The holidays have somehow crept up on us once again and I am still trying to figure out how it’s possible a New Year is starting already. Last Wednesday, I thought our long Thanksgiving weekend was doomed when I received a called from Ryder’s school asking me to pick him up with pink eye, and before I could call our doctor for eye drops, Siella was suddenly starting to show symptoms as well. We had a lot planned the following day and I wasn’t sure how it would pan out. I spoke with our pediatrician who called in drops immediately for the kids as well as a script for Gemma in case she would happen to catch it. Our plan was to go to the parade in the morning and then go to my parents house. After speaking with our doctor we nixed going to the parade but since there were no other kids at my parents, she didn’t think it would be a problem.
By Thursday morning, the big kids were already on their third dose of drops and there eyes seemed to be getting much better. We watched the parade on our television, although crushed we didn’t go but on the bright side, it was also pretty cold out. And there’s always next year. We got to my parents house fully loaded with the chocolate chip cookies I baked the night before and homemade cranberry sauce. My parents prepared their usual Thanksgiving feast. It was so fun to watch Ryder and Siella help with making the dinner even since they were able to pop more in their mouth than on the sweet potato pie. And I forgot to mention that this is also a special Thanksgiving being it’s Gemma’s first. She even was able to enjoy some of the sides.
The following day we took the kids to a shop near my parents house known for their elaborate light figurines. We chose two adorable reindeers to give to my mom for her birthday coming this week. Ryder was so psyched. It’s really so amazing to watch the joys of the holidays through your children’s eyes.
When we arrived back to our house on Saturday morning, our favorite Elf, Chippy was back (thanks to Jason running upstairs and putting him out) and it turns out our elf brought a friend with him; a “girl elf” to help watch over all three of them. They named her Snowflake.
After lying low on Saturday, we trekked out on Sunday to finish up our holiday cards photo’s which took forever to get. I really wanted to get the same vibe we went for last year with the subway scene; but being Gemma isn’t walking or standing it was nearly impossible to get. We wound up finding a fun street at the South Street Seaport while roaming around. I already have in my head next year’s shoot when Gem will be older. Then after our seaport frolic we headed to see one of my favorite Santa’s at ABC Carpet. I’m happy and shocked to say that no tears were shed and they all were in awe of Santa draped in a more Kris Kringle garb. Seriously my fav Santa ever!
After we made a pit stop at home, we headed out for our Christmas tree. It only took us three different trees to pull out and we chose ours and proceeded to take it home on Ryder’s Mini Kick scooter no less. It was the most funniest thing ever, and we kept getting stopped on the street saying how awesome the idea was. We did it last year as well but I wasn’t fully able to capture it like I was this year. Check out the vine video I took here. It’s just so awesome and totally captures NYC living.
As our long and busy weekend was coming to an end, we decorated our Christmas tree. I love every year pulling out our special ornaments. I’ve been collecting personalized ornaments every year since Jason and I were first married, and we have quit a collection six years later. Seeing Ryder and Siella’s “First Christmas” ornaments brings tears to my eyes, and now with our new joyous addition, Gemma, we now have her First Christmas set to add. I hope they last forever and someday these precious Lenox ornaments will be hanging on their family’s tree.
And to end..this was the sight I saw of my three beautiful children decorating the tree and I will forever cherish this memory. Happy Holidays Everyone!