Enduring All Things: December 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013

Well folks, 2013 is behind us. At least it will be after today. Can you believe it? I can't. Well, I can, I guess. It's just really hard to believe. Anyway, this year was another great one. It was my first full calendar year as a wife to the most wonderful husband and it was our first full year in Ohio. 
Here's a re-cap...
Favorite events of 2013:

Favorite movies of 2013:
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • World War Z
  • Prisoner
  • Now You See Me
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Saving Mr. Banks
Favorite songs of 2013:

  • "Royals" by Lorde
  • "Two Black Cadillacs" by Carrie Underwood
  • "I Hold On" by Dierks Bently
  • "Crash My Party" by Luke Bryan
  • "Mine Would Be You" by Blake Shelton
  • "Night Train" by Jason Aldean
  • "Better Dig Two" by The Band Perry
What are some of your favorite things from this year?
Thanks for reading! And I hope you have a joyous new year!

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Monday, December 30, 2013

My 2014 Word of the Year

One of my good bloggy friends, Brooklyn, had the brilliant idea in the last few years to declare a “word of the year” to live by and focus on throughout the year {if you want to read about her words, here is 2013 and 2014}.

I thought this was such a wonderful idea that I wanted to try it myself. So, my word for 2014 is… TRUST.


Trusting is something I need to improve in my life. I need to trust God to take care of me. I need to turn to him first in time of need or distress. I need to stop worrying about the future. I sometimes have a hard time trusting my friends with my secrets and ultimately my heart. I need to trust myself to make decisions like a big girl. And I need to trust Pearson to love me forever like he promised. Honestly, I have gotten better about all of the above since I grew up, got married and moved 500+ miles away from everyone I knew, but it could still use some work.

So 2014 is going to be a year of trust. I will trust God, friends, and myself. My goal is that by the end of the year I will not think twice about praying over my worries and issues, I will put myself out there with friends and family and I will be more confident in myself to do things I would normally be hesitant about.

Please pray for me on this journey and join in if you would like.
What would your word be for 2014?

Thanks for reading!
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Friday, December 27, 2013

Wedding Series: The Reception

Hello lovelies and welcome to the last installment of the Wedding Series! Here are the other posts in case you missed them...
And now on to the reception! First of all, the wedding party danced into the reception hall as my cousin announced us.

We took a couple group pictures that we wanted including everybody that was there from each of our social clubs. Below is a picture of everyone there from Harding. All of the couples in the picture below that now have the same anniversary July 14th!
We toasted and cut the cake. Pearson got some on my nose. At least he didn't smear it all over my face and get it on my dress!
Mollie caught my bouquet!
And Wesley caught the garter!
And as we were leaving, the guests blew bubbles at us and rang bells. Then we drove off in our car that the groomsmen so graciously decorated!
My whole wedding experience was perfect! There is not one thing I would change. I have a lot of people to thank for that. So many people from church donated their time and resources to make this day go smoothly and to keep us from having to spend a fortune! There are way too many people for me to list them on here and I know I will forget someone, but they know who they are. And I am so grateful for them!!!

As always, thanks for reading!
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Christmas

Well folks, today is my last Thankful Thursday! At the beginning of the year I promised myself I would make it all year. I only missed 5 Thursdays the whole year. And I almost missed this one....

Anyway, today I am thankful for family which I talked about in this Thankful Thursday post, Christmas, and Jesus. 

Even though we don't know when Jesus was born for sure, and we celebrate his birth, his life, his death, and his resurrection every day, it is nice to have a special time when everybody recognizes Him. I am so thankful that God entrusted His Son to mere humans. Especially knowing that we would fail and kill Him. God loved us so much that he sent His Son anyway. We are pretty blessed and so unworthy. I could never express how thankful I am for that and I do not give thanks to the Father often enough for saving me with His Son.
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Monday, December 23, 2013

My Letters to the World {Christmas Edition}

Well folks, we've almost made it! Just 2 days till Christmas! Woohoo! I hope you are spending lots of wonderful time with family and friends enjoying the season. I know I sure am. (I wrote this post over the weekend and scheduled it for today- isn't it cool how that works?) Anyway, I will be focusing on family this week, so besides the couple posts I have already written for Thursday and Friday, you won't be seeing much of me. I'm talking to bloggers here. If I don't comment on your posts, reply to your comments or tweet you back this week, it's because I'm spending time with my family. And you should too!

