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Wannabe 8 Year Old

When is the last time you went to a toy store? If you’re not a parent or you don’t really have any little nieces/nephews/siblings, then chances are it’s probably been a long while. For me it certainly had been, however, over the last year I think I’ve browsed more toy stores/toy sections in total than I have in maybe my entire life. Such is the territory when you are a kid at heart and you are also dating someone else who is one too. Some of the most fun times spent on my California vacation in February were spent in toy stores with my boyfriend. Yep, that’s right! Out of all the amazing places I got to visit and things I got to see, I really think some of my favorite memories of that entire trip were our visits to toy stores. When it comes down to it we’re both just two big kids.

He raved about this huge toy store in the Downtown San Luis Obispo shopping center which, of course, we had to visit when we were in town visiting his college campus. It definitely didn’t disappoint and that store had some old childhood games that I had completely forgotten all about. Then he took me to the toy store he would frequent as a kid in San Mateo on my very last day in California. I don’t even know how much time we were in there playing with little windup toys and browsing aisle to aisle, but it was a great memory to close out my trip. Plus he bought me a cute little zebra plush there too and surprised me with it (if you understood his dislike for my zebra obsession, you would know this is a BIG DEAL.

The Thing & Wolverine Mighty MuggsFor almost a month now my boyfriend has been collecting Mighty Muggs. It started because he stole two that his sister had bought from Target a while back. Turns out these adorable little vinyl toys have been discontinued and so they are even harder to find these days than they were originally. In an effort to help him because I’m an enabler, I have been hitting up every store I can think of within my local area checking every toy section to check to see if they might have any. The closest I came was finding ONE of the Thor Mini Muggs at Toys R Us. He informed me that those are not Will kid friendly. Which basically means he doesn’t think they are as cute as the Mighty Muggs. So in my search for his toys I managed to, instead, find toys that I wanted to start collecting.

Disney Mystery MinisWe’ve all seen those Funko Pop! vinyl figures (NO, I’m NOT collecting those) practically everywhere, right? Well, Funko also has “Mystery Minis”. I’m not even sure how many different sets there are, but I discovered there are DISNEY Mystery Minis. Basically you buy a tiny box and it has one of the following Disney characters in it (with 3 varying expressions each): Mickey, Jack Skellington, Pooh, Stitch, Maleficent, Mike Wazowski, Sulley or Tinkerbell. I tried my luck and bought three. All of which were Stitch. Now don’t get me wrong, Stitch is adorable, but I was disappointed that I didn’t at least get some more variety (and I’m really hoping for Maleficent or Jack). Upon searching further, I continued coming up empty where the Mighty Muggs were concerned even after hitting the Vinyl Toy jackpot at Barnes and Noble. Now I am also wanting to start collecting the Tokidoki Unicornos. Okay.. maybe I’ll stop if I can just get the zebra one! You see what I’ve become? I have turned back into an 8 year old child. I’m 29 going on 8 apparently!

The point of this is more than to just be completely random and to seem like I’m out of my mind (which I am, clearly). Sometimes we all should try to take a step back from our busy schedules, stressful jobs, everyday problems and just remember what it’s like to be a kid. Remember what it’s like to get excited about something seemingly pointless. Remember when our biggest concern was completing a collection of toys, baseball cards, legos, barbies, pollypockets, action figures, etc. I don’t know what it was for you when you were a kid, but don’t you often wish you could go back to when you didn’t have a care in the world? Who says we can’t? Maybe we should all remember to be a little bit more carefree and to enjoy more of the little things that make life so beautiful.

2 Week Countdown Begins!!

So in exactly two weeks from this moment.. I’ll be on a plane heading to San Francisco, California! The season of “firsts” continues! My first solo flight. My first solo trip. My first trip to the West Coast. And also the longest time I’ll ever be away from home! So here’s our tentative plan.. oh, I say “our” because I’m traveling there to spend time with my friend (okay at this point I should just resign to the fact we are much more than friends.. and I should mention this is the ‘friend’ that traveled here and spent 2 weeks here with me over the Holidays).

