Jumping on the Survey Bandwagon! – Christmas Survey

How was everyone’s weekend?! Mine was filled with fun and busyness! More on that later because I have an awesome Christmas survey to share with you guys! 🙂

After reading Ashley’s blog the other day I got in the same Christmas spirit and decided to do the survey she completed!! 🙂 I mean what’s better than more holiday fun? Especially, Christmas fun!

1. Favorite Christmas Album/CD/Song?

Michael Buble is definitely my favorite CD!! His voice is absolutely breath taking!!


2. Run on Christmas morning or take the day off?

I will probably be taking the day off. The gym will be closed back home and we’ll be going to visit my dad at the fire station since he has to work that day!

3. What do you usually eat on Christmas morning?

On Christmas morning my mom normally makes cinnamon rolls! They’re delicious! I don’t eat much of them though because I save my stomach for lunch when she makes her homemade beef and noodles! YUMMMM!!

4. Favorite holiday or Christmas tradition?

We’ll be back in Iowa for Christmas this year. With my family we always go to my Dad’s fireman church on Christmas Eve and then go over to my aunt’s house to hang out and have a few laughs and maybe play a few games! A good quality family time.

Christmas with Kyle’s family will be during New Year’s weekend. At Kyle’s parent’s on New Year’s day the guys will watch the bowl games and the girls will have a relaxing day. The first New Year’s I spent with Kyle’s family I didn’t know you ate Pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s day for good luck. It was new to me but I’m glad it was brought to my attention because I love it! I would say that is probably one of my favorite things we do as a tradition on New Year’s day.

5. Real tree, fake tree or no tree?

I’m a huge real tree lover! Although, this year we’ll have a fake tree and probably a few years after this. My family always has a real tree and I love the smell. When I walk in the door to my parent’s house the pine smell fills the room. It’s one of my favorite Christmas smells.

6. Christmas pajamas, yay or nay?

Even though I don’t own a pair of Christmas pajamas, I do love them! It’s definitely something we will be making a tradition with our kids! 🙂

7. Where do you spend the holidays? Your own house, your parent’s house, extended family, in-laws, friends?

We switch back and forth between families every other year. This year we’ll be with my family in Iowa on Christmas but we’ll definitely be all over the place during the five days, seeing extended family and friends.

8. Food that you always have during the holiday season? Favorite Christmas food/treat?

For Christmas at my family’s house we have beef and noodles! My mom makes the best beef and noodles! When we see my mom’s side of the family we always have prime rib. My grandpa makes the best prime rib. It’s so good! We also love to try new recipes for our sides and I love trying all the different things. They always turn out soooo good!

9. Open presents all at once, or take turns? Stockings, yes or no?

We take turns opening presents. My dad likes to videotape us opening each present so we can look back on it someday. We definitely do stockings! We save those for last and the elves are always so good to us! 😉

10. Favorite Christmas movie.

My favorite Christmas movies would have to be Polar Express, Elf & Christmas Vacation.


My favorite holiday movie would he The Holiday! It’s such a cute movie and I love the little girls British accents! 🙂


Well that was fun! Feel free to take the survey too! 🙂



Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins

Is anyone else as excited for Christmas as I am!?

Of course to keep up with my holiday cheer I’m watching ELF. One of my favorite Christmas movies. Cotton headed ninny muggins is probably one of the most random words I’ve ever heard…how did they come up with that?! I just love that word and every other phrase Will Ferrell uses during the movie. It makes me smile and you know what that means…”I LOVE SMILING, SMILING’S MY FAVORITE!” Smile 

I’m a huge Christmas lover and can’t wait for the special day to come. Although, Christmas day always seems to go by wayyyy to fast! But nothing is better than spending that special day with your family. It may be two weeks away but I know it’s definitely going to go by faster than every other year. We have so much going on between now and Christmas. I’m excited we get to spend our first Christmas season in Chicago. So many things to do and stuff to see.

This Saturday we’ll be spending the afternoon/night with our friends downtown in Daley Plaza. Every year they hold the Christkindlmarket. It’s Chicago’s largest open-air Christmas festival. The German American Holiday market offers different food and beverage booths as well as booths that sell great unique gifts (ornaments, handmade Christmas decorations, scarves, gloves, etc.). There are so many different drinks and food that I can’t wait to try. Our first Christmas activity in the city and I cannot contain my excitement. The whole market screams Christmas!


