Goodbye, 2012!

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2012 highlights

January– I visited my sister for a mini ski vacation.

Vail in Jan

Vail in Jan

February– Went to Rob’s cousin wedding. It was another excuse to purchase a new dress!

Wedding in Feb

Wedding in Feb

March-We became Godparents!.

Godparents in March

Godparents in March

April– Rob went to visit my sister and learned to ski, in Vail—while I stayed at home and worked.

Skiing/working in April

Skiing/working in April

May– 10.5” of my hair was donated to Locks of Love and I became a “pixie”—my ballet production team performed their last time to Hoppipolla, a 4 minute ballet I choreographed, of which I’m really proud of!

Ballerinas

Ballerinas

Hoppipolla Ballet   (I’m working on getting this video so you can see)

June– Ran a ½ marathon in Milwaukee with my buddy, Maria! Celebrated 2 years of marriage in Door County, WI. Had a great visit from some of my MI friends.

half marathon

half marathon

anniversary

anniversary

July– Packed up the house, danced at Jenny’s wedding, and celebrated in Chicago for Kristen’s Bachelorette party.

Party

Party

August– We moved me and our stuff to Ithaca, NY…

moving!

moving!

September– Rob became Dr. Rob and joined me in NY and my parents visited!

Rob's Defense!

Rob’s Defense!

parents visit!

parents visit!

October– I stood up in my friend, Kristen and Ryan’s wedding and was able to dance the night away with my sister and her surprise (to me) attendance at the wedding.

Oct. Wedding

Oct. Wedding

mac and me dancing

mac and me dancing

November-Hosted our first Thanksgiving, even with a broken oven!

thanksgiving

thanksgiving

December– Celebrated a super wonderful Christmas in the Pacific Northwest with lots of smiles.

PNW Christmas

PNW Christmas

2012 brought us many adventures of which, we were able to spend time with loved ones and create new relationships to cultivate in 2013.  We’re ready for the next 365 days to see what brings smiles our way.

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Snow?!

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I’m having a pinch of bitterness currently for a few snow related reasons.

My friends in Madison are living in a winter wonderland after getting a foot and a half of snow in the last couple days.  My friend Maria sent me a few photos from her “snow day” while working from home yesterday.  So pretty, fresh, and quiet.

Madison Snow

Madison Snow

Plus, my (evil twin) sister keeps uploading videos of her skiing, complete with fresh powder, blue skies, and BIG smiles…It really isn’t fair.

 

Hey, Ithaca- Where is OUR snow?  I was “warned” about Ithaca winters from the locals here when I moved. Everyone was trying to tell me how bad winters are here.  The only bad part of this winter is the lack of  snow.  I guess, for now, I’ll just look at the pretty snow from photos and videos and possibly pout.  Remember, snow makes me HAPPY!

 

 

Oh hey, NYC!

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This past weekend I drove myself to Brooklyn,  NY to visit Rob’s cousin Katie and sister Molly.

I know it was a TV show… but, seriously, how did Carrie Bradshaw wear heals in NYC? I had my Tom’s on and my feet ended up very unhappy with me.  I’m pretty sure we walked about 8 miles on Saturday alone.

NYC

NYC

Anywho, one of our first stops was at a FANTASTIC little, itty bitty, tiny, bagel shop.  Ahhh, it was so yummy! I had a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel.  All the yummyness was baked on the inside and had cheese & bacon melted on the top.  So good. From the Bagel Shop, we ventured to the Union Square Holiday Market.  We wandered around looking at the different vendors goodies and even found a few Christmas gifts.  After the market, we shopped, ate lunch, shopped some more, got facials, and found our way to Rockefeller Plaza!  What an amazingly beautiful tree.  I was jumping up and down in excitement to see the tree. Really, I was actually jumping, you can ask Molly and Katie. Getting this close was quite the adventure, there were so many people! After gazing at the tree it was time for more shopping, eating, and drinking, so we did just that.

Rockefeller Plaza

Rockefeller Plaza

It was a very fun and fast trip. Next time Rob will have to join me! Thanks for a great weekend, ladies!

Welcome-Welcome

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Before the wedding, my Mom purchased a large chalkboard to create a “to-do” list during the week of the wedding so if someone came over to help prep, she could direct them to the chalkboard and tasks would be completed. I’m sure a spreadsheet could’ve easily been used, but the cuteness of the chalkboard won.

