CHRISTmas Gathering!

Wahoo I’m done with my finals!!!!! Now all I have left is one paper then I’m home free. People are starting to pack their bags and head home. I am staying until Friday because I work, and I just want to hang out with my friends on campus and not have to worry about schoolwork. I have put in quite a bit of studying these past few days, and I am worn out! I cannot wait to go home and catch up on sleep. Coffee has become my best friend this week! During break, I am going to try and cut back on my caffeine intake. People told me I would start to like coffee in college, but I never believed them. Now, I do not even remember what it feels like to not enjoy drinking coffee. What was I thinking? Now one of my favorite things to do in college is grab coffee with my friends.

My friends at Hope are incredible, and I could not be more thankful. I legitimately have met quality nice people. On Sunday night we attended Hope’s Christmas gathering, which consisted of classic Christmas carols and scripture readings. The chapel looked beautiful with its classy Christmas decorations and lights. It was a lot of fun to dress up with my friends, and after we had a little photo shoot in the Voorhees lobby. Here are some of the pictures from the last gathering.

Funny Christmas Picture

Amy, Colleen, Monique, and Grace

Ryan and Monique are so cute together!

In front of the tree in the Chapel

Grace and I 

What to do on the weekends?

Hello Everyone! Here is a basic run down of my weekend filled with a variety of activities.

Friday: I started off my Friday afternoon with long run and then played tennis in the DeWitt Tennis center for two hours. After, I showered and went to Starbucks to finish off some homework that was due at midnight. Then my friend Grace and I watched the Phelps boys play in the Student Activities (SAC) dodge ball tournament, and they won! From there, we attended the Phelps hall social event, which consisted of eating pancakes at an upper classmen cottage. The pancakes were delicious, and we all danced after we finished eating. I had to hurry back to my room after the pancake event so my roommate and I could finish decorating our door before midnight. Some people hung out in our room while we were decorating, and then I finished off the night by hanging out in my friend Marga’s room. We stayed up so late hanging out with people, so I ended up just spending the night.

Some of the girls at the Phelps Pancake Event

Dance Marathon Christmas Party for the Dance Marathon children and their families. I hung out with Volunteer Service’s family, which had two little girls named Ella and Libby. I decorated cookies with them, built gingerbread houses, and made fun Christmas crafts.

Grace and I at the Dance Marathon Christmas Party 

On Saturday afternoon, I watched online the Wheaton Women’s soccer team play in the NCAA tournament. I also made some crafts with a bunch of girls and decorated a glass bottle to give to my mom for Christmas =] My evening consisted of trying a new restaurant in Grand Rapids. The restaurant had a definite El Salvador culture, and the food was so delicious. After we ate, some of us went downtown to eat some ice cream at ColdStone. Then we played some racket ball in the Dow to try and burn off our ice cream.

Sunday basically consisted of church and homework. I worked ahead in some of my classes, which helped me feel a lot better. I love the feeling of working ahead in school. I feel a lot less stressed now, because I accomplished quite a bit of work on Sunday. This week is going to keep me very busy with all of the holiday celebrations. I’ll be writing again soon =]

Until Next Time,

CoLLeeN

Let the Christmas Countdown begin!

I LOVE CHRISTMAS! Can you believe it? Christmas is in only 23 days! I honestly do not know where the time went this semester. I feel like it flew by twice as fast as last year. I really have enjoyed my classes this semester and feel rather sad they are coming to an end. However, I have not had a whole lot of time to think about the end of the semester approaching. Instead, I have been busy preparing for the Christmas season. My roommate and I decked out our dorm with decorations, and tonight we are decorating our dorm for the annual Gilmore Hall dorm room door-decorating contest. I’ll let you know how the results turn out.

Since it is the Christmas season, last night Grace, Amy, and I drove to Kalamazoo to watch A Christmas Carol play in a small theatre.  The play blew me away. I really enjoyed it, and I had never seen A Christmas Carol before last night. The actors performed very well, and I enjoyed the Christmas carol singing as well. The play really helped put me in the Christmas spirit. 

Before the play, we ate dinner with Grace’s family at my favorite restaurant in Kalamazoo called Sushi-ya. They have the best sushi, and Grace’s dad ordered a sushi boat with a variety of unique sushi options. I know sushi is not normally associated with holiday meals, but sitting around the table with Grace’s family made feel like I was at a Christmas family dinner.

On the car ride to Kalamazoo we blasted Justin Beiber’s Christmas album, and on the way home we had some really great conversations. When I arrived back to Hope, I talked with my parents about our Christmas break plans, and then I was really excited. So by the end of the night, I felt like I was really in the Christmas spirit. I am looking forward to spending time with my friends and family in a few short weeks. However in the meantime, I am enjoying the preparation for Christmas. 

Here are some of our family’s annual Christmas pictures for this year

Time to get Merry!

The Christmas season is now among us! Christmas music sounded throughout the Quick household the day after Thanksgiving. While enjoying a marvelous and relaxing break, I helped prepare my family’s house for the Christmas season. We decorated our tree, put up lights, hung garland, and completely covered our house with a variety of Christmas decorations. Snowmen are my mom’s favorite Christmas decoration so they are the major theme at my house. I love the holiday season and the joy Christmas brings out in people. My roommate and I are eagerly waiting to decorate our room from head to toe in festive holiday decorations. My mom sent me back to school with a bag full of decorations for our room.

While I was home, I enjoyed some quality time with my friends and family. I caught up on some sleep and worked on schoolwork. Of course during break I enjoyed every bit of food that was placed in front of me. I went out for sushi four times, which really satisfied my appetite. On Thanksgiving Day, I chowed down on some of my dad’s homemade Italian shells. I helped cook the food with my dad while watching the Packers play the Lions, and the Packers won!!!! It was definitely a good day.

I enjoyed a typical Thanksgiving meal on Saturday evening with my family and good family friends. We also had an exchange student from Juarez, Mexico eat with us for her first American Thanksgiving.

I really enjoyed being home and cannot wait for Christmas break where we have almost a whole month off. However, when I returned to Hope last night, everyone was excited to see everyone and laughter and screams filled the Gilmore hallways.

Well, now I am off to start my loads of homework for the coming weeks. Have a great day! 

Our dining room table on Thanksgiving 

Decorated Poinsettias in our home

The family Christmas Tree