Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas! Song of the Week

Now that is is officially Christmas-time, I am happy to share my first Christmas themed song of the week.

If you know me, you know that I love atypical Christmas songs.  So when Coldplay released this song last December, it was love at first listen.  I love how it starts off with a melancholy feel and then slowly transforms into somewhat of an anthem.  "Anthem" is my favorite word to describe any song that makes me feel happy but also a bit like crying when I turn it up all the way and sing along. 

Without any further ado, enjoy Christmas Lights by Coldplay.  :]  And Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Praise the Lord--I have a lot to be thankful for this year.

-My new car, Tonks, that is going to take me down to Atlanta tomorrow to pick up my dad from the airport.
-The fact that my hair is beginning to get wavy.  I've been fighting off frizzy but straight hair for my entire life, so this is a major milestone!  
-Spending time with family over our week off.  We've already spent time bonding over bad TV, cleaning, and "fancy" new dance moves. 
-My job!  Times are hard and there are so many people who are worse off than me.  This is a good time of year to remember how blessed I am to have a job even if it's not ideal.  Plus, I work with awesome kids and awesome adults.
-All of the people that I'm blessed to call "friend."  Over the past two weeks I've been able to see three of my best friends and I was reminded of how lucky I am to have them in my life.  So to all of my friends, near and far, thank you for being you.  :]
-Starbucks.  This company has no idea how instrumental they have been in my life these past four months.  I strongly believe that there is almost no better place for long conversations.
-A rock in the middle of the woods.  :]  No words needed.
-And, although it sounds cliche, the amazing God I serve.  He has been teaching me so much this year, from patience to self-discipline and everything in between.  And obviously, from this list, it is easy to see how richly He has blessed my life. 

I'm very excited to spend this Thanksgiving with my very large extended family.  Every year we all meet up at my Nanny's house for "dinner" (Southern speak for lunch) and have a lazy hang-out all afternoon.  My mother, sisters, and I will hang around till supper time for round #2 and then to clean up.  What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? 

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Picture Dump #4

It's that time again!  Time to purge my phone of pictures.

New candle!  It makes everything smell like AWESOME (if awesome had a smell, that is).

6:30AM: My dad dressed as Severus Snape.  Happy Halloween!

Kelley's in a food coma at our favorite Mexican restaurant.

My mom's new perfume.  I find it hilarious that she loves this stuff.

Boo is the best heater.

Brand-aid vs. Mexican food.

I don't think Hannah liked our favorite waiter.

Halloween goodies for a local scoundrel.

My journaling buddy.

So that's what my phone and I have been up to lately.  Does anyone else have an unhealthy love of cheap WalMart candles?  Or is it just me? 

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I have this quote laminated and taped on the wall by my desk:
Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.

These past few days at work have been a little bit less than stellar, for some pretty minor, not-so-important reasons.  Nothing that should really bother me, but you know how it goes--a bunch of little frustrations can gang up on you to become a big frustration.  That's where this quote comes into play.  I could be sitting there thinking "woe is me" and then I glance over there to that little yellow sticky note.  "Duh," I think.  And then I think through my day and decide on the one good thing.

Someone listening to a direction the first time. 

Running and playing in the sensory room.

A child using their talker in a new and novel way.  

Sharing a smile with a student or friend. 

All of these are "good things."  Remembering these small moments can take a day from "bad" to "better" or even "great."  I challenge you to remember to take a few seconds during your day to focus your own small moments.

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