Sunday, December 27, 2009

My Christmas Vacation

With my trip back to Oklahoma looming tomorrow afternoon I feel it is time to give the round up of my week in MN and my Christmas with my family.

Starting with "A Day in the Life of an Elf"
It's a animatronic holiday display put on by Macy's in downtown Minneapolis every year with a different theme. This theme feature elves in different stages of the day preparing for Christmas.

...Elves making candy canes...

...Elves eating chocolate...

...and a pig dancing in front of a group of animals decorating a Christmas tree were just a few of the delightful scenes.

We went as a family before, 13 years ago, and when my mum and I got there we remembered why. The line to get in was epic and comprised (obviously) of families with small children. But it was fun and worth the wait. Plus my mum is a blast to be with and we got some shopping in afterward!

Between cool new treats like honey comb on blue cheese (sounds crazy, tastes great) and yoga classes, I got a lot of practicing done, and planned my recital program for March, probably making it the most productive vacation I can remember. Here's the cheese thing, btw:
Serve it on a cracker or similar for best results

Christmas day came and went in record time as usual and we had a great time exchanging gifts
Christmas morning (and yes that is a photo of me and my adult brother in the corner)

Personally, I am coming back with so many wonderful things I can't be thankful enough. I couldn't think of very many things I wanted but I got those things and more. I feel like I have maintain an attitude of gratefulness. I find it difficult not to get caught up in the desire for more stuff (I think we all do) but my current storage space problem definitely kept my imagination in check when it came to asking for Christmas presents.

My parents, brother, and I went out to see Up in the Air the day after Christmas. It was good not great but pretty much exactly what I thought it was going to be. Overall I thought it was a sincere effort and although I wouldn't go see it a second time I would think it's worth the time even it you want to wait for the redbox release.

Right now I am sitting on the couch and watching 60 minutes next to my dozing grandmother and it really feels like the holidays.

Happy New Year!


  1. Sounds wonderful. We look forward to seeing you if only briefly between your upcoming travel plans.

  2. Glad you're having a good holiday! I got all ur texts! Love you!!

    Also, that honeycomb/blue cheese thing looks super gourmet and delicious. Color me jealous.