I replaced all strenuous activities and items involving me leaving the house, on my "Welcome Back to Reality!" To Do list, with tasks that I can do while sitting in bed nursing the cold that Grace gave me the day before we left to come home. Who needs clean clothes and food that hasn't expired? Not me. I just need my computer and the Chirstmas cookies I stole from my parents house to keep me company. So, here, ladies and gents, is the Christmas 2010 rundown.
We boarded a plane from Dallas to Virginia
Picked up a cold from the lady who Grace chummed it up with before our flight, despite her warning me "I have a cold." (enter forehead slap here.)
We stopped by my Grandfather's place to say hello
And then I forced my brother to take another picture of me to prove that the double chin in the above picture was in fact "just the angle" as people were telling me, and not an unwelcome new resident on my face.
After Aaron arrived we went to Nielson's for some delicious grub
Played the chimes
And the grandkids did the Nativity with Grace being a Christmas jammy wearing Joseph with a stylish headpiece
On Christmas morning we checked out our loot from Santa and the Grandparents
It snowed (you can barely see the snowflakes, but they're there)
We kept the tradition of opening each gift one at a time
And scored big time in the "I love this, how did you know!?" department
Grace fell in love with the boxes and wrapping paper
And Grandpa modeled his hip new sweater vest
Amongst many incredible gifts I got a new lens
Which, I informed Aaron many times, gave my pictures a magical quality.
He got to spend lots of time with me and my lens, and Grace too, when his flight got cancelled and rescheduled the for next day. Merry Christmas to me.
After we shipped Aaron back to Texas, we made a visit to my Dad's office
to look sassy
but more importantly to catch up with friends.
We lunched at Five Guys
And were graced with a visit from Al Barker. My gorgeous friend since age 2.
Three hours was not enough to bask in the glory of this lovely lady
We (and by "we" I mean Stacey) packed up the last odds an ends in the car so Stacey and Co. could make the trek to Dallas so she can get married and settle down there. Another Merry Christmas to me.
Saying goodbye to Mema/Copilot
Carly and Taylor buckled in and ready to go
See you in Texas hot stuff
After sending them off, getting ready, and packing, I squeezed in a visit with the ever lovely Kate
Grabbed lunch with Matt at the most crowded Chick-Fil-A on the planet.
And Grace and I were on our not-so-merry-because-Christmas-is-over way.
The Christmas celebration did not disappoint in 2010. And the best part? I'll get to see my entire family soon for Stacey's wedding. Happy January to me..... Y'all.