We left first thing Saturday morning to go to Austin. We arrived around 12:30pm and went straight to lunch at this cute little sandwich shop, Dough and Thyme, I think it was called. Then we went driving around the Hill Country and went to an olive oil tasting place. They had lots of different olive oils and balsamic vinegars to try, which was super yummy, and then also some wine. We then went to Westcave Winery for some more wine tasting. Ashton taught me some of her cheers, and even Tyler got in on the cheerleading (I think the wine had encouraged him.) Then the owner came out with a bucket of cow food, and we fed a bunch of cows! Ashton loved it. I thought the cows kind of smelled, but it was neat, nonetheless.
That evening we drove down to Wimberly to check out this big Christmas light display - have I mentioned that I do not like Austin roads? Holy cow - I was confined to riding shotgun for the entire trip because I felt like we were in St. Lucia with how windy and hilly the roads were. Sheesh. Anyways, back to the lights. A bunch of vendors get together and put this big light display together every year. Tyler was sick as a dog, so we didn't stay THAT long, but we got some good photo ops.
The next morning we left first thing to make the drive to my parents. We stopped in Houston on the way over so we could finally meet little Lyla Dawn. Oh my goodness, Lyla is such a doll. We all know how I feel about babies, but Lyla is pretty cool. She's super cuddley and doesn't cry or slobber (or at least she didn't when I was there!) Love Lyla - I can't wait to see her again! It was so nice catching up with Lauren and Wyatt too. I miss them so much!
The next morning we woke up and had breakfast, and opened stocking gifts. My mom made Tyler his very own stocking to match mine - so cute. :) We then gathered round the tree to open gifts. Tyler got a hand carved duck call from my parents among a bunch of other things. I got a ZGallerie gift card that I'm real excited about, and another place setting of our wedding china, as well as some other things. Tyler got me some sweater Uggs I'd been wanting too. Overall, a pretty successful Christmas morning. The Braislins came over that afternoon for dinner. It was fun having Jonathan join us this year! We had ham, corn, rolls, macaroni and cheese, and lots of champagne with raspberry liqueor. Then Ms. Janice made this super yummy chocolate dessert - nomnomnomnom. And then we finished the night off with a movie. The end.