Monday, December 19, 2011

Hello Christmas!

Hello Monday!

Well, the papers are graded. The final grades are submitted. Now I am just easing into two weeks of absolute freedom while I celebrate Jesus and His birth {This is a lie. I have no true Christmas break, because I am working on a huge application for school and then I have to write my syllabus for next semester. Class starts on January 5th this year, which is way earlier than years past. This means no truly relaxing break for me, but it still means Jesus and gingerbread and gift-giving and no reading for class and no teaching for a few weeks, so I'll take it!}. Also, starting this evening our house will be graced with visitors every single day of break until I start school again next month. I am slightly overwhelmed but mostly excited by this. So....

Hello mom and dad.
Hello brother and sister.
Hello mother-in-law.
Hello best friend, Kristin.
Hello air mattresses on the floor.
Hello cooking Christmas dinner.
Hello lots of love in our house.

Here are all the amazing people who will be visiting us these next few weeks!

And just because... may I tell you some things I'm loving during this Christmas season???

Our Christmas tree. I decorated it all by myself...

Parenthood. Yes, please.

My Lauren Conrad skinny cords. In fact, I love them so much that I put another pair {in gray} on hold in Seattle {because they are out of my size in AZ} and my sweet mother went to pick them up for me. They will be in my hands tonight and on my bod tomorrow!

DownEast Basics. Just discovered their brick and mortar stores around Phoenix. In love.

The little bulletin board I designed to display our Christmas cards and all the pretty faces of our loved ones.

Catching up on all my Real Simple magazines from the fall.

My newly spray painted gold and silver pine cones.

My new color coded shelf. Not going alphabetical was a huge stretch for this English major, but I love the result despite my slight anxiety over the lack of order! :)

Getting ready to use my new Erin Condren planner in 2012!

What are you saying hello to this Christmas season???


P.S. You can find me guest posting a new, easy Christmas recipe over at Captivated by Grace today!

Linking to Life Made Lovely, Aisle to Aloha, and Lollipops.


Erin said...

Yay for Christmas break! :) So excited to see you a bunch! So awesome your family is coming today! I love your spray painted pinecone and your awesome bulletin board...look at you all crafty and such! :) Love it!!

The Cantelmo Family said...

I love that bulletin board! And I love reading Real Simple!!

Nichole said...

Love the pants!!i have spotted presents under the tree that definitely hold new Lauren Conrad clothes yay!who woulda thought my junior high obsession with Laguba Beach would lead to this hah!your house looks great! I love the bulliten board!Enjoy your time off with all your friends and family!!!

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

I still have to order my Erin Condren planner. I got a great 1/2 off deal on Plum District awhile ago and keep forgetting to redeem it.
Im new to your blog but I really like it:) Have a lovely Monday.

Katie @ minivan diva said...

I love those pants with your animal print shoes! Enjoy your Christmas with your family and have a wonderful break from teaching. : )

Gracia and Aaron said...

Lauren Conrad skinny cords - are they from Kohls? I have been eyeing some mustard skinny cords from Loft, I may have to check those out. LOVE!

Jody Lynn said...

Let me know how you like the planner! I am loving mine! Thanks for sharing the Down East Basics website. I love it!

Jessi said...

This is a great list! Love Lauren Conrad clothes. Her stuff is so cute!

I've been watching Parenthood from the beginning since it's on Netflix now. I started watching it when it was first on but have missed a few episodes here and there so I'm catching up.

And love the bookshelf! We have ours sorted by color as well. I love how streamline it looks. But I do have on my list of things to do this year to card catalogue them all. (We have WAY too many books) And I'm a little bit of an organizational nut :)

ginanorma said...

it all loooks just perfect! I love your xmas card display so so cute, and I adore Parenthood! Love your post, good to see you back at it!

Chelsea Leigh said...

i can totally relate with the alphabetical order thing!
too funny.

and i am in love with your cords!!!!
how adorable!!

xo. chelsea

Heather said...

popping over to say hello from Erin's :)

You have a lot of visitors coming in this week. LUCKY!

Beth Dunn said...

Your tree looks amazing! I also love your cords and shoes

Me and My Pink Mixer said...

Hello Jen. Hello new blog I just discovered from Hello Monday. Hello to your christmas card holder I just pinned for next year :) Hello to your skinny cords that I love! Merry Christmas!

Kayla said...

i love lauren conrad's skinny cords, too! i had been looking for cords that fit well for months and stumbled upon hers at kohls - i bought navy and gray because i loved them so much. my store didn't have your color though, maybe i'll have to look online for some more! have a very merry christmas!

Brandy Jane Mabel said...

I love all those things! Especially the color coded shelf and your bulletin board! Happy hosting to you! That is a lot of visitors!
Be Blessed!

Amanda Greer said...

Oh man!
1. I LOVE Parenthood! I've been hooked since the first season! (Did you watch Gilmore Girls?)

2. The bulletin board display looks great!

3. I liked the pinecones before, but they're even better now!

dina vanessa mercado said...

nice pics!!! you really got a huge and wonderful family... its nice to have a break and relax from school and enjoy and celebrate Jesus' birth and God's love for us... hope you'll have fun!!! really love your blog, following you now..

join my christmas giveaway!!!


SassAFrass said...

Cute post!

Sarah {the fontenot four} said...

Great post! Great decorating ideas! I love the bulletin board too.

Kassi at Truly Lovely said...

Well hello then! haha. Lots of things to be excited for it looks like! ;) Have a lovely holiday!!!

Tamara said...

hello to you! loved that bulletin board so much...i had to pin it! wishing you and your family a very merry christmas!