Twas the week before Christmas

And all through the house, half the Christmas lights are off, the heat is down, the sink is full of dishes I didn’t dirty 😉 …. the drive home from work was hairy, my eyes hurt, I haven’t seen the sun all day, I left the house in the dark, I came home in the dark, no one cooked me dinner AND

Twas the week before Christmas! And I only have to work Tuesday and Wednesday and I’m off until the 27th!

I can do this, I can do this, I can do this 🙂 You are right I can!

Hello Friends!

I’m actually excited this week because it’s only a three day work week for me! It’s just hard to actually WORK those three days! LOL Okay I have Monday done…I can do this, I can do this, I can do this.

Thursday will be fun because it’s my work ugly sweater Christmas party and yes….I am going into work JUST to show off my sweater…and it will be fun. No one will speak work words to me…just putting that out there 😉

Then Friday is my work (another party) Star Wars party! My employer bought out a theatre, created special shirts for us, and we’re all meeting at the theatre with our significant others (hubs, children, some grandchildren, and other special people) and I’m super excited for this!

Of course I’ve already seen Star Wars last Friday but I can’t give anything away! AND I get to see it again, so how cool is that? Then on Saturday the grandkids are coming over and we are making gingerbread houses! Seriously, my kitchen will be covered with frosting and candy and it’s the most fun EVERRRRRR!

Just to get me through today, I wore this black/grey/pink combination. The jeans and jacket are from Express and the sparkly shoes from White House Black Market. I think the rough edge of jean cuff looks fun with the sparkle of the pumps…It’s a contrast in styles and that’s what makes it a fun outfit. I will keep creating fun outfits to keep myself motivated the next two days!

This will be a fun week, if I can work two more days….I can do this, I can do this, I can do this…… 😉

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December Traditions

Hello Friends!

How has your weekend been? Mine has been superb! Really it’s been very nice and I can’t believe I’m saying, the only thing that would have made it better is SNOW! Usually I don’t say stuff like that, but hey it’s December and it’s been 60 degrees…that is weird but didn’t dampen my weekend!

On Thursday (Yes my weekend has been ramping up to fun since Thursday!) my husband and I drove to Salem with family members (mother, father, sister, brother in law, and niece) to look at the lights at Salem Pond and Spanish Fork Golf Course. These communities create some fun light displays that we enjoyed. At Salem Pond, we parked and walked out on the bridge to get a different view of the lights. (I’ll add pictures below) In Spanish Fork we drove through the displays with our windows down and headlights off, it sure is fun and the city adds more lights every year. We drive through that one at least once a year, usually picking up a mug of hot chocolate on the way because its cold (not this year though, I mean yes it was about 40 but seriously that is nothing compared to last year when it snowed early and was below zero for most of December…brrrrr). This was a fun evening.

Friday evening we met family members (aforementioned, along with another niece and her two children and one more niece with her bestie) at the Sandy Expo Center for the Festival of Trees. I have only been once and hubs has never been so we were in for a treat. If you don’t know what the Festival of Trees is: Many people decorate and donate a tree to be sold and profits go to Primary Children’s Medical Center. My husband looked up their history online while we were there and they’ve made millions for the hospital since the event began. I love a benefit like this event; my son Connor spent more than a week at Primary Children’s when he was one year old. He was severely ill and they were the only place able to treat him. Our local hospital did not have the resources or personnel, so he was life flighted (helicopter) and we were so blessed to have the care he needed in that emergency.

Some people donate trees in the names of people (loved ones) recently deceased and the trees are a kind of memorial to the person and things they liked. I’ll add some of my favorite trees from that night.

We visited the fudge and divinity vendors which was fun. Have you ever tried to make divinity?? My sister reminded me of a time when we were young and determined; we tried our hardest to make divinity and it would never set up, so we poured it into a 9×13 pan and set it in the fridge but it still didn’t set up. Divinity is so tempermental! The divinity vendor was sold out when we arrived and they stopped making it so they told us that at 8:55pm (five minutes before closing) we could come back and see if anyone had not picked up their order. So when we heard the “closing announcement” I reminded my sister “Let’s get to the divinity aisle”! and we all booked it down there where our persistence was rewarded and I got a wonderful bite of the heavenly treat. Divinity is divine…. 😉

Then for our big day Saturday (first I slept in til 830, such a wonderful thing) and we discovered a boutique in Salem where my sister got a darling “baby beanie” so cute. We then hit ULTA which is always fun sampling new makeup items. We discovered some gorgeous lip shades and I bought one for myself. We then met up with the whole family; everyone listed above along with our son and two grandchildren and rode the Frontrunner (train running north and south between Provo and Ogden) making our way to downtown Salt Lake to see more lights and visit Temple Square. I love visiting Salt Lake Temple Square, it’s so beautiful and with the lights it’s just magical. There were so many people, we crowded on to the train, then traxx was crowded, and lots of people at City Creek Mall along with Temple Square but we all managed to stay together and get some fun pictures with almost no injuries (little Venna fell and bumped her head, poor little thing; Emily fell two or three times but no bruises or goose eggs)

These are all part of our December traditions; enjoying beautiful light displays, spending time with family, and remembering the birth of our Savior. Merry Christmas everyone.