So anyway, I thought I would leave you with a fun post. I have seen a lot of bloggers doing this open letter thing, but the first one I saw was done by the one and only Hayley @ A Beautiful Exchange and I loved it!

Dear Family,
I love you. I am sorry I don't say that enough. I am so glad I get to spend Christmas with you this week! (All of you)

Dear Crazy Black Friday Shoppers,
Really? You are going to trample less equipped humans to the point of serious injury or death just to get that great deal on the latest fad? Wasn't yesterday (Thanksgiving) all about being thankful for what you have and spending time with family and friends? So just one day later you throw all that out the window?

Dear Christmas,
I'm sorry I rush you all year and then when December finally gets here I want time to slow way down! You are only a few days away which is bittersweet because I don't want you to be over!

Dear Work
YOU WON'T BE SEEING ANY OF ME ALL WEEK!!! Booya!

Dear Haters (namely haters of Phil Robertson),
Just be cool. I mean it's the Holidays. Show the love, man. He shows love even to people he disagrees with.

Dear TSO (Trans-Siberian Orchestra for you non-fans),
Thank you for being awesome. We have seen your "Lost Christmas Eve" concert 3 years in a row now and it never gets old.

Dear Santa,
I want a new wardrobe. That may sound shallow, and materialistic of me (and it may go against some things I said up there ^), but it is all I want. My clothes are all pretty old and out of style. Plus I am just tired of them. There are so many cute new styles out there and I can't buy them all. That's where you come in! And P.S. I have been good all year, I promise!

Who would you like to write a letter to this holiday season and what would you say?
Thanks for reading and have a Merry Christmas!
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Wedding Series: The Ceremony

Hey lovely readers! I'm continuing our wedding series today. Part 3 is all about the ceremony. Here is part 1 and here's part 2 if you missed them. 

First of all I want to say that my wedding ceremony pretty much went off without a hitch. My flower girls behaved. The music all worked out. Nobody tripped. Everything was great! Of course, it would have been a-ok even if any of these things did happen, but I am still grateful for how smoothly everything went.

My wonderful dad walked me down the aisle and gave me away.
When we got to the front of the church, we had a "family prayer." Pearson and I stood in a circle holding hands with my dad, the preacher, my maid of honor, and Pearson's best man. My dad said a wonderful prayer.
Family Prayer // handing off the ring
Pearson and I sang a duet of "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. We also wrote our own vows and Pearson sorta messed his up. [Ok so there was one mistake in the ceremony]. He stumbled over some words and finally stopped and said "Oh whatever!" Everyone got a good laugh.
Singing our song // Laughing at "Whatever"
THE kiss! // So excited to finally be husband and wife
After it was all said and done, the wedding party danced up the aisle to "This Will Be (an Everlasting Love)" by Natalie Cole
And when we got out of the auditorium, there was some more celebrating before we made our way to the reception.
Our wedding party was so fun! Have I mentioned that before? I can't imagine my life without a single one of them in it.

How did your ceremony go? Any disasters or small hiccups?
Thanks for reading and be sure to check in next Friday for part 4: The Reception!
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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thankful Thursday + Boys Behind the Blog

Today for Thankful Thursday I am thankful for...
Chocolate
A 5 pound chocolate bar at the Hershey's store in NYC
Ok, I know that is kinda a lame thing to be thankful for, but when you have posted a Thankful Thursday every week for almost a whole year without any repeats, you have to include the little things too. And I am certainly thankful for Chocolate!! Not only does it taste good, it's good for the soul, you know? I love getting chocolate from my sweetie because it tells me he knows what I like and takes the time to buy it for me.

As we get closer and closer to Christmas, the candies and cookies come in more frequently. So this week I am truly thankful for Chocolate and will be eating it with no filter, even if it isn't so good for my body. It's only a few days, right? Then I will set a New Year's resolution to not eat it for a while and try to lose weight. And then I will probably forget that resolution after a month. :-P

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It's that time again. Time for another month of "Boys Behind the Blog" with Mal Smiles. This link up features... you guessed it: The boys behind the blog. In my case, my husband, Pearson! At the beginning of every month, the hosts post 5 questions. We bloggers are supposed to ask our "boy behind the blog" to answer the questions. Then we post them and link up on the third Thursday of the month.

Lets do this!
Unfortunately, I forgot to get these answers from P before I left to come to Georgia this week for work, so I had to email them to him to answer. :( but he did it! Isn't he geat?

