…and to all a good night.

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I guess it’s time I call it quits and make this my last Christmas post. 😦

So tell me, how were your holidays?! Mine, well, you know; around here we can’t have a holiday without some family drama. But overall, good. Reminded me how lucky I am to have been blessed with such an amazing family. Even though it’s a stressful pain in the butt to see them sometimes! C and I took a few days off last week, so with PTO, holidays, and weekends, we ended up with 11 days off to travel, travel, travel! All that travel also allowed me time to dig into the scripture, listen to some sermons, and reflect on the reason we celebrate.

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The week before Christmas, I got a call from my Papa. He said they had our Christmas present and asked if we could meet them somewhere to get it. I was a little confused since Nana had already given us our Christmas present, but I just went with it. We met them half way (about 30-45mins from our house) for dinner and got our gift. We were so surprised! We had mentioned to them months ago that we wanted a swing for our porch, but even I had forgotten about it! We love it so much. We had to do a little rearranging of furniture and planters on the porch, but I think the whole porch looks so much better now.

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I’m a huge sucker for Christmas lights, so on the way home with our swing, C took me to the duck pond. It’s at one of the hospitals here in town, and they always put a ton of lights up around the pond. C doesn’t care one bit for going to see lights, so it’s a testament of his love when he walks around there with me. 🙂

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Christmas Eve we went to my hometown (about an hour and a half from our house) and had dinner with Daddy and some of my family. Then afterwards, drove another 3hrs to spend a few days with C’s family. And of course, we had to hit up a brewery while there. Except they also made ciders and sangrias. I love sangria, so I tried their watermelon sangria. I think I’ll just stick to regular red.. If it aint broke, don’t fix it – right?

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We got home late Tuesday, then spent Wednesday cleaning house, doing laundry, and repacking. We were up at the buttcrack of dawn Thursday for a 7hr drive to see more of my fam that I only see once a year. That trip is never long enough. 😦

First things first, we popped by my aunt’s work to harass her a little. We weren’t able to stay with her or my grandma this year, because their dogs destroy C’s allergies. I was prepared to drop a few hundred on a hotel, but she was able to get us a super nice 3/2 house right next to hers, and it only cost us $65 for cleaning.

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When I upload the pictures from my camera later, you’ll see the beautiful view from the front porch!

They live in a very small town {it reminds me of Stars Hollow}, and they’re big on gem mining. I’ve been on the hunt for a new ring, I really want a nice stone one, so we popped in a place that’s right next door to where my aunt works. I can’t believe I’ve never been in there! They had beautiful jewelry, but also a little museum! I got a few necklace pendants, but no luck with a ring. The museum was really impressive though! They had a ton of really cool pieces. Too many pictures to upload..

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After distracting my aunt from her work and visiting the gem store, we found an awesome coffee shop called Rathskeller. It’s also a bar. Coffee and booze – does it really get any better?? It was such a cool little place, I don’t know how I didn’t know it was there before now. Well, maybe because it’s hidden down a dark little alley.

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Friday, C and I just did a little adventuring since everybody had to work. Last year when we went, C discovered that the town was a goldmine for getting wood, and my uncle works with the owner of a sawmill. We had rented a car to take up there because I was still in my lease, and we didn’t trust C’s truck that he had at the time to make the drive. On the outside it was a Ford Fiesta, on the inside, it was a clown car.

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Needless to say, we drove C’s truck this year, and that was our first stop Friday morning.

Somehow I got suckered into loading wood that morning, rearranging it in the back of the truck that evening, unloading it when we got home, rearranging it in his shop. So. Much. Fun. And my back has been reminding me! Life of a woodworker’s woman..

We then headed out to spend the afternoon in a neighboring town. We had worked up an appetite, so our first stop was lunch. Little did I know, the restaurant we chose was in the casino (Indian reservation). I had never been in a casino, but had no desire to gamble. C did. I thought we had cash, but then I blinked and it was gone..

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Saturday we went dress shopping! My aunt actually mentioned it first, and I was a little iffy about it. The plan was to go dress shopping here, and she was going to come down. That way my Nana, sister, MIL, and SIL could go. Also, my MIL wants to buy the dress. So I was nervous that I’d fall in love with something and not be able to get it. But my aunt convinced me, because she knew that my grandma up there would love to be a part of that.

I’m not going to tell the crew here that I went, and David’s really helped us out with that. I found three dresses that I really liked, so they put notes in the system of which three they were, that way if I go to a David’s when we go shopping here, the stylist will pull those dresses for me. She also put a note in there to keep it a secret that I had already been shopping.

We had a great time though, and I know my grandma was over the moon that she was able to go. On the way, she gave me the best gift; a pin that belonged to my great great grandmother, then great grandmother, then grandma, then my aunt, now me. She also gave me a ring and broach that started with my great grandmother {at least – maybe older}.

I mentioned that the town is a big gem mining town, so on New Years Eve, they have a “ruby drop.” So we walked around town for a bit, listened to some really good live music, but headed in before midnight because it was really cold and a little rainy. I have better pictures on my camera, but here’s a few.

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While out-and-about, we also tried out the new brewery in town. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather hang out at a brewery than a bar any day.

My uncle is a paramedic, and one of his jobs is flying in the helicopter. He had to work that night, so we popped by to see him. C hadn’t been there and was interested in what all he does, so he took us and showed us everything on the helicopter. And I may or may not have wore his helmet around with the night vision goggles. Hehe..

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We came home Sunday, that way we’d have Monday to recoup before going back to work. But of course that didn’t happen! We left later than we planned, so it was around midnight when we got home. We were both exhausted and headed straight to bed when we realized that the kitchen floor was soaked. Fridge went out while we were gone. So we were up for another hour drying the floor, cleaning out all the spoiled food, and getting the fridge out to the porch. Monday morning, we researched. We finally decided on the one we wanted and headed to Lowes. Not in stock. Decided on another; they had it, but it was damaged. Ended up with one that was $500 more. Get home and can barely get the thing out of the truck. It was much heavier than the old one, about 450lbs. Part of our back porch is screened, and we couldn’t get it through that doorway. Turned it, still wouldn’t fit. Took the box off, but then it was too hard to hold onto. Made a little dolly, but then it was too tall to fit through. We ended up ripping most of the screen down. Finally got it in and plugged in, but we need a connector, so it doesn’t have any water or ice right now. It took every bit of energy we had last night to get showers and make dinner.

Can I tell you a secret? I was a little relieved to be coming back to work today… But then I got here and stupid people happened. 😛


Well I hope you had a great Christmas and New Years, maybe slightly less chaotic than mine. And have a great week!

-L

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