Summer Bucket List

Summer is here (finally) and I am already so busy! I am planning blog posts, photoshoots, trips with friends, working at Lilly Pulitzer and waitressing. Even though I am filling my calendar pretty quickly, I can’t stop thinking about the goals that I have for these next four months. Even though, school is out it doesn’t mean that the hard work stops here.

I have big plans for the blog to start. My main goal, and it has been all year, is to reach 20,000 followers on Instagram by the end of the summer. I hit 10K just before my one year blogging anniversary which was completely insane and I want to repeat the milestone again this summer. I also want to completely redesign the blog using wordpress.org. It’s a little difficult to make a blog exactly how you want it when there are so many JAVAscript and HTML restrictions on the hosting site. With a new blog look comes a new blog logo. The tennis rackets are so cute but are a little boring. I already have my sister working on making me a new logo as you are reading this. Stickers in the new logo will hopefully be available this summer. We are currently sold out of the Daily Dose of Prep current logo sticker!

This summer, I am also working two jobs. I’m looking forward to being busy and making money. I will be living in an apartment this fall and need to have enough money to pay for groceries and electrical and gas for my car and all of the other “adult” things that life will be throwing my way in just a few months. I want to stick to a plan of saving 75% of my money in the bank and not touching it. I obviously will be spending money because I’m a Lilly Pulitzer and J.Crew addict but I also want to be a little more frugal than I was last year.

Finally, I want to travel this summer. I already spent the first week of summer in Chicago, which you can read all about here, but I also want to go to the beach, and visit my sister in Austin in August. Hopefully, I will make it down to my friend’s summer house in Georgia too this summer, but that’s all work permitting. Lastly, I really want to go to Washington D.C. this summer. I have lived in Virginia my whole life and I’m extremely embarrassed to admit that I have never been to D.C.! I already have plans in the works to visit Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria with my friend Emily this summer but I think my family will explore the heart of D.C. together later this July. I already have two beach trips planned were I will be evening out my horrible tan from Foxfield and taking plenty of pictures as well.

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What are your goals for summer? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

 

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Goodbye Freshman Year

Today I take my very last final and pack up and move out of my freshman dorm room. It’s so crazy how I’m already a fourth of the way through college and that the year is coming to a close. Sophomore year, here I come! Although I did have a really hard time adjusting to college itself, I had a blast at JMU. I experienced so many great things and met so many outstanding people and without them, my year wouldn’t have been half as great as it was.

Freshman year is a hard adjustment for anyone and I was no exception. I started off living in a completely different dorm than I do now, for starters. I moved out of the Village in November and into a Bluestone dorm. It couldn’t have been a better decision. Not only did I live with a fantastic roommate but I also lived on a floor full of the most energetic, unique, and charismatic girls you could ever meet. They were all so welcoming when I moved in late last semester and it’ll be so strange not seeing them everyday!

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I also started off the year in a completely opposite field of study than what I am in now. In the fall I was studying math and education, and as much as I still love and respect both of those fields of study so much, I decided that communications and public relations was much more fitting. Next semester, I will start on my comm journey by taking a few intro courses and then I will apply to my major in the winter. I’m hoping these classes will start me off on a journey towards my dream job, being a director of PR for a big fashion brand. I hope to one day live in a big city like Chicago or New York (at least for a few years).

In September, I also joined Alpha Delta Pi. I was really nervous about joining a sorority and honestly, I almost didn’t. I didn’t know if I would find the perfect one for me or if it would all be worth it. I’m so happy to decided to go through with recruitment because it not only took me out of my comfort zone but also introduced me to 230 wonderful ladies! This year ADPi raised money for Ronald McDonald House by selling pizza, playing baseball, and flag football. We also had fun parties such as christmas cocktail, formal, Mallard Ball, Black Diamond Ball, and re-live New Year’s. To a few of those, I did debut the glitter pants that I love so much!We attended philanthropy events for the Panhellenic community as well.  We went to the apple orchard, the pumpkin patch, the Charlottesville Ronald McDonald House and Massanutten together too. I met my best friends through this sisterhood and leaving them for 4 months is just about the saddest thing I can think of.

