My sorority sister Megan was in town on the 16th and I went over to our friend/sister Anna's to see her and do some chatting. She is someone who I have really grown to respect and admire. She is such a passionate person and truly follows her dreams no matter what anyone tells her. She was just home from an internship in St. Lucia (I know, jealous, right?!) so we got to hear about her experiences there, what is left of her grad school, and of course some good old-fashioned gossiping. We might get to have her in Minneapolis soon!
|At my bachelorette party|
|Jake, Haakon & Bryce|
|Mike, Brad, Paul & Katie|
|Hilary and Katie|
Christmas Eve we always go to my grandma's house to open gifts and have dinner with my mom's family. Only her brother's family comes now, but we will leave that for another blog. We had delicious hotdish (my gma makes the best), the usual goodies, and my grandma made CRANBERRY SALAD!! I freaking love that stuff, mmmm!! She made it just for me too :) I'm Special! I forgot to mention...my grandpa has a slot machine in his office. Like a real one. That he bought online. Ahhh, to be old. Hah! So we indulged in that a bit, too. It was a laughter filled night and we enjoyed ourselves.
Christmas morning...AKA Mike's 26th BIRTHDAY! This is our first time in 5 years spending Christmas and his birthday together. It pretty much made my year :) My mom mad french toast from actual french bread, wow...that was delish! We opened presents with just my parents (Jake was busy) and it was such a fun day. We got some games, a card table and chairs, and some other good stuff, too. My parents really did a great job this year with gifts! I am known as being an ungrateful gift receiver :( but this year was awesome! We played the game Trouble for hours and enjoyed the day together.
Needless to say, I've gotten my fix of needing some friend time. And it has been absolutely fantastic. And I would love some more! We don't have plans for New Year's Eve and I don't care. We have spent some amazing time with friends and family lately and I feel so lucky to have such amazing people in my life!
|My bearded men, Mike & Dad|
A short week of work brought us to this weekend. I'll keep this one short. Friday we went out with my high school girls to celebrate Anna finishing her Master's in Occupational Therapy (woohoo!). A friend in med school who we don't get to see often came and it was so great to see her. We hung out in Uptown and had an easy night catching up and laughing. I always have a sore face after I leave because we laugh so much. Congrats Anna!!
|Anna, Katie, Carmen & Brittany|
Saturday consisted of laundry and cleaning, as usual. Our friend Jake, who lives in Denver called us up and invited us out. His family and extended family are in town for the GB/Vikes game (going on now, Vikings are winning currently) so we got to meet a lot of his cousins. Meeting his family...explains everything. Haha! They were a fun bunch and we hopped around DT Minneapolis for a few hours. I'm so glad he included us!
|Jake and Mike, love you guys!|
I hope that everyone's holidays were as great as ours and that you got to spend time with people you love!!