married holidays.

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in honor of tomorrow being thanksgiving, I want to talk about being married during the holidays.

no, you didn’t miss anything. I’m not married yet.

[J] & I have been living together for three years. and when the holiday season rolls around, we struggle to decide where we’ll spend thanksgiving & christmas. [it does not help that we procrastinate as much as humanly possible before making said decision]. my family lives in central iowa. [J]’s are in chicago, IL. there is a 6 hour drive between the two houses, making it nearly impossible to spend one holiday with both families.

[*editor’s note: parents & soon-to-be in-laws, could you please move closer together?].

our holiday experiments [thus far]:

we’ve attempted the “divide and conquer” approach. // he goes to his family’s + I go to mine. although effective, I’m less than a fan. accommodating both families, splits up [J] & I. and that stinks. I want would prefer to spend the holidays together.

we’ve tried the “one big happy family” strategy. // which I loved, but of course had to have a downfall. this is when my parents came to chicago, and we all celebrated together. the problem was a lot of my family was unable to attend. [we’re talking brother + grandparents]. so while it was nice to be with my parent’s & [J]’s, I was missing a huge chunk of my family.

we braved the “we’ll celebrate here & drive to you” theory. // last year my parent’s had plans to travel to colorado the day after christmas, to have a late-celebration with our family out there. so [J] & I spent christmas with his family, and snuck out a tad early to drive to iowa at 9PM. [we arrived at 2AM, exhausted, and left for CO 3 hours later]. it was nice to spend a lot of time with both families, but it still wasn’t the solution we were hoping for.

so due to extreme procrastination, we’ll be going with option #1 this thanksgiving. but have declared it our last straw. from now on, we will orchestrate our holiday plans well in advance. and communicate with our families so they know when to expect us. I hate to use the word ‘fair’ because it’s so hard to truly achieve ..but we want to make it as fair as possible for each of us & our families.

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why doesn’t anyone tell you that adding a family isn’t all extra turkey & christmas cookies, but rather complicated.

cheers to an amazing holiday season & celebrating with as many family members as you possibly can.

happy wedding wednesday.

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crested butte.

on july 21st, [J] & I set off on a sixteen day vacation road trip across the country.

that same day we explored the state of south dakota.

and happened to get engaged.

set up camp during a hail storm in devils tower, WY.

received a history lesson at little bighorn battlefield, before embarking on the most amazing drive to yellowstone.

then there were two of my favorites night at yellowstone national park.

a weekend with friends in salt lake city.

our last night of camping // in estes park, CO.

and a gorgeous hike just outside of denver, CO.

we were happy to unite with [J]’s family for the remainder of our trip. which happened to take place four hours west of denver. in the small town of gunnison, CO. we were there to attend a wedding.

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mt. princeton [of the collegiate peaks].

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wedding attire.

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loved the place cards + vintage keys.

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that dance floor was callin’ my name.

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before heading back to denver, we had to make a special trip to crested butte, CO.

a quaint, beautiful town perfectly planted at the base of a mountain range.

it was my favorite.

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rocking my white + turquoise spike capwell necklace.

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we showed up just in time for an art fair.

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a storm was on the horizon ..

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this sunset.

we woke up the next morning, sad to say goodbye to our trip. but happy to be heading back home.

not before snapping a few shots of the beautiful sunflower field behind our hotel. looking out towards downtown denver.

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[*editor’s note: it was 6AM. and I had not yet had my coffee. or the opportunity desire to meet any make up].

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until next time denver, colorado.

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go on a road trip. go see the beautiful things that are only mere hours away. it’s amazing what is out there. and what you may find.

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take a hike.

after 10 days of traveling the country [6 of which were spent sleeping in a tent] ..[J] & I made it to denver, colorado.

it’s always been a “home away from home” for me. a lot of my family lives there. and I’ve been out to visit more times than I can count. I cherish every moment spent there. it’s so beautiful. maybe one day, I’ll pack [J] up in a truck & move there.

now that I’ve thoroughly frightened my fiance this is how we spent our time in denver ..

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this is why you throw away your garbage when camping..

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if you leave it, bears will find it. and be a great photo opportunity & an AMAZING animal sighting for us. [ but that’s besides the point].

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we hiked up to devil’s head fire lookout.

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with my parents + their sweet, little puppy.

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who was over the hike almost instantly!

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the views could not have been more gorgeous.

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because I’m easily amused ..

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after the hike, we were all exhausted. but especially ..

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the parent’s pooch.

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then there was a backyard cookout.

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and thee most amazing sunset ..

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I may have left a piece of my heart there ..

we’ll be back soon.

happy tuesday.

and remember ..

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