and we're back. just like that. my holidays were full and lovely, and i've decided that instagram in the month of december is pretty much my favorite thing ever. while january and february will provide many, many, many opportunities to stay cozy inside with hot chocolate, it's just not the same when there's not a christmas tree and carols on. not to mention that by the beginning of february it's just like - enough already. let's get back to the beach. anyways, back to our holidays. this was actually the first time brian and i have ever spent christmas together, so score one for marriage and deduct one point from dating. still, we kept one odd tradition - opening up gifts from each other on new year's day. when we were dating long distance, and even last year when we both lived in new york, we exchanged gifts then as it was usually the first time we saw one another after christmas. it's nice to have a tradition all our little family's own - we'll see if it sticks as time goes on, but you'll never find me complaining about extending christmas. additionally, we hosted my parents and sister this year, we went to long island christmas day as always, we hosted christmas eve dinner, we had friends over for new year's and on and on. there was lots of hosting, lots of love, and lots of food. and we wouldn't have it any other way. the days since the holidays have been low key - we've caught a couple of movies, i've been cooking for us a lot and we enjoyed our first snowstorm of 2014. oh! and i had my first cronut. while the marriage of the donut and croissant was genius, it could have used a touch less filling. but it was still awesome, and i highly recommend them. but perhaps wait until spring to stand on line for two hours, no? enjoy the week, cronut or no!