Day 240: Merry Christmas

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I was going to take a break from blogging these two days but I have come to a standstill in family visiting.

The issue, stockings. When we were kids, we woke up at the crack of dawn and opened stockings. We weren’t allowed to wake up anyone before 6AM. Mom and dad always hoped we would magically sleep past six.

Now that we’re all adults (I’m the youngest of five) it seems consensus to sleep in to a more human time. Last year, the vote won out for 10AM, which was a torturous wait.

This year we are waking and opening stockings at 8:30A. Much better except I was awake at 6:30.
Now you understand my dilemma.

I’m not necessarily all about the presents. I just want people to be awake because Christmas before light is so magical.

Also, when my brother wakes up he can tell me how to figure out their fancy coffee pot.

Just some of the cool things that happened this year:

-Learned to drive stick and bought a “new” car.
-Got out a job I hated
-Got to work with the hubster at NP
-Had first garden with hubster (drought)
-Made tons of crafts via pinterest
-Led tours with my hubster at work
-Couple of my sibs got new and better jobs
-Graduated college (late but whatever)
-Purchased presents for my first Angel Tree kid
-Canned tons of things from the garden! –Pasta sauce, pumpkin, pickles and more.

This morning I awoke 2 hours early and in that time I…
Took pictures of the Christmas tree and “stockings”, read some funny gift reddits, almost tripped over my mom who migrated to sleep under the tree, played all my draw something friends, scrolled through new instagram, scrolled through new tumblr, peed, and tried to wake up people in vain.

Oh yeah and I wrote a blog….20 more minutes.
[My brother’s alarm just went off. Sweet!]

MERRY CHRISTMAS, to my darling readers!

Day 239: What’s in Your Stocking?

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I know there are many, many lists out there for what to put in your husband’s stocking but you know what, we need one more blog about it.

My hubster isn’t your typical hobbyist. He likes hunting and fishing but hasn’t been in years so he doesn’t need extra tackle or extra paraphernalia.

He’s not a guy who gets into baseball/football/basketball and there just isn’t much swag for people who like Professional Bull Riding. My hubster is really one of those guys who is hard to shop for.

Let me also preface my list by saying that items that go in stockings should be food or small gifts that cost under $5-10.

The exception to this rule is for adults. Many adults don’t want as many toys–instead wanting practical items (think kitchen utensils) or want a fancy accessory. By that I mean putting classy tie, jewelry, cufflinks, etc.

Kit and I don’t have a ton of money to spend on each other so any big presents are just wrapped under the tree. We bought all our small gifts at Everything’s a Dollar store. Small inedible gifts are typically wrapped in tissue paper.

Here’s our list of stuffers:
Scented candles,
Peanuts, cashews, pistachios, sunflower seeds,
Chocolate covered coffee beans,
Soft (old fashioned) peppermints, life savers mints,
Caramel creams,
Lindt truffles,
Jolly ranchers,
Beef jerky (traditional),
Chocolate covered cherry cordials,
Key chain light,
M&Ms,
Beenie Weenies, and
Oysters (this was a gag but we are weird and love eating them).

One of the sweetest gifts I gave didn’t come from a store. I wrote a letter to my husband and stuffed it into the stocking too. He wasn’t expecting it and read it straight through. He won’t want me telling but I saw him wiping the corners of his eyes.

I wrote about the fun and trials we had this year. My hopes for next year. How much I appreciated his love and support through hard decisions and teaching me to drive a manual.
It helps that he is an awesome partner, so writing the letter was easy. It means a lot to receive a hand written letter. It is something that takes time and he knows I was thinking about him the whole time I wrote it.

We will be traveling on Christmas Eve and Day to our family’s house so we’re doing our gift exchange early.

Day 238: Gas Station Art

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My mom really wanted me to snap a picture of this random Kentucky wall art at a gas station.

She asked me to take pictures of about ten more things–to which I said, you have a camera and it does the same thing as my phone.

This was just one of the gas stations we stopped at on our way to Illinois for our road trip.

 

{Edit: My mother saw my blog and wants me to be more accurate :P
This is wall art featuring the Father of Blue Grass, Bill Monroe. This is not random, but close to his hometown in Ohio County, Kentucky. *eye roll*}

Day 237: Road Trip

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Part of the December Adventivities.

Headed to B’s Christmas Pops program. It was a super long drive, made longer by cramps from sitting in one position all day.

However, we were off in high spirits of caroling, coffee and spotting Christmas symbols along the road.

Obviously, this is a picture from the beginning of the trip.

After the concert and on the way back to my brother’s house we hit a full grown doe.
I don’t know how our little red bug wasn’t destroyed. Sadly, the doe didn’t survive but we sure got off lucky.

Kit was driving and he did a great job slowing down so we didn’t hit her at 60 MPH. To make the situation worse there was a huge SUV on our tails that nearly rear-ended us and just drove on without even seeing if we were okay.

Exhilarating overnight trip to IL.