I WANNA KNOW WHAT YOUR CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS ARE // + a list of my family's AND UHM 18 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS


well gee its getting really really really close to Christmas. like 18 days. ARE YOU READY?!?!?  (like I'm sorry for starting this post out with a shocker..can't really help it)

and btw, these pictures are from the christmas parade that we went to. it was so much fun - cold, but fun! we got hot cocoa and cookies afterwards too. LIKE THERE WERE GIGANTIC SNOW PLOWS LOL #thingspeopleinstateswithsnowlove 

since it's christmas times LETS TALK ABOUT THE FUN THINGS THAT EVERYONE LOOKS FORWARD TOO!!! 

SOME OF MY FAMILY TRADITIONS 



  • watch all the christmas movies -- it's a wonderful life, polar express, the nativity story, the grinch, charlie brown christmas
  • CHRISTMAS COOOOOOKKKIIIIEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
  • my siblings and I always try to decorate our bedrooms during the holiday season. this year they got super creative and made paper chains that legit go around their entire room o.o 
  • LISTEN TO CHRISTMAS VINYLS (new tradition bc we just got a record player this year) 
  • we always move our tree from our smaller room into the larger on Christmas eve so we can have a lot of space for the morning (plus we re-decorate it!) 
  • My grandpa takes me and my sisters Christmas shopping. then we eat out at olive garden MMMM and this year we are going to see THE NEW STAR WARS IN THEATERS AFTERWARDS EEEPPPP
  • when actually opening presents, we take turns. youngest to oldest in circles until the tree is emptied 
  • ALWAYS HAVE CHRISTMAS MUSIC PLAYING
  • ham is for christmas obv 
  • my little siblings always come into my room early on christmas morning and we wait together until my parents wake up. srsly they are so cute wrapped in their blankets and sleepy eyes and morning breath XD
  • DRINK WARM DRINKS AND SMELL YUMMY CANDLES AND SNACK ON CRUNCHY THINGS 

so as you can see, I really like traditions. like our birthday one of singing screaming at the top of your voice. it's fun. it's weird. but its family. AND THE BEST PART IS EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT ONES (tho probably everyone watches charlie brown christmas lets face it.)


SO EEEP TELL ME WHAT YOURS ARE. cuz I kinda want to add a new one to my list. (btw sarah wants to be all christmas-y this year (shhh she's growing up and doesn't like it...just like me last year) and so this is me trying to be christmas-y lol) 

also this is the first time in my existence that I already have all my gifts wrapped + only have to find 2 more presents this far out from Christmas (btw how many times have I written Christmas in this post? lol) 

so remember when you guys asked me all sorts of questions? I decided a few of them will probably be turned into blogposts with my new series EXPAND + GROW and then some others, I will answer at the end of some random posts until they're all replied to!! SOOO TODAY I PICK FROM THE WONDERFUL JANE MAREE'S 

*dramatic pause*

H A V E   Y O U  E V E R  B R O K E N  A  B O N E  ??? 

lol about this one. TO BE SURPRISINGLY HONEST - no. I haven't. which I think is crazy insane. I've climbed our taller than our house pine tree for years..and have always been the dare me type personality. and it's not like I have crazy strong bones are something weird bc I don't drink milk?? XD

BTW random tid bit about me. I am really bad at wrapping gifts. *coughcough*

talk to you all later XD


SO WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS? 
LAST TIME YOU ATE A DONUT OR WENT TO YOUR LIBRARY? 

WHY DON'T WE ASK PEOPLE TO FILL OUT SURVEYS ON OUR PERSONALITIES ??? // [series] EXPAND + GROW


| WHY DON'T WE ASK PEOPLE TO FILL OUT SURVEYS ON OUR PERSONALITIES ??? |
this thought came to me out of the blue so randomly that even I was like
JULIA THAT'S A SCARY THING TO EVEN WRITE DOWN.

bc. uhm. like. criticism is hard enough to take, but legit making a form + having people fill it out??

FREAKY RIGHT. 


it's kinda like that thought of "man I wish I knew what that person was thinking right now." weeelll yeah, tbh, I don't think we have a clue of what we would be in for if that was even a thing. it would be terrifying.

I can tell who is coming upstairs in my house by the sound/heaviness of someone's footstep. I know who doesn't like ketchup and who always forgets to close that kitchen cabinet. When a holiday or birthday rolls around, it is actually really easy to pick out a gift (k cuz I generally do gag gifts tbh hehehe) 
but this is all bc I've spent time around my family and know them. like I could take a personality test for sarah and it would come out the same as what she did for herself. note: LEGIT WE'VE TRIED THIS AND IT WORKED LOL

let's face it. we all need anonymous criticism charts for ourselves. kinda like a thing that you pass out to your co-workers and siblings, parents, grandparents, lady at the post office, dude at the coffee shop, kid at the dentist...bc I would be super curious to see what people would say. 

"she's a scrooge."
"she talks too much"
"WHAT DID SHE DO TO HER HAIR?!"
"i guess she makes ok cookies."

like it would be fascinating and utterly freaky to know.

I've read the Little House on the Prairie for like...well for like forever. I always thought it was the cutest thing when Laura talked about their autograph books and calling cards. Not just bc they had cool things even back then (*coughcough* i.e. aesthetic, hashtags, photo editing, plaid...) but also bc in those autograph books they had their school friends write notes for each other. And, they had those written down forever.

personally, a good compliment could make me climb mount everest. but then again, a "this is stupid" can totally bring me down. I knew having people alpha read my book would be hardest for me in that area. It proved to be so. but still, I NEEDED THOSE CRITICS. I ASKED FOR THEM. I WILL GROW BC OF THEM. (even if it kills me lol)


so WHY DON'T WE ASK PEOPLE TO FILL OUT SURVEYS ON OUR PERSONALITIES ???
idk.
we are scared. we think people will just lie anyways. nobody has ever thought of it? to me, those are all true. But then again, maybe we should just get over the frivolous fear of having our bubble of "I'm not too bad" broken so we can grow a little. i don't think that's a half-bad thing.

this post is very much in the spirit of the upcoming new year and it's ALSO THE FIRST IN A NEW SERIES ---

EXPAND + GROW

[it's going to be all about personal growth and strengthening in God + things we need to learn how to do, to accept, and to in the end, fly. (cheesy maybe? but truthful yes.) it won't be a specific in order series, but there will be some interesting ones, I promise you ]

WELL THIS POST IS LONG ENOUGH I THINK LOL I should go...I have a few books I want to read. also its 51 degrees on the 2nd day of December EEP SO MUCH WARMTH XD

WOULD YOU HAVE SOMEONE FILL OUT A PERSONALITY SURVEY ON YOU? 
THOUGHTS ON THE NEW SERIES?? 

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