Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Memorable Movies

I recently signed up for Netflix, and I love it! There are so many movies to choose from and I can watch them right on my computer (which is perfect because I don't have a TV at my apartment). One of the first movies I watched was Phoebe in Wonderland starring Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning's little sister. I discovered this movie when I was watching old Ellen Degeneres clips and Elle was a guest on her show. This little girl was so cute and fascinating. She is about 11 and was so giddy and smart and just excited about everything. To me, she was the type of person you want to meet and be around. Elle was promoting her movie and I saw a few clips and immediately knew I had to see it, so when I finally signed up for Netflix it was the first movie I searched for. The movie was magical, but also had sad moments because Phoebe (Elle Fanning) is struggling with Tourettes. I highly recommend this movie and can't wait to watch it again myself! You can find more information about the movie here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

"At a certain part in your life. Probably when too much
of it has gone by. You will open your eyes and see yourself for who
you are. Especially for everything that made you so different from
all the awful normals. And you will say to yourself, "But I am this
person." And in that statement, that correction, there will be a
kind of love."

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Favorite Holiday Memories

1.) Having the family over and watching old, classic movies while dinner is cooking.
2. )Listening to stories told by my Grandpa about my dad and aunt when they was growing up.
3.) Random and hilarious dinner conversation.
4.) Uncle Eric playing with the boys electronic toys.
5.) Cinnamon barking at every little noise and Dan driving her crazy.
6.) My cousin Betsy and I always teaming up to do the dishes after dinner.
7.) My grandpa falling asleep on the couch right after dinner.
8.) Everyone being in a food coma for about an hour and then somehow managing to eat dessert.

I wouldn't say my family has holiday traditions, but these events seem to happen each year, so maybe they are our family's traditions. Either way they are lasting memories that I love to relive each Christmas. What are your favorite holiday memories and/or traditions?

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a great day with family and loved ones!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday Cheer

I love Christmas time! I love the decorations, the lights, the cookies and Christmas shopping for that perfect gift! I love the feeling of kindness and love that is in the air.

{Poinsettias that brighten up little corners}

{Our beautiful Christmas tree}

{Everyone's Christmas presents wrapped in brown paper and ribbon for a simple and elegant look}

{The stockings all hung by the chimney with care}

{Homemade Christmas cookie cutouts}

{Homemade Peppermint Bark}

Aside from all the Christmas decorations, I am very excited to see my family this holiday. On Christmas Eve, my mom, step-dad, brothers and I are going to Rochester to visit my Aunt, Uncle and cousins. I am so excited to see all my little cousins. They are so cute and funny, and I never get to see my mom's side of the family so this is an extra special treat! On Christmas day, I'm going to my mom's house to exchange presents and pick up my brothers to come spend the day with my dad. This year my dad decided he wants to host Christmas dinner, so my Aunt, Uncle, cousin and Grandpa will be coming over. This is going to be such a good Christmas. Family, food and fun! I can't wait! What are you doing this Christmas?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter Break Goals

1.) Read as many books as possible. I haven't read a book leisurely since over the summer. I read so many books this past summer, but as soon as school comes around I just don't have time or would rather do other things with my spare time. So one goal during this winter break is to read as many books as possible, starting with finishing "Eat Pray Love."

2.) Hit the gym with Fredericka a few times a week. A new friend I made while working at Cole Haan has a membership to World Gym and is allowed to bring a buddy every time she goes for free. I have gone with her once already and we took as spinning class (I will never do that again, I just don't care for it.) She wants to go a lot as well, but likes to have a work out buddy, so I figured we can go together and get fit!

3.) Come up with New Year's Resolutions and stick with them. I am so bad about sticking with my resolutions, and I always have such good ones, its really a shame to not follow through with them. Maybe I will make a decorative picture with my New Year's Resolutions surrounded by things that inspire me for that extra boost of motivation, instead of writing them on a post it that will probably be thrown out at some point.

4.) Save money for my trip to NYC. I am planning on going to NYC to visit my best friend Ashley the first weekend in February. I have not seen Ash since I drove down to NYC with her and her dad to drop her and all of belonging off at her apartment. She is coming home on the 23rd of December and we were hoping to see each other that day, but with Christmas just 2 days away its not going to work out. So, we decided that on the 26th we are going to spend the whole day together! I cannot wait! Besides spending as much time as possible with Ash while she is home, my other goal is to buy my plane tickets and save up some Christmas money and work money from now until February so we can shop and eat and play when I go visit her! So let the saving begin!