Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Last night Derek humored me and we watched The Holiday together. (Have you ever noticed that The Holiday has nothing to do with Christmas - its just a chick flick that happens to take place over Christmas? Anyways, I still love it!) And we turned out all the lights and had a fire in the fire place and Christmas lights on. Sounds like a good start to Christmas week to me.
This year our festivities will start on Thursday, Christmas Eve, with Derek and I exchanging gifts with each other. Then we are going to go to church here in Lexington at noon, then pack up Moose and a bunch of gifts and head up to northern Kentucky to spend the rest of the weekend with his family.
This is the first year that we are not going to see both of our families on Christmas. Since my sister moved out to Colorado in the fall, my parents decided to go out and spend Christmas with her. So we are going to celebrate with my family over New Year's weekend when my parents are back in Columbus. While I will miss seeing my family, it is kind of nice to only be going one place for the weekend and not worrying about when we need to leave and all that stuff.
It's weird growing up because up until this point I've always done the same thing for Christmas every year. The only thing that changed was where we went to eat on Christmas Eve. And at first I spent so much time and energy trying to make things as much like they have always been as possible. But now that we are doing something different, I realize that Christmas isn't about always doing the same thing and trying to make everything just like the way it was when you were little. It doesn't really matter when we celebrate or what we do. And it's kind of nice that the pressure is off and we can just enjoy family and celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Anyways, I am pretty excited about Christmas this week and hope you all are too :) It's so close!!!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I'm a sucker for a chocolate fountain. I went up twice. You can judge me. I love work Christmas parties. Even though this one was in the middle of the day, I still got a little dressed up for it this morning. I put on eyeliner and fancy pants. Most days I come to work looking like an LCA student - khakis and a polo. It's comfy and easy. (Don't worry, I look nice if I have a meeting or some reason to look nice, but mostly I snicker when we get e-mails from corporate in the summer and at Christmas telling us we can dress in business casual attire, because my attire most days of the year is business VERY casual.) But today, for the Christmas party, I dressed up a little. I might even go as far as to say that if I worked in the New York office, I might be able to wear what I wore today.
3. We have Derek's Bible study Christmas party tonight. This will be lots of fun because it's all of Derek's Bible study and their wives, which equals a lot of our friends. I love our friends and I love when we all hang out together. It used to happen a lot more frequently in college and now that we are all grown up with big people jobs and responsibilities, it doesn't happen nearly as much as I would like.
So I feel really happy right now and just felt like sharing, because what is a blog for if you can't share when you're having a happy day.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
1. Make Christmas cookies
2. Write Christmas cards and get them sent out
3. Finish up some Christmas shopping and get gifts wrapped
4. Do a little crafting
So today, after work I had lunch with my friend Carly, and then got to working on number 1 on my list. I have several different kinds of Christmas cookies I would like to make, so I dedicated today to making things dipped in chocolate. I made buckeyes, chocolate covered ritz peanut butter crackers that I learned about from my friend Kari, and chocolate covered pretzels.
Everything looks so great, I can't wait to share them with friends! Other things that made me happy today - I got to wear my red and white striped Williams-Sonoma apron, and listen to my 2 favorite Christmas albums: Reliant K - Let it Snow Baby, Let it Reindeer, and Jessica Simpson's Christmas album. I even finished up a half an hour before our Christmas party tonight, which is why I have time to blog about it. Oh happy day!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Ok, so that is all the background as to why I spent a few days of my week down in eastern Kentucky. So, being from Ohio, I have never spent much time in eastern Kentucky. In fact, I had never been there until this past fall when we designed a some traffic signals for various locations throughout eastern Kentucky. It is definitely a different world from Lexington or Columbus. Lots of poverty, trailers, and people who live on government assistance. I even learned about the phenomenon of the first of the month. (As we were driving to one of our meetings for this project on September 1st there were all sorts of people with tables set up on the side of the road selling stuff. I found out that this is what happens on the first of the month because that is when everyone gets their checks, so people go out to the main road and try to sell stuff.) I don't say these things to belittle the people who live their or make fun of them, it is just the way it is, and it was all totally new to me.