  1. What is your favorite cereal? Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  2. Pancakes or waffles? Waffles
  3. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Christmas Eve Dinner
  4. Finish the sentence: All I want for Christmas is... My two front teeth
  5. What was your best moment of 2013? 1st anniversary trip to NYC

Now you know the hubby a little better! Thanks for reading!

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Today's Girls Between the Lines linkup prompt is your go to meal. My go to meal is Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed peppers because that is my hubby's favorite. I found it on Pinterest a long time ago and decided to try it. It is really good, super easy and low carb. And the best part is it only takes about 30 minutes to an hour to put together and bake, so I can start it after work and still have dinner at a decent time. So now I basically make it every other week. Seriously. No exaggeration.

Anyway, I can't take credit for this on my own so here is the original pin and here is the recipe.

These are to die for!
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So what is your go-to meal?
Thanks for reading!
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Role Models & Mentors

According to http://dictionary.reference.com/, a mentor is a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
According to http://dictionary.reference.com/, a role model is a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others.

Basically, the main difference that I see is a mentor knows he or she is a mentor and has an active role in the relationship. Whereas, a role model might not necessarily be aware that they possess this role. A mentor teaches in many ways, whereas a role model teaches solely by example.
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I think it is important to have both of these kinds of relationships and people in our lives. Especially when we are younger and growing up. We go through so much in our lives from the time we are born till we move out on our own. So many changes, so many new ideas and situations are thrown our way and we need guidance. I believe God intended for us to rely on older, wiser people to tell and show us how to get through the hard and confusing times. The Bible talks plainly about family filling this role on several occasions, but there are also biblical examples of both mentors and role models who are not related to the protege. Some mentor relationships in the Bible would be Paul and Timothy, Jethro and Moses, Moses and Joshua, the list could go on. And the most obvious example of both a role model and a mentor would be Jesus.

Mentors are important because they guide us through life. We can go to them when we are confused and have questions. They can correct us when we are wrong and teach us all their wisdom. And best of all, they rejoice with us when we accomplish our goals!

However, role models are important too. Sometimes role models are people who we don't know personally but their lives are inspiring. We can aspire to be like them or act like them. We admire their qualities. And the best part is, they aren't doing things on purpose for our attention specifically or to teach us, they are just living their life while we observe.

I've been very blessed to have some fantastic mentors in my life. My parents, of course, are number one on that list. They raised me in the love of Christ, taught me right from wrong, took me to church, and instilled many values in me that I still hold to. Many extended family members and church family members fall under this category as well. I can think of sports coaches that left a lasting impact on my life. I had a couple professors and Harding and one dorm mom in particular that I could go to with questions from relationship issues, to sticky situations with my roommates. to how to get through a problem on my homework. All of these wonderful people were always there for me and cared about what I did in life.

I am also grateful that I have some positive role models to look up to. Kay Robertson is one of these. I look up to her because she is not ashamed of her faith in the slightest, she obviously loves her husband more than her own life, and she values family over anything else on this earth. Oh, and I would love to be able to cook like her too! Another role model is Julie Andrews. I admire her beautiful 4-octave-range voice. She is a good person too, but my admiration for her is based mostly on her singing and acting. 
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But most importantly, I look to Jesus as a role model and a mentor. I learn from His example as His life is told in the Gospel and I learn by His teachings in the Gospel as well. I strive every day to be more like Him. I fall short on more occasions than I care to mention, but I am trying. I hope I show His light to others as much as I want to and think I do. 

As it is important in this life to have people to look up to, it is also important to play the role of mentor and role model to others. According to my definition at the beginning of his post, I should know if I am a mentor and I can think of a couple people who I have mentored before, and that makes me happy. I pray that my example is holy and good on a daily basis in case I am a role model to anyone out there. I try to keep this in my mind all the time. My mom used to tell me as a teenager to remember that young girls at church are watching me and looking up to me. I knew this was true because when I was their age, I looked up to the teenagers in my life.

So who are some of your earthly mentors and role models? Who are you a mentor too?
Thanks for reading!
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Newlyweds, Traveling, & a Harding Graduate!

I have another very special post today... I want to introduce all you wonderful readers to my two fabulous 'Buckeyes' sponsors for this month! I asked them both a few questions so you could get to know them a little better.

