Because we weren't going to be home for almost two weeks in December we decided against getting a Christmas tree this year, so I improvised and used our fireplace to hang our stocking and lights. I also put out Christmas decorations on the new bookshelf we bought from a girl in our ward that is moving. I even put out the tiny plastic Christmas tree that Matthew's mom sent him on his mission (so I guess we did have a tree).
Friday night our ward had a ward Christmas party and I am telling you this was like no other ward party I have ever been to. It was just as fancy as many weddings I've been to. There was a huge Christmas tree ice sculpture in the middle of the room, men were handing out roses with Christmas wishes to all the ladies, a candy bar (as in a huge table of assorted candies and goodies for your eating pleasure), a photo booth, a flip book booth (they take 6 seconds worth of video of you and then transform it into a flip book), and a dance floor with cool lights and modern music were all a part of the festivities. Turns out not every party is like this, but some of the guys in charge have connects in the wedding world and some associates owed them a few favors. We had a really good time with our friends the Quincys and Clarkes. A girl that I visit teach named Kerri also came and her and I spent some time dancing and creating a flip book. After the party we went over to the Quincy's apartment and watched a movie.
Sunday morning we woke up and got ready for church and because we still had time before church we decided to open our gifts. I am always surprised at the things Matthew thinks of to get me. It's nice to know that he listens to the little things that I talk about. And although one of the gifts didn't quite turn out in time, the foreshadowing of what the completed project will look like made me very happy! I don't feel quite as good at gift giving, but I tried to pay attention to the things that Matthew said he not only wanted but thought we needed. That is something I have learned about Matthew; growing up, many of his gifts were things that he needed, so that's what he asks for. I fought giving him these types of things at first because I didn't feel like I was being romantic enough, but that is one thing I love about Matthew, he appreciates anything given to him. It was a wonderful Christmas in Seattle! Now we are looking forward to Christmas with family in Salt Lake and New Years in Vegas!
Famous penny pancakes!
Doesn't he look like a stud with that pom pom?
Matthew got me a container of the tasty almonds I had been raving about and created cover's for our CD collection
|Matthew and I enjoying the sparkling cider the Quincy's gave us!|