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Third Time's the Charm {Instagram Grand Finale.. For Now}

I know you've waited anxiously for the final installment of my life lately via Instagram (...or maybe not because there is such a thing as Instagram to follow along...) and here you have it! The week is coming to an end and Christmas is only a few short days away! My little brother has been a diligent advent calendar keeper-upper-with (how's that for English?) and knows at all times exactly how long it is until Christmas. Before we know it he will be counting down to his birthday. More transformers! The more the merrier! And here's a last look at what I've been up to. Enjoy once more!

1. This happens almost every night I'm home. Mom, Dad, Mitchell and I gather around the living room to watch Arthur Christmas. I always vote for How to Train Your Dragon but Mitchell-man wins every time. This movie is now a Christmas classic for us and I love watching the little guy become so enraptured by it all. The magic seems to exude from this picture. Isn't he precious? And that's my dad. He's great, too :)

2.  I found this quote in a similar fashion on Tumblr (my guilty pleasure...). "Your beauty should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." 1 Peter 5:3-4

3. I've driven by Ross Antique Mall countless times on the road between Baylor and my hometown. Somehow I always miss the exit or I've been in too much of a hurry to stop. But this week I finally did! It's a cute place, full of booths of vendors and antiques, plenty to look at but mostly over priced. One day when I'm not broke I think I'll go back. There was a set of red goblets and a cake plate I'm dying to get my hands on!

4. Jesus Calling is a small devotional that is part of my morning routine and I highly recommend it! It is a simply but beautifully put guide into His Presence with verses to look up and springboard off of each day. It was such a great find and it's available in so many places, so treat yourself to a Christmas gift and buy one if you don't already have it! It's so worth it!

5. I adore this little man more than you know. Mitchell is my nine-year-old brother who loves all things transformers, ninjago (ninja legos), and Cartoon Network (I'm more of a Disney Channel girl myself, but it's what he likes...). He is one of the sweetest, most tender-hearted, good-natured kids you will ever meet. Mitch brings my heart so much joy and adds a sweetness to life that can't be found elsewhere! Isn't he a cutie?

6. Last Saturday, my family took a trip to the Gaylord Texan for their ice sculpture exhibit/experience. This year's theme was Madagascar. I'm not a huge fan of the movie or of 12degree temperatures, but we had a really good time! The wait wasn't long and we even did some sledding/tubing and slid down some ice slides before warming up with hot chocolate. If there's a Gaylord Ice near you, go for it!

7, 8, and 9. The fun did not stop at the Gaylord. Fair Park is hosting a Chinese Lantern Festival which was stunning! It was only a 30 minute walk through but the creations are beautiful and full of whimsy. Plus there was a HUGE dragon probably over 50 feet long made out of porcelain plates, spoons, and teacups! Talk about impressive! A beautiful, beautiful night for sure.

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