Holiday Kinship

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As the holidays finally come to a close and life begins to fall back into pattern, I decided today's post would be a perfect time for some reflection about the past week. The day before Christmas Eve, I was off from work. Dylan came home early around lunch time, we packed up the Subaru, and hit the road to North Carolina. Our friend, Graham, was hitching a ride with us, so he drove through Maryland, where we dropped him off. It was really nice to have him help with the driving since it's a ten-hour trip one way from New Jersey to North Carolina. I sat in the backseat with the fur babies and we snuggled in for a very long drive. Luckily, my phone has the ability to turn itself into a hot spot, so I got a ton of work done for the blog!

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We finally arrived in North Carolina around 1:30am. Dylan's parents and brother were all asleep on the couch after having tried to wait up for us. We passed out shortly after that too.

The next day was Christmas Eve. It was so nice to be home with everyone. This was my fourth Christmas with Dylan's family, so at this point I was very comfortable with the holiday routines. Which made things super relaxing for me!

 

Processed with VSCO with a8 presetdsc_1045dsc_1129dsc_1137dsc_1121Every year, I am so thankful and blessed for all the gift giving and receiving we are able to do. However, no gift could ever compare to the time I am able to spend with family.

After presents, everyone began prepping and cooking Christmas Dinner! We went classic with a brined turkey and honey baked ham.

dsc_1164dsc_1198After dinner, we broke open a new board game that Tyler, Dylan's Brother, got for Christmas. Settlers of Catan... a family fun game that has the potential to start arguments you never thought possible. I may have flipped the board at the end of this game... oops.

The next few days of our vacation brought a lot of family dinners, bonfires, baking and love.

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dsc_1059dsc_1797dsc_1866On the last day of 2016, we gathered a group of close friends to do an escape room. We did the room called Bank Heist. It was a TON of fun. We did end up winning... and we ALMOST beat the record. Our time was 56:00 and the record was 52:00. This was the second year in a row we did an escape room on New Year's Eve. I think it is going to become our yearly tradition!

 

Processed with VSCO with a8 presetWe celebrated our win by heading over to the OMB brewery in South Charlotte. We had a couple of beers and pretzels and then headed back to the house to relax until the ball drop.

The next morning, Dylan and I loaded up the car once again and drove home to New Jersey. Dylan and I both agreed that the week we spent in Charlotte was the perfect amount of time to feel rested and relaxed. We are happy to be home today. I hope that you and your family had a wonderful and blessed holidays! Happy New Year!

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