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Well, as expected, I was super busy the entire time I was in Seattle and only had one day where I had a couple hours to myself with absolutely nothing planned. So, obviously, I never blogged. Which just means that now I get to 🙂

WARNING :: this is a long post with lots of words and LOTS of pictures 😛

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MONDAY, my flight was at 6:30pm, so I got to the airport a couple hours early to ensure I had enough time to check my bag in, get through security, & find my gate. As always, I forget how empty the Birmingham airport is so I ended up sitting at my gate for about an hour.

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Once on the plane, I watched Part 4 of Star Wars and enjoyed a little snack.

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My plane landed in Seattle at 11:53 (Seattle time – which is 2 hours behind Birmingham), and a little after midnight I was reunited with my best friend, Michaela, + my parents. Michaela had made me a sign & my parents brought my flowers. It was precious and those were some great hugs 😀

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I specifically didn’t plan anything the day after I flew in because I wasn’t sure if I would be jet-lagged or not. But by WEDNESDAY, I was going full force and had multiple things planned. One of which, included some mall time with Michaela!

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THURSDAY one of the things I had planned was a Senior session for my friend & mini-me, Becca.

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FRIDAY kicked off with a mid-morning tea party with  my grandma & mom. We drove to The Secret Garden Tea House and enjoyed an exquisite couple hours of tea and goodies.

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That afternoon, Michaela and I drove to her families beach cabin and stayed the night at her grandparent’s house. They made us an appetizer which was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! and dinner was phenomenal as well!

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I had my couple “touristy” moments and took pictures with the view

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“this is your ‘Pacific Northwest’ picture!” -Michaela

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SUNDAY I went to Christian Faith Center to see “the interns.”

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They were so excited to see me, which was good because I was super excited to see them 😀 We sat next to each other during service, & I captured this gem of Britt taking pictures haha

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After service was over, I took pictures with “my kids” (when Aaron & I served in NGY, we created somewhat of a family-tree and these 3 kiddos ended up adopting us as parents.)

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After church, it was time to see the extended family. 1st was my mom’s side, 2nd was my dad’s.

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in Birmingham, we don’t always get to watch Seahawk’s games, so I was really excited to be able to see one!

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I was so excited to see my cousin’s baby (11month old Zoey). She’s walking & saying some words now which is crazy!

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MONDAY, Michaela and I took a drive to Crystal Mt. so that I could enjoy the snow. And it was amazing, beautiful, & a gorgeous drive!

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That night, I had dinner with Tyler + Daniella and I got to meet their 2month old baby girl, Elizabeth. We Skyped Aaron in for a bit so the 4 of us could do some catching up. 🙂 I’ve missed hanging out with them!

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TUESDAY, I had 1 coffee date, 1 breakfast date, another Senior session + a mid-afternoon coffee date.

At my 2nd Senior session, my client had a hat as a prop for her photos. There were a few photos I didn’t want her to wear it for, so I put it on 😛

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Michaela, her boyfriend (Kevin) & I all hung out by wandering the streets of downtown Seattle. It was gorgeous how it was all lit up for Christmas time. I missed the city!

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WEDNESDAY I hung out with my brother who was home visiting from college. We grabbed some Starbucks & chatted for a couple hours.

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That evening, I, again, hung out with Michaela and we decided to go to Applebees so I could see my favorite waiter – Cody! When Aaron & I lived in Washington and served in NGY, every Wednesday night, us + some friends would go to Applebees and Cody was always our waiter. We grew to become friends with him and when we moved, he was really bummed so I promised we’d come visit whenever we were in town. It was great seeing him again and catching up in between him bring us our dinner + serving his other customers.

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After dinner, Michaela & I went to the mall and did some “girl shopping” – because, why not!?

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THURSDAY was Christmas Eve, so I spent the majority of the day with my dad, mom, brother + his girlfriend Alex.

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We all went to the church we grew up in, Christ’s Church, to enjoy their Christmas service.

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We also ran into our childhood friends, and we got to take a family picture with them, which was awesome!

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After we got caught up and said our “Merry Christmas”s, we hurried home for dinner + gifts.
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We even skyped Aaron in so he could be apart.

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After gifts, it was time for my to pack…. but I was too tired, so I just laid on the floor. My brother gave me a pillow and I asked that he take a picture. It looked so funny I ended up posting it on social media and got a lot of LIKES haha.

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I was up at 3am to go to the airport.

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My flight from Seattle to Denver was only a littler over 2hours, which was nice because long flights are not my favorite.

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My layover was only an hour or so, so I found my gate, got some Starbucks, and sat down and enjoyed my Christmas breakfast.

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It came time to board the plane, and I was so excited to get on it and finally get to see my husband on the other end.20151225_094434_HDRSnapchat-8558082038557425087

My flight from Denver to Birmingham was roughly 2 hours and 20 minutes. Yay! Another “short” flight!

FINALLY, at 1:50pm (Birmingham time), I got to be united with my husband. I was so excited to get to spend the rest of Christmas with him! ❤

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& of course I made a vlog of my trip – so here it is ::

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Looks like a lot happened while I was in town, huh!? Crazy enough, that wasn’t even all of it! I neglected to take photos at every “appointment” I had, but if I did, I probably would’ve had to make another post because of all the photos 😛

 

All in all, I had a great trip and loved spending time with friends + family. I can’t wait to visit again!

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