Sunday, December 7, 2014

Happy Holidays

This year, in the midst of all of the holiday madness, I'm feeling especially blessed. There are so many reasons to celebrate and be thankful. Allow me to list them, please!

Great company of both old friends and new friends alike. We had a great Thanksgiving with Michelle,  my friend from High School, her husband Jay, and their friends. Supporting roles also include: 22 pounds of turkey, the best green bean casserole I've ever made (recipe can be found here), 3 homemade pies, and countless bottles of wine.

Our new home. Back in June I'd mentioned that we were playing around with the idea of buying a home. After [10 years of renting and] months of house searching, Bryce and I finally have a home to call our own! We've been in the house a little over two weeks and we are still finding it hard to believe that it actually belongs to us. Bagheera doesn't waste time and hasn't been as slow to accept the new surroundings.

Magical moments. Waking up in our new home on Saturday morning to discover the first snow of the year! In PA the snow is a burden. In Hawaii it's unlikely. Here in Washington, it snows maybe once or twice a year, so it's fan-freaking-tastic!

Yes, that is lavender in my front yard. Yes, I ran out onto the sidewalk in my sweats and my husband's sneakers to take photos. No, I haven't made friends with any of the neighbors yet!

Seattle. We obviously love this city and I'm sure you can see why. The food, the coffee, and Pike Place Market, to name just a few reasons.

Holiday traditions like Magic in the Market. I'm 2 for 2 on catching Santa light up the tree and the corresponding fruit and veggie decor!

Finally, I'm really spoiled by these ladies, Marlin and Lauren. They're coworkers turned great friends who I undoubtedly spend more time with each week than my spouse. They humor my crazy ideas, motivate me at work and keep me sane simultaneously, and will always try the food I force upon kindly offer them!

I hope your holidays are spectacular!

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