Well. I'm back in Houston after a whirlwind three weeks of fun. Finals ended luckily and I'm starting to get grades back (my least favorite part, but that's life). The day after finals, I left for the carribbean (i have a feeling i just butchered that) cruise w/ Patrick and his family. OMG it was so much fun! We went to Jamaica on Wed, and got to climb the Dunn's Falls, which was awesome, and then layed on a white sand beach and drank some rum punch, Grand Cayman on Thursday, Patrick and i went snorkeling and saw some pretty awesome fish. I started to get a little scared when we were out in 40 foot deep waters, for some reason shark week started flashing in my mind, think Jaws.... Then we went shopping in town and he bought me a really pretty necklace, earring, bracelet set from the market, and we had some lunch at this cool restaurant and people watched. On Friday we went to Cozumel and shopped in the morning. I really got to hone my bargaining skills and got a guy down pretty low on a bracelet for my mom, thank you law school for my negotiating skills. We then went and layed on a beach for the rest of the day. The rest of the cruise was spent lounging, relaxing, drinking fruity drinks, eating lots of yummy food and spending some quality time w/ my boyfriend that we'd been lacking during finals. I also met his mom and step dad and got a long great w/ them which was exciting!
The day we got back I headed to Arlington for Christmas. We did the normal Banks Family Christmas traditions of church on Christmas eve and then wake up early and open presents. The rest of the week just hung out w/ my family and it was great. Definitely needed some family time. THat weekend I went down to Austin for Elaine's bachelorette party. We went to Hula Hut, had a male stripper (joke), and watched Elaine down two fish bowls (with help from us of course), and then just had girly time and balderdash back at the hotel in our executive suite. It was a great time and really fun to catch up w/ everyone and felt like college all over again like the days when we hung out at Lainey's and Em's apartment all day long. Sunday headed down to Boerne and hung out w/ Patrick and his dad and step mom that night, we saw Sweeney Todd, which was funny, but gross, and then on NYE his whole family came to his dad's and I got to meet his sister and bro in law and his bro's 4 kids, and his sis' one kid, they were so cute and i enjoyed playing w/ them. I knew when 3 of the 4 kids tackled me on my bed on NYE morning that they liked me too :) That nigth we just hung out w/ his whole family and I met his best friend cousin Charlie and his wife Lauren. We rang in the new year and it was great!
After that I headed back to Arlington, and the rest of the week I got to see Lainey three times in one week!! And also got to see a bunch of college friends and sorority sisters last Thursday night in Dallas. I had a great time and it was good to catch up and plan our next get together, which will hopefully be a weekend long fiesta.
I'm back in Houston now, about to head to patrick's to hang out w/ some friends and watch the LSU v. Ohio game. GO OHIO! This week I am going to get my life back in order since I was gone for almost a month, see friends, relax, pratice moot court, and train to be a mediator. YAY for my last semester of school EVER, finally!
Yay: My wonderfuly supportive and encouraging boyfriend.