Happy New Year!

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WSAZ News Channel 3

A few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to become a news anchor.

At 8:00AM, Wednesday, December. 21st, The Today Show recognized Gallipolis as one of the β€œMerriest Main Streets” in America.

The Gallipolis in Lights celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Gallipolis City Park lit up in lights, you still have time.

The lights will stay up longer this year. Bring the kids and the grandkids! Bring the in-laws! People go to the lights to get engaged!

The Gallipolis City Park will be up until January 8.

So my Mom and Dad were at the park and of course Taylor Eaton from WSAZ was there to do the segment.

My Mom called me and told me that she had talked to Taylor and told her about me and how I wanted to be a news anchor.

Mom calls me back and gives the phone to Taylor and I was on the phone with her! She was telling me all of this great advice about how I should do an internship while I’m in school and do my research on which stations will actually let me have hands on deck experience. Why? Because some new stations won’t. If I have ever any questions to call her!!!

It was absolutely amazing and so exciting! She is someone I admire and look up to as wanting to be a news anchor. I would even like to be on Dateline reporting stories!

Happy New Year,

MK 🀍

Laugh ~ Party ~ Travel ~ Think ~ Advise ~ Care ~ Love

Laugh like you’re 10

Party like you’re 20

Travel like you’re 30

Advise like you’re 40

Think like you’re 50

Care like you’re 60

Love like you’re 70

I am going to do so many things in my twenties, it will be unbelievable.

Different scenarios of me that I wanna be:

I live at the beach and work at Margaritaville and work from my laptop and get my masters degree online‡️

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I work as a barista during the week and sing at local bars and coffee shops during the weekend and sing as a country worship leader. ‡️

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I land my dream job in Paris as a marketing executive and a writer while playing my guitar at night for my neighbors and singing in French. I’ll make friends and embrace my life in Paris. Romance ❀️ Friends πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈπŸ‘―β€β™€οΈπŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ Work πŸ–₯️ πŸ’»

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Live in Hawaii and have a smoothie shop πŸ₯€

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Live in New York πŸ—½

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Travel the world with family and friends as a travel blogger and photographer

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Become a trophy wife & mom who goes to Pilates with her friends on Saturdays and makes fun meals 3 times a day with two fun snacks in between.

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The The The, The Grinch!

Sometimes, I understand why the Grinch wanted to live alone with just his dog. πŸ˜‚

I LOVE Christmas. I am a Christmas freak. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. I decorate before Thanksgiving and put up ten trees. The more, the better. There are no rules to Christmas or to when you can decorate. I have loved Christmas since as long as I can remember. I love…

The lights.

The trees.

Walking through the park listening to the music.

Buying presents.

I say this unselfishly, receiving presents.

Sitting by the fireplace, drinking hot chocolate, watching movies, in my pajamas, with my puppy.

My family loves Christmas. As a little girl, the thing I remember most is how much my Pappy loved Christmas. He was always so thankful for everyone around him. His friends. His family. His work. His home.

We have this family tradition of making reindeer food on Christmas Eve. I am going to teach you how to make it.

You are going to need Quaker Oats and green and red glitter. Take the two colors and each person has to pour in both colors and say things you are thankful for. Then split them up into plastic Ziploc bags and pour outside when you get home. That’s how you make reindeer food. So when Santa comes to visit, Rudolph and his friends have a snack.

My Uncle Bub is on a fire department and someone from the station will come on and announce that β€œSanta has been spotted. All children must be in bed.” or something along those lines. Excitement fills the air! So we rush home and put out magic cookie bars (aka crack because you wanna eat the whole pan) and milk.

After rushing home, we would put out the cookies and milk and sit down on the couch to listen to my Dad read β€˜Twas the Night Before Christmas. Mama makes the magic cookie bars and Daddy reads the book. It’s a tradition that will go on after I move out into my own place and am on my own, when I get married, and when I have kids one day. When I move out into a place of my own and when I get married, Mom and Dad can come over to my house and help me decorate while watching Christmas Vacation and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We’ll make cookies and eat pizza. On Christmas Eve, Dad will continue to read β€˜Twas the Night Before Christmas and Mom will make the magic cookie bars.

When I have kids, same thing. On Christmas Eve, Dad will read β€˜Twas the Night Before Christmas to my kids, I’ll be taking pictures for the memory book and Mom will make the magic cookie bars.

