Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Survey!!

One word= BUSY! 
I have been reading blogs but I haven't felt like writing anything. I took a vow yesterday to never work a full-time retail job ever again, especially at Christmas! I think it's making Christmas not as fun for me because it's just a job to get me by until I can find one in my field and I am not happy there. Although I love clothes and fashion, it is just too crazy for me at this point in my life! I want to be at home in the afternoons with my hubby sipping cider and enjoying our Christmas time together! [Fat chance of that happening!]

Moral of the story= Hurry up and find a counseling job because these retail hours are killing me!!

I think this little Christmas Survey is cute and I've seen it on several blogs! Enjoy!

1. Eggnog or hot chocolate?My  choice would be spiced cider!!! [with Aspen spices preferably]
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?Santa doesn't have time to wrap! Do you know how many houses he has to get to?!? Well, let's just say A LOT! So they are always laid nice and neat out, one pile for me and one for the sis! Is it bad that I am married now and my husband and I are going to my parents at 6am for Santa Clause? Okay, yes I know...it's bad! :)

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?White! Classic and Southern. A must!
4. Do you hang mistletoe?My grandmother always did but we haven't yet!

5. When do you put your decorations up?The weekend after Thanksgiving!
6. What is your favorite holiday dish?The breakfast casseroles that my mom makes for our family Christmas brunch!
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?Christmas morning with my family! Making sure Santa ate his cookies, opening gifts from one another and brunch with all of our family at our house!
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?I asked my mom when I was 10 if Santa was real and she said "If you don't believe in Santa, he won't come visit you." You have to believe! I never asked her another word! I still believe!! :)
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?The only gift we open on Christmas Eve is the ones we receive from our Christmas gathering from one side of the family. Now it is just a gift game so we just open one!

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
White lights, all ornaments that I have collected growing up now that I have my own tree! I love ornaments and they all have a story or meaning behind them! I love pulling them out of the box and talking about them before hanging them on the tree!
11. Snow! Love it or dread it?it is pretty much just annoying most of the time! It is not enough to be pretty but just enough to cause messiness!

12. Can you ice skate?
Yes, i can! It is a lot of fun!
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?It was probably the year I got new bikes or the year I got my American Girl doll.  Or maybe it was the year I got that shinny bling bling that I wear on my left hand!!!!! :)

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?
A traditional southern Christmas with the best family!!!

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
ALL OF THEM! It is hard to choose just one.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Christmas morning with my family!

17. What tops your tree?When I was a  child it was always an angel. Now I  do a big bow with sparkly ting-ting surrounding the bow.
18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving?Definitely giving!! But receiving is fun! :)
19. Candy canes: yuck or yum?Yum! It wouldn't be Christmas without candy canes!

20. Favorite Christmas show?
Without a doubt- National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase=nuff said!
21. Saddest Christmas song?Christmas Shoes. I  can't listen to it or I will boo hoo like a baby.

22. What’s your favorite Christmas song?Little Drummer Boy and all of the Music from the Nutcracker.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas week! Although things are busy and hectic, it is so important to not forget why we are celebrating this joyous holiday! The birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

God Bless,


Saturday, December 10, 2011

To pin or to make?

This morning I ran 8 miles with my running pal Missy then hit the road for 5 solo miles! It felt good to get in a 13 miler! I am missing my long training runs and my social time with my running friends like crazy!
13 miles @ 8:36 pace

On another note, I. Love. Pinterest. That is all. You can get so many good ideas, fashion tips, recipes, decor, and may other things through this site. If you would like to befriend me on pinterest, go here:

Our girls Christmas dinner is coming up and I frantically searched Pinterest for some good recipes! While searching, I came across this...

Peanut Butter Nutella Swirl Cookies

I am proud to say I actually made something I pinned...and they were pretty tasty too!! I've had a jar of Nutella in my cabinet for a while but it is pretty much just like eating a spoon of sugar so I try to stay away.

But I couldn't resist these! What a great way to end a great Friday!!!

Happy Weekend Friends!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It's Okay Thursday..

It's been a while since I've linked up with Neely

Its Ok Thursdays

It's okay.....

...that I have had no time to really blog lately. [a retail job at Christmas should be enough explanation]

...to want to eat every single piece of chocolate that I can get my hands on.

...to have a cup of spiced cider every night while wrapping gifts although it's been 80 degrees outside!

...to brag a little bit about my running! I have recently had 2 race PR's that even shocked me a little! 

...that I must purchase one item for me for every present I buy for someone else. 

...to think of a zillion things I need but I need them now and not for Christmas!!

...to eat breakfast for dinner once a week! hello chocolate chip banana pancakes!!

...to miss not being able to blog and find new friends because I am always at work!!

...to want to totally revamp my blog title and it's looks but not really know how or where to even start! Anyone got any suggestions?!? 


Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like...


What a busy past week I have had! When you work in retail during the holiday season it can get crazy!!! I can't wait to get out of retail and begin using my Master's but I won't go into that! Although, I have had two interviews in the past week so keep your fingers crossed for me!!

I did run a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and I will do a full recap on it later! We carpooled to the race and had mimosas and bloody mary's after the race if that tells you anything!! :) It was a blast! 

Black Friday was crazy busy and I didn't do any shopping local and only bought one thing online! I am about 75% done with my Christmas shopping, thank goodness! This shopping thing is much harder and the list is much longer once you get married! 

I just got back today from a weekend at the beach with the girls in my husband's family. It was a nice weekend relaxing, eating, and shopping! I did get in a 10 mile run yesterday morning which was such a wonderful run!! 

I am officially decorated for Christmas at our house! Although we are still lacking in the Christmas decoration area, it is has been fun to decorate "our" home!! 

Our first Christmas tree

I love Christmas music, the Christmas smells, and all of the sights and sounds of the season! Most importantly, I love the reason and meaning surrounding this season of joy! 

Now, I am off to finish addressing and labeling my Christmas cards!!