heat wave

97befa7ff31e2d2a595d99a660078043

Thank you mother nature for letting this wish become a reality and bringing us some much needed warm weather.  As my other mom, Betsy, always says a little sunshine cures all! So I will be taking advantage of the sun this weekend and getting my tan on 🙂

Memorial Day

c2568d5c00941ad9c35ea22567c39b1b

 

Happy Memorial Day!  Please know that today is a day to honor and celebrate the men and women who fought for our country. Take a minute out of your day just to think about all that they have sacrificed and know that today is about remembering their service and accomplishments. America is a land of the free because it is the home of these brave men and women who fight for our rights.

Ms. Alabama – check yourself

Yesterday I was disgusted, and shocked, when I came across an article that shared Ms. Alabama’s (Katherine Webb) diet. Words can not even begin to describe how disappointed, as well as infuriated, I was to learn that Ms. Alabama was so open about her eating habits that are clearly disordered and unbelievably restrictive. For someone who is supposed to be a role model for young, and impressionable, girls to publicly share that they live off of a 1,120 calorie a day diet is seriously upsetting to me. Since I am currently suffering, and in the process of recovering from an eating disorder, I am highly sensitive to eating behaviors that are unhealthy. Hearing what she believes is a “normal” diet is honestly triggering to me, and I’m sure it is to others with EDS.  Eating a 1,12o calorie a day diet promotes the sick belief that being thin is better, and more revered, than being healthy, within in our society. This is not true! I honestly believe, and know, that Ms. Alabama’s diet should not be condoned in any respect. The only positive aspect of all the publicity surrounding her eating habits is that the majority of the media is calling it like it is, an unhealthy and restrictive diet.

feebc3e7d606f1ceab10b03f4ba36848 d1593d0968a36a4892313605f45c5949

757f40d4bc09f00bf63e2bbde53314a0

So let’s challenge society’s obsession with thinness, which can only be achieved through unhealthy methods, and focus on the positive and strong role models who know that health and happiness, not thinness, are the most important aspect of life.

5eb767db5aa48d91ba1f72ccd49f6ba6

Kate Winslet
c134330a786826bdc8136dcf32b47600

Marilyn Monroe

2b919a9896d1d95665195e4f9c15d058

Miranda Lambert

fb0eeb0a41cf63056cedacb4deb82fa3

Queen Bey

daae2671b86ead4751e0595cdd164ab9

Kate Upton

37b142f7a50262d3af530637aa7cf034

Jennifer Lawerence

she did it!

c51862a8f17adf692db7da3af602eafb

This past weekend (sorry this post is almost a week late!) was a very special one in the Maxwell household. My twin sister, wombmate, best friend, sissy, other half, my everything, my Kate, graduated from the University of New Hampshire, magna cum laude, with a degree in communications.

photo-70photo-57

We spent the weekend shuffling back and forth between Durham and Marblehead, attending various ceremonies. Some were significantly more interesting and engaging than others… (sorry Kate, but your major reception was a total snooze fest, but fortunately your keynote speaker at the official gradation made up for the misery you put us through the night before)!

Personally though, I thought that the highlight of graduation weekend was actually a barbecue at Kate’s good friend Shayna’s house, which honored Shayna, Kate, and all of their closest friends. Everyone’s families were invited and the party was held outside in Shayna’s beautiful backyard in the Dover countryside.

photo-65

It was such an amazing afternoon filled with great food, friends, and laughs. For me, the most meaningful part of the day was seeing just how close Kate and her college friends have become. The bond that these girls have established is so genuine and I can only see it strengthening with time.  They truly love, and care, about one another. I believe that no matter what paths they choose to go down, and whatever obstacles are thrown in their way, they will always have each other for support and comfort. In good times and bad times they will be there for one another and nothing could make me happier. To know that Kate has such amazing girls watching out for her, who are at all times only a phone call away, warms my heart. It means the world to me to know that she will always have these astounding ladies in her life.

photo-48 photo-45

So cheers to the ladies of Wildcat and know that I love you all and wish you all well in your upcoming ventures. Remember ladies the best is yet to come 🙂