Throughout the year, blogging really was taken to the next level. I *tried to* blog everyday and for the most part succeeded minus and handful of days here and there when school got too crazy. I worked with so many companies this year — Scout by Bungalow, ASOS, KJP, Leigh Deux, Carolina Dandy, Suave, Panera Bread, and Lauren James to name a few. I reformatted the blog this past January and am looking forward to expanding my coding and CSS knowledge this summer. I have so many great photo ideas and am planning to take pictures one to two times a week this summer to bring everyone a lot of content. Throughout the year I also shared a lot of InstaLives. Everyone seemed to really enjoy them so I will most definitely continue to go live this summer.

As for next year, I will be returning to James Madison University in the fall and am honestly super excited to come back. I came to JMU with a clouded mindset with the intention of transferring. I have decided to come back in 4 months. I debated on living in the sorority house next year but am partial to a little privacy so decided against it. I will be living in an apartment with one of my ADPi sisters and two of her friends. Don’t worry, I already have a Pinterest board started full of apartment ideas! I’m looking forward to expanding my circle of friends this fall by joining a few clubs and maybe the entrepreneur fraternity (I’m not quite sure about that one yet). I have already decided to attend more football games in the fall and am challenging myself to try to expand my comfort zone a little further than I did this year.

This summer I am going to really do things for me and take the next few months to be a little selfish. I will be working at Lilly Pulitzer again this summer, I return to the store on Tuesday! I picked up a second job waitressing at a restaurant in Richmond as well to help me save for utilities and groceries for my apartment. I am ready for a good long break to help me recollect my thoughts, write lots of blog posts, take tons of pictures, and ride a few waves at the beach. Trust me though, this summer is going to be a great one both on Daily Dose of Prep and in my personal life. I can’t wait to share these fun upcoming months with everyone! Thank you all for your emails, messages, comments, and likes throughout the school year — seriously your support means everything to me! Here’s to a great summer!

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

College Update: Take that Leap of Faith

I always like to update everyone on how college is going and readers seem to really enjoy it so I’m back today with another college update!

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You all know how college has been this year. At first I wasn’t too into it, but now I really love it! Well, now I love it even more because I finally decided on a major. I was previously majoring in Math with a concentration in secondary education. For practically my entire life I wanted to be a teacher. I interned in high school for two years as a teacher’s aid and I just always grew up loving to help others, kids especially. Throughout high school I fell in love with math. I found everything about it really fascinating. As a senior in high school, I applied to for a teaching scholarship for a math. The prize was a guaranteed teaching job right out of college as well as a $5000.00 signing bonus — I mean you can’t get any better than that.

As college came, I was excited to dive into math but in the back of my mind I always knew I would struggle. I knew I could do it but I knew it was going to take a lot. I was always the student in high school who went to a tutor outside of school to help me grasp the material a little better. Well, in college they don’t necessarily have that. You can to somewhere to ask for help but the tutors aren’t supposed to teach you the material like a traditional tutor does. As I went further and further into my major I realized although I love math and analytics and everything like that, I slowly became away to me that math wasn’t something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I then had to ask myself, “what exactly do you want to do with your life?”. And let me tell you, that’s not particularly an easy question to answer.

As I thought about it, I realized that I wanted to be apart of the business world. I didn’t want to be stuck in a textbook and teaching the same lectures for years to come. I wanted to be on business meetings, lead teams, live in a big city, and travel for work. I want to see the world, I want to continue Daily Dose of Prep, and I want to be a force to be reckoned with. In some aspects, teaching could bring me those things and in others, my dreams weren’t really fitting into my current path. So I started researching.

At first, I though the business school was my path. I wanted to major in marketing and that would be that. After more research and a few talks with my sister, Leslie, a few friends, and my Dad (Mr. Business Man) it was clear that if I wanted to apply to the college of business I would be 3 semesters behind and an additional $15,000 in debt. That was not an option. I need another route…I needed to find something I was passionate about and something that I was going to stick with. I wanted something I could see myself doing and something that I can see myself enjoying. After more talks with my sister, Dad, and friends I decided that communication/media studies would be a good fit for me. I then needed to figure out what it was that I wanted to do with that major. I was still contemplating so I went further into the major and saw that there are a handful of concentrations and minors within the field. Public Relations immediately stuck out to me.