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Amanda from Notes from a Newlywed just got married in June, but she and her husband dated for 8 years before they got married! I can relate...
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  1. What traditions are you looking forward to this holiday season? I'm most looking forward to just celebrating each holiday as a wife. It sort of takes everything to this next level. Since my family lives so far away, we spend most holidays with my husband's family, and while they've always accepted me with open arms, I still just feel so much better about being official now. I'm in. It also makes me an official aunt, and so I took buying Christmas presents more seriously. We're also sending out our first Christmas photo card as "The Hoflands," and I love it!
  2. If you could quit your job for 3 months and have all your responsibilities taken care of what would you do? Oh and money is not an object. Oh gosh. So much! First I'd travel a bit. My husband didn't travel much growing up like I did, and I want him to experience more cultures and parts of the world. My first stop would be Roswell because I'm a little bit obsessed with aliens. Then Savannah because I hear it's so pretty, plus I really want to dine at Paula's restaurants. Then to London because it was my favorite international city so far and I'm dying to go back. Then lastly, to Australia and New Zealand. After our travels, I would want to do as much as I could with animals. My far-out dream is to open a kitty hotel, so I could use that time to start a business plan. Or, just go around to various rescues and shelters and volunteer my time, maybe do some grant writing, some petitioning, political actions, just be an activist. And of course, throughout that whole time, blog about everything!
  3. What is your favorite holiday food or drink? It's gotta be Paula Deen's pumpkin cheesecake. I make it every year, and it is so easy and delicious, and is always a hit.
Be sure to check out these great posts!
I read the wedding planning post and truly wish I had read it before my wedding! Great tips!

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Jess from Stamp in my Passport is graduating from my alma mater TODAY! Congrats Jess!
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  1. What traditions are you looking forward to this holiday season? One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is the post-Thanksgiving sandwich. To get rid of the leftovers the next day, we put turkey, dressing and cranberry relish on a thick roll and sear it. It's a perfect way to finish off leftovers. Also, I always watch "Gone With the Wind" on New Year's Day; I never tire of Scarlet's antics. 
  2. If you could quit your job for 3 months and have all your responsibilities taken care of what would you do? Oh and money is not an object.  I would travel of course! The next destinations on my bucket list are Iceland, Norway/Sweden/Denmark and Germany. I think three months would be the perfect length of time to visit all of those countries. 
  3. What is your favorite holiday food or drink? My favorite holiday food would have to be turkey and dressing. Oh and squash casserole and throw in a sweet potato casserole while you're at it.

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Thanks for reading! And again, I still don't have anybody lined up to sponsor me next month... If you're interested, check out the options on my sponsor page.
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Friday, December 13, 2013

Wedding Series: Pre Wedding Prep

Last Friday I started a wedding series in which I am re-capping my wedding. I plan to post every Friday until I get through the whole thing. I am pretty excited about this project and will probably be editing and working on these posts a lot in the future.

Here is last week's post, in case you missed it: The Weekend.

So this week I am going to "talk" about preparing for the wedding. What I mean by that is I am going to give you a photo dump and a little explanation here and there because this consists of getting ready and taking pictures and frankly, what better way to show you guys than through pictures. OK here goes...
 We decided to do a first look before the ceremony for convenience reasons.
 We had a rather goofy wedding party.
 We finally settled down and took some family pictures.
And most importantly, we started the ceremony on the right note with a prayer of thanksgiving and guidance right before.

As with the weekend leading up to my wedding, I enjoyed my wedding day immensely! I think this has a lot to do with my wonderful friends who are just too goofy to let me be serious and worry about anything. Our photographer was fabulous! Unfortunately, he doesn't photograph weddings anymore, so I can't refer you to him or I totally would. Fortunately, I was his last wedding! Lucky me!
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Skype

Today for Thankful Thursday I am thankful for...
Skype!
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On Sunday, I had the most wonderful opportunity to Skype with my best friend, Ashley! (the one who got married in June. I talk about her a lot on here). We text a lot and talk on Facebook, but we haven't Skyped since like August. Our schedules just never lined up. She is trying to get through her senior year, apply to grad schools, AND now she is the president of our social club!! So anyway, she's busy. (And sorry I didn't take a typical "I'm Skyping with my best friend" screen shot. I know, I am a horrible person).

All this to say that I am oh so thankful for Skype! Ashley and I live about 700 miles from each other but I got to talk to her and see her face on Sunday! Not only that, but back in the Spring of 2012, I got to talk to her and see her face while she was in Greece! What? And all for free, over WiFi.

Technology can be a great thing if we let it. If we use it to strengthen our relationships when it is difficult to do that otherwise, it as a great thing. However, technology can also be harmful to our relationships with people around us, if our nose is buried in our phone, tablet, or laptop instead of spending time engaging with our friends and family.