95f1de204fff9c289d608e57762afae9

A Father’s Love

The love that a girl receives from her father is unique, unconditional, and truly unlike any other love that she will experience in her life. Every man that enters her life should be held, in comparison, to how her father has treated her, as well as how he has loved her mother. I mean, for example, the love between my mom and dad is just so true it makes my heart smile. I am beyond privileged, and fortunate, to be able to say that my dad (the greatest man on the planet) has led by example and has always shown me how to behave with dignity and grace. I am so proud to call him my father and I don’t know what I would do without him. He embodies and exudes every trait that a father should have, and hopefully pass down to their children. Dad, I want to wish you the happiest of birthdays today and know that I love you so much and will always hold a special place in my heart for you. You are my hero. I will always love you.

255087_2060388466013_1133703927_32397685_1864909_n

428773_10200702474980952_1792267457_n

embrace the little things

d3e9c072b8fe0f601e3e4263c79a67a2

No lies, but last week was a tough one… It comes as no surprise to those closest to me that I struggled significantly. I was anxious, sad, overwhelmed, grumpy, and on edge…There’s no denying that I was not the most enjoyable person to be around 🙂 , but regardless of my suffering and many emotions, I made it through the week, and most importantly, I can now reflect on the positive aspects of my week.

Some of the highlights include:

931408_10200754986453706_1079935215_n

seeing my handsome baby brother head off to his junior prom

File0825

celebrating my beautiful mom on mother’s day

BostonStrong-Wordmark_black

watching the bruins, with my boyfriend, come back (from losing 4-1 in the 3rd period) against the maple leafs to win the series 

37379_1414120593174_4121629_n

catching up on a walk with one of my best, and truest, friends

So what I have taken away from last week is that I need to look for the good in my days and accept that not every minute is going to be easy. The good will outweigh the bad and I will remember the highlights of my week, for a long time to come, and hopefully I will forget about the negative aspects sooner than later 😉 

 

I Love You More Mom

173318285629066334_qf0OUc9s_f

Happy Mother’s Day to the most amazing, loving, and beautiful woman I know. I truly don’t know what I would do without you. This past year has been quite a doozy, but regardless of all the hardships we have gone through you have remained undeniably courageous and full of grace. I love you more than words can express and I honestly don’t know what I would do without you. I hope that one day I will be half as amazing of a mother as you are. I will always love you more xoxox

228241_1959521424400_1410040_n

532119_3975632145908_66500167_nI also want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to my other mom! Love you so much Bets. Thank you for being there for me this past year it means the world to me. You are such a positive light in my life and I hope you have an amazing day!

Sun! Sun! Sun!

68147a18f3094ac11e0cbb5223a2ca5e

Sorry for my absence, but the spring sunshine has been calling my name!  I’ve definitely taken advantage of the few days when the temp has crept up past 60 degrees by posting up in my yard and working on my tan. My backyard is amazing for sunbathing and it hasn’t disappointed yet this spring! I’m feeling healthier, and even a little prettier, with the natural glow that I have acquired through all my hard work hahaha 😉 Someone even told me it looked like I had gone to Florida…WIN! My response to that was something along the lines of this:

fd69165eb56a3916c13fa0778c2d17c9

Thank you Kimmy for my fast tanning complexion! love ya

Expect a sissy post ASAP since the weather forecast over the next few days is predicting rain… womp, womp, womp… I guess the spring showers will force me to be more productive, even though I would much rather be in the sun (who wouldn’t)! I mean in all honesty there’s nothing better than laying out at the pool, beach, or on the boats with the besties. Can’t wait for their arrival home from college for the summer!

b9791f3d30681d2e9af0025a6137b73c

These bathing beauties don’t have anything on us 😉

Happy May Day!

tumblr_mm4a3qwLAe1rno97no1_500

May Day is here and we can finally celebrate the arrival of spring! I’m hoping that all of the April showers we endured this past month will bring many many May flowers.

In keeping with a Crandall family tradition I thought I’d share a song that the women in our family sing to one another on May Day (here’s a PG version of it):

photo-36

The Crandall’s song is a little more risqué: “Hooray, Hooray, it’s the first of May, outside screwing starts today!”

Hey what can I say we are classy ladies 😉