And here's my little losing house...
I think a lot of people thought that Mr. K would use a ton of frosting since he almost literally survives on an IV drip of straight sugar, but I was the messy one. Thanks to the difficult icing and structural issues, I was over the whole thing in about 20 minutes, he decorated for almost an hour.
Also on Christmas Eve night, we hung out at Wal-Mart (shocker) getting stocking stuffers, ate lasagna, drank wine and opened gifts. Mr. K got me Scratchers lottery tickets, perfume, the new Postsecret book (he got me all four of the others last year, the 5th came out in October), and sweet new boots for walking the dogs. He got some work clothes, candy, a tattoo coffee table book, a hat, and a gift card for his favorite thing: shoes. He also gave me the best gift ever, something we've both wanted for quite some time. As of January 1, Mr. K will only have one job!! It's been about 6 years since he only had one job, and we're both looking forward to the extra time together as well as some time for him to pursue his interests.
We headed to Tucson in the morning and had a fun drive. We were both excited. We had a great breakfast with my family and then opened gifts. We got a lot of good stuff, including gift cards to shop. We love to shop. My mom and dad got us all these cute little snowmen on rocking horses we'd seen at Cracker Barrel in November. Funny, both our moms bought us a Crockpot, and the same one, no less. We spent the afternoon relaxing and eventually brought out the Wii to play. My mom's rule was that anyone playing had to wear holiday head gear. Here's me and my dad in the middle of Tiger Woods Golf:
After dinner, Mr. K and I went to Winterhaven to see Christmas lights with Mija and Bing. It was pretty cold, but we bundled up and got ourselves some cocoa and peppermint Schnapp's to stay warm. This is the second year in a row we've gone on Christmas day, and I think it's a fun tradition. Plus, it was fun to spend time with my sister.
On Saturday, we avoided the stores (until later) and slept in and hung out. We had lunch at El Guero Canelo (the Cinnamon Blonde) restaurant, which was featured on the Tucson episode of Man vs. Food. Adam, the host, visited El Guero Canelo for its Sonoran style hot dogs: beef dogs wrapped in bacon, served in a homemade bun, and topped with beans, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and mustard. They were absolutely amazing - I could have eaten ten of them. Bing's mom and sister met us there, and it was very nice to meet them. After lunch, Mr. K and I went to Target to get some Starbucks and walk around. Back at my parents' house, we vegged out for a while before dinner. Mr. K wasn't feeling very well and the bed we were sleeping in was uncomfortable, so we decided to head home to get a comfy rest rather than stay the night.
Mija and Bing flew back to Seattle yesterday morning, and my parents began their road trip to visit them. Mr. K and I hope that we'll be able to visit soon, as well. All in all, we had a really fun, relaxing Christmas with my family. It was nice to have my grandmother and aunt here from New York. Our first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs. Kingston was all we could have hoped for, and we're thankful for our generous families. Now on to 2010!