A little recap of my holidays in Ohio! Overall, I tried to unplug and unwind, but I also wanted to take more pictures with my DSLR (instead of my phone) over the holidays.
My flight to Ohio came in early, which thrilled me to no end, and my sister Allison picked me up at the airport in Columbus. We laughed when we realized that we were wearing the exact same sweater. I hung out with her in Columbus for the winter solstice – went out for pizza @ Harvest/drinks @ Curio in German Village, saw Wild, walked around Target (Vermont doesn’t have one…..), and stayed up late watching Bravo while eating nachos at her place!
*Did you see Wild? I liked the book better but was obsessssssssed with its soundtrack.
On Sunday morning, we drove to my parent’s place in Springfield. Ohio’s landscape.
Terrible photo from the car, but gas is 1.99 there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Allison and I walked Weber Road, a 4-mile hilly road in the neighborhood, before COOKIE BAKING at my aunt’s house with my mom and sister Kim.
I walked this route almost every single morning. It was one of two things on my “list” that I actually did over break. I also saw Elf for the first time!
Sweet baby Amelia’s favorite thing is to steal my mom’s iPhone and wear her reading glasses upside down, HAHAHAHA!
Aunt Nettie and her new grandson Asher.
Christmas Eve and Christmas were a blur of amazing meals, but unfortunately no food pics. One evening most of us all wore plaid though: plaid-people-picture.
And for some reason I kept taking pictures of the same breakfast. Maybe because mom made breakfast for me every morning – so awesome – and it was super healthy. We always had eggs (usually hard-boiled) with yogurt and fruit, and occasionally some of of dad’s homemade sourdough bread. A nice way to start the day before all the holiday meals and cookies.
(Psssst! Picture of my family glaring at me if I tried to include them in the morning photo!)
All the presents under the tree! Mom said she didn’t realize how small the tree was this year until they brought it home. I thought it was kind of adorable, but I cracked up going through photos. Look how big everyone looks next to it!
The day after Christmas a bunch of us went hiking at Glen Helen, a 1,000 acre national natural landmark in Yellow Springs. It’s gorgeous. The Little Miami essentially carved a 2-mile long dolomite limestone gorge. There’s a spot high up at the glen called Simon’s Leap, and legend has it Simon Kenton jumped across to the other side to escape the Shawnee.
Post-hiking mom, Allison, and I had lunch at Ye Olde Tavern in Yellow Springs. It’s an Ohio-fave. I feel like I go back in time and they have an awesome beer selection.
We walked around the shops in town for a while after lunch. I saw the biggest cat ever at a jewelry store – is it pregnant?
A few days after Christmas, mom had everyone over for lasagna. We ALL love her lasagna so much that we call it her “party lasagna”!
I brought up old photo albums, which were a hoot to look through. Look – I’ve always wanted to be a cowgirl!
Otherwise, we all just chilled.
And I discovered that mom is also a hoarder of pens:) She read this Japanese book on tidiness, so we’re all inspired at the moment to DECLUTTER. We like our things a little too much….
On my last day, we checked out this incredible PERSONAL art exhibit, which featured a mind-boggling number of Picasso paintings, at the Wexner Center on OSU’s campus. There was a moment of me worrying about time and fitting in lunch and being a brat (hahaha – ooops), but I got lunch and got to the airport. I always get so sad to say good-bye to my family – tears tears tears – but it was nice to have a few days in Vermont before going back to work.
Here’s to 2015!
P.S. I had a lovely NYE out in Fairfax, VT, but then I got sick, but then I got to listen to 10 HOURS of Serial podcasts. YES! All caught up. Oh man, that was twisted.
P.P.S. Currently loving the Vimeo short-series called High Maintenance, discovered via A Cup of Jo, of course. I’ve watched about half of the first season. I’m so intrigued to find out more of The Guy’s life. WHO IS THE GUY REALLY?
P.P.P. S. The “Rachel” episode also features Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey, just sayin’.