twelve dates of christmas: on our first date of christmas…

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…we had brunch together. just the two of us. at montmarte.
a special thanks to my twin sisters who were in town
and so sweetly talked us into going
while they took eleanor to eastern market.
(our first date just the two of us since her birth! )

*i stole this twelve dates of christmas idea from my dear friend marci (who i miss so terribly, please come visit, marci!) as i love how she and her husband celebrate christmas by making time for 12 little dates during the holiday season. i thought it especially fitting this year since our attention often goes to eleanor before each other these days. can’t wait for eleven more excuses to spend time with my love! (you can see all of marci & dan’s cute christmas dates over the years, here.)
  1. Rachel.

    I love you guys and I love spending a moment of my time looking into a little part of what seems your perfect life together. You two are very inspirational.

  2. must know where your coat is from!

  3. Angelica

    You two look so cute. Must try this with my love

  4. jessi

    I'm 7.5 months pregnant and oh so jealous of your eggs benedict. They look so yummy. I can't wait to be allowed to eat runny eggs and hollandaise again!

  5. Nicole

    love this idea! we might just have to do it too!

  6. Jessi

    Looks like such a lovely time! Day dates are so fun. And I'm glad to hear you finally got time alone. We've only had 3 dates in the past 10 months since our baby boy was born. It's hard to find the time (and someone you trust to watch them!)

  7. bethani

    awww what a terrific idea. no kids yet, but its a great idea for those with children.

    cant wait to see the 11 others.

  8. looks delicious! What a fun idea to go on 12 dates of Christmas! :)

  9. Erica!

    Yay for a date!!! :)

  10. Rhianne

    oh thats such a lovely idea and hurray for your first date of christmas :) I love how happy you both look

  11. Shannon

    What a fantastic idea! I'm glad you enjoyed your alone time, new parents need it!

  12. What a fun and great Idea! Im definitley menitoning that to my hubbby.
    Im so glad you guys got out and went on a date, good for you! : )
    That spniage,bacon, egg thingy looks really delish.
    You guys look super cute!

  13. This is such a great idea and a wonderful way to celebrate the season! Matter of fact, I am going to tell my hubby about this tonight! :)

  14. Such a sweet and brilliant idea! Loving the photograph of you and Josh together.

  15. such a genius idea! but who is watching your perfect lil baby? i would love to do this but we don't have family or friends who can help much with our lil one. and i'm too neurotic to leave her with someone she barely knows.

  16. caroline

    WHY have I never tried the brunch at Montmarte? It looks delicious and it's only a block away!

  17. AW! You two are adorable and your food looks awesome. I think I'm going to steal this idea too…

  18. maria

    love this idea.xx

  19. That's such a great idea! My fiancé and I rarely ever go out these days since having my daughter. We've been out once and that was to see a movie on my birthday last month haha (which she was already sleep by the time we had left, so I'm not sure if that even counts).

    Petit Monstree

  20. April

    I love this idea! This year, my fiance and I can't afford presents for each other. So we are just doing stockings. Maybe this would be a good idea next year??

    PS- OMG those poached eggs look delicious. Poached eggs are my FAVORITE!

  21. Such a sweet and amazing idea!

  22. You two. Are so adorable I can't stand it. I love the 12 dates of Christmas idea! Someday I'm going to get married and we are going to be cute together like you and Josh. hopefully!

  23. Whatever that is that looks like it's drizzled in goodness…. drool. I want that.
    And I had to pick my jaw up off the floor when you said it's your first date in 10 months?! Amazing. You two are dedicated parents. I'm not much better. I can count on one hand how many solo dates the hubs and I have had in the past 6 months. But when we do go it's fireworks. We get to get to know just each other all over again. And don't have to fight baby grabby hands. Love :)

  24. I have to say you look SO different in this post – is it just the camera angle/glasses? I randomly clicked on Dec 2009 to make sure I wasn't imagining things… and yea, your facial features seem to have changed so much post-baby. Of course I don't know you in real life, so I may be way off the marker lol. Either way, this is the best idea for dates and you two are so adorable as usual!! :)

  25. Katie

    cute idea! you always eat the best food!

