Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Looking Forward

It's time for another looking forward post!

Today I am looking forward to hosting my annual gingerbread decorating party!  This year my friend is bringing her 5 year old son along.  Chances are, the house he decorates will look far better than mine (seriously, I missed the art gene).  We'll snack on veggies and hummus, drink hot cocoa with marshmallows, and do some decorating!

This week  I am going to Christmas Concert at my friend's church.  She is in the choir and they put on a huge concert every year, so I am excited to check it out.  It will be a great way to get into the spirit of the season!

This month I will return to North Dakota to celebrate Christmas with my family.  It's probably the last time we'll celebrate Christmas in North Dakota, as going forward we'll celebrate at my parents' lake home (which will be completed this summer).  I will also celebrate New Years Eve with my family, and Abby & Ryan will be home from Arizona!  NYE is totally a family holiday for me.  We play games, drink grasshoppers and other festive drinks, and we may go to bed before midnight.  I much prefer celebrating it with family versus going to a bar because let me tell - NYE is one of those nights when a single person feels ESPECIALLY single!!!

This year (meaning within the next twelve months) I will travel to the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia to witness Amber & Eric getting married, and will also travel to St. Louis, MO to witness Nora & Knight getting married.  I'll be a bridesmaid in both of their weddings and am so excited to be part of their special days!

What are you looking forward to?


Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Today - Picking up something special at the store ...

This Week - Dinner at the hubby's aunt's house

This Month - Christmas!

This Year - I will say next year since all that is left of this year is this month ... so next year I am looking forward to going to NY.

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

I didn't know you were a bridesmaid in Nora's wedding too, my you are popular :) Makes sense though since you are awesome!

I am also hosting my gingerbread decorating party for a few kiddos today. I'm very excited! I may have to do a looking forward post because right I am just so ready for a break from work- the kiddos are fighting like siblings and clearly need a break from each other!

Raquelita said...

Such wonderful things to look forward to! I hope we get to see the gingerbread houses! That sounds like so much fun.

Today - going for a run after a day of being at a writing workshop and hopefully unwinding after lots of productivity.

This week - doing some Christmas plotting.

This month - visiting my mom in Louisiana.

This year - well, we'll see.

abbi said...

Have fun with the gingerbread! I'm looking forward to getting in some holiday baking!

Marisa A. said...

Ugh NYE out at bars is overrated. And I'm not single and under 30! It's just so crowded and people get so drunk that you can't enjoy yourself. I much prefer staying in with close friends and playing games :)

Stephany said...

That's exciting you're going to be a bridesmaids in both Amber and Nora's weddings. How fun!

Today - Baking homemade chocolate chip & M&M cookies to bring as goodies for work tomorrow

This Week - Having Friday off and getting my Christmas shopping done

This Month - Christmas, of course! I love this holiday so, so much.

This Year - Other than Christmas and having lots of days off, not much. I *am* looking forward to my cruise in 2012! :)

AshleyD said...

Today: a virtual happy hour with friends!

This week: a calm and restful weekend at home.

This month: The Christmas holidays and all the celebrations. It's my favorite time of year!

This year: Running my first half-marathon!

ps. Thank you so much for your comment on my running post earlier this week. It means so much to get encouragement and support from experienced runners!

missris said...

Lots of fun weddings coming up! And yeah, I don't "do" the bar scene on NYE. Too many people, too expensive, no thank you! I much prefer to have a party at my house and just eat good food and drink with my friends. Who cares if you have a sig other or not when you can all stand around and sing/scream "Auld Lang Syne" together with the people you love!

Carolina John said...

Christmas concerts are so much fun! Enjoy it. You've got a lot to look forward too.

Jess said...

So many things for you to look forward to! How fun!

For me...

Today - a shopping trip across the border with my parents this evening (the exciting thing about being 20 mins from the US!)

This Week - A pre-Christmas family celebration with my uncle, cousins, Mom, Dad, sister, brother-in-law and niece and nephew.

