Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year's Eve

Happy New Year!  

I hope you had a safe and enjoyable New Year's Eve.  We rang in the new year with my parents and sister and had a blast.  

We kicked off the evening with Italian cuisine at Avanti in Uptown.  Due to a traffic jam, we were late for our reservation and a bit short on time, but the restaurant did a great job of serving delicious food and getting us in and out in time for our concert at the symphony.

The main event of our evening was the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's NYE concert.  We managed to score some orchestra floor seats with a great view and incredible acoustics.

The concert was nearly sold out, so Steve and I sat two rows back from my parents and sister.  These were our best sad faces, but they were all smiles! ;)

After the concert, everyone came back to our house, where we played Mad Gab, ate some snacks and watched the ball drop at midnight EST.   

After that, we promptly collapsed in our beds and fell asleep - and now, here we are, in 2017!  Cheers to the new year!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 - A Year in Pictures

As 2017 comes around the corner, I wanted to pause and reflect some of the highlights of this past year.  In 2016, I got to experience some great trips and time with family.  We celebrated the life of my grandad, who passed away this spring.  In the summer, I discovered a love for spinning and renewed my love of running - which, combined, led to a much healthier/happier version of myself at the end of 2016 than at the beginning.  Here are some of my favorite pictures and memories from this year.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Holiday Festivities

Christmas of 2016 may be behind us, but I wanted to take a post (as I play catch-up) to commemorate some of the other December happenings that filled this year's Christmas season.

My mom and I kicked off December with a mother-daughter date night to see The Nutcracker at the Winspear Opera House in downtown Dallas.  We got dressed up and had a delicious meal at one of my favorite little spots in town, Joyce & Gigi's, before heading over to the opera house.


Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!!  I hope that you and yours had a blessed and enjoyable Christmas.

Friday, December 23, 2016

A Weekend in Seattle

Back in November, I took a weekend trip to Seattle, Washington to visit a friend.  The two of us worked together back in Indiana, and she actually helped me get my job.  She moved to Seattle soon after I relocated to Texas, so it was a real treat to get to reunite halfway across the country with her and to explore a new-to-me city.  It was cold and rainy, but I still found myself fascinated by the beauty of the city and the surrounding areas.