It was this weekend last year that the first round of Snowmageddon blasted the Washington DC area.
363 days ago that public school officials announced that schools would be closed until the beginning of January.
Today, however, it is depressingly cold with no sign of more than an inch of precipitation.
It is these facts that lead me to one important question: where's the love?
Now as you know, I love my job.
And if this wasn't such a dire matter these thoughts wouldn't be creeping in.
But as we spin wildly closer to December 25th, it is becoming crystal clear how very far behind I am with my Christmas shopping.
I mean, I am a procrastinator by nature, but this is ridiculous.
So as I sit on an Amtrak train bound for New York City, I can't help but do a silent snow dance in my seat.
Because as much as I believe in my ability to spend hundreds of dollars faster than Santa can say Rudolph, I am in need of a no-nonsense snow day to get all of my shopping done.
The Snow Gods have teased me twice in the last 24 hours with both an early school closing and a 2-hour delay.
However, the inch and a half of snow that fell yesterday has not been joined by any flurry friends.
And clearly, unlike me, these snowflakes are not procrastinators, and are evaporating into thin air as quickly as they can.
But melting snow = clean, dry roads = no snow days before Christmas.
You can see why I'm taking issue with the Snow Gods.
If nothing else, playing in the (inch of) snow has made it feel even more like Christmastime.
And for this I am very thankful.
Speaking of thankful, I have had a whirlwind past 2 weeks!
I celebrated my anniversary in Palm Beach, Florida, threw a festive Christmas party, decorated my entire house until it screamed CHRISTMAS, and watched my Redskins lose pathetically to the Tampa Bay Bucs.
In the rain.
Here are just a few pictures I captured on these adventures.
Palm Beach, Florida 12.3.10 - 12.5.10
Nights 80 & 81
SOAK IN THE SUNSHINE.
DRENCHED AND HAPPY.
And for the record, getting passes to hang out in the heated, covered Redskins Touchdown Club, before and during the game, with all I could eat and drink, with three people I find wildly entertaining, was absolutely, totally
I just got back from a fabulous weekend in Palm Beach! (pics to come!)
This is one of the pictures I got while I was there, and it seemed perfect for this week's Shutter Love Tuesday over @ Trendy Treehouse! I was able to capture this little birdie in mid-scamper as he ran for his life away from the tide:).
It was a precious, family-filled evening cushioned by 3 extra days to regain consciousness from my food coma.
As is tradition, my parents hosted the whole family.
And as 4 generations of laughter filled my heart to the brim, I felt deeply, wildly grateful to be part of our close-knit, ever growing family.
A family full of support and kindness and unconditionallove.
It's just the Best.
I was quite proud of the food I contributed to the evening.
Now, I'm no Barefoot Contessa, but I do have a few specialties- and this brie is at the top of my list.
It is mouth-watering good.
This year my brother and I also attempted to make Turkey cupcakes for our 3 year old cousin Jack.
And after throwing away approximately 27 Nutter Butters due to trial and error (and error, and error...), we finally created these masterpieces.
I think they are soooo cute, and Jack absolutely loved them!
The entire weekend was a perfect balance of relaxation and moving and grooving.
Yes, I did watch at least 10 episodes of Law and Order: SVU with my brother,
but between episodes (or while we were waiting for more to TiVo),
we really made our way around town.
One absolutely AWESOME thing I did was take my beautiful cousin Tara's engagement photos!
I had never done anything like this before, and was so, SO excited to do it that I counted down for the day to come.
My brother acted as my assistant and my creative director, and somewhere in between switching a lens and lying on the ground to get a shot, I fancied myself a real life photographer!
I am in love with how they turned out and I think it is so cool that she asked me to be part of something so special.
Here are just a few of my favorite shots...
My parents, brothers and I spent almost every waking hour of the 4 day vacation together in one combination or another.
We drove to Middleburg, Virginia to browse through all of the quaint Christmas stores,
went out to 3 fabulous dinners, went shopping, saw Cher in Burlesque (4 out of 5 stars), and even went to the shooting range.
That's right, Ladies and Gentlemen (Well, actually, probably just ladies)
I, Jessica, joined my brother and my dad on our second annual Thanksgiving weekend shooting range outing.
And let me tell you something- it was bad a**.
I like to think that I pulled off being a natural.
Minus the 100 rounds I went through trying to aim with a rifle.
But my patience paid off.
Because even with wind blown eyes and frozen fingers, I showed the boys what I was made of.
This right here would be MY bullseye.
As my dad would say, Rock ON.
And as with every holiday or special occasion (or really just every single day), I've got to give a giant shout out to the one and only Big Mama for making the time we all spend together so wonderfully sweet.
Hi, I'm Jessica! I'm a teacher, a gardener, a travelholic, and a lover of anything adventurous! When I'm not in my classroom teaching 23 awesome 8 year-olds, I'm trying to take on as many adventures as possible! Garden Patch and The Creative Classroom are where I come to tell my stories, share my classroom ideas, and keep track of this awesome journey. So, welcome! I'm really glad you're here.