Public Relations is when someone creates a favorable image of a company, brand, or person to convey to the public. I mean, HELLO! I do that already for not only myself but also for the dozens of companies that I have represented on Daily Dose of Prep! There isn’t a major more fit for me. To top it all off, I already have completed a few courses on the major and am right on track for graduation. I don’t have to stay an extra semester, take May-mesters (summer classes), class at community college, or a J-Term (January class) to catch up. I am right on track.

I was honestly freaking out a little bit last week during enrollment. I had literally no plan and no clue of what I wanted to do. I was very lost and had to just start somewhere which can be really hard to do when you don’t know where to push off from. I stopped in the middle of a panic attack and closed my laptop, closed my eyes, folded my hands and prayed. I asked God to please just show me a path; to show me a way of where to go. It didn’t have to be business or math or teaching, it could be something totally random, but I just needed His help to show me a way to go. Like always, the Lord showed me where to go and what to do. He presented me with a “plan c”, something totally and completely unexpected but something so absolutely perfect.

The security of a guaranteed job after college along with a few thousand dollars to get me started was so nice. I mean I was set for practically life with an offer like that. In a world where math teachers, especially female math teachers was so demanding I was golden. I struggled with being able to let go of the comfort of that but being able to take this leap of faith into something to new and unexpected is exciting. I can’t wait to get the ball rolling next semester with my new major and start walking down my new path. I finally feel like things are as they should be in college. I have a great group of friends, I am a part of a fantastic organization of girls, and I now am heading towards a great future studying a fascinating major. I have high hopes for this new installment of college. I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

Life Update: March

March has been so crazy. Since returning to school the second week of March from spring break, I have been so busy. It’s grind time at JMU as we close out the school year. I wanted to come on DDoP and share what I’ve been up to!

School

School has been great! I’ve really been putting in the extra hours for school trying to keep the GPA up! I am ready for some of my classes to be over (aka Philosophy). As interesting as it is, it’s so confusing and extremely hard for me to understand. As much as I study for it, I can’t seem to grasp the concept. We finished school in four and a half weeks so I’m literally counting down the days until summer. Summer begins on May 3rd and I am so excited!! I’m ready to not be at college anymore. It’s been a tough year adjustment wise honestly. Between the roommate situation in the beginning of the year, my hesitations about Alpha Delta Pi at the beginning of the semester and my contemplations over my major the past few months I am so just ready to be home. As for my major, I am still contemplating changing it. It makes me so sad to potentially abandon my endeavors to become a teacher but I feel as though another path is calling me more! We’ll see though!

Sorority

I’m still head over heels for Alpha Delta Pi. My sorority is full of the most genuine and most caring girls I have ever met. I can say that there isn’t a single girl that I don’t get along with and appreciate. Right now we are rehearsing for Greek Sing which is in just a week and a half! I am super excited for Greek Sing but our theme and music is a secret! Y’all will see pictures soon though! We are working on our Spring philanthropy event and this year we added a third philanthropy event this year. ADPizza was an unlimited pizza buffet for $5 and all of the proceeds went to Ronald McDonald House, our national philanthropy. It ended up being a huge success, so much so that we ended up shutting down a pizza place for the night! We also had our formal last week and it was so fun! Black Diamond Ball was absolutely amazing and I had such a great time with my friends. No, I did not bring a date and honestly I wanted it that way. I didn’t want to have to keep up with anybody or feel like I was responsible to anybody but myself. It was great just being able to spend time with my sisters!

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Blogging

March was a bad month for Daily Dose of Prep I thought. I missed more days more than I would have liked to. I only give myself two days a month to miss posts just because I feel like when I slack off, I’m not doing my job! I missed six posts — for that I am so sorry y’all!! I felt so bad, especially the last week. That  was when I missed the most posts, four to be exact. I also didn’t take too many pictures for outfit posts and I felt like I did a horrible job bringing fashion to the blog this past month. Again, I am so sorry! I want to make sure that I never feel like this again. I will say though that throughout the past month, I established a lot of fun collaborations for the upcoming month. These include Rufus & Royce, Lauren James, Palm Beach Sandals, Daniel Wellington, West End Monogram, Panera Bread, and Carolina Dandy! I am pumped that it’s officially Spring though so now I can post only Spring fashion!!! I went out and took photos yesterday and I’m so excited to share them with everyone!

