I know it has been a very long time since I have blogged. What can I say, the holidays hit and it has been a whirlwind. I am currently writing a few blog posts to let you know what has been going on the last few months. Yes, I know, Christmas is long gone, but bear with me as I blog about it (there is a lot!).
In November, we went to see Dralion with some of Ivan’s work friends. It was a great show. I had only seen the La Nouba show in Orlando, so it was definitely a treat.
Sunday November 11th, we went to the Via Colori art festival because Ivan was playing with his friend’s band “The Literary Greats”. It was definitely a fun day to just relax and listen to the music. Although it definitely was WINDY! That same day we also found out that someone had hit our car (and of course, they did NOT leave a note). So that began the fun process of getting the car fixed in the middle of the holidays.
Thanksgiving was great. The morning started off early, as I had to dry out the bread for the stuffing. Since the meal had to be gluten free, I had to make my own stuffing fresh from gluten free bread. It is pretty easy to do this though. Last year, I wanted to make organic stuffing so I ended up making it all myself anyway. You just heat the oven to 400, and then turn it off. Then stick the cubes of bread on a cookie sheet in the oven. It will dry the bread out very quickly.
That morning we met up with my Uncle Russell and Aunt Reba (who live in the same subdivision as us!) to go to the HEB holiday parade. It was super fun! I loved watching the different floats and dancers. My favorite dancers were the high kickers. Wow! Super impressive. If you haven’t been to the parade it is definitely something to check out.
After the parade it was just a matter of cooking the food and eating. We definitely had some trial and error with the turkey. It just would NOT cook. Either way, it was a great time to socialize and just enjoy each other’s company.
The week after Thanksgiving, my parents arrived for the Christmas season. This Christmas was the first year we actually had it at our house in Texas. My sister couldn’t attend because she was due to give birth in January. Either way, it was great to celebrate with my parents.
The first real activity of the Christmas season for me was the Houston’s First Women’s Holiday Banquet. I went with my good friend Cheryl. We sat at her work’s table which was decorated with red birds (it was so pretty). It was such a fun time and speaker was AMAZING.
On the weekend, we planned to go down to Dickens on the Strand again (like we did last year). However, none of us felt like going. Instead, we all went to the Galleria mall to do some last minute Christmas shopping. This was super fun too. I went with my dad and Ivan went with my mom. After that we drove to Galveston for the Moody Garden Festival of Lights. We did this last year and it was definitely fun. We probably won’t go again as many of the lights didn’t change from the prior year.
We went with my family to the Houston Heritage Society Candlelight Tour. This was great! It was a lot of fun. We walked around, listened to the carolers and went in the different houses. We didn’t get any pictures of this because it was dark out and we were too busy enjoying ourselves…heehee.
The next day we had Ivan’s company’s Christmas party. It was so much fun! This was probably one of the best Christmas parties I have been too. The party had a Casino Night theme. Every person had a bucket of chips (at no cost of course).They had multiple games. At the end of the night, everyone cashed in their chips for raffle tickets. These raffle tickets could be put in a variety of different gift bags. Ivan actually won a prize! It was a stack of old board games like Twister, Operation, Battleship, etc. That night the majority of the people stayed at the hotel (Hotel ZaZa). It was a lot of fun, and I can’t wait for next year’s party. Here is a picture of us before we left.
Bear with me, I have two more holiday events to go! The next event we went to was one I had really been looking forward to, the Houston Ballet. I have seen the Nutcracker now in California, Florida, DC, Illinois, and Texas. Although it is hard to remember all of them, I think the one in Texas is definitely one of the best. I really enjoyed the show and will be going every year if I can. J
The day before Christmas eve, we concluded our events with a Transiberian Orchestra concert! We have been going to these concerts for over 10 years. My dad is a member of the fan club and he pretty much gets the best tickets ever. We sat 6 rows from the front. In prior years we have been the 2nd or 3rd rows. I really love this group. A few of the band members have changed since prior years but they really have been able to maintain the quality of the show. This was a great finale for the Christmas season.
I will give you a break from this ridiculously long blog entry! I will write a new entry about Christmas and Christmas Eve.