Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas 2012

Good morning!

Thank you for the comments on my last post. I’m glad that many of you can understand what I’m going through right now. Not that I want any of us to be having a hard time, but it’s comforting to know that I’m not alone.

On another note, how about a little Christmas recap?! I can’t believe how quickly it flew by this year, but the past few weeks have been a ton of fun. A couple of weeks ago while Eric went to Iron Mountain to see his family, I made a TON of Christmas cookies.

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I made six different kinds and sent some to Eric’s parent’s, my best friend Melissa, my work, and my mom’s work; and I brought the leftovers on a platter to Christmas Eve dinner at my aunt’s house.

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Here’s what I made:

The cookie trays were a huge hit, and an annual bake-a-thon is a tradition I’d like to keep around the holidays. The most popular cookies were the Andes mint cookies, the white chocolate cranberry cookies, and the Oreo truffles so those will definitely be kept in the rotation, but we’ll see what else is looking good next year.

The Saturday before Christmas, Eric and I met some friends in Grand Haven and spent the day walking around downtown checking out local shops before grabbing a bite to eat. We walked down to the pier for a couple of photos as well. Here Eric and I are with our friend Erin:

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We met Erin in college but she and her husband moved to North Carolina last year so we only get to see them once or twice a year. Guess that’s what happens when you get older!

After spending the day in Grand Haven, Eric and I drove back to Traverse City where we spent the evening hanging out at my apartment. A couple of my friends from high school joined us and we had a great time catching up. On Sunday night we had another get together at a local bar downtown, and it ended up turning into a mini high school reunion! There was a quite a group of us, and I had such a blast seeing so many old friends. Here’s a cell phone photo of myself with my friends Hannah and Leah:

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Such a good time!

After spending lots of time with friends, the next day was Christmas Eve and we were ready to spend it with family!

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I epically failed at getting food pictures, but everything was delicious. Christmas Eve dinner included ham, cheesy potatoes, sweet potato casserole (courtesy of moi), green bean casserole, jello salad, and LOTS of cookies and pie. Yum! After dinner, we gathered in the living room for a little white elephant gift exchange, only my grandma provided all the presents Winking smile.

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Eric made a new friend while we were playing – everyone meet Jake!

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After the gift opening we took some family pictures in front of the tree. We were long overdue for some, that’s for sure.

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On Christmas morning, Eric and I headed over to my parent’s house bright and early for Christmas breakfast.

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Like most families, we eat the same thing every year – for us, that’s stuffed French toast (with an orange marmalade filling), cheesy eggs, bacon, and crockpot oatmeal. Usually we are too full to eat the oatmeal, so we just end up snacking on it all day Winking smile.

The plan after breakfast was to open presents, but one of m parent’s kitties, Charlie, all of the sudden started having some breathing problems. We ended up having to rush him to the emergency vet, where he was put in an oxygen chamber and temporarily diagnosed with pneumonia. Unfortunately, the diagnosis has now been confirmed as heart failure, and we’re not sure how much longer he has. It’s really sad because the poor guy is only three years old, and he’s like my dad’s best friend. Here’s a picture of the little guy:

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Beautiful cat, right?

It was a bummer to go through all of this on Christmas morning, but my dad and sister returned from the vet after a few hours and we all kept our chins up and proceeded with the Christmas festivities.

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We all made out pretty well this year in the gift department!

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Some of my favorite gifts from my parents are my KitchenAid blender, toaster, and crockpot; but one of my favorite gifts of all was from Eric. He got me this beautiful open hearts necklace, and I’ve hardly taken it off since he gave it to me.

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As much as I love the necklace though, I just might love my birthday present from him even more. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it, but lately Eric’s really been getting into painting in his spare time and for my birthday, he painted me this beauty.

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Isn’t it amazing?! I was speechless when I opened it. It’s proudly hanging up in my living room right now so I can show it off to all of my guests Open-mouthed smile.

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After we were done with presents, Eric and I headed out to see Les Mis (amazing, btw), and then he hit the road to head back to Lansing. Just like that, another Christmas had come and gone! I was a bit down after the holiday because Eric was gone and I had to get back to the whole work routine, but today I’m in a great mood because tonight I’m going downstate and I’ll be spending New Years Eve in Grand Rapids with Eric and a great group of our friends! I’ve never actually gone out on NYE before (I usually have low key nights inside), so I am especially excited about this year.

Have a great day everyone and I’ll see ya in 2013!

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