Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Happenings

Christmas Break is upon us, and I am FREE from school and work. Grad school finals have been finished, consulting work submitted, grades (pretty much) done, presents bought... ultimate relaxation is about to set in. In the last week, we've had tons of fun get-togethers to share with you. We are so blessed with family and friends. It's hard to believe that just a year ago, Brent & I had an Aggie Christmas party in our neighborhood. That get-together turned into a monthly couples supper club, and we just celebrated our one year anniversary! We are so lucky to have such wonderful friends right here in our neighborhood. We truly love the time we spend together. The girls are going to be starting a Bible study together in January, so I'm super excited to spend even more time with them. Last Sunday we had our Christmas supper club complete with tacky sweater contest and white elephant gift exchange. We had a great time.

Here are the girls: Cassie, me, Brenda, Diana, and Erin.
Diana and Chance were the big winners of the tacky Christmas sweater contest. That "Believe" sweater is legit. The hats danced and sang Christmas songs.
Brent & I in front of Cassie's beautiful tree
Last weekend, my parents came to visit from Dallas. We are having Christmas apart this year, so they decided to come on down and celebrate a little early. My mom and I spent the entire afternoon making cookies.
Here's my cute mom filling our (homemade!) pastry shells with (homemade!) chocolate ganache.
Our final creations
We had a Christmas dinner of pork tenderloin, spiced sweet potatoes, roasted asparagus, salad, and cookies!
Brent served as the guest chef as he whipped up his soon-to-be-famous bacon wrapped venison tenderloin!
The tree had quite a few presents for four people! We had fun unwrapping a little early.
Yesterday, we had our first annual Norwood girls Christmas luncheon. Vicky was so sweet to take Wendy & me to lunch at the Galleria and then to do a little shopping. Here is little Luke - we had to take a pic to commemorate his first lunch at Neiman's. We tried to get him to hold the bread, but he would have none of that.
Lunch at Neiman's is apparently quite exhausting. He was saving his energy for shopping.
I'm so blessed to have a wonderful mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and nephew. Good times!
What have you been up to this week?


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