** 1 **
Last night Atticus and I went to the movies. But not just any movie. We went to see Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” on the big-screen at the downtown Indy movie theater. 🙂
It was…wonderful. haha. But seriously, it’s one of my favorite Christmas movies, and seeing it up on the big screen like it would have been when it came out was so much fun.
It was a great date night!
** 2 **
As I mentioned about two weeks ago, I have finished my Masters’ thesis. I submitted it for comments, and it was returned to me for some small changes (which means she liked it!) and earlier this week, I submitted the final version! Hooray!
The other part of this story is that I am a purse person. I LOVE me a good handbag. I have wanted a Coach bag since the end of high school. I told myself I would get one when I finished college, then when the end of college came, I couldn’t bring myself to spend that much money on myself. So then when I went to grad school, I said I’d get one when I finished my masters’ thesis. I hemmed and hawed about actually buying one, but then my mother in law gave me a gift for finishing my degree, and I decided to use that to fulfill my handbag fantasy.
Here she is: Classic brooke
And one more, please ignore the paint-splattered t-shirt that belongs to Atticus.
I hope you don’t all think I’m some kind of snob or anything, I just sorta felt like I earned something nice and somewhat frivolous for completing 20 years of school! 🙂
** 3 **
This afternoon I am making cookies to put together into gift tins to mail to family and friends who are all over the country this Christmas. I’m making Mexican Chocolate Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Spice Cookies, Sugar cut-out cookies, and Lemon-Ginger Pinwheels.
I’m super-excited for my cookie extravaganza! I hope I’ll be able to post some photos, and if anyone’s interested, I can post the recipes too. Yay for homemade gifts.
** 4 **
Tomorrow Atticus and I are meeting with the property manager of our home, to go and look at homes for sale in our neighborhood. We are thinking of buying the house we’re in, so before we can move forward with that, we need to look at other houses and make sure this one is exactly what we want.
I’m really excited to go house shopping!
** 5 **
I’ve been trying to do a daily Advent gratitude journal entry or in some way making a conscious list of the things I am grateful for.
It’s been really helpful for keeping me focused on the things I have and all the blessings I have to be grateful about, because I am inclined to be frustrated or worried because I am not pregnant yet. Taking time to count all of my blessings each day makes me realize that even though I do not yet have a child, which is what I want, I still have a lot!
** 6 **
Here is a photo of our mantle, where we have our creche, and some other decorations.
and, our nativity, which my paternal grandmother made for me as a child:
** 7 **
I know it’s terrible, but I love the Chipmunks Christmas Song:
Have a great weekend!