Merry Christmas

Christmas; it’s not the giving, it’s not the getting, it’s the loving.

– A Garfield Christmas

Well, another successful Christmas has come and gone and I feel completely rejuvenated thanks to some great quality time spent with family. It’s amazing how time flies, this year seems to have slipped by faster than ever. So many wonderful events have taken place in 2009: college graduation, getting married, moving to Austin, starting a new job and one other exciting piece of news {which I’ll get to later}.

I’ve felt pretty detached from the blogging world lately, I wish I had the time to post every day but with all the craziness that the season brings I’ve lost track. So while Mark is in Houston this week {while I stay here and work, ugh} I’ve got plenty of time to catch up…

Disclaimer: this post is going to be all over the place

It’s finally gotten “cold” enough around here to merit drinking hot chocolate; and by cold I mean below 45 degrees. I was so happy that I was able to wear pajama pants on Christmas morning!

Mark and I decorated a little around our apartment, my favorite of which was our little tree. We were originally going to have a real tree but opted to fill a little artificial one with all of our ornaments. I think it turned out quite nicely. Let’s see…we’ve got a couple of A&M ornaments, a few crosses, the heart on the bottom right that I made at U Paint it in 2006, a kitty and my favorite, the Bambi ornament with Thumper and his girl bunny smooching, haha.

Every year around Christmas time I like to make sugar cookies, rarely do I put forth the effort of rolling and cutting and rolling again at any other time of the year but the holiday season always makes it worth my trouble. Problem is, I don’t yet have any cookie cutters…so the creative mind begins to think and out popped this idea: sugar cookies without the rolling!

I just rolled the dough into logs before refrigerating it, covered the logs with sprinkles, stuck ’em in the freezer for a few minutes, cut the logs into slices and baked away…simple!

I think these are the best sugar cookies I have ever made because 1: I always roll the dough too thin, these I cut nice and thick, 2: I actually took the time to sift my flour, and 3: they are so Christmasy and pretty and EASY!

Anyways, enough with the sweets, {speaking of sugar, have you had candy cane Kisses? soooo good} though we only got to spend one full day in Rogers for Christmas it was really great. Mark, my mom and I went to our church’s Christmas Eve barn service; we huddled together on hay bales singing carols and sharing communion as Pastor Terry gave a great message about how Jesus came into the world under completely ordinary circumstances to one completely ordinary couple…God works through us in our every day lives, all we have to do is let Him shine through. Which reminds me of something that I heard at church last Sunday:

If God really is the center of one’s being, JOY is inevitable.

Isn’t that so simply beautiful? If God is truly present in your life and you accept Him fully, you will radiate His love…definitely something to strive for right? {mental note}

Anywho…

Christmas Eve night we all watched A Garfield Christmas together…so many memories there, I’ve got the whole thing memorized {apple, peach, pumpkin, blueberry, cherry or banana cream?}

The next morning we had Green’s kolaches for breakfast and then Ben and I sorted out all the presents, something that we do every year, except we let Mark help us this time. Everyone received great gifts…my favorites were a tennis skirt from Mark and a subscription to Martha Stewart from my parents. I think the funniest gifts were either my dad and Papa’s tennis racket/bug zappers or the giant foam airplane I got for Mark…we all had fun throwing it around in the yard afterwards. Then we had a wonderful Christmas Day lunch complete with turkey, dressing and deviled eggs {YUM}. Afterwards ensued a lovely, full-bellied nap with my favorite kitty sleeping by my side.

We definitely have A LOT to be thankful for, that’s for sure! Speaking of being thankful, the greatest gift of all this year came to Mark looking something like this:

Yes, that is the beautifully crafted cover page of none other than an offer letter for an amazing opportunity to work for APPLE! Mark has been chasing this job for two years now and it has finally paid off; he’ll be selling Apple products to schools in Arizona and Las Vegas all while wearing shorts, a t-shirt and flip-flops in the Austin office {yes, that’s how they dress…he wore a polo to an interview and they considered him dressed up!}. We’re both completely ecstatic about this opportunity and to top it off, on his first day he will be flying out to Cupertino, CA for four days for a conference with other Apple nerds employees. I’m so proud of my hubby :)

{the rest of the offer packet was so graphically pleasing we’ll probably keep it forever, I want to frame it or something}

One last thing…

Please pray for my brother, he just left yesterday for a 10 day mission trip in Nicaragua. He’ll be backpacking through a foreign country with a spanish/english dictionary spreading the word of God…I wish him the best and a safe journey home; I know that this experience will give him a great opportunity to share his love of God with others who need hope.

OK, I’ve been working on this post for over two hours now, time to end it.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas filled with love and peaceful time with family!

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2 Responses to “Merry Christmas”

  1. jacob Says:

    Wow, Britney. What a great post, a great Christmas and such a great opportunity for you and for Mark! So exciting.

  2. The First of Many « life by britney Says:

    […] was our trip to St. Louis for Thanksgiving and then Christmas in Rogers with my family; Mark was offered his dream job at Apple in January and has been loving it ever […]

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