snowy chicago.

[J] & I spent the weekend in chicago. and it didn’t go quite as planned.

it snowed the entire way, all 6 hours. I have a deep fear of winter driving even from the passenger seat. so that was fun. we made the trip to celebrate christmas with [J]’s parents, but sadly there was a family emergency and we weren’t able to see them. it snowed all day saturday too. but we didn’t let that stop us, we ventured to macy’s & the christkindlmarket [a german christmas market]. and got an early gift, tickets to second city’s show “miracle on wells street“. it was my first comedy show and I absolutely loved it. we did get to visit a few family members & friends. then it snowed our entire drive back to des moines. shoot.

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only 8 days until christmas!

don’t forget to make cookies, drink eggnog, watch at least two eight christmas movies, and enjoy this time.

happy tuesday.

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much needed update.

I’m back.

in more than one way.

on christmas eve [morning], I woke up to a broken cell phone. perfect. sadly, my phone is my livelihood. how else am I supposed to capture every food & beverage put in front of me? thank goodness, [J] came to the rescue .. & my replacement was shipped that day!

I hope you all had the best christmas!!

we are in colorado now, extending our holiday celebration. we left chicago late on christmas day [after dinner ..& dessert], headed for des moines, IA. where we met my parents. loaded suitcases into their car. and joined them for the rest of the road trip to colorado.

we arrived yesterday. I love colorado. it’s beautiful.

let me show you a mini recap of what has taken place the past few days.

[J]'s parent's beautifully lit street.[[J]’s parent’s beautifully lit street].

before proceeding: go to {TwoCoins Gingerbread House Voting} and vote for your favorite gingerbread house. we had a family competition. ten houses were made.

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this MAY or may not be mine. but regardless – you should vote for this one ;)

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thanks grandma for the christmas slippers for christmas morning.

wait this is better - christmas mimosa.

wait this is better – christmas mimosa.

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don’t judge. but we called ourselves JELSEA [jeff + chelsea]. this is the gift [J] got me ..he’s the JE of the LESEA :)

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he’s a clever man. & I would NOT let him wrap my cole haan coat. so he did this …

[but he also got me {kate spade neon pink studs}. love].

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heart melted.

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the family pup [lexi] – a great road tripper!

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[J] & lexi got the front seat.

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“are we there yet??”

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helllllllllllllllo rocky mountains!!

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tell me this isn’t the most beautiful, hand-cut colorado christmas tree?

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I’m currently posted up at the island in my aunt & uncle’s kitchen. drinking beer my dad brought me from his work trip to germany. loving life. & the holidays!

see you tomorrow :)

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december in new york city [part I].

new york city is magical. but decorated for the holidays .. it is absolutely breathtaking.

thanks to spontaneity & inviting myself on [J]’s business trip, I got to see the city in all of its christmas glory.

as soon as we landed .. [J] went to a meeting. & I went gallivanting, with my camera. [only fair, right?]

bryant park 1

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times square

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rockefeller

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then all of my dreams came true …

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I saw the today show while it was filming. [I could’ve easily made this happen when I lived in new york ..but the fact is, I didn’t].

and let me show you the VIEW I had ..

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[only slightly worth the wait ..]

central park 1

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central park

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and the best photo of the trip goes to ..

what is this little boy up to?

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your eyes are not deceiving you. I’m proud of this moment I captured.

on that note ..

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happppppy monday.

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