Friday, January 9, 2015

a look at // the holidays

It was a busy holiday season to be a Bates. We always seem to go-go-go during the holidays, but this year seemed a bit busier (in a good way!) than previous years. A look back at my favorite places, spaces and people ...

I kicked off the start of the season with a visit to the Lilly House at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I've never been (for shame) and wanted to do something Christmas-y. (Last year I visited the White House for Christmas, so I felt the need to continue my large-white-houses-streak). Very pretty! 

No holiday season would be complete without festivities with friends ... is "Friendsmas"a thing, like "Friendsgiving"? Fun was had, wine was drunk and dancing was done. 

A surprise item on the agenda: going to see "Elf the Musical" downtown! I won 2 tickets on Twitter, and my mom came up for a night on the town - Chipotle and Buddy, what could be better? It was such a great show! The set and costumes were incredible and Buddy was seriously hilarious. Will Ferrell leaves some awfully funny shoes to fill, and our lead did an amazing job. Definitely a laugh out loud night!

Back in the tri-state, the parties began. We have our annuals: Bates Christmas, Maier Christmas, Christmas Day and Songfest. Songfest is a Bates-side evening full of food and tunes. My dad's cousin and his family host it every year, and this year we had it at their "new" house in Covington, KY, the Laidley House. It was gorgeous - built in 1856 and so totally Downtown Abbey that I was *thisclose* to ordering tea from Mrs. Patmore. And the view ... wow! They have a primo view of downtown Cincinnati from across the river. Not. Too. Shabby. 

Christmas continued, with numerous selfies and Santas. My older brother played Santa for our Maier Christmas - we have two sets of baby twins, so a photo with Santa is a must. We struck out with one set of twins; they were not having it. Better luck next year, Santa!

Enjoying the lights! The snowman is practically a member of the family at this point ...

We ended 2014 at Perfect North Slopes with a few fireworks and a lot of snowmaking. My dad and brother were part of the torchlight parade, and skied down the big center run holding torches. Happy to celebrate with family!

2014 was a pretty good year, but I'm excited for this year. Cheers to 2015!

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