The Holiday Aftermath

Sometimes you just have to take a break.

Although I wouldn't necessarily call what I've been doing a break, but I did take a brief leave of absence from the blog and too many Facebook posts or updates. The husband and I were pretty wiped out after our trip to Italy—it took us 21 hours to travel back to Dallas—and our Christmas started the very next morning. We did five celebrations in three days, then packed up our three dogs and two cats and hauled the whole thing back to Houston.

My niece and nephews opening their Christmas gifts during our gathering at my mom's home. 
The husband and I on Christmas Eve.
All our dogs and cats sleeping on the drive back to Houston. It was a full ride!
From there, we immediately jumped into a bit of work, New Years celebrations and the husband's birthday activities. We didn't plan a party for him this year, despite it being his big 3-0, mostly because I surprised his pants off with a super nice new 12 gauge shotgun. Oh yeah, I rule.

On top of that, he got to attend the Houston Texans play-off football game, made even more thrilling by their sweeping victory. We popped into Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse for an early birthday dinner, and he's preparing to go deer hunting this weekend. All in all, not a bad series of events for having no party planned, wouldn't you say?

The mass crowds at the Texans football game.
The husband and I at Vic & Anthony's.
And I've been playing super-duper-major-catchup with work, which I'm happy to report is nearly back to normal levels. With the aid of my husband, we even managed to finish off my end-of-year tax reports, which are always a drag. They also make me sleepy.

Happy New Year!


  1. Shew, that is one busy schedule. You made me tired just reading about it! Hopefully this New Year will offer you some slow down time :)

  2. YAY!! I am going to copy the ONE pic of me at Christmas!

    I don't know how you pull off all that you do!

    This will be birthday you handsome Mike will NEVER forget!!

    Happy New Year! Hope to see you soon!

  3. These are great CHRISTMAS PICTURES! Happy New Year!


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