Christmas festivities!

So Mike called me while I am at the grocery store on Saturday afternoon and asked, " how spontaneous do you feel? Do you want to drive down to New Orleans? David is going to be playing in the game Saints vs Rams." (He is playing for the Rams)
I didn't think he was serious, we never do things like this.
I got home from the store and with a little persuasion on his part we were in the car an hour later driving the 5 hours to New Orleans.
It actually was a lot of fun, and Kate did great!
The famous Bourbon St. Been there done that. Don't need to ever do it again.

Mike's freshman college roommate and his little family just moved down there for an orthodontics residence at LSU. So we got to hangout with them and eat giant po' boys! They even watched Kate during the game. Thanks guys!

We got to hangout with Dave for a little while before the game. Kate seriously asks about David at least once a day. She was excited to see him.
The Saints fans are crazy! The stadium was awesome and it was fun to watch Dave! The bad news he broke his hand in the game..... We must have been bad luck. He had to get surgery, but should be fine to play in a few weeks. It's fun to be spontaneous once in awhile!

Other Festivities

Giant bubble bath
Trying to take a picture with Santa. Every time we see Santa at the mall she loves it, but as soon as we try to sit on his lap she has a melt down. This is the best picture I could get.
Decorating sugar cookies

On Friday night we went down to Moody Gardens in Galveston. It was so much fun! We did the aquarium and saw all the Christmas lights.

Kate's little buddy Roman and his mom Nicole meet us down there. Roman was so funny he wanted his mom to take pictures of him and Kate. He would totally smile and pose and Kate would be sticking her finger up her nose or running away. Little stinker


Nixon Thanksgiving 2010!

We had a great Thanksgiving this year! 8 of the 10 Nixon kids and families were there! Totally craziness! It was a blast. We had a special treat this year, Megan, my little sis came and down to Houston for the week.
We loved every minute of it!
We started the Thanksgiving celebrations with a Turkey Trot. They had a deal that 2-15 immediate family members could sign up for a total of 55$. Everyone at the race that knew the Nixon family, told us we got the best value for our money award!
The kids even rode their razors the whole time!
Award ceremonies
Emily's amazing napkin folding
The boys fried some turkeys. Of course taste testing while they worked
cooking in the kitchen

Matching aprons
Lina and Elizabeth
Emily and Rachel
Kate slept through all of dinner. But she didn't miss the yummy pies
Sledding in Texas. There is this bunny hill at Texas A&M called Mt. Aggie. They have ski classes on it. It is turf from a football field. You spray water on it. The kids loved it.

Laura, Mike's mom made these darling Christmas dresses for the girls. The first attempt to take pictures didn't go so well. Kate was screaming and crying she was out-of-control. This is the second attempt that night. The dresses turned out so cute!


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Twins having Babies

My friend Melissa is an identical twin. She and her sister were pregnant and had their babies on the same day. How cool is that! Check out their video.

They are famous!




We went up to College Station for Halloween. Kate had a great time with her cousins! She loved the treats! surprise, surprise!


Krakow, Poland

Mike has been traveling a ton for work lately. I was lucky enough to come on one of his trips. We went to Krakow, Poland. It was AWESOME! I loved everything about it...the European charm, the food, shopping, and sightseeing. Mike worked the first 3 days and the last 2 days we packed in all the sights and sounds of Krakow and the surrounding area.

Salt Mines

The miners carved out a beautiful cathedral about a mile deep into the mine.

We visited the Auschwitz concentration camp (about an hour drive outside Krakow). It was a truly sobering experience.

The infamous entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camps states "Arbeit macht frei" or "Work will make you free."
We also made it to the Schindler's Factory museum. It was a really neat, interactive museum that detailed the history of Krakow, the prelude to WWII and the occupation by the Nazis.

Krakow is a beautiful city. There are over fifty cathedrals spread throughout the city.

This spot was used to film a scene from the movie "Schindler's List."

The tattered building on the left is the remnants of the Jewish Ghetto dating back to WWII.
Mike and I ate at the oldest restaurant in Krakow. It has been open since 1364.