This year wasn't a very successful in terms of a "family" Christmas. We made it to neither of our sets of parents. We had purchased a mutual gift of a Wii and since I was done with classes for a couple of weeks, opened it last week. Early entertainment ... but gift exchange. We went to Christmas Eve service at our home church, a luxury that we rarely get to enjoy due to family obligations. That was very special for us. Christmas Day we watched a movie, grilled steaks on the deck (Lance's idea, not mine) and did a little reading. Since all of our families live in NW Iowa and they got 20+ of snow, going west was not an option. However, Lance's grandma, lives in NE Iowa where the weather was much better. So Sat afternoon we headed off to NE Iowa for our annual holiday trek to see her. We had a lovely time, enjoyed all of my Christmas baking and took a short gambling trip to the casino. I lost a total of $2.33 out of my $5. I'm not much for gambling. I don't like losing my money, even if it is only $2.33. The most exciting thing was my long awaited stop in Willamsburg - the Coach outlet store! I worked a Black Friday promotional event from 11 pm - 6 am so I could buy my first (and only if you ask Lance) Coach purse. Isn't she pretty?