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I’m Baaaaaaccckk {Christmas Recap}

Hello friends! I’m back on the blogging wagon after a couple much-needed weeks off. Derek and I are in Lexington, Kentucky at my parents’ house for a couple more days before we head back to North Carolina and reality. It’s been a great vacation for all of us, and I wanted to share a series of pictures as a Christmas recap.

Before we left town, we hosted our Second Annual Tacky Sweater Party.

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Love these people. Photo credit goes to our friend Deepak and his fancy camera. 🙂

We had a blast and stayed up until 3am playing Catchphrase. It was great fun!

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The adorable version of our group tacky sweater picture.

After the party, Derek headed to his family’s house in Wilkesboro for a few days to spend time with his family while I finished up work. I drove to Wilkes on the morning of Christmas Eve to pick up Derek on the way to Kentucky. Fortunately, we were able to eat breakfast and exchange presents with his family before heading out.

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After an easy 8 hour drive, we made it to Lexington!

We got to Kentucky just in time for the candlelit Christmas Eve church service, my favorite of the year. After church we watched some of our Christmas movie favorites: Elf and Christmas Vacation.

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We spent Christmas morning relaxing and getting ready for our big lunch. I, of course, partook in the family tradition of drinking a Bloody Mary.

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Scooter wanted to be part of the action.

On Saturday my grandpa came over to watch the University of Kentucky vs. University of Louisville basketball game. My mom, dad, brother, and grandpa all went to UK and are huge Wildcat fans.

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Derek couldn’t bear to wear UK blue and had to rock some Carolina gear.

One morning Derek whipped up some Norwegian pancakes, one of his family’s traditions. One of the things I love about being married is blending our family traditions. You get the best of both families!

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Delicious Norwegian pancakes.

We also went bowling.

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My mom always demands “shoe pics.” Haha!

My mom and I went shopping yesterday, and we’re planning on going to a movie later today. Derek and I will spend New Year’s Eve with my family before heading back to Durham on New Year’s Days. Then it’s back to work for me on Friday. Yay for a one-day work week!

I’m so thankful for the time spent with friends and family. I was definitely getting burnt out at work, and this break is exactly what I needed. Hope your holidays were great, too!

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Thanksgiving Recap

Hello there! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Derek and I both worked on Wednesday, so we headed to Wilkesboro after dinner. After a short 2 hour drive we spent time with Derek’s dad and one of his sisters before heading to bed.

The next morning, we partook in one of my family’s traditions: running/walking a Turkey Trot. Last year Derek’s whole family came to Lexington, Kentucky (where my parents and brother live) for Thanksgiving, and we all did a Turkey Trot together.

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Thanksgiving 2013.

They enjoyed it so much that they decided to participate in a local Turkey Trot this year, too!

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It was cold, but it was a beautiful morning for a walk/run.

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I forgot my ear warmers, so Derek let me borrow this lovely hat.  It was definitely an interesting look for me, but it kept my ears nice and warm.

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Part of the race path was right next to a creek. It was serene back there, and we really enjoyed catching up with Derek’s family while we walked.

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We finished!

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Derek was proud of his accomplishment. (Isn’t that the most ridiculous hoodie ever?) He’s a goofball.

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After the Turkey Trot, we headed back to the house and got cleaned up for Thanksgiving lunch. We ate at Derek’s grandpa’s independent living community. Then we spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out at Derek’s house before heading back to Durham in the evening since I had to work on Friday.

I missed my family a lot this year, especially since it’s my favorite holiday, but I’m glad that I could spend Thanksgiving with my new family-in-law.

Now I’m looking forward to Christmas! This will be the first time Derek and I get a tree together, and I am SO excited about it. Look for a Christmas tree post in the near future!