Work

As for work, once summer rolls around at the beginning of May, I plan on heading back to Lilly Pulitzer to work for the summer. I am dying to go back to Lilly and work! I miss it so much!! The summer is always so fun because the mall is more populated and selling resort wear in Summer is always such a blast. I miss all of my coworkers too. We all get along and make such a great team. I do plan on getting a second job waitressing to help bring in a little extra cash this summer. I realized that the money I saved up last summer wasn’t near enough to get me through the school year when I didn’t have a job. I did have a handful of sponsored posts and my commission checks from KJP to get me through some months but I wish I saved more last year. The money I saved ran out around January and by March I found myself sober driving (which is very unsafe) just to make $50 so I could get sorority tees or food with my friends. I hate asking my Dad for money because he already pays for my books and helps out with my sorority so asking him for additional money seems so unfair, so I try to avoid it at all costs.

Personal

Personally, I’m feeling pretty good. I am trying to be accepted into something very special and have been working towards it for a while and soon I will hear back if things will pan out. I know, I’m literally the worst for not sharing any more details but I don’t want to put the cart before the horse by sharing additional details. If things do work out, y’all will know as soon as I am allowed to share! Summer is starting to creep up and I’m starting to realize that I’m going to have to leave my friends for four months. Luckily, some of my friends live pretty close to me but others live hundreds of miles away!! The warm weather is like the lights at the end of the tunnel of freshman year. I’m ready to come home, that’s for sure.

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Faith

This month, as the trees and flowers begin to bloom again I have started to notice God in the little things. I am starting to come to the realization that we as humans get caught up in such trivial and sometimes stupid things. We tend to waste our time on little things that don’t really matter and don’t need as much attention as we give them. Instead we need to take that energy and turn it to something much more important and that is the Lord. The other day, I was driving home and there was a halo of clouds surrounding a mountain top and it was breathtaking. It was as if God was saying “I’m here, don’t doubt”.  I want to spend more time seeing God in daily life.

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Stay Preppy,

Lucy

 

 

 

 

10 of My Favorite Things

In gearing up for NYC tomorrow, I have decided to hold off on outfit posts. I have so many fun things planned for the upcoming few days so I just want to keep today’s post a little more low-key. I know that readers love when I share a little but about me so I wanted to share a few random facts about me so everyone can get to know me a little bit better.

I think it’s so important for bloggers, youtubers, and social media influencers to share a little but about themselves every now and then so readers have a deeper, more personal connection with them. I love being able to share some fun facts about me so I can establish better relationships with y’all! So here are 10 of my favorite things, let me know if we have anything in common!

My favorite thing to do is drive on windy country road and sing to music. I love to sing and love all types of music but living in a dorm and just being around people all day every day makes it difficult to just let loose and sing at the top of your lungs. I find that the car is the only place I can go and be truly alone so driving and blasting great music and singing at the top of my lungs where nobody can judge me is great. It’s also nice to stop along the way for a Blizzard.

My favorite vacation is just going to Virginia Beach with my father’s side of the family. Coming from a very tight knit and very Catholic family, the times we spend together are always so special. We don’t need a fancy island in the Bahamas or a crazy getaway to Europe to make a vacation special. We make memories by playing cards until 2AM and by having family dinner every night together.

My favorite thing to do in college is to go to the JMU baseball games and sit in the outfield and do my homework while watching the game. I have always loved sports, especially baseball, and so going to the JMU games is always such a treat. The stadium is only about a mile walk from my dorm and the games are free so why waste the day indoors?

My favorite childhood memory is when my mom would make my sisters and I go outside and play during the summertime. We had a pool in the backyard and tons of grass to run around in and every kind of outdoor toy you could imagine. She would give us two options, either go and spend the day outside or stay inside and help her clear the house. We were kicked outside with our DS’s, maybe some Littlest Petshop toys, our Razor scooters and some chalk. We would spend the day playing games, making roadways out of chalk, and swimming. We were only allowed inside for the bathroom, to eat lunch, get water, or grab a popsicle.

