Here are some of my favorite pictures from the party.
The lady and mister Clause.
Here we are breaking all the gender-roll rules.
A match made in crazy heaven.
View above Buckhead.
Huck & I snugging.
On Friday, I brought this charming gift for Dirty Santa:I found these 4 International beauties at the Buckhead Goodwill for $0.99 a piece...and they were quite the hit at the exchange!
I also wore this exciting sweater, and matching (sort of) snowman sock-booties. The sweater has more of a Native American feel than a Christmas one, but it was purchased (also at Goodwill) for $4 on short notice.
Please disregard my otherwise disheveled appearance. I took this picture on Sunday night, because none were taken the day of.
After the busiest week ever, we didn't have the stamina to cook--and ended up eating out 3 TIMES. That's a lot for us, but hey. We also had 3 meals worth of leftovers as we've been reducing our portions. Here's where we ate (judge on, all of you).
Friday Night: Bambinelli's, which we found via Scoutmob, is one of our favorite places in Atlanta so far. It has a really homey Italian atmosphere, it's not a chain, and the owner, Bonnie, is the sweetest ever. Thomas and I ate there a few months ago, and she actually remembered us when we came back this weekend. The food is great and reasonably priced--suffice to say that if you're ever in Northlake Mall area, you should go. We used another Scoutmob, and got all of the food below, plus a salad & unlimited bread, for around $17.
I had the manicotti with alfredo sauce. It was amazing and reheated well.
Thomas had chicken piccata, which he loved.
On Saturday, I had a girls day with Addy--we got our hair done and nails done and did girl stuff. Thank goodness for the Christmas bonus ;]
I had my fingers and toes done in a color I've been wanting--but haven't been able to find--Royal Rajah Ruby by OPI.
(Disclaimer: these are not my nails. Source)
Saturday Night: Thomas and I went to dinner with friends at Uncle Julio's. It was a bit pricey, but overall tasty. The service was good, and the salsa had roasted peppers and was amazing.
I had the chicken flauta plate (aka taquitos, for those who aren't well versed in spanish).
Thomas' had the tampiqueña plate.
Sunday afternoon: We headed out to brunch with Mari and Holly at Thumbs-up Cafe. The food was tasty and the atmosphere was fun. We're brunch lovers, so pretty much anything is great.
I had the smoked chicken salad sandwich with tomato and swiss on rye. I always forget that I'm not a fan of rye--until I'm eating it--but the sandwich itself was good. They also make their own honey mustard, which I obviously love.
Thomas leaned more toward the breakfast-y side of brunch and got pancakes, cheese grits, an egg, and a link of chicken sausage.
The rest of the weekend was spent "resting," and preparing for our families visit(s). My parents will be here Friday, and I couldn't be more excited! I hope this week is slower at work but goes by fast, and that I have time to finish up cleaning/the dreaded Walmart shopping. I am proud to say that we bought our last Christmas gifts this weekend, and--shout out to Thomas--that lots of cleaning was done while I was away at girls day! If things work out as planned, I'll have more time to blog this week. Hopefully.
I hope that all of your holiday planning is going well and that your hair isn't falling out from the stress:D