Between Thanksgiving and Christmas I only wrote work-out log blog posts. I have to say, when I wrote the “Let the Race Begin” blog, I didn’t think that would also include NO blog writing. It truly has been a race to the end of the year, and I am looking forward to a busy, fun-filled week and hopefully a very relaxing New Year’s Eve! So, what have I been doing in the month of December?
Ben’s work Christmas party at the Lone Star Palace! It was a fun night filled with great company, great food and great views.
The next day, I left Ben at home to study for finals and headed up near Austin for my friend’s wedding. It was an overcast day and there was on and off rain, but that didn’t stop them from having a beautiful wedding ceremony and a hopping wedding dance. I loved the venue they chose for their wedding. It was on a little farm/ranch with animals and country decor. Hot Apple Pie was their signature drink, which was great for a cool, rainy day, and the wedding meal was catered by Salt Lick BBQ (best BBQ ribs I’ve ever had!).
I got back into San Antonio in time to do some more dancing to Celebrate my friend LC’s birthday! It was exactly my type of music, almost 100% rap, but we still had a great time. I think I danced for 4+hours that day!
The following Friday, my cousin J & his fiance, Danica, came into San Antonio for a short visit/vacation. We had a lot of fun. Friday night we went out with some of Ben’s law school classmates to Cha-Cho’s for margaritas, King-Kong nachos (one full order fed 8 people and there was some left over!) and celebrating the end of finals and another successful semester.
On Saturday we walked down to the Pearl Brewery to check out the Farmer’s Market. I had read there was Gingerbread house making going on, and we took full advantage of making gingerbread houses! Ben and I sat for an hour building my gingerbread house and his gingerbread church, and just to be clear, we did not help each other, except in sharing frosting and decorating toppings. This was one of the most fun things we have done together. I was totally surprised that Ben enjoyed this because he normally is not a details person. I could have sat there for another hour, but everyone else was ready to go, so I finished up my house and we went home. Next stop was the Alamo and La Paloma Riverwalk for lunch. I had a HUGE bowl of tortilla soup and pretty good flour tortillas.
Church, Rudy’s BBQ, downtown Boerne and Sister Creek Vineyards are all on the “been there, done that” list for Sunday. We had to make sure our guests got some tradition Texas BBQ while they were here. When you hear “BBQ” up north, sloppy joes are generally what comes to mind. Of course in Texas, BBQ means smoked brisket, ribs, chicken, turkey, sausage and various other meats. We checked out LOTS of little shops on Main St. in Boerne and we also walked around their Christmas vendor fair in the town square. We stopped at a local bakery and I got an amazing brownie, which I was going to share with Ben, but the nut content meant he could not share it with me, oops! Next stop was Sister Creek Vineyards to taste some wines. It was a small winery and Danica and I shared an 8 wine tasting for $6. There was one white wine that she liked and bought and I liked a few of the red wines. I purchased one of them for a Christmas present.
I worked my tail off Monday through Wednesday so we could head to the airport Wednesday afternoon and fly home to MN! I have to say it was the worst flying day Ben and I have ever experienced but we were so lucky that my sister and cousin came to pick us up from Minneapolis at 1:30 AM on Thursday morning. My mom bought us one hour massages for Thursday afternoon which was a much-needed treat! Friday we set up the Christmas tree and had dinner with my college friend and I got to meet her daughter for the first time.
We hit up Applebee’s half-apps with my friends who are getting married in two weeks!! I was able to attend her bridal shower when I was home as well.
Saturday was a fun-filled day at the family lake cabin. My uncle got ice skates for all the cousins, and almost all of us went skating on the lake, Ben included! I was surprised he went on the lake, but we had tons of fun. I had almost forgotten how much I love ice skating! We had the traditional mexican dinner, beef and chicken enchiladas, beef tacos, mango salsa, black bean salsa and guacamole; followed and preceded by desserts of caramel corn, almond bark popcorn, puppy chow, almond bark pretzels, hot chocolate, coffee and hot apple cider. We ended the day opening presents by the fire and watching Santa Clause 2.
Sunday was brunch with the cousins and some time “laying out” in the sun because it was an almost unheard of 55 degrees on December 18th! It was Ben’s first time coming to MN in the winter, but he did not get the typical Minnesota winter experience. This is probably a good thing because he will be more open to coming back next year! When everyone headed home, my family went home to have Christmas together. My parents gave us way too many presents (as usual) but we had fun and enjoyed an early Christmas morning simulation together.
Monday we packed up and headed to Sioux Falls to do a little exchanging and shopping. We enjoyed HuHot Mongolian grill with my aunt. We were up early for a 6AM flight back to San Antonio, and as soon as we arrived both Ben and I headed back to work. The rest of the week was filled with work, eating out and sleeping. Thursday night I was so tired that I fell asleep on the couch at 6:45 and went to bed at 7:45 and didn’t get up until 7 the next morning!
What were some of your best memories from this past December?