Christmas this year was pretty fantastic! Even though it was rough getting into the Christmas spirit for me, I still enjoyed the holiday and loved getting be with my family.

I worked until 3ish on Christmas Eve (something I am still extremely bitter about). After that I came home and showered and laid in bed with my fiance and watched TV for a while. Then my uncle came over for dinner and we had a yummy feast (mac&cheese, ham, corn, and biscuits)! After dinner we all played Yahtzee and listened to Christmas music. I went to bed pretty early because I’ve been having problems with my back and have been on medication that makes me super groggy.

0 here’s a picture of us playing Yahtzee!

I woke up early on Christmas morning and had breakfast with my parents (yummy cinnamon rolls!) and then we opened our presents to each other. I got some really nice gifts and I feel so blessed. After that we all got ready and then Tony came over and we opened our presents to each other and from my parents. Then we went and had lunch with my family!

After my grandmother passed away in 2009 we started a new Christmas Day tradition of going to a local Chinese restaurant to eat lunch/dinner! It has probably been the best idea my family has ever had! It’s so much fun and we eat so much yummy food! This year we had pretty much the same group of people, although my mom’s best-friend and her husband did join us (altogether it was: me and Tony, mom and dad, my uncle Nick, Alfred and Robin (who are practically my aunt and uncle), Ricki and Wayne (my mom’s best-friend and her husband), and my cousin Wade and his girlfriend Bonnie). It was so much fun and I’m so glad we started the tradition. After we ate lunch Tony and I came home with my parents and dad and Tony played games on the Atari Flashback 4 that I bought my dad! After Tony went home I spent the rest of the day being lazy and hanging out with my mom.

Here’s some pictures from the day! I hope everyone had a good Christmas and is ready for a new year! (I know we’re not prepared at all)!

1 our yummy cinnamon roll breakfast (accompanied by hot chocolate of course!)
the beautiful Christmas tree in the living room
3 my mama’s beautiful Christmas village!
Farmer Jim’s gifts from Santa

6 my gifts from Santa!
mama’s gifts from Santa!
I got a bottle of Rum! (to replace the three bottles my dad has drunk and then replaced)
12 8 I got the cutest cupcake clock! I cannot wait to have a place of our own so that I can hang it in our kitchen!
9 mama’s awesome new bird feeder!
dad was really excited for his pistachios!
  the bud-bud playing in the paper
14 I was sooooo excited to get this book! I’m such a psychology nerd and I absolutely love Oliver Sacks and his books!
dad got a Red Baron plane!
my new cupcake platter!
dad got a new shirt! I promise he was more excited than it seems!
mama got a new M&M charm bracelet from daddy!
I got a gift certificate for a massage from Farmer Jim! I’m so excited!
yes we did get Farmer Jim Wink! for Christmas!
mama got me a subscription to Food Network Magazine! I absolutely love everything Food Network, like I have a serious problem
and I got a mini cupcake maker! so exciting!
my gifts after opening!
mama’s gifts after opening!
Farmer Jim’s gifts after opening!
all of my gifts from my students!
Farmer Jim’s tractor!
a beautiful birdhouse from my cousin and his girlfriend and an adorable snowman plate from my aunt Helen
the Stinky looking possessed amongst the wrapping paper
gift cards from my students
dad’s new Atari Flashback 4! which he loooves!
33 I am in love with Ree Drummond and her cooking! I love her show and her cookbooks and I am so excited that I got two of them for Christmas! I cannot wait to start making these recipes.

34 mama and daddy with their little black babies (Ziva and Abby)
mama and daddy with Ziva and M&M
M&M and Abby (the best of friends)
me with my new laminator thanks to my awesome fiance!38 I have had my eyes on this cookie jar since Hobby Lobby put their Christmas stuff out back in September. I was so surprised that I got it and I cannot wait to use it! thanks babe!39 my new cupcake carousel!
my future mother-in-law has the best taste in clothing! she got me this cute pink sweater and this adorable earmuff headband! I love them both!


It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

we decorated for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving, despite me feeling like crap after wisdom teeth surgery the week before. We were a little scared at first because we have a new kitten and she’s quite the handful, but so far she’s managed okay (I think she’s bored with the trees already). The inside of our house looks wonderful and festive! (hopefully my dad will finish the outside today).

our first Christmas together!
my favorite cross ornament!
my tree! it’s decorated in patriotic ornaments, crosses, Yankees and Redskins ornaments, and babe and I’s stuff
some of my mom’s M&M ornaments
our engagement ornament! I ordered it off of Etsy and I am completely in love with it ❤ I’ve gotten so many compliments!
Mama’s Christmas Village 🙂
our second Christmas together!
my glitter duck
one of my mom’s new houses! (I’ve bought her three this year!)
my cardinal tree topper in honor of my Granny!
my tree again!

December Currently


Listening: to Law & Order: SVU – I am looooving these marathons on USA lately!
Loving: that we finally have our Christmas decorations up!
I’m so proud of myself for making such good grades this semester! Dean’s List and Straight A’s
I really wanna go the Christmas lights around town!
Family Time – it’s my favorite thing of the year!
Favorite Tradition:
Christmas Open House – we’ve had it ever year for as long as I can remember and I absolutely love it!

Poarch Family Fourth!

for the fourth of July me, Tony, and my parents headed down to Salem, VA for the Poarch Family Fourth! It’s hosted by my mom’s cousin and his wife and it’s always so much fun! Despite the rain (the event is always outside) we had an amazing time! There was tons of food and awesome music (provided by my cousin’s band). I was so excited to share the night with Tony for the first time ever! Here’s some pictures from the day!


Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day has always been an iffy holiday with me. Before Tony and I got together I never really liked the holiday (cause I mean really, who does when they’re single?) and so I tended to avoid the day at all costs. But now that he and I are together it has gotten a little more tolerable. It also helps that I teach 5 year-olds who loooove the holiday even though they don’t really understand why it takes place. Here are some pictures from the day 🙂

I started off the day by opening up my gift from my Mama, which was amazing. These Starbust are the best!
Then I got to work and saw that I had two red roses waiting for me from one of my kids. This totally made my heart melt and I loved it!

And then there was lots of chocolates!

And more chocolates from Jakey!
There were candy hearts from Ms. Crystal

Later that day, my kids and I had fun taking pictures on my iPhone. They were fascinated with the reverse camera feature 🙂
Madeline, me, and Maddie 🙂

Me and Jakey 🙂
Madeline, me and Jakey making silly faces!

Me, Maddie, and Greyson

Me and Maddie Moo!

Me and David 🙂

Me and Greyson 🙂


Boyfriend and I 🙂

The awesome card he got me 🙂
And he got me my favorite lemonades! Yay!
Flowers I got my mama!

Chester’s Hot Fries that I got my daddy! They’re his favorite!