Christmas 2013

Thursday, January 2, 2014

I expected my Christmas break to be pretty uneventful, as I had almost two full weeks off and no solid plans. However (per usual), my days filled up rather quickly! I found out I didn't get the internal job I'd been interviewing for, after FOUR months of waiting, on the Friday before Christmas, but refused to let it ruin my holiday cheer. (I am a firm believer in "Everything happens for a reason" - although I'm still pretty pissed about the whole situation.)

My brother's girlfriend was driving to Atlanta from Fort Worth, TX with her pups, but decided last minute she didn't want to do it alone. Since I had nothing to do, I volunteered to drive with her. I flew into Texas the Sunday before Christmas, ate a lot of Mexican food in a very short amount of time, and we headed back east on Monday afternoon. 12.5 hours later, we pulled into Atlanta at 3:00AM. It was such a fun road trip, filled with lots of Red Bull (8 to be exact) and lots of singing and laughing.

The next same day was Christmas Eve, and we had plans to spend the majority of the day with the Bakers. Holy cow, I was exhausted, but I somehow managed to pull it together. We had a great day attending Christmas Eve church and opening presents.

We spent Christmas Eve-ning with my side of the family, since the whole gang was in town for the first time in quite awhile. Jeff and Katie (obviously) and my cousin Christopher from Denver rounded out our Griswold Family Christmas. I planned to go to another church service to watch my best friend sing with her brother and sister-in-law, but after a few games of Apples to Apples I was beyond tired and didn't make it.

Christmas morning Adam, Ruthie and I spent alone enjoying our traditions - wearing tacky hats to open presents while eating monkey bread and drinking mimosas. I love that time with just us!

It was then time to start the day and head over to my parents' house to "do Christmas" over there, which included....

Opening presents (we had this specially made for Mitch - you're welcome)...

Attempting to take family pictures...

...and grubbing on some yummy food! After all of the festivities ended, we briefly visited with the Bakers and then headed to Mulligan's (obviously) to grab a Christmas drink with Lindsay. All in all one of my favorite Christmases, ever! We have sure been blessed with some awesome family and friends.

To top off "Christmas Week", one of my high school best friends was visiting from NYC and we had a little girls get together (plus my cousin, Christopher) on Friday night. It's always a good time when we all get together!

And the final note of this post... Adam received Chrome Cast from Jeff for Christmas, but since we already have Internet TV there wasn't a point in us keeping it. In typical fashion, we walked into Best Buy to return the $35 gift and walked out with a Mac Book Air. We have to be the most impulsive people of all time. (To be honest, we don't have a computer at home and have been debating getting one for almost three years. So in reality, this was a long time coming.) 

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