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Weekend Kick Off to the Holiday Season

Happy December! 2017 will be over before we know it – hard to believe, right?! We had the BEST weekend kick off to the holiday season, so naturally I want to share a little bit about it here.

Our weekend started off in the best way possible – date night! And, not just your average date night. As an early Christmas present, Ryan got us tickets to see Waitress The Musical! If you’re not familiar, the musical is based off the movie with Kerri Russell and Sara Bareilles wrote the score. So, basically two of my favorite things combined into one show. Score! Naturally, I had to document my look as evidence that I do sometimes leave the house and get dressed up.

Weekend Kick Off to the Holiday Season - date night outfit
 
We started the night at Houdini’s Escape – Gastropub in Appleton, Wis. Not only was the atmosphere modern and trendy, the food was ridiculously good. Between the calamari, Ryan’s fish fry and my vodka jumbo shrimp we left with very full bellies! I’m never inclined to take pictures of our food, but just take my word for it. If you’re local, check this place out! At least I have evidence of us mid calamari chow-down.

Houdini's Escape - Gastropub Appleton, Wis.
 
Then, it was off to the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center for the show! I’m not sure if I’ve ever talked about it much here, but musical theater is just one of my things. (Singin’ in the Rain is my favorite movie EVER after all.) Nothing tops the music and simply watching a live performance. It had been a long while since I’d been to a show and only the third time Ryan and I had ever attended a performance together, so that made it extra special. I feel so lucky to have a husband that will do things a little out of his comfort zone solely because it makes me happy!

Waitress the Musical at Fox Cities PACWaitress the Musical at the Fox Cities PAC
 
Our seats were fantastic – first row in the second balcony – and the show blew me away. I already was familiar with the music since the album is on Amazon Prime, but again – nothing beats hearing it live! I laughed, cried and clapped like crazy. Even though Christmas hasn’t arrived yet, it already was/is the best present!

Fox Cities PAC front row second balcony
 
To finish the weekend, we’re finally done with decking the halls in our house! Per tradition, I made a big pot of chili, turned on Elf, and we spent the night decorating our fun family tree. This always makes the holidays seem more real to me. It’s so fun to pull out all the ornaments and reminisce about the memories behind them. I think our Finny boy enjoys the tree, too!

tree decoratingdog in front of tree
 
I couldn’t have asked for or planned a better start to the month of December. My hope is that this is a good omen for the things and fun activities to come for the rest of the month and year!

How was your weekend? Are you finished with holiday decorating?

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