December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to All

‘Twas the night before Christmas, in our NY apartment
Each household item in its little compartment.
Christmas this year will be different you see
As I turn to Kyle and say, “It’s just you and me”.
We will certainly miss all our family this year
But we’ve done our very best to spread holiday cheer.
A tree, not that big, that we bought on the street
Stands in a basket as you enter, it’s about 6 feet.
It twinkles in the night as we relax on the couch
By the way, the Egg Nog is adding to my pouch.

We’ve hung up a wreath on a window or two
With a bright red ribbon, one for me, one for you.
No fireplace or mantle to hang our stockings for St. Nick
So here on a window ledge with a hook we did stick.

On the dresser sits a small nativity scene
There to remind us what Christmas really does mean.
On the chalkboard is written a seasonal quote
Surrounded by Christmas cards with a photo or a note.

This December 25th will certainly feel strange
But in a just a few days Kyle will be hitting balls at the range.
To Arizona we head this coming Saturday
To celebrate Christmas with a bit of a delay.

So there it is, our Christmas decor
If you’re ever in the city please come knock on our door.
We are extremely blessed to have friends and family like you
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’s too!

December 19, 2012

Homemade Ornaments

Since all my ornaments are in Arizona, decorating our tree was a challenge.
Sure, I could go to Target and buy a bulk box of colored balls to hang on the tree, but
when you're used to each ornament telling a story, that just wouldn't do.
Instead, I thought we could make some of the ornaments. I was thrilled with this idea,
but as I'm sure you're guessing Kyle was less than enthused. I assured him he could "help"
by just hanging out with me and drinking Egg Nog. In knew he'd be fine with that.

They turned out pretty good and were a lot of fun to make (at least I thought so). We used different cookie cutters and small letter stamps to write different messages. If you'd like to make these with your family, here's the recipe I used. It's just cornstarch, baking soda, and water and super easy!

December 18, 2012

