We survived yet another Christmas and New Years and this year things were back to more of a normal routine for both sides of our family. This being our 3rd Christmas as a married couple, we're still trying to work out the kinks that come with having to spend the holidays with 2 families, but I think we've done a good job splitting up the time all 3 years (and even in years before we got married)!
This year, Seth and I spent most of Christmas Eve day with my mom and dad and went to the 11pm service at Highland. I couldn't remember the last time I was in that church, but it sure did seem smaller than I remembered. It was actually nice to attend the service there. It's very different that Peace's service - they even include communion during the service. We got to hear Jim Lee preach and he was wonderful and captured our attention. He attended our wedding since his wife directed it and most people remember him as the crazy dancer - it was good to finally see him in his element at church :)
Christmas Day was filled with family and presents and food. We started the day off with the McFarlands opening gifts and eating breakfast and lunch. There were many new "toys" to discover including a GPS and the Xbox game "Rock Band" so that kept most people busy until lunch. Seth and I went to my family's house after lunch. Notable items from that present exchange - Seth got a portrait lens for our camera which is awesome and John and Seth both got Xbox HD-DVD players. Shelly and I racked up on some clothes :) We went to Clayton to my uncle's home for a Lambert-family old-fashioned traditional spaghetti dinner. We used to always have that at my grandmother's home but for many, many years we've been having the turkey and ham and the whole nine for dinner (way too much food). It was fun to get back to the old-school dinner that my family used to enjoy.
We were excited for the days after Christmas since we were finally able to go to Pennsylvania with Seth's family to visit his PA extended family. We had not been since 2005 so it was nice to finally be able to be a part of that trip. We took Three with us and the McFarlands took Wyatt (not in the same car, though). They provided a lot of entertainment for the humans as well as themselves. The first day we were there we did presents and a delicious lunch. The second day we drove over to Grove City to do some outlet shopping. I was amazed a the number of stores and got a cute Coach purse for $50 (versus the $128 actual cost). The third day we drove to Beaver Falls to visit with the Carson's at their home and then the group split up going to different places. Seth, Skye, Beth and I went to Pittsburgh to the IKEA store and we got a few fun things. That pretty much ate up our day and by the time we got back to Beaver Falls it was dinner time. We had dinner at the Carson's and hung out for a bit before heading back to New Castle. Our trip was filled with things to do and not as much game-playing as in year's past. Still fun though - although we didn't see any snow :(
I slept through my first New Year's this year. I was falling asleep on the couch and just decided I didn't care enough to watch the ball fall. I went to bed and missed the whole party. Oh well - 2008 arrived without me just like I figured :) I hope this year brings professional change for me (and quickly!) and perhaps some family change for me and Seth. We are hoping to buy a house mid-year and I'm practically counting the seconds until we can officially begin our search! We'll see what happens....