Welcome to 2013! This is the year I will graduate with my masters, Justin will graduate with his bachelors, we will celebrate our 1-year anniversary, etc. 2012 was an amazing year for Justin and I and I can't wait to see what God has in store for us in 2013.
I've been enjoying our long winter break so much. I've loved being able to spend quality time with my husband and catch up on the things I normally don't have time for during the semester. Justin got me several Stephen King books for Christmas (my favorite!) and I've been reading whenever I get a chance. Relaxing, sleeping in, shopping, and not having to worry about homework have been some other great things I've been enjoying about break thus far.
Justin and I celebrated our first Christmas together as a married couple by spending time with his family in Granger and visiting my family in Warsaw. My grandma has been in the hospital in Mishawaka so we have spent quite a bit of time around here, as well. I had the flu over Christmas but Justin still managed to get me to the movie theatre to see Quentin Tarantino's new film, Django Unchained.
My little brother, Tyler, was able to come stay with us a couple days ago and we had a blast. We made our traditional trip to the mall to buy our favorite candies from Inside Scoop, picked up some snacks at the grocery store, went bowling (where Tyler beat us!), watched movies, and played video games. I was sad when he had to go back home; I wish we could spend more time with him.
Last night, we rang in the New Year at a party at our house. Lowell and Katie hosted a New Years Eve celebration for friends and family and we played games and ate lots of food. (Justin had a serious sugar hangover when he woke up this morning. Someone needed to cut him off from the candy!) We shared a kiss at midnight and enjoyed our first New Years together as Mr. and Mrs. Samson.
School and work starts back up again in a week. I'm teaching one class this semester, taking two graduate classes, and completing my independent writing project to graduate. It will be busy, but I'm so looking forward to achieving my goal of getting my masters degree.
I've been contemplating New Years resolutions the past couple weeks and have come up with a few I'd like to stick to. For one, I want to learn American Sign Language this year. As a hearing impaired individual, I've never learned sign language but it has always been a goal of mine to communicate with other hard-of-hearing people. Now I just have to find a program/website that will help me achieve my goal. Any suggestions?