Scenes from the weekend.

Our weekend was full of holiday cheer! This was our last weekend with Emily prior to Christmas, so we fit in several of our favorite Christmas traditions. Emily was so excited when she got to open a gift early and I showed equal enthusiasm as I dropped off my Christmas cards in the mailbox. It really is the most wonderful time of the year! What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?


Twelve dates of Christmas: On our third date of Christmas...

...we ate breakfast at Neptune Diner and shopped for Christmas gifts. 
We woke up bright and early that morning to bring my mom to the airport, so when we arrived at the diner it was calm and quiet. We enjoyed a big breakfast of eggs, sausage, toast, and coffee. It was fun to have almost the entire place to ourselves! After breakfast we drove to Target and checked several gifts off of our list. I wrapped them all as soon as we got home! 


Twelve dates of Christmas: On our second date of Christmas...

...we had dinner at our favorite Indian restaurant in Jackson Heights. Colorful lights were hung around the restaurant, making our date night cheerful and festive. 
Indian food is one of my favorite cuisines and I always enjoy our meals together at Indian Taj. In my opinion samosas and naan should be a part of every meal! 


Twelve dates of Christmas: On our first date of Christmas...

...we decorated our Christmas tree together as a family of three. 
Unwrapping our Christmas ornaments is one of my favorite moments of the holiday season. There are so many memories, vacations, and events represented in our ornaments- mine and Brian's first trip to Mexico, a gnome in honor of my grandpa, a lobster from a weekend getaway to Boston... I love reminiscing and telling stories as we hang them all with care. 

We are trying an artificial tree for the first time this year. We have always loved picking out our Christmas trees and carrying them home, but the ease of having a car and purchasing a fake one this year was just too good to pass up. Once our new addition was decorated I realized that fake trees make me just as happy as real ones. As soon as I get home every day I run upstairs and plug in the lights! Plus I am enjoying not having to stress about Boo drinking all of the water out of the tree stand. 

What special traditions do you have during the holidays? I would love to hear about them as we embark on our fourth year of Christmas dates! 


Scenes from the weekend.

My mom was in town for a quick visit over the weekend. Friday evening Brian and I took her to our most favorite Christmas house in Queens. The rain started before we arrived, but it didn't stop us from getting out of the car to admire the Lynch family's Santa collection, elves, and Christmas village up close. The wet weather continued throughout the evening and all day Saturday. The weather was miserable, but we powered through. We were able to get a lot of Christmas shopping done along Fifth Avenue and in Grand Central at the Holiday Fair.  We also stopped at the tree in Rockefeller Center and admired the windows at Berdorf's. After dropping my mom off at the airport Sunday morning, Brian and I went on our third date of Christmas before retreating to the house for the rest of the day. I can't wait to carry on our 12 Dates of Christmas tradition this holiday season!


Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

We took a quick day trip to Sleepy Hollow, NY a few weeks ago when the leaves were at their peak. We were in awe of the brilliant colors as well as the historic graves as we walked through the 90-acre cemetery. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is adjacent to the Old Dutch Church and churchyard that appear in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. We can't wait to visit again and spend some more time exploring the area!



I am thankful for my loving family and friends, for a career that I love, and for getting to live in a city that continues to energize and inspire me every day. I feel so incredibly lucky.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. We hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with love, laughter, and good food!


Scenes from the weekend.

This weekend was a productive one. My Saturday started at Tekserve in Manhattan. My hands were literally shaking as I held my service ticket and broken external hard drive in their waiting area. There is nothing worse than the fear of losing thousands of photos! Luckily after a few minutes with the technicians they determined it was a power issue and that they could transfer all of my data to a new drive. PHEW! I instantly felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I shopped a bit on Fifth Avenue to celebrate my technology victory before heading home. Saturday night Brian and I were tucked in with Chinese food and The Office by 8 pm. What can I say, we are party animals.

Sunday morning we drove out to the Whole Foods in Manhasset, Long Island to stock up for the Thanksgiving holiday. After years of hauling countless bags of groceries through the streets of New York City it was amazing to be able to park our car, shop, and load everything into the trunk! We spent the rest of the day watching football and catching up on work. How was your weekend?


Scenes from the weekend.

Brian, Emily, and I took our first little road trip this weekend with our new car to Sleepy Hollow, NY. After a delicious lunch at Bridge View Tavern (the crack pie was insanely good), we drove over to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to explore. We spent almost two hours walking around the grounds reading headstones and admiring the beautiful fall foliage. The cemetery was both eery and peaceful. We didn't have time to walk around the Old Dutch Church, so we will need to get back to Sleepy Hollow soon to check it out! This is the church that appears in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Legend has it that the headless horseman roams the church's burying ground every Halloween, so we will avoid visiting in October! How was your weekend?
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