Thursday, January 16, 2020

My niece in The Nutcracker

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I’ll be playing catch up for a little while so I apologize in advance. We’ve been really busy lately trying to get a few things in order at home and with our real estate business which really boomed last year. I’m excited for 2020 to start seeing the hard work pay off. We have a property that is down to the studs right now which is a first for us. It’ll be awesome to see what it’ll look like a few months from today.

Any who moving on. In December, Sean and I traveled to Connecticut to watch our niece, Noa, dance in The Nutcracker. When my sister told me about it I knew we would have to make it regardless of our busy season but what we ended up seeing was way more than we thought it would be. It was an incredible production. There was an orchestra and professional dancers in the play and we were both blown away. My niece had a small role (she played an angel) but it was so incredible to see her on stage. She truly lights up on there. I didn’t get great images unfortunately but it truly was beautiful and now I am all about The Nutcracker. The music always makes me nostalgic and now I want to be sure to see The Nutcracker every year.

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If you squint you can see her!

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Squint again and you can see her in the below picture too!

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Noa's friend was so proud of her.

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As were we! ♥

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Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Holiday Cheer in the City

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Last year we took Sean’s parents to see the Rockettes at Radio City and we had such a great time that we decided that we would do it every year. After Nadiyah’s experience in Philadelphia over the summer we knew that she had to have her first taste of NYC and what better first city experience than to see the Rockettes?!

She was so excited when she learned she was going with us and I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to be in the city just because of how excited she was.

These pictures remind me how behind I am in blog posts; I don't feel like I'll ever get caught up.

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We decided to do an evening show this time around and I must say that I enjoyed the nighttime experience better. However; we’ve decided that we won’t see the Rockettes every year and will just have a holiday experience in the city whether it is sightseeing, seeing a Broadway show, eating at a restaurant decked out for the holidays, etc. I’m excited for this year's experience and I don’t even know what we’re doing.

We drove into the city and headed straight to Bryant Park where we walked around the winter village and popped into a few shops to pick up some gifts and souvenirs. After that we happily watched all the ice skaters and then had dinner at the Lodge. The Lodge is incredibly busy during the holidays so note that you'll most likely have a wait before you can snag a table/seat. We had dinner at the first food station we could get seats for five and luckily our food was delicious!

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After dinner we had to leave Bryant Park to get to the show and happened to be the luckiest people and found parking right in front of Radio City! Ahhh, it was a good evening.

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The show was great, pretty similar to the year before and Nadiyah loved every part of it. It was great to see her eyes light up with the biggest smile on her face. I’m hoping that maybe next year we’ll spend the night that way we can really experience the magic that is the city during the holidays.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

No spend, no drink January

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Happy New Year all! To start the new year off with a bang, Sean and I are doing a no spend, no drink January. We believe it will be the best way to detox after an indulgent and expensive December. We of course will buy the necessities (grocery shopping, unexpected expenses that may come up, birthday gift for our niece) but wants will not be entertained.

During this month, I intend to use gift cards that we got for Christmas for maybe a dinner out one night, cook and eat our meals at home, have movie and date nights at home, binge Netflix, exercise, cuddle up next to the fireplace (a favorite in winter), read a few books that I neglected last year and just hibernate. It all sounds really lovely to me after a busy holiday season.

Anyone else doing something similar? If yes, please share as I’ll love to know what you’re doing to slow down this month.

P.S. 10 years ago today I started this blog. I love that I am still blogging after all this time.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Our 2019 Christmas Home

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Man, did the holidays sneak up on us, or what? I know I say this every year but the time just moves faster as we get older. I know this isn’t fact but man it sure feels like it.

Our Christmas d├ęcor mainly stays the same each year except for a new ornament each year. This year our new ornaments were a nutcracker and one that Sean picked up in Texas earlier this year while he was on a work trip. We normally just do one new ornament a year (usually from somewhere we traveled) but two is better, ha. We do try to do a new color schemed tree each year which is pretty fun to me. In 2014, Cinthia, Margaret and I went ornament shopping after the holidays and got tons of different colored ornaments for so cheap. So cheap that it almost felt like we stole it. I assure you that we did not. Anyway, because of this, Sean and I have been able to have a different color schemed tree ever since and it has been awesome to think up a new color scheme each year. We still always put our yearly ornaments on the tree regardless of the color scheme.

We also picked up stocking holders this year after years of trying to get those useless command strips to work for us. Not sure why we hadn’t thought to do this until this year but it will save us time and money so better late than never. And for the first time celebrating Christmas in this house, our stockings have not fallen and we are able to actually stuff items in it; win, win!

Alright, enough of all my mumbo jumbo. Here’s some pictures!

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I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
Ahhh, one more sleep til Christmas! ♥