Oh the holiday adventures! The holidays always go by so fast, but I have some photo documentation from the craziness of the past month. I’m such a lucky lady to have such a great family and fabulous friends.
Matt and I went with his cousin’s Kris and Natalie to see the Bears play the 49ers in the beginning of the month–even though we lost it was still a blast and unseasonably warm:
AND we saw my program’s hotline on the back of the door in the bathroom of a bar! WOAH.
I signed up for a gift exchange on Reddit. You’re matched with another random Redditor to purchase/make a gift for someone random based on their profile and someone else is matched to you. My secret Santa made me this GORGEOUS sun catcher with a note that stated “I hope this purple lotus helps you find your center”, as my profile stated I practice yoga:
The girls (Lauren, Sarah, Mom, Aunt Nancy, and I) made time to bake even though we screwed up most of the cookies somehow. The sugar cookies were still bomb!
I made Christmas trees for the girls, and bloody spear heads for Bart:
Matt and I celebrated Christmastime with Emily and Alec and made this weenie wreath:
We played board games with a friend, John, who still lives in Connecticut, including Roll for the Galaxy which had some cool game pieces:
We went to dinner at Quartino’s with a million people and it was awesome! Tons of friends, food, and wine and great service–they’re really good with groups and the food is all shareable. No pictures, but it was a blast.
Matt and I put up our tree together and got a live one for the first time. Honestly, it was great and not as messy as expected. $15 at Mendard’s too! Couldn’t beat it.
We will do more lights next year, but it definitely made the apartment cozy and I’m missing it already:
I spent a day in the city with Sarah and my mom which was a great time even with the rain. We went and saw A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Chicago Playhouse theater. It was definitely supposed to be for children, but we had a fun and nostalgic time anyways! I liked their casting choices and the mix of old themes with new ones:
We went to the bean (my sister’s first time) and took typical pictures:
Then we went to Christkindlmarket (packed and wet, so we left) followed by the big tree that they moved to Millenium park:
We were done with downtown after that and went back to my place to build a gingerbread house:
My mom, Sarah, Aunt Nancy, Lauren, Buddy, Matt and I all went to Zoo Lights, as is tradition. But it was pouring rain and cold…then got crazy packed:
Christmas eve was a mix of Matt’s family and my mom’s house. The baby nieces are getting so big!!
Matt and I also spent quiet time together watching our favorite holiday film, It’s a Wonderful Life, past midnight into Christmas day:
Snickers enjoyed the holiday season:
And so did Riley, boy!
We spent New Years Eve at Paige’s with a great group of friends:
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you all! This year I plan to work on thinking less rigidly/more flexibly, taking time to travel a bit, and working on my friendship/relationship/work balance.