Happy National Cookie Day!

Happy National Cookie Day! I brought home a little box of six delicious Graeter’s Christmas cookies for us to enjoy on this tastiest of holidays…

I wish every day was national cookie day. 😀🍪❤️

O Christmas tree.

We decorated our Christmas tree this afternoon. After Christmas last year, I bought an artificial Christmas tree on the real cheap online. We’ve hadn’t even opened the box it was shipped in until today. Assembling the tree was pretty easy. It consisted of just three segments and a base. We fluffed all the branches and we were pleasantly surprised with how good it looked. And it’s pretty tall too…

We added some lights and a bunch of ornaments…

We think our tree is very beautiful. 😀🎄❤️

Thanksgiving in Dallas.

We went to Dallas for Thanksgiving. This is going to be a long blog post. Hang in there.

We expected there to be big crowds traveling for the holiday. So we got to CVG extra early on Wednesday…

Surprisingly, there weren’t very long lines at the airport. Genifer won the award for the best socks at the TSA Security Checkpoint…

We were through security and on way to our gate really fast…

There were some pretty awesome fossilized skeletons in CVG’s Terminal B courtesy of Cincinnati Museum Center…

For the first time, we didn’t check any bags…

And a couple hours later, we were in Dallas waiting for our Uber…

We were staying at the AC Hotel in downtown Dallas…

We dropped our stuff and headed out of downtown…

Just to the west of downtown is a Dallas neighborhood called the Design District to find Peticolas Brewing Company…

From there, we walked down the busy Irving Boulevard…

And we arrived at Texas Ale Project…

It turns out that Texas Ale Project’s taproom is actually closed on Wednesdays but the owner was there hanging Christmas lights in their courtyard…

He poured us some beers and we helped him hang lights. Their Fire Ant Funeral Amber Red was just out of this world. We had a really fun time at Texas Ale Project but we missed out on two other breweries because we were having so much fun. There was a really pretty full moon over Dallas…

From Texas Ale Project, we hoped in another Uber and headed over to the Dallas Uptown neighborhood to American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks…

We thought we were ducking into a bar but we actually entered the arena through some sort of VIP club entrance…

Who knew?

Walking around the concourse, every so often you would come across one of these really unique rotunda/atriums…

We shared Pizza Hut at the game. Don’t judge us. It was great…

We hung out at the game until the start of the third quarter and then we left to go find something else to eat…

The Mavs ended up winning their game. We were so hungry…

We shared some delicious Irish nachos…

And that was our Wednesday. On Thursday morning, we woke up to find a downtown turkey trot taking place just the next block over south from our hotel…

We were going to eat at Overeasy in The Statler Hotel…

But we got just coffee and a muffin instead. I wanted one of these cinnamon roll muffins so bad but they had already sold out…

We hopped in another Uber and headed out to Arlington. It was a hike. We passed Six Flags Over Texas…

We got dropped off across the street from the Texas Rangers ballpark…

Their current ballpark was built in 1995 but they are already building a new ballpark across the street with a dome because I guess it gets wicked hot in Dallas in the summer…

In between Texas ballpark and the Cowboy’s AT&T Stadium is a ginormous bar complex called Texas Live!

We found a seat at the bar in one of the many restaurants…

We had a couple of beers and some spinach&artichoke dip and then headed out to our very first Cowboys game…

The place is just ridiculous on its size and scale…

We had general admission tickets. This is what the GA section looked like…

Meghan Trainor performed at halftime…

A few minutes into the third quarter, we decided to break camp and try to get an Uber back downtown to catch the fourth quarter of the game at a bar…

There was more than one person in full Native American headdress…

We made it back downtown and headed to Scout at The Statler Hotel…

We shared some little sliders and some of the best chili cheese waffles fries I’ve ever had in my entire life…

The Cowboys would go on to win the game! Like I said, it was an experience.

