Monday, December 22, 2008

'Tis the season to not blog...

Our tree!


Theodore waiting for Santa. :)

Surprise! Christmas is busy! While I've had many reflections and many potential blog posts swirling around in my head...no time to write about them. We have had a full and lovely Christmas season while trying not to over-do it. It has been quite successful so far. Our season has consisted of: Veritas girls' and guys' night, a cookie exchange/stained glass party at Linnet's, hosting our small group's Christmas pot luck, the Houston Achievement Place Gala with the Richards, Veritas Christmas party, Taft St. Art Market, Tucker's (my uncle) reception for his art at a local gallery, watching the Cowboys with the Halgrens, SNOW in Houston, Lights in the Heights, Deily Family Christmas, BSB Christmas, the Richards' party for the Thompsons...etc. etc...phew! One of my favorite parts of this season has been a pleasant surprise component of my job. I managed our holiday "Stocking Stuffer" adopt-a-family program, and it was such a daily blessing to (early on) match our client families with community donors and then watch it all come together. Cason and I were even able to contribute a bit, and it was so much fun. It's good to have that reminder of to be so thankful for what we have and to always be generous with what God has blessed us with.
Just about 2 days until Christmas...here's to the upcoming celebrations and having the 23rd-Jan.5 off!


Congrats to Miss Amanda Lewis, who will soon be Mrs. Erik Hill. I'm ecstatic for them- she will be a BEAUTIFUL bride.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Brrrr!


I like this. I don't want to move to Wisconsin or anything, but I like this. It's fun while it lasts too...tomorrow it'll be 60 again, but today I get to wear my scarf and my hat and pretend like we have winter weather in Houston. It's fun around the holidays, but in February or March when it usually comes, it feels dreadfully late!

Friday, December 5, 2008

To catch a thief...

I was about to write a cute, sappy little entry on all the “little” things I love about the holidays- my own little daily pleasures: peppermint mocha coffee mate, Sunny 99.1 and KSBJ Christmas music all the time, abstract Christmas tree in the lobby of my office (built by the neighboring architects in our building) and my “Nuit de Noel” (Christmas Night) vintage perfume from Paris that I only wear in December…
But last night our Christmas lights got stolen! Off our house! I took this picture on Tuesday…

So the white ones are gone and they left the multi-colored ones in the bushes and on the posts. We didn’t get out of the car to “investigate” because we needed to get to work. We were backing out of the driveway and driving in front of the house and I said, “Hey, the lights on the eave are gone!” Cason turned around and sure enough…

Talk about feeling violated…and having so many questions! Who steals CHRISTMAS LIGHTS?! Was it a stupid teenager prank? Is there an Ebenezer Scrooge on our street? Did a family that was too poor to buy lights really want 3 strands of C9 white lights? We didn’t have five inflatable decorations or anything obnoxious…only four people on our street have lights, and we are at the VERY end…in an almost cul-de-sac.

I called the constable this morning on the way to work, just to let them know. The dispatcher was even like “Are you serious? Someone did that?” I let her know that I didn’t want to file a report, I just wanted to let them know and have their night patrol be on the lookout.

Maybe we will re-hang them. Who knows- they could be in a heap on our porch and we don’t even know yet.

Maybe we’ll leave a sign, or $10 in an envelope- “Save us both the trouble and go buy your own at Wal-Mart. Merry Christmas! Love, the Whites”

UPDATE! LIGHTS WERE FOUND IN THE BUSHES WHEN CASON AND I GOT HOME FROM WORK! mystery continues...stealer's remorse? Were they spooked when I went to the bathroom to blow my nose and get water at 3AM? The world may never know...but we have our lights!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wait- just one more about Thanksgiving--

I have to admit, I'm a bit overwhelmed. I didn't do my "what I am thankful for this year" post, or anything about Thanksgiving really, and it seems like Thanksgiving disappears quite quickly onces the dishes have been washed and the UT/A&M game clock has run down. So, as I stop time for a minute- I am going to celebrate Thanksgiving with 10 things I'm thankful for in 2008 (in no particular order) and then some pictures from the big day.

  • our "new" house in an old neighborhood with the opportunity to learn Houston as an adult with a new appreciation for its arts, restaurants, museums, culture and the down-to-earth nature of the city
  • we are both employed- a blessing we don't take for granted
  • our kittens, Winston and Theodore
  • we made it through Hurricane Ike with no damage (just lots of yard limbs and 10 days w/0 power)
  • our wonderful Sunday school class- Veritas...feels like we've known these couples for years!
  • Family Services allowed me to work my first 4 months part-time while I finished the school year at WJH
  • I have a family of in-laws that I am just as comfortable with/enjoy as much as my "own" family
  • our trip to Washington D.C. over Spring Break
  • that I have found a new hobby that is challenging and good for me (running!)
  • our first anniversary and a husband that I continue to fall in love with each and every day

And for our Thanksgiving Day:

To start the day...Rock Band!
The cooks! A Thanksgiving toast.Nephews...
Nap...

Nerts!

Now you may return to your regularly scheduled Christmas season... more on that soon.

OH! Before I forget...guess what we saw on Jeopardy for REAL tonight...

Alex: "In this play, the duke of Albany is Goneril’s Husband"

Cason: "what is KING LEAR!"

and he was right! It was finally the real answer...or, question rather :o)