the week in photos.

as I was editing the photos for today, I realized they collectively scream “I’m an adult” hence why I don’t have two weeks off for christmas anymore.

now after that stellar introduction ..

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it is the ‘best’ feeling when you have a spice-heavy recipe to make and you have ALL the needed spices in your spice rack. I almost always have to purchase something. but folks, I am now an adult.

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winter in iowa triggers chili cravings.

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I participated in an ornament exchange hosted by a slice of mudpie. for the exchange, I received mandy of mandy’s money blog. after a little “research,” I discovered she loves to bake. so when I found this little guy, I knew it was perfect for her.

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she sent me a handful of pretty ornaments.

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week in photos, dec 20 // LLinaBC.com

plus this gem to commemorate [J] & I’s engagement.

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christmas is in five short days.

[J] & I are headed to my hometown tomorrow to celebrate with some of my family. we’re doing a white elephant style gift exchange at my aunt & uncle’s, and I cannot wait to steal the sweetest gift from someone. that’s me full of holiday cheer. and tonight, I may ask make [J] bake cookies with me.

what’s in store for your weekend?

happy friday all.

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’tis the season.

happy december.

you can officially watch christmas movies, crank up jingle bells, and decorate your house without the risk of being “too early” or “skipping over thanksgiving”.

I held off. reluctantly.

so I’m going to share a couple snapshots from my thanksgiving. and then talk about christmas!

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hot apple cider. possibly accompanied by a tiny bit of whiskey.

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grandpa is the designated turkey carver.

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once a year, just for thanksgiving my mom gets out the set of ‘classic car water glasses’. they were left to my dad when my grandfather passed away. it’s a little piece of him we love having at our dinner.

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post-dinner football watching. with my parent’s sweet, pony-tailed pup.

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then we had a couple visitors in the backyard.

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only 23 short days until christmas is upon us. ahhhh.

sunday begun the 25 days of christmas challenge. [J] + I were tasked with “transforming our home with xmas decorations”.

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tonight we’re decorating the tree.

join along #LLinaBCHolidayChallenge.

happy monday.

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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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