Friday night we checked out a new French restaurant in our 'burb called La Balance. It was fantastically good and I think it warrants its own post, mostly because you might be thinking "Ew, French food, too fancy." And I want to prove you wrong. We got home and I cleaned and wrapped gifts and didn't stop til midnight which didn't make for a super fun Friday.
After getting Bauer his steroid shot for his asthma (high maintenance cat), we went to my mom's to have Christmas with my step-sister and nieces. They currently live in Louisiana and are moving to Oklahoma during the girls' Christmas break off school so we had to celebrate early. My grandparents came over too. It was so fun to watch the girls open their gifts, especially the five year old. She got a robot dog and it was awesome. I got her a knock-off Rainbow Loom, which is apparently far too advanced for an adult to figure out. My boss' kids have them and she knows how to do it, so I am going to get lessons! My grandparents came over and we made s'mores on my parents' fire pit which has become our holiday tradition. The sweet five year old clearly knows her Aunt Lauren well - she came over to me and whispered in my ear "Remember last time I came, and you took us to Chik-fil-A? Can we go there again?" I would have gladly taken her, but my mom was making lunch for everyone so I promised that I would next time. It's a date!
OMG she's 13 and she was drinking coffee. I can't. | Twinsies! | She was drinking hot chocolate | Love my first niece so much. Also, don't mind her crazy hair. Apparently she thought it would be fun to let her friend cut it for her and she went to get it cut by a professional later that day...
We left around 3:30 to pick my father-in-law up from the airport. He and Andrew are so much alike in their sense of humor that it cracks me up. We went to have dinner at Killen's Steakhouse (my 42nd restaurant on the Top 100 in Houston) and it was fantastic! That will probably be another post of its own. We picked up our new TV later that night - it's a SmartTV. Have you heard of these things? I said we didn't need one but Andrew wanted it and after cashing in American Express points, it was less than $100. It is awesome and super high tech. You can stream Amazon Prime by just hitting one button. If I disappear from Blog Land, it's safe to assume that I have fallen into the black hole of streaming all five seasons of Parks and Rec.
V with her s'mores - she is a marshmallow roasting pro | My grandparents. They have been married 58 years this month. Can you imagine? | Andrew and I - this is almost SO Christmas card worthy but the jerk wouldn't look at the camera! | V's marshmallow kept catching fire, but Uncle Andrew blew it out for her | M is almost as tall as I am. How did she get so grown up?
Yesterday I did get up and go to the gym - to try to counteract all the food that's been happening - and then we went to brunch at Hugo's. It's a Mexican buffet (not Tex-Mex) and I have mentioned it before and it was excellent, as always. I am a sucker for cinnamon so when they told me about some Mexican coffee that they make in a pot with cinnamon and sugar, I was sold and it was fantastic. I spent the rest of the day on the couch napping through football and catching up with my blog friends. Stellar Sunday, for sure.
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