Why is it freezing in Waco, Texas? I have no idea, but I sure am glad that it’s starting to feel like winter.
I’ve had so many priceless experiences in Waco over the past few months, and I’m blessed and thankful for my time here. I’d like to share a few experiences that I’ve had in the past week or two–since Waco became somewhat of a winter wonderland.
I spent…uh…Brown Thursday? shopping for a Christmas tree. Cason and I decorated ornaments to put on the tree, which I hope will become an annual tradition. I also got stockings for Cason, Georgia, and myself and hung them on the mantle. I love decorating for Christmas each year, and I have so many fun memories. Most years, I decorate the family tree with my mom, hanging thumbprint ornaments from my childhood. Then throughout undergrad I would decorate the common rooms with my roommates–Kristin, Alli, and Katlyn during my sophomore year and my ADPi sisters in the house during junior year. This year is different, but I like the new traditions and new stockings!
- My guilty pleasure: when the holidays roll around, I love to watch those cheesy Christmas movies on Hulu/Netflix. They are so predictable, but honestly that’s what makes them great. This season I’ve already watched a movie about an adorable little Jewish boy who just wants to celebrate Christmas and another movie about a girl who falls in love with her boss’s fiancé. Cason makes fun of them the whole time, so he’s not allowed to watch them with me anymore…seriously. I’ve been watching them while I complete my take-home finals…and while Cason is at work. (Since I started writing this post a week ago, I’ve watched at least 3 more cheesy Christmas movies, and I made Cason watch one.)
- I also have been giving assessments to children for one of my classes. (This semester we administered the WJ-III and the WISC-IV.) It’s hard to believe that after just a semester of grad school I now have the basic know-how necessary to give some of the more widely used IQ tests in our field. Also, since I’m not from here I had a harder time finding students to assess. So, I reached out and was blessed with an amazing connection. I now hopefully have at least a few parents I can call on who are willing to let me assess their kids throughout my time here at Baylor. I’ve had great experiences with the families and the students all while gaining experience.
Last week I met a sweet family with four boys, and the youngest fell in love with my teacup poodle, Georgia. His mom told me later that he decided that Georgia needed her own play room with dog treats and legos, in case the boys came back to play. I honestly think that Georgia would LOVE that.
On Saturday, Cason and I went Christmas shopping for our family for the first time. We got some amazing local items from the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market, and we are excited to share them with our family. We also made a cute ornament to put on the tree! Going to the market is always a great experience.
- I’ve sold a few prints from my Etsy shop, which has been both an encouragement and a blessing. It’s nice to know that people enjoy my work. It’s an added bonus that I have a little extra cash in my pocket for the holiday season.
Overall, it has been a sweet holiday season in Waco, but I think it’s safe to say that Cason and I can’t wait to be home for a week. I’m thankful that the semester has winded down and I have a little bit of time before we make the long trip home. I know it’s gonna be quite the ride, but it will definitely be worth it. Several of my family members have countdowns until the day I arrive. I have tons of wedding planning to do. I will get to see several friends, whom I haven’t seen in who knows how long. Plus I will get to see several relatively new additions to the family, including my nephew and first cousins, once removed (yes, this is the correct terminology for my cousin’s children–no, they are not my second cousins). Regardless of terminology, I am excited to see my family!