Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Festivities!

I have been a slacker with my blog these past few weeks! But we have had a lot of fun enjoying the holidays and spending lots of time together! Right before Christmas, we were able to go to several fun parties and events.

First of all, we had my work Christmas party. It was a black tie event, so it was fun to get all dressed up. The party was at the Hidden Valley Country Club in Draper and everything turned out perfect. I am on the Party Planning Committee at work, so it was fun to see everything come together! It was a lot of work, but well worth it. We had a delicious dinner, followed by a Casino Night where we got to play Craps, Blackjack or Roulette. Our remaining chips at the end determined what our prize would be. There were some amazing gifts worth hundreds of dollars, but we just ended up with a giftcard to Nordstrom-which is fine by me! It's about time I got me some new jeans! :)

Here we are at the party. I LOVED my dress! I actually borrowed it from my friend's little sister. Thanks, Amy!
We also had our annual high school friends Christmas Party. Lisa and Abe were nice enough to host it, and they did a great job! We ate lots of yummy food and played some fun Christmas games. It was so fun to get together with everyone because we don't see each other enough. We also celebrated Konni's birthday, which happened to be the same day as the party.
I sure love these girls!

Some of us posing on the stairs

The next day, we had a Christmas party with Josh's friends. We had a white elephant gift exchange and played Loaded Questions: Adult Version, so that made for a hilarious evening! They also made it an ugly sweater party this year, and lucky for me, my mom is a first grade teacher, so I had quite the selection of sweaters to choose from. :) Plus she was able to supply me with that lovely turtleneck and necklace. I love you mom!

My family doesn't have a lot of Christmas traditions, but the ones that we do have, I LOVE! The Monday before Christmas we had our annual Spaghetti Factory dinner with the Walker family. The Walker's are in my parent's ward and we have been friends with them for years. We figured out that this year was our 14th year doing this tradition and we hope it continues for at least 14 more years! I have so much love for the Walker family and we go back a long time! It was so fun to have Josh be a part of this tradition now. He loves the Walker's as well!

Here we are at Trolley Square waiting for our names to be called. There was a Santa display with no Santa in it, so we decided to take over his sleigh! Ava wanted to be in the picture with us. She is the funniest 2 year old around!
Looking at all these pictures makes me realize that one of my favorite things about the Christmas season is that there seem to be more opportunities to spend time with the ones you love the most. I am grateful to have such amazing people in my life.

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