I hope everyone had a great holiday! We missed seeing so many of you and it was a weird adjustment for me to be away for the holiday. Matt has missed several Christmas' with family due to work, travel, etc. but in all my 30 years I have never missed a Christmas at my mom's house. I suppose the times they are a changin' and I'm not sure how I feel about it. Putting on Christmas yourself is hardwork! I'm still exhausted!
Anyway, we have been festive little bee's this holiday season and we still have more yuletide cheer to spread this week too! We kicked off our holiday weekend with a visit to the Nutcracker at the Sofia Opera House. The place is beautiful...and tickets are so cheap! I was worried that I might be bored or that the ballet may not be my cup of tea but I absolutely LOVED it! Matt struggled to stay awake during the first half but fought through like a trooper. I'll definitely go back to see more shows here...now I wonder if I would like even more ballets. Below is a picture of us at intermission having a little champagne.
Onto Christmas Eve. So for Christmas Eve we decided we would throw a party. I did no prep work before hand because I had had a rather busy week so on Friday morning we had to do all of the cooking and cleaning for the party that night. We worked hard all day! Below is a picture of me before all of the guests arrived. I was so worried noone would show! Instead, we had a great showing and ended up staying up till almost 4am...4AM on Christmas Eve! Crazy.
A picture of our Christmas Tree. Our family totally spoiled us! None of my presents for Matt arrived in time for Christmas so we are spreading Christmas out for a while until all of his things arrive! My friends 11 year old walked into our house and said "Wow, you guys have way more things under the tree than we do!" Awesome-huh?
A picture of some of the food...of course half devoured by the time a remembered to take a picture.
We figured that everyone would head home early since it was Christmas Eve. Then as the night went on people started saying things like "well, I have to stay until midnight so we can cheers christmas" like it was new years eve!
And then, this crazy storm came through. It was almost like a summer thunderstorm. It was pouring down rain and the wind was blowing like crazy. Our power even went out for a bit. So some of the party goers decided to stick around and wait out the storm. So what do you do on Christmas Eve in the middle of a thunderstorm? Take tequilla shots, of course.
After I night like that, this is what you look like when you wake up on Christmas morning. We were so struggling!
Some of our friends had us over for christmas dinner, they slightly delayed dinner time given our shennaningans the prior evening but we had a delicious meal and realxed at their house an watched movies all evening. It was fun. Yesterday we headed to a St. Stephen's Day party and had more delish food with great company. But, as you can see I put the camera to rest after Christmas morning.
Tonight we are having Christmas Part II as some more things arrived in the mail for Matt today. They are wrapped and under the tree waiting for him to get home. Given that today is an extension of Christmas I can say I finally got a white Christmas. After 60 degrees on Christmas Day, it's snowing here today. I'm loving it! Everything looks so pretty covered in snow.
Some left over party beverages on the balcony today and the view from our balcony today.
We have another busy week ahead of us. Christmas Part II tonight, dinner with friends tomorrow, and then we are headed out of town! I'm so excited to finally be going somewhere! In Bulgaria there are lots of spa hotels because of a plethora of thermal/mineral springs. So we are headed to one of them for 2 nights. Matt is, as expected, thrilled at the thought of 2 nights at a spa. hahaha. We head back New Years Eve with no real plans...I'm sure something will pan out between now and then.
Hope you guys enjoy the week!
Monday, December 20, 2010
So I have been super duper MIA from this blog and it kinda makes me sad. So get ready for a super duper post, I hope now that we finally have the ability to upload photos I can keep up a bit better.
We've had an eventful couple of months. We (well, I) had a fantastic visit back in the states! I had three weeks of friends, family, shopping, an awesome bachelorette weekend for one of my most favorite of people, and a great Thanksgiving with both my family and Matt's family. Poor Matt worked a TON for two solid weeks and then got sick on his one week off. I think he still had a nice time being back in the states. And then...it was back to reality and back to Bulgaria. We literally were silent on the cab ride from the airport. The good news is, our shipment of our household items arrived the day after we arrived home so I was busy unpacking and organizing. Usually this is soothing and calming for me (as many of you know, if I'm stressed you can find me organizing my closet ;)) but settling back into our life here was surprisingly hard for me. Which I'm sure wasn't pleasant for Matt (actually, I know it wasn't.) We got back and nothing.was.easy. at all. Our cat was sick and crying non-stop, our internet was out, and I was so irritated that I can't drive or speak the language in this place.
But, since then all that has passed and the kitty seems to have recovered and we have been busy decking the halls. During my "bad week," as I like to call it, I was also super bummed about our Christmas plans. Meaning we have none except to stay here in Bulgaria. Matt had a totally different perspective of how our Christmas would be and he pulled me out of my rut on that one too.
So anyway, without further ado FINALLY here are some pictures that prove that we really are living in Bulgaria :)
|Another shot of the market with the Cathedral in the background|
|The Russian Church. I think this is definitely my favorite church in Sofia. I'll have to go inside and check it out soon.|
|Just another street|
|I don't know, but I had to capture it. I don't think this would really be considered a gypsy, maybe just a guy rolling his boxes to the trash bin...not sure..|
|And here is our little Christmas tree.|
|Had to add a little Eastern European-ness to our Christmas decor...some festive matryoska dolls.|
|We have been a little bummed that we don't have a fireplace here so Matt downloaded one for us for our tv. ha! P.S. Can you see the Command Center to the right of the TV? It takes a lot of cables and cords to run this operation here!|
|This picture was taken forever ago but I wanted to show you our itty bitty little elevator. This elevator is why I always take the stairs when I am alone.|