December 11th!

Today officially marks 2 weeks until my 25th birthday (yes, on Christmas Day!!) and 6 months until my Wedding!! I am SUPER excited!! Plus, I will be turning 25 on the 25th, I think they call that your “GOLDEN” Birthday?!


Yes, my birthday is on Christmas Day. And before you say, “Aw, that must suck!”, let me stop you and say that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY BIRTHDAY BEING ON CHRISTMAS DAY!! It’s an awesome day to be born! Especially, that I get to share Jesus’ birthday! My whole life, everyone has always told me they would hate to be born on Christmas Day, but I really do love it! My parents always made a big deal of separating the two, which I’m sure has made is so enjoyable!! I even get my own Birthday Christmas Tree (now coined Birthmus Tree by the fiancĂ©) for all my birthday presents to go under.  Who else has a birthday where you are ALWAYS with family and where everyone is always happy and festive??


We always go out for my birthday dinner on Christmas Eve, after church. I LOVE doing this, couldn’t imagine Christmas Eve any other way!! Then we come home and I make sure to turn on my favorite Christmas movie, The Santa Clause. Then Christmas morning, I am always the first one up! Just too excited for both birthday and Christmas! I have made it sort of a new tradition for me to go on an early morning run before everyone else gets up. Kinda an amazing feeling to be running along in the dark, with people’s houses lit up by Christmas lights, knowing which families are up already opening gifts, and realizing how much I have to be thankful for and how blessed I am. Then, I get home and wake everyone up, and we start with stockings and move onto Christmas gifts. After the presents, we have breakfast and just hang out for the rest of the day! We do my “birthday” at night after our Christmas/ Birthday dinner. I open the presents under the Birthmus tree and then have birthday cake! It’s such a fun filled day! I love it!! This Christmas/ Birthday is kinda bittersweet because it’s the last year before I’m married and next year I probably won’t be spending the night with my parents on Christmas Eve or Christmas night. Kind of exciting too, that the fiancĂ© and I will be starting our own little traditions! Like I said, BITTERSWEET :)


Moving onto my day… No running today, it was a rest day. I have an early morning run scheduled with Erin tomorrow! Looking forward to it and we are hoping to beat the rain! I spent my day Christmas shopping with my mom and doing my bridal registry at Bed, Bath, and Beyond! Shopping was fun, registering was a little stressful and overwhelming. I definitely liked doing the online William-Sonoma registry better than the in person Bed, Bath, and Beyond one. I will definitely be doing my Target one online!! But, I was glad to get it done and the scanner gun was kinda fun to play with :)


Friday night’s are “unofficially” pizza nights. And since I’ve spent all my money on Christmas gifts and am pretty broke, frozen pizza it was. Don’t knock some frozen pizza, I would definitely rather have it than delivery!!




I usually like to doctor it up with some veggies but I am completely lacking on veggies right now. All I had was an onion so I chopped that up and on the pizza it went!




This was actually pretty good for only costing me $3!!




And I definitely enjoyed some vino with my pizza! Perfect combination, in my opinion!! This kind was called NO Sauvignon Blanc. It’s good!!




I had 3 smallish pieces and a Clementine. Yummy!


The rest of the night I cuddled Sadie, read my Runner’s World magazine, and watched The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. If you can’t tell by now, I am obsessed with The Santa Clause movies. I have all 3 recorded on my DVR :)


And of course I had to have dessert!! I found this today when I was at the grocery store with my mom! Luckily, she bought it for me since she knew how I long I’ve been searching for these holiday flavors! Thanks mom!!






I was a little nervous to try Peppermint ice cream because I couldn’t imagine what it would taste like. But ya’ll, this stuff is AWESOME!! I highly recommend it if you can find it at your store!!


Tomorrow I am doing some shopping with my dad and then going to a “tea party” that my future MIL, her sisters, and her mom are hosting for me and my mom so everyone can meet each other and talk all about the wedding plans! Should be fun! What are you plans for the weekend?


  1. Your holiday/birthday traditions sound really nice. You're so cute about how bittersweet it is that this is your last Christmas at home with your parents. New traditions will be fun though.

    Bridal registry is so overwhelming but back in 1992 when I did it they didn't have this thing called the internet so I had to do it in the stores lol.

  2. Peppermint ice cream is my all time favorite!!

  3. Awwwww, so glad your birthday is always a special day!!!! And how fun does that Tea Party sound. Have a wonderful time!!!! :)

  4. I think it's cool your bday is on Christmas. How fun would it be to have ALL your family around to have a big feast and sing to you! My sister's bday is on New Years Eve. Another good day. Well, at least until your older then your in bed by 9 :)

  5. That sounds like an awesome, fun birthday. :) I love holiday/birthday traditions, and it's great that you always get to see your family for your birthday! My birthday sometimes falls on Father's Day, which can be fun. :)

  6. Very neat your birthday is on Christmas day! 25 is a good age so far, just turned 25 in July :) I enjoyed reading your christmas traditions and it will be so fun to celebrate christmas with your husband this time next year!

  7. The birthmus tree makes me laugh!! I forgot to ask about the tea. How was it??