• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

Merry Christmas Eve!

The road trip to the Cities was a huge success yesterday and I actually even enjoyed it!  My little brothers ended up getting a lot of sleep on the way down and back and I was able to talk with my mom and catch up while they rested, which worked out perfectly.  The party was also a blast.  I couldn’t believe how much many of my little second cousins have grown and how large our family is becoming with each passing year!  It seems to expand by two or three little bodies each time we come together as a group, and I have reached the point where I barely know the names of all of my little cousins or who they belong to.  It’s difficult to keep straight!  My first cousins and I decided that the best method of handling this dilemma for the future years is to start having each of them wear a name tag.  Problem solved! haha.

Today, however, is Christmas Eve!  For many, it is a day to spend time with family and to do that last minute Christmas shopping that was accidently put off until the day before.  Yet, for others like my family, today is the day that the main Christmas ritual of opening and exchanging gifts takes place.  As tradition, my family always spends much of the day together and then attends church around 4 or 5 in the afternooon.  Afterwards, we go out and look at Christmas lights while Santa comes and brings his gifts for us (which will be kept in tradition now for my little baby nephew!).  Then, when we come home, all of the presents seem to have magically appeared under the tree and we all share our presents from both Santa and each other.  After the exchange, we eat dinner together (which is usually a pretty simple and delicious feast of homemade pizza, pizza rolls, nachos, or whatever other delectable goodies my pop decides to concoct).  This is typically followed up by playing with toys, watching Christmas Vacation, and spending time bonding as a family.  It is one of my favorite times of the entire year.

I hope your Christmas Eve is just as enjoyable and that Santa treats you very well when you find your gifts under the tree this year 😉  God bless!

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