I made him a Tonka cake.
Proud new owner of a police car!
I spent the next couple of days wrapping up loose ends that needed to get tied up before Christmas. One of those loose ends was emailing out my Christmas card to family and friends since it didn't get in the snail mail on time!
Christmas Eve marked the beginning of the whirl wind of hustle and bustle that always engulfs the holiday. We enjoyed six Christmas celebrations between my family and my husband's family. We left Houston around 4:00 p.m. on Christmas day for my father-in-law's house in Arlington, TX where we got to visit with my husbands brother's and sister who were down from South Dakota. I also finally got to meet my new nephew Trevin! We enjoyed the last of their white Christmas with a snowball fight when we got there!
My new nephew Trevin...lil' Cutie-Pie!
I am very thankful that my boys had a great Christmas. After my husband went 9 1/2 months without a job this year, I am relieved that the year has ended on a good note. We were able to buy everyone a little something, and not break the bank. I think I learned a little about budgeting properly!
On Saturday, I decided to go to Grapevine, TX and visit the Gaylord Hotel which has a beautiful atrium of Texas plants. I want to work there SO bad! It's like walking into a small piece of heaven! My brother and sister-in-law went with me just to get out of the house, but were very impressed with the decor and plants in their atrium.
Gaylord Hotel: Looking at the front from the parking garage.
Inside the Atrium:
This tree is HUGE! ...and it spins around in beautiful glory!
Amber and Ryan
Beautiful Xeriscape garden
Outside the Hotel
We left the hotel and came back home to fajitas and a fun game of Apples to Apples with the rest of the family. We left Arlington the next morning and came home to the fun of un-wiring all the Christmas toys from their packaging...Do they really need that many wires and screws to hold a tiny toy in place? It's a bit ridiculous!
So the Christmas season is over, and I am most looking forward to the new year. I have never been more happy to see a year end than 2009. It's been rough, but I have learned a lot. I am most looking forward to 2010 and what it has to offer that 2009 lacked. I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and wish everyone a very Happy New Year!