Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Round Up

It does not seem possible that another year has come and gone.  It all is a blur.  


** I made it through a full year of school with two As and one B.  I am almost halfway through this degree.

** I did better with my workouts but still not as well as I could have been.  I need to quit making excuses and just put in the work.  I already know I feel better when I get them in.

**  I finally attended an Ole Miss bowl game.  

**  I had no vacation this year other than the one night for the bowl game and one night for a mini family reunion.   I need to work on at least a weekend this year.

**  I bought my first laptop this year.  I still love my Macbook.  

**  I didn't give up something I really wanted when unexpected expenses happened.  That would be the first thing I do normally.  I worked hard saving this year for the blue champagne flute and didn't put it aside.  






Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas

I spent Christmas in Alabama this year.  It was great to spend time with my family especially my grandmothers.  We spent the day at my grandmother's on Daddy's side of the family.  It was the biggest group of us together in years and I was so happy not to be the oldest grandkid there (I am #5).  Sadly at the last minute my cousin was told she couldn't travel anymore (she is due in less than a month with a little boy) so my aunt was with her in Florida.  One of my oldest cousins came for the first time in years and I was so excited to finally meet his beautiful wife.  


Christmas presents weren't the only ones being opened.  Linny is due with a little girl in April so my aunts who won't be able to come home brought gifts this weekend.  Isn't that dress the cutest?


Can you tell the guys are getting bored waiting to open presents?


Grandmother got the boxed set of the Jesse Stone movies and a ball cap.  


Adam (he is #2) and his beautiful wife Kim.  They own a photography business in Seattle.  


A group hanging out catching up.


My mother, brother, Adam and Sarah.  

Adam and Kim took a lot of pictures while they were here.  And a few videos.  I can't wait to see the group shot they took.  I hope they will let me share a few.





This was Belle last night after we got home.  She didn't move for hours.  I didn't get any pictures of her playing with the boys.  

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Gifts, The Gifts

We all know the fun part of the holidays is receiving gifts and seeing the faces when we give them.  And for me it is a double whammy as I only get gifts one day a year.  





My parents got me this pretty blue topaz bangle for my birthday.  The stones are a really light color.  


There is no doubt that S knows me well.  She picked up the Bears cup at Soldier Field when she went to Chicago in the fall.  


According to S, Beth has me ready for a night on the town with her two gifts.



S got me this great bag to pack stuff in for picnics.  


Santa still comes to visit my brother and me.  I got the Waterford flute for Christmas this year.  I should have known something was up since it wasn't my birthday present.  I am still not sure where I will put the Ole Miss rug.



I got myself this pretty for a combined Christmas and birthday gift.  
image from Amazon






Not really a gift but a must as my previous flat iron died at the beginning of the month.  


I also got a few books and little things.  

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and Santa was good to everyone.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Salted Chocolate Covered Caramels

I am a sucker for those pull off recipes and coupons on the grocery store shelves.  I pulled off one from Baker's chocolate with some candy recipes.  My father loves all things caramel so I decided to give one a try and take it with me when I head to their house for Christmas.


Salted Chocolate Covered Caramels


1 package (14 oz) caramels
5 oz Baker's Semi Sweet Chocolate, melted
1 tbsp. sea salt



Insert a toothpick into 1 caramel; dip into chocolate, turning until completely coated.  Shake gently to remove the excess chocolate.  Place on a waxed paper covered baking sheet.  Remove toothpick.  Repeat with remaining caramels.  
Sprinkle with salt.  Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes or until chocolate is firm.






I had about an ounce of chocolate left over after covering the whole bag.  I think with the next batch I will start off with just melting 3 more ounces.  These turned out really yummy.  I hope I can keep my hands off of them long enough for any to make it to Alabama.




Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas

I finally got into the spirit of decorating for Christmas during the Iron Bowl.  I am not going to lie I considered not even putting up my tree this year.  But then I remembered I had some new ornaments to put up.  




While I was at it I wrapped the presents I have to send off.  
I am to short even with my step stool to reach the top of the tree to add the topper.  



This one is from last year.  I got it on Christmas Eve and the reindeer are the thumbprints for H & G.


I had to ad a new Ole Miss ornament.  



This year's snowman.  He was to cute not to buy.


Walmart has ornaments with the armed forces crest.  I couldn't resist the Air Force one.  I have to remember to go back and pick one up for the parents.


I found this little football so cute.



Ms. Belle was a ton of help as you can tell.



















Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Fraternity Collection

I found out about The Fraternity Collection from this years Mississippi magazine's Field guide. I love the fact it is a Mississippi owned company.  Not only do you get to create your own cute shirt but they give 10% of the purchase price to a charity of your choice.  I picked out the Tori pattern and paired it with the deep sea long sleeve shirt.  They have so many choices it took forever to decide on the perfect one.  I originally thought I wanted to pick out a turquoise and grey combination but fell in love with the Tori pattern.  





All the shirts come with a pink and blue bow tie in the corner of the pocket.  They also sell koozies and sunglasses straps made out of the pocket patterns.  I loved the additional surprise of bumper sticker in the bow tie design.  
You won't regret checking out the items at Fraternity Collection.  When you make an order you can always use my favorite charities, Mary Payton's Miracle Foundation


Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Goals

I completed half of my goals for November. And I am totally okay with not hitting them all. I am trying to wrap my head around the fact that we are in the last month of 2013. Where has this year gone?


December Goals


** Workout 3 times a week.

**  Study for my final

**  Finish Christmas shopping by the end of this week.



I am going to do my best to just enjoy this season.