home for christmas ::: 2014

home for christmas ::: 2014
christmas is extra special when you get
to come home to celebrate. it makes it
feel like even more of a special occasion,
and we look so forward to it! this year
was a little different with my parents
being in south africa, but we loved our
time with my siblings + chase’s family
and all of our good friends…and, i get
to visit my parents in a few weeks, so
christmas will just extend until then! :)we’re tired after going from event to event
and seeing so many people, but we loved
every second. the best part is, we even
got a magical white christmas! nothing
better. it’s so true what they say ::
there really is no place like home.^^ after a crazy rainy day in san francisco and some
canceled flights, we made it to salt lake city at 1 AM.
even though it was late we stayed up and talked to
chase’s mom for hours that first night. we had to!^^ the drive up to my parents house will
never get old to me. i mean, look at it! they recently redecorated their home and got some new stairs from here. they look great and the whole house looks much better than last time we visited. they were actually looking at some new homes in spartanburg sc but they decided not to move house is the endmy christmas eve salad ^^
dunn christmas sledding tradition in neff’s canyon ^^
market street brunch on christmas even morning with chase’s cute parents. yum! ^^^^ i missed my mom’s eggs benedict + homemade
sweet rolls, but i loved getting it at market street.the temple square lights will never get old ^^
sugar cookie goodness + the perfect
gift from the sweetest friend ^^
loved spending time with my cute gram.
just look at her christmas tree pin! ^^
^^ a fun night the christmas village with chase’s
family riding the festive {but freezing} train around.thank goodness for fire pits all along the
path for us freezing californians ^^rigby fam ^^^^ we had our tempest-dunn annual dinner which
felt like the closest thing to being with my mom
since ann is her twin / best friend and she made us
chicken madeira! // also: look at those tree napkins!^^ we had to make it to penny ann’s cafe
for their famous fluffy pancakes one morning.christmas gifts to remember — i’m most excited to take
chase to see newsies when it comes to SF soon! it’s his
favorite and i saw it in NYC without him, so i had to
surprise him with tickets. it will be so fun. ^^ chase tracked down my favorite candy we found
in canada this fall and had it imported as a surprise
for one of my gifts…haha love his creativity, and now
i have a few pounds of this to eat so help me!
// also fittingly, my aunt gave me jim gaffigan’s new
book that i can’t wait to read because he’s hilarious.on christmas eve chase’s cute mom set up a service
project at primary children’s hospital where we
crafted little santa paper plates for kiddos that
had to spend the holidays in the hospital. ^^it was a different christmas eve, but really so sweet.
it’s one i will remember and it made us so grateful. ^^^^ i fell in love with my dream house in salt lake city,
and chase knocked on the door to meet the owners
since it’s not for sell…maybe it will be in a few years
if we end up moving back :) // also, we bought this
couch here to store! it was a great christmas gift :)^^ real temple // gingerbread templeneff’s sledding followed by our FAVORITE
lunch at citris grill {new location!!} ^^chase’s cute mom collects nativity sets, so we hunted
one down in india {painted on a leaf}. she is the cutest! ^^dunn fam, minus my parents!
we facetimed lots this week ^^pretty hike before the snowfall on christmas…
now this same view is blanketed in white! ^^love these people ^^ and these people! we did a fun dinner at sawadee,
went to the movies to see unbroken, (amazing)
and ended with shakes at hires. fun fun!a last breakfast at brady & mindy’s cute house ^^and…we about died over this license plate.
maybe this is a sign for us to come back one day? :)
^^ one last play in the snow before heading to
the airport and being stuck on the tarmac in
that snow for a few hours on the way back to SF speaking of SF- my favorite gift
from chase this year ^^and, a blurry picture to end with.
salt lake, you gave us quite the christmas break.
we may be away next year, so we really soaked
it up this year. we don’t know when we’ll be back
next, but we love you home sweet home!

see our fun time spent with friends here!