26 Things About Me For My 26th Birthday

Here I am writing my first post as a 26 year old! I celebrated my birthday (which was Saturday) by winery hopping in Virginia with some friends. We had so much fun enjoying the amazing weather we have been experiencing and it was the perfect day to explore. We went to four wineries and I will be sharing about our weekend in a later post. For now, here is a quick video to document our fun time.

One of my favorite things about blogging is getting to know other bloggers by reading facts they share. It’s getting harder to think of things I haven’t shared with you all before, but I am going to attempt to think of 26 more facts about myself. I would love to know if we have anything in common.

  • I have had 4 cars. A Jeep Grand Cherokee (which was my favorite until it almost killed me- long story), a Cobalt named Molly, a Cruze and now my HRV is named Meredith.
  • I had a dog for just over a year. His name was Sampson, he was a Mastiff, and one time he ripped the steps off the back of our house and started dragging them down the road. Unfortunately he wasn’t sure what to do around babies (he jumped into cribs, and got really really excited) and my brother was just about to be born. We gave him to a family with another Mastiff and a giant farm in PA. I think he liked that life more.
  • I’m 5’8. Blogging is a weird thing and I always wonder how tall people are since we only ever see photos.
  • I watch reality tv way.too.much. RHOBH, RHOV, RHONY, Vanderpump Rules, etc etc. Did anybody else watch Timber Creek Lodge?
  • My first concert was Hanson and the last concert I attended was A Day To Remember, All Time Low and Blink 182.
  • I LOVE roller coasters but didn’t ride my first one until I was 16. I was terrified and ended up riding it 20 times in a row (literally).
  • If I had to pick a favorite cuisine I would have to say Thai, I absolutely love thai food. Mexican is a very close second.
  • I wanted to be a Marine Biologist for a really long time. And then I took a biology class and decided I didn’t want to have to deal with classes about anything other than specifically marine related biology…so I decided to become a wedding planner 😉
  • I love chapstick and have them everywhere within reach. I have a few on my desk, in other places on the office, in my purse, several places in my car, and tons around the house.
  • My favorite show when I was little was The Big Comfy Couch. One year for my birthday my grandmother recorded 6 hours of this show on VHS and gave it to me as a present. It was my favorite gift that year.
  • I learned to water ski when I was 11. My grandfather wanted me to learn since I was about 5, but I was always too scared to try. I have been raised on the water and I am so thankful for the memories I have involving going out on the boat or jumping off the pier….and even getting engaged on that same pier.
  • I don’t love The Notebook. Call me crazy but it just isn’t one of my favorites. The Last Song though, YES. I miss Miley being the version of herself right after Hannah Montana.
  • From November until March we have a birthday just about every other week in our family.
  • I had no idea what Jack Rodgers were until two or three years ago. I started to notice them and asked a few of my friends if they had heard of them and they thought I was crazy because they owned multiple pairs.
  • I hate onions, tomatos (unless they are fried and green), mushrooms, peppers and cucumbers. Amongst other things but those are what I have to ask to be removed from my meals most often.
  • Sarah Dessen is my favorite author and I normally fly through her books. I am incredibly excited about Once and For All coming out this summer! I’m especially excited that it hits home with being about someone in the wedding industry.
  • I am allergic to hazelnuts and I only found this out because I LOVED them when I was little. One day I sat at my grandmothers table and cracked likely 50 of them until I had a big pile to eat while I watched TV. I ended up with hives and they discovered that I shouldn’t eat them anymore.

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  • We live in the house that my grandfather built for his mom, my great-grandmother. My grandfather also built my parent’s house, my aunt’s house, my other aunt’s house and at least 10 other houses in our neighborhood. I love driving past his creations every day.
  • When people ask if I liked being homeschooled I mention the field trips, aka vacations, we were constantly taking. My mom wanted everything to be a field trip so we went to the beach to learn about marine life, Williamsburg to learn about colonial times, tubing in Gettysburg to learn about history, etc. I also was finished the school year by December *insert praise hand emoji*
  • My mom was absolutely shocked when she found out I drank beer let alone I liked it. She was never into beer, she hates the taste of 99% of them to this day, but she really couldn’t believe her daughter enjoyed drinking beer. Now I LOVE beer, I would take a beer over a glass of wine almost anyway, but never over a Moscow Mule 😉
  • We take shots when it snows. My grandmother started a tradition of doing a cherry bomb at the first sign of a snowflake, and that snowflake has 24 hours until another one can land causing us to have to do another cherry bomb. She has about 100 cherries soaking in 151 in her fridge. Each of us gets a shot glass half filled with liquid and a cherry, chewing those things is tough stuff! I love these family traditions. Whenever any of us see a flake, we head straight to my grandparent’s house!
  • We are turning our house into a smart house. We have an Alexa enabled/bluetooth lock on our door, lights in every room controlled by Alexa, the bedroom fan and some other things. All we have to say is “Alexa turn on _____” and on it goes. Now if she could make us dinner.
  • I worked for IKEA for 4 years and I was really sad to leave. I had made so many friends but working with the public nonstop was crazy. I also had already been working my new job for 6 months and I knew that was something I planned to pursue…here I am almost 6 years later!
  • I have had my children’s names picked out since I was practically a toddler. I always used the girls name when I played “house” or “restaurant” (did anybody else simply call playing pretend by the name that they were?)
  • I wanted to see The Backstreet Boys when I was 9 years old and my mom wouldn’t let me. I had a FIT! So when they started touring 5 or so years ago, I made it a point to go and my 9-year old self would have been proud. Take that, Jeanboh :p
  • I love white wine and I’m not a fan of red. I used to strictly drink sweeter whites, but I have expanded my palette to all types now. Chardonnay being my favorite for with dinner and Pinot Grigio at any other time. Then of course sangria whenever 😉

