First it was my birthday (yes, that's a holiday). I turned 2? on December 21. Stephanie surprised me by planning a little birthday get-together at the local Karaoke hot spot (ha-no I did not sing and everybody appreciates that).
Christmas was really fun this year. We left on Christmas Eve to drive to League City to visit my parents. We spent Christmas Eve with my mom, dad, brother and grandma. We opened presents and got to visit a little. The next morning we had quail, biscuits and gravy for breakfast. Mark played the guitar a little for my family and then we had to leave to get to Austin for his parents' Christmas celebration. I think this was an exciting time for my family. We are just discovering our version of our family traditions. We usually drive to Amarillo to spend Christmas with the entire family. It's always a lot of fun but our family is getting so big it's really hard to get together in one place. I guess we are just all getting at that point in our lives...
When we got back to Austin, we went to Mark's godparents house to have some wine as his parents, sister and brother finished up dinner with them. Then we went back to Mark's parents house to open our presents and have some family time. Then, as is a tradition with Anderson Alumni (Mark's high school), we went to the local pool hall to have some Christmas time with friends.
I don't have a lot of pictures of Christmas, but my mom put up some good ones.
My brother came up to Austin for the New Year! This is one of our 'after midnight' pictures. We love to goof off. Below is Mark and me. We all went to a place called Cool River. We rented out an entire room and we had private waitresses. It was nice to not be in such a crowded place. I have to admit I am a little over the going out for the New Year. I think next year we will stay home. Nevertheless, I had fun.
Here is a better picture of my brother and me.
Me, Lottie and Stephanie!!! Had fun, ladies!
I'm excited for the 2009! It's going to be a good one and Mark and I are ready for the new adventures that this year holds for us! Peace to you all and may the new year hold many blessings for you and your families.