We were a busy, traveling family this holiday season. We loaded up our suburban (thank goodness we own such a huge car) and headed to Sherman a few days before Christmas to spend time with my side of the family. Elizabeth has always been the best little traveler. We met my family in Arlington for dinner at Babe's (one of our faves) and the Katy HS playoff game at Cowboy stadium.
Every Christmas Eve I spend the morning with my Mimi doing some baking for Christmas. I make the same things every year...pumpkin pie, pecan pie, Chex mix, and usually some type of fruit salad. You know, those things are so not difficult to make. But every year I find some way to make a tiny mistake on something. This year I didn't mix the pecan pie filling well enough. I won't even tell you what happened to that but my family did mention I was off my game. :) For as long as I can remember we have spent Christmas Eve with all of my family in Sherman. This year my aunt and uncle hosted. I LOVE this tradition. It's so fun to have everybody in one house for the evening.
Christmas morning just gets better and better each year. I love watching Elizabeth open her gifts. This year I got crafty and made a lot of the gifts for our families so I was excited to watch them open them and see if they like them.
We were lucky enough to get a white Christmas this year! It was gorgeous. I'm not a fan of snow and cold weather but this was perfect for Christmas day. We had lunch, presents and Yankee swap gift card style at my grandparents' house and then dinner and presents at my other grandparents' house. It was a full day and I'm pretty sure I gained 10 pounds.
The day after Christmas we headed to College Station to spend a few days with Jake's side of the family. We had family dinners and spent some time out on their land doing some shooting and enjoying a hayride and smores over a bonfire.
We spent New Years at home in Katy with my brother here visiting and then all headed back up to Dallas together for the Cotton Bowl. The Aggies played OU and won...WHOOP! We were supposed to drive back to Katy on Saturday after visiting with Jake's aunt and cousins in Plano but we were exhausted and not feeling well. My parents and Ross were staying in Dallas for the night so we decided to stay as well. My dad got us a good rate at their hotel so we went from playing in the snow to playing in the pool. Any excuse to buy a new swimsuit...:)
So we're DEFINITELY done traveling for a while. That was so much driving in a 2 week span. I love visiting our families but there really is no place like home.