Christmas, New Years, and the Fun in Between

So this Christmas break has been such an amazing one! We went to Texas and spent some good quality time with Adam and his family. They are so awesome. We were able to have everyone home for this Christmas. All the kids and their wives and children (and the ones along the way….Ally and Hill’s babies!) were all able to be there. We had many laughs and memories. We went to John’s house in Cameron on the farm and shot some pretty awesome guns, we put on our serious game faces and played many tournaments of Black Ops (yes…..I am now a Black Ops player….you can thank Adam and Austin….so much for life! hahah jk). We indulged in some amazing holiday goodies by Stacey and helped spread her holiday cheer with others with yummy deliveries πŸ™‚ The girls all had a girls morning and we went and got a pedicure πŸ™‚ Afterwards, I went to my first firing range and we all shot the new .22 pistols that the boys got for Christmas. Adam of course shot bulls eyes pretty much every shot, but I didnt do to bad either! I had a few that hit the bulls eye once I got my groove πŸ™‚ The new Kinect game for the XBOX was something we were happy to partake in because it is so flippin fun! We played bowling and beach volleyball and tennis….right in the living room…and let me tell you…we were breaking a sweat! It was so wonderful to be around his family and spend some time with them. We love them so much. πŸ™‚

Then we headed to my house in Utah for New Years! We had a blast! We have a tradition of Raclette and Fondue every year. Raclette is a European holiday meal where you gather with friends and family and leisurely eat some amazing cheese, bread, potatoes and prosciutto. In the middle of the table you have your raclette machine, which has a hot plate on the top to toast bread and such, and underneath is almost like a little oven type warming device where you put your plate of cheese underneath to melt and pour onto your potatoes. Raclette cheese is used because it melts and slides right off the tray and has the perfect blend of taste with your potatoes and prosciutto. It is such a fun tradition, and I cannot wait until we have our own raclette set up πŸ™‚
Then we had fondue! We have two pots going, one with Swiss Fondue Cheese, and the other with melted Chocolate. We have a spread of bread, apples, and sometimes bananas. It is impossible to have just one bite…I promise…I’m living proof…(Half a loaf of bread later…haha jk) It is such a fun tradition as well, and we enjoy trying to not drop our bread or apples in the bottom of the pot.

Then we ended the night and started the new year in our hot tub with sparkling apple juice and family. Adam and I were able to kiss at midnight on new years for the first time and we talked about the upcoming year and all we hope to accomplish. I am so thankful for my friends and family and their love and support for us. This past year has been so amazing, and I cannot wait to start this new adventure in 2012 with the love of my life.

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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