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Weekend Walks

The last three weekends we’ve been busy attending baptisms, baby showers, and bridal showers. It’s that time of year! This weekend we are looking forward to long walks with Bart to our favorite neighborhood coffee shop The Coffee Bar, organizing our mess of a closet in anticipation of warmer weather, and some quality time with our books. Happy weekend, everyone.

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February Update

It’s been a while. Hey, blog! Some disjointed life updates and recent photos below. 

Big changes at work, cold temperatures, and quick trips to New York are what we’ve been up to lately.

For Christmas, Matt got us tickets to a new musical called Dear Evan Hansen. I may have been dropping subtle hints about wanting to see it for months. (Thanks, Matty!) I don’t take for granted that my sweet, sweet husband enjoys attending Broadway shows with this theatre nerd.

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This show you guys. THIS SHOW IS BEAUTIFUL. Matt has seen at least ten musicals with me and said this is his new favorite. I have to agree. And we’ve seen Hamilton! I think the New York Times said it best when they said it’s, “A gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heart.” True. So. So. True. I can’t wait to see it again! In the meantime, my fellow metro commuters can deal with my big dumb smile as a I do my best not to belt out the gorgeous melodies from this exquisite piece of theatre.

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While in New York to see the show, we stopped by the New York Public Library and had dinner at The Breslin. 

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We also had a wonderful visit with family we met in Ireland! They are my sister-in-law’s nieces and nephews and we had a great time going through the National Portrait Gallery and eating at one of our Chinatown favorites, Penn Commons.

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Maybe it’s because as I write this Matt is away at a bachelor party in New York, or the fact that I just watch Pride and Prejudice, but I’m more grateful than ever for my husband. He’s kind, patient, and gives the best advice. I truly don’t know what I’d do or where I’d be without him. Our date night conversations these days seem to be more and more about our future kids — our family. We can’t wait and we know God is in control. I think 2017 is going to be a big year for us.

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New date night favorite: The Brixton

Hope you all are great! Enjoy the long weekend and hug your people tight.

An Alabama Christmas

Upon returning to DC after almost two weeks in Alabama, we were immediately thrown back into busy work days and the frenetic embrace of a city preparing for an inauguration.

We had a wonderful Christmas and New Years with my family in Alabama. I’m always grateful for lazy days in the city and home where I spent so many happy days during high school. It always goes by quickly but the BBQ lunches, shopping dates with my Mom and deep conversations over cocktails and cigars with Dad will not soon be forgotten. I know the holidays can be tense for many and I don’t take for granted my family’s ability to put annoyances and disagreements aside to celebrate the birth of Our Savior.

This Christmas included many home cooked meals, midnight mass at my alma mater, a handgun safety course, day trips to Nashville and Tuscaloosa, and becoming obsessed with the board game Backgammon. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Here’s to a 2017 filled with love and the joy that comes with living in the present moment.

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The Lappert’s Ice Cream apron. It’s amazing how many happy memories I have associated with that apron. 

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An experiment that turned out to be delicious: Irish coffee cake!

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Decorating Christmas cookies before midnight mass. 

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Baby brother and hubs on the range. 

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Used bookstore in Nashville. Love this city!

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My parents and I attended the first menorah lighting at The University of Alabama. It was a beautiful event we were humbled to be a part of.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! I’m hoping to have a short video of some clips I captured over the break soon.

Thanksgiving 2016

I had the best of intentions to film a video during this four day Thanksgiving vacation. Unfortunately, I came down with a nasty bug Friday night and since then have mostly been sleeping. I was able to snap a few pictures during our quiet Thanksgiving Day meal.

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This Thanksgiving was just Matt and me at home in our little basement apartment. It was perfect. I spent the day cooking a ‘lil Butterball turkey and all the other Thanksgiving accoutrements, including Matt’s mom’s English muffin bread and my mom’s cranberry sauce.

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We took a quiet walk around our Le Droit Park neighborhood while the bird finished up roasting. Usually it’s bustling with cars, open bistros, and buskers, but it was almost silent on Turkey Day.

And Thanksgiving isn’t complete without watching at least two classic movies. A family tradition in our house is Planes, Trains, and Automobiles starring John Candy and Steve Martin.

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This was the second time I used Gordon Ramsay’s herb butter rub on our bird. I couldn’t find this particular recipe online. I saw him make it on a show he did for BBC and wrote it down a couple years ago. It’s so easy and makes the skin crispy and fragrant. And Matt did a great job carving it!

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Our place is too small for a table, so we had our dinner diner style at the counter on our bar stools. We shared what we are thankful for this year and rounded out the night going to the movies to see Arrival starring Amy Adams. I loved it! Seriously, I may do an entire post about the film, I loved it so much.

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I hope you all had a delicious and family filled holiday!