Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Celebration in Photographs

Because Christmas landed on a Sunday this year, our celebration was a little different than most years.  
We started off the day by all traveling in our separate directions.  We each hopped on our buses to go pick up children for our Christmas morning service.  
Our Christmas Service was absolutely wonderful.  The children did a short Christmas program in which they portrayed the true meaning of Christmas. How easy it is to get caught up in the hustle and bustle the holidays bring, however Christmas is all about the Christ Child who was born to die for you and me. 
After the Christmas service we headed back home again.  We all helped finishing up the last minute preparations before our dinner.

A confession: This cheese ball is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.  It is divine!

Some others get a little too excited about the deviled eggs!

Homemade candies, a holiday tradition.

While the ham was in the oven we enjoyed messing around getting a few pictures in front of the Christmas tree.

Anticipation is building...

This Christmas was absolutely wonderful in every way!

Merry Christmas to you!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Seven down one to go

Last week I officially completed my student teaching.  I was filled with mixed emotions as I stood before my students for the last time.  

I can not believe I have successfully completed seven semesters of college now, and only have one more semester to go.  

I am excited as to what the future holds; as for God His way is perfect!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Beginning with Thanksgiving, we entered into what I like to call the most wonderful time of the year.
I love everything about the Christmas season.  I love the hustle and bustle the holiday season brings.  I love the smiles on every one's faces. I love the winter chill in the air.  I love boots, scarfs, and puffy vests.  The Christmas season also brings many holiday traditions.  One of which include the infamous Christmas Lights Activity.
This activity begins with all college students loading up on several buses and taking a trip to Chicago. From there, we simply split up and go and do as we desire.  This year was my final Christmas Lights Activity so I decided to make it my best.  

We began the evening by going to Ed Debevics. If you have never eaten at this "interesting" is most definitely a must try.  Yes, the food is good....but the service is the best.  All I can say is a table of nine girls made for a lot of fun! 

Our waiter, whose entire purpose and job was to aggravate, provoke, and annoy each and everyone of us, definitely succeeded and was tipped well. 

After dinner, we walked around window shopping in the Windy City.

 We made our last stop at Starbucks.  After all, a trip to Chicago would never be complete without a stop at one of the hundreds of Starbucks in Chicago.  Honestly, I am not a huge coffee fan.  However, a vanilla bean frappuccino...that's a different story.

This Christmas Lights Activity was definitely an activity to remember, one of the best yet!