Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Memories

I can't believe that Christmas is almost here!!! Is it me or does the space between Thanksgiving and Christmas keep getting shorter? If I can just make it through next week....then I'm off for a week! I'm so looking forward to going home, catching up with people, and not doing anything on a schedule and celebrating Christmas with the people that I love the most.

Christmas always gets me all nostalgic, so I thought that I would take a stroll down memory lane with some of my fave Christmas memories (these are no order!)

1. Black Friday Christmas shopping. Ever since I was a baby, my mom, me, my aunts and my Mee Maw would hit the mall, dressed in our Christmas sweatshirts and Christmas socks. ( I know, dorky!) We sit up the night before and map out all the sales.

2. Being on TV when I was like 4 or 5 while we were Black Friday shopping. My mom and Aunt Jane chased the camera guy around until he put me on TV. It was the year that the cabbage patch dolls were all the rage.

3. Christmas Morning breakfast casserole with cranberry juice. Oh so yummy!

4. Going for breakfast with my parents on Christmas eve morning.

5. The year that we almost didn't have Christmas Eve- the big freeze. It came a huge freeze and my Maw-Maw's pipes froze. I think we ended up having ham sandwiches.

6. We used to always have Christmas at my grandparents and they would always have a tree. Well, I was 9 years old and it like 3 days before Christmas and they didn't have their tree up yet. Maw Maw said that she didn't think they would put one out that year. I was horrified! Christmas Eve rolled around and there was a tree!!! My Maw-maw, who was well into her 70's at the time, had gone into the woods behind the house and cut down a pine tree and decorated it. Now, it looked like the Charlie Brown tree, but that is one of my favorite memories!

7. Making candy with my mom.

8. Going shopping with my dad for my mom's present.

9. Adopting a family for Christmas and going shopping for them.

10. Our church did an outdoor living nativity scene. It was soooo cold. It came time for the wisemen to get ready to go out and no one could find them. They were sitting in one of men's Lincoln town car with the heater on! That was the year that the Wise Men came to Bethelem in a town car.

11. Another time during the pageant, it was so cold that the seats froze! The wind was so brutal and bone chilling. I was the angel on top of the manger scene--I almost fell off because the wind was so strong!

12. Going with my church to look at the Christmas lights and ending up in the ghetto.

13. Another time at the pageant, I played Mary. I had to dance around. I kept praying that my "belly" wouldn't fall out. It was interesting to say the least.

14. Going to the tree farm to cut the tree and hearing my dad gripe the whole time there. (if it were up to him, we wouldn't have a tree! He hates putting it up.)

15. Going to the Christmas pageant at First Baptist Zachary with my mom and grandmother.

16. Christmas eve service

17. the Lottie Moon post office at church

18. going to the nursing home with my GA group

19. making christmas ornaments

20. watching Christmas movies

What are some your favorite memories?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

For a season

Disclaimer: This post may not make a bit of sense to anyone and it may seem like I'm complaining or moaning. It may contain references to being single, but that's where I am. but I need to vent- so there it is! :)

I love the holidays. I love spending time with both sides of the family and seeing my friends, being home long enough for mom to take care of me, having days where I don't have a plan for anything. I love my family but I long for having someone to share the holidays- someone that I can make memories of our own with. I dream of spending time with each other's families, buying presents for each other, starting new traditions. I kind of thought that this year would be a little different, but its not. So it's okay, but it hurts. Not going to lie.

At Thanksgiving this year, I got to meet my cousin's wife. They've only been married for 2 years, but I don't see this side of the family too often, so it was my first time to meet her. I love her..she's super sweet and she's my age so it gave me someone to talk to. I've always wanted to bring someone to the holidays. The ladies played the "Dirty Santa" game while the guys were in the other room watching football and doing other guy stuff. It made me kind of miss that I didn't have someone there in that other room, even though I thought maybe this year I would. My two closest friends here were both spending the holidays with their boyfriends. I thought that this year I would be too. We've never been dating anyone at the same time and have often talked about how fun it would be to do things together. I'm happy for them, yet I kind of feel left out. Like its always someone else but me.

I'm trying me darnest not to sit on the "pity potty" as my mom calls it. I know that the holidays are not about being with someone. I've been given the greatest gift, Jesus. I realize the true meaning of the season is not about me at all and know that every holiday won't be spent "as the single girl."

The holidays always make me kind of reflective and I also usually get this away about the end of the year- about 6 months before my birthday. Not sure why, but it almost always happens. I was really hoping that this year was going to be different. But I know that God isn't through, that He loves me for me, that He can see the bigger picture, and I''m so thankful that where I'm at right now is only for a season.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving and Tag

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I spent great QT with family, ate way too much, got almost all of my Christmas shopping done, and found out that I'm going to be an aunt!!! I'm super duper excited that my BFF Jessica (who is like my sister- we've been friends since we were 12) is pregnant. She called and told me on Thanksgiving day- best present ever!! I got her and Corey a little goodie bag- I had so much fun shopping for Baby B. I can only imagine what I will be like when I know what color to get.

I've been tagged by Laura. So Here goes!

8 Random Things About Me

1. I rarely take showers. I love a good bubble bath or just to soak in the tub. When I was in grad school, I was always up late studying and there was nothing that I loved more than a late night bath.

2. I once played basketball against Britney Spears. No joke! Our schools were playing each other and I noticed this girl run down the court. She looked like the girl off of the Mickey Mouse club! No one believed me, until I asked for her autograph. She wasn't all that friendly, but I can say that I met her. I think I still have the autograph somewhere.

3. I was Prom Queen at my senior prom. The King was nearly two feet taller than me, so we had to kneel to take our pictures. Everyone kept taking our picture- I felt like i was with the paparazzi!

4. I never eat the crusts on my sandwiches. Not really sure why, but I don't like to cut the crusts off either.

5. I am the only person in my entire family(both sides too!) with curly hair. If you've ever seen my curls, you would know why this is so shocking!

6. I hate for my feet to be cold- I'll wear socks in the summer!

7. My nickname in school was Peaches. To this day, I have no idea how I got it.

8. I've only missed one "Black Friday" shopping trip since I was a baby - and that was to see the LSU vs Arkansas game last year. Every year, my mom, my aunts, and my Mee-Maw would put on our christmas sweatshirts and Christmas socks. We would look at all of the sale papers to map out where we wanted to go, what stores first, etc. Our motto: Never pay full price if you don't have to!

I tag: Kelly