So yeah.. our tentative plan is this:

  • Eat lots and lots of delicious food.
  • Road trip to LA and spend a week there. (My longest road trip, too!)
  • Go whale watching.
  • Visit his college campus.
  • Eat more delicious food.
  • Hang out: aka watch movies, play video games, cook together, etc.
  • Take tons upon tons of pictures. (okay this is more of MY plan)
  • So yeah.. when he visited here we had this entire list of possible things to do. We managed to do a lot that was on the list but there was a lot we didn’t get to. When we made the list we knew it was impossible to do everything so we just decided to do what we could and save the rest for another time. Same goes for this trip. Some things are already booked/scheduled/etc. But others.. not so much! I’m really excited about it, though. Especially after last week..

    Last week I was about ready to cancel the trip all together. Hit a little rough patch and was just feeling like maybe it was a bad idea but now I think we understand each other and are even closer from talking about it.

    Anyway, I don’t really know what the future holds for both of us but I’m just going to make this trip, the trip of a lifetime. I think this trip is going to teach me a lot about myself and also about him and I’m ready and excited about it! Right now I’m just busy with my figuring out what to pack and obsessing over flight details, flight procedures and security clearances. Since I’m a freak and worry about stuff like that. After that, the rest should be a breeze! Expect a full report during and after the trip!

    2012 Recap + High Hopes for 2013!

    I can’t believe I didn’t blog even once last year. I guess that is a testament to how much changed in 2012. I wanted to post one of those Year End recaps to talk about all the things that happened in 2012 before the New Year, but the end of my year was probably the busiest and most exciting part out of all of it! I’m going to try and blog a bit more often this year because I have a good feeling about all the new experiences that are headed my way this year.

    So to kick things off, I’ll get you guys a little up to speed…

    2012 Recap

  • WORSHIP BAND – One of the first big changes that came out of 2012 was auditioning again in February and finally making it into my church’s worship band as a vocalist! This is a goal I have been working towards for many years and I feel like has been an a learning and growing experience for me. Lots of spiritual and personal growth involved and definitely stepping a bit out of my comfort zone. Here’s one of my favorites we performed at church! Also happens to be one of my favorite songs.

  • DC TRIP – Back in May, I went on a mini 4 day roadtrip/vacation and traveled with my two crazy sisters up to Washington, D.C. and Maryland to attend the 2012 APAHM Tour to see Jay Park in concert. It was my youngest sister’s first experience with meeting someone famous and the trip was a little dose of freedom that I feel like we all needed. A big step outside of my comfort zone as it was my first time driving to and around an unknown place, but it was a great experience and a great trip for sisterly bonding!
  • WEIGHT LOSS – I achieved even more success with my weight loss this year. The numbers definitely weren’t as impressive as they were in 2010 and 2011 but I’m still on the overall track. I’m hoping to step it up in 2013 and work even harder towards achieving my weight loss goals. Hoping I can shave off that extra 20 pounds and turn my current 80 pounds total lost into a 100 total lost this year! Getting back on track with my healthier eating and working out extra hard this year!
  • LOTS OF FIRSTS – At the age of 28, it’s a bit embarrassing the amounts of things I hadn’t experienced up until this year. I think 2012 will go down as a very memorable year for me, though. Just to name a few… First road trip (driving without parents), first vacation as an adult (albeit a short weekend vacation), first time meeting an online friend in person, first time trying sushi/sashimi, first time going to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens and probably the biggest, most memorable… my first kiss.
  • I started off 2012 with the goal of living without fear. Fear is probably the largest obstacle for me in life and it has been a huge hindrance as far as holding me back from achieving the best available for me. So I feel like 2012 was a year of constantly working to overcome my fears, lifting them up to God and stepping outside my comfort zone. I hope 2013 will be even more of the same because if I learned anything from 2012, it’s that the best experiences usually begin with just a tiny step outside of our comfort bubbles. So 2013.. a year with less fear, more experiences and hopefully more firsts!

    I already have a couple firsts planned this year: First time flying solo (last time I flew I was 6!), first EXTENDED vacation as an adult, and first time visiting the West Coast! Yep, this year is looking like it will definitely be my best year yet!