What a whirlwind of a Christmas week! Why does it always seem like the holidays take forever to get here, but then fly by way too fast? It has been so nice staying home and celebrating with friends and family in the area. This past week has been filled with parties, quality time, and new adventures!
Friday: I did some last minute Christmas shopping, joined my mom for a class at Barre 3, and got ready for the DVA holiday party (Justin’s company). The party was really enjoyable with great food from Zydeco, lots of laughs, and plenty of entertainment including Justin performing a “party trick” that had people laughing hysterically and a little grossed out at the same time. I won’t go into detail. ☺
After we left, Justin and I decided to swing by Club 300 and watch our friends do some karaoke. Although I do not (and will not) sing, it was pretty fantastic to watch others embarrass themselves…er, I mean perform.
Saturday: Justin and I slept in until 7:15 (yes, this is sleeping in) and then went to the gym for a little workout to start the day. This was followed by a few hours of shopping (we purchased me a swimsuit, goggles, and swim cap so that I can get my booty into the pool) and lunch at Bend’s food cart pod: The Lot. We just can’t get enough of this place. The yellow curry at Thailandia and Cuban sandwich from Real Food Street Bistro were ridiculously tasty.
That evening, Justin and I attended another Christmas party with his fly fishing buddies (AKA the Hermanos) and spouses. It was great to catch up with everyone and share in the laughter as people opened their white elephant gifts. There may or may not be a few of these gifts visible in these pictures…
Sunday: My first time at the pool. Justin gave me some pointers and off I went. We swam for about 30 minutes (on and off) and then relaxed in the hot tub. I could not believe how tired I was and how quickly the fatigue took over.
At least the only thing on our schedule for the rest of the day was football, football, and more football. The Seahawks lost, which was disappointing, but at least it will make for an exciting Week 17.
Monday: Was filled with last minute Christmas shopping and Christmas parties. It was basically a cram it all in before Christmas Eve type of day. That night, we attended a Christmas party for one of Justin’s clients, the Central Oregon Visitors Association. The party was held at the home of Chef Bette Fraser of Well Traveled Fork, who does culinary tours and cooking classes in Bend. Her home, which she uses for cooking classes and features a commercial wood burning pizza oven, was beautiful and easily accommodated the 50 or so party guests.
Tuesday: Happy Christmas Eve! Justin and I started the day with an early morning 30-minute swim and dip in the hot tub. I felt such a difference already after only two times in the pool and was much less tired when we were done.
We got cleaned up and headed to the movies for a matinee showing of Anchorman 2. Surprisingly, there was no one in the theater so we decided to goof around and document our movie going experience. Come on, who hasn’t ventured back to their childlike ways when given the opportunity?
The movie was really disappointing and I would not recommend seeing it in the theater (unless you REALLY like stupid movies). Later that afternoon we met up with my mom and stepdad for the Christmas Eve service at Westside Church and a movie to follow. The candlelit service was beautiful as always and movie #2 (American Hustle) was much better than the first. Yes, two movies in one day, that’s how we roll. Justin and I even hit up the photo booth for the first time in our relationship (and Justin’s first time ever…what a sheltered life!). Pretty impressive, eh?
I received a few gifts from Justin and his family that will be really great for upcoming trip to Africa (only 6 more weeks!!!) including this cute safari hat, packing cubes, and safari pants. Justin got a Gro Pro camera and a number of other things (this fabulous shirt) that he can take on the trip as well. But I doubt I’ll be taking my new skate skis with me on the trip!
Once we were finished with gifts and getting ready, Justin and I headed up to Mt. Bachelor for a couple hours in the sunshine and snow. It was fun to watch the tubers coming down the mountain and we will definitely be adding this activity to our winter “to do” list.
Following our trip to the mountain, we joined my mom and stepdad for Christmas dinner and a movie. Justin cooked up a batch of his delicious chicken chili (which was a hit, of course) and we feasted next to the fire. After some time talking and exchanging gifts, we were off to see The Hobbit. I’m a big fan of these books and movies, so I really liked it – very action packed but what a cliffhanger of an ending!
Thursday: Yesterday was an activity filled day for Justin and I. We started with an early morning swim (my longest and best yet), followed by a stop at REI to purchase new sleeping bags and roll pads with Christmas gift cards from my mom and stepdad. We then headed up to the mountain for some cross country skiing!
The highway is closed in winter but open to snowmobiles and skiers. Given the lack of recent snow, the snowmobile tracks keep the snow a little soft and easier to navigate than the icy XC ski trails to the lake.
Apparently, skiing is not the only activity people can do on the snow in bike-crazy Bend.
After a couple of hours on the skis, we made our way back to car and headed back to Bend to get ready for a going away party for our friend Tom, who is moving to San Francisco to be with his girlfriend (and our new friend) Laura. We met up with them at McMenamins , listened to some live music, and eventually said our goodbyes.
It was quite the holiday week! Now it’s time to get caught up on the day-to-day schedule and enjoy some down time. I hope everyone had a great Christmas!