Sunday, December 29, 2013

Here's to the Birthday Boy Who Saved Our Llives (2013 Christmas Recap)

Well, on the night before Christmas Eve we I was super productive and got nearly everything done. Then I watched the American Girl Felicity movie by myself and It's a Wonderful Life with my mom and sister. I started feeling "off" around 8 or so and took a turn for the worse around midnight. Sparing the details I'll say that I had a stomach bug. So on Christmas Eve I felt ok in the morning, I took a shower but then I started just feeling waves of sickness. I really wanted to go to the festivities though so I bucked it up and went to Church and to my moms sisters house.

I had a hard time paying attention or even singing at church but felt a little better once we got to the house. I was thoroughly entertained with my cousins kids who are now 1, 2 and 3. I got M's gift in the gift exchange which I wanted. It's a water bottle that infuses real fruit into the drink. Once I got home I went right to bed, I was so tired!

Christmas morning I started off feeling alright but I felt sort of hungry so mid-gift opening I had my mom make me some toast but something didn't settle right and I ended up laying on the couch for the remainder of the presents. I really felt awful and though  I would be sick again, my mom sat with me and we watched Monk, I finally began to feel better. My favorite uncle and aunt came over and we exchanged gifts before all heading to my uncles for my dads side of the family's celebration. I was seriously hungry but only had potatos to protect my fragile stomach. Then we caroled and did our homemade gift exchange. I made a frame and collage picture of our family vacation that seemed to be appreciated and I received a lovely tree painting by my favorite grandma who happens to be an artist :). It will be the perfect piece to hang next to my bed since I'm still in the process of redoing my room.

After gifts we opened our envelopes that held the predictions we wrote last year. Mine was funny and came true. I had written that I hoped I'd have my major figured out in school and low and behold-I figured it out! People were already leaving at this point so no one wrote new predictions, BUT my aunt said I could mail mine to her and she'll keep it until Christmas 2014! I will take her up on that for sure.

The day after Christmas we always have our celebration with C and her family. We all ate dinner together at our long dining room table and it was so much fun, we definitely are one big family. Afterward we exchanged gifts, both C and I had gotten each other (different) Barbie movies, it's one of our things. Her sister gave me an awesome homemade notebook and their mom got us all scapbooking kits. Fun!! To top everything off we played our new game "Say Anything" and it was hilarious.

Christmas this year was marred by me being sick though, I'm super thankful that I did feel better for the latter half of Christmas Day and afterward but I'm sad that I had to be sick again :(. Oh well, here's to hoping I'll be healthy next year, it will be here before I know it. :)

-G-

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

I meant to post sooner and more but I fell ill (seriously, I can't believe I was sick again this year), anyway I just want to wish everyone out there a very merry Christmas! May you have blessings and peace.

-G-

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Oh how I love this Christmas season! Just 4 more days, I can't believe how fast it's gone. I still have a good amount to get done, such as:
  • I have to make my gift for my dads side of the family's get together on Christmas
  • Bake cookies with M
  • Buy gifts for 2 people
  • Bind the short story collection I made for my grandma 
Hopefully I can get everything done today so that I'm not rushing. M and I will be giving El her gift today and then heading off to do some efficient shopping. The good news is that I finished all my knitting! I'm glad to get that done :). Last night my mom and M and I wrapped a good amount of stuff, I still have a little more to do but I'm way over half done. Oh I can't wait!!

-G-

Thursday, December 19, 2013

And at Last I've Seen the Lights!


Wow, I feel bad that it's been a whole week since I've posted. I have been having lots of fun times at home. On Tuesday I went with my mom to do (almost) all of my Christmas shopping. It took much longer than expected but I'm glad to get it done.

Right now it is about an hour before I have to leave for work and I wish I were asleep. I haven't worked an 8 hour shift since summer so it won't be any fun getting back into the swing of things. I hope it's not busy. Tomorrow I'm going to bake with M and probably wrap presents. Saturday we have a family party, Sunday we have Church and then Christmas movie night with my favorite aunt and uncle and Monday will probably be some last minute stuff for Christmas!! I can't wait!

As you may have guessed, the title of this post comes from the movie Tangled which came out three years ago but I just saw yesterday. It. Was. Awesome.

-G-

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Art and Decor

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I'm trying to kill some time right now before I watch my Christmas TV shows. Last night around 11:00 my roommate who I haven't seen in 3 weeks showed up and made noise until 4 am. Then this morning she proceeded to talk on the phone for 4 hours straight. Thank you Lord that I am coming home tomorrow. I very nearly went mad and had to call M to calm me down. I really hope and pray that I can sleep tonight. I'll be nervous about tomorrow and possibly dealing with noise and light...I want my own bed so bad it hurts. Less than 24 hours Grace, settle down.

So, I decided to do a picture post with the decorations I made for around the room. Enjoy!

I got this stick on poster from Target and I love it. I love clouds and the colors and being free. I made it festive with a paper Santa hat.

 Some garland from Target as well that I messily tried to arrange. And I made a paper wreath to spice it up a bit.

I made this weeks ago while I was bored. I'm usually not a huge fan of using non-Christmas colors for wrapping paper, cards etc. but I think it looks cute. I put it on the door of my wardrobe.

And what Christmas season is every complete without an advent calender filled with German chocolate?? I'm now down to the 13th day! I can't believe how fast time has gone by. 

Finally, there is this sign that I free handed for some cheer. I really like the way it turned out, simple but cute. It's on the wall next to my desk.

I'll be taking everything down tomorrow and I know it seems like kind of a waste since they were up for less than two weeks but I really love decorating and now I can bring them home to put in my room or around the house. I look forward to blogging from my kitchen tomorrow evening! It can't come soon enough :)

-G-

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday Night Ramblings

I just had to redoe an assignment because my hand had a spasm and I clicked "no" when Microsoft Word asked if I wanted to save it. It. Was. Awful.

