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Digging out from the blizzard…

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…slowly, very slowly. In fact, as I type this our street has yet to be plowed, so in the last four days we’ve only been places within a half mile radius. I know, it’s a crazy life we live.

At least these two (↓) are still excited about the snow. Blizzard 2016 24I might be less so, but for posterity’s sake, a few photos as we continue to dig out from this crazy storm. Blizzard 2016 19 Blizzard 2016 15 Blizzard 2016 16 Blizzard 2016 23Blizzard 2016 21 Blizzard 2016 20 Blizzard 2016 17 Blizzard 2016 18What do you think (↑), should I start a winter fashion blog? I think I’ll stick to my day job … but first, allow me to make one recommendation – my coat is from here (last season) and it’s my favorite to date. Okay, now I’m really done giving fashion advice. 🙂

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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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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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