Wednesday, December 28, 2011

C'est Noel.

Another Christmas away from home and we definitely made the best of it. Our friends the Pauldings invited us over on the 22nd for a dessert party/ gift exchange. They were really great hosts, we played some Christmas song charades and ate some AMAZING treats. We seriously had such a blast. Afterwards we went to this restaurant called Zuma in Ortakoy to meet our friends Logan and Lindsey and we had an amazing time with them also. It was a great night to kick off our Christmas week.

Brook's team had a match in Izmir on Christmas day, and although they don't celebrate Christmas here, his team was super accommodating for us. They let us fly with the guys and stay in our own rooms in the hotel, we got to eat all the meals with the team, everyone wished us a Merry Christmas... it was really nice.

We left early Christmas eve morning for Izmir, so the night before Brook gave me my present which was the Ipad 2. I was so so so excited and surprised by it, and I haven't let it out of my sight since. (He also got "love you infinity" engraved on the back which makes me love it even more) He ordered it and had our sneeaaaaky friend Karlie bring it over when she came. I don't know how I didnt find out.

Izmir was really beautiful and our hotel was pretty amazing. While the guys were at practice, Julie, Ellis and I went up to the SkyBar of the hotel and had some snacks and wine. We had an amazing view and the hotel was super festive. We also got to see our friends Kevin and Sara Hansen and their amazing little baby Avery. It was so good to see them and finally meet their little one. On Christmas morning we went to Starbucks with the Trommels and had some Christmas coffees, then we went to the match vs. Arcas. The team lost in 3 :( and Brook still wasn't able to play because of his wrist. We flew home that night, I had a couple glasses of Christmas vino at the airport and we skyped a few people when we got home. We got to bed at about 2am and were exhausted. The next day the Trommel's had us over for an incredible day after Christmas feast. We exchanged a few presents with them and got some pretty great treasures :).

wine at the airport on Christmas night

girls at the game

christmas sweater!

little kids 

merry christmas!

Ellis loved my iPad.

angel face

christmas babes

my girl
So surprised and excited about my new iPad!
christmas party!

Christmas song charades, so fun.

Mrs Claus


so many good treats


love this monster

The Trommels :)

our amazing hosts the Pauldings

The prettiest Christmas tree in all of Turkey probably.

It was really a great Christmas, two of our closest friends Kristin and Clay got engaged as well! Another couple of our friends also got engaged but they havent told everyone yet so I cant blow it up ;) But we are sooo so incredibly excited for all of them :)

I always get a little sad this time of year knowing that I have to wait a whole 'nother year until Christmas but so much is going to change between now and then and I have never been more excited for the year ahead of us.

Anyways, I hope everyone had the merriest Christmas!


  1. yeah... love the post. makes me miss you guys even more. wish we were there. the pictures are adorable and i love how brook got the iPad 2 engraved. maybe next year we can spend Christmas together (fingers crossed)

  2. PS love the tree. my tree looks super sad next to yours.

  3. haha thanks buddy! I really hope we are going to be together next christmas! that would be me so happy. I wish that was my tree... its our friends the Pauldings. Puts mine to shame as well. xo

  4. Love the post Brett and Brook. Now let's see how you top off the New Year.

    Love Desiree, Mark, Cooper, and Bryce

  5. Very cute, blog, Brett Girl! Loved the pictures...nice to revisit the Christmas memories! We really did make the best of the situation and had a great time!! Thanks for sharing Christmas with us. XO, J


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