Bienvenidos 2013 and DREAM BIG

Well it’s the first of the month and the first day of 2013.  I hope you all had a lovely New Year’s Eve and are enjoying the festivities that the new year brings.  We were pretty chill and continued our NYE tradition of going out to see a movie.  Rager, I know.  We saw Les Miserables, which we had also been fortunate to see live as a musical. While there were mixed reviews in the papers, I have to say it was FABULOUS!  Simply amazing and I can’t stop thinking about it.  Alright, onto a new day, a new year, and a fresh start.  Who doesn’t love that?  I’ll keep it short and sweet, but I look forward to everything this year has to bring 🙂

happy new year

Our celebrations today include watching the Rose Parade (a Pasadena and Southern California classic starting in 1890), running, and potentially watching the Rose Bowl Game with Stanford against Wisconsin.  It’s really worth the experience if you ever are able to attend.

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It’s funny to hear that people travel from miles away to see the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game when we tend to take it all for granted.  Sure, I run around the Rose Bowl on a weekly basis.  I guess it’s like when we were in Barcelona and I would pass these historic monuments, not fully realizing their significance until I got back to the states and realized the oldest building we have in town probably dates back to the early 1900’s.

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My dad is actually on the Tournament of Roses as a volunteer (yes, he is a white suitor) and you may see him this year along side one of the floats.  His duties change from year to year and this year he was selected to ride on those Honda scooters along the parade route.  Neat, right?  He has had some fun tasks that have allowed him to meet a number of the football teams and so on.  It was great when USC was in the Rose Bowl because that’s his alma mater.  However, I’m sort of glad they aren’t this year because it gives us a break from football.

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Yes, we attended the Penn State pep rally and got to see Jo Pa in all his glory.

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Meghan and I were selected our senior years of high school as Tournament of Roses High School Ambassadors.  We volunteered our winter breaks at events such as Bandfest, Equestfest, the parade morning itself, and post-parade (where people look at the floats and try to touch/steal the flowers). We opted out this year in order to take a break from it all and actually spend some time doing things we love (running, crafting, baking, skiing, and oh running).

So, that wasn’t as short as I had planned, but very informative, right? Enjoy and again, HAPPY NEW YEAR’S!

“If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.”
– Marcel Proust


8 thoughts on “Bienvenidos 2013 and DREAM BIG

  1. I was just talking about that Rose Bowl Game against Penn State with my Dad last night! It’s weird to think how many times we have been in the same vicinity but just never knew. As far as the Rose Parade, my fam ALWAYS watches it on TV and say that some year we will go watch it in person, but never do! Goodness, I really want to make it up there one year.

    • No way! We probably have crossed paths so many times it’s not even funny! You should see it in person at least once in your life. It makes all the difference. We like to see the floats the night before and then theoretically watch it on TV, but I don’t think I have lasted the entire parade until this year. Let me know if you do come up!

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