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The Blizzard of 2016…

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… let me tell you, it was a day (and a half). Blizzard 2016 1These photos (↑) we’re taken approximately (it’s not an exact science!) 24-hours apart – four hours and 28-hours into the blizzard! Lucky for you, I documented the hours in between, because what else was I going to do?!

However, before the storm even started, the grocery stores were the emptiest I’ve ever seen them. How insane is that ↓??Blizzard 2016 10I was sure to get the essentials – aka, wine. 🙂
Blizzard 2016 7Blizzard 2016 6First off, Pearl and this storm were not friends. While she’s generally not a fan of the snow, it turns out that when it’s more than double her size, she’s really not excited about it. Can’t say I blame her. Blizzard 2016 11When I woke up yesterday – albeit, a little later than the average adult – we had sixteen inches of snow and counting. Surprisingly, that wasn’t enough to discourage Piper from hanging out outside.  Blizzard 2016 5And as the day went on, it wasn’t even enough to discourage Jeff and me from getting out to “enjoy” the weather.Blizzard 2016 2 New District Brewing 1As luck would have it, a new brewery opened up walking distance from our house and when they said they were open, we thought “why not?”. The walk there wasn’t “too” bad, but while we were enjoying a beer (or two), the winds started to pick up …Blizzard 2016 8 Blizzard 2016 4 Blizzard 2016 3 Blizzard 2016 12… making for a somewhat treacherous walk home. Lets be be honest, I managed to take several photos, so it couldn’t have been that bad. 🙂 Blizzard 2016 9 Blizzard 2016 13

But when we got home we decided to stay put for the rest of the evening, where it continued to snow, and snow and snow. It’s certainly pretty, but can’t say I’m looking forward to all the digging out that’s in our future!

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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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A pupdate…

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… see what I did there??

Last month (how is it already November!), I really dropped the ball on any and all updates here, especially with these three, so here’s a few photos to quiet the masses. 😉 Piper 11012015 1 Pearl 11012015 1 Cosmo 11012015 2 Pearl 11012015 2Sidenote: I know the photo below is out of focus and overexposed, but Cosmo’s smile (some might think it looks slightly scary) just gets me. Such a sweetheart. Piper and Cosmo 11012015 2Last weekend, Jeff spent all weekend chasing down the right subway tile for our kitchen, and I chased these three around the yard. It’s a fair trade, right?

But next weekend, we can and WE MUST get that new backsplash up, so I can finally show off our new countertops.

P.S. We dressed up Miss Pearl for Halloween, and I think it turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself.

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