In actuality it wasn't really that bad and didn't take me long to redo but it was scary and annoying. Tonight I am just ready to go home. So ready that I'm sad and annoyed and of course nervous about the whole leaving process. What if there is bad weather and M is late or can't come at all???? I really have to just pray hard and give my worries to God. I have just one more presentation tomorrow and my final exam on Friday. I am ready to be done. Today I was able to take the optional psychology final that replaces a lower grade so now my grade will be improved a little. I think I did really good this semester and I have to be proud of myself. I never saw these kinds of grades in high school.

Tomorrow, other than giving the presentation, I have to pack up my things and clean the room a little bit. The floor is rather filthy. But I don't have any cleaning supplies so it should be interesting. I've been watching a Christmas episode of a TV or a TV movie every night to stay in the spirit. I did it last year too and it's always fun. As I said yesterday, we watch all the Christmas movies at home so I have free reign over the TV stuff here. Tonight I'll watch a Christmas episode of Party of Five, Full House and Boy Meets World. 90's TV at it's finest.

Well I'm going to sign off now. I can't wait until Friday afternoon when I can blog from home. Oh it will be a happy day indeed.

-G-

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

So Close!

In just over 72 hours I will be home free! I can't wait for this break and I'm super excited for Christmas. Our house is completely decorated now so it's hard not to be in the spirit. On Sunday night we watched our favorite Christmas movie, The Family Stone. We watch it every year and honestly, that movie never gets old. On Friday we'll watch Annie, which I also love.

Today I had my first exam in Speech class, I got a B so all is good. I'm most nervous about my Ethics final which is Friday. Also, over the weekend I did my entire Human Cultures paper so it is done and ready to go which is a giant load off my back! Oh how I can't wait for the beautiful feeling of having everything done.

Over the weekend I got to see C four times and it was awesome, it's so great having her home. I have no idea what I'm getting anyone for Christmas but I do plan to make leg warmers for some people which is easy (and cheap). Mainly though I'm nervous about not knowing what to get either one of my sisters. Both are actually really hard to shop for, M has pretty specific taste and E is all over the place with what she likes.

This post was all over the place! Ha, well I'm off to relax for awhile before studying. I already got a good amount accomplished today.
-G-

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Rise and Shine

Eek, it's early and I soon have to wake one of my parents up to drive me to work, which I hate doing. I also don't feel like working but whatever. Tonight is a Christmas party for the adults on my dads side of the family and I'll be right next door watching El! It's really starting to feel like that time of year!!

Seeing C last night was AWESOME, she is one person that never changes and I'll never ever feel awkward or nervous around. We laughed so much and watched a Barbie movie (a tradition), I really missed her. I have the best best friend.

Well, I'm praying for a good morning at work!
-G-

Friday, December 6, 2013

Feeling Christmasy?

I'm listening to Kelly Clarkson's Christmas album...I'm a long time fan. Why does Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas always make me want to cry? It's not really a sad song but something about it is quite melancholy.

In other news, I've been writing short stories for a collection I'm putting together for my favorite grandma for Christmas. I just finished my 6th and I'm aiming for 10 so I have some work to do. I love writing, it just brings me so much joy. Speaking of, I'm getting really excited for Christmas!! I've been decorating here and I promise to post them next week.

I guess I'll go watch TV before my last class where I have to quickly take an exam and rush out so that I'm ready for when my dad gets here. Yeah, I'm really nervous about that and do not want to work tomorrow morning. Blahh I'm such a baby. Oh and I get to see C tonight!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!! Reunion!! 

-G-

Thursday, December 5, 2013

End of the Semester Blues

I did something very similar to this last year because, well, this time of in the semester is very stressful. So, I'm going to let loose all the things that are currently stressing me out:
  • Exams, well actually my exams aren't going to be too bad but the final paper in my Human Cultures class is not going to be fun. I have to complete it by Tuesday and I'm not looking forward to it. Also, I have once again been elected to do the most work in our group project for one of my classes. No one else stepped up so what was I supposed to do? 
  • M is picking me up on my last day (the 13th) and I'm worried it will be so crowded and busy that she won't get a parking space and so I've tried to time it so that my check out time and M's arrival time are the same so that I can check out and walk right out to her car. 
  • Work, I'm mad I scheduled myself for Saturday morning but it's done. I'm most stressed about getting back into the swing of things over break since I've been gone for over a month. Hey, that's why I scheduled myself this weekend...hmm.
In all honesty, I really do feel better typing things out and it makes me see that (a lot of times) I'm overreacting to minor things. Here's to 1 more day of classes before exam week!

-G-

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

In Memory

Baylie October
October 2010-November 2013

Rest in Peace Baylie boy, you were a good friend to everyone! 

 -G-

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving Break 2013

Here are my top 5 moments:
  1. Seeing Catching Fire with my mom and M. The movie was AWESOME, so well made and almost exactly like the book. 
  2. Thanksgiving, we had a small group this year but we had a lot of great food and played Taboo after dinner. M and I are beasts at that game. 
  3. Pie baking! After 2 years, we finally got our apple pie nearly perfect. In total we made 4 pies and they were all pretty tasty if I do say so myself. 
  4. Going to my cousins 18th birthday party and hanging out with my other cousins and seeing El. Also there was brownies and pineapple scones. Yum. 
  5. Sleeping in. I know this is kind of shallow but I ended up sleeping for 10 hours on Saturday so I clearly needed it. I'm tired right now, sigh. 
So there it is and what do you know? Only 10 more days until Christmas break, I am soooooooooo ready. Happy December!!

-G-