Up to this week, the only folks from the area that I have had any interaction with are the engineers who work at the highway department, and some local elected officials that we had a meeting with a couple of months ago. So I went into the public meetings thinking that I was going to meet a lot of interesting people - i.e. poor, uneducated, lack of teeth, thick accents, etc. What I encountered was not at all what I expected. The folks who showed up to the meetings, were very polite and gracious. They were for the most part well dressed, and intelligent. They were so appreciative that we were trying to improve their road. They did have thick accents, but I think the stereotype that people from eastern kentucky get is for the most part unfair and inaccurate. I'm glad that I was able to get to know these folks a little and see that there are lots of folks who live there who are hard working, intelligent people who really care about the towns they live in.
My favorite person that I met was Hardy. He was the janitor for the school that our Wednesday night meeting was at, and he had to stay until our meeting was over so he could lock up the school. It was obvious to me that Hardy was a Christian. He just seemed so joyful, and humble and like he took pride in his job and was working for God and not for men. At the end of the night he helped us pack up all of our things and stayed late to put the cafeteria back in order so we could get home. I can't really put it into words, but his attitude and presence were that of someone who, though he probably doesn't have a lot, he knew he was blessed and just wanted to bless other people. And I feel like I definitely saw Christ in him. This may not make any sense, in fact, I'm pretty sure it doesn't. But I felt like I needed to share, because I feel like you don't come across people like that every day, and while I talked to him some and got to know him a bit, I'm afraid I didn't come across that way. So I'm not really sure what the point of all this is, other than to just be reminded of what it really looks like to be like Christ, and even though I am sure there is a zero percent chance Hardy would ever read this, just to recognize him as someone who really had an impact on me, even though I only talked with him briefly, and is doing a great job of sharing Christ with the world.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I put this picture in from the paper because I think it is funny. Number 20 is our friend Max and he was so jacked up. Here he is with our friend Chase getting real excited about tackling a Mayfield player. It was so fun to see our friends play so well and be there to cheer them on and see them win a state championship. Way to go LCA!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Man, is he precious. Derek and I took our lunch hours today to go visit Micah and Angie in the hospital. We had a very slim window of opportunity - we knew if we didn't see him at lunch today it wouldn't be til next week that we got to meet the little guy and I could NOT wait that long. So we got to hold him and snuggle him and he is the sweetest baby. He had his little hat on the whole time, and as we were getting ready to leave, Angie took it off and I discovered THIS:
That's right. A full head of dark hair! Ijust love babies with lots of hair, especially dark hair. I think it is so precious. We probably spent a good 10 minutes trying to leave because I just kept wanting to look at him. Angie better be careful because I could take this one home with me.
Confession: All of my friends having these cute little babies is making me start to want one of my own. (Deep inhale and exale.) I need to stay strong.
Welcome to the world Silas - we are so excited we finally got to meet you!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
We do a colorful tree with colorful lights. That's because Derek and I like two different kinds of ornaments. Derek likes the unique multi-colored ornaments and I like red, white/silver and green balls. These are some of Derek's faves:
And these are some of my faves:
By the way - the star on the top is plastic and gold and from Kroger. I think we need to look into getting something new.
So here is some of Derek's work around the house:
Thes are of our mantle. I would love to get some embroidered stockings and silver stocking holders that spell Noel or something like that and some silvery and white and red accents. But this is what we have and I think Derek does a good job with it. Here is our Christmas village from my grandma that Derek set up:
And here are some cute plates I got as a gift last year from Williams-Sonoma:
So this is a little snapshot of some of our Christmasy decorations. Nothing crafty or homemade, but it's festive and was fun to get out as we listened to Christmas music and rediscovered everything we forget we had. Yay Christmas decorations!
Tonight, Derek and I are going to put up our Christmas tree! I am so excited. So much Christmas decorating in a few short days, it is wonderful. We put up an artificial tree every year because we are gone for most of the holidays visiting family, we figured it was silly to buy a real one. Derek really likes real trees and maybe one day when we have kids we will do the real thing, but for now the artificial tree works, and its a really nice tree that we got from an LCA family.
This is how big I wish our Christmas tree could be:
Oh yeah, we also don't put lights up outside our house - not because we don't want to but because our house doesn't have an outlet outside in the front, so there is nowhere to plug them in. Isn't that wierd?