We have arrived safely in Alabama. We had quite a difficult red-eye last night. It was raining on both sides of the country, and we were on two of the most turbulent flights I’ve been on in a while.
Nevertheless, I think that made me even more excited and grateful to finally make it home to my family in Alabama.
We had a sweet, quiet weekend celebrating our first married christmas:
>We officially entered into vacation mode.
>On Saturday, I had an epic girls day with Shappy and Lisa having brunch at the historic Sears Fine Foods, getting our nails done, and doing some light shopping in Union Square.
>There were beautiful skies all over the city, and it was truly magical.
>We ate at the delicious Flour + Water. This place is always packed. We thought we might be able to get in a little bit easier since so many folks in our neighborhood seemed to have left for the holidays.
>On Sunday, we visited with friends who live on the east coast who were in town for the holiday.
>We made our favorite gumbo (with plenty of yummy leftovers for our friends/upstairs neighbors) and had a nice quiet evening just the two of us exchanging gifts and preparing for our travels.
It’s about 70 here in the Bama, and the sun is shining.
Tonight our family will be having our annual appetizer dinner (complete with mom’s chocolate fountain) and playing dirty santa (white elephant for my California friends). Tomorrow we will have a large dinner and exchange presents. I am so excited this year because my oldest nephew Kai is old enough this year that I think he will really enjoy the Christmas fun.Wednesday we are headed up to Birmingham to see my extended family.
I am so grateful for my family and friends this holiday season. And I’m also grateful for you. Thanks for reading. It means a lot. I’m sending you all lots of love and joy today.
Whether or not you are celebrating, I hope your day is Merry and Bright.
lots of twinkling love and a few ho, ho, hos-