all your life, I became a poodle.  You have blue eyes, I have brown eyes. Not to mention you tower over me which I’ll always hate.

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As we got older and went through the stages of our life, like learning to drive…

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My first day of senior year, her first day freshman year!

Attending middle school and high school there were obviously numerous screaming matches. We fought ALL THE TIME. But the best thing about sisters is we had no choice but to work it out. We made it through 18 years under one roof together and managed NOT to kill eachother. Although I did think about it once or twice..
I’m so happy with how close we are now. Let’s face it, we never thought that day would come. Remember the numerous eye rolls we gave mom everytime she’d tell us “one day you’ll be thankful to have eachother and truly get along.”? Can’t believe she was actually right.

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I’m so proud of you, Taylor Marie! You’re going to do such great things and I’m glad we’ll always have eachother. If there’s one thing I’m proud of for teaching you and setting the example of it’s that NO MATTER WHAT take no shit. It’s your life and you get to choose what you want. Never ever care what anyone says or thinks about you. In the end you’ll get to look back and smile because you proved them all wrong. You’re beautiful, smart, and driven. I can’t wait to see what you do.
I love you always,
Your big sister.

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Xoxo.

I’m proud to be an American.

“Where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died and gave that right to me. And I’ll gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.  Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land. God bless the USA!” That song never fails to give me chills.

As much as I hate all the horrible things that happen in America (but everywhere else as well) I’m beyond blessed that we are truly free, unlike many other countries. We aren’t forced into marriages, we don’t have to worry about who’s watching us, we don’t have to worry about terrorist groups barging into our homes, and we aren’t typically forced into anything. It breaks my heart that in this world some people live with those fears everyday. 

So on that note, I celebrated my freedom with an awesomely fun weekend filled with friends and family! Couldn’t have asked for a better 4th of July! It was definitely one for the books. I pretty much sat poolside all weekend.I enjoyed huge fireworks in the country while sitting in the hottub, drank copious amounts of alcohol and ate so much food I thought I would die (taco bar, HUGE breakfast each morning, bloody mary bars in the morning, amazing pizza, and SO MUCH BEER seriously we had 60 cases and two left by this morning), and laughed so much it hurt.

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“Cause our flag still stands for freedom, and you can’t take that away.”

‘MERICA!
I hope everyone enjoyed celebrating our freedom!

How did you celebrate?
What’s your favorite part of the 4th?

3 down 37 to go.

So sorry I’ve been somewhat absent! I have the best intentions on checking up on the blog world and posting but honestly, my ass is dragging lately.

Monday was my first day at my new job. Normally first days are pretty chill. I was completely wrong this time. It was the longest 8 hours of my life. Never have I ever learned so much on my first day on a job. I was pretty excited to get my official fob and just take in the new surroundings but I was even happier when I got to go home and crash afterwards. I did too. Got home at 4:30 and fell asleep until ten. Then I couldn’t fall back to sleep until three in the morning.

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It doesn’t help that daylight savings time totally fucks me up too. I’ve had problems with that since I was little.

Back to the job.
The view is great.
Right in front of the Mississippi! You could see water and the current which was my sure sign of spring!

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Day two was better but still so much information.  We had two people drop out already. When I say this stuff is hard, I mean it’s REALLY hard. Hence why it’s 8 weeks of training. The computer system they use to track all these military members appointments is ridiculous.  I have at least 5 different screens open at once. The codes are killer to memorize and you have to complete each call within a time frame (unless it’s something major or a problem). I’m really good with technology usually and I’m even struggling.
Today after another 8 hours of this I just feel fried. I can’t remember the last time I felt this mentally exhausted. So I went to see American Hustle after work. WITH A NEW GIRLFRIEND I MADE!
Before I started my mom told me to make sure “I didn’t have my bitch face on” haha.  It worked obviously.  We hit it off instantly and both decided we needed to get out tonight before another crazy day of training.
Never have I ever looked forward to the weekend so much. I’m sure I’ll be saying that alot now.
Welcome to adulthood.

Oh and P.S. my mom had work here in La Crosse today so her and my grandma came last night and had a sleepover at my place. It was so fun. I realize even more now how amazing my family is.