There ya have it! 26 things you maybe already knew about me 😉

  • Megan

    Happy belated birthdayyyyy. Can’t wait to celebrate you tonight over good food! I love the video! Are those Fed Thrills I spy? 😉 OMG Timber Creek Lodge, the spinoff from Apres Ski from last year. It was a really weird show but I was hooked. The birthdays in your family- whoa! I remember seeing so many birthdays in a cluster in your 1SE video so that makes sense! Wait- I want to go back and be homeschooled. That sounds amazing! Loved these facts! I learned some things I didnt know

  • http://www.apaperarrow.com Kayla Whitter

    Happy (late) birthday! I hope it was incredible. :)

    We have a lot in common.
    -I’m 5’7″ and also wonder about people’s heights. I would have never guessed you were 5’8″. I always assume people are short. Lol.
    -I’m also a chapstick hoarder, specifically original Burt’s Beeswax, and fun fact: I can make it through a tube of chapstick without losing it!
    -I don’t hate the Notebook, but it’s not my favorite Nicholas Sparks movie. I will sob in every single one he makes. I really liked Safe Haven, and The Last Song was filmed in Tybee Island. I got ice cream from the shop there and Miley had signed the wall, which was so cool to me. Haha.
    -I had to Google Jack Rogers. I had literally never heard of that before this post.
    -I LOVE YOUR GRANDMA’S SNOWFLAKE TRADITION! So much fun.
    -Smart houses kind of freak me out, but the movie Smarthouse is one of my favorite Disney movies.
    -My best friend’s mom bought me a ticket to see the BSB on their Black & Blue tour, but I had just been diagnosed with diabetes, so I didn’t get to go because me and my family were still adjusting to those changes. But I’m a bigger NSYNC fan – so that’s who I’d really like to see.
    -I really like white wine, but red wine always has me making faces. I am not a fan!

    And now, I’ve posted my own post in response to your’s. Lol. Happy birthday, again!

  • http://lostrightdirection.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    I always wonder about people’s heights, too (I’m 5’6). I’m the same with roller coasters! I was terrified to go on one until I was 14 and my best friend pretty much forced me. Now I can’t get enough! I’m really sad you never got to see BSB as a kid lol they were my first concert! Happy Birthday!! :)

  • http://vivianbishop.com Vivian Bishop

    I debated doing a similar post for my birthday too but couldn’t think of enough things!! I’m 5’8 too! Also my mom freaked when she found out that I liked beer. She thought I would never even taste it let alone like it haha. I am only a fan of white sweet wine too, red is not for me! I always wanted to see BSB too but my first concert was Aaron Carter so close enough I guess haha.

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    I always love these types of posts too because I feel like you really do learn something new about other bloggers! We’re both the same exact height! You really can’t tell how tall somebody is from the pictures! Also we both are addicted to Bravo it looks like. I can’t get enough Pump Rules! I have to wait until next week to watch this week’s episode though because Chris is out of town and watches it with me. Bummer!

  • http://www.myborrowedheaven.com/ Meg Taylor

    Hahaha I’m so with you on the height of bloggers thing – you were taller than I pictured 😉 I am also with you on the onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc – like the flavor they add to things, but not the actual veggies. Your weekend looks like so much fun – I cannot believe how amazing the weather has been recently all over the Southeast!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  • http://www.blondersideoflife.com Kels Sheron

    I literally just looked up Jack Rodgers so apparently I’m really behind, oh well. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL!!!!

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    Ok this is so fun. I love learning more about you. 5’8?! I never would have guessed- I thought you looked shorter. IKEA?! Love it! Shots for snowflakes?! Your grandparents sound awesome. What a fun post :)

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    I learned so much about you from reading this! I love reading posts like this because you learn so MUCH! Hope you had the best birthday ever! Can’t wait for many more adventures this year! <3

  • http://www.christineeveryday.com Christine Everyday

    Okay now I gotta Google what a Jack Rodger is.

  • http://www.thegirlwholovedtowrite.com/ Chelsea Jacobs

    Happy birthday, friend!! I love the snow shot tradition!

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    Two things:
    1–I definitely read that first one as “I HAVE four cars” and I was about to ask when you started making all the Benjamins.
    2–Alexa can lock your doors???!?!? Mine only tells us the weather lol
    Happy 26th birthday!!!

  • Jasmine @makingrestorations

    Happy bday-also would have never guessed you were that tall. Also marine biology is pretty darn cool, I took a class once that involved a beach weekend with turtle tagging ( I was a bio major) so I see why you liked it.

  • http://lotfortyeightblog.com/ Lauren Doxey Packer

    I love your grandmothers cherry bomb tradition! Hah! And I LOVE Sarah dessen! She is one of my favorites! I loved learning about you!

  • http://www.therandomwritings.com/ Rachel G

    Happy 26th birthday! I was homeschooled up until I went to college and I loved all the variety of adventures I got to take with my family! And Big Comfy Couch–wow, that’s a blast from the past!

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