  26. this is such a cute idea! i havent had much time with just my husband since our 11 month was born, i may need to start a 12 dates of christmas!

    -megan lynn

  27. too cute, you two! i love love love your glasses and your fur collar coat!

  28. Jessie

    Wow, that looks really yummy! I remember the first time we went out without our baby boy… it was weird and liberating! How right you are about needing to make time for one another because that is where your family began in the first place.

  29. what an absolutely perfect IDEA and something I'm definitely going to try! Your date is too sweet. Nothing is better than eating lol Props to your sisters for making you guys go out ;]


  30. lovely idea! it's so important to step away for a bit and spend a little alone time just the two of you.

  31. Kendra

    such a good idea! Now I need my sisters to move out here so someone can watch Ev.

  32. oh my gosh what a great idea! i think we've only had a handful of dates since our baby was born 8 months ago, so this idea seems really amazing!
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  33. oh my goodness, this is just such a cute little idea. i might just have to steal this idea from you now. and that food looks incredible!
    but seriously, how do you always look so spot on!??
    xo TJ

  34. What brand are Josh's glasses?! They are really something!

  35. What a fun idea! :] And that food looks AMAZING!

  36. Totally starting this tradition this year. Love it. xo

  37. janis

    I love that idea!

  38. What a sweet idea!

  39. milena

    Taza where is your jacket from? It's darling!

  40. leyla.

    little things like that is what makes the holiday season special. lovely idea!

    the food looks way too delicious!

    ciao. leyla.

  41. javacia

    This is such a great idea. Just talked to my hubs about this and we've decided to plan to do this next year. Looking forward to reading about your other dates.

  42. Rachael

    Love that idea of having twelve dates during the twelve days of Christmas! Now if only I get find a date…

  43. kwistin

    that's such a sweet idea. and i love the picture of you two together.

    makes me happy for that someday. :)

  44. larissa

    best idea ever! holidays get so hectic, kid(s) or not, and really, it's important to just take time and slow it down. so special. i'm glad i heard of this BEFORE Christmas so i can partake, too. because obviously date nights are the best ever. =]

  45. Best idea ever! Love it :o)

  46. This is the cutest idea EVER!!
    Love love love both of your attire….so adorable.

  47. Amanda

    Love this idea!

    I'm doing the 12 days of Christmas starting on the 13th! I can' wait, it's make Christmas seem so much longer!


  48. What a lovely idea & date!

  49. Shikhu

    That blue coat with the fur is great! Also, the blog, of your dear friend, is so cute. That is a great idea. Happy Holidays

  50. vendela

    Love your coat, so pretty! And you take the most amazing pictures:)

  51. Hannah

    the eggs benedict look amazing!!


  52. Lottie

    This is such a lovely idea and one I might be taking inspiration from.

    With all the Christmas excitement and rush it is hard to get to spend some time together.

    Looks like you had a wonderful time and the food looks amazing!

  53. Victoria

    A great idea. I might have to do my 12 dates with the Huzz in the New Year as we are moving to the US in 12 days from Europe and there isn't time to have a coffee at home, let alone a date!!!

  54. Samantha

    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who hasn't been on a date with my husband since we had our baby. (he's 8 months old) I was that person who said (before I was pregnant) that we needed to keep up a date night and we have failed miserably.

  55. Mary Ann

    Hi Naomi, LOVE your blue coat. Could you please share were you purchased this fabulous winter garment? Thanks.

  56. What a lovely idea. Can't wait to see the rest of them. X

  57. Your pictures always have a nice film-like, sun washed or faded look that I love. Do you use a filter or something in post to achieve that? Or is that right out of the digital camera?

  58. Oo I went to that restaurant w/ my friend when I was visiting DC. I got the eggs benedict too — so delicious! You two are TOO cute!!

  59. Prianka

    What are you eating? Eggs benedict? it looks soo scrumptious!

    Also, how amazing is it that you are in French Glamour?!!!

  60. Please tell me where did you fine your coat. I am really desperated because since september i Want one like That! I live In France so Maybe on internet ? Thanksssssss can you Answer me on m'y mail box: [email protected]

  61. Liz(a)

    That is such an adorable idea!