My childhood is one of a kind and one I’ll hopefully never forget. Make the cookies. Have the family over. Watch the Christmas movies. Decorate the trees. Go driving around to see the lights. Blast Christmas music in the kitchen and dance with your spouse and kids. I can’t stress enough. MAKE THOSE MEMORIES!!! You won’t regret it.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Never Grow Up

I guess you could say I am a Swiftie. I listen to Taylor Swift’s songs and a lot of them are relatable. She is a genius. Take past experiences and write a song about them. One of my favorites is Never Grow Up. The last chorus of the song is my favorite. Check it out down below.

“Oh, I don’t wanna grow up
Wish I’d never grown up
Could still be little
Oh, I don’t wanna grow up
Wish I’d never grown up
It could still be simple
Oh, darlin’, don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh, darlin’, don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up
It could stay this simple
I won’t let nobody hurt you
Won’t let no one break your heart
And even though you want to
Please try to never grow up
Oh, oh
Don’t you ever grow up
Oh (never grow up)
Just never grow up”

I have a confession. I cried two mornings ago. And then ten minutes later I was fine. I realized I was turning another year older. 18 was about over. I just got emotional because 365 days of being 18 has flown by. I mean I left 18 but I am excited and nervous to see where 19 takes me. Hopefully, it’s fun and exciting just like the last 18 years has been. Where has the year gone? Look at what all has happened since Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

  1. Last year, I turned 18.
  2. I was on GAHS’ WGAHS News.
  3. I went to Columbus for the Tree Lighting last December.
  4. I celebrated Thanksgiving with family.
  5. I started decorating for Christmas. (And I have added to the collection of nutcrackers since then.)
  6. I watched Gallipolis in Lights do their tree lighting.
  7. I decorated cookies and served hot chocolate with two other members of the Student Leadership Council at Gallia Academy High School.
  8. I celebrated Christmas with my family.
  9. This year, I went to Macbeth with my AP English class.
  10. I started the hunt for my senior prom dress. I tried on so many but I knew when I found THE ONE.
  11. I spent Valentine’s Day celebrating my stuffed animal, Moo’s birthday. I have had her since I was 2.
  12. I went to my first Madrigal Variety Show.
  13. I went to Billy Bob’s Wonderland where I used to go when I was little and I won over 1,200 tickets!
  14. I celebrated Easter.
  15. I got a new car!
  16. I went to North Carolina for the first time.
  17. I made a cow piggy bank at The Pottery Place in Huntington, WV with one of our family friends, had a girls day!
  18. I got my cap and gown from school and of course I had to try it on!
  19. I helped at the Green Elementary Field Day with the Student Leadership Council in high school.
  20. I went to the senior picnic the parents put on for us.
  21. I graduated high school! Finally!
  22. I went to my “four day older than me” cousin’s graduation.
  23. I donated 8 inches my hair to Children With Hair Loss.
  24. I had one AWESOME graduation party.
  25. I went to over 20 graduation parties.
  26. I made a crazy senior hat.
  27. I spent the summer hanging out with family and friends.
  28. I went to Destin, Florida for the first time.
  29. I started a new job as a hostess and a bar and grille.
  30. I went to the fair to watch the Miss Gallia County Pageant.
  31. I had AMAZING pictures taken of me for senior pictures and the other ones were not school related.
  32. I celebrated my Pappy’s birthday just like we would always spend our weekends. having Lunch at Remos’s Italian Hotdogs.
  33. I went to Arch and Eddie’s to listen to a classmate of mine play his guitar for a restaurant next door to A&E.
  34. I started my first day of college! I was SUPER nervous.
  35. I joined the Redstorm Media Team.
  36. I celebrated two of my friends birthdays.
  37. I tried a line-dancing class!
  38. I moved downstairs to my basement into my “new house.”.
  39. I went to a Gallia Academy football game as an alumni.
  40. I decorated my room for Fall/Halloween.
  41. I went shopping at the mall for the first time by myself. Look at me all grown up 😎
  42. I went to the University of Rio Grande Rockets over Rio.
  43. I went shopping again for more clothes. And I got to go to Texas Roadhouse!!!
  44. My Shih Tzu, Coal and I dressed up for Halloween.
  45. I went to my first Marshall Game.
  46. I went to Columbus Sunday for my birthday trip. I got a new Apple Watch!!! And I went to Mitchell’s Ocean Club for dinner. They gave me the cutest cheesecake with a lit candle and an edible Happy Birthday.

