Wow, 24. I can't believe that this day finally hit. It seems like just yesterday that I was running around the house in Jacksonville. I was telling the store the other night about how I tried to make my own version of mac'n'cheese one night and I put powdered sugar in thinking it was flour accompanied with parmesan cheese -- ha ha ha. Dad, I remember your face to this day; so repulsed and of course, I will never forget the night you broke the wooden spoon on my butt. It was my punishment for jumping up and down on your bed saying 'ssssssssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhh' pretending like I was peeing. ha. I must have been 6 years old at them time. Mom, the picture that pops up on my phone when you call is the one of you and I in the fur hats where we look like Russian spies -- every time I get into my car I think of our first drive back from Gunnison once I got my license (thanks to DON leaving the room). One of my favorite pictures to this day is the one of Peter Rabbit and I in the cage together -- those were the days -- what cool parents I had....and of course, who would reward (okay, maybe the word I am looking for is bribe instead) their child with Toblerone chocolate after they take a mega summer-salt crash on skis? My parents......the same people that made me fall in love with the snow lifestyle.....
It is amazing that I have grown up so quickly -- who knows maybe it has felt like eons for both of you...haha! I can't even imagine what is has to be like being a parent and watching your child get older....
I am so grateful for everything that both of you have done for me, through thick and thin. You both have taught me so much -- how to stick up for myself, how to be independent, you have been the best support I could ask for, you both have made me into the person that I am today. I respect you both immensely for the things you have done for me. Thank you for pushing me so much; even when I didn't want to go any further. Thank you for telling me to suck it up, and that it will help me in the long run. Mom, thank you for being the person to always answer my upset phone calls and fly me to the east coast to share some quality time together. Dad, thank you for giving me the hugs that you did the last couple years -- they have impacted me so much.
More than anything, thank you for making sure that I had a top of the line education. The more time that I am able to reflect on school, the more I am so happy that my parents were able to put me in such a great curriculum. Thank you both for letting me gain 'street smarts' by dragging me all across the United States to different ski areas. THANK YOU FOR TEACHING ME HOW TO SKI, and finally convincing me to start biking. My parents have been the best teachers I could have asked for. I never thought that I could scale different lifestyles, diversities, echelons ,educations and emotions all in one life.
Through all the disagreements, and head butting that we might have done previously, I LOVE both of you more than I can express. I am so happy that you are both my parents....even on days I wish you weren't and all the embarrassing situations you might have put me through....you both have been the BEST and I won't trade you for the world. Thank you for falling in love years ago and making me and of course the biggest inspiration of my life -- Sarah.
Wow, twenty-four years.
I love you!!
|Raven Lake, New York. Young-gun.|
|Jacksonville, VT. 1st grade.|
|Crested Butte, CO. Prom with Lacey.|
|Reno, NV. First College themed party --Katie, Nikki, Lauren and I.|
|Crested Butte, CO. High School graduation 2005 with Rachael.|
|Crested Butte, CO. Prom, Junior Year.||Liz, Caroline, Laurel, Stephanie and me.|
|Reno, NV. Pi Beta Phi class of 2005.|
|Jacksonville, VT. Kate and I.|
|Crested Butte Titans Volleyball -- 2005.|
|Costa Rica -- Senior class trip 2005. Me, Pippa, Mikaela, Laurel.|
|Reno, NV. 21 was welcomed with a pinata.|
|Squaw Valley, CA. Ashley (Trashley) has been one of my best girls...FOREVER!|
|Truckee, CA. Christopher was a legit bf for 2 years.|
|Truckee, CA. Three generations of Reeder's.|
|Northstar-at-Tahoe. Skiing with mah dad.|
|Sugarbowl, CA. My best friend MattVance and I.|
|Black Rock City, NV. A life changing experience.|
|Northstar-at-Tahoe, CA. Long time friend Casey and I shredding the ganr.|
|Las Vegas, NV. Mah core girls -- Christina and Ashley.|
|Reno, NV. BAMMMMMM!|
|Mount Snow, VT. Taking it back to the old school.|
|Crested Butte, CO. Early Morning training.|
|San Diego, CA. Hell.|
|Las Vegas, NV. Ash and I invade LV last SIA.|
|Lyme, NH. Croquet to the max with Sar and mom.|
|Mountain Snow, VT. Mom, Sarah and I.|
|South Shores, NC. Mom and my 'home away from home'|
|Southern Shores, NC. Mom and I. MY FAVORITE PLACE.|
|Las Vegas, NV. Kevin and I. He made a good boyfriend for 4 years....I guess... :)|
|Reno, NV. Big day.|
|Las Vegas, NV. World, meet my best friend Christina. I couldn't live without her.|
|Reno, NV. Rib cook-off. Sami and I, friends since I moved to Colorado circa 7 years old.|
|Quechee, VT. Mommy.|
|Reno, NV. MattVance my best dude friend and I.|
|Cape Cod, Mass. Riverview Prom -- Sarah looks AHHHHMAZING! I love my little sissy.|
Thank you to everyone who has made my life absolutely amazing. I love you all!!!!!!