December 6, 2016

Currently (December 2016)...

Reading my way through my reading pile. Yes, still. I've actually added a couple books to my pile without getting to the older ones first - whoops. I read Find Her by Lisa Gardner (4 stars!) on the way to the Twin Cities for the girls birthday trip and then re-read The Girl on The Train (its just so good!) while on the train ride home from MN a couple weeks ago but otherwise haven't made much progress on my pile. I'm hoping I can get some of them knocked off during the Christmas holidays so I can finally buy some new ones. I can't wait to get my hands on Lauren Graham's book!

Listening to Christmas music all.day.long. Now that its finally December I can say this and not feel a single bit of shame. I listen to it all day on my computer at work over my usual Spotify playlist - I can't get enough!

Celebrating the Christmas season! My work Christmas party was last Friday and then Toni and I headed to Yorkton on Saturday to celebrate Scooby's birthday. Next weekend we're having a Christmas party at my sisters house and then I still have to fit in Cookie Swap somewhere - I love that the holidays brings people together!
Watching all the Christmas movies I can get my hands on. My nieces came back from their Dad's house on Sunday night and told me that they watched Home Alone three times - I was so proud! I woke up early this morning and am writing this post as I watch a cheesy Christmas movie on Netflix called Merry Kissmas (and yes, it's terribly cheesy but I don't care because its Christmas!)

Drinking coffee at the moment (out of a festive mug of course) but my go to drinks lately (besides coffee and water) have been hot chocolate and cranberry ginger ale - so festive!

Waiting for some packages to arrive in the mail. And for the Christmas cards to roll in! I finally took down last years Christmas cards a couple days ago and now my card holder just looks so empty 

Working on some fun Christmas-y blog posts so I can make up for my lack of posts lately

Wearing all the layers because Snowmageddon has hit my corner of the province. It's currently blizzarding and feels like -25 C with the wind chill. The highways are a complete mess and the amount of snow we've received is insane. I wish I could just stay in bed and have a snow day today while watching Christmas movies :(

Anticipating seeing MN in two days! It hasn't even been two weeks since we last saw each other but it feels like forever. He's here for four days/three nights this time so it won't be as rushed as his last visit. We don't get to see each other at Christmas (booo) so after this I won't see him until New Years Day so we have to make the most of this time together during my favourite month!

Loving that I came home on Sunday night and my Mama had her tree up - it makes my heart so happy!
Making plans for my annual Christmas Baking Extravaganza - I look forward to it all year long! I go way overboard but I love doing it and it makes my heart happy. Now I just have to figure out when I can carve out the time to start...

December 2, 2016

December Goals (2016)...

Now that it's finally December it's finally appropriate to showcase my extreme love of all things Christmas. Let's just pretend that my tree hasn't been up since Christmas 2014 and that I took my Christmas cards down from last year...(what can I say, my Christmas spirit lives all year long!)
I didn't post any monthly goals for myself for November, since I took an unintentional break from blogging regularly, but I am back today with some goals for December - my favourite month of all! 

In December I want to...

Bake lots of goodies to give to friends and and family
We still haven't settled on a date for Beaver Cove's annual Cookie Swap but I will be starting my holiday baking next week. Can't wait! Now to avoid gaining 10 lbs during the Holidays...

Take photos with Krickit and order Christmas cards 
Yes, I'm that person that sends out Christmas cards with my fur baby. Last year half of my cards didn't arrive until after Christmas so I need to get this done asap and get them out! I just love getting and displaying Christmas cards
Last years card... that I just now realized says 2016 at the top. Whoooops! Haha

Watch a Christmas movie every night before bed 
I love turning off my bedroom lights and only having my Christmas lights and my tree turned on while I watch a Christmas movie in bed - there's nothing better! Okay, add in a cup of hot chocolate or a glass of wine and then it's really perfect 

Enjoy all of my favourite Christmas traditions
Playing the Home Alone drinking game, Elf on the Shelf, watching Christopher the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, Twinkle Tour-ing on Christmas Eve, Mexican and Margarita night during the holidays - I just love all the traditions that come with the Christmas season!

Have all my gifts bought, wrapped, and under the tree by December 16th 
Last year I woke up early on Christmas morning to finish wrapping my presents so this year I would really like to make this goal happen. All the gifts I have bought so far are already wrapped so I might actually accomplish it this year - wish me luck!

Hit 10K steps every single day in December
I'm currently doing a Beachbody 21 day challenge so that will definitely help. I don't have huge expectations for myself since it is the Christmas season and that means eating and drinking all the things but I'd just like to keep active to avoid gaining over Christmas and then I can really get to work in the New Year
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Watch Home Alone as many times as humanly possible 
Not only is Home Alone my favourite Christmas movie but it is also my favourite movie of all time. Period. The end. 

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Enjoy the Christmas season! 
Sometimes the stress and busy-ness of the Holiday season can get to a person but I'm going to try and take time to sit back and relax and just enjoy it!

Coming up in December

So many holiday parties! 
Work, Girl's Christmas, Beaver Cove's Cookie Swap - so much to look forward to!
Scooby's birthday festivities (this weekend!)
MN's second visit to the GWN 
New Years Eve in Minnesota
and so much more -  I can't wait!