I was going to try to add photos but it was a struggle so maybe I will attach them in a later post 😊

MAWW🀍🀍🀍

Who I Am And Who I Want To Be

This blog is about food, traveling, experiences, and more. I am going to college this Fall. I’ll be in majoring in the Bachelor of Science – Minor in Professional Communications. I want to possibly start my own designing business one day or work for a big company. This year, I have 10 main goals I want to achieve. I will start making some new friends. I will quit letting myself skip going to the gym. I will visit the beach once again. I will continue to learn how to play guitar. I will try to be more confident in myself. I will be more productive everyday. I will eat healthier foods. I will improve on drinking more water. I will make myself proud. I will give all I have to succeed in college.

The Man I Call “Pappy”

There are no words to describe the love for a man who I looked up to. I’m so afraid that one day I’ll look back on all the memories I have of us and they not be there engrained in my heart and my mind. As I sit here, thinking of all the things in my life of him and I, I can still smell the Juicy Fruit gum that he would buy me every time we went to Wal-Mart to “snarf around” as he called it. I remember the fishing trips in Rio Grande, the Saturday morning phone calls of him asking if I wanted to go get a hotdog from the most famous hot dog place in our town called Remo’s.

After Pappy went to be with the Lord, I never thought that I could go back to Remo’s. But I know that he would want me to still go there even if he wasn’t there to go with me. He would want me to make the memories still live on for as long as possible. Then, on his birthday, I thought that the best way to honor him was to go to our spot. In our seat. With our regular order. My hotdog was a regular hot dog ketchup only. He always ordered a footlong with sauce, pickles and sometimes onions. I would ALWAYS get grape Crush and he would get Diet Dr. Pepper. We would sit in “our” spot and talk about everything.

One day, we went in to Remo’s to eat, and someone was sitting in our spot. Oh and was I not happy. We had to sit at this metal table against the wall. The people sitting there knew that it was our spot so they said -“Hey, we know this is your favorite table. We are finished eating so you guys can have it.” I was so happy because it wasn’t the same in a different seat. As soon as we sat down, our food came. It was all back the way it was. I know I’m talking a lot about Remo’s but it’s just so special to me and I just love to talk about us and our favorite hot dog place.

I have a bunch of other memories about him too. Like when he used to heat up the whole container of ice cream for 30 seconds so it was kind of melted for him and I and we would eat it while watching Gunsmoke on tv. I love my Pappy more than anything. I just want to say to him this. Pappy, you are the strongest, most wonderful, kindest, funniest person I’ve ever met. I love you and miss you so much. I just hope that everyday I’m making you proud. I’ll always be “Pap’s baby girl”.

 

Lots of Love,

McKenzie β™‘

Im a Big Kid Now (Who Still Loves Her Old Room)

Well, I moved into my basement that has a new bathroom and a bedroom that has my old bed in it that I used to sleep in before I got a new one. I moved all my bathroom stuff into the new one, my dresser, and my makeup desk I use as extra storage. It didn’t really hit me until everything was done. I was really leaving my bedroom. The one I have been in for the last eight years. It has seen the best and worst of me. I cried.

I am not the biggest fan on change. I love my room. I am going to give it a few days and see how I feel. I really wanna make this work. Especially if I wanna live on my own one day. I feel bad if I decide I wanna go back upstairs because we moved all my stuff down here. But my Mom and Dad told me if I decide to come back to my old room, we will move everything back to where it was. That makes me feel so much better. They’re very understanding and supportive.

I do not know how these teenagers are moving into their dorms away from their home, their room, and leaving everything behind. Hats off to the college kids and their families because there is no way I could have done that. I am so thankful because a lot of kids can’t say they have they’re own downstairs.

It was hard to turn off the bedroom light. To close the door. And leave my bed I never want to get out of in the mornings. Everything is the way I want it. I have made that room my own. So of course I miss it and love it so much. From things I’ve hung on the wall to my Paris bedsheets, and everything in between. I will always love my room.

To my room, thank you for the late nights and early mornings. Bursts of excitement and tears of sadness. To the concerts and musicals, dance parties, sleepovers, and so much more. You saw me get ready for homecomings and proms, and graduation day. You’ve been there for the last 8 birthdays. I can’t express enough how much I love you. I know this may be much and dramatic but it just laid on my heart to write this. Because I know what peoples rooms mean to them. Full of memories. I know mine is.

MAWW🀍🀍🀍

Slow Down Summer β˜€οΈπŸ‰β›±

I have not written in so long but I haven’t had much inspiration plus I’ve been busy. I don’t take the time to just sit down and write something. I have had a lot of writers block. One of my goals is to write throughout the next 3 to 4 years about my college experiences and my in progress Communications Degree.

