I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas or if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope it was a good holiday for you 🙂
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Mine started off on Christmas Eve day. Went to church with the boyfriend+family, made pies in the afternoon, had a “treasure hunt.” My team won, naturally 😉 Our prize? Knowing that Jesus (and Brittany, who made up the race) love us! In the evening, we had our traditional corn chowder and cheesy bread meal, followed by a reading of The Other Wiseman and of course the Christmas story, which my sweet boyfriend read. After that, the family watched “Christmas Vacation.” Always a good laugh. I recommend watching it if you haven’t already! Then it was bedtime!
Our victorious team! The santa's were our clues. We take great pictures, by the way.
My lattice pie!
Christmas tree at the boyfriends house. I had to lay on the ground to get a full picture.
My honey reading the Christmas story.
In the morning, we woke up early, opened presents, then had a quick brunch! Two of the boyfriends sisters had to go to work (nurse and barista!). After spending a few more hours with my boyfriends family, we headed back home, where we opened presents with my family and enjoyed some enchiladas (made my yours truly), lots of sweets, Jenga, puzzles, and orange wheat beer, which is locally brewed in here in Redlands California. Yum!
Le tree, presents, and napping daddy.
My cousin Niko's expression is priceless.
Thanking his brother profusely for the gift. and hello there foot... oops.
My sister got some very sweet and sentimental gifts from our mom. She started crying when she opened it. We all cried. It was sweet.
Landon boy opening his gifts. He promptly walked away to play with them.
I bought her the Naked palette.
My man. Cause he's so handsome.
My family’s Christmases usually involve a lot of food. One year we made tamales. Most years we actually make Mexican, which is funny for us because we’re a Filipino/American family. You’d think it’d involve more Filipino or traditional American food. This year was no different, however. I made two kinds of enchiladas and my mom made chicken tortilla soup, as well as beans and rice. Yum.
Danny, my brother-in-law, is good about taking pictures when I’m too busy, which is nice because he takes pictures of me, which proves my existence! If I ask my honey, he’ll take a quick picture and acts like he doesn’t enjoy it or something, which perturbs me. Poo. I don’t bother asking him to take pictures because of that. Bleh.
Wearing one of two aprons I received from Brittany, my secret santa with the bf's family. I already got it messy. It's what I do.
My sarcastic, "no more pictures please" face.
We always do a few puzzles during the holidays. Usually from 1000 pieces to 2500 pieces. Good stuff. We’ll stay up until the middle of then night just to finish a whole section, if not the whole thing. One year, my boyfriends brother-in-law and I worked on a puzzle for about 5 hours straight just to finish it. Our neck were quite sore afterwards. We also added Jenga to the holiday mix of things. My cousin Sasha and the boyfriend of mine got quite into it during one game. It was “tied” because they couldn’t go any higher without it falling. But apparently there aren’t any ties in Jenga, so who knows who won!
This was a candid shot. Didn't know Danny took it. I'm glad he did though. I love it.
Almost done with it. Actually finished it last night though...
See his technique?
My dad is funny.
I was surprised this year by the amount of gifts I actually received. My favorites are probably my new glass 5 qt. KitchenAid bowl (with a handle!), new running shoes, and then of course my sweeties gift to me: a headlamp! I know, I know, he really outdid himself this year 😉
I LOVE my new bowl!
Headlamp. Every girl should have one!
And that was my Christmas 🙂 Again, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, whether it was with family and friends or on the road or even working. Now that it’s all over until next year, I’m not sure what to do with myself for the next few days… I guess I could use my new running shoes OR my new KitchenAid bowl. My family knows me well 😉
I probably will not be writing again until the new year, so that being said, thank you to everyone who has followed my blog, left comments, liked my blog, and then some. You all made this year a little bit more special. I hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you and you leave 2011 on a good note.
Brita-Loo, aka Briana
Update on the Cadet: He’s got an apartment now! Which means he’ll only be coming home every other weekend now, but I plan on making the four-hour drive on Friday so we can spend NYE together. Haven’t missed one yet in over six years!