On Christmas Eve, we got a little bit of a blizzard and it took my mom, dad, sister, and sister's fiance 7 (SEVEN!!) hours to drive out to Abilene from Fort Worth (where they had flown in). It is usually about a 3 hour drive. We were just so thankful that they made it. A lot of people spent their Christmas Eve in a shelter along the side of I-20. They got in late, so we didn't go to our Christmas Eve church service as planned, which was good because we would have arrived at Church to find the service canceled, anyway due to the INSANE weather. (I just have to say that I love West Texas, and the weather we've been having for the last few weeks is NOT enjoyable at all. I'm ready for our normal 60-degree winter to come back!) So, we hunkered down in our home with a fire in the fireplace and spent Christmas Eve celebrating my sister, Holly's birthday. Her birthday is actually Christmas day but we give her a party on Christmas Eve every year. We had homemade pizza and ice cream cake and it was a great night. And a full house! The five of us, Holly, Stan, and Nolan; my parents, Cara and Kyle had a great time catching up, playing with the kids and playing some board games!
Christmas morning, we (the five of us, Cara and Kyle, and Steve's dad) opened gifts at our house in the morning, then went over to Holly and Stan's for the rest of the gift-opening, a big Christmas feast and a day of family festivities. It was a wonderful day.
The rest of the week was spent together - Holly and I took turns cooking dinner and hostessing - one day everyone would be at our house, the next day at Holly's. It was so much fun....but a little exhausting!
One night, my dear friend Michelle, her hubby Kenny, and their two sweet dogs stopped by on their way through town. It was so great to catch up with them and spend an evening together. And a few days into the new year, our good friends the Sheppards stopped by on their way through town, also. Steven and their daughter, Heidi have been friends since before Steven's 1st birthday and they were so excited to see each other. We have been so blessed by their friendship.
Here is a slide show of our Christmas with the family. (Click the little + about 3 times to make it go faster, then it will only take you like 20 minutes to get through!)
Whew! I did it! I blogged about our Christmas! I've been meaning to forever and now I feel like I have really accomplished something!
We've been up to a lot more since then, too. The week before Christmas, Steve and his brother made a beautiful headboard and nightstands for our bedroom. We've been married over 5 years and have never had a nice bedroom set until now. I absolutely love it. I just got some bedding for it this past week and I must say, it looks beautiful!
(I had to remove the date-stamp on my camera because even after resetting the day, it kept stamping March 15, 2059)
Steve had to go TDY (Temporary Duty...away. Don't ask my how military acronyms work - no one knows) to Washington DC over New Years. He left December 31 and got home this Thursday, the 7th. We missed him and it was too bad that I had to wrestle our 7-foot Christmas tree into a storage box by myself, but that's okay. As always, he is keeping quite busy. Today he is starting another big home project. Here's a hint:
More on that, later.
Hopefully, I will stop slacking and will be a better blogger now that You're all caught up!