christmas

east coast holiday | christmas 2014

Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. I love all the time spent with family and friends. I love the snow. And I don’t care how old I am, I still love opening presents! I love EVERYTHING about it. This year, I spent half of my time with my family in Charlotte and the other half with the Cooleys in Maryland! Here’s a few photos from my trips!

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Someone from Southwest Airlines should hire me, I could blog/post/share my love for this airline all day long! And my love for my sweet friend, Lauren, who dropped me off at the airport on Christmas Eve. First stop, Charlotte! The rest of my family drove down the day before but I think I lucked out with an extra day of work and a quick flight down!

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Christmas is so fun because Nick still brings such a magical, childlike innocence to the Holiday!

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I snagged this photo from my sister, Becca. After Christmas, my family spent a few days in Hilton Head. I love that my parents still hold hands when they walk together.

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After grabbing lunch at a super yummy Korean restaurant, Brad, Geena, & I took the littles for ice cream!

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G is the cutest pregnant woman, ever! I can’t wait to see her & Bradley as parents!

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My godson, Isaiah, is too cute! He’s the sweetest, snuggliest little boy!

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Every year, the Cooleys hold a family meeting before New Years. (Alex blogged about it here.) This year I was able to attend! It’s really nice to take some time before the year ends to reflect on all the great things that happened in the previous year and take a few minutes to think about what you want out of the next year!

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My BFF + sister, Geena Harrington! When I visited Geena and the Cooleys for the first time about ten years ago, Geena & I stood here and took a picture in this same spot. It’s so cool to see all the awesome things God has done in our lives over the last ten years!

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I love this Cooley girl. Ellie always sacrifices her bed for me and never complains about it. She’s also super talented at gymnastics and rummy :)

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This is what happens when the Baltimore Ravens and the San Diego Chargers both play really big games at the same time. The solo Chargers fan (AKA Bradley) gets stuck watching his game off his computer while all the Ravens fans watched the game on the TV.

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I finished up my Maryland trip with a Ravens win and snuggling Cooley littles on the couch.

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I rang in the New Year with my friend, Lauren, and her brother + his new wife! This girl gets married THIS year!

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And, since my family was still in Charlotte I had to watch Alabama play in the Sugar Bowl by myself. I coped fairly well with my bottle of Veuve and some Crimson Tide Jell-O Jigglers. Sad to see them lose, but excited to watch Oregon beat Ohio on the 12th!

I’m really looking forward to all that 2015 will bring! A new job, a move to the city, baby Harrington, and Lauren’s wedding, to name a few!

Happy, happy 2015!!

xo, Melanie Elizabeth