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He Asked Me To Marry Him Today

It was nearly eight years ago when I started sharing the details of my life here, and throughout that time I’ve grown and changed so much that it would be hard to explain to a stranger. Let’s just say that it has been an incredible journey filled with ups and downs.

This year wasn’t easy, but overall, it has been one of, if not the best, in my life, and it got even better today. Michael asked me to marry him, and I said yes. 

I’ve prayed/wished/hoped/dreamed of being loved by a tall, strong, handsome, smart, Jesus-loving man who understands me and accepts me for as long as I can remember, and at the beginning of the year I found him.

We have been through some major life events together over the last year, and today added a pretty big milestone to that list.

I didn’t think this week with my family could get any better than it already was, but Michael proved me wrong. This was already the best Christmas season ever, and now it’s even better than that. I can’t believe I’m going to be Mrs. Michael. 😉

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays…

 

Crafty Kenlie

I’ve been quiet here over the last few weeks, but I’ve been blogging in other places. I wrote a post about Old Navy on the PlusInc blog, and I wrote an article about my love for Richard Simmons on DietsinReview.com. Last week the Today Show talked about Richard, and a friend sent me this photo from the segment. I had never seen it, but I remember that day. It made me smile, and I want to wish Richard every happiness. I’m praying for his healing too.

Richard Simmons Today Show and Kenlie

The month started with a bit of stress, but most of it has subsided. Now I’m in holiday mode, and I cannot wait to finish decorating for Christmas. I’ve been baking cookies, which is something that I do at this time of year. (I’ll share some photos soon.)

I’ve also been making wreaths. I sold a few last week, which is great because it means that I get to make more wreaths. I’ve been knitting too, which is also good because it keeps my hands busy.

Crafting has always been a pretty big part of my life, but lately I’ve been reminded of how much I love it! Cookie art aside, crafting keeps me from mindlessly snacking, which is a double-win.

Christmas Deco Mesh Wreath

red and silver deco mesh wreath

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Thanksgiving is almost here. The end of the semester will be here before I know it, and that means that I have to manage my time well so that I’m not stressing over exams and papers two weeks from now.

Happy (almost) holidays!

Friend Makin’ Mondays and An Apology

Friend Makin’ Mondays didn’t happen last week so I used that as an excuse to take a little blogging break.  Now I’m back, and I hope you’ll join me for FMM this week!  I don’t plan to miss it again for a long time.   If you were counting on it, I’m sorry.  Please forgive me and join me for some fun now.

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If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

 

Holidays

1.  What are you plans for Thanksgiving this year?  I’m going to Colorado later this week to meet my newest niece and to celebrate Thanksgiving early with my family.  My friends and I are also having a Thanksgiving pot luck party during our weekly game night this week.  On Thanksgiving Day, I’ll be with Mom at her house, and some friends from church are joining us for the day.  We’ll eat lunch with relatives  and decorate the Christmas tree (because Mom and I don’t waste any time celebrating Christmas.)

2.  At what point do you being celebrating the Christmas season?  I’m already watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel, but all of my decorations will be up the weekend after Thanksgiving (at the latest.)  I’ll decorate my tree on December 1st because I want it to last until Christmas.  It’s going to smell so good in my apartment!  I can’t wait!

3.  Do you celebrate Christmas, or do you celebrate another holiday? I think we all know that the answer is yes!

4.  If you could have one present (you know, a material good, not love or world peace) what would you want?  Hmmm,  I’ve wanted a certain Louis Vuitton bag, The Neverfull GM, for years so I’d totally choose that.

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5.  Share an idea or two that you can plan to do for someone who may need to feel loved throughout the holiday season.  I like to make others feel loved and important all year, but I’ll do even more throughout the holiday season.  I’ll spend time with those who might be lonely or struggling with the holidays, and I’ll give cupcakes and cookies to as many people as possible.

6.  Would you rather spend the holiday season on the beach or in the snow?  I like cold weather, and New Orleans has been amazing lately.  It’s cool enough to wear sweaters and blazers and such, but it’s not so cold that the air bites you when you’re outside.

Lane Bryant Sweater and Blazer

7. What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?  I love pecan pie even though I’m still pissed that one tiny slice contains 390 calories.  Dessert counts as food, right?  I also like ham more than turkey.

8.  Will you participate in Black Friday shopping?  Yep.  Mom and I love to wake up early to head out, but it’s not nearly as crazy in her town as it is in other bigger cities.

9.  Will you travel for the holidays or stay at home?  If you’re traveling, are you flying or driving or making alternate plans?  I’m traveling for the holidays.  I’m flying to Denver and driving to Mom’s house.

