It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I finally decided to get my Christmas decorations out this year. Better late than never, right? I was contemplating not decorating at all and just avoid the hassle of dragging it all out and then packing it all away again in a couple of weeks. But I was finding that I really wasn't in the Christmas spirit and was way behind on my shopping. Plus my judge told me that not decorating because of the hassle meant that I was really getting old. So I drug everything out, and here's what my house looks like this year.

I've also recently found some evidence that I have some unwanted house guests. So I had to set out some other "decorations" around the house.

The glue traps have been out for a week now, and I haven't caught anything yet and haven't seen anymore droppings. So hopefully they decided I meant business and it wasn't worth their time! I'll keep ya posted.


So NOT Cool

Especially when this is what the roads look like:


I'm Dreaming.......

....of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know. Come on, everyone join in now!

Just sitting in my office on this cold, snowy afternoon singing this song to myself as I watch the roads get whiter and whiter outside being ever so thankful that I can ride the bus home engrossed in a good book instead of fighting traffic myself, wishing that I was curled up with a blanket and hot chocolate on my couch with either a good book, a good movie, or a nice loooooong nap.

Back to reality. My fingers are freezing. My toes are freezing.

I love winter! Really, I do. I just wish they could crank the heat up at work a little. Or maybe I should have worn socks today.


The Weekend Jenny Got Married.....

My friend, Jenny, got married back on November 21st, and I had the privilege of having Jerem and Micah and their kids stay with me for the weekend and attend the wedding.

Saturday morning I was responsible for getting the reception location set up and decorated. I had some great help from Dan and Kathy, Julie, Katie, Micah, and even Uncle Rex help put up some lights!

It was a gorgeous wedding, and a wonderful day. At the reception we sat with James, Naphtali and Aidan, and my long lost cousin, Nick and his wife, Alysia. We were told by both the photographers separately that every wedding has a "fun table" and we were by far the "fun table" of the reception. The first time we thought they were kidding, but the second time they said it, we thought it just might be true. Who knew?!

Sunday was Anson's birthday, so we stopped at DQ after church for an ice cream cake, and then had cousins Morgan, Taylor, Jacob and Ellie Meissner and his friend, Aidan, over to play and celebrate his birthday! After some pizza, football, playing outside, cake, and presents, I was back to a quiet household. It was a great weekend. Thanks for the company, Haacks! Come back soon!


The Coach's Daughter

I know it's been a couple of weeks now, but our Lake of the Woods High School volleyball team was down in St. Paul at the state volleyball tournament.........and took 4th place! Congratulations to my awesome friend and cousin-in-law, Coach Jill Olson, on another state appearance.

I only made it to the final game of the tournament, but was privileged enough to get to sit by Chloe - and we had a blast!

And here's a couple of Coach Olson herself in action!