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Any exciting life updates?
Does daylight savings have a bad effect on anyone else?!
Any good tips for how to survive this insane training period?

GROWN UP STATUS/Thank you’s.

Hello, everyone!

Happy Saturday! It is for me! I have wonderful news! I got a big girl job!!! I got my call on Friday! I will be moving to a new town with a new job! All new everything! And I am so EXCITED.

I have family that lives there and this wonderful man as well. The best thing about it? I’M NO LONGER LANDLOCKED! I’m a huge lover of the water and boating so this just makes me really happy!  I’m pretty excited, to say the least. I gave my resignation at work yesterday and I will be done at the credit union on February 28th. My job starts on the 10th of March. I can’t even contain my excitement. The position I took is called a Medical Service Coordinator which is pretty much just a fancy way of saying I’m in charge of scheduling annual appointments both dental and medical for all military members. Not exactly what I wanted to  be doing but it’s a really respectable company and there are a lot of chances to move up. Plus I will still be looking for actual dental assistant positions while working there. I’m just excited that I’m finally getting to move out of my hometown. It’s a HUGE step for me. Now starts the hunt for the perfect little apartment for me 🙂

9 weeks of straight training is coming up for me. Can’t miss a day either. Yikes. There goes my social life! I guess that what getting older means. But seriously, who am I kidding? I’ll ALWAYS have time to go out for drinks!

Now it’s time to get all sentimental. As I’m heading out on my own and starting everything new I was thinking, I really couldn’t have done any of this without the help of my amazing family and my WONDERFUL BEST FRIEND.

My mom, dad, brother, and sister are such a huge part of my life. Even though they all drive me nuts at times I could never live without them. I have the most supportive parents a girl could ask for. I love their love. They push me to do my absolute best and even if I fail at something they’re always there to pick me back up and encourage me to keep going. My sister and I fight on a daily basis, she is three years younger than me but I am so proud of her. She will be headed to college in the fall for fashion merchandising. My half brother who I just consider my brother is the most like me. He’s 31 and has a gorgeous house that I run away to when I just want to get away from everything. Plus it’s right on the water so it’s perfect. He’s such a hardworking guy and he’s the only one that I look like lol.

My grandparents, holy cow. Where do I even start. First off, THEY JUST CELEBRATED THEIR 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY IN DECEMBER! Their love is the biggest inspiration in my life. Everyone, and I mean, EVERYONE loves them and thinks they’re adorable. How can you not?! I can only pray to have a love this strong when it’s time.

The best thing about living where I do right now is that I am only 5 minutes driving distance from my grandparents. I love just showing up at their house for dinner some nights. They push me just as my parents do in a wonderful way. They constantly have my back and help me out whenever they can. Words can’t even describe how lost I’d be without them.

Carrie Lippert

Lesbihonest, I LOVE THIS WOMAN! She’s even my sister on Facebook. Like it’s Facebook official. Doesn’t get more real than that.

She was my New Year’s kiss.

We met in the beginning of 2012 at a god awful coffee shop that we worked at. Best damn job even because it lead us to each other! (Like I said, we’re in love, obviously). She comes to pretty much every family event of mine even if that means she has to drive 4 hours home just to come. We go on trips together, which is my absolute favorite. She’s been there through so many things that I’ve gone through and I wouldn’t have made it through them without her. I’ve never had a best friend like her and I know nothing will change our friendship. She is  the most goal oriented, hardworking, CRAZY FUN, beer-loving, accepting, and honest friend. I love her to pieces. She also introduced me to blogging. How wonderful! Most of you know her from blogging and already like her so imagine how I feel! She never forgets to just randomly text me and tell me to have a wonderful day and remind me that no matter what we will always be best friends. We still haven’t even had our first fight!  Love you to the moon, Carrie!

(Don’t worry, we’re 100% completely straight. We love those stupid males. My sister just jokes to us because she said we are too close. NO SUCH THING. And one time this guy told me we’d make a really hot lesbian couple…I guess that’s a compliment?)

 Friends that spoon together, stay together.

Anybody else have any exciting news to share?! Anything new happening? Any people that you wouldn’t be where you are today, without?

Have a great weekend! 🙂