Wisconsin Christmas

Christmas 2016

I flew to Wisconsin this year for Christmas and was able to spend time with lots of lovely people for the holidays. I traveled all day on Christmas Eve which ended up being one of the worst travel days I’ve ever had (first I missed my flight and then the car rental place overbooked and gave my reservation away…) but in the end, it all worked out.

Adam celebrated Christmas with his parents and then flew out to Wisconsin a few days later, so sadly he missed out on seeing a lot of my friends. It’s always hard taking time off to go home, mainly because everyone has to go back to work a few days after Christmas, so I’m not able to make plans with anyone until after 5pm or so when they’re out of work. I also don’t have many friends who still live in Racine (where I’m from), so Adam and I did a lot of driving this trip (to Milwaukee and Chicago) to make sure we could see everyone. There were still quite a few people we missed, but hopefully we’ll be back soon!

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

My grandma got these amazing Packers shoes from my aunt. She’s a big fan and wanted to put them on immediately. Haha, they’re so great!

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

My aunt Kathy is a Cubs fan (and a Bears fan… Booooo!) so my parents got her this flag for the World Series win. She was pretty excited about it!

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

The day after Christmas, I went to Wauwatosa for “Brunchmas” with my friends. I’ve been friends with these guys forever, some of them since preschool. We’ve stayed close over the years and I’m so grateful to still have them in my life, even after how many times I’ve left Wisconsin.

Christmas 2016

Kyle and Ashley had a baby this year, so this was my first time meeting little Leo. He is just the cutest and I’m so in love!

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

A “Breathe Right” strip did Eric in. Something like this would only happen to Eric… I miss this guy so much.

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

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Christmas 2016

We played “Telestrations” which is my new favorite game. It’s basically telephone pictionary. Have you heard of it? It had us laughing for hours.

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

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Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

My friend Shaun works at Google and always seems to have all of the latest tech toys. He was showing us some awesome VR games. I had no idea what was going on around me while playing one of them…

Christmas 2016

On our way in from picking Adam up at the airport, we saw advertisements for McDonald’s showing cheese curds and brats. We were pretty curious about it, so we stopped by the one in town and tried the cheese curds. They weren’t amazing, but I thought it was cool McDonald’s offered them. The curds down below are legit Wisconsin cheese curds. We got them at a bar in Racine which is where you can usually find the tastiest ones.

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

Adam got my dad a Packers blanket, but wrapped inside was a framed photo of Richard Sherman, my dad’s least favorite Seahawks player, haha. Adam is a Seahawks fan, so my family likes to give him a hard time when they play the Packers. This was his revenge – my dad approved.

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

We brought my little brother to Noodles & Company which is a tradition for us. Noodles was a place I frequented often when I live in the Midwest, but sadly they’re hard to find on this side of the country.

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

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Christmas 2016

I only cried a little bit when we said goodbye… I tried hard not to, but I can’t help it. Living far away is always hard, and something I feel guilty about often. But being able to come home once or twice a year is nice and makes each second spent with loved ones that much sweeter. Until next time, Wisconsin. Thanks for the memories. xo

By amandaaude@gmail.com

"That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet." - Emily Dickinson

8 Comments

  1. Reply

    Craig Aude

    You are the greatest Christmas gift I’ve ever received.

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    Laura

    I never heard of Telestrations, but it sounds so fun! I’ve been looking for some new board games lately! Glad you had a fun Christmas!

    1. Reply

      amandaaude@gmail.com

      It’s so fun!! Thanks, I hope yours was nice, too!

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    Stephanie

    What a lovely Christmas!

    1. Reply

      amandaaude@gmail.com

      Yes, I just wish we could have had a snowy Wisconsin Christmas like I did growing up! Still nice, though. :)

  4. Reply

    McKenzie Allyshia

    Sounds like you had an amazing time visiting ♥ It is always so wonderful to be around family for the holidays. It is hard leaving though — I would have cried too! I hope you had an absolutely amazing New Year!

    1. Reply

      Amanda

      Yes, I definitely did! Thanks, girl, you too!

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