Family and Friends.

Yesterday was one of those days where you just go and go and go all day long.  We started our day back at our favorite gym, where we bought a week-long pass so that we could work out now that we’re home for the holidays. 

After showers and getting ready, I headed out for the day – in my brand new super warm coat!

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We had a lunch date at my favorite Cincinnati restaurant, which sadly opened right before I moved away.  Now every trip home requires a stop at Green Dog Café!

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I got the Chihuahua Bowl – a mixture of black beans, corn, salsa, cilantro, queso fresco, and other goodies.

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Even better was the company – Stepfanie from Spark People!

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After our delicious lunch date, I had another date planned.  My first time meeting this adorable little guy…

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I spent a few hours hanging out with my oldest friends in the world – the Annett Family.  Our families have been friends, literally my entire life, and Jacob is the newest addition.  Check out that face – he is going to be trouble when he grows up.  :)

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For dinner, we headed over to meet up with my best Cincinnati friends at one of the new restaurants on Hyde Park Square – Poco A Poco.

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We were lucky enough to be given some special treatment – free salsa and smokey poblano queso…

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Along with delicious flaky tortilla chips.

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The reason for our special treatment?  The hostess – my little sister.  :)

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She worked her butt off all night – running food and racing around.  I love that she works at a restaurant.

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Casey and I were starving, and since Poco specializes in small plates, we ordered a bunch to share.  Starting with the fried hominy salad – the best thing I ate all night.  Amazing!

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We also split this jicama and apple salad with pistachios.  After eating heavy food all week long, these salads were really refreshing.

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We also split a side of pumpkin with red beans.  It was good, but I felt like I could have made it myself.

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Finally, the entrée – delicious vegetarian tacos.  Portabello mushrooms, cilantro, veggies, and a ton of melty delicious cheese.

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It was SO much fun to catch up with my best friends, and bittersweet since I don’t get to see them nearly as often as I would like to.  Leah and Greg actually just bought a house in our old neighborhood, literally one block away from the house I lived in here.  Such bad timing!

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And Liz and I have been friends for 28 years.  She is my oldest friend, and probably knows more about me than anyone – all my deep dark secrets and weird things I did as a kid.  :)

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I am so glad we came into town early and had time for so many visits with friends and family.

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Hyde Park Square looking beautiful with all the Christmas lights, but it doesn’t hold a candle to Old Town.  :)

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After dinner we headed back to my mom’s to find that Rebecca and Sam had finally arrived after a 14 hour drive from Connecticut.  This was my first time meeting Mil0, their adorable puppy!

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Now we are all cooking and getting ready to head out for Christmas Eve church service.  Merry Christmas Eve to you all!