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Christmas 2012

This Christmas season we traveled to Chicago to celebrate with Alyssa’s family. The trip had a bittersweet beginning as we attended services to honor and remember Alyssa’s great-grandmother, Nana, who passed away a week before Christmas. She was by all accounts the true matriarch of the family. A genuinely remarkable woman, it would be impossible for anyone who had met her to not remember her sense of humor and beautiful smile.

Living in Nashville the last several years, these two northerners have had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit with a forecast of 65 and snowless in December. So we were both happy to see some flurries our first day in the Windy City.

There were of course the epic family get togethers complete with karaoke and dancing.

One of my favorite parts of going to Chicago in the winter is that my in-laws live on a pond that is perfect for skating when it freezes. My skating skills aren’t necessarily on par with the rest of the crew. However, I did get a pretty decent hockey lesson from Alyssa’s dad, and even helped (at least I tried to) protect the turf in a neighborhood pickup game.

Alyssa on the other hand grew up figure skating and is pretty awesome on the ice.

Alyssa and I became Aunt and Uncle this year to twin boys, and even though we hated missing their first Christmas we’re so grateful for technology that let us see our little buddies!

We went downtown to check out the city’s holiday lights.

Train reflections

Hope that you all had a great Christmas with loved ones!


It’s Been A While…

This year has been crazy so far.

As you can probably tell from the lack of blog posts, 2012 decided to press the Hyper-Speed button. Here is a little update as to what has been happening in our lives:

To start the year off, the band has been keeping Chico WAY busy! Their record came out 2 weeks ago and hit the #1 spot on the iTunes charts! We are soooo happy for them and I’m sure it’s going to be a very exciting and busy year!

They also had their album release show that weekend. The place was jam-packed and the fans showed so much loyalty and support. It was such a memorable night.

There has been more to this madness, which we will share in later posts… I even got to check off one of my Hopes for 2012!

Stay tuned…

Hopes for 2012

I’m not very good at discipline. It’s definitely something I need to work on.

Getting up in the morning? You’ll have to peel me out of bed.

Eating Healthy? You’ll have to pry that pack of Starburst out of my hand.

So instead of dedicating my time to a New Years Resolution like working out 7 days a week, I have decided to make a list of Hopes for 2012.

1) Plant a Garden! (Already have part of this one checked off!)

2) Learn basic Italian through Rosetta Stone.

3) Go Camping!

4) Make time for a weekend road trip to a new destination.

5) Go to The Symphony, a Broadway Show, or a play.

6) Get to know more people in Nashville.

7) Read more books.

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8) Take a sewing class.

What are some of your Hopes for 2012?