>The Christmas Extravaganza!

>I can’t believe winter break is almost over. Aaron and I both go back to work on Monday, and these two weeks have been a whirlwind! We have been trying to “make our rounds” as far as visiting family and I feel like central Illinois roads have been our best friends lately. Here’s how things went:

Christmas Eve – bowling with Aaron’s family and then dinner with my parents and grandparents
Christmas Day – hanging out at home in the morning and then spending the whole day with Aaron’s family (all four boys were home)
December 26 – going to see my other grandparents in the morning and then my aunt, uncle, and cousins in the afternoon
December 27 – dinner with my grandma (we saw her on Christmas Eve)
December 28 – going to see my aunt and cousins
December 29 & 30 – watching our nieces and nephew for two days and one night
December 31 – I had coffee with a friend and then we had New Year’s Eve fun with Aaron’s family
Today – We went to see his grandparents
Tomorrow – Rehearsal dinner for my friend’s wedding
Saturday – I’m a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding
Sunday – church in the morning and then NOTHING!!!

Goodness gracious, we’ve been busy. It’s been really nice getting to see everyone. We’ve been to Peoria, Pekin, Atlanta, Normal, Kankakee, Farmington… see what I said about the road being our best friend??

We’re still in the midst of making decisions about jobs and finances. I have decided not to go back to school for my Master’s. We’re not really sure if we’ll even be in the area next fall and although the program was going to be all online, I didn’t want to start something I might not have been able to finish. Also, we’d have to add on more loans to the tens of thousands I already have from undergrad. Just not a financially sound decision right now.

These past two weeks have been wonderful but also hard on me. I broke down a little bit when we put the Christmas decorations away. This apartment (very nice, by the way) has finally started to feel like home. We have our furniture and dishes and everything the way we like and sometimes it’s sad to think that next year at this time we may not be here.

This economy just isn’t lending itself to our settling down in this area of the country. Actually, nowhere is better, but there may be different opportunities for Aaron right now. We decided when we got engaged and were both looking for jobs that I would follow him to where the work was. I’m a certified teacher so I can really find a job anywhere, especially with my Spanish degree.

Anyway, enough talk. Here are some pics from the holidays.


Chris, Grandpa, Dad, Aaron and Nick cleaning off the driveway


My six-month-old cousin Levi


Having dinner at my grandma’s


Our ten-month-old niece, Lena


My cousins Kari and Jamie (Eric is Jamie’s husband) and us, the giants, haha


Our niece Zaia and me

These pictures definitely don’t include everyone, but they’re just some of the ones I took with our sweet new Nikon Coolpix (1o.o mpx!).

I’m sure I will give you all an update soon!

–Elizabeth

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