December 2018 iPhonetography

Looking through these pictures, it’s hard to believe that just a month ago, back in December, we were still living in our old home.  It feels like we’ve been here forever.  (Except when I open the garage door and find a sea of boxes waiting for us.)  But really, we only moved in the beginning of December.  Nuts!

December was mostly just full of packing, unpacking and trying to get organized. Lots of pictures including lots of boxes this month.

Despite the new house challenges (no refrigerator for an unfortunately long time), we hosted a little Hanukkah dinner for Ryan’s best friend’s family, so fittingly, the very first thing I cooked in our brand new kitchen were latkes. 

(Fun fact: my husband’s friends nicknamed me Latke Julie a long long time ago because I helped make latkes at one of their holiday parties… even before we were dating.  When we first started dating, his friend’s now-wife asked if he was dating Latke Julie or another Julie.)

I’m only sharing one picture from it, but the real highlight of the month for me was hosting our crew of college friends in our brand new house for New Year’s.  After we moved up to Philly, we somehow started a tradition of everyone coming up to us to celebrate, and I am so, so thrilled that 7 years later, it’s still continuing.  I love kicking off a brand new year with my most favorite people!

As usual, here’s a roundup in pictures of how we spent the past month. Many of these come from my private Instagram account, but you can follow along on my public account here.

1) Brielle turned 9 months old the beginning of December — her last monthly photo in our old house!  She looks so happy (and healthy!) here…. two days later, she started daycare and has been a sick mess ever since.  Daycare germs, man.
2) Ryan wanted to be an active part of the packing process, so here he is packing up his own toy box.
3) Somewhere over that giant wall of boxes is our sink and oven.  As someone who (obviously) loves to cook and bake, I seem to have a much higher than average amount of kitchenware.
4) Leaving the house for the very last time — we moved during a weekday, so Ryan left for preschool from his old house…
5) …and came home to his new house!  Out with the old, in with the new.  (All things considered, he has handled the transition wonderfully.)
6) Same giant stack of boxes, brand-spanking-new kitchen.
7) The precise point where our packers gave up on all my kitchen stuff.  “Miscellaneous… so much miscellaneous.”
8) Turning on our cooktop for the very first time to fry some latkes!
9) Ryan and his BFF lighting the menorah, which has become our annual Hanukkah tradition.  We couldn’t let a little move and a million boxes get in the way this year.
10) We turned this seemingly useless little area in the hallway into a “reading nook” for Ryan, and it’s become one of my favorite parts of the house, especially since we painted the wall a cheerful bright blue.  (The ceiling of his room is the same color.)
11) It’s just not December in Philadelphia if you don’t go to the Christmas Market for a bratwurst! 
12) After 7 years with dark granite countertops, it is so excited to have beautiful white dolomite marble counters that I can actually use for food photography.  My little assistant was pretty excited to help me photograph this cranberry curd pie, too.
13) I recently had two people comment that I don’t share enough pictures of myself.  So hi!  Here I am.  Riding the carousel at the Please Touch Museum with my kids.
14) And just another gratuitous picture of my children.
15) We’ve got a new little sous chef at Bunsen Burner Bakery, here to assist with kitchen experiments!
16) Even the littles made it up until midnight to celebrate with the adults.  Happy New Year!

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