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More Christmas Things

Monday, December 18, 2017
Ok so these are the little gingerbread houses I was talking about in my other post. How cute, right?!

Ok so I kept seeing these cookies online and was like ??? Why do people like these? So we got some and cooked them, but they looked the same? So we cooked them longer until they were browned around the edges. They were GROSS. Like crumbly shortbread. 

Ok so then we had another roll and we actually read the instructions. Turns out you are NOT supposed to over bake them at all! So we baked them a little under and they were so soft and chewy and good! Moral of the story is: DO NOT over bake.

I'm gonna post this on Insta later but the blog saw it first. ;)

In all reality, I feel like some pictures I have just been posting on Instagram, but then like what happens when I delete Instagram? All those pics are lost forever! So I need to start posting them here too. Cuz this is the true journal. 

This is how the majority of our self-timed pictures go lol. Tucker always needin attention! Speaking of, we just got back from introducing him to the family who is going to be babysitting him while we are in Ireland! I am nervous he is not going to be good lol. But, idk, I guess we'll find out! He is pretty good these days, so I hope he's like that at the sitter. 

We are off to Ireland today! It's crazy! I feel like this whole trip is just... crazy. Like yes we have planned, kind of? But also I have been so busy with grad school that I basically feel like we are just winging it. Which is ok as long as we don't die or get scammed haha. I feel like Ireland is so empty and rural that I feel like we will be fine, but I guess time will tell!

Christmas Things

Saturday, December 16, 2017
I can't believe it's almost Christmas? It feels like this Christmas season hasn't been the same as the others! I've been so busy with grad school we haven't done much of the "typical" Christmas things, but we have done some fun things still! And today I plan to make allllllll the gingerbread cookies. 

Ok so first of all apparently Connecticut gets a lot of snow? I had no idea. Last winter was super mild, and then this winter we are getting SO MUCH snow! The other day we got literally like 7" probably. It was amazing. I took Tucker to the dog park the next day to play in it and it was so fun lol. 

Ok so also we made gingerbread houses! We weren't planning to but we saw this little village at Michael's for $7 and were like, why not? Then they were just sitting on the table and I felt weird about it, so I made them into cute little ornaments for the tree. I'm v proud of this burst of creativity that comes around about once every 5 years lol. 

But in all reality I want to make these little gingerbread houses from a kit and make them into ornaments every year, because it was so fun and they are so cute on the tree. Tucker keeps going up and licking them lol. He doesn't try to eat the whole thing, he'll just lick it a few times and move on haha. 

Speaking of Tucker, here are some random, cute pictures of him that I felt were appropriate for this post. Enjoy. 

Thanksgiving Festivities

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Helloooooooo! So I can't start this post without writing to my future self about what happened with the Thanksgiving fundraiser this year. Basically I had this super cool idea for a fundraiser to support the Pine Ridge reservation but it didn't end up happening for various reasons. I couldn't get a hold of someone at Instagram to get my idea pre-approved, and didn't want to risk it getting shut down for violating any rules. I also couldn't get in touch with an agency on the reservation until a few days before I wanted to start. So I'm bummed it didn't happen, but it just means there is lots of time to prepare for next year!

So this year for Thanksgiving J's parents and sister came out to visit us. We started with breakfast at Caffe Social in Norwalk which was actually so good!! They had all these fun flavors of hot chocolate. I got Nutella and loved it! I don't think I've ever had Nutella hot chocolate I haven't liked. 

The classic eggs benedict was really good! I get mine with the yolk cooked all the way through because I hateeeeeeee runny yolks. Anyway, the restaurant was so cute too. It was v hip and modern and reminded me of 100% of restaurants in Utah lol. So! Needless to say I would definitely recommend it if you ever find yourself in little Norwalk, Connecticut lol. 

After breakfast we went to Jenning's Beach and drove around looking at all the houses. I LOVE driving around and looking at houses. It is so weirdly calming to me? I don't know why.

You can't see it in this picture, but there is a dog running around at our feet lol. I am kind of bummed the girl taking it didn't get our full bodies in the frame, because it would have been funny with that random dog lol.

J's face in this makes me lol. It was nice having people who were with us while we were out and about to take photos of both of us together! I love traveling with other people for that reason too lol. I always get scared to tell strangers to retake photos if they are blurry #socialanxiety

The sun was so bright lol. I usually just look away and shoot in direct sunlight, but I would like to experiment with backlit a little bit more in the future! If you have tips for shooting backlit, let me know!

How cute are these boats?? This is like... the most classic New England photo we have from our time out here, I think. One to show the kids, for sure.

We ate Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant called Fire At The Ridge. I can't comment on it because I don't like Thanksgiving food in general, but J said it was good! They had some blueberry cheesecake that I was very on board for. 

Then we went and saw The Avengers! It was pretty much what I expected. Ben Stiller as Batman was... interesting? I get so hung up on the same people being the same things, so it's always weird for me to watch like a Spiderman or Batman or whatever when they have different actors. I just want them to keep the same people, gosh dangit!

Pink sweater is from here. Grid jacket from here

P.S. My friend is reading this post right now and lol-ing because I 100% meant to say Justice League... shows how much I know about superhero movies lol. Also Ben Affleck... not Ben Stiller. I am keeping it all up there though because this made me laugh at how dumb I am haha. 

Happy Halloween From Candace And Toni!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

When My Life Was Actual Gilmore Girls

Monday, May 29, 2017
Most of my days spent in Connecticut are just days spent in Connecticut. Today, though, my day in Connecticut was actually 100% straight from an episode of Gilmore Girls, I SWEAR TO YOU.

So a friend at our church invited us to come this "traditional New England parade". A drum group played drums and then we all followed them and marched to a cemetery where they read off a list of names of veterans who had been buried there. It was really cool and interactive! 

It was a really fun and respectful thing to on Memorial Day. History is a really big thing over here! It's the only part about Gilmore Girls that I think is accurate haha. I kept thinking of all the town celebrations they have in Gilmore Girls. The town we live in doesn't ever have any, so it was neat to go somewhere that did. If you want a very traditional New England/Connecticut/Gilmore Girls experience, go to Stony Creek!

Hope you all had a great Memorial Day!

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