Friday, December 13, 2013

It's Beginning to look {and feel} a lot like Christmas!

I am sure you have heard that phrase "Meanwhile in Florida..." Although you may be jealous of our weather, I have been a Grinch when the weather is warm. It does not feel like Christmas and all I want to do is do my shopping in chilly weather. These past few days have been cooler, and it helps.

Who is ready for Christmas Break? I don't know about you, but my seventh graders have checked out two weeks ago. This year has been a crazy one for me, between searching for my first teaching job, having surgery, and landing my first teaching job. It makes me blessed to be teaching these kids (call me crazy). I am finally getting to the point where I can have fun with my students, but they know what I expect of them. It is so weird that they trust me to tell me their secrets or their problems outside of the classroom. I never thought that I would be considered as a one of those teachers after I heard, "Ms. Kane is SO mean!" I guess they are realizing I am "mean" because I care.

It is a Friday, and I am wanting to further myself into the Christmas Spirit, so I am linking up with Fabulous in First for the Christmas Questionnaire!

I have loved looking at and reading a few other blogger's responses these Questions. I feel like I can get to know more about other people and get ideas from them. Gives me warm and fuzzies!!

Hot Chocolate or Egg Nog?
Definitely Hot Chocolate! Something about the texture and thickness of Egg Nog does not strike me. It makes me sick. I have been bringing packets of Hot Chocolate to school with me and use their hot water at school. Something about REALLY hot water with Hot Chocolate makes it really good!
Does Santa Wrap Presents or just put them under the tree?
Wrapped, for sure! I have gotten into the tradition of getting a wrapping paper for the season, and wrapping everything in that paper. This year I got "Ugly Sweater" wrapping paper by Paperchase collection {available at Target}. I Love it SO much, I have to show you!

Isn't it awesome?! 
Don't mind me, getting all excited about wrapping paper. 

Colored Lights or White Lights?
I am in a white lights phase right now. My mom always used color lights, so I am playing around with themes until I can add to my Hallmark collection (More on that later)
When do you decorate?
I try to decorate at least three weeks before Christmas. I hate the feeling of making all the effort to decorate, then taking everything down a week later. So, in order to fully get into the spirit of things, I like to decorate early!
Real or Fake?
Right now, me and the mister live in an apartment, so we have a fake tree. I grew up with the smell of a fresh tree every year. I really liked that smell. When we settle down in a house, I'd like to return to that tradition. 
What tops your tree?
A bow. I like the burlap type ribbon. I found some red and white burlap ribbon and attempted to create an amazing bow. How do you think it turned out?

I tried to make curls in the ribbon, but I couldn't figure out how to do all that..

Favorite Christmas Memories and Traditions?
My favorite Christmas traditions are getting an ornament every year. When I was younger I did not think much into it, but today I cherish that tradition and it continues to get passed on to my nieces and boyfriends family. It was funny, when I was going through my ornaments that my mom has given me, I noticed one was missing. I sent her a text right away!
Do You Remember your favorite gift as a child?
I am sure this answer is going to represent how young I am, but when I got my first cell phone. It was not because I got the cell phone, but the thought that went into surprising me. My parents hid the phone in the tree and called it. I had to find it. Because it was a surprise and I gad to go looking for it made it special. 

My dad had a mouse pad made of me and him in San Francisco. I still use it to this day. I am sentimental like that. LOVE IT! 

It is a little dirty, but it has character, what can I say?!

Do you prefer giving or receiving?
Can I say both? I like giving because I like the shopping hunt to find something special and out of the ordinary. Everyone has "stuff". I don't want my gift to just be "stuff". I want it to have meaning. Receiving is similar as in the meaning of the gift. Is this making any sense? Ha
What is your favorite Christmas Song?
The Christmas Shoes! I remember one day my dad was driving me back to my mom's house and hearing him ask me what this song was called. He really liked it and enjoys hearing this song every year. 
Candy Canes Yuk or Yum?
Yum! For sure! I prefer the little mini ones. They are less messy. Have you tried Chic fil A's Pepperment Chocolate Chip milkshake. OH MY HEAVENS?! Yum!
Favorite Christmas Movie?
The newer version of Miracle on 34th Street

Do you shop online or stores?
A little of both. I like to look at Etsy and get things that I know the people I love will like it!
Photo Cards, Letter or store bought cards?
Photo Cards! I love seeing pictures of my family!

I hope you are winding down soon in the classroom. Do you have a long winter break? We are out from the 19th-6th. A much needed break! 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Currently: December

Happy December! Yesterday was one of those days that I could use a few more hours in the day. Although I have today off too, I did not want to have a full to-do list to accomplish. That hasn't happened. I have been on the run all day today anyway. I decided I wanted to complete my Currently as a break in my day. Farely's mom did a wonderful job at picking the winner for the December Currently and I can't wait to see the Currently for January. Anyway, here goes nothing:

Did you see that Auburn vs. Alabama Game? Mind you, I am not a fan of either (UGA won already) but, WOW!
Loving- The Mister and I have been decorating the apartment since after Thanksgiving, and I am loving it! I have decorated at the last minute some seasons, and I hated it. It felt rushed. 
Thinking- Mid quarter grades are due today, so I need to get to work.
Wanting- One of the teachers on my team made a ring countdown to hang in her room. I want something similar. 
Needing- I think I wrote about a pedicure last month. During the winter I am always wearing closed toed shoes so I guess it isn't that big of a deal. But for real. It NEEDS to be done before Christmas. 
Tradition- My mom always got my brother and I a new Halmark ornament every year. I love that tradition. We also always open one gift on Christmas Eve. Usually it is something we can all do together (game, movie). 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and your holiday spirits are in full swing. I am going to spend.a few more minutes of my break reading some Currentlys.

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