are pretty grand friends. i love everything about you. i have had a
wonderful time so far and you have only been around for few days. hooray for your arrival! i love that you are all about family, love, service, and Christ. may we remember these things amidst the commercialized distractions and keep Christ at the center of our celebrations.
dear christmas music,
you are a constant in my life. my alarm clock, my workout music, in my car, on my computer, on my phone... i just can't get enough. we buy a new christmas album every december and we are beginning to have quite the collection. you have a way of bringing cheer to all that hear.
dear nat king cole,
you are completely wonderful. your holdiay album fills me with happy memories and soothes my soul. everyone needs to purchase it. my favorite is the first track, the christmas song. you are the perfect addition to any cold, december night.
dear hot chocolate,
oh how i love you! your warmth, your deliciousness, your calming effects. i have perfected the process to achieve the ideal temperature and utmost chocolate-y-ness. i begin with two scoops of swiss miss milk chocolate and two scoops of stephen's mint truffle. when the tea pot whistles i pour the water leaving about an inch at the top of the mug. i add cold milk to cool (patience is not my strong suit) and top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. and voila! perfect temperature and perfect chocolate-y taste!
are so fun these days. i LOVE presents, that's no secret. and as much
as i love receiving them, i also love giving them. pondering, planning,
buying, wrapping, giving. it's all so fun. i always save some of the
shopping for the last minute so i can go to the mall and take in the
frenzied shoppers. it is always entertaining.
dear christmas tree,
you are so festive and bright. i love our heart theme this year (then i can keep you up until valentine's day and pretend that christmas never ends). morning or night, anytime i am home, you are shining bright in the room, always bringing joy.
i believe in you. i believe in your giving influence. may you touch the hearts of people this year and bring magic to homes across the world. i hope we can be your helpers in making that magic happen in serving others and spreading the spirit of Christmas.
they usually consist of candy, movies, and ice cream. our newest tv series is the big bang theory. we bought season one at target today (gotta love those black friday deals). with all of the laughing we have had around here tonight, i have a feeling more seasons will make their way on to our christmas wishlists.
we participated in four of my family's thanksgiving traditions today even though we weren't with them. that's the cool thing about traditions... they connect you to family and help you feel closer even when you are on opposite sides of the country. interestingly enough, my family started each of these traditions when we lived in Wyoming (1999 to 2004), away from all of our extended family. there's certainly something about family traditions. they just make life better.
we started our morning off with pumpkin waffles and homemade buttermilk syrup. my mom has been making these every year for at least 10 years. jeremy and i tag-teamed it. i made the waffles, jeremy took on the syrup (which he perfected beautifully this time!). we plan to have round two this weekend. can't let homemade buttermilk syrup go to waste.
we saw a movie in the afternoon. we used to see the new disney releases every thanksgiving and sometimes we still do, but this year jeremy and i saw the new hunger games and it was awesome! we couldn't remember what happened in the book so we were pretty much on the edge of our seats. movies on thanksgiving rock. there were only six other people in the theater and who doesn't want lots of popcorn and candy for lunch?!
we enjoyed our delicious thanksgiving feast at a restaurant, joe's american bar and grill on newbury street, just like last year. this started back in 2004 when we met our dear friends, the brus family, at disneyland for thanksgiving and we had thanksgiving dinner at the restaurant hotel. we had such a fun time that we continued meeting them in different locations for thanksgiving every other year and finding a random place to eat our big feast. i love it because it suddenly becomes stress free holiday. no slaving away in the kitchen before and after the meal. just a play day for all!
we ended our night by adding things we are thankful for to our thankful tree. for years ours has always been 2D, drawn on paper with construction paper leaves glued to the tree. the concept must be gaining popularity because i have seen some pretty cool 3D versions online with real tree branches even. maybe we will get all fancy next year. it would be an adorable center piece for the whole month.
we had a lovely day. hope your thanksgiving was lovely as well!
i'm thankful for the last can of pumpkin at the grocery store.
i found this beauty in the completely wrong section of the store after searching the usual places and they were long gone. shame on me for trying to buy pumpkin the night before thanksgiving. i grabbed the can, audibly gasped a few times, declared it the last can of pumpkin in the store, and tucked it safely into my "carriage" - as the east coasters would say. pumpkin waffles will be happening in the morning. thanksgiving dreams do come true!
especially the airplanes that take us out of town.
we are spending the weekend in maryland with jeremy's parents. we will be seeing a show, checking out the amish country just north, and eating lots of delicious food. hooray for vacations! even mini ones.
i love my job! my coworkers rock and i love that i am doing something i enjoy so much. graduate school was so worth it. i am doing what i dreamed of doing. it is challenging as well as rewarding. it makes me stretch and grow which can be such a painful process and i know i that i am learning crucial skills for my career. i love that i get to see people change, becoming healthier and happier.
working on a hat while on the T today. it makes the commute so enjoyable!
i love knitting. it is definitely a seasonal hobby for me. it's hard for me to keep it up in the heat of the summer, but as soon as winter comes knocking i suddenly need to knit hats, cowls, and scarves. there are so many perks to the cold weather.
i don't know what it is, but i love it. it's a game changer i tell you. i put that thing on and suddenly i'm feeling pretty cool. and it matches everything (in my book at least). i certainly love it when the weather calls for puffy vests! who's with me?!