Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Monkeying Around In New Hampshire!

    From Boston two weeks ago to New Hampshire this week! It is super tiring, but so much fun and so worth it! I was in Boston to visit the new baby in our family while last week I went to New Hampshire for a Cross Country race! This race was our famous "overnight" trip. Basically the boys and girls on the team get to leave school early on Friday and we all drive up to New Hampshire. From there we check into our hotel, go for a pre-meet jog and prepare to head out to dinner!
  The fun comes after dinner where we practically are free to do whatever we want! It was honestly so much fun and you can imagine how much pranks the boys played on us... ! We also have this tradition as a team to give a "buddy box." A buddy box is a box decorated to a certain theme and filled with fun stuff. We pick names randomly and from there, we make a box for that person! The girl I was doing a box for chose a monkey theme-

Monkey Themed Buddy Box
The monkeys pop up!!
See what I did here!!??
Monkey Themed Buddy Box

Since it was my senior year, I wanted to make the best box possible! I always love making these boxes! I first chose a dark green box and painted over any words.  For the top of my box, I basically drew (traced) two monkeys, colored them, and them to the top of the box in a pop up fashion.
On the sides of the box, I drew trees in the forest and glued it onto the side of the box. The pictures took so long to drew. I really wanted to hang plastic monkeys from the side of the box, but failed at finding any plastic monkeys. You know, monkey themed items are much harder to find that you would expect! Therefore, I had to print out my own monkeys from the computer to attach instead!
On the bottom of the box, I taped this adorable wrapping paper to it and on the inside of the lid, I made a mini collage of monkeys!! It was super cute!

Makeup Haul
From Top Left- Nail Polish Stickers, Fuzzy Nail Polish!!, Revlon Galaxy Polish, Magnetic Nail Polish, Sparkly Nail Polish
Candy, chocolate
Can I just eat it all??
Monkey Themed Box

   Inside, I filled the box with cosmetics, candy, and food. I usually collect a crazy amount of makeup so I had a lot of extra makeup to give to her. I just have so much, but I never use it or even open it! One thing in particular I found that was cool was FUZZY nail polish! It totally fit in with her theme, but I thought it was crazy that they invented fuzzy polish! How is that even possible?
  I also filled the box with candy! So much candy!! I was even able to find a chocolate bar called "endangered species." The picture on the bar was a monkey and this company would donate 10% of it's sales to saving these endangered animals!! How sweet is that? I support this company 100% and I personally plan to be getting more of my chocolate from them. It doesn't hurt that their chocolate is all organic also! hehe!

Hampton Hotel Room

Hampton Hotel Room

  We stayed at the Hampton Inn and our room was very nice. We had 4 girls to a room and when I got there, I kinda clammed my bed right away. It wasn't on purpose, but I really needed a place to put my stuff! I lugged two buddy boxes (mine and a friend's) up, my backpack, my books, my clothes, racing & training shoes... etc... basically more stuff than I needed from CT. to NH. My arms were dying hehe. That is what happens when you are a girl. You need to pack clothes for EVERY possible occasion!
  Right when we got to the room, we were expected to change and go for our run. We were planning on a 20 min. jog, but that got caught in half thanks to the rain! (no complaining here!) After our run, we had an hour to get ready and go to dinner! I chose to wear my colbalt jet dress for dinner.

 colbalt jet dress

For dinner we went to a restaurant called Mama D's.. It was really pretty inside, but the food was not so impressive. The pasta sauce was lacking, but the salad was delicious!!  (this is coming from someone who hates raw vegetables!)
Mama D's Pasta
Had to blur out people . sorry~
After dinner, we headed back to the hotel where it was time to open out buddy boxes!! We changed into out pajamas and began exchanging boxes one at a time! The coolest thing happened when I leaned that the person I had for a box also had me! She made my box amazing!! My theme was hello kitty and Farenheit (the chinese band.. google it , they are all so cute!=) . I didn't expect her to follow my Farenheit theme, but she did!! I absolutely lover her and my box!! I will show you some detailed pictures of it in my next post! The pictures are still in my camera as of now =) 

Forever 21 Pajamas
I love these sparkly pj's!!  I just had to take a picture! 
   We had our "bedtime" of 11, since we have to wake up at 5:30-5:45, but of course no one listens to that. I thought I was being a rebel by going to bed at 11:30, but it turns out that the freshman were running around the hotel at 1 in the morning!! Thank gosh our coach did not catch them!! 
We awoke at the crack of dawn and believe me it was hard to get up!! We all had out breakfast and walked out to the sight of this beauty.

