Christmas in Vermont

Last year I spent Christmas in Chile. It was hard to be away from my family and to have it be 90 degrees out. So this year, I was so happy to be able to spend it with my family, in cold and snowy Vermont.

But first, we decorated our Christmas tree at my parents’ house in Connecticut.

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These are some of my favorite homemade Christmas ornaments. I was so crafty as a kid! Maybe my New Years resolution should be to become crafty again.

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I also decorated Ruby. She’s a good sport.

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Then I went to Vermont and we celebrated Christmas morning with a delicious breakfast, stockings and presents. Last year, my mom sent me a Christmas package to Chile which included the stocking that I have had since I was a baby. The package never arrived, which meant I had no stocking! But my mom, clever lady that she is, figured out that the company that made my stocking still existed and she ordered an exact replica for me!

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Then we went to my grandmothers where I proceeded to eat my weight in Christmas cookies and lose at both cribbage (not surprising) and Scrabble (kind of surprising).

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On the Saturday after Christmas, we celebrated with my Dad’s side of the family. I held my cousin’s new baby (and didn’t break her!) and lead my team to victory in games involving identifying Christmas carols. If there is one thing I know all about, it’s Christmas carols. No one else stood a chance.

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My New Year’s Resolution (for real) is to blog more, and since I do better with concrete and realistic goals, “better” means at least once a week. So you all can look forward to hearing a bit more from me in 2013.

I hope you all had a great Holiday Season and Happy 2013!

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Grateful

I’m especially grateful for a few things this year. Even though it will be my first Thanksgiving in the U.S. for a long time, I’m not having a traditional celebration, and I’m actually kind of relieved. Why? Because I have a 30 page research paper to write that is due in less than two weeks and if I had gone home, I probably wouldn’t be able to get it done. So I’m looking forward to spending the day tomorrow with my cousin and her husband and then having three solid days to work on the paper.

My cousin and I at her Hawaiian-themed birthday party

Speaking of my cousin and her family, I’m very thankful for them this year. They have made the transition to living in Raleigh so much easier by welcoming me into their family. Here’s to more bike rides, games of Ticket to Ride, wish lanterns and face painting.

My family at my sister’s graduation 2 1/2 years ago. I think we need some updated family photos!

I’m so grateful to have the love and support of my mom, dad, sister and brother. I’ve come to realize that not everyone has such a great network of people rooting for them, and for that I am and will be eternally thankful. I’m also thankful for my extended family. You’re all pretty great too. 🙂

I’m thankful for my friends. Even though most of you are pretty far away, I’m grateful for our Skype conversations, phone calls, e-mails, letters and blog posts. You all make me smile every single day!

I’m also thankful for the new friends I’ve made at NC State. You all make doing this Masters thing just a little easier. 🙂

And finally, a list of random things I’m grateful for:

  • My computer, and that it hasn’t died. Hang in there just a few more weeks, please!
  • That Barack Obama won the election.
  • My dishwasher.

And last but certainly not least, Charlie Sylvester.

Charlie baby! So cute.

Oh, and one last and very important thing. I’m so happy, grateful and excited to be going home on December 8th for almost a full month! I think this will be the longest time I’ve spent in New England in a really long time. You may not hear much from me until then, but just trust that I’m furiously working on that darn paper and then studying. I’ll be back with more updates during vacation. For now, Happy Thanksgiving!