December is in motion. Each day I am reminded of how much I love this time of year. Add a husband in the mix and our two lives full of family and friends colliding makes for an even busier and more fantastic season.
We had a whirlwind of a weekend, which apparently has become the norm in our neck of the woods. Would I have it any other way? No way! A little tired. perhaps. But I'm definitely feeling alive in the heart region. Pardon the cheesiness. Sometimes the truth is cheesy. I've learned to embrace it. It's who I am.
Thursday evening Em and I went to meet little miss McKenna Ruth at the hospital. A 7 lb. bundle of joy. Mama Megan is a dear friend that lived right down the street from me growing up. We had play-dates from age 4 to age now. wow. Love her. Afterwards, I went to see Em and her husband Joe's new place. We hung out eating soup and talking. Love her.
Friday night,(aka D's 24th birthday), Daniel and I got all gussied up and went to the lovely RiverPlace Hotel for his work Christmas party.
We ate lots of yummy food, drank some fizzy drinks, and played some high-stakes casino games.
Somehow at the end of the evening, Daniel won a gift card for dinner here
Then it was off to the Thirsty Lion for some birthday drinks with a lovely group of people to celebrate Kourtney's 21st. Party train moved onward to XV for some dancing. So thankful for a husband/bodyguard. Hello creepers!
6pm-3am. Raising the roof. So fun!
4am-12pm. Beauty rest. So needed!
Saturday morning we were up just in time to watch the Civil War game and then head to my parents' house for a family birthday party for Daniel. Lasagna and ice cream cake. Grabbed a few Christmas decorations, headed home, and watched our wedding video. Loved it. Such a great way to remember things I didn't even see or forgot about. Also, it's definitely some good blackmail material on a few people.
Sunday it was time for church. Recently we've been attending The Well. Check it out here. Seems like a good fit so far. Great speaking, welcoming community, kind of a gospel/jazz style worship set, and very mission-minded atmosphere. Made a quick Starbucks trip, then headed to my grandparents' house for birthday party #3. My grandpa's 75th.
He is so precious.
Always a fun time with the whole family and full of such amazing food. Coffee punch, sparkling cider, shrimp, chicken cordon bleu, salads, rolls, pecan pie, german chocolate cake, and banana pudding. I could eat banana pudding for days.
If you are from the South or have ties to the South, you know what I'm talking about.
We said our goodbyes, and rolled out the door. Back home, where I promptly fell into a food coma.
It's fun. this living life thing.