These last few weeks have been so crazy - with traveling, work, Christmas, etc.
The weekend before Christmas I actually had to work 1/2 a day on Saturday. That's not my idea of a good start to a weekend. But, due to the short weeks, it was all hands on deck to get everything done.
Julie was off all week last week which....made me jealous but that's neither here nor there. Saturday after I got off work Julie and I high tailed it to Arlington. Julie's parents had an extra ticket to the Cowboys game Saturday night and asked if I wanted to go......but of course I did.....Even though the Cowboys really didn't show up - and lost a heart breaking game we had a great time. There were 6 of us there....Mike, Jon, his friend Colby, Julie' uncle Ken, here cousin Grant, and myself. It was so frappin' cold though!! I froze my rear off. but, after the loss - they had the farewell to Texas Stadium celebration which was...interesting. They had a lot of the former greats (Emmitt, Irvin, Staubach, etc), there were fireworks, cheerleaders....and frost bite. haha.
Sunday we went to church, ate lunch and I was back on the road back to Abilene....did I mention Julie was off all week last week?? Yeah, Jason wasn't. I had to be back at work at 7:00am Monday morning for 3 days of crunch time. I was at work for about an hour then had to jump in the "short bus" and head to San Angelo.....what a great day. We completed all the work on this HUGE project I've been working on for 6 months. It was cold and windy but definitely worth every hour I was there.
Tuesday I was in sweetwater for another job - getting dusty and dirty again.....and Wednesday was a bit more relaxed. I was actually in Abilene all day which is unusual.
After work Wednesday I was back on the road headed back to Arlington for Christmas with the Walkers. I had an awesome time. We exchanged gifts, every one did WAY too much......ate a lot (shocker), fell asleep on the couch, and got ready for Christmas with the other Walkers (Julie's uncle, aunt, 3 cousins, and Grandma Frosty. We did a gift card exchange where everyone sat in a circle and Julie read a story. every time the word right was said, you passed your envelope right, and left you passed it left. It was funny. I ended up with a gift card to Cabela's!!!!! YIPPEE - I love that place......(in fact last time I was there with Mike - we lost each other for an hour)
Friday was fun - Jon, Mike, and I went to the shooting range. Another favorite place of mine. Shot about 100 rounds and decided it was time for lunch. We went to On The Border....had an interesting waitress.....then headed home.
After being home for a bit Jon and I left to go to Cabela's - which turned into shopping for a long time and not buying anything - that's annoying especially since I had a gift card - but oh well.
We then went to Cavendar's - since I live in po dunk I needed me some cowboy boots....well - that didn't work out so well for me either!! I was down to 2 pairs and I couldn't decide. After about 30 minutes going back and forth - I decided to take pictures and as my fashion coordinator wife which ones she liked.....interesting fact....she actually picked the pair that I liked....that's unusual:) I had a great time hanging out with Jon - we never really get the chance to hang out and hopefully we'll get to hang out more often in the future.
Saturday morning the four of us headed home to welcome my parents to Abilene.
They got in around 1:00 - we went to Jason's Deli (btw - there is no discount for having the name Jason - whodathunk). Julie and I came home while Jeff, Hayley, and my parents ran errands. Julie napped and I was back at Cavendar's to get my new boots.....crud - I was stuck on 2 pair here in Abilene and actually had to get a worker there finalize my purchase - which I did get the same ones Julie and I liked.
Saturday was Christmas with my parents, and Jeff and Hayley....once again - everyone did WAY TOO MUCH!!! but, we had a great time!! Saturday night we went to chilis for dinner....came home and went to bed.
Sunday - neither Julie or I felt great - I've had this bronchitis lingering for 2 weeks and it's driving me nuts. So I got up.....ate breakfast with everyone at Cracker Barrell and my parents hit the road back to Boerne.
What a whirlwind......here it is Monday.....and back at work we all go! BUMMER!!!
I love this time of year. It's all about family and friend's getting together to celebrate the birth of Christ.
God truly has blessed Julie and I in more ways than we could ever count and I continually thank Him for my family. Our families love and support us unconditionally and they have no idea how grateful I am for that.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and had time to reflect on why we are here.