Thanksgiving was good this year, except there was no Nate because he had to work and be cop and all that stuff...so it was just myself and Maycee and Gunther representing the Townsends at Thanksgiving:
After Thanksgiving was also good because for Black Friday my parents and I decided to head up north and go for a day hike. We crossed the creek a few times, found tons of huge Cottonwood leaves, and all the walking helped aid digestion as we were all still so full from Thanksgiving (it's actually pretty incredible how much food a person can eat in one day).
I said "Dad you're in my picture can you scoot over please" and this was what I got:
I also told him he should't wear that hat anymore because it makes him look Russian and because, communism. And this is America.
Then it was time to celebrate Christmas. We got our Christmas pictures taken, which I'm subsequently obsessed with, by my dear friend Jennica at Amaes Photography:
We picked up our tree:
Then once we got it home Nate threw these on it and said "There it's decorated. Don't ever say I'm not festive."
We Christmas Eve'd by drinking Christmas-y cocktails and playing Christmas charades/Pictionary/name that tune with the family....Nate still working:
Opened presents Christmas morning...before Nate went into work in the afternoon (literally worst schedule ever). Gunther helped:
Later Christmas day I made the best decision I've made yet, by getting my parents on Snapchat. Now I get selfies of my mom, endless pictures of slippers snuggled underneath blankets, and snaps of my dad's shoes wherever he may happen to be at the moment (foot on the desk at work, foot on the floor in a restaurant for lunch, foot on floor in office, etc. etc.). Seriously it's the best and I'm not even being sarcastic. Please, get your parents on Snapchat.
After Christmas came New Years, and then after New Years came January 2nd (duh right?) and with that came the Cactus Bowl and I went with my sister and her BF and my dad to watch ASU play at Chase Field.
I was SO EXCITED because for Christmas Nate got me the throw back Pat Tillman jersey I'd been wanting for so long and this was the perfect place to break it in.
As the game progressed my dad kept pointing out people's hats and jackets and ASU gear and he's like, "I think I need to update my ASU stuff." I'm like yeahhhhh, because you're wearing the shirt I got you for Father's Day back when I was still in undergrad. YOLO though, I like that he still sports it.
So then after January 2nd comes other days after January 2nd (duh right?) in which one of my BFFs finally moved home from Montana...hallelujah!
She got engaged while in Montana and once she came back home we didn't waste time doing wedding-y things. For example, the bridal expo:
The whole time we were there vendors kept asking, "So are you guys the bridal party?!" And we'd look at Brianna and be like, "Welllllllll we haven't officially been asked yet but..." So then later after the expo we were officially asked and we laughed and laughed and drank our mini bottles of wine right there on the spot.
And then one of my other BFF's in the whole wide world Charlene, finally got engaged and so we celebrated her and Colin this week and the wedding planning is already underway!
So if you're counting that means two weddings this year I get to help plan and do wedding-y things and go to bachelorette parties and wedding showers and drink lots of mimosas and I'm really excited about it. A good time will be had by all, surely.
So, to conclude this catch-up of all catch-up posts: Thanksgiving was good, Christmas was good, Nate worked literally every single holiday this year but yolo it'll get better, go Devils, yay weddings, and while my east coast friends are buried under feet of snow we're out here in AZ on top of mountains soaking up the sunshine: