The countdown has started,Christmas happenings,blog awards and more…

I am in the final week of of this semester starting now. I can not wait to turn my final in, and just be able to say “YES! I MADE IT THOUGH YET ANOTHER SEMESTER!!!!”
It is SO NOT EASY going to school for myself, homeschooling my kids, working on my fitness, sewing/designing, writing blog posts, and just having family time. It is a juggling act for sure. That is why when I am finally finished with school I will be so happy!

We have had a really busy weekend so far. We went shopping on Friday and then to a handbell concert with grandma. Then yesterday morning we went to “breakfast with Santa” at the USCG base Portsmouth (where John works) Soren had a good time. After we took pictures with Santa, my husband gave me an early Christmas gift. Here are some pictures I snapped with my iPhone.

Balloon rose my hubby gave to me

My little man with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Soren with his balloon sword

And here is my early Christmas Present from my hubby

Emerald and diamond necklace. I love how delicate the chain is! I love it 

My new necklace is going to look fabulous with my new green wool jersey dress! I can’t wait to finish it, so I can post the pictures. The shoes and the purse I have to go with is also pretty awesome!

With all the festivities and merriment going on, our workouts have been mainly SHOPPING! LOL! but seriously, we have used these past two days as “off days” to rest and recuperate. When I am finally sitting and relaxing in the evenings, I usually look at fitness stuff on Pinterest and Instagram. I find it totally motivating. There are a lot of great tips and workouts that people share. I have gotten some great meal ideas this way. While looking through instagram I came across this picture, and I just had to share. I love it…

Now this is MY idea of Santa Claus!!

I have recently been sent “blogger awards” from two different lovely ladies. First was Rita from See, Love, Make blog and Shirley from Sewing by Shirley.

First off I have to say that ALL the blogs I follow I find inspiring, otherwise I would not follow them right?
I love logging into blogger and seeing all the wonderful goodies and ideas that so many amazing people come up with, and create.
With that being said, please check out my blog list to see who and what I follow. I encourage everyone to check them out, and become a follower!
I have copied and pasted some questions that are commonly asked from the blog awards listed above from my about page.


Here are some fun facts and tid bits about me:

My name is Amy Stebbins, and I am currently working on my BFA in Fashion

I am a photographer and work with my husband taking stock photos.

I became a certified personal trainer. I love to workout and be active

I cross country ski and mountain bike

I adore ice hockey!!!

I am a Pisces/rat and so is my daughter Ciarra Noelle!

I also have a son named Soren Rune. He is an Aquarius/monkey

I have been married this July 28th, 2012 for 17 years, to my super awesome husband John (he is a Sagittarius/dragon)

I was raised in southern California, but ALWAYS wanted to live on the east coast. I love seasons, my favorite being Fall (but now you can add summer here because of our boat!) I currently live in Virginia, and have lived in three corners of he USA! If we end up in the Boston area, we will have lived in all 4 corners.

I love to be on my boat! I could not imagine summer without it! Party on the sand bar!!!

When it comes to life, I would describe my point of view as “Lagom” which is a Swedish word meaning “just the right amount” everything in moderation!

I love thunderstorms and snow

I have a bikini addiction! I own many, and have made quite a few.

I have wanted to be a fashion designer since childhood. I learned to sew before I was 10.

I am just getting into knitting. I love it! Sweaters are another addiction!

I LOVE SHOES! 🙂

I love the color pink…yea that’s right…I said it!

I wear my hair long because if I didn’t I would look like little orphan Annie! And besides…it is my thing.

I love autumn

I love Halloween!

I love animals and nature. I miss my animal family members everyday. They have all passed on. We are going to adopt once we move into our new house.

I love to cook, and have a collection of vintage cook books.

I love vintage anything. I am a nostalgia queen!

I love period movies, and history and art.

I homeschool my kids.

I love my family so much! Family First!!

I love to meet new people, and learn new things. I always give everyone a chance, and I think mean people are just sad.

Thank you Rita and thank you Shirley for thinking of me. You are both such amazing women. 🙂
Here are the links to Rita’s and Shirley’s blogs:

http://seelovemake.blogspot.com/

http://sewingbyshirley.blogspot.com/

Today I have school work, and gifts to wrap. This morning my family was going to go trail rain at Beaverdam park, but because it rained HARD last night here, the trails are just nasty and too muddy. Instead we will be working in some cross-fit style WOD routines in our home gym. Team Stebbins will be getting their sweat on! LET’S DO THIS!
Until next post,
Amy



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