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December In Review

Friday, December 30, 2016

It’s the end of the month, so it’s time to review the month by the numbers! December was a very good month thanks to our Florida trip and Hanukkah! I am once again linking up with Shoes To Shiraz for her monthly Numbers Link Up!


Holidays Celebrated – 1:


Years Dave and I Have Been Married – 16

States Visited – 1:

Days The Kids Had School – 11

Days The Kids Were Off School – 11

Times Gabbie Danced On Stage In Her Winter Showcase – 2

Posts About Our Recent Travels – 5:
Louisville Slugger | Thanksgiving | Woodford Reserve | Adventure Science Center | Budweiser

Items Checked Off Our Disney Bucket List – All of them!

Hours Spent In the Magic Kingdom – 16


Hours Spent In Epcot – 13


Reviews Posted – 3:
HICKIES | November Ipsy | December Ipsy

Books Reviewed – 2

Total Books Read This Year – 44

Linkups / Swaps Joined – 4
Mommy and Me Book Exchange | $10 At Target | I’ll Show You My… | This One

Concerts Attended – 1:
David Broza

Times We Went Out To Eat In South Florida – 3 (and therefore my weight is currently up from last month)

Shortest Night Sleep According to My Fitbit – 4 hours 38 minutes (the night we left for Florida)

Longest Night Sleep According To My Fitbit – 9 hours 26 minutes

Highest Mileage In A Day – 7.64

Movies Seen – 2:
Moana | Sing

Items In My December Picture Folder – 1212

Photos Posted On Instagram – 30

Total Blog Posts – 25

Wishing everyone a happy almost 2017!

St. Louis–Budweiser Brewery Tour

Thursday, December 29, 2016

On the last day of our road trip, we stayed in Mt. Vernon, IL. As we drove in to town, we spotted this cool pile of road signs, and I discovered that there was a geocache hidden in it, so I just had to stop there on the way out!


From there, we headed to St. Louis, where we went on the Budweiser Brewery Tour. I was the only one in the family who had not been on this tour before!


I don’t like beer, so I got cider instead. It was good! The kids get soda, so they were happy too.


This concludes my road trip recap!

Hanukkah–Nights 1, 2, 3

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Today is the 4th day of Hanukkah and we are back at home. We started our Hanukkah celebration in Florida! My parents live there year-round, and Dave’s parents live about 20 minutes from mine in the winter, so we were able to see both sets of grandparents on Hanukkah this year. On the first night of Hanukkah, we were with Dave’s parents.


Gifts for night 1:


On the second night of Hanukkah, we were at my parents’ house, and the gifts for the kids were from them!

Our travel menorah, my parents’, and my parents’ electric menorah.

Hanukkah doughnuts!


And just a few pictures from night 3:


I think it is cool how many different types of menorahs there are. I showed you part of my menorah collection in this post, but I didn’t show you the ones we light every night of the holiday, so you’ll have to stay tuned for that!