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Our Christmas vacation, including a road trip with three (!) dogs…

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… it wasn’t exactly Griswold style, but three dogs on a thousand-mile journey can certainly have its trying moments. Piper and Cosmo Christmas Car TripPiper Christmas RoadtripThankfully, they were all fairly well-behaved – and considering how much we saved NOT paying a dog-sitter for ten days, I’d say it was worth it – Jeff might have other thoughts. 😉

Two weeks ago, we headed west to Missouri for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays with my family, and with the exception of a stomach bug that made the rounds, we managed to pack a lot into our ten-day trip.

Here’s a few highlights …
Pie Dough Cinnamon Rolls… you know it’s Christmas Eve, when my mom’s making her “famous” pie-dough cinnamon rolls.TwinsChristmas2015Also, the pitter-patter of little feet certainly added to the excitement around the house. Seriously, could they be any cuter? Probably not, which is why you’ll see A LOT of them in this little recap.

Including, our trip to the “Magic Tree” on Christmas Eve. Lee's Summit Magic Tree 3Jeff wasn’t completely convinced of the hype around a “tree with lights on it,” but two one-year-olds found it fascinating. Which lets be honest, that’s all that really matters.

I somehow managed to NOT take any photos on Christmas Day, so fast-forward a few days (after we’d all recovered from the plague) to our trip to the Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium …Twins at KC Sea Life ExhibitKC Sea Life 2And aside from watching their astonishment at everything, I ended up with approx. 1,408 photos of them looking at things for the scrapbook! You can never have too many. 🙂 Reagan at FritzsWe ended our little adventure with lunch at Fritz’s in Crown Center. If you’re not familiar with Kansas City, this little burger joint delivers your food via a toy train – real crowd pleaser with the age group we were dealing with, and maybe some adults too – not to name names.

And because I promise we socialized with adults while we were in Missouri, a few photos from one of my best friends very fun New Year’s Eve wedding!Emma's Wedding 1Emma's Wedding 2Is the back of that dress not gorgeous?

And how about that view? (↓)Plaza Lights from the IntercontinentalMany of the wedding events were held on the top floor of Intercontinental Hotel on the Country Club Plaza – as a KC native the Christmas Plaza Lights never get old. New Year's Eve 2016New Years Eve 2016It was the perfect way to ring in the new year, but I’m not gonna lie, the next day the thought of the long drive ahead of us, had us feeling like …Reagan Jan 2016… thankfully, we made it home safe and sound! Now, we’re almost ready to tackle the new year … almost.

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On Making Christmas Traditions…

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… while we might not have as many traditions as some (yet!), we have two we’ve been doing since we started dating, and each year, we’re looking to add more. Christmas Crepe Brunch 1 Christmas Crepe Brunch 2Our first Christmas season together, Jeff took me to a cute little crepe cafe in Old Town Alexandria, and not only did I love the food, but the ambiance just captures Christmas perfectly, so much so, last weekend we had our sixth annual brunch date! If you happen to go to Fontaine Caffe & Creperie, I highly recommend a glass of their hot cider, it’s truly the best around. Also, I’m not exaggerating when I say their “Just Peachy” crepe is divine. This time I think we devoured it in approx. 4 seconds, but who’s counting. 🙂

And speaking of Old Town, their residents know how to do Christmas. ↓Old Town Alexandria 1I’m a sucker for the look of simple greenery. Roaming their streets this time of year gives me serious real estate envy.

Old Town is also where I’ve listened to Jeff sing Christmas carols at a local art gallery for the past two years.Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetAs I mentioned earlier, this is becoming a favorite tradition of mine – browsing the gallery and treating ourselves to a dinner at a local restaurant – it’s such a festive date night. Jeff's Christmas Concert 1And speaking of Jeff’s vocal talent (this is a very busy time of year for him!), the first time I met both of this parents was at his choir’s holiday concert two months after we started dating. It might sound silly, but each year it reminds me of that “new relationship” time in our lives – while I don’t love that time in our lives any more or less than where we are now, it definitely brings back all the nostalgic feelings – this year was no exception.

And last, but certainly not least, we added a new tradition to the mix …DAR Xmas 4 DAR Xmas 3 DAR Xmas 1… one of our good friends works for the Daughters of the American Revolution, and each year their headquarters – located right across from the White House – hosts a holiday open house. This year, I’m glad we took her up on the offer to attend, because they do Christmas trees right. Plus, we got to see this little one excited about seeing Santa, to absolutely fearing it, all in the matter of a few minutes. Two year olds. 🙂

Can’t believe we’re only a few days away from Christmas. I love our little traditions and I’m looking forward to adding more with each passing year!

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Caroling in an art gallery…

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… not me of course, we wouldn’t want to scare everyone away!

Jeff though, now he can sing (I know, he’s great at everything!), and for the second year in a row his choir sang Christmas carols at a local art gallery in Old Town Alexandria. It’s becoming one of my favorite events of the holiday season – maybe one of these years I’ll buy some art too.

Here’s a few photos from the event!Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with x1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with x1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with x1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetWe’re taking a little break from home renovations this month, because, you know, December. But after the holidays, we’ll tackle them with gusto – probably putting Chip and Joanna Gaines to shame. Sorry, too much HGTV lately. 😉

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