december 2017

the holiday season is such a blur, this year was no different. i mean, maybe it was a bit blurred because i went back to night shift halfway thorough the month…?

bi-annual haircut happened this month. haha thank you, lex. and! i got to hang out with the world’s current cutest baby with the best cheeks. hanukah this year was celebrated in style in the kimball household. lox and eggs on homemade latkes. good enough to turn you jewish! this next photo was the christmas tree at work. the place was decked out, and one of my coworkers even made a rubber glove tree. that there is dedication. tyler’s family came to visit for a weekend and brought a new chair for my niece. as soon as she opened it up, the first thing she did was pose on it. HA! and, of course this year we got our tree from harmons… because they are the cutest ones, and just barely too tall, which i find endearing. we promptly strung popcorn and it was the cutest tree, imo.

also, here’s a picture of a biscuit i ate and my biscuit date. the restaurant smelled so heavily of bacon that after we left, MY HAIR SMELLED LIKE BACON. vegetarian nightmare. also, i opened all my christmas gifts early from my parents. because that is what you do as an impulsive adult. here i am, smugly modeling my new hat and sweater to send to my mom. she was not impressed 🙂 AND this weird awkward foot photo is one of my favorites because it signifies that both tyler and i were home at the same time during the EVENING and those events are far and few between these days, thanks to very opposite schedules. sigh.

this year we spent christmas in santa barbara. my first california christmas! it was so nice to have no snow or cold. and sun! and beaches! december ravaged southern california with the thomas fire right up until christmas. in fact, tyler’s family was under mandatory evacuation until a few short days before we arrived. of course, they all acted like it was nothing? just a little ash on the cars and “THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS!” signs everywhere. if it was me, i would have been a nervous wreck. guess that’s the california lifestyle? haha

christmas was great. have you seen that meme that is like, “december 1-26 you’re full of christmas spirit. december 27-january1 you’re full of cheese. thereafter you’re just fat”. we LIVED that meme. and we ate so much cheese. tyler and i put together a pretty great charcuterie on christmas, it was awesome. new traditions! i even got new cheese knives from my inlaws.

most of our time was spent hanging out together. here we have some mistletoe hanging, christmas morning action shots, tyler and his new tools (seriously spoiled by milwaukee santa), and my favorite shot of my child husband. isn’t he objectively the cutest?? also, this last photo is my sister in law and my father in law… the photo is of my father in law as a young man and his dad. so, ya know. four generations and the SAME JACKET!  i guess this just proves you should never throw away ANY clothing?

and then i made us go outside. christmas walk! and the beach at montecito. this is the area that was completely ravaged by the mud slides last week. it is the most beautiful area, we are so sad. 😦

and that’s it, folks. all of 2017 has been accounted for. thanks for reading and sorry for the foot photos.

december 2016

december was a really good month for so many reasons. christmas (duh) but also i was able to spend a lot of time at home with my family, wedding plan, go to the temple to become endowed, and eat good food, which super important, obviously.

we got the cutest christmas tree on december 1. it was kind of a sadly decorated tree at the beginning, so i strung popcorn and sliced oranges, which made it pretty legit, i might say. and then tyler brought his ornaments from growing up, and then it was really legit.

my mom had surgery on her shoulder during the middle of the month, so i went to be her personal nurse for a week, and go to the temple. it was great. i went to a chinese buffet with my dad and i didn’t die, or worse, get food poisoning. pre-surgery, my mom and sister threw me a bridal shower, i saw some friends, and i got to sit on a comfortable couch for a week! it was great. poor tyler had to go back to work… and finish school… and tow my car to california to get fixed while i was gone, so i’m sure you are wondering who had the more relaxing week!

for christmas, we went to boise for about, 12 hours. i had to work christmas eve night, so we left at noon christmas day and were there that night, given all the snow and treacherous roads. i’m over winter. it was a great christmas, though. we celebrated early, as seen here with some cheesy pajama tree christmas shots and presents.

new years eve i was supposed to work, but i got a surprise day off! we got thai food, saw manchester by the sea, and fell asleep by 11:30. party animals!

december in washington, dc

lots of good things happened between thanksgiving and christmas when i wasn’t studying for finals. might i add what a RELIEF it is to have semester 1 under by belt?
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preseti spent a little time babysitting and helping the kids i watch learn their hebrew. yep. these are the kinds of things kids who live on capitol hill do. IMG_3666mahi mahi break at work. whenever i work a double, i TREAT MYSELF! getting free food once in a while doesn’t hurt, either…Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetmy side of town has a lot of really great murals, this one on 0 street is my favorite. this is the sort of side eye perfection i strive for. IMG_3651diana came to visit me right after thanksgiving. i took her on the whirlwind tour of dc complete with a run around the mall to check off all the best monuments. IMG_3643and, of course, with a stop at baked and wired for first dessertProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetstrawberry cake cup for the win! paired with hot chocolate that is just… meh. stick to what you know, b&w! IMG_3649for dinner and second dessert we went to founding farmer’s, obviously, where diana had the “best meal EVER!” followed by a tower of carrot cake that was equally as good.
IMG_3633we went to the american history museum, where i was pleasantly surprised by an entire exhibit dedicated to julia child and her kitchen. these are her pans! someone get me a trough to collect my DROOL!!!!!
IMG_3627my favorite view of the washington monument from the jefferson (even in the leafless tree winter drudgery)
IMG_3618in true festive dc fashion, we braved the crazy wind and headed to the zoo to check out the zoolights.IMG_3624it was cold and there were no animals, so instead here is a photo of diana posing as an elephant. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetthere’s a flea market right down the street from my place that i am incredibly intrigued by. my favorite part is all the mirrors, i want them all. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetin lieu of gifts, my roommates and i decided to venture out for a fancy dinner at farmers fishers bakers before christmas…. made unfancy by our insatiable desire to order chips and guacamole as an appetizer. Processed with VSCOcam with b1 presethere we are! our holiday selfie. i really love these friends a lot. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetthis is my favorite food. bless you, falafel salad with heaps of hummus, roasted veggies, tomato salsa, eggplant, and feta from roti, bless. you. IMG_3713christmas decorating here is a competition sport, i swear. IMG_3721one of my favorite parts about city christmas is the plethora of decorations. the christmas tree in downtown dc is quite the spectacle. a photo shoot ensued. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetyep, hi. what do i do with my hands? Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetseeing this after finishing my finals made me laugh because THESE were my thoughts exactly during the semester. ahh to be on the other side! (for a couple more weeks, at least… eek). Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetonce finals finished, my nurse friends and i treated ourselves to brunch at ted’s bulletin. the food here is pretty “meh” but the atmosphere is top notch. i mean how great is this menu, i mean, really? Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetmy favorite museum in dc is definitely the gallery of art. it is fantastic. seeing little dancer, along with a bunch of other works i learned about in art history at byu is so satisfying. IMG_3740seeing this place decorated for the holidays is also really greatProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetsorry for two pics of the same fountain, but you wouldn’t believe how many tried to took me to get this pano without people standing RIGHT IN FRONT of the fountain. tourists! i tell ya! 😉Processed with VSCOcam with b5 presetand last but not least! the famous white house christmas tree! not gonna lie… it was kind of a let down, given the fact that the pretty tree straight from PA is encased in a cage of lights. come on, obama! 😉