My favorite TV shows kind of run the gambit. I love dramas like Gossip Girl, Revenge, Pretty Little Liars, and Friday Night Lights. But I also love Sci-Fi shows such as Once Upon a Time and The Vampire Diaries. I can always watch a comedy like the Office or Parks and Rec or a cartoon like Family Guy or Bob’s Burgers. Don’t forget about reality television like the Bachelor and Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

My favorite meal is kind of a weird one. If we’re being totally honesty I will say that the best meal one can eat is a pizza from Papa Johns, fresh cut strawberries, Caesar salad, and a diet coke. This stems from the fact that I was a very picky child growing up and those foods always stuck as favorites to me. Now that I’m in college and I eat pizza all the time, I don’t find it as appealing. Now I would say my favorite meal is Thanksgiving dinner. I could eat mashed potatoes, Turkey, cranberry sauce, green beans, rolls, and pie every day of the week.

My favorite books usually go with the theme of dystopian. Anything with a severely broken and odd society interests me. I think the creativity of the author captivates me and seeing how they get the characters out of their predicaments. The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Match series, and the Red Queen series are some of my favorite books.

My favorite movie of all time is The Devil Wears Prada. My dad is a huge fan of this movie and he always raved about it. One day, I found it on the internet and decided to sit back and watch it. One, I love Meryl Streep and I love the fashion industry. Other movies that are in the ranks are The Hunger Games, Confessions of the Shopaholic, The Great Gatsby, The Parent Trap, and Legally Blonde.

My favorite Lilly Pulitzer item that I own is probably my Melody Crop Top set in La Via Loca or my Rayna Dress in Sweet and Sour. The crop top set was from spring of 2015 and I love it! It’s a gorgeous springy blue and white set that is so comfortable! It’s very Lilly but also very modern and extremely “resort chic”. The Rayna Dress is an older dress from a few years back ( I think 2014). It’s a casual yet classy polo dress with a small little back cut out. It’s a little on the “preppier” side which gives a nod to older Lilly P.

My favorite thing about blogging is when readers send me messages, comments, or approach me in person. Knowing that there is someone out there who looks forward to my posts or appreciates my hard work means everything to me. I love blogging for myself but it’s nice to know that others love the content I put out as much as I do.

Make sure to stay tuned over on Instagram for NYC posts starting tomorrow!! I can’t wait to share my adventures with everyone. You can follow me here! Also, let me know if we have any favorite things in common. I would love to hear from you.

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

 

NYC Travel Bag

The countdown is on — only one week until I take on NYC with my Dad and I simply cannot wait! I’m already starting to plan my outfits for the Broadway show and all of our different dinner locations. The one requirement for this trip was that I was in charge of planning everything. Yesterday I made dinner reservations for every night we would be there, I found so many cute cafes and I planned out every day of the trip.

Before we can do anything in the city however, we need to get there first!! Dad and I are taking the train to the city which I am so excited for. I have never been on a train before, so I can already tell this trip is going to be full of fun surprises. It’s six hours from Richmond to New York City so I need to make sure that my carry on is filled with everything that I need for the long journey on Wednesday. Here are some of the things I will be keeping my carry on bag!

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Longchamp Bag – I love my large Longchamp tote. They’re so durable and roomy — great for travel! The handles are long too so you can pull the bag over the shoulder. Also, you can’t get over the classic silhouette!

Snacks – I know the train will have some snacks if I need them but I tend to get low blood sugar so I like to keep a little package of fruit snacks in my purse and a pack of gum to chew on.

Macbook Pro – I take my Macbook everywhere with me because I can always get a jump ahead on blog posts, school work, or picture editing. The 13 inch Macbook Pro fits into the large Longchamp perfectly.

Gold Beats – The Beats go great with all Apple products. I am always raving about the Solo 2’s because they not only cancel (almost all) noise but they have built in wifi if you want to cut down on the chords. They hold charge for so long too, which is always a plus for long train rides.

S’Well Bottle – I love the S’well Bottles because they keep water cold for 24 hours. I will absolutely be bringing my Lilly Pulitzer S’Well with me on the train because I can keep ice water with me.

A Good Book – I’m reading the second book in the Red Queen series and it’s so good. I haven’t had enough time in my day to sit down and read with all of my schoolwork recently but I am going to take this 6 hours train ride to my full advantage. It’s a great idea to bring a good book to read for when your computer dies.

Cosmetic Case – I know as soon as my dad and I get off the train in NYC we are going to check our bags in the hotel and get exploring. I don’t want to take on the Big Apple without my best foot (or face) forward so I am going to keep a little cosmetic case with my makeup, perfume, hair ties, travel hair brush, and tampons. It’s just always great to be prepared.

