Friday, December 11, 2015

Five on Friday: Holiday Cheer and Dear Friends

I couldn't be more excited because ONE WEEK from today is the last day of finals, and then we are out for Christmas Vacation! Although finals week and the week before can get a little crazy with all the grading, reviewing, and frazzled students trying to pass last minute, having two weeks off for Christmas is definitely a major perk of being a teacher. And this week we've been pretty spirited around these parts. The thing I love most about these few crazy weeks is the time spent celebrating (and anticipating celebrating) with all sorts of my very favorite people! It's been a crazy week, so I'm keeping this pretty short, but here's what we've been up to for the last seven days (and what we're also looking forward to). Have a wonderful weekend!
Throwing it back. Clearly, I was very attractive.

Christmas Tea


I was on the planning committee for the Women's Christmas Tea at my church this year. Monday night, all of the planning and prepping came to fruition. This annual event is highly anticipated, and is always a lot of fun as women decorate tables, share yummy desserts, and spend an evening together celebrating the true meaning of Christmas and a reminder to slow down during this busy season. A few of my beautiful YoungLife girls even came along, and it was such a joy sharing the night with them.

Aren't they gorgeous!?

Catching Up


Sometimes your very best friends get married and move away after college. Sometimes you don't see them but every six months or so. And then sometimes you randomly get to see them and it's just awesome! One of my very favorite parts of this week was an impromptu reunion with one of my very favorite people. Jenn had some time off and came into town, so we got to spend all of Tuesday evening together dominating a 9 Rounds workout, enjoying a yummy meal my hubby cooked, making peanut butter balls in a surprise stop at my parents, and just talking as much as we possibly could. Having friends you can just pick right back up with is such a joy, and I think all the time we got to spend together was something that I took for granted in college.


Holiday Spirit Week


It's been a fun week at school, as kids have been collecting spare change for charity and dressing in holiday spirit gear all week. Monday was PJ day, Tuesday- Festive Attire, Wednesday- Candy Cane Day, Yesterday- Dress Nice for Santa, and today is holiday sweater day. Thanks, mom, for always lending me this beaut of a vest so I can participate in style :) Thankful that my school helps make these kind of stressful times more fun and festive. And who ever said you had to grow up and stop having fun once you got a "real job"? Lies.

Christmas Shopping


I've been cranking up the gears on Christmas shopping this week, and I've been doing a lot more of it online this year. Is anyone with me? I loved hitting up the malls over Thanksgiving break, and of course I'm always a sucker for Kohl's cash and using my coupons to get incredible steals, but I've also really been loving shopping in my sweatpants on the couch while watching Home Alone and other Christmas movies. I'm excited to hopefully finish up this weekend, and I'm trying to make some of my gifts a lot more meaningful this year. If you're looking for some meaningful ideas as well, check out this post from earlier this week!

Basketball for Days


We're excited to cheer on our high school girls basketball team tonight. They took second at state last year, and are making a run back at the title this year with "unfinished business". We weren't able to make the games earlier this week because of the tea and our last YoungLife Club of the semester (which was Christmas Sweater themed), but we are excited to go the championship game in their tournament tonight. We're also looking to become freshman bball team super-fans and hit up their games multiple nights next week (with possibly some Fatheads in tow). Pretty excited to share that time with my hubby and superfan of a friend Michelle, while also meeting and hanging out with some awesome YoungLife kiddos!
The LHS "Staffires" and also some of the members of the faculty bball team. Who says work can't be fun?
Hope you've had a great week as well! Looking forward to some big college graduations, festive holiday gift swaps, and lots and lots of holiday cheer.  Be on the lookout for a little peek into our Christmasy home next week!

Currently,
Kelsie

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22 comments:

  1. I love your ugly christmas vest! Somehow those 90s vests are just so terribly good!

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  2. Seeing everyone's posts about the Christmas break is making me jelly because I miss college haha.
    You'll reach the end of the light for the semester soon :) Hang in there.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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    1. Thanks so much, Jenny! I am so thankful to still have a break- I know that's not true for everyone!

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  3. A Christmas tea sounds like so much fun!!

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  4. I can't wait for that two week vacation either! Definitely one of the perks of teacher life. Enjoy your holidays!

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    1. Oh yes, most definitely. Thanks, and you too :)

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  5. I love that your school has a holiday spirit week. I would have loved that when I was in school!

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  6. I love the vest with the earrings! I always have such a good time dressing in ugly Christmas sweaters!

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  7. We have an Advent by Candlelight for the women at our church and it's such a nice evening! I had never heard of it until we moved here, so I look forward to it now. Annnd uhhh. let's just say GIFTCARDS are our theme for Christmas this year. Last year I made the stupid mistake of having everyone's gifts shipped to me first, so I could wrap them (I think it's lame to just get an Amazon package, unwrapped, and call it a Christmas gift)... but it ended up costing SOOOOO much to ship. Like, more than the contents of the boxes. I was so angry like all last Christmas haha serious Grinch. So yes, I'll be pressing the "easy" button this year

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    1. That's so awesome! And I totally get it- shipping is annoying sometimes. I try to do all of my shopping when shipping is free!

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  8. It sounds like you have been having a lot of fun this holiday season. That tea sounds amazing. I was also able to hang out with one of my friends this week and it is amazing how refreshed I felt afterwards.

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  9. LOL adorable throwback. I totally feel you on the college friends sitch and sometimes taking them for granted when they are always around... butttt it makes it that much better when you see them again :)

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  10. SO many fun things this week! I love when I get to see old friends at weddings too. It's so fun to catch up and soak in that time together! We've had a jeans month for all of December at HMS because we surpassed our United Way goal, which is awesome! I love me some jeans days!

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    1. Oh yes, it was a wonderful week! That's awesome- jeans days are the best!

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  11. Looks like you had a great week. Love the holiday sweater vest! I also love the picture of you from way back. Too cute.

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    1. It was wonderful, Shann. Thanks for stopping by!

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