I am Kalee Alisa Fleming
I am the youngest child
I am from Colorado
I am a nature lover
I am a taurus
I am happy
I am young
I am shortI
I am Fun
On May 4th, 1996 at 5:13 am my mother, Trudy, gave birth to me at Valley View hospital in Glenwood Springs. When I was born I weighed 6 lb and 5 oz and I was 18 in. long. My mom started having contractions around 10:30 on May 23rd; she woke my dad up at 12, and then headed to the hospital about 2 am. Labor lasted about 7 hours, and then there I was, a happy healthy baby named Kalee. My moms first reaction was love at first sight! My dads first reaction was how cute I was and how strong I was - I lifted my head as soon as I was born. Other reactions were how much I looked like my dad. People couldn’t even believe it, they wanted to call me junior! My dad, Brad, and my moms mom Joan were in the room when I was born. My doctor was Karen Knudson. I was healthy enough to go home the next day. My mom, dad, and sister Casey brought me home. I went home in the same outfit my sister Casey went home in when she was born, a pink lacey dress with matching bloomers, and bonnet. When we arrived home, Aunt Tina, Uncle Henry, Cody, Brandon, Grandma Joan, Aunt Jean, And Stephanie were all there to greet me. My first days at home were pretty quiet, I slept a lot while my older sister loved giving me kisses. It’s been a long journey so far, but it’s nothing compared to what I have to look forward to.
My mom is Trudy Ann Fleming, she was born at Valley View hospital in Glenwood Springs on November 6th, 1970. She was born to Joan Hauschel. She grew up her whole life in Colorado with her younger brother Todd Springer, younger sister Tina Hall [who is also her best friend], and also their older sister Teresa Hessel. They were all pretty close in age so she got along with all her siblings pretty well. She met my dad in 1994 in Denver, and after being together for 2 years they got married in August 1996. They got divorced in 2012. After their divorce I lived with my mom almost all the time. She has always done so much for me and worked as hard as she possibly could to give me the best life possible. She is the most hardworking and independent woman that I know. I would do anything for her just as she would do for me. She has really inspired me to never give up, because no matter what happens, she never gives up. She will always find a way to make whatever needs to happen, happen. She has proved to me as she has raised me that a good time and a good laugh is the best cure for anything. My mom is one of the most supportive people I have ever met, she has been there and supported me in anything I wanted to do growing up. When I raced go-karts she was at every single race cheering me on. When I decided to play volleyball she was at every game. Anything I did I always knew my mom would be there for me. I love my mom so much, and I would do anything for her!
My dad is Bradley Fred Fleming. He was born in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, on February 18th, 1964. Even though I haven’t seen my dad for the past three years he has always been a huge part of my life. Growing up, he go-kart raced and taught my sister Casey and I to do the same. It was one of the best things I got to experience as a child. He always had a lot of different hobbies that included kayaking, skiing, riding his motorcycle, camping, and many others. He owned his own painting business called Design Finishes, so most of my life he was a painter and worked mostly in Aspen, and Snowmass. Shortly before I started high school my parents got divorced, and my dad moved away to New York. He only stayed there to do a big job and then moved to Los Angeles. When his mom started having health problems, he moved to Oklahoma where he could live closer to her and help take care of her. He still lives in Oklahoma for now but who knows where he will be next. He is always doing the unexpected.
My sister is Casey Marie Colwell. She was born in Denver, Colorado on April 4th,1994. I lived with her for 16 years until she moved out two years ago to go to college. She attends RMCAD in Denver and is majoring in ceramics. I look up to my sister more than anybody in my life. Every time I’m with her it makes me feel like a better person; she inspires me to be myself and to not care about other people’s opinions. She is a great person and I think she has really good intentions in life. She is going to do some good things for the world. She is a very good artist, which is of course what she loves to do. You will also find her doing things like going to concerts, hanging out with her friends, photography, and lots of other things. I love my sister very much and I can’t wait until I get to live in Denver too, so I can spend more time with her.
