Holiday Travels to Pittsburgh and Austin

A little late for a holiday recap but with so much traveling, I feel like I just got my suitcases unpacked ;)  We spent Christmas this year in Pittsburgh with my family which was wonderful!  We got to see their new house, my brother and his fiancee flew in from Arizona, and it was the first time we all woke up together on Christmas morning since before I got married.
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We had dinner on Christmas Eve at Stations Square and my parents surprised us with Christmas Day tickets to the Steelers game.  We did a traditional Christmas morning before decking ourselves in black and yellow and meeting up with the rest of our extended family to tailgate before the game.  We had blast and the fact that the Steelers won at the very end made the day even better!  
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We spent New Years in Austin, Texas with Rob's sister Erin and her boyfriend.  Austin was on my travel bucket list and worked out perfectly as a midway point between San Diego and South Carolina to meet up.  We ate our weight in breakfast tacos, rang in the New Year on 6th Street, and fell in love with the city.  
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all inclusive new years eve austin texas
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Christmas Cards

I am a sucker for Christmas music on the radio and decorated storefronts.  I love seeing presents under the tree and drinking hot chocolate.  But if I'm being totally honest, one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is a mailbox full of cards and seeing them displayed around the house all season long!
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Growing up, it was an unspoken rule that we couldn't open up the cards each night until everyone was home.  We would wait impatiently, guessing who they were from and what updates they might contain.  It sounds silly but Rob and I have totally taken on this tradition without realizing!  Seeing cards roll in from all over the country makes me feel overwhelmingly grateful for the people in our lives.  They may be far away but holiday cards always seem to make that distance seem just a bit closer. 

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This year, I was so excited to pair up with Tiny Prints for our Christmas card.  I take my cards seriously so I love how they have so many different holiday card options.  Of course, I thought this "laughing all the way" one summed us up perfectly!  And while I normally take hours to carefully address all of my cards, I have to confess how much the free address printing option was a lifesaver this year.  I am in love with how the envelopes turned out and now all of the addresses are saved in my account for next year.  Well, except all my sweet military friends who move between now and then ;)  
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This year will bring our sixth move in five years of marriage.  We are always saying goodbye to old friends and making new ones.  Every Christmas may look different for us but Christmas cards are thankfully one tradition that will never change.

Thanksgiving in Charleston

While sunny and 75 doesn't exactly scream Thanksgiving weather, I have to admit I love it!  We spent Thanksgiving with Rob's family in Charleston and made the most of the warm weather.  We ate Thanksgiving dinner outdoors, spent time on the boat, and of course rooftop cocktails.  Yup, I could get used to weather like this ;)
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After watching the Hokies beat UVA (again!) on Saturday, we had dinner at Harold's Cabin.  It is owned by Bill Murray, who just so happened to be eating there that night as well!  Some other food highlights from the trip were brunch at 5Church and poolside drinks at the Pavillion Rooftop bar.
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