Home again. Twelve long hours on the interstate, and I’m certainly ready to take a three-week break from driving 700s. And by driving I mean riding, because we traveled to see my family in Aaron’s car, which I can’t drive because it’s a standard… whoops 🙂

This week I’m looking forward to decorating our apartment for Christmas, doing some shopping for gifts, deep cleaning the guest bedroom closets, baking and a birthday celebration for my husband. We will start the weekend with a trip to the Big XII championship game in Dallas against the Oklahoma Sooners. My sister goes to the University of Oklahoma, and we are both eager to see our teams play. I wish we could go to the game together, since it is the last time for a while that our schools will play each other, but I think there is a plan in the works for a revamped annual rivalry game between NU and OU in the 2020s.

I’m exhausted, so I’m going to get to bed early tonight to start the week off right. It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving weekend is coming to a close already, but I’m eager to count down the days until we get to go back for Christmas.

I’m really, really thankful for my family. And my friends. And you guys for reading and commenting on this blog. Thank you!

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I’m excited that it is finally time to decorate for Christmas! Today Mom and I found some fantastic green and ivory fabrics to make stockings from. Aaron and I don’t have any stockings, so tomorrow Mom and I are going to finish sewing them. Mom and I also went to the Christmas Store, where I picked up a fantastic bottle brush tree, an alligator ornament and a paper garland of Santas that looks very old. I was happy to find an alligator; Aaron and I are going to start a tradition of collecting ornaments from every place we live in, and an alligator is pretty indicative of Florida. We might also get a Florida State ornament to commemorate Aaron’s time in grad school and my first job. 🙂

I am so very happy to be home. I have missed my family, and even though it seems like I’ve been home quite a bit this fall, the 24-hour trips really limit how much time I’ve actually spent with my family. I’m happy this weekend has been full of family time, and even though Dad’s football team is in playoffs, he has only had to practice in the mornings and has been home by 10 a.m.

Tonight Mom, Jillian and I sorted my ornaments from our family’s collection. I finally get to take my ornaments to my new home and add them, along with Aaron’s, to our own tree. It makes me feel so old. I loved looking at each of the ornaments and recalling 20-plus years of memories each of my ornaments has, not to mention the almost 30 years of memories my mom and dad have together in their ornaments. My mom used to paint ornaments every year, and there are so many fun things from the early 80’s that make me laugh every year. I want to paint a few for Aaron and me, and one day, I hope, my kids will be able to know the stories about why our family hangs an alligator ornament on our tree. 🙂

Another one of my favorite things about my new old ornaments? They’re stored in a Shiner Bock Holiday Beer case that my dad brought home fully that was once full of Shiner Christmas brew. It’s really, really cute and makes me happy. And it made me happy to see my husband and my dad, my two favorite men in the world, drinking Shiner Christmas brew together. I’m blessed.

I hope each of you have had a restful, love-filled Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am very thankful to be at home with my husband, sister, parents and a menagerie of cats and a dog. And we got a fantastic treat this afternoon – the weather dropped to about 50 degrees around noon from 78 degrees and awfully muggy when we woke up this morning. I think we might have a case for making a fire and drinking warm drinks this evening after dinner. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Packing for Thanksgiving

Since I haven’t planned out what I intend to wear when we are on our Thanksgiving trip, I am completely ignoring the fact that I have to be packed and ready by 7:30 a.m. I usually plan my outfits, write them down and note any accessories I want to bring and keep the list in my luggage to reference when I dress each day, but I have yet to finish a huge pile of the laundry and I seriously have no idea what I even own if I can’t see it suspended from hangers in my closet. Hence, the procrastinating.

When I travel, whether I am going to a formal event or planning on relaxing, I know I will feel my best if I’ve thoughtfully decided what to wear, even if it’s just a t-shirt and yoga pants. I even count out the number of cotton balls I will use over the time I will be gone and bring only that amount plus two if I change my nail polish. What can I say? I heart precision.
We will be driving, and I have to admit that I am already a little stressed because we are taking Aaron’s car. We almost always take road trips in my car, and before we leave I always vacuum, clean the cup holders and make sure there are no smudges on the windshield. Aaron’s car is NOT that clean. And he keeps change in the back three cup holders. 
And we’re bringing our two cats.
Have I mentioned that I might have lost my mind?
I have no idea how this is going to work out.

I’ll take my sirloin well done…

Today is my sister-in-law Shannon’s birthday (happy birthday, Shannon!) and it is also the due date for my soon-to-arrive niece, Baby Sirloin/ Petite Filet.

That sweet little girl has decided as of right now that she’s happy where she is, so it looks like Baby Watch 2010 continues. I’m hoping she changes her mind before we get to Texas for Thanksgiving, and definitely before the Big 12 championship.

Baby girl, we are so excited that you are going to be here with us soon. You’re not even here yet and you have been incredibly blessed with your mom and dad who love you more than you know. I can’t wait to see how they change and grow with you. You’ll be new to the Nix family, like I am, so you should be prepared for lots of candy and white puppies and spontaneous road trips. Long ones, too, and that means crossing time zones. Hopefully that will be to the Eastern Time Zone to see us at some point and visit Tallahassee. No matter where we are, geographically, we’ll always be here for you. It will be a long time before you can read this, but like John the baptizer who leapt for joy and was filled with the Holy Spirit in his mother’s womb, my prayer for your life is that that you find your identity in him foremost from the earliest of your days, and that you live authentically and fully in the love of Christ.

We love you, and we are praying for your safe delivery into this world. We are so ready to meet you.


For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

See you soon, sweet girl…