10.  List at least 5 things for which you are currently thankful.

  1.  My apartment, my cool neighbors, the view from my apartment and the fact that the construction is over.
  2. God’s love for me.  Seriously, I’m thankful for the work that He’s done in my life over the last several months.  I’m thankful for the peace that comes in feeling His presence and  knowing that He is GOD.  I’m also thankful for NOLA Church and for my pastor who’s my friend and teacher.
  3. My family and friends…the people who love me no matter what, who see all of my flaws and choose to be in my corner anyway.
  4. My brain and my opportunity to go to such an awesome university.
  5. My talents.  They allow me to reach out to people, and sometimes they even allow me to help others…

 

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions!  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments, and take a moment to share it on Facebook and twitter too!  Why not spread the friend makin’ love?! 🙂  Happy Monday, friends!

 

 

Simple Things

The day after Christmas is never as much fun as Christmas Day, but I’m still with my family so I’m happy.

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We had a white Christmas complete with freezing temperatures, and good times. After opening presents and eating an incredible lunch, we all went to the movies together. It continued to snow so we spent the evening inside.

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Hannah and I snuggled for a while before going to her room to play and read books. I love being with her, and I wish I had as much energy as she does every day. I plan to work on that in the coming year.

My holiday was simple, but I was surrounded by my family and snowflakes. I am thankful for my life and the people I love.  We have a lot planned over the next few days, and I’m looking forward to all of it.

How was your holiday?

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Christmas Questions

At this time last week I was enjoying my last day with Lance. I can’t believe he has only been gone for a week!  It feels like it has been so much longer.  At the same time the few weeks I have to wait to see him again feel like an eternity.   I miss him, and I missed FMM too!  Did anyone miss it as much as I did?

I have a final today, and I’m ready to be done with it.  I’ve enjoyed the class, but I’m ready for a break.  I have three finals left after this one, but I’ll be done with all of them by Thursday.  I’m looking forward to that!  I’m also looking forward to making a homemade gingerbread mansion with friends after today’s final.

In addition to finals and FMM it’s also weigh-in day, and it won’t be pretty.  I’ve been exhibiting some terrible habits over the last couple of weeks, and the scale is not happy about it.  I’d like to say that I have it under control now, but I won’t go that far.  Instead I’m happy to say that Sunday was a healthy day. I didn’t give into cravings, and I loaded up on fruits and veggies.  Today will be a healthy day too.

Now let’s talk about the holidays.  If you spend much time here you know I love Christmas, and you shouldn’t be too surprised that it’s this week’s topic too.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

 Christmas Questions

1. How will you celebrate the holidays this year?  I’ll be at my sister’s house with my family, and I can’t wait to watch my niece open her presents!  She’s three now, and I know she’s going to love it!

2. What’s the weather currently like where you live? It’s not cold…at all.  That’s certainly a drawback of living in New Orleans.

3. Do you decorate your home for the holidays? If so, share a picture please!  Of course I do!  I’ve been selective about photos in an attempt to keep my location semi-private, but I’ll share a couple of wreaths I made.

I made this one out of burlap.  Doesn’t it look like it belongs on a door somewhere in the country? Ha..

I made this one out of old bulbs that Mom already had in the attic and a wire hanger.  It was so easy, and I kind of love it.

4. What is your favorite Christmas movie?  I have multiple favorites, but Elf is at the top of the list!  I watched it over the weekend with friends, and I’m already ready to watch it again.

5. What is your favorite Christmas songs?  Gosh..I love so many!  I suppose my favorite is Baby, It’s Cold Outside.  I also love Oh Holy Night, I’ll Be Home For Christmas and Sleigh Ride…and Joy To the World.  The list could go on and on…

6. Do you have an advent calendar?  I made one a few years ago when I lived in NY, but it stayed there when I left. I didn’t think about making one this year because I was busy moving and adjusting.   I’d love to make a new one for next year though!

7. Do you prefer color lights or white lights?  I think white is so elegant, but the colorful ones are my favorite.  Must. Have. Colored. Lights.

8. What is your favorite food to eat over the holidays?  Oh jeez…I think we all know I love lots of holiday treats!  I’d say my favorites are my sugar cookies and peanut butter fudge.  I also love Mom’s carrot cake, but she doesn’t make it every year.

9. Do you display a live tree, or do you prefer fake trees?  I chose a live tree because they’re so beautiful and smell so good.  I’ll plant a new one in the spring…

10. What would you need to make your holiday perfect this year?  I’ll be surrounded by my family.  If I get to see Lance again during the holidays I’ll have everything I want this year.

 

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions!  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments!  Happy Monday!!!!!