The reason.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

I have never been more excited for Christmas than I am this year. Last year was rough for me, and needless to say, it kind of brought down the christmas cheer. But, this year, my heart is so full. Tonight I was able to enjoy our traditional Englert dinner of my mother's homemade lasagna before jetting off to church with my family. After church I went over to Camila's parents house to celebrate a traditional Columbian Christmas. The entire night centered around one main idea: being together. There was never a selfish though, never a greedy-gift grabbing thought. The night was about togetherness and that feeling is only going to continue. Tomorrow is CHRISTMAS day! It's also my beautiful mother's birthday and it's one more day of celebration. This year my heart is full of love for my family and joy for this incredible season. I am so blessed. Silent Night is my favorite hymn from our Christmas Church service. It is so beautiful and simple yet the words say all you need. So, tonight as I lay in bed and fall asleep to "A Christmas Story" on repeat, I won't forget why were celebrate this day, to celebrate Jesus. Merry Christmas everyone, I hope your day is merry and bright.

Silent Night, Holy Night. All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in Heavenly peace

Silent Night, Holy Night. Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heave afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! 
Christ the Savior is Born. 

Silent Night, Holy Night. Song of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy Holy Face
With the dawn of redeeming grade
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth. 

cookies, cookies, cookies.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Last night was our annual Christmas cookie baking extravaganza. Traditional cookies in our household consist of my Grandma McKenzie's (my mom's gma) gingerbread cookies and my Grandma Grace's (my dads mom) german chocolate hearts. It's normally just my mom and I, but last night Camila joined us to learn how to make these Englert traditions.
How the baking commences.
Preparing the dough for chocolate hearts
Kristen...Kris wine. 
Sometimes a spatula breaks....
....and you get flour all over your face.

Cutting the hearts
Finished product, minus the frosting. 
Whit & I
Gingerbread cookies using my grandma's molds
Pre-baked cookies.
Finished products with my grandmas molds.

You did it!

Friday, December 17, 2010

YOU DESERVE THIS. My best friend, Whitney is graduating today. It breaks my heart that I can't be there to celebrate with her, but I will be celebrating her for the next month before she goes to Nursing School. 
My dearest Whitney, I could not be more proud of you. You have set your mind to do such amazing things and this is the culmination of it all. You deserve all the attention on you today. You did it babe, you graduated. I know I'm not there physically, but I am there mentally, cheering you on. Get ready to celebrate this weekend, next week and for the remainder of your time in Arizona. Get ready for your next big chapter. Smile big, don't trip and rock that hat with pride. CONGRATS Whit, I love you. 

You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get. 
- Michael Phelps

I plan on celebrating.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I've had this love/hate relationship with Creighton for quite some time now. One day I love it, the next,  pure hatred. I am at the tail end of finals week; 5 down, 1 to go and then I'm home free. So tomorrow I plan on making Civil Procedure my bitch. Tomorrow is the culmination of all my hard work and then I'm going out. So, come 4:30 pm, I plan on toasting with my girlfriends, cheersing with my boyfriend, and celebrating with everyone a semester well done. I'm almost half-way done with my FIRST year in law school. I can't believe how fast it went. So, wish me luck, here I go, I'll see you on the other side.
Peace out Creighton, what's up Christmas break. 
Sometimes you have to make a wish...
and then believe it'll come true. 
Photo from ScenicGlory

Life is the most spectacular show on Earth.

I cannot wait, thanks for the recommendation Lindsay!

Missing my sis.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I get to go home in 5 days and I am beyond thrilled. Yes, it comes with some bitter-sweetness like leaving all my girlfriends, my boyfriend, my cute apartment, and yes, the cold, but I am so excited to spend some much needed quality time with my family. I haven't gotten to spend time with them without the nagging need to do homework since August! It's going to be so nice to drink wine with my mom, rollerblade with my dad, go out with my brother and spend time with my sister. Tonight, I'm missing my sister, Erin. I don't get to talk to her on the phone, or have skype dates with her like everyone else but if I could, you can bet that is what I'd be doing right now. (check here for more details on Erin). I really miss her infectious laugh and huge smile. I miss the way she greets everyone who walks in as if she hasn't seen them in years. The hug I get from her Sunday afternoon is going to be the best part of my Christmas break. I get to go home, to my sister, in 5 days, and I'm thrilled.

Speak now.

I just love this quote... 