After the wedding, my parents hung it up in their kitchen walkway and used it to keep notes/honey do lists/random thoughts on. When we moved to NY, my Mom gave it to us. It’s perfect for our entrance way, fills up the wall like it was meant to be hung there. I took a few hours one afternoon while Meiko was sunbathing, hauled the chalkboard out to the porch, and created the “home, sweet, home” design.

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

It pained me to get a water soaked towel and erase that this past weekend, but I wanted to make the chalkboard fit with the holiday season and decorations around the house. So, I pulled out my handy dandy ruler and got to work. Here is the finished product-it not only greets any guests, it’s also the front of our Christmas card this year.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

I also crafted the wreath hung on the top right corner of the chalkboard, hidden by Rob’s vertical stature, using an old wire hanger. I purchased about 50 medium/large bulbs and used about 25-30 small bulbs to fill in the spaces. It’s as simple as untwisting the top of the wire hanger, rounding out the shape of the hanger, and stringing the bulbs onto the rounded hanger…I covered up the hook part of the hanger with a big bow, and now I’ve got a one of a kind ornament wreath!

Ornament Wreath

Ornament Wreath

 

The Briest

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It’s a little bragging moment on the blog…

My friend Karen and I have been going to the local Crossfit together.  Yesterday morning’s WOD (workout of the day) included a total of 30 handstand pushups—and I did them! It looked something like this, but without the little helper person and a much cuter outfit.

band assisted handstand pushup

band assisted handstand pushup

I would like to strongly thank the ½ year that I took tumbling/gymnastics when I was little, my ballet training, but mostly the dedication I’ve put on my yoga mat this year. I was able to gracefully get into the handstand position yesterday, go through my reps, and continue the workout. You can just call me, The Briest. It’s a name my sister gave me instead of calling me a bridezilla. Now I use it when I’m angry or when I’m being a badass.

Flexible Turkey

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Flexibility. It’s something my hamstrings and brain are working on. Thanksgiving day proved to be another day where I explored both forms.

Cousin Katie and I started our Turkey day with several twists, forward folds, and chaturangas at Mighty Yoga.  The class was a donation based class where all the proceeds went to the local Loaves and Fishes.  It was great to get our bodies moving for the feast we had planned later that day.  Once we arrived back at the house, we started chopping, peeling, and dicing for the side dishes to pair with Rob’s Butterball Turkey.

Around 1pm, when checking/basting the turkey, we noticed it wasn’t very hot.  After  fussing with the oven (which is only 5 years old) we determined it wasn’t working.  Rob immediately got on the phone with our landlord while I took a moment to take a breath wondering how we were going to finish cooking everything we had planned on the menu.  Rob came back in, told me we can use the neighbors oven.  He took the turkey over, created a nice list explaining the oven timing for the turkey/stuffing/rolls/acorn squash/etc.  GOOOOO ROB! He also made a nice nest in the backseat of the car for all things to lay on so they wouldn’t tip or burn the seats.  After several trips back and forth with new items to be cooked Rob, saved the day.

That’s the thing with being flexible.  We were unable to cook a majority of the yumminess in our own oven, but everything turned out to be just fine.  I have been known to over react or break down in situations like this, so I just took a step back and decided to make the best of it! We had family with us, a warm house, and were making fun memories…who cares about where we cooked the turkey.

Green Beans, Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Salad

Green Beans, Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Salad

Thanksgiving Photos

Thanksgiving Photos

It was a yummy, fun, and memorable first time hosting Thanksgiving! Don’t you like Rob’s turkey hat?

Colorful Table

Colorful Table

Weekend Exploring.

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You know what’s great? Weekends.  Especially ones that are spent with spouses.  Rob and I have never in our relationship (until this move to Ithaca) been able to enjoy a guilt free weekend, without having to worry about his instrument time/experiments/papers/etc. or my never ending commitments of volunteering/ballet teaching/homework/etc.

It is so great, this weekend concept.  There is time to just sit at the dinner table and stare at each other…or you know, explore the area.

On one of our exploring weekends, Rob and I ventured to a tiny little town called Aurora about 30 minutes north of Ithaca.  It’s home to Well’s College (about 550 students!), some cute little shops, really beautiful homes, and the whimsical/very expensive Mackenzie Child’s headquarters.  If you are new to MacKenzie Childs it’s merchandise includes all hand painted, ceramics, home furniture, tableware, glassware, dinnerware, etc.  The headquarters is very beautiful and fun to look around but with a price tag of  “toomuchformywallet” the only items we will be taking home with us are these photos…we were slightly under-dressed having come from playing tennis/gorge hiking :)

MacKenzie Childs

MacKenzie Childs

Rob looks really in his element here, no? Here’s to more exploring!