Rose: PA, WV and Beyond

I realize Christmas was more than week away, and I am only just now getting up my recap post. Honestly, I need a vacation after my vacation! I know you can all relate to this. We tried to pack a lot in throughout 10 days, and it left us feeling a bit tired. However, I got to reconnect with many of my family members and friends over the break and for that, I am grateful.

The vacation started off with a lively game of Pop the Pig with my three nieces. I only got to see them for a couple of hours the Saturday before Christmas, but it was definitely worth it. They are growing up so fast, but their cheeks are still so pinchable!

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The weather was warm on Christmas, and we actually sat on the porch quite a bit. There was a beautiful mist that arose one morning, and I was lucky to snag a photograph. You don’t see scenes like this every day, and so I tried to be present in the moment. Stunning.

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One of the highlights of the trip was watching Scone adjust to his surroundings – ha! I had to take him with me this holiday season because I didn’t have anyone to watch him. I was surprised at how well he behaved while both in PA and WV. He only got sick a few times (a victory, considering his sour stomach). And he scratched furniture less than five times. Good job, Scone!

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We took our sleds, not really anticipating any snow. But as luck would have it, there was a bit of a downfall the day before Christmas. We took advantage and sledded down my parents’ yard. The hill was not as dramatic as I remember it being when I was a kid. Still, we had fun.

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Christmas Eve is always reserved for wine and cards with my cousin Moo. She is the closest thing I have to a sister. We’ve been thick as thieves since we were just kiddos. We laughed and talked and drank the night away. A few games of Pinochle were played. All was right in the world.

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This was M and I’s second Christmas together. Last year, we had been dating just two months. It was great spending our Christmas together, traveling. Next year, we might do things a bit different since we were exhausted by the time we got back. But all in all, it was a really great holiday.

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We traveled to WV after our visit in PA, and more pictures were taken, but I am going to save that for another post. Here’s to the new year! Hip hip!

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