The holiday spirit continued for us over the weekend, as we decked the outside of the house with Christmas cheer. Our neighborhood has some incredible light displays – including one house who went all out with decorations everywhere – and so we were inspired to create our own unique assortment of tree lights, icicles, snowflakes and snowmen. I also picked up a couple of holiday signs on sale. We are now an official reindeer fuel stop.
It’s also “snowing” on the blog now! All the decorating started on Friday and went through last night. But before it all began, Bobby and I had dinner at True Food Kitchen with one of the first blog friends I ever met both online and in real life: Gina!
Our dinner was extra exciting because the Pilot and Liv were able to join us! They were all so lovely and fun in person. We had a great time chatting about life and the many things that have changed for us lately, including their newest member of the family. We look forward to seeing them again soon, especially now that I know that Tuscon is not nearly as far from Phoenix as I thought it was.
On Saturday night, Bobby and I attended a holiday party for our neighborhood, which was really cool. I didn’t take any pictures but it was great to meet some new people and Bobby even found a new tennis and ping pong partner. Success. The next morning, I made my way up to the Benders for an early round of golf. The beautiful fall weather continues to amaze me – no clouds in sight.
After our round, we headed back to the house to watch the big rivalry game: Packers vs. Vikings.
We may both be from Minnesota, but Bobby and I have very different opinions on who is the most awesome team in the NFL. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on if you’re Bobby), the Packers came out on top and gave Aaron Rodgers a nice birthday present. We’ll meet again at the end of the season, but until then I’ve got bragging rights!
Mama Bender made some delicious French onion soup to go with our game watching. The recipe is basically a French onion broth filled with a plethora of chopped onions and mushrooms, then heated and topped with the cheese of your choice.
We also had some more cheese (gouda and sharp cheddar), salami and crackers.
Plus a pumpkin ale for good measure. I need to stock up on these.
And since the majority of the pictures in this post are courtesy of Instagram, I had to share this:
I dare my fellow Instagrammers to count how many of these pictures you’ve taken. I lost track after the first verse. I’m going to have this song stuck in my head all day now. “Lo-fiiii…lo-fiiiiii!”
Are you an Instagrammer?
Hope all of you are having a great start to the week. We’re planning to decorate our Christmas tree tonight, so the merrymaking continues. All is calm, all is bright – it’s an amazing time of year.