I have not blogged in a few weeks. This is because every moment of free time I have to use my computer, I have used to work on my dissertation. However, I have taken some time over the past few weeks to enjoy the holiday break. While I love decorating for Winter, I didn't have time to do a whole lot around the house but managed to put up a few items. Here are some of my favorites:
I went to many of the holiday events that Iowa City had to offer. I attended a holiday party at my hair salon where my hair stylist dressed like Santa and gave free blowouts. I went to a few holiday food and wine tastings, art shows, saw an ice sculpture artist, and even hosted a small winter dinner party for a Bennett's fellow residents. Bennett and I both got the last week off of work and spent time at our parents' homes to celebrate the holidays. In Larchwood, IA with his parents, we had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Themed Christmas (inspired by our Ninja Turtle enthusiast nephew Jack) where we all wore Ninja Turtle attire and played with everything related to Turtle Power. We also held the 4th annual Poss Reindeer Games where we competed over a variety of board games as well as Minute to Win It types of games. Bennett took home the grand prize for the second time, I came in last. We ate good food, caught up with old friends, and relaxed. Bennett and I even managed to get away to get pedicures. Then we headed to Sioux City where we ate even more good food, had a present opening frenzy, and spent a lot of time laughing over playing Just Dance on the Wii, a creativity board game called Disruptus, and scratching off holiday scratch cards hoping to win (a tradition). We came home with a car full of incredible and thoughtful gifts feeling thankful for being able to spend time with our families even though it was only for a few days. Here are a few of the highlights from my Camera Roll.