easter weekend

it has been a crazy few weeks, in every aspect of my life it seems. work has been super busy, family has been visiting from out of town it seems like all the time, my cousin is gearing up for commencement from the naval academy, easter was last weekend and throw house hunting into the mix, needless to say i have been exhausted and burning the candle at both ends and as a result bree west has been a tad neglected so excuse me while i overwhelm y’all with a bunch of posts over the next couple of days!

i can’t believe easter weekend was already almost two weeks ago! time honestly does go so much faster when you’re working than when you’re in school! this was only my second easter being away from home, my family all came south for the first time over a holiday! it was a lot of fun! we spent saturday morning househunting which is always a mix of stress and fun and then headed down to annapolis to watch one of kash’s last baseball double headers of his college career! my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins were all there so it was a lot of fun to hang out and watch the games together then heading to dinner after!

love annapolis, it’s one of my favorite places to go spend the day, its a cute little town right on the water about 40 minutes away from dc. plus it has the added bonus of all the midshipmen walking around in their uniforms ha! okay but really, there are awesome little shops and restaurants where you can get the worlds best crabcake!

easter sunday was definitely the best part of the weekend! because i’m living with my dad’s best friend from college and his family my parents decided to just stay with them as well, on sunday we had about 25 people over for lunch 3 of which are professors at catholic. it was an absolutely gorgeous day, add amazing food and great company and conversation on top of it i couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the day!

here are some pictures from annapolis and easter sunday!

alli, kash and i after navy beat lehigh

alli, kash and i after navy beat lehigh. i’m wearing the skipper popover that i’m completely obsessed with, i really want one in “lobstah roll”

the whole family

the whole family

my family on easter sunday

my family on easter sunday, alli is wearing an old lilly skirt (similar) and i’m wearing this lilly dress

since moving out have your families started coming to you for holidays?

weekly words of wisdom

a little bit late is better than never. here is this week’s words of wisdom that have been on my mind this week. they center mostly around family and friends as i have been reminded time and time again over the last couple of months how important our family and friends are no matter how crazy they may drive us.

1. “being a family means you are part of something wonderful if means you will love and be loved of the rest of your life no matter what.” -anonymous

2. “ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten” -stitch

3. “good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them… your smile, your hope, and your courage.” -doe zantamata

4. “there is always, always, always something to be thankful for.” – anonymous

all of these quotes focus on the same thing regardless of whether you’re related by blood, close friends or an adopted alien from outer space, family means something, it means endless love and support no matter what you may be facing in your life. it means you will always have a home and people to love and care for you. this week was a great reminder to me how amazing family can truly be. i’ve watched a family come together and step up to the plate to truly support and care for j’s brother who is battling kidney cancer. the love and support that have come from people from all over truly reminded me how important it is to be thankful for family and friends because they are the ones who will always be there for you.

thankful

one of my favorite parts of thanksgiving is a tradition my family has always stuck with. before we eat and after we say grace we all go around the table and have to say what we’re thankful for. being away from home this year (only the second time in my life!!) i’m hoping to bring that tradition to j’s family. i love doing this so much because it’s a minute when we all stop the craziness, stop worrying about the black friday deals (that now start on thursday night), which football teams are winning, work, everyone stops and comes together before shoving their faces (probably my second favorite part of the day) and stops to think about all the amazing things we have to be thankful for.

so since i can never seem to limit myself to just one thing i’ll share them all with you, this year i am thankful for:

1. family and friends

i have the worlds best family and coming from a small town in massachusetts, my friends from home have become part of that family. and if that wasn’t enough my friends in d.c. have become my family away from family helping me to create a home and a life in what can be kind of a crazy city. they are all such supportive incredible people that i know i can count on no matter what but aren’t afraid to bring me back down to earth and give me a reality check when i need it.

i am also fortunate enough to have friends around the world from when i travelled abroad who are always willing to put a roof over my head when traveling and who have each shared a little piece of themselves and their culture with me making me the person i am today.

2. my new job

love love love my new job. i feel so fortunate to have stumbled into this position because i’m doing something i truly enjoy working with a group of incredibly smart, talented and kind people who are helping me to grow not only in my position but also in my life, while also teaching me so much about life and the dreaded real world.

3. the roof over my head and food on my plate

i have been making an effort to volunteer more in my community and one of my goals for 2014 is to volunteer at one of the soup kitchens in d.c.. we are all so lucky for some of the staples we enjoy that i think we sometime take for granted so this year i’m taking an extra moment to remember how fortunate i am to have a warm roof over my head and ample food on my plate because there are far too many good people in this world who are not so fortunate.

5. my education

hate school, i am possibly the least academic person i know. not to say i’m not good at school, because i’m okay but goodness do i hate it. with that said i am so grateful to have gotten the amazing education that i just completed in may! i couldn’t do half the things i see in my future without it. not to mention all the amazing people i met while getting my degree.

6. the freedom to come together and celebrate this day

finally i am so thankful for the freedom that men and women from around this country are fighting to protect. we are able to come together, people of all colors, backgrounds, religions and cultures to celebrate the many things that people in other parts of the world are not fortunate enough to have.

so hold your family and friends tight this thanksgiving and remember all the things we have to be thankful for. what are you thankful for this thanksgiving?

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wednesday words of wisdom

part of the reason i’ve always loved my birthday so much is that in my head it always kicks off the holiday season, with thanksgiving a couple weeks later then the christmas season starting, i’ve always loved this time of year because it means family time, celebration and adorable outfits.

this weeks wednesday words of wisdom are in honor of the upcoming holiday season!

1. “be dazzling” -kate spade

i love this quote. i think it’s so fitting with all the sparkle that is surrounding us this holiday season. i feel like everywhere i turn i see something covered in sparkle and i love it. i’ve already picked out a few different dazzling dresses to wear to various holiday parties coming up. my motto for this holiday season is most definitely to be dazzling not just in what i wear but also with my attitude.

2.“blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”      – Hamilton Wright Mabie

i think what i adore so much about the holiday season is that everywhere you turn everyone seems to be happy and in the mood to celebrate. even when people are feeling stressed and allowing the chaos of the season get to them it doesn’t take much to remind them what the season is about- love. you see more people helping others, more volunteering and donations to charities, and just a general cheeriness.

3. “As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.”     – Donald E. Westlake

similar to the last quote, this one is along the same idea, that no matter what is driving us crazy, frustrating us or causing anxiety in our lives the holidays remind everyone to cherish the ones closest to us, because they are worth the world.

4. “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell

between the good food, time with friends and family and warmth of the fire and a hot cup of cocoa this pretty much wraps up all my feelings about winter time in one line. for me winter has always been about friends and family because of the holidays but especially since going to college winter truly is the time for home. my friends and i have a tradition during Thanksgiving to get together and watch Love Actually, and at during winter break we all go skiing together and spend the evenings by the fire catching up and spending time with each other.

5. “baby it’s cold outside” frank loesser 

with this cold weather finally hitting the d.c. area i’m starting to get very excited for the holidays. i’m especially excited about all the warm clothes i get to start wearing again to bundle up! i’m probably the only person in the city who’s actually excited that it’s 40 degrees

that’s it for this week, what are your favorite holiday/winter quotes?