|Abbie and My 2010 Holiday Card|
|The Christmas wreath I made!|
Our next Christmas party was a week later at our friends, Natalie and Thomas McDaniels', house. Andy knows Thomas from Midwestern State University, but I know him from high school in Fort Worth- small world, huh? They had a White Elephant gift exchange. I took a giant bag of peanut M&M's, but left with a couple of candles and Febreze to go. Bank! Andy took a jumbo pack of black Sharpies from Costco... gag gift, much?
|Andy and Me at The McDaniels' Chinese Gift Exchange|
|Andy and his 7 month old nephew, Greyson|
|Andy and me at my 3rd Annual Holiday Cocktail Party!|
|Christmas Decor ready and waiting for the Cocktail Party!|
|My DG Family- itb! Ashlea (my grandlittle), me, and JZet (my little)|
The morning after the cocktail, Andy and I drug our exhausted selves out to Eagle Mountain Lake to meet my parents for the Fort Worth Boat Club's Annual Christmas Luncheon. This has been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember, and I was happy I got to share it with Andy this year. I took my obligatory annual picture with Santa, and I even made Andy take one, too! But the holiday celebrations still weren't done!
|25th Annual Santa and me picture|
|Andy and me with Santa at the Boat Club|
|Andy's Nephew, Greyson, at Jennings Family Christmas|
|"Hey, do you know Kacie Skipworth?" Just one of our random mutual friends!|
|Greyson's First Christmas|
Christmas Eve, I returned home to Fort Worth for Christmas morning at my parents' house with my parents and brother, Geoff. After hustling to unwrap our gifts and a few mimosas, it was time to pack up again... and then, yep, back in the car to go BACK to Wichita Falls. This time it was for my mom's family Christmas. There were so many people and SO much delicious food!! In attendance were my Aunt Rhonda, Uncle Richard, cousin Ashlea, cousin Kameron, cousin Tiffany, Rhonda's parents, Rhonda's nephew, Rhonda's best friend, Sherry, my parents, my brother and his girlfriend, Kristi, a few of Rhonda & Richard's friends, Andy, and Andy's parents were able to join us, too. Despite being super nervous about our families meeting, it went off without a hitch! Afterwards, my parents, Andy, and I bundled up and went to go walk around the Burns Family Festival of Lights at Midwestern State University- a tradition from my younger years, re-instated.
|Mom, Geoff, me, and Abbie on Christmas morning at my parents' house|
|Geoff, Dad, me, and Abbie at my parents' house on Christmas morning|
|Me and Geoff modeling our new L.L. Bean vests!|
|Kameron and me ("Aunt Kate") at my Aunt Rhonda & Uncle Richard's house in Wichita Falls, Texas|
|My cousin, Ashlea, and me in Wichita Falls, Texas on Christmas Day night|
|Me and Andy trying to catch bubbles from the robot at MSU's Fantasy of Lights|
|Me and Andy and the Little Engine That Could at MSU's Fantasy of Lights|
|This was Andy & my favorite when we were little- Santa soaking his feet after a long day!|
|Me and Kameron after she made a giant cupcake|
|Christmas Tree at my parents' house- so many presents!|
Andy and I decided that we need a little green in our lives. So, I got on my "Cook This, Not That," app on my iPhone, and found a recipe for Grilled Chicken Salad. It's nothing special, but if, like me, you have had too much fat, grease, and sugar- get back on track with this easy salad!
Grilled Chicken Salad
Makes 4 servings- 500 calories/serving
WeightWatchers Points Plus Value: 8
- 12 cups arugula (or 1 prewashed bag)
- 1/4 cup Honey Mustard Vinaigrette (light honey mustard is the healthier option)
- 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced
- 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries (or Craisins)
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 12 oz cooked chicken
- 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese (or feta)
- Combine the chicken, arugula, cranberries, avocado, goat cheese, walnuts, vinaigrette, salt and pepper in a large bowl
- Use your hands or 2 forks or salad tongs to toss.