Mike's mom got in Wednesday afternoon and we took her to Flemings, a very nice restaurant nearby, for their happy hour specials. It was a beautiful night and we sat on the patio and enjoyed calamari, a burger, mushroom ravioli and cajun grilled shrimp!
On Thanksgiving Day, I spent the morning preparing our Thanksgiving meal as Mike and his mom helped tidy up. Mike's mom, Mrs. Kathy, was there to provide some last-minute tips and advice, thankfully. In the end I think our meal turned out quite well. Ellie brought over the brussel sprouts, yams and cranberry walnut bread!
In South Texas, you can eat Thanksgiving dinner on the patio!
|My mom, Aunt Rhonda, Mrs. Kathy (Mike's mom), me, Mike, Geoff, and Ellie|
On Black Friday we ventured out at the crack of 8 o'clock and hit up Stein Mart and the Quarry to take advantage of some of the sales.
|Mike is in this picture. Can you find him?|
|Mike and I with the Moms at the Quarry|
|No shortage of opinions... haha!|
On Saturday morning we went over to the Pearl Brewery to take in the Farmer's Market and get some breakfast at the Culinary Institute of America's cafe.
That evening we celebrated Mike and Rhonda's birthday with chili dinner and German Chocolate Cake. The cake was sort of an inside joke as Mike's mom made him a German Chocolate cake every year for his birthday thinking it was his favorite. One day he broke down and told her that he did not, in fact, like German Chocolate cake! He did pick out the cake we had this time, though!
|He insisted on lighting the candles while walking with the cake...|
|Blowing out the candles after a very stretched out rendition of "Happy Birthday"|
|Rhonda got a Christmas towel and string lights from Restoration Hardware from my mom.|
|Mike got a balloon animal kit from Rhonda as well as a bunch of LSU stuff from his mom and an iTunes gift card from my mom.|
That afternoon Mike and I put up Christmas lights while Mom watched (and took photos).