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Christmas catch up

It’s amazing that it’s already 2016 and that it’s been a few weeks since Christmas. We just took the Christmas tree down yesterday and the cats were sad to lose their new hiding spot. image We celebrated Christmas day at my parents house, image along with my grandparents, Aunt, Uncle and cousin. Mr. F and I saw Star Wars the weekend after Christmas and it was as amazing as we hoped!  image I love how there were so many tie ins to the original episodes! image Later that weekend, we noticed that one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, Revel, had an awesome Darth Vader painting on the wall too! image

I’m loving my new yoga pants that I got for Christmas from my sisters image and in laws. image Three days after Christmas, we left on vacation to Maui!!! I can’t wait to tell you more in my next posts!

Four more days until Christmas, Eight Days until Maui!

The tree is up and all my presents have been wrapped, including the white elephant presents for Christmas Eve at my uncle’s with approximately 30 people!

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Last week, my sisters and I started a new tradition of going to see a musical together at Christmas. This year, we saw Sound of Music.

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I have one more work trip to Santa Monica before the holiday but otherwise, I’m in holiday mode.

My parents are coming over for dinner tonight. Mr. F is making tomato, red pepper and fennel soup and pernil (Puerto Rican style braised pork shoulder). I’ll share pictures soon. For now……

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas day
That’s the island greeting that we send to you
From the land where palm trees sway

Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun will shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way
To say Merry Christmas to you

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas day
That’s the island greeting that we send to you
From the land where palm trees sway

Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun will shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way
To say Merry Christmas to you

Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun will shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way
To say Merry Christmas to you

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas day
That’s the island greeting that we send to you
From the land where palm trees sway

Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun will shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way
To say Merry Christmas
A very Merry Christmas
A very, very, Merry,Merry Christmas to you

Read more: Bing Crosby – Mele Kalikimaka Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Christmas time with the family and friends

10802025_712113167822_7025102799591146801_nChristmas Eve was spent at my Grandparents and Uncle’s house for the White Elephant Exchange. 10625042_712113312532_8062429934124491936_nTootie is always the life of the party and is full of laughter. She even loves selfies with the family. 10806317_712114340472_6107366440520767763_n 10392278_712114325502_5763378556352072477_n   1610840_10101146729616710_750216991358699932_n Christmas morning was at my parent’s house. The tree was filled with lots of vintage ornaments and great memories. 10854489_10205718653311360_8472377558158044253_o Christmas dinner was at Urbane with the Vega-Nortons, Grime, Menard, Ketchum, Gothbergs, Talbots and Fettes. 10882349_712310811742_3356631743989912597_n It was fun affair.

Yesterday, the day after Christmas, Mr. F and I both had to work but we were able to meet old friends for yoga. I loved see my high school buddies!10882162_10101652330124253_5954432324928538530_n We had a great time at the Golden Beetle in Ballard.

Sadly, I woke up today with a cough, body aches, and super low energy. We went to yoga but decided to have a lazy afternoon and evening. So we’re enjoying Chinese food while watching the Interview.

Happy Christmas Eve!

Happy Holidays, everyone! 10678700_711993148342_3670345498364235343_nWe’re prepping Christmas morning breakfast by making a vegetable root hash before going to my Grandmother’s White Elephant gift exchange in a few hours. All the presents are wrapped and ready to be taken to my parent’s house for Christmas morning tomorrow! We had a lovely yoga class this morning where the mantra was: “May All Beings Be Happy and Free”!10868097_712058751872_288255990014396640_n

10410141_711738179302_4024037521596835752_n  Yesterday, Andy Mac and I got manicures and pedicures before I got my hair cut and colored. My hair is almost black now! I’ll post more photos soon.

“The Christmas Waltz”

Frosted windowpanes
Candles gleaming inside
Painted candy canes on the tree

Santa’s on his way
He’s filled his sleigh with things
Things for you and for me

It’s that time of year
When the world falls in love
Every song you hear seems to say
“Merry Christmas
May your new year’s dreams come true”

And this song of mine
In three quarter time
Wishes you and yours
The same thing, too

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. (http://youtu.be/FVaFoAIVzok)

In the last month…

In the last month, I started a new job, completed orientation, my little sister got engaged,1509276_705679705532_7876987127732053041_ncelebrated Thanksgiving with the family, 1655817_10101121031146650_2233594214674358365_o10408074_10205518199740146_7261028726146892731_nwent to a funeral of one of our best college friends,150713_705921615742_6820021658836084248_nwho will be missed severely,10731007_705920912152_698908552671452151_nstarted looking for a labradoodle puppy after meeting a really really cute one,10406712_707998129392_3203916938954129201_nread several amazing books (like the second and third Outlander books, Red Seas Under Red Skies, and Republic of Thieves), bought the majority of my Christmas presents on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and wrapped them, as well as setting up the tree. 10440923_707241954772_7426454819107115628_n    10805768_707177269402_7520573055612031062_n 10394089_707225487772_8106029255615772589_n  63457_705442111672_2026818322964496731_n x  10441028_707333082152_5917056602610517258_n We’ve had a few fun dinner parties at our house and Mr. F tried a new recipe of citrus, mint, hazelnuts and ricotta. We also had a phenomenal wine from Result of A Crush called Chistmas Cuvee! 10411301_707352568102_5850836480294007599_n We’ve also checked out a new restaurant called Manolin in the neighborhood and it’s pretty amazing.10805827_708270209142_4232267968195753175_nThe rockfish ceviche and cocktails are super delicious.  10850132_708268138292_951993845846791835_nYesterday, my sister, grandmother and I met up for mani/pedis and dinner too! 1535379_707998633382_2855232647952747756_nDecember’s pretty nice so far! Tomorrow I go to St Louis and next week, Denver and Spokane, WA for work then it’s CHRISTMAS!!

Twenty four hours of Christmas spirit!

We started celebrating Christmas with a White Elephant gift exchange on Christmas Eve at my grandmother’s house. Tootie made stockings for everyone, IMG_2795 including our friend, Mohit, who wasn’t spending the holiday with his family. On Christmas morning, we had a fun breakfast 1478988_10100749383446620_2075706224_n with hot cocoa, oatmeal and crockpot eggs 1511606_10100750074601540_1582371160_o before opening presents!1463883_10100749355647330_1068906785_nIMG_2844We coordinated and wore our glasses and pajamas too.1523931_10100750074871000_878985557_o Mr. F and I enjoyed all of our presents like a new bird house for our kitties to watch, but especially the new yoga pants that we bought ourselves!1522523_10100750075185370_1751500012_oWe also got some awesome sister photos too! 1462570_10100750074646450_402872282_o (1) Thanks, Janie for taking most of these photos! 1497940_10100750089831020_1092236710_o Happy holidays!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

11557982596_ea94bee27d_b We had an amazing Christmas day and we were so lucky to have a professional photographer, Jeff Blackburn, take our family photos too! You can see more of the photos at Blackburn Photo and Sound11558124593_c8b078fa5e_b My parents, sisters, grandparents, uncle, my sister’s boyfriend and his family, and two family friends were all in attendance. 11558107983_fb763353a9_b We all took amazing photos.11558107223_a470061a9a_b 11558050523_2b8da6a9b6_b I love my family.11557889674_9ce77c7f86_b 11557994986_f60c1d694e_bHappy Holidays, everyone!