I have a lot of exciting things happen so far this year. My Senior Year was really great. I had supportive, fun teachers that I will miss seeing everyday. In October of 2021, I went to the Pink Out Homecoming football game with my friends. I put pink dots on my face and I bought a pink t-shirt. The next day, I went to homecoming by myself. I got my hair and nails done and photos with my family. I walked in the doors not really sure what to expect. I was kind of unsure because I was standing there by myself and I felt really embarrassed I said to myself, “I really hope I have some fun, I don’t want to stand by the wall all night.”. I cried on the way there because I didn’t have anyone to go with. My Mom said I could leave whenever I wanted. I was standing there by myself waiting for them to open the doors. I didn’t wanna third wheel with anyone.

I ended up finding a friend who was alone and we had so much fun. We got into a big group and we danced for 2 hours straight. We danced, we yelled, we screamed, we sang, and we laughed. Most people left especially ones with dates after 45 minutes of the dance to go to after parties. Our little group was the only one left at the end of the night. I am so happy I had that much fun. It is a memory I will always look back on and smile.

Our school has their own morning news show. I was a co-host until February of 2022 where I took over as the host reporting the current events on the WGAHS news. We dressed up for Halloween and had many different theme for each week’s news. We’ve had pirate themed, Valetine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Fall themed and a few others. If you would like to start from the beginning of this past year’s news, our first “episode” came out on October 7th, 2021.

I was a Student Support Leader on our school’s Student Leadership Council. Once a month, all 8 groups would play these challenges to earn the most points by the end of the year. The Student Leadership Council also volunteered around the community. We passed out candy in our town as kids and adults showed off their cool and scary costumes. We have also volunteered to help in the Special Olympics that our local college, The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College has put on. Our team passed out shirts, helped set up, and take down whatever they needed. It was really awesome to see the kids have so much fun winning awards and participating even though I was freezing my behind off. It was totally worth it. We have also done Cookies with Santa where kids can come in and sit on Santa’s lap, make cookies, and drink hot chocolate.

I had really pretty senior pictures done. The experience of a photoshoot was so much fun and I got a lot of sweet compliments about them. A week later, I celebrated my 18th birthday! I bought my first lottery ticket and won $4. I celebrated Thanksgiving with family. And then Christmas. That was really fun. In February, I found my Senior Prom dress. It was iridescent with lilac purple. I felt so pretty in it. It was a dress that made me feel really good. I never wanted to take it off. My school had its first Mock Trial. From November to January, after school practice, in class work, it was very stressful and hard but it was quite an experience. Sadly, we didn’t move on but we celebrated all of our hard work. We put in blood, sweat, and tears. We were a wonderful team who always helped each other and ran lines and information a hundred times. I went to my first Gallia Academy Madrigals Variety Show. Everyone did so well and it was really awesome to see that as a student.

I went to Ashville, North Carolina to tour the Biltmore Estate. The first day when we got there, we went to the hotel and got ready to go to dinner. We walked around town and looked at the different shops and art. We ate at the Wicked Weed Brewing Pub where I got a really good sandwich. For dessert, we went to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge and I got a really sweet, creamy, crème brûlée. The next morning, we got up early and ate breakfast in the hotel. I got this absolutely amazing French toast, with powdered sugar and strawberries, syrup on the side.

So when we got to the Biltmore, we checked in, got our map, all the things. They had this little farm and of course I wanted to go see it because I could har a cow mooing. And I pet it and it licked me! I named him Norman. Even though, he’s not my cow, which I would have loved to have taken him home with me, I thought he was very cute. We walked around where they had a gift shop, and these places that had pictures, background information, fun facts, things like that. They had a life size built replica of the Water Pond Painting by Claude Monet. Cedric’s Tavern is named after Vanderbilt’s first family dog, a Saint Bernard, who had the run of the property. There was a doggie-door that kept Cedric out of the downstairs kitchen and food prep area because he would try to steal scraps off the table.

About the time we had finished seeing the different places. We drove to the Biltmore Estate itself and walked what felt like forever to the house. Right next to the house is where the stables used to be. The have mades where the horses would stay, they have made it into a restaurant.

They had a bakery, a Christmas Store, a toy store, and the Stables Restaurant.

There is so much information that I learned and heard and I wish I could share it all so I highly recommend going to visit it to experience for yourself! I have shared so much about my summer, it’s crazy. Im looking forward to what happens these next 4 months of 2022!

Lots of love,

McKenzie 🀍✨