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Well, the weekend is almost over (and it is only Sunday at about 3 pm) but that is close enough to over for me.

It was a super busy, fun-filled, packed weekend.

Yesterday morning I did some odds and ends around the house - and the remainder of the day was spent at the annual Christmas party for my mother's side of the family. My mother is 100% Dutch, so this is the "Dutch" side party for me, even though through the generations, obviously not everyone there is 100% Dutch...but anyway..

It was about 2.5 hours away in Pennsylvania, so it was quite the drive. However, it was totally worth it and I had a blast with my cousins and family! We did our annual "White Elephant" gift exchange where to whole purpose is to bring something ridiculous and funny. I ultimately ended up with Carpet Cleaner and brillo - which I kinda wanted cause at least it's practical! haha

Something else really cool happened - the party was held at the house of one of my mother's cousins. Apparently through the years, she inherited a lot of the family's heirlooms and pieces. Well, before the party, she went through some of these things and packaged them for all of the cousins in my generation. Each of us got a card with a picture of our gift and a story about it. It was very interesting to see all of the items, and what each of us received. It was also super generous, and I'm so grateful.

I'm so pleased with my gift. It is a statue of a Dutch girl, about 16" tall that is some kind of porcelain. Mine is at least 100 years old. My cousin Tommy and fiancee were given green glass dessert dishes that were about 70 years old and beautiful. My sister was given Victorian vases (and the original receipt from the purchase is inside one of the vases) All of the other cousins were given various heirlooms as well, all about 100 years old. It was super sentimental and so sweet of her and a lot of fun.

This morning, I was going to go with my mother to church, but it just didn't happen. Instead I've been doing things from my to-do list. I got a lot done, but as usual, there is always more!

My mother and I decorated the tree early this morning. We then finished wrapping presents. I finished my FIT thesis and mailed it to my adviser. I'm sure there will be corrections, but it will at least be off my mind for a bit. I did web updates for a client. I took Tuffy to get his picture taken with Santa.

I'm now going to tackle the remaining tasks on my list: web work, cleaning, organizing, etc.


Alyson and I at the party

My cousins! Ellie, Tom, his fiancee Michelle, Liz, Jenni, me, Dave, Alyson.

Dave and I

Ellie and I with my cousin Chris' baby, Alexis

I put the photo of Tuffy and Santa on a bookshelf next to a print of a Boston Terrier we have. How fitting!

Oh! I also wanted to mention that I have officially completed and sent in all of the application parts for one PhD application!


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 14th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
I love that Boston Terrier print. Darling!
Dec. 14th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
That sounds like such an awesome gift. We don't have thing's in our family that are that old. We also play the white elephant game with my family. We have some goofy gifts but also some good ones.
Dec. 15th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
sounds like a really cool holiday party!

aw you're Dutch, I'm part Dutch also. I went to Holland a few years ago...love the culture, the food was by far the best part!
Dec. 15th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Sounds like a fun weekend. Tuffy's pic is really cute.

Congrats on finishing the PhD app!

Dec. 15th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
The pictures are wonderful! :) By any chance, are you applying for the Performance Studies program at NYU?
Dec. 15th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
nope - American Studies
Dec. 16th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
How lovely that your recieved such sentimental gifts, I think it's really special to pass down such family heirlooms.
I love your photos, Alexis is so cute!! not to mention Tuffy and Santa, haha. :-) Adorable!
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