We stopped in our hotel’s lounge for a celebratory drink for both the Cowboys win, for making in back downtown after being all the way out in Arlington and for getting our Uber before the crazy 3x surge charges went into effect. I learned an important lesson. Don’t ask the bartender for just a rum drink in it. If you do, you end up with a rum drink served in a skull glass…

Friday morning, we headed out to explore downtown Dallas…

There was a giant eyeball…

We walked down to the historic West End of downtown Dallas…

And we continued on to Dealey Plaza, the Grassy Knoll and the Texas School Book Depository Building…

The Xs on the street indicated where fatal shots stuck John F. Kennedy…

We stood there and watched as person after person ran out into the middle of the busy Elm Street to pose with the Xs. It was pretty ridiculous…

Note how the “allegedly” is highlighted. The Old Red Museum of Dallas History & Culture looked pretty cool…

And then we walked a couple of blocks over to John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza…

From there, we walked back to our hotel to rest for a bit. And later, we headed out to explore the east end of downtown Dallas and find the Deep Ellum neighborhood…

We finally found Deep Ellum Brewing Company…

This place has pizza slices as big as your head…

And then we headed to Braindead Brewing…

There were so many cool looking little bars in Deep Ellum…

We wanted to keep going but we were wiped out.

We ordered pizza from Campisi’s in downtown Dallas…

In the morning, we went back to Overeasy…

I got my cinnamon roll muffin…

So good. And we shared sausage biscuits and gravy…

Bye, downtown Dallas. It was a bunch of fun. At DFW, we got to ride the Skylink…

So we could find the Dallas Cowboys pro shop in DFW’s Terminal A…

But they didn’t have this hat in my size. So we rode the Skylink back to our terminal…

Apparently, Dr. Pepper is the official 7-Eleven Slurpee flavor of the Dallas Cowboys…

There was also a saber-tooth tiger in the terminal at CVG…

It was an amazing trip to Dallas that went by in the blink of an eye. It was so much fun! I can’t wait to go back and explore Dallas so more.

Click to see all the photos we took during our trip to Dallas. 😀🦃🗺️📷❤️

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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We’re so very thankful for a great many things today.
Among them is being blessed with amazing family. We love you all.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gobble, gobble. 😀🦃❤️

Happy Halloween!

All these Donald Deskey bobbleheads were dressed up for today’s holiday, and I thought it would make a cute Halloween post on Instagram…

But I wrong. And was told to take it down. The reason was the left bobblehead’s red smock was actually a cape. I was told he looked like he was at the barber shop. And it was embarrassing. I was also told the ghost’s name around the base of the bobblehead was inappropriate and we definitely don’t want to post that. Yeah, I can’t read it either.

The good news is it only took me nine photos to get the one I would end up posting…

You try to do something fun for Halloween. 😶🤔👻❤️

Happy Sweetest Day!

Happy Sweetest Day! 😀🌼🌺❤️

Happy Friday the 12th.

Happy Friday the 12th. 😀🔪❤️

Happy National Sausage Pizza Day!

Today was National Sausage Pizza Day. And I love sausage pizza. It’s my all-time very favorite pizza topping.  On our way home, we stopped at Taft’s Brewpourium

They had their delicious Gourd to Death Brown Ale on tap…

It’s sooo good. And speaking of good, the Brewpourium was running a special today. You could get a 16” sausage pizza AND a six pack available for just $16 to celebrate National Sausage Pizza Day! We ran into our friends Chris and Tayler. And played a few rounds of Last Call Trivia with them. Our team led after the first round and then it all kind of went downhill from there. We brought home our pizza and six pack…

Their pizza is so delicious! I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate! 😀🍕❤️

Happy National Taco Day!

Today is National Taco Day! I celebrated the holiday by walking to get two nacho cheese chalupas from downtown Cincinnati’s Taco Bell Cantina… 

Chalupas are kind of like tacos, right? Either way, they’re still delicious. 😀🌮❤️

Happy National Drink Beer Day!

Today was National Drink Beer Day! We went to Taft’s Brewpourium to celebrate…

It was a delicious way to celebrate a kind of silly holiday. 😀🍺❤️