Bring on Christmas!

I am one of THOSE people who is thrilled to listen to Christmas music the day after Halloween. I can barely wait until Black Friday to put up the tree, and I see Thanksgiving as sort of a practice for Christmas. Don’t get me wrong–it’s a perfectly nice holiday. But bring on the yuletide!

However, despite my tendency to CELEBRATE early, I don’t typically PREPARE early. This year, I decided to get my Christmas cards early so I could fill them out over the long weekend next week. I used Shutterfly and love it, as always (Don’t look if you’re on my Christmas card list. The list is very small as it’s sort of mortifying to send photo cards of two adults and two dogs to anyone except for the people who already know we’re weird):

5×7 Folded Card
View the entire collection of cards.

I went a little nuts with the photos this year. In addition to all of these, there are four on the back. A cute one each of the pups, one of me at my first 5K and one of Jon at the shuttle launch we saw firsthand in May (one of our bucket list activities). 2011 was an amazing year and filled with so many changes, travels, good times and craziness. More on all of that in a later post!

Of note:
1. No dogs were harmed in the making of this card. We don’t voluntarily put our dogs in the back of pickup trucks. The beasts ran away when my parents were petsitting and my dad frantically chased them down in his truck. He saw a cute photo opp when they got back safe and sound in the driveway (their dog was also on the lam and was in this picture, but I didn’t include her in the card since it might look like we had TOTALLY lost our minds and rescued a third).

2. In full disclosure, I get $10 off my next Shutterfly order for posting this picture. However, I am not doing it for the money–more to brag about the fact that, for once, I didn’t procrastinate!

I wish you a wonderful holiday season! May it be filled with love, laughter and not too much insanity!

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About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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