Christmas Ready

Are you Christmas ready or not?  While my gifts are wrapped, cards have been mailed (finally),and the halls have been decked I don’t feel ready.  I think it’s my heart that isn’t quite there yet. Packing up my office and delivering the news to the students and parents at my school has been emotionally taxing – more than I thought.  I’ll be honest I feel like a total schmuck when my news causes tears.  To add insult to injury another counselor will not be hired to replace me.  So there’s that. Ouch. Upward and onward though, right?

Certainly there have been lots of things to make me smile this week.  Presents from some of the sweetest people in my life, new traditions with my family as well as old are all enough to start lifting my spirits.  Now that school is out for the holidays I intend to get myself turned around. My sweet friend Lisa who blogs at Coast to Coast sent me this package on Wednesday. Who doesn’t love getting a box filled with all kinds of goodness? Skin care, kitchen goodies – this girl knows me!

Last night I hosted our Second Annual Cousins Christmas Party.  I invited the cousins over and told them to bring a wrapped gift valued at $5.  I served Shelly’s Chicken Enchiladas and rice. After dinner they played ping pong, corn hole, and then – SNOW! Living in Florida we have to improvise, it was a big hit.  I ordered it online years ago. We played a fun game to do the gift exchange. I read the story of The Night Before Christmas but this version is filled with the words RIGHT and LEFT. The presents get passed each time the word right or left is read. It’s fun! I made Carrie’s Christmas Hot Chocolate Sundae Cake for dessert and it was delicious! It cooks in the crock pot which was great because I was beat after a day of packing and moving boxes out of my office while still working – meetings and lunch duty still had to be done!

Tonight we have dinner and gingerbread house building with our framily the Mihailoff’s. We have been doing this for years – Collin asked me how long and I honestly think it’s been like 16 years! We are looking forward to it.

Tomorrow night we are babysitting my 20 month old niece. We’re thinking of taking her to see Christmas lights and to Light Up UCF.

Then we have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! So lots of fun to be had that will surely be enough to ready my heart and mind to celebrate the birth of Jesus!

So friends, that’s what I’ve been up to lately, stressed but blessed! I wish you the very best Christmas and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support!

All my love!

XO,
Kellyann

20 Comments

  1. Rachael
    December 22, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Xoxoxoxo.

    • Kellyann
      December 22, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      Thanks!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      December 22, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      Thanks Nancy, you too!
      xoxo

  2. December 22, 2017 / 10:40 am

    You are too young to retire. I love reading your blog, please keep up the good work.

    • Kellyann
      December 22, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      Thanks Dianne! I’m not retiring, just changing jobs. I’m going from a brick and mortar school to Florida Virtual School. It will be a big change but I am excited!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  3. December 22, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    So much Christmas joy here. I’m such a package ripper into’er that of course I completely forgot to take a picture of my precious gift from you. Andrea did a much better job of that and with all she has on her plate to boot. Call me #lame. Your cousins party looked so fun. I love the snow you “ordered”. That’s so cool. (see what I did…hahaha, didn’t even mean to) Games like that are so fun too. I bet they were hootin’ and hollerin’. You’ve got a full plate for the this weekend. Soak it in. I’m sorry about the mixed emotions with the job change. Change.is.HARD. I’m so excited for your new chapter though and can’t wait to follow along. I hope you and your precious people have the very Merriest Christmas! Lots of love and holiday cheer to you my sweet friend!!! XOXO
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    • Kellyann
      December 22, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      Well friend, I learned the art of showcasing a gift from Andrea. That girl is talented! I am struggling! And I am a ripper too – in fact I had already ripped into the gift and then had to go back and fix it. How’s that for living in the moment! Yes, the cousins party was fun and you are a comedian – which I LOVE! That snow is super cool, I need to order more. I also have plush snowballs but my boys hid them from me. I bought them when they were little and they’d have snowball fights. Suddenly they think they’re too old, lol. I am going to find them!
      Thanks for your support with the job change, it’s tough but that’s what happens. I always cry and bawl like a baby when I leave a job!
      Merry Christmas friend!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  4. Paula Dupriest
    December 22, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and yours! I will be at Angie’s Christmas Day to spend with family. Congrats on your new job! God Bless and may this coming year be good to you and family.

    • Kellyann
      December 23, 2017 / 9:13 am

      Merry Christmas Paula! I hope I can steal away and come say hi on Christmas Day! I’d love for you to pop over and see the kitchen!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  5. December 23, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    Merry Christmas 🙂

    • Kellyann
      December 24, 2017 / 12:50 pm

      Thanks! Merry Christmas to you!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  6. Suzie
    December 23, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    Congratulations on your move! I know you will be missed, but He needs you in a new place to work with the Florida Virtual students.

    • Kellyann
      December 24, 2017 / 12:50 pm

      Thank you Suzie!!! I appreciate it. Merry Christmas my friend!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  7. December 24, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Blogging gift packages are the best! I love what she sent you!! 🙂 A cousin Christmas get-together?! That sounds so sweet!! It was fun seeing the photo of them holding up their gifts and seeing what they got. Have a Merry Christmas!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com
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    • Kellyann
      December 26, 2017 / 11:12 am

      You too Carrie! It was a lot of fun and a tradition I hope to continue for years to come!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  8. December 25, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    What a fun idea for a cousin’s party! I have heard that right/left version before with a gift exchange and it is always hilarious! How sweet of Lisa to send you that gift! There are so many fun goodies!
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    • Kellyann
      December 26, 2017 / 11:13 am

      Oh that Cousin’s Party was FUN and they had a blast with the game. Of course now I have to start thinking of something fun and creative for next year! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as a family of 4!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  9. Shannon Jenkins
    December 26, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Looks like you had such a wonderful Christmas! What a sweet gift!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

    • Kellyann
      December 26, 2017 / 10:53 pm

      Thanks Shannon!

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