It Feels Like Christmas Now

Well, if it didn't feel like Christmas yet, it certainly does now! As you know, Jared and I got to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Friday night and the show was even better than I remembered! Maybe it was the excitement of being so close to the Christmas, or maybe the fact that Jared and I haven't went downtown for a date in who knows how long, but we had such a great evening together, I wish it hadn't ended!

We ate at the Moerlein Lager House downtown, which has been open for over a year but I had still never tried. We both opted for ginormous burgers and parmesan-garlic fries….. a good choice, for sure. Plus we had the sweetest waitress ever, that makes such an impression! We highly recommend this restaurant if you're in the area.

And then, because we clearly hadn't eaten enough, and obviously it was super toasty outside in the low 30's, we decided a quick stop for froyo was necessary, too. It's a good thing we were walking around town that night, I needed to burn off at least a few of those extra calories!!

The concert itself was pure entertainment for 2 and a half straight hours. Anyone who appreciates music would love to see TSO live. The talent that every single band-member and vocalist has just absolutely blows me away. Anytime there was a soloist performing I would lean over to Jared and say, "Can I just have one-tenth of the talent they do?!" Another time I found myself thinking, "Wow, I really should have never quit those piano lessons as a kid…" I just can't get enough of musical talent like this. I can't put into words how talented these people are!



So our date-night out was a success and it motivated us to get our shopping and wrapping done over the weekend too, once we got that little wake-up call of how close Christmas actually is!! Now our house feels extra festive with gorgeous gifts wrapped up and tucked under our tree.

And one last VERY important piece of news today…. It's my amazing mother's birthday today!!! As a bratty teenager rolling my eyes at her every chance I got, I never imagined the great relationship and friendship we would have today--- and she probably couldn't either ;) We have so much fun together and I'm so grateful for that. I'm so thankful for everything she does for me and couldn't have asked for a better, crazier momma ;) --- Love you!!!

38 comments

  1. Fro-yo is always, always, always acceptable no matter the temperature. It's not like y'all ate it outside or anything. So glad the TSO was just as amazing as you had hoped. I want/need to go at least once in my life time. AND last but not least Happiest of happy birthdays to momma love fun and football!!!! I hope she and you have the best days ever.

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  2. TSO looks SOOO amazing! I have always wanted to go see them! Fun weekend!

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  3. PERFECT weekend! That burger looks delish

    I agree w. Ashley, fro-yo is ALWAYS acceptable!!!!

    happy birthday to your mama

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  4. Everyone is posting pictures of yummy food today and it's making me hungry! Ha ha. Burger for breakfast, maybe? Kidding. :p

    Trans-Siberian looks amazing! I want to see them!

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  5. I'm glad you had a great weekend, that burger looks AMAZING!!!

    Happy Birthday to your mamma, you two are so cute in those pictures.

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  6. Seriously... Monday am and I open your blog to see a picture of a gorgeous burger and fries?! I.want. They look delish!! Aside from me over here drooling at the food, it looks like y'all had a great weekend and I'm sure it was long overdue with your crazy work schedule lately!

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  7. Its 9AM and that burger and fries looks amaze. And I now want. Nothing like a wake up call to see that christmas is really soon! I went driving around on saturday and finally saw all the xmas decorations since I'm now home and at that point I realized it's holiday time. Also, another time I realized is when I decide I want to go to the mall then remember people are running around there like loons!

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  8. Your TSO pictures are incredible!! So excited for y'all that you got to see them again this year, and on their final tour! Definitely put me in the Christmas spirit last year too :) And those fries... I need buckets of them in my life stat!

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  9. Awww, Happy Birthday to your beautiful Mama!! =D That burger & fries... mmmmmm.. makes me want some!!

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  10. Happy birthday mama!!

    I love TSO, need to see them asap!

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  11. TSO looks amaaaazing. So jealous!! Glad you and Jared had a fun time.

    Happy birthday Lisa!!! :)

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  12. OK now this week is going to crawl because I'm even more excited to see TSO next Monday!!! Ahh! your pictures are amazing...especially that fro-yo! I'm a sucker for it!

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  13. Love those pictures of you and your momma!

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  14. Happy Birthday to your momma!! You can't tell you two are related or anything ;) haha!

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  15. What a fun (and festive weekend!) HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your mama!!!!!

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  16. Every year I always say I want to see TSO and then every year we never do (mostly because I always forget until WAY late into December. Maybe next year...it looked amazing!

    Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday to your momma!

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  17. Happy Birthday to mom! I had been feeling good about what I had accomplished for Christmas but now I'm freaking out a little bit. Oops.

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  18. Happy Birthday to your Mom!

    And I noticed you didn't mention the game from last night...because I don't blame you. I don't want to talk about it either.

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  19. Happy Birthday to your mama!!! So glad you had an amazing date night! I am seriously craving that burger right about now...!!!

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  20. Such a fun date night! It's been forever since we've had a legit one that didn't involve our typical steakhouse! You've inspired me!

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  21. Such a great date night!! TSO looks absolutely amazing!

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  22. Now I want to see them live!!! I wish I had musical talent!

    Happy birthday to your mom!!!! :)

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  23. Happy birthday to your mom!

    AND of course now I want a burger. I can't see one ever without wanting one.

    Your photos from TSO are amazing.

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  24. Today is a pretty great day for birthdays :) Hope you mom has a wonderful one!
    TSO is awesome! We saw them a few years ago and they were so good!

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  25. Those pics with your mom are too cute!

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  26. Looks like you had a fantastic weekend. Also, this post has made me incredibly hungry!

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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  27. I still haven't been to Christian Moerlein's! I'm dying to go. TSO is SO great. It's been a few years since I've seen them, but I remember being amazed, too. Happy birthday to your momma!

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  28. Ho-ly cow..I didn't know Orange Leaf had divided cups! That's pure genius :) Happy birthday to your mama!

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  29. I love TSO!

    I found your blog through a few blog friends who recommended you after another blogger I sponsored was a total flake and did absolutely nothing she was supposed to do. They both said I had to check out your blog!

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  30. So glad you had a great weekend! You and your mom are too cute!

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  31. Glad you finally made it to the Lager house. Isn't it amazing? Yum! And TSO looks awesome. Perfect festive date night!!

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  32. This likely sounds lame but I LOVE that the froyo container has dividers...I wish they did that here!

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  33. Every time TSO comes to town I want to go see them. Hopefully next year Zach and I will get the chance and time to see them!! So glad you enjoyed them!!!

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  34. We haven't seen TSO in a few years. Next year in going to make sure we go. They are so good!

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  35. I am so much closer to my Mom now too. :) Wow the orchestra looks awesome!

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  36. i get to see TSO on monday - i am SO excited!! eeeee - love your pictures!!

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