So here's to using Skype and other technology to reinforce our long-distance relationships and keeping it from harming other relationships.
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On another note, my bloggy friend, Bekah has let me write my FIRST EVER guest post on her blog today. Be sure to check it out! (click the picture to go straight to the actual post).
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Do you use Skype? Do you think technology hinders or helps your relationships?
Thanks for reading!
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Girl Between the Lines: These are a Few of my Favorite Things

It's that time again! Another Girl Between the Lines linkup post! I just love this link up! Check out my post from last week here.
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This week's prompt: Your favorite things about the holiday season (this can be memories, decorations, shopping lists, fashion, activities, etc.)

Oh goodness! I love the holiday season. Can I cop out and just say my favorite things about the season are "Everything!" No? Ok fine! I will only pick 5 things (in no particular order, and this is NOT a comprehensive list)...

  • Christmas music. I come from a rather musical family. I grew up watching musicals and singing almost all the time. I love the cheesy Christmas songs whether they are funny, juvenile, or tear-jerking. Pearson, also comes from a musical background. He grew up singing and playing instruments. So I love listening (and singing along) to Christmas music while I work or in my car. But I also love caroling, and just singing in our home with Pearson. Music in general always cheers me up and nothing puts me in a cheery, Christmas-y mood more than a beautiful rendition of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" or "The Christmas Shoes"
  • Decorations. As I talked about in my Thankful Thursday post last week, I LOVE Christmas decorations. They just make me so happy. I love the creative process of decorating my tree and apartment, and I love getting to admire them through the season!
    • Side note: I updated my fall wreath (tutorial here) so that I now have a Christmas wreath on my door. And it took all of like 10 minutes, tops.
  • Traditions. Like our tradition of seeing Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert every year that started our senior year of college! We are going on Saturday! Pearson and I have both brought some of our own family's traditions into our new life together and I can't wait to keep making more.
    The stage during last year's concert
  • Family. I absolutely love spending time with my family and with my husband's family. The overwhelming feeling of love and support we receive from both of our families on a daily basis is phenomenal, but it is even better when we get to spend time with them. I love that family is so emphasized this time of year and it gives us an excuse to be with ours.
  • Corny movies and TV specials. I really love them. They never get old. I could watch a marathon of ABC Christmas specials all day and then spend the next day watching The Santa Clause, Elf, It's a Wonderful Life and all the others.
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Wow, I actually kept it to 5! 
What are your favorite things about the holidays season? Go link up with Hayley and Lauren!
Thanks for reading!
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I Knew I had Nothing to Worry About {December Marriage Goals}

Last week for marriage goals I talked about putting the emphasis of these posts back on my relationship with my husband (if you missed it, click HERE). Also, with it being the Christmas season, these goals are centered on the holidays for the most part as well.

As I have said before, I will be leaving for work the week before Christmas and won't be returning home till after Christmas with Pearson, so I really only have 2 weeks to enjoy the season at home (which is now down to a few days). But I have to say, I really feel better about it! All of our Christmas cards are finished and in the mail! We went to the Wild Lights at the Columbus Zoo and have enjoyed holiday shopping and Christmas movies. I knew I had nothing to worry about!
Pearson and I in our Santa robes last year on Christmas // Pip showing his Christmas spirit the other night
Alright, lets see how I'm doing on this month's goals so far...
  1. Put away technology as much as possible. Um not so much... I honestly forgot that I had reinstated this goal until I sat down to write this post. Oops. I have fallen back into the habit of always checking my phone and scrolling through social media while hanging at home with the hubby. Shame on me.
  2. Don't get stressed or frustrated and take it out on Pearson. I think I have done pretty well on this one. I don't recall a time this week that I felt frustrated and took it out on him.
  3. Pray with Pearson every night before bed. This one was a success as well. I think we may have skipped one day, but we have been a lot better about it than ever before.
  4. Spend some quality time together every day enjoying the Christmas season. And success! Last Tuesday (after I made this goal) we saw the Christmas lights at the zoo with a group from Church. Wednesday we finished decorating the apartment. Thursday we wrapped presents while watching The Sound of Music Live (Carrie Underwood did an amazing job, by the way). Friday we worked on Christmas cards while we caught up on our TV shows. Saturday we went to a Christmas party for the college and young adults group at church. Sunday we watched National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (after ONCE, of course). And last night we watched Santa Clause is Coming to Town on ABC.
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It has been a great week! I love this time of year and I am intentionally enjoying every minute of it that I can. I hope you are all enjoying it as much as I am!
How are you doing on your goals? And what fun things have you done this Holiday season so far?
Thanks for reading and go link up with Amberly!
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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Lights, Katniss, & Doggie Day Care

I have a very special post today... I want to introduce all you wonderful readers to my fabulous 'Bisons' sponsor for this month! Jessa from The Jessa Olson Blog and her husband both work in sports. You know, basically most people's dream job! Oh and they have an adorable dog named Heisman! How perfect is that?
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I asked Jessa a few questions so you could get to know her a little better...


