Christmas 2009.2-2009.4

This weekend was so very full of Christmas!  Fortunately, that makes me very happy.

Sunday morning Justin and I headed over to my parents to open gifts with them and my sister.  Probably my favorite gift of that Christmas was the Gap candles that are not made anymore.  If you know me, you know that I hate candles with a passion.  One day last November though, I walked into a Gap, loved the scent, and bought a candle.  I told my mom to get me some for last Christmas but they sold out too fast.  I waited all year to get these candles again, only to find out that they wouldn’t be using that scent again.  I found some online and sent the link to Mom, and yesterday I opened 10 of them!

After that, we headed over to my grandma’s house (my mom’s side) to open presents and have dinner with everyone there.  I received some much needed bath towels as well as some cash for Justin and me.  My little cousin Sierra received an American Girl doll, which was the highlight of everyone’s day.

Then it was off to Justin’s parents to open gifts with them and his sister.  I received some great gifts, including my much wanted complete series of West Wing as well as a bit of student loan debt reduction.  Justin received some great gifts there also, as well as a fisheye lens for his camera which I am STOKED about.  I have always wanted one of those, and now we have them.

It was a full weekend that felt much longer than it was but led to much exhaustion today.  I have to finish work today, work tomorrow, and most of the day Wednesday and then it is off to Nebraska!

Christmas 2009.1

Our first Christmas of the year was spent with Justin’s mom’s side of the family last night.  It is so great to get together at the end of the year to reminisce about what has happened and what we are looking forward to.

In the past year we have added a new baby to the family as well as a new marriage.  Justin’s cousin John and his new wife Kayla welcomed baby MaKenna into our family in June.  It is so exciting to watch her grow even though we do not get to see them very often.

We were able to talk about Justin’s cousins Chrissy & Nikki’s new house and discuss new jobs, college paths, and futures.  What a great time!

I was blessed with fantastic gifts from everyone.  Receiving gifts is my primary love language, so you can imagine how wonderful Christmas is to me.  Along with some gift cards, money, and jewelry, I received the DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons, Bones Season 4 and You’ve Got Mail.

We are now on our way to Christmases 2009.2-2009.4!  More about those soon!

The Free Exercise Thereof

I love the Constitution.  It represents such an amazing part of our history.  Another document I love: Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.  That one is hanging in my hallway.

These documents have laid the foundation of what our country has become.  I wonder what our founding fathers would think of what the world looks like today, if they would be lost here.

On another note, Christmas is soon to arrive!  The closer it gets to the birth of our Christ, the more I realize all of the things that I am so thankful for and blessed by.

Tomorrow starts my first Christmas.  Justin’s mom’s side is getting together to start off the festivities in the afternoon.  Sunday will be a lieu of events surrounding my grandma’s Christmas.  Monday will start my three day week and on Thursday we will head to Nebraska to see Justin’s dad’s side!

Saturday night will bring an exciting event for Justin’s grandpa Fred.  Polar Arena in North St. Paul is celebrating 40 years, and Fred was one of its founding fathers.  What a great time that will bring.

I want to end my post today I want to say two things.

1. I love Santa.

2. I love Coke Zero.

FTC Disclosure: The Coca-Cola Company did not provide me with any reimbursement for my mention of Coke Zero, except the satisfaction that it brings to my life.

Thankfulness

I am so very busy this beautiful Christmas season, and I have no time to blog, craft, finish creative gifts, or clean my house.

But I do have time to be thankful.

I am thankful for a cornucopia (<–nice word huh?) of things.  My job(s), my family, my husband, my cat, my friends, my cars, etc.  Most importantly, I am thankful for my God and the cornucopia of things that He provides for me to be thankful for.

Happy Christmas!