Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas in New Jersey

Inexplicably, it's 2015 now. I feel like I should probably make some sort of "year in review" post waxing nostalgic about 2014, but frankly finding the photos for that sounds rather exhausting. Likewise does writing a post about all the exciting things to come in 2015. Granted there are less pictures to source for that as the number of photos taken in 2015 thus far (including photos of Dinah) currently rests of zero, but I've yet to actually get my head around all of the things I want to do this year.  

At any rate, before I can even comprehend addressing this new year business, I want to post a few photos from our Christmas in New Jersey. We flew up on Christmas itself for a short trip. At first I thought flying on Christmas was a negative thing, but it turns out the airports and roads are delightfully empty and the movies on Jet Blue that they normally charge for are free. (Although, truth be told, I'm still not sure if that was out of Christmas spirit or electronic malfunction. Either way, don't waste your time on The Maze Runner, it makes little sense). Regardless, thanks to an early start time, we arrived in plenty of time to relax, open presents, and eat much roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. The one Christmas tradition I didn't get to experience was banana fritters, but I'm contemplating making up for that in this post-Christmas season. 

Here's a few photos from our celebrations:

The weather was warm, so we got in the traditional attempt at playing touch football, which probably would have gone better if I hadn't had inadequate footwear and a general lack of enthusiasm. 

Christmas enthusiasts! 
Excited for the present opening!

I realize, per the usual, Sam is in none of these photos, which is my fault for forgetting to take any on my own phone. 

I spent a couple of days in the city staying with a  friend, and we passed this restaurant which struck me as both photogenic and Christmasy, so I figured why not include it?
I might return with more rumination on the new year on Monday, once I figure out what my thoughts are. In the meantime, will say 2014 was definitely a big year for us as we started a business and moved our lives many states away. Not looking forward to figuring all that out for the 2014 tax season, that's for sure. But in terms of life experiences, it's been exciting. Here's hoping for similar excitement and new challenges in the year to come!