Christmas and New Year’s 2012 for the Kellers and Swindles was an excellent one, and I hope yours was, too!
A few highlights:
- The annual Keller Christmas Vacation party, complete with a lime jello mold topped with Lucky Charms (which, sans marshmallows, look alarmingly like cat food, à la Aunt Bethany’s recipe).
- Getting to spend time with our families (duh!), including my sister- and brother-in-law and their two boys from California, my brother-in-law-to-be, and some of my extended family in Birmingham.
- Being able to tag along on some of the wedding planning ventures for Susan and Marty’s upcoming nuptuals next July. It’s going to be BEAUTIFUL! Here’s where the ceremony and reception will both be held (in Atlanta’s Biltmore Ballroom):
- Having family photos taken with the Keller clan by the talented Matt Golden and his awesome fiance, Laura.
- Going to see Les Mis with my family (if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to — in theaters).
- LOTS of amazing food, highlights being Christmas dinner at my parents’ house (complete with homemade rolls and our new-ish appetizer tradition, pumpkin filled with everything good), the Everlasting Gobstopper equivalent of prime rib at the Kellers’ house (which was just as incredible each meal we had it), our appetizer dinner on New Year’s Eve, and the ambrosia my aunt Mary lovingly prepared for our Birmingham visit. Needless to say, we were very well fed over the last few days!
- Getting to hang out with some of our very favorite people, including brunch with the wonderful Nicole Moody (at a great place that was new to me, Home Grown, where I strongly recommend the Comfy Chicken Biscuit), coffee at Dancing Goats with one of my lovely bridesmaids, Amanda Crouse, and brunch with a high school friend of Kevin’s, Danielle, her boyfriend and their incredible (and incredibly well-behaved) little guy, Rhys, at Highland Bakery.
- Spending New Year’s Eve with my parents and sister, Kevin’s parents, and my sister-and-law and her sons (especially the fireworks!):
Now I suppose it’s time to make a few resolutions, per the annual tradition, right? That will be the theme of my next post, I suppose.
Happy 2013, ya’ll!