Holiday scenes from the District

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My family came in for a few days right after Christmas and it’s been absolutely wonderful.  We’ve invited over lots of friends who were in town for the holidays and went to Zoo Lights, and made tacos and played Loteria into the wee hours.  There’s been a lot of sparkling wine, a lot of hugs, hours spent wandering around Capitol Hill, and even a magical few hours watching the Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre.  I wish they could stay forever.

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It’s Friday, I’m in love

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I’m Austin-bound today for my sister’s high school graduation.  Being home and surrounded by family always feels so good, and I’m looking forward to Mexican food, a few hours at the pool, and spending some time with my parents and siblings.

The photo above, of my little sis, is about six years old, but it’s one of my favorites.  She has always been my favorite muse, and I’m excited to see what she’ll do in the world.

Have a lovely weekend!

Wanderings: Thanksgiving in New Jersey

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This year we drove up to New Jersey to celebrate Thanksgiving with our new sister-in-law and her family.  It was a lot of fun to blend two families together and I enjoyed the nods to both families’ Irish and Italian traditions.

The Mister and I both really enjoy cooking so we were glad to get there a day early, roll up our sleeves, and get started with the cooking.  I baked an apple pie and did a lot of the food prep work; he helped our sister-in-law with most of the dinner’s heavy lifting–turkey, stuffing, gravy, etc.  He also spent the night before we left making a large lasagna with meatballs to take up to New Jersey with us.  It was great to have something ready for everyone to eat for the dinner and lunch before the big meal.

We probably won’t see either of our families again until next year, so it was really wonderful to have time together to laugh, share food, and snuggle adorable babies.  Here are a few photos of family and food.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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We’re celebrating with family in New Jersey.  Hope your day is full of laughter and amazing food!

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Hitting the road

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Today we are hitting the road to visit family in New Jersey for Thanksgiving.  We’ve been lying low since our two week trip to California in September, so I’m excited to stretch my legs and have a change of scenery.  While I’m sure there will be some traffic, I’m feeling pretty good about not having to spend time in airport chaos.

The Mister is half Italian and his family typically does half traditional Thanksgiving fare, half Italian-American fare.  Tonight he is baking a lasagna to share with the guests who arrive early.  I’m looking forward to it!

Where are you heading for Thanksgiving?

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