Jarrod, Stephanie & Rylie Hughes
Joy to the world! The Lord is come.
Let earth receive her King!
A moment to breathe… that’s really all I have needed lately. And I have to say how excited I am that moment is finally here. I told you last week how rough it had been over the past few days, but things are definitely turning around.
My puppy Rylie is feeling much better. We had to put her on some meds, which I don’t really like, but they seem to be making a difference. It’s really good to see her back to her old self.
I found out that I got an ‘A’ in my first grad school class, which gave me that little boost of confidence to realize that I can actually do this whole masters degree thing!
I had to chance to hang out with 4 out of my 5 bridesmaids (only leaving out my big sissy who I will see this week) which was so refreshing. These are some of my bestest friends and I hate that so often life gets in the way and you don’t get to spend as much time as you’d like with the people who mean the most to you.
And this past weekend was filled with final Christmas present purchases and wrapping (none too soon, considering that Christmas Eve is tomorrow!), a pre-Christmas event with Jarrod’s family since his brother is traveling this week, a party with all of my new colleagues at work, church with my family and then a little baking with my mom to put together some treats for my family. We finished it out with an amazing dinner at one of the best steakhouses around, which just happens to be the place Jarrod asked me to marry him.
I began to forget all of the struggles from last week and enjoy all of the wonderfulness that comes along with this holiday season. And I am looking forward to relaxing and spending time with my family over the next couple of days. All is bright once again.
Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.
A big congratulations to…
You won the “Spread Christmas Cheer” giveaway! I hope you enjoy a lovely evening cozy on the couch and laughing with Elf. Just send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know where I can send the prizes to.
Thank you so much to everyone who entered. It was so much fun getting to read about all of the different holiday traditions you all have. I may even start up some of them myself! I hope all of you continue to enjoy the holidays and don’t get too caught up in all of the craziness. Merry Christmas!
Be sure to check back Monday morning for Holiday Giveaway #3!
UPDATE: Winner Announced
Picture this scene with me: It’s a cold winter night. You’re curled up in front of the fire, wrapped in soft, green throw blanket. You listen as Buddy the elf explains the four main food groups, “candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” Meanwhile, you sip on your mug of hot chocolate, dreaming of snow flakes.
Sound pretty nice? You can make it a reality with this week’s “Spread Christmas Cheer” giveaway!
In this giveaway you get some of my favorite Christmas items: “Elf” on bluray DVD, plus a green throw blanket and snowflake mug from Crate & Barrel.
I love evenings during the holidays where I can relax with a mug full of something yummy and watch one of the Christmas movies that I watch every year. And this set should arrive just in time to enjoy before Christmas day is here! So you can keep on smiling… cause smiling’s my favorite.
To win this set:
1. Leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite holiday tradition.
2. Share this blog post. You can do it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, any platform you like. Just be sure to tag The Stolen Colon or me in some way so I will be alerted when you do it. (The share buttons at the bottom of the page might help for Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest, but just tag The Stolen Colon on Facebook.)
*You must complete both items above
*You must tag The Stolen Colon and include a link to this blog post.
*I’m sorry, but I cannot ship outside the Continental U.S.
*All entries must be complete by 11:59PM on Thursday, December 12th
Enter by the end of the day on Thursday and I will announce the winner Friday afternoon. I can’t wait to hear about everyone’s traditions. So to start it off, I actually told you about my favorite tradition last year, but here’s another one of my favorite traditions:
When my husband and I had been dating a year and a half, and I was pretty sure that this was going to be “it,” I suggested that we exchange ornaments for Christmas. I usually try to find something that represents what we’ve gone through that year, such as a bulldozer the year he started working for a CAT dealership and one from the Rock ‘n’ Roll half-marathon I ran last year with Team Challenge. Now, we have ornaments documenting our life together for the past seven years! OK, your turn…