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Our First Christmas In LA

December 30, 2012

It was our first Christmas in LA and as newly weds. I didn’t take a ton of photos. Total regret since this is the first time I hosted Christmas for my siblings, and that we’re all 3 away from home… we didn’t take one photo together #fail

At least we have a few pictures and lots of memories.

We were up at 5am to video chat with H’s family and then checked in on my parents. Despite the lack of sleep and three bottles of wine in twenty-four hours, it was a relaxing day. Just lovely. My mom made sure we had a ton of gifts (three boxes arrived on Christmas Eve) and my sister cooked all day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The photo above is the amazing lasagna she made for Christmas Eve and the cheesecake she made for Christmas dessert (best one I’ve ever had). A friend came over too – we walked, napped, talked, played cards and felt as festive as could be.

Last year I wrote about the holidays being a blur and wishing for “tens days home with H and our dog” and here we are… I’m loving every minute of it. Sending you lots of cheer as 2012 winds down through the next day or so. Love xo

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  • Reply Courtney December 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Looks like a solid Christmas!!! That lasagna looks amazing, and holy cow are there a lot of presents under that tree. Was santa good to you? 🙂

    • Reply justine January 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      It was awesome – thanks! How was yours?? My sis, the food scientist, made the lasagna. I just ate it. And yes – we all got gifts for each other and then my mom shipped gifts for me and my two siblings out – so we had a full tree. I got everything I wanted & more – it was awesome 🙂

      • Reply Courtney January 3, 2013 at 5:16 am

        Sweet!! Sounds like a good time. Glad you got to spend it with at least part of your family!

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