"Real life is a funny thing, you know, in real life saying the right thing at the right moment is beyond crucial.  So crucial in fact that most of us start to hesitate for fear of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time; but lately what I've begun to fear more than that is letting the moment pass without saying anything. I think you deserve to look back on your life without this chorus of resounding voices saying 'I could've but it's too late now'.  So there's a time for silence and there's a time for waiting your turn; but if you know how you feel and you so clearly know what you need to say you'll know it and I don't think you should wait, I think you should speak now."

Study break.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A sneak peak of our Christmas card....
 Merry Christmas! 
Love, Kristen, Kristin, Alyssa, 
Hannah, Sarah, Britt & Lyndsey

It's going to be worth it.

I was reading some blogs this evening on my study break and sometimes it's as if complete strangers know exactly what to say at the right now. One of my new favorite blogs, Scenic Glory, just posted this the other day....
1.  a. The act or process of motivating.
    b. The state of being motivated.
2. Something that motivates; an inducement or incentive.
It's the night before week two of finals. Everyone is gearing up for the harder of the two weeks, the 5-hour energy shots are being pounded, copious amounts of diet coke and starbucks lattes are being consumed and people are gearing up for what could be a pretty rough week. But this weekend was a good one. It snowed on Saturday and as everyone here knows, I just love it. All the midwest natives keep telling me I'm crazy, they tell me I'll be 'taking back those words' come February.... But, I'm not sure if that's true. Sure, its freeeeezzing cold, its scary to drive in and it makes getting back and forth from West Omaha to downtown kind of dicey, but there's something about that snow that is so refreshing. It's clean, and its white and when it's coming down, it is so beautiful. And before it gets driven on and becomes slushy, the whole town is this perfect blanket of white, pure snow. It's a fresh start. It puts me right in the christmas mood and it's a little beauty in the midst of the chaos of finals. So, yes it's irritating and messy, but  I'm pretty sure its God's way of giving us all a fresh start, prepping us for tomorrow. So, enjoy it, throw a snowball, and pretty soon we'll all be making snowmen and snow-angels. Good luck to everyone who's currently taking finals or is about to start... we're almost there, and I promise, it's going to be worth it.

Finals suck.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I'm pretty sure law school and finals is making everyone go a little crazy.... hence our current sentiment towards finals, lets hope this week gets better.
Lyndsey and her "F U Legal Reserach" Starbucks. 

Welcome to finals week everybody.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Today is the start of 2 weeks of hell, otherwise known as finals week. We're going to be pushed to the scholastic limit, try not to break, any try to pass all finals without having a nervous breakdown. But once it's over we're going to cheers to a job well done and we're going to celebrate getting through the hardest semester of our lives. So, let's do this, let's take these tests of endurance and let's pass, because we're all deserving. Rock it out everyone, welcome to finals week(s).

One day...

Friday, December 3, 2010

One of my favorite things about December is the Christmas lights that pop up everywhere. Putting up my Christmas tree is my most favorite things to do during the holiday season. One of the things on my bucket lists is to see the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. This year it was November 30th, and once again, it was quite a sight to be seen.

Omaha does a pretty good job of doing their own christmas lights too. It instantly changes the whole dynamic of the city, and makes me so excited to be going home to celebrate with my family and my christmas dress in just two short weeks. 

We're going to succeed.

When I first started law school I was told I would be challenged in ways I never had before. Not only would I be challenged academically, but emotionally, physically and mentally. Today was the last day of classes for the semester and the tension that's pulsing through this building is extremely high. Everyone's on edge, the pressure is building and the tests are almost here. You can feel the anxiety in the air. On top of the pressure of it all this week has kind of sucked. God has definitely been testing my ability to trust Him. He's been testing my ability to ask other people for help. I hate asking others for help, I enjoy taking care of myself, I hate feeling weak. But what I've realized is without those people, I would have failed. I could not have gotten through this week without them. This week was challenging and I got through it because of my parents doing the unimaginable, the amazing printing (and sharing) abilities of my beautiful friends and a walk down "the mall" at Creighton to look at Christmas lights. I never thought I'd be the girl crying in the library, but you know what? Everyone needs a hand to hold and a shoulder to cry on sometimes. Everyone needs to let out the emotions, because we've got a big couple weeks ahead of us. We're only going to get through it because of each other. The people in this place are the only ones who can relate, and we're doing this together, day by day, test by test. We're prepared, we made it this far, we're going to succeed. 

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