New Hampshire Rainbow
 
It was a perfect rainbow! It had down poured while we were sleeping!! 
The rain sadly led to a very muddy course! Though I got so dirty, it was kinda fun to run. Lots of hills and mud meant that I had to focus on other things beside my pain!!! Take a look at my feet after the run- (the gray stuff is dried dirt) 

Cross Country Muddy Legs

Cross Country Muddy Legs

The course I ran was one of the most challenging courses I've run. Lots of hills and the mud made it that much harder to sprint when we were going downhill. I still loved it though. Since it was an invitational race, I had no pressure do well though I did push myself multiple times. When it came to hills, I pushed myself up them and tried my best to pass people there. The one part I have to fix about my racing is my mentality. I think I feel as if I am scared to go faster. I know I can do it, but I have this fear of going too fast and then burning out at the end. It would suck to be slowly jogging or even walking right at the end when everyone is watching. I have to get over this fear soon though because it is preventing me from even speeding up at all!!

 It was honestly so much fun and I cannot believe that it is my last year to do this. I have been on this overnight trip 4x and it feels like just yesterday I was a freshman with all the seniors. Now I am a senior and the freshman are telling me that they will miss me next year!! What?? It still has not hit me that next year I won't be here with the team! I was about to cry when the freshman told me that they want me to stay and that the team won't be the same without us seniors! Why!!! I hate racing and sometimes running, but the girls on the team are the sweetest people ever!!! I want to to grasp onto the time and make the most of what I have left!!

Dress- Sugarlips
Pajamas- Forever 21

Who loves my pj's as much as I do hehe? I really love this pair of pajama's! So cute and comfy
Were you part of any sports teams when you were in high school?
Have any of you run a race before? Do you have any tips for getting over that fear of burning out at the end? I really want to speed up at times, but I am afraid too...   =)

50 comments:

  1. That sounds like such an amazing time!! The box you made was SO cute!! The girl that got it is very lucky :)

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    1. hehe thanks!!! It was so fun and the girl I hope loved the box!!

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  2. Oh what fun!!!! That box is soooo cute, I love those cutesie little monkeys!

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  6. great job on that run! sounds tough. that rainbow is beautiful!

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    1. thanks! It was pretty tough with all that mud up the hills!

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  7. You got so many goodies(: hehe, love to read your blog post! x

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  8. Ahh what a fun trip! Sounds like you packed in a lot and the boxes are adorable! xx Kat


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  9. Wow!!! Sounds a lot fun to me. And this kind of adventure is always worth the mud or whatever...ahahaha...and by the way, congrats to the new addition to your family :)
    Regards
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    1. hehe thanks! The baby is so cute!
      The adventure was worth all the mud. My shoes smelled so bad afterwards, but it was so much fun!

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  10. Hi Mindy, the trip sounds so fun, what a great way to start the school year and make some lovely new memories. I adore the idea of the boxes, really sweet. You are so fit! Well down and please send some motivation down my way :) I appreciate your visit hun! Happy Friday!

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    1. hehe thanks! The trip was sooo much fun! I wish I can relive it! I will send some motivation towards you! running is hard but the feeling afterwards is amazing!

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  11. fun times!! thanks for sharing these stories!!

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  12. This sounds like such a wonderful trip. It makes me want to go away and do something fun. Such sweet and lovely photos.

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  13. Oh my, looks like you had such a great time!! So many adventure, and awww the box full of goodies look so much fun to look through! :)

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  14. Wow, sounds like quite the run judging from those pictures at the end! But it sounds like the overall trip was really fab!

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    1. it was a crazy run, but so worth it!! I had a lot of fun!

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  15. wow busy you!! great post!! love the hotel room and the rainbow too!!
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  16. You seem to have a lot of fun which I'm glad, thank you for sharing your pictures and experiences.

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  17. Sounds like a great trip - participate in a race and spend time with friends. Love the box you made.

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  19. That sounds super fun :) I want Reese's peanut butter cups now meeeeeh!
    Good job on the run!

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    1. hehe thanks! Reese's cups are so good!

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  20. can i have that box please!! :3

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