This Month - the Christmas holidays.

This Year - Just seeing what the year brings!

Marlys said...

You have lots to look forward to in the next days, week, month & year, intermingled with a few "not so fun" events, but I'm sure you will feel much better after the sinus affair! Looking forward to seeing you for the next two weekends!

Leigh said...

You have some great things to look forward to Lisa! You better take pictures of how your gingerbread house turns out :)

I am looking forward to: seeing my family at Christmas, going to the Dominican in just over a week, baking cookies next week :)

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

I kind of love that you're a bridesmaid in weddings of women you met through blogging. What a cool community this is!

Today, I'm looking forward to picking up Gavin from daycare - he's getting in molars and his sleeping is off and he's been super cuddly lately. I want to bury my head in him!

This week, I look forward to Sweets' work party.

This month, I'm looking forward to spending time with family and loved ones, near and far (all coming to us in Chicago!).

This year (next year), I look forward to trips to Las Vegas, NYC and Cape Cod ... and possibly attending my 20th high school reunion (gulp)!

Amber said...

Oooh I need to do another one of these posts soon too!

Today: Ummm, is it bad that nothing really? I will say yoga tonight because I always enjoy yoga once I'm in the class ;)

This week: I have two Christmas parties this weekend that I'm really looking forward to.

This month: Going home for Christmas, my bridal shower, CHRISTMAS day itself!

This year: The wedding of course! :) I am so excited!

Lisa-Marie said...

I love this post. It is full of Christmas and loveliness! :)

I have so much to do in the next few days i can't even think of mine!

Erin said...

I love that you are in both Nora and Amber's wedding!!! HOW FUN!!!!

I'm looking forward to Christmas EVE!!!! :)

Leslie H. said...

We bought a gingerbread house kit but have yet to make it! We should probably get on that!!
Sounds like you are looking forward to some amazing things!

Gracie said...

I'm looking forward to two days off starting tomorrow!!

Becky said...

"Chances are, the house he decorates will look far better than mine (seriously, I missed the art gene)." Haha, you and me both friend. I let Ben do art for the both of us!

Today I am looking forward to my love letter post for tomorrow. (Is that cheating! I just finished writing it and I'm REALLY excited!)

This week I'm looking forward to going back to The British Pantry for the first romance novel book club meeting with a few fabulous ladies!

This month I'm excited to see my aunt and two cousins who live in Indiana. They're coming out here for Christmas which is a real treat!

This year I'm looking forward to all our trips - a few to Ohio, one to Chicago (!), one to North Caroline, and one to St. Louis! It'll be a busy year but full of fun I'm sure!

Anonymous said...

This is such a neat post idea! That's so awesome that you get to be a bridesmaid at two weddings, I loved being one at my brother's wedding 2 years ago in Mexico. Such a fun experience! :)

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

Ah, I hope your party was fabulous! I'm making cookies with a friend on Friday and the manfriend is coming along to be the "taste tester." She and I have done it the past few years so it's nice to keep the tradition going.

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

I love the gingerbread house party, and I just may steal it next year! ;)

I agree with you on NYE, it's a horrible holiday for singles. I may already have some anxiety about it and I'm trying not to think about it. I'm glad you are able to spend it with family. What you described sounds heavenly!

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

Another great idea for a post. I know I have seen them before, but I just re-realized that I like this idea a lot!

Today: going to see a HS friend who just had a baby and who I have not seen in probably 10 years (I admit to being a tad nervous. I don't know why)

Tomorrow: Making more cookies! I love making them, I just have to keep giving them away or I may just eat them all!

This weekend: Getting together with friends to roll out and decorate sugar cookies with the kids.

10 Days: Christmas! Hurray! Games with family, babies, food,'s going to be great!

I love this time of year.

Jeanie said...

I'm looking forward to a few days off! Seeing the kids, time to read or "sort" or just enjoy!

Speaking of which -- your card arrived today. You are far ahead of me, but I'm working on it! Loved the photos!