Well, friends. It has been a while. You know how it goes... Christmas hits, and life gets busy!
The Lawsons had a GREAT Christmas. We spent some time in Texas with our families, and we enjoyed that very much. We hit Texas on Christmas Eve and drove straight to East Texas to go to my Grandmother's house. It was our first Christmas without our Granddad, as he had passed away just 3 weeks earlier. It was a little lonely and it was very different. It was still a very nice holiday and we all loved being together. My brother & sister-in-law and niece were there, as well as my mom and stepdad and sister.
On Christmas morning we went to Pittsburg to see the Collins family, and as usual, a good time was had by all. We had a great little cabin to enjoy and all of our kids keep getting cuter and cuter. Later that day, we went to Garland to celebrate the Lawson family Christmas, which was also very fun.
The day after Christmas we had lunch at Benihana with the Hickman clan, to celebrate Bryan's graduation from college (woo hoo!), Billy's grandparents' 57th wedding anniversary (woo hoo!), and Holly's 13th birthday (Woo hoo!). The rest of our trip was spent visiting the rest of the family-- we went to Tyler one day and saw my grandparents one morning. We also got to spend a couple of nights with my dad and stepmom, which was very fun. That was actually the first time Billy & I as a couple had actually spent the night at their house, and it was great.
Now... here's what I've REALLY been doing to keep myself busy since Christmas. I've spent a lot of time playing the best game ever created: Guitar Hero II. You can check it out at www.guitarherogame.com if you'd like. We've formed a "band" with a few of our friends and have named ourselves "The Schrutes". You Office fans will appreciate that. We have a lot of fun.
This past Monday I began my J-term course, Christian Ministry in a Multicultural Society. I am enjoying it, though it is exhausting me. Here's what my day looks like: Class from 8:30 until 12:00 noon. Go to work until 4:30 and then workout from 5:00 to 6:00. Then do my reading for class until 11:00 or 12:00. Go to bed, wake up at 4:00 a.m. to write my 2-page paper (by the time I finish the reading, my brain is too tired to do the writing and do it well). Then go to class at 8:30 and start all over again. I've never done a J-term course before, and though it is intense, I think I would do it again. The entire semester is finished in 3 weeks. It's nice. Now I need to decide what to do my research paper on. Any suggestions?
Tonight is an exciting night for me. Billy is taking me to Indiana to see the Dallas Mavericks take on the Indiana Pacers. Go Mavs!! This is my first ever Dallas Mavericks game and I couldn't be more excited. Okay, I COULD be more excited-- if I were in Dallas watching them play-- but I'm still REALLY REALLY REALLY excited!
My birthday is coming up (the Mavs tix were my birthday gift), and my friend Dana & I are having a joint birthday party. I wish all of you could be there. You should check out the e-vite online so that you can know just what kind of fun we'll be having. Here is the link:
Well... I am in class, and break time is over, so I need to get going.
Blessings to you. I'll try to update more frequently from here on out. Now that I'm back in Kentucky and the holidays are over, it should be easier to do so.