Posted by: Pat | December 29, 2011

Christmas 2011 – Irving, TX

Another beautiful Christmas with Maureen and Alan …  in their new home in Los Colinas (Irving), TX.  They had a very tight time-line:  closing on December 8th, moving truck December 10th, family started arriving December 21st, and closing on the old house December 23 – THEY DID IT!  The house was ready for us  … warmly decorated and the tree waiting for the traditional Christmas Eve decorating.  Just be careful walking through the garage – boxes and boxes everywhere!!  They decided to put the house on the market in November and see how it went  – it sold within the first week and then the fun began!  I was amazed at how well everything went together for them but I’m sure they felt otherwise.

Traditionally, it is Bob & Nancy and Bill & I (both sets of parents) visiting for Christmas but this year Brian & Will, Al’s brother, also joined us.  It was great … two other people – who each took one turn –  to play Mexican Train Dominoes with Reen, Nancy & I since Al, Bob & Bill won’t play!  This year we played another game I never played – Rummiqub – pretty neat game!  It was also nice for Alan … Brian loves to cook so he was a help in the kitchen.  Mom’s are not allowed in the kitchen and we were okay with that!

Maureen and Nancy went off to Sam Moon for “handbag shopping” while I stayed home, relaxed and read my book.  Those who don’t know me … I HATE shopping … so it was better for me to stay home!   Again, Maureen treated Nancy & I  to our holiday pedicures WITH margaritas!  We were all doing different things … Brian & Will were off sightseeing, Bill was “scouting out” the new area checking for breakfast places and using the GPS to help him get around.  For those of you who know Bill, the GPS was a great accomplishment!  Monday night, Bill & I went to visit my old ICS friends, Ann & Mike, in Fort Worth.  This was their first Christmas in their new home and Mike also spoiled us with a delicious dinner!!  It was really nice just relaxing and catching up with them … we never got home until after 11:00 (Al was waiting up)!

Then it was time to say our good-byes.  On Tuesday, Brian & Will had a 4:00 p.m. flight to Boston – unfortunately, their connecting flight was canceled and they spent the night in Chicago.  Wednesday, Bill & I had a 11:00 a.m. flight to Philadelphia and Bob & Nancy had a 1:00 p.m. flight to New York — and Maureen & Alan got their home back!

Another Christmas with great memories … Love you both!



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