Snow days

Oh man. This really is just the most wonderful time of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my share of stress rushing around and trying to get everything done in time for the big day. I’m currently writing this on my way to work after a whopping 4.5 hours of sleep. Yeah. Still, I’m having a blast. Here’s what’s been up.

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Snow! We’ve gotten two snow storms already, so I think we’re in for it this winter (although we did have record breaking heat in NJ yesterday (75* in NJ! In December! Kids in shorts! 3 days before Christmas! What are we? Southern California?) so what do I know?). Crazily, I didn’t hate the snow. I may have even called it “beautiful.” That’s astonishing coming from me because I usually cannot stand snow. It’s especially odd considering I had to shovel it for the first time in many years. Maybe it’s the burbs?

Maybe it’s the dates? I tend to turn into a bit of a hermit in the cold weather months, so in an effort to resist going underground until April, Chris and I both brainstormed a mess of date ideas. We came up with some together and thought up the rest on our own. We’ve been picking them at (semi) random, and it’s been a really fun way of avoiding the whole, “What do you want to do? I don’t know. What do you want to do?” thing.

Our first date (hehe) was at this slamming pizza place (Star Tavern) I used to go to as a kid. It was just as great as I remembered.

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Our next date was a walk around town admiring the Christmas lights and snow sculptures with spiked hot cocoa in hand. It ended up being the first of the unseasonably warm days, so it was nice out but there was still lots of snow on the ground to admire.

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This one was my date idea, and I’ll admit I was nervous if it would come together, but we ended up having an absolute blast. Definitely a new tradition.

Speaking of traditions, we attended our third annual Carol Sing at the beautiful Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. I can’t even express how wonderful and awesome (in the truest meanings of those overused (by me) words) it is. It absolutely just fills my heart and soul with the Christmas spirit. Love.

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I also got to celebrate Christmas a little early this week. Chris got me tickets to see the Nutcracker at the State Theater in New Brunswick.

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Gosh are they talented. The dancers, the musicians, everyone! It was such a fun show, and a perfect night. I love experience gifts. As an adult, I feel like I buy most of what I need throughout the year, but I love receiving gifts of things I wouldn’t normally do without someone else suggesting it. So fun.

Oh and side note: the theater was right across the street from our wedding venue. Guess what I learned Saturday… Wedding fever? I have that. Like whoa. It came out of nowhere, but I cannot stop thinking about July 12. SO CLOSE!

So that’s been on the horizon. It’s two days for Christmas, and I’m feeling very merry. Can’t wait for the big man to arrive!

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That’s right. In Cranford, Santa gets a police escort. He’s kinda a big deal.

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