Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Round Up

I wanted to share some of my Christmas photos!! I only snapped a few... my camera wound up dying one day. Plus it can be challenging photographing children.. They keep wiggling around!

The day before Christmas eve, Pete baked up a storm. Actually, he baked all week. Tuesday he made bar cookies, Thursday he made cookie doughs and Friday was spent baking everything off, icing things, cutting up bar cookies etc. I did so many dishes OMG.

Peach helped Daddy with the baking.

Lucy helped me wrap up the remaining presents.

Christmas Eve we went to Pete's sister's house. The tree was gorgeous and dinner yummy.

After dinner we attemped to build our first gingerbread house. Um... it didn't go so well!!

"you broke the wall!!"

Boy that icing is in there. Don't pop a vein!!!

Clearly Ella and I were focused on a photoshoot.

Who knew 2 adults, a crafty 10 year old and a 3 year old offering moral support couldn't get this to work!? I think we didnt let the foundation set. It kept falling apart and walls broke, it was a mess!! Habitat for Humanity houses are easier to build.

Sad sad sad.
Merry Chirstmas LOL.

Christmas Day and the next day were spent with my family and I don't really have any pictures from that since I left my camera at home. Lovely. But really, both days were super nice.

Here is our tree!

Peach enjoying the tree.
Last year we got a bunch of cute "First Married Christmas" ornaments.

This year I added a baking marshmellow. Not quite as cool as Mallowchrist. And some Rudolph. Love me some Rudolph!!

We tried to hang this kitty hot dog off the tree, but it was too heavy.

Finally- isn't this the cutest little thing ever? It's a bow for your Bath & Body soap!! Ahh! Love cute crap. :)

Hope you had a fantastic holiday!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

December Wrap Up

Hey! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Festivus!  I know it's all over. This month has been super duper busy. My job has been insane - I've been working multiple nights until 9:30-10pm!! Ah! And just the general hustle and bustle of the holiday season has been so crazy this year! Time flew by and I was barely ready in time for Christmas Eve. Pete baked up a storm. An insane, sugary, wonderful, variety storm. I wrapped endlessly. Whew!

I think I'm just going to have some random babbles here. Ready? :
1) I went more than once to the Toys R Us in Times Square since it is 3 blocks from my office. Luckily once was early in the season and the other around 10pm, so both times weren't too insane.

My favorite thing about this Toys R Us is the giant T Rex on the second floor. This thing moves and roars and is pretty scary! And pretty awesome.

I also enjoyed the lifesized lego people. They had Captain Jack Sparrow, and tons of NYC skyline buildings. I wonder how long they took to build??

I also like "Frank Sinatra Barbie". I mean, what? I showed this picture to Pete and he was like "Boy, Sinatra's got quite a feminine body"... THEN he realized it was Barbie. LOL


3) During Christmas shopping times, I saw this poor fella. He was just standing there, naked in the store. So I gave him the coat off my back.

Then Pete knocked him out.

4) I helped my sister celebrate her birthday by organizing a boozy birthday brunch down near Wall Street at a place called Smorgas.

I swear it is so picturesque down there. I felt like I was on a movie set!
L-R Jill, Stacey, Me, Dianna

Sisters <3

Amusing bathroom sign
I found this place to be quite charming. It was small inside so I was glad I made reservations and that we were only a group of 4 people. I would not recommend it for any larger groups.  

The four of us managed to have a lovely time. We all ordered unlimited champagne & the server brought us over endless bottles of the bubbly and mixers. There was the traditional orange juice for mimosas and peach juice & some lingonberry jam that you could put in your drink as well. It was a tasty combo! The food was pretty darn good too. I'd definitely go back to this place!

5) Photo shoots with Brandon

6) One of Pete's Christmas gift to me was tickets to see Seth MacFarlane at the Highline Ballroom.  For those of you unfamiliar, Seth is the creator of Family Guy, American Dad and the Cleveland Show. He also released an album recently of classic standard music which I am a big fan of!

The show was Seth accompanied with a 16 piece band.

I think Seth sounded great! Way better than on his album actually. He seemed more relaxed and like he was having a bit more fun just being up on stage, singing, and having some Jack D lol.

It was a really great night out. :)

That's all I have pictures of at the moment. I want to create some 2012 New Years goals. I'll be going that later this week. Enjoy the last week of 2011!

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Hi! Look at that... 2posts 1week! ;)

This morning, I was up super early again (5:45) to move my car due to water main construction. ICK. They declare: No Parking 6a-6p. Because of this, lots of people don't even bother parking here overnight, leaving lots of parking for people who are willing to wake up BEFORE DAWN. (Isn't that a Twilight book?) 

Last night I did tons o' laundry and was loving all the parking on my block. After I lugged both gigantic bags into my apartment, I didn't feel like moving my car to where I'd have to walk back about 6 blocks in a sort of darkish, scary area. So I decided I'd move the car in the morning since it would force my butt to the gym.

It worked! Barely. Yay! I was rewarded with a pretty sunrise on my way home.

pretty white van. sunrise over the cemetery...maybe i shouldn't post this one

Afterwards, I made myself some eggs and attempted to get some good shots of Lucy. She is always so quick to run away around and will walk towards the camera if you're standing there. I think I got a *few* good ones.



Last week, Emily & I finally crossed 16 Handles off our summer to do list. yea.. summer to-do.

ZOMG it was sooo good!

For those who are unaware, it is a frozen yogurt joint that has 16 different flavors on hand at all times. They let you taste some before making your final decision.

I think between me & Emily, we tried all of them haha!! I ultimately went with NY Cheese cake  & Birthday cake (which I am not normally a fan of, but omgosh... so good!) And the toppings!! This place puts Red Mango to shame!

I mean, there are little jelly ring cups & rainbow cookies on here! mmmm. I can't wait to go back!