Doesn’t it look like fun?! I can’t wait. It will be a great time with great friends!

After that we’re going to Amy’s for a game night which will be sooo much fun as well. Games with girls v. boys is always a hoot. And obviously girls kick butt so I’m sure we’ll dominate the boys at every game! Winking smile 


Are there any fun traditions you do during the holiday season?


That’s right…I’m up early enough to post before work!! Write that one down in the books!! Woo hoo!!

Last night I mentioned banshee in my post, but definitely spelled it completely wrong. I mentioned I didn’t know if it was a real thing or not, so I looked it up right after I posted. Welp, everyone, it is a word. Not exactly what I thought it would be…it’s actually kind of depressing…

Banshee – is a female spirit in Irish Mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld. (from Wikipedia, yes I use that site)

How depressing huh?! Still confuses me why people use the phrase “sweating like a banshee’”. I guess some things you just can’t explain. Unless you know? Winking smile

Anywho, so Saturday I had a craft day with my two favorite girls here in Chicago. Last month we talked about how much we all LOVEEEE Christmas and how there are so many cute craft ideas on Pinterest that would make for good gifts or decorations. After deliberating and finding a good day and ideas, we got together and put these cute crafty ideas together.

It was only supposed to be an afternoon of fun but after all the fun music (90’s throwback) and a few drinks in us, we made it an all day and night thing! Which didn’t bother me at all. The guys got together and had a guys night so they were all occupied and we didn’t have to worry about them.

We were very hard at work with our first creation…

Hardworking ladies.

Our second creation was by far our favorite. We made tons and tons and tons of cute coasters.

Aren’t these cute.

While crafting and drinking we got hungry and ordered Leona’s. A new restaurant I haven’t had yet and let me tell ya, it was AMAZINGGGG!! The hamburger I had was soooo juicy and good and the mozzarella sticks were so cheesy and delicious. I will definitely be visiting that place again soon with Kyle. Smile 

The night ended around 1am, as there were tons of yawns filling the room. It was such a great girls day and we’re definitely going to make it a tradition! Thanks girls for such a fun girls day!! Love you both!


Do you doing any traditions for Christmas with any family or friends?

Class Addiction

A few weeks ago I mentioned I went to my very first workout class, Nike Training Club. Well ever since then I’ve had a workout class addiction. I schedule my workouts around whether or not I am going to a class. Which pretty much every night of the week there is a class that I’m interested in that I’m able to make. I get off work at 5:30 and I take public transit so it takes me a little while until I get to the gym.

Luckily I’ve found a few classes that I like that start at 6 or later. My favorite class so far is the Nike Training Club class. Brittanie pushes you to do above your best and to make sure you’re dying (in a good way). I walk out of that class every time feeling like jello. Today she did a “random workout” class. She would ask someone randomly on the spot what part of the body they would like to work on and the next exercise would be based off that. She did it about 5 times throughout the 30 minute class but it definitely broke the class up a bit. I walked out of there sweating like a banchie (is that even real?)

Tomorrow my new class of choice is Boot Camp. I know it’s going to be a hard one but I’m ready for the pain and sweat.

On to some depressing news…

Last week Kyle called me at work shortly after dropping me off to tell me that his car randomly shut off on him and he was sitting on the side of the road. The car is only two years old and only has 80,900 miles on it. Well long story short, we had to take it to the Honda dealership today to see what they can do with it. Apparently, it’s an engine problem…yeah saying that word just makes you feel the pain! We’ll find out this week what the damage is. Let’s pray that is not going to break the bank!

I feel bad for Kyle because he’s been a “not so happy” mood since it’s happened. I feel where he’s coming from but there are worst things that could have happened. I know he doesn’t feel that way but he’s allowed to feel a little worse today since the bad news got worse from last week…

The beeper just went off so I better get the dinner out of the oven so we can at least eat tonight. It was instant dinner tonight…bad soon-to-be wifey award, I know!