As I just turned 18, and have lived in Glenwood Springs my whole life, I couldn’t be any more excited for what my future is going to bring me. As of right now I am planning on moving to Denver next year and go to school to be a dental hygienist. I also plan to move out of Colorado somewhere in the future. Don’t get me wrong, I do love Colorado, but I want to go explore and see what other places have to offer. I am really into traveling although I haven’t got to travel much yet. I would really like to go see other parts of the world. I think I live a pretty easy-going life, and never want to change that. I just go with whatever is happening and always hope for the best. As most people have stories about moving around and changing schools, I have never had those experiences. I went to New Creation Preschool, Glenwood Springs Elementary School, Glenwood Springs Middle School, Glenwood Springs High School and am now finishing it all up at Yampah Mountain High School.
I’d say one of the biggest changes in my life so far was my parents getting divorced. It was really hard for me because I loved them both equally and could never pick which one of them to live with. That soon came to an end when my dad wanted to move away, but I stayed with my mom because I wanted to finish school with all the kids I grew up with. Another big change that I went through was my sister moving out. It was a big change for me considering I lived with her for 16 years. It’s like living with one of your best friends, you always have someone to hangout with, talk to, laugh with when you're having a good day, or cry with when you’re having a bad day. After she moved out it was just really lonely at home since my mom was constantly working. It sucked, but now I get to see her every month or at least every other month, and soon enough I will live in Denver and get to see her as much as I want! So I will keep living life just as I am, and I can not wait to see what the future has in store for me!
What Makes Me Happy:
Smiling & Laughing
What Makes Me Sad:
Waking up Early
Everyone has their weaknesses and it’s not a bad thing, because there wouldn’t be any point in life if everyone was perfect! I think my biggest weakness is how shy I am. I have been very shy my whole life, and although its got a little bit better, it’s still really bad. I think this weakness has held me back from a lot of things, such as school, sports, learning, and etc. For example, when I was in volleyball I really enjoyed it but I was too shy to really get out there and show them what I had! In another way it held me back in school because I would be struggling to learn something and instead of raising my hand and asking the teacher, I would keep to myself because I was shy and didn’t want to talk in front of the whole class, or for fear that the teacher would think I was asking stupid questions. At Least now I’m aware that my shyness holds me back so I continue to work on becoming more outgoing. Something else that I think is one of my biggest weaknesses is how bad I procrastinate. I could know about something for a whole year and I still wouldn’t get it done until a few days before it’s due, or maybe even the day its due. It’s turning into a really bad habit that I need to change before I am an adult and have big responsibilities. I think that part of being such a procrastinator is not having my priorities straight. Sometimes I think it is more important to go have fun with my friends then to stay home and get all my homework done. I’m sure the older I get the more responsible I will become, but for now I am just living and learning.
When I started thinking about what beauty was, I started thinking to myself, what makes a person beautiful? That’s also when I realized that beauty is so much more than physical appearance. To me there isn’t a right way to explain what beauty is, it is more of what your thoughts are and how much you enjoy things in life, and what you take in as beauty. For someone like me, almost everything in life has beauty in it, it’s the joy you get out of things, and how much you appreciate them.
Friendship is a third way of life. There is a lot that goes into a friendship, and that’s why you should choose your friendships wisely, and when you find a good one you should cherish and enjoy every moment of it. Friendship is what defines the person you are, it’s the puzzle piece in life that you need to make everything come together. Friendship is joy, support,someone that knows all about you, someone that makes you feel like a better person, and someone who supports you on any decisions that make you happy. Every friend in life brings new adventures, conversations, journeys, and best of all, smiles and laughter. Life would be an awful, ugly place without my friendships.
Life, a word I hear on a daily basis, yet have I ever really thought about what life is? Is there a meaning to life? Whats my purpose in this life? I believe that everything in life is created by what people think, every experience is someone painting their own canvas, choice by choice and day by day. Life is enjoying and living for every moment. It’s about a sense of well being and internal peace. I feel I am responsible to own every moment of my life. Failure is only defined by what my reaction is to it. If you make it a big deal, it’s going to be a big deal. Instead, try taking it in as a learning experience. I always live my life to it’s fullest because not every day is guaranteed to me. If I can keep keep a smile on my face and a positive attitude I will be enjoying life until it comes to an end.