Favorite Posts: October 2014

And just like that, another month comes to a close. As much as I enjoyed all of my October adventures in Chattanooga, Wilkesboro, and Raleigh, I’m happy about slowing down again. And November includes my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving! Before I move forward with November, I want to review my favorites posts from October:

Why I Love Blogging {100th Post}

These Are My Confessions . . . Part II

18 Hours in Chattanooga {Weekend Recap}

Brick Walls

Happy Halloween! {Fun Friday}

Another Whirlwind Weekend {Weekend Recap}

Whew! It was another whirlwind weekend.

I stayed late at work on Friday to facilitate a family meeting about goals of care and potentially transitioning to hospice. It went quite well considering the circumstances. It’s bizarre that I can have literal life-and-death conversations and then be laughing about something silly with Derek an hour later. I care deeply about my patients and stay in the moment with them, but I’m glad that I can leave some of those thoughts and emotions behind when I finish the workday. I’m definitely developing that fine balance between caring about my patients without letting it interfere too much with my life outside of work.

After work I went home and changed to go out to dinner. Rather than our typical takeout or casual Friday dinner out, Derek and I got dressed up and went out on a real date. (Hooray for married people dates!) One of my sweet coworkers gave us a Groupon for dinner at Maximillian’s Grill in Cary a few months ago, and we decided it was a good time to use it. We’ve been so busy with work, med school, and family events that it seemed like the perfect time to have a date night and spend uninterrupted time together.

Dinner was absolutely delicious! I wanted to take some pictures, but the lighting was too dim in the restaurant. Derek got the braised short rib, and I got phyllo-wrapped salmon. Both of the dishes were great, but the salmon was AMAZING. The service and atmosphere of the restaurant were also excellent. Maximillian’s is definitely out of our normal price range, but the prices were reasonable considering the quality and portions of the food. With the Groupon, it was affordable for us. Groupon for the win!

We woke up bright and early on Saturday morning to head to Wilkesboro, NC (Derek’s hometown). Wilkesboro is in the foothills of the mountains, located about 30 minutes from Boone.

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On the road again.

On our way to Wilkesboro we stopped in Kernersville for my youngest sister-in-law’s cross-country meet. I’m glad we got to see her run! She did great, and it was fun to reminisce about my high school cross-country days.

After the race, we got some lunch and then continued on to Wilkesboro. We spent the rest of the day hanging out with Derek’s family.  I only have an older brother, so I love that I inherited two younger sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law (who lives out in California). It’s been really cool to see them all growing up over the past 3 years that I’ve been with Derek.

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The view from the house’s front porch.

We headed to church on Sunday morning with the whole family, including Derek’s grandfather. After church we ate lunch and then rested up for the main event of the weekend: Derek’s cousin’s wedding.

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Pre-ceremony selfies.

The wedding was at Rendezvous Mountain, which is only a 30 minute drive away. The foliage was gorgeous, and you couldn’t ask for better weather.

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The leaves were seriously stunning.

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We are no longer the newest newlyweds in the family!

It was a sweet, intimate ceremony, and Derek’s grandpa even served as the officiant.

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Gotta love the “Pastor Grandpa” sign.

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The Mr. & Mrs.!

After the ceremony we headed back into town for the reception, which was held at a local restaurant. I stupidly forgot to take a picture, but Derek’s aunt did a great job decorating. There were candles in mason jars that had been wrapped in burlap and lace and beautiful fall flower arrangements. I’m a big sunflower fan, so it was right up my alley.

We ate, we toasted, and most importantly we celebrated the bride and groom. It was a beautiful beginning to what I’m sure will be a wonderful marriage. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Derek and I unfortunately had to leave the reception right after the cake cutting so that we could head back home.  Just like last week we didn’t make it home until after 9pm. By the time we got settled in and changed, it was already time to go to bed. Yet another crazy weekend that ended too soon.

Now we’re trying to get all of our normal weekend chores done and then some. My parents are coming into town this weekend for another wedding we’re attending, so we really need to get the house in working order again. Onto another exciting week and weekend in the Pinkerton household!

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