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Alright guys, so I've decided I'm not going to update in this journal anymore. Instead I've made myself a blog on blogspot and will be writing on that from now on. http://fleurdesucre.blogspot.com/
I can't bring myself to delete this journal because that would mean I couldn't read about your lives anymore and I've grown quite attached to some of you. I will still be around reading and commenting. If you feel like it, jump over to my new blog to see pictures/random writings about random things. I think I really just needed a change and I feel like my new blog is more "me" than this journal.
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The other night I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep for a good hour and a half. Sadly I was thinking about romantic movies and since I am a list-maker like no one else I know and adore romantic movies, I started to list my top 10 favorites. It took me a long time to come up with a solid list. I figured if I shared the list with others I can stop thinking about it and move on. Since it's February and Valentine's Day is coming up, I figured there was no better time than now, so here it goes. Starting with #10- coincidentally Groundhog Day

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Staying in today and trying to get over a cold.

Decided to play with my camera a little bit.
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Erik heard about this gallery exhibit going on in Hollywood that featured artists paintings and other artistic pieces influenced by He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. We asked our friends Diana and Aidan to come along and we made a fun day out of it. Erik and I briefly thought about buying a painting of Skeletor naked lying on a tiger skin rug with his private parts discreetly covered by his arm. There's always a chance we'll go back for it.
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Yesterday Erik and I celebrated 9 years together by visiting the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. I had been wanting to go since December and this is peak season for monarch butterflies during hibernation. We had no idea what to expect and when we finally got there I couldn't believe I had never heard of this place until last year! It was quite an amazing place.
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One of my New Years resolutions is to post in here more. Life has gotten a little crazy as it always seems to when the holidays arrive.

Here are some things I didn't get down in time. Christmas Day! We did the two Christmases with family and Christmas Eve with my dad which still managed to get a little stressful because we were aiming to spend the same amount of time with all of our family which is impossible. This year we're going to do things a little differently.
The Nutcracker Ballet was absolutely amazing. It brought back some pretty great childhood memories and I want to go again this year.
We did cookie baking for the neighbors we know really well and say hi to on a regular basis. We made Nigella Lawson cookies which I've been meaning to make for a long time and they came out okay. Next time I might add a little extra sugar.
The annual Parade of Lights impressed us this year. It always reminds me how lucky we are to live down the street from the beach.
My work Christmas party was awesome. I can't believe how much stuff our manager and store owner gave us. Alice got me an Isabella's Journey bag that I've been drooling over the last couple of weeks and Leslie gave us all massive Christmas bonuses which I might be using today at Kohl's if they're not too mobbed.
The day after Christmas sale was insane but we made a lot of money and I think overall had a pretty good year. We're all feeling very lucky that we got to keep our shop.
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Our dining room table has been taken over by the snow village this year. I guess we're officially going all out with the decorating for our first Christmas in our new home.
When my brother and I were in elementary school our mom and dad picked us up from school around this time in December and they said they had a surprise for us when we got home. They had bought a set of Dickens Village houses and accessories for us to put up as a family. I looked forward to it every year since and would ask my parents every day when we could put it up again. The village was passed on to Erik and I to put up this year and we had so much fun putting it together. It brought back some pretty awesome memories too.
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We have had a record high of invites to Christmas parties this year. So far we have had 5 invites and we've been to 3 so far, all this past weekend. A lot of fun but I'm happy to have today off to rest up. Friday was Erik's Christmas work party where lots of yummy food was had. Saturday was a brunch Christmas party and gift exchange with friends at Tutti's, one of my absolute favorite places to eat in the city and where we met the singer and guitarist from our wedding whom we love very much. Erik had the breakfast Western pizza with potatoes and eggs and I decided to try something I hadn't had before- the banana oat bran hot cakes, which in the description sounded somewhat healthy but tasted sinfully delish. We gave my mom her gifts from India which she loved. Erik and I got a pretty Christmas hand towel, a homemade bottle holder and some awesome long handle spoons, perfect for hot cocoa. I gave Bev some cute little things from the shop like our new Santa spoon rest and some chocolate peppermint bark. After brunch Erik and I walked down the street and decided to walk into a store we had never been in to before. It was a little plant nursery filled with Christmas trees and beautiful flowers with a store attached that had a bunch of Christmas decorations that I wanted to take home.
Last night was our Christmas dinner and celebration with all the Hallmark girls. We have two holiday celebrations in December, a dinner and a breakfast put on by our manager and owner who treat us amazingly well. They drove us all to Cafe Fiore for dinner and we sat in the back room which was so beautifully decorated I can't even describe it. The table had a pretty garland down the middle with red candles and there was a huge mirror with a big wreath on it. I ordered the fettucine bolognese which was delicious but nothing compared to the desserts that we passed around later in the evening. They ordered us the Fantasia Di Cioccolato which was a trio of chocolate molten cakes, chocolate pots of creme and white chocolate and pistachio frozen custard, cranberry and peach cobbler which was my favorite, and a crepe filled with cream and strawberries drizzled with caramel sauce. I'll definitely be going back for some dessert some time in the very near future. After dessert we walked to the movie theater down the block and saw The Blind Side which I had seen before and loved and was very happy to see again.
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Christmas light show
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Erik and I decided late last night to drive down Christmas Tree Lane and to also visit the new light show they have going on in Plaza Park. Nothing gets you in the Christmas spirit like a heavy metal version of Chorus of the Bells. Pure awesome.

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The Getty Villa isn't far from where we live. It's a beautiful drive down the coast. After visiting the Pompeii exhibit and doing some research on the LACMA website, I found out that you can get into the Getty Villa without an appointment if you show your Pompeii tickets, so that's what we did. I hadn't been to the Getty Villa since I was little. The only thing I could remember about it was that large beautiful blue pool and the amazing gardens. Seriously mesmerizing. We spent most of the day there and had a yummy lunch at the cafe. There was so much to see and so much information to take in.
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