Hi friends! With the winter holidays wrapping up, I wanted to write a quick recap on the holiday season and post some fun pictures I took around town.
As the song goes, “There’s no place like home for the holidays!” For me home is who you are with and what memories and experiences you share vs. where you are. Ryan and I spent Christmas in Cleveland which was so nice and relaxing. We were able to see his family on Christmas Eve, my Dad and stepmom Ruth on Christmas Day, and my mom and sister/ her hubs a week later when they visited from NYC.
The entire family got together for New Year’s Day to watch football (thankfully Premier League soccer, not the NFL- because the Browns are awful) and eat delicious food. Mimosas and a good time were had by all.
Usually I find the holidays to be incredibly hectic but this year everything seemed more relaxed and spreading out all of the celebrations kept everyone much more sane (in my humble opinion- or maybe it was just me!).
I took the below pictures of a gorgeous and weathered barn on the way home from my Dad’s house. I’ve seen it dozens of times and have always loved it. On this particular sighting it just looked so peaceful (and Christmas-y with that little pop of color!) that I stopped on the side of the road and snapped a few quick pictures! It was ten degrees out so I had to be super fast.
Ryan and I also walked around Chagrin Falls. Chagrin Falls is a small, picturesque town on the east side of Cleveland. Ryan went to high school there and my grandparents lived in the area when I was younger. Now my Dad lives out this way as well, so safe to say there’s a connection to this quaint little village for me. It always looks so cute around the holidays (honestly, it looks cute all year) so we decided to spend some time walking around and exploring! Pics are below.
The Chagrin Falls popcorn shop- so cute and classic!
A candid I snapped of Ryan while walking around 😍.
rom Chagrin Falls. The community takes its name from the waterfall on the Chagrin River (pictured below).
We ate lunch at Yours Truly- a Cleveland staple that serves delicious diner food – and then walked and shopped. We picked up a few Christmas gifts from the local bookshop “Fireside Books,” and sipped hot cocoa as we strolled around the historical little town. We had a wonderful time exploring, even with the temperatures dropping down to single digits. Near the end of our adventure we stopped for ice cream at Jeni’s. I had peppermint dark chocolate and salted peanut butter. Amazing!
We also went for some winter strolls around my Dad’s house, which is very close to Chagrin Falls. The area is wooded and rural- quite different from Lakewood, where I live. When we went for a walk, it had just snowed at least eight inches and it was so serene and peaceful (and cold- seeing a theme here?).
It’s important to take care of yourself during this time (and all year). It’s so easy to get wrapped up thinking of when you’re expected somewhere, or what gift you are buying for whom and what their expectations may be, etc.
I took some time for myself the week before Christmas to do absolutely nothing (except binge watch (admittedly awful) Hallmark movies and curl up under my blanket) and it left me feeling seriously relaxed and recharged.
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a chance to reconnect to whomever or whatever makes them happy. To me there is nothing better than getting outside, relaxing by a fireplace, and spending some time with family and friends.
Cheers to 2018!
p.s. sorry if the formatting is off- still learning the ropes 😄