Magical Christmas Eve 2009

Does anyone else feel TOTALLY behind on things?

I have Christmas thank you cards to write.

THAT kind of behind.


Any free time I have I think “oh! I can lay down.” Because of lupus I don’t have that thing that makes you go“Free time?!? Oh GOOD, I’ll go work out, then run to the grocery store, then re-organize the recycling, change all of the air filters, clean out the refrigerator and call it a day!”

I’m trying to be kind to myself but it really pisses me off that I’m not TOTALLY ON IT ALL THE TIME.

Moving on…

I did not want this memory to fade before I had a chance to document it because I want to remember every bit.

Our plans just really happened sort of organically on Christmas Eve. We didn’t have family plans for that day so I knew it was just us. I wanted to do something different. We decided to go to the Denver Art Museum and stayed for hours and hours. The place was deserted. Just the way I like it.

We had no agenda. No place to be. But with each other. Amidst all of the delicious art.

I took a shot of them outside the museum. Fake smiles much?

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Here’s another piece of art I love in Denver. It’s right near the entrance. I think I’m all about large scale.

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She was just sitting there like this, taking it in.

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This exhibit was my FAVE. It’s an entirely red dining room with grey-black foxes posed all over the place. I wanted to sit down in there. Plus, I love the way the red in Hadley’s dress is being picked up. She was entranced.

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After we had seen EVERYTHING I suggested we go get dinner at Steubens.


It was JUST what the doctor ordered. I love this place.  It’s a bar/restaurant downtown with good eats and a downtown vibe.

You know those days/nights when all of the stars align and life is just really really good?

It was one of those nights.

The kids were worn out from the museum and being lovely. My mind and heart were full of all of the fantastic-ness that we just checkout at DAM.

Peter and I ordered drinks (Dark and Stormy for me, thanks. PGP had his usual Guiness) and deliciousness ensued. Public thank yous to AXM for introducing me to my latest drink – a Dark and Stormy. Look into it.

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I had grilled cheese and tomato soup, oh yes I did, and was in heaven. I dipped my sandwich in the soup and kept thinking “I love you, grilled cheese, in all of your simplistic glory.”

This picture sucks but it was the only one I had of us at Steubens so just know that Peter was not totally hammered. (I’m laughing thinking of how my sissie and I always say that a picture is a good one if WE look good.)

Team Provost for evah.


Anonymous | February 6, 2010 at 7:59 AM

Super family picture. I almost spit up my coffee when I browsed "hammered," because I thought who says that? Reread.

Besides my great cousins, this Denver show and share may be the thing that gets me to visit.

Great fake smiles.


Sheri Nugent | February 6, 2010 at 9:07 AM

This made me smile. I love a special outing on Christmas Eve. We (P4 + husband/boyfriends) do that too. And - now I need a grilled cheese and tomato bisque.

Beth | February 6, 2010 at 10:35 AM

I am a total sap, but am teared up at your little Provost chant. Love it, love it, love it. I must take my kids to DAM, haven't been there in a looonng time and I just know Dylan would love it.

Emily | February 6, 2010 at 11:38 AM

B-You should take C&D. They WOULD love it. It's super family friendly these days. And just fantastic. Museum of Contemporary Art is SUPER too. Not quite as family friendly for C, but D would dig it. Super date place too.

Mrs. F - Please let us Provosts know when you do come to Denver!

And Sheri- there is NOTHING like a grilled cheese and tomato soup...although I would like bisque too please, if you're ordering.