Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
We had a fun night full of catch prase, which the boys won, while enjoying my mom's famous margaritas. Conor brought some ground venison with us from his dad and brothers hunting freezer. I was quite nervous about it...but finally agreed to try. He made some venison sliders which were actually quite tasty. Maybe next time I'll be ready to try a venison steak, we'll see. It was a very relaxing evening which was nice to have before Conor had to leave for AZ the next day. Sunday was spent packing up all Conor's things and Christmas gifts, figuring out how to get everything on the plane in a minimal number of bags. Conor is a master packer, so miraculously we made all of his things, some of my things, a considerable amount of remaining wedding gifts all fit: two checked bags and two carry-ons.
His flight wasn't til later that night, and it was delayed (surprise surprise), so we got to attend the Tonicx employee Christmas party. It was held out at Quest Casino, where we had a private back room to watch the Seahawks game on a ginormous TV! What a game! Everyone was pretty excited and ready to celebrate. We didn't stay too late since we had to get Conor to the airport. On our way out, Conor put $20 on red (as he frequently does when we're in a casino) and won! Cash for cocktails on the way home I suppose.
While Conor was back in AZ for a few days, I had a chance to catch up with friends and spend more time with family. Ryan & Chelsea had my parents and I over for dinner on Monday. This was the first time I got to see their new place up on five mile. Dinner was swedish meatballs (my dad's favorite) which we enjoyed with a couple different bottles of red wine. Throughout the evening Linnea entertained us with many beautiful drawings of everyone around the table having "cheese and wine", as well as a fashion show of many princess dresses. She is just adorable! I have so much fun with her, and am always sad to leave since she grows up so much in between my visits.
On Tuesday night, I went to my Grandpa's house with my mom. He is 91 years old and one of the happiest people I know. He knows how much I enjoy champagne so he always has a bottle chilling for us when I come over. I also have a sweet tooth like him, so he shares his treats with me. Two favorites: chocolate covered cherries & turkey joints (the absolute best candy ever and you can only find them in Rome, NY)! We went to Geno's for dinner so I could get my fix of the great italian food that I grew up dining on with my grandparents. I had such a wonderful time and can't wait to do it again. My grandpa has such a positive outlook on things;I always feel so happy after spending time with him!
Later that week, my mom and I got together with some family friends, The Fraziers, for a couple glasses of wine. Sarah & Anne Frazier used to babysit me when I was little. Obviously a lot has changed since those days...it's much more fun getting together now that I'm not just the little one in the room. I hadn't seen them, or their mom Marty, is such a long time. We had a lovely time catching up, and perhaps a few more glasses of wine than expected. When girls and wine are together.....it's hard to end the evening!
Continuing our busy social schedule that week, my mom and I got together with another family friend, Susan Crumb, for lunch. We went to Clinkerdaggers again since we were all craving their french onion soup. When I discover I like something, it is the only thing on my mind for at least a month or two. Right now if french onion soup is on the menu, I'm ordering it for sure! That same day I got together with my friend Kyra for dinner. We had lots to catch up on. Her husband is in real estate and they flip houses together, so quickly our conversation turned to that. Conor & I hope to look into buying a house when we move to Seattle, so Kyra gave me lots of advice on what we should start doing now to plan for that. It got me so excited to start the process, but unfortunately we are still 13 months away from our move. Although there is plenty of research to do in the mean time.
After spending the week without Conor, I was anxious for him to be back in Spokane. I picked him up at the airport late Thursday night, where we quickly began the festivities for our friends' Curt & Michelle's wedding weekend! A post on that to come!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Once at the Keenan house we were greeted with lots of hugs and one very excited little brother Ryan. After chatting for awhile, Ryan's patience was wearing thin so we got straight into some present opening. Once again I had so much fun watching everyone's faces while they opened their gifts. It was another very successful Christmas. One of my favorite gifts from the Keenan side: an amazing picture of huckleberries in the shape of a heart lying in someone's hands. Hard to explain, but beautiful to look at. Huckleberries have always had some special meaning for Conor & I. We go huckleberry picking every year together with Conor's grandpa and we did the day we got engaged. Plus we just love huckleberries!
After a little relaxing, the rest of the Keenan's (Marissa, Sam, Aria, Grandpa Fred, & Aunt Caroline) came over to Bob & Suzie's for another Christmas feast. We had prime rib again, no complaints here, but this time Bob cooked it using a method called Sou Vide. I don't know that much about it, so I won't even try to explain it. Delicious is all I need to say. After dinner we enjoyed a huckleberry ice cream pie made by Sweet Peaks, Sam & Marissa's ice cream shop. Ice cream cake is one of my favorite desserts, then add huckleberries and it is perfection. This obviously wasn't a holiday for dieting.
With dinner & dessert finished, and few empty bottles of wine, Conor pulls out a package of fake moustaches he purchased in downtown Bigfork. Who knew this $3 purchase could be so much fun! Here are few pictures of what insued after...oh and Kyle's moustache is real...
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Back at the house we all sat down to a delicious brunch. Our tradition is to make a dish called breakfast sausage casserole which is wonderful concoction of bread, cheese, eggs, sausage, and cream of mushroom soup. Next year I'll be making this for the Keenans! With full bellies and mimosas in hand we patiently waited for Ryan, Chelsea, and Linnea to arrive to let the present opening begin. In the meantime, the tree and stockings were taunting me. The past few years, my mom has been buying wrapping paper that all matches and adding fancy ribbons, it makes everything look so pretty! In our family, even your stocking presents are wrapped and we open gifts one at a time. I love this as it makes Christmas last longer and you get to see the look on everyone's faces as they open their gifts!
Once everyone had arrived my Dad & Conor started a fire. This is no easy task since our chimney has been having some issues over the years and needs a little extra help. But it's nothing a hair dryer can't fix, helping to blow the air up the chimney instead of into our family room. This time only a little smoke made its way into the house, and we all nestled into our usual spots for present opening.
We ended the evening with a Prime Rib dinner accompanied by fresh horseradish, another one of my new favorite things. It was a wonderful Christmas and one I will always remember. Numerous memories were made and laughs had. That night Conor & I slept soundly as we prepared to drive to Montana the next day to do Christmas all over again. Details on that in the next post!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Live at The Boulders South Course! #1 fairway and green. Dad faired better on this hole as I miss calculated my yardage and crushed a wedge off the massive boulder behind the left side of the green...
Ryan getting out of trouble on the front 9, great spine angle and low & left hand position at the finish!
All it took was one short cold snap for it to start to look like fall in AZ.
Over and out,