Wallet – for obvious reasons.

Camera – Again, we are going to check our bags at the hotel and then go exploring so I don’t want to have to go into my bags and look for my camera. Also, I have so much time on the train to get things done, you and I both know I will be editing pictures for a chunk of the time.

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Stay Preppy,

Lucy

 

 

To The House that Built Me…

Well, today’s the day. After 24 years of living in Old Prescott Road, the Smiths are moving to a new home. I  have tried for days to sit down and write this post and every time it ends in me crying over the computer forcing  myself to shut it because the thought of leaving my favorite place was too much. This house was the house my parents came to after they got married and this is the house all of my sisters and I were brought home to after we were born.

So many memories were made at this house — memories of birthdays, Christmases, snow days, pool parties, sleepovers, first dates, and so many more. Some small, tiny memories that seem so insignificant but mean the world to me. As early as my elementary school days I remember waking up in my (then) pink bedroom that I shared, and I pulled on my school uniform and headed downstairs for breakfast. I was always the first downstairs and sat the the second stool at the counter and made two Eggo waffles. I then moved to the couch to watch Unfabulous as I waited for my sisters and dad. I remember on the first days of school how we would all stand in the driveway and take a picture together. I never saw my mom’s tears but I knew they were there when we all started a new grade. I know when I’m 85 years old I’ll still remember the gigantic bump of the curb as we left each morning listening to the Mud on the Tires soundtrack by Brad Paisley.

When it came to holidays, Christmas was always my favorite. Mom would spend the weekend after Thanksgiving every year putting up the decorations and making turkey soup. Every single year she would fuss about where the furniture would go to make room for the Christmas tree. On Christmas Eve as kids we would gather around the fireplace and read The Night Before Christmas and when we went off to bed my sister and I would go on Pictochat at predict what Santa will bring us. On Christmas morning, we would all convene  in the hallway or in Lisa and I’s room awaiting our parents. A few years back, mom got wise and taped the hallway off so nobody could sneak downstairs to take a peek of the gifts.

My parents, the outstanding human beings that they are created a house full of love and support. They always instilled in us a sense of drive and a great work ethic. I can see each of my sisters march up the steps of the Men’s Grill (our garage) with a smile on their face waving their report card or a well-graded book report. Mom would put it on the fridge and we would anxiously await Dad’s return from work to tell him and see his proud face. They never forgot to put God first and foremost in our home, though. Each night we sat at the table and before eating dinner, we would bow our heads in prayer and thank the Lord for one another and the many blessings he had bestowed upon our family. I vividly recall coming downstairs in the middle of the night for a glass of water to see my Dad sitting on his computer still working by the light of a single lamp. He used that old ratty couch cushion as a desk so his overheated computer wouldn’t burn his legs. I can still hear Mom yelling at me from the porch as I walked to school to “say my prayers” and asking if I remember my lunch.

So many events occurred in this home of ours. Leslie, Lisa and I were all accepted into college here. I had my first kiss at the back yard. I started my blog on the screen porch. I found out of my friend’s passing on the staircase — she was the first person I ever lost. I still envision Libbie throwing the softball with Dad or Leslie in the front yard. Mom and Dad celebrated their wedding night in the living room with pizza and a movie. Dad sold his company in his office. My sisters and I celebrated every birthday here. I learned how to swim in the backyard pool. Mom and Dad shared 24 anniversaries here. We brought our first pet back to this house. Lisa and I had graduation parties at this house and Leslie celebrated her college graduation here as well.

Here in this home my sisters and I sledded down our backyard “hill”,  we danced in the bathroom because it had a wall length mirror and we watched the premier of High School Musical and Camp Rock in the Men’s Grill together. I can’t even begin to tell you how many pizzas we ordered to this house or how many times we ended up playing aluminum foil baseball in the kitchen while mom did the dishes.

The Smith family home on Old Prescott housed millions of memories and I only hope that next family to live here is half as lucky as we were to create such great moments. I do know that God has plans for us all and leaving this home is a part of His story for us. We aren’t leaving this home behind though, we are carrying it with us along with all of the stories we have to look back upon and laugh at. After all, a home is where your family is, not where you created your memories. So here’s one last thank you, to the house that built me.