What is your go-to cure for Blogger’s Block?Search on Bloglovin. I love seeing what other bloggers are writing about and I usually find inspiration about that. If nothing there, then I go to Pinterest. 


What traditions are you looking forward to this holiday season?I love looking at Christmas Lights. It was something I did when I was younger, and I still love looking at lights today. There is this house in Iowa that decorates every Thanksgiving, and they always add 1 item. I love going and seeing what they add each year. 


If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why?Idk about this one. That's really hard to think, and I'm extremely tired from working all day. My husbands is helping and he say Katniss from The Hunger Games. I like that answer, so that's what I will go with.

What is your favorite holiday food or drink?Egg Nog. I absolutely LOVE it!! I have been wanting it since Halloween, but since I live with the Grinch I have been waiting until after Thanksgiving. The Grinch is my husband, and he is well aware that I call him the Grinch. He calls himself the Grinch. Long story!!! 

What is one thing at the top of your bucket list?On the top of the bucket list is to visit every MLB stadium. I want to go to every stadium with my husband. If you couldn't tell since my blog is called Life of A Sports Wife. Outside of sports it is to go Italy. I love Italy, and have always wanted to go. The hubs said we will go there on a 10 year anniversary!! 
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Isn't she precious? I would LOVE to visit all the MLB stadiums! I just don't think the hubby would be interested. And I think I would be Katniss too. She is pretty hardcore and not to mention, I have a rather large woman crush on Jennifer Lawrence! Ahem... 

Anyway, go check out The Jessa Olson Blog! You won't regret it. And while you are there, be sure to read these awesome posts...
P.S. I don't have anybody lined up to sponsor me next month just FYI. So if you like this sponsor spotlight, check out my options here. #ShamelessPlug

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Wedding Series: The Weekend

I have been wanting to do a wedding series for a long time but just never got around to it or figured out how I wanted to do it. I am so excited to finally get started. Lets see where this takes us, shall we?

I thought I would start by recapping the weekend excluding the actual event. This was one of the best weekends of my life. I enjoyed every minute and never once stopped long enough to think about and stress over the wedding. I have my wonderful bridesmaids to thank for that!

The first thing I did on Thursday night was pick up 3 of my bridesmaids from the airport. Their flights were really late and it was raining. I had another bridesmaid with me. We finally got to the airport and one of the girls' flight was delayed even more so we waited for at least an hour just hanging out in the airport. It was a blast! [No, that is not sarcastic]. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of this night.

Friday we got up and went to my grandma's house for the bridesmaids' brunch where I gave them all their bridesmaids gifts.
All my beautiful bridesmaids, junior bridesmaids and flower girls!
About to open the gifts!
I got them teddy bears that say "Charlene's Flower Girl 7/14/2012" and tiaras to wear in the wedding.
Then we headed straight to the nail salon.
Everybody knew which one was the bride. No doubt about that!
Scoping out the colors!
We barely had time to change before the rehearsal.
Everybody lined up
Practicing our song.
And the rehearsal dinner was fantastic.
Both of our brothers giving a speech at the dinner. It was hilarious!
And my grandma had to put her funny two cents in too!
After everything was over, I went home to put some stuff away before hanging out with my girls. I hadn't seen Pearson at all since everything started. He was helping me put things in the car so I asked him to come to the house with me just to get to spend some time together before we went our separate ways for the last time before we became husband and wife. That time was so special to me. It is hard to explain why, but for some reason this is my favorite memory of the whole weekend.

Then I headed to the hotel room for some party time on my last night as a bachelorette! We ate lots of yummy goodies, painted our toe nails, watched a movie and sang praises to God.
Saturday, we got to sleep in. I actually slept surprisingly well. Probably because I was so exhausted from all the festivities. We girls went to Olive Garden for lunch then headed to the church building for hair and makeup, but I will save that for another post.

How was your wedding weekend? Did you stress out the whole time or did you get to enjoy it?
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