Thursday, March 10, 2011

Christmas in Tennessee

Thankfully we were able to fly to Tennessee for Christmas this year.

We had breakfast with some fun med school friends at the wonderful Blue Plate Cafe
Glad we got to see Barton who inteviewed for residency in SLC and finds out where he'll be placed in a few weeks.  We're crossing our fingers that he'll join us in Utah this summer!
Anthony and David got to catch up as they are both in the same year of residency for orthopedic surgery in different places. Manny is living it up in Birmingham and we always love seeing the Whaleys who are now living in Philedelphia. We were lucky to be able to meet up with friends who had all moved away and happened to be in Memphis at the same time. 

On Christmas Eve we had dinner with my mom's side of the family.  It was so great to be able to see everyone that I grew up seeing on an almost weekly basis.  Now it feels so strange to go such a  long time without them. 
Maggie had a great Christmas
My lovely grandmother, Memaw.

Hopefully Tracy, Jack, Brandi, and Elizabeth will come out for a visit soon
My brother Alex and Cooper

Maggie with Pop

David and me on Christmas Day

With Catherine

One of my most favorite Christmas traditions involves making homemade candy with the ladies
This year we just had me, Nanny, and Catherine and we had a blast.

Pawpaw made his famous sausage and cheese balls.
They are his specialty and always disappear within an hour or so

David pretends to help, but usually is just the taste tester.  I take that back - he did pick the pecans

Divinity contest: Each year Catherine and I battle to see who makes the prettiest divinity.  You see, you have to be very quick at shaping it once its ready or it becomes clumpy.  The best divinity is a smooth perfect ball.  Usually I beat her, but I think she got me this year.
Intense work

Back in Utah, we had a plethora of packages from David's family.  We did get to see them all in Birmingham for a night, but they all mailed our gifts so that we wouldn't have to travel on the plane with them.
We had a lovely night at David's sister and brother-in -law's home in Birmingham eating dinner, playing games, and catching up.  The next morning we even got to meet for breakfast before heading home.  I must say that we have 2 adorable little nieces.

We got to have Christmas again after flying back to Utah.
This is what Christmas looks like when you move over 1600 miles away from family.
Peyton got a very large bone and some toys.  She loved them.

There you have our Christmas in a nutshell!

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