To celebrate (or brace myself) for the beginning of another Iowa winter, I threw together a little party with some good friends, good food, cookie decorating, and tree trimming. Everyone brought their own cookies, traded them all, and left with a bunch of different ones. Unfortunately, a couple of people had to leave and couldn't be in our group picture. Athena loved it because she got to clean up all the dropped frosting/sprinkles and she had more attention than she's had in ages. It's safe to say she loved every minute of it.I have a few friends who aren't from here, and I know what it's like to be away from my family, so I thought it would be a way to help them to feel a little like they were at home away from home. Because selfishly, I'm thankful they live here! :)A couple of things I didn't take into consideration... a) My house is very, very teeny. We set up a card table in the middle of the living room, with eight girls surrounding it. Tight squeeze, for sure. b) Apparently, I forgot to take in the size of said apartment when I purchased my tree, because I think it may be a bit (a lot) big for the space. c) I am not that great of a baker.... okay cook, not okay baker. I had a hard time figuring out how long to cook my gingersnaps and they definitely left something to be desired. d) I am not great at parties on work nights (I guess I'm just really old) because when my alarm went off this morning, I wanted to call in "sick."
Really though, none of those things matter. Good friends are all you need!P.S. I know this picture of me and Athena is blurry, but I couldn't resist the cheesy Christmas card portrait.