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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Osteen Christmas Party!

Last night, Aaron and I hosted a Christmas potluck for 9 of our friends at our teeny tiny 200 square foot apartment!  Interested to see how we do things in Korea without couches, dinner tables and a shoebox for a house!?  Well, here's your chance!  We all kind of joked about wearing funny Christmas hats tonight, but since Aaron and I couldn't find any, he threw on his ugly Christmas sweater vest and I sported my new H&M 65% off party dress!  Now if that's not festive, I don't know what is!  :)

We had a GIANT spread of food, thanks to everyone who came!  Salad, salmon and cream cheese rolls, chicken pot pie soup, sliced fruit, home made hummus, pizza, veggie stir fry, fried chicken, home made chocolates, chocolate chip cookies, strawberries and cream, banoffee pie and enough wine to last a whole year! 

It's so nice to have good girlfriends while living across the globe from home!

This was taken after we played LCR and Aaron won the pot of cash!  SCORE Aaron!

Cilla, Adam and Grace

Aaron, Chris and Stella


Ashley and Adam


Reindeer Jeff!

A little later in the night, Aaron took off his Christmas sweater vest and was sporting a 90's style black turtle neck.  Everyone was joking about how he looked just like Steve Jobs!  Love it!

I decided it would be fun for everyone to have their own matching Christmas stocking to remember the night.  So, since I had Wednesday off of work for voting day, I pulled my sewing machine out and got to work!  I used some white fabric to sew the stockings, some Christmas ribbon I had laying around to spice them up a little and an old green sweater I didn't wear anymore for the letters (which are the 1st initials of everyone who came)!

Apparently they were a hit! :)

Aaron's new ipad mini got passed around a bit for everyone to play with.  I love this drawing that Jeff did on the PAPER app.

Maverick was so sweet, all night!  I sewed him a Christmas sweater out of a scarf that I hadn't worn in a long time and as soon as we put it on him, he was a whole new cat.  It acted a bit like a sedative!  haha.  At one point, I saw him all cuddled up with everyone's shoes at the front door.  

Aaron worked really hard on making home made chocolates for the party!  The ones on the left are peppermint white chocolate and the ones on the right are peanut butter filled!  He nailed it!

Since we don't have a couch, dinning table, or chairs. everyone lounged around on our bed and floor!  That's how we do it in Korea! :)

I can't say enough how much I love this game! We played Left, Center, Right at Grace's apartment for our Thanksgiving party and I won the pot!  Then, this time we played again and Aaron won the pot - 60,000 won!  I'd like to say we're really good at playing it, but the fact of the matter is that it's ALL LUCK!  Guess we're just a lucky couple!

We all brought gifts for a white elephant exchange!  I won a GIANT box of hot chocolate, which is perfect because my English Winter Camp kids will be so excited when I make it for them!  And Aaron won a gorgeous scarf and some super thick girlie socks (which I'll be stealing and wearing under my boots for my walk to work everyday this month in the freezing cold!)

 I am so lucky to be "doing life" with this gem of a husband!

 ... and will always cherish the time I was able to spend in Korea with these gems too! :)  Love you girls!

 1 more day till Christmas!  Tomorrow night, Aaron and Adam are taking me and Ashley to see the Seoul Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker at the Busan Cinema Center!  I've never seen a ballet, so it would be an understatement to say that I'm super excited!

Merry Christmas everyone!blog-signature


  1. Looks like a lot of fun! Hope you enjoy the ballet - I went to my first proper ballet last month and loved it :)

    1. Rainstorm, Which ballet did you see?! And what's your real name by the way?!

    2. It's Lisa :)

      I saw Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House here in London. It was magical!

  2. What a fun party! :) We saw the Nutcracker in Seoul on Sat. and it was so beautiful. Hope you enjoy!

    1. Ooh, I'm so happy to hear that it was a good performance! I'm basically counting down the hours at this point! :)

  3. omg!! I didn't know the chocolate was homemade! I thought someone from home sent them to you! Well done! And what Maverick looks really calm in that last picture. lol

    1. Yep, Aaron made all of them! What a stud huh?! :)

  4. The party was so much fun!! You guys are the best hosts! :)

    1. Thanks Ash! You guys are the best party-goers! :)

  5. The party looks like SO much fun! You and Aaron are too cute :) And you just whipped up those stockings? Adorable! Enjoy the Nutracker!

  6. This looks like a really fun party! I think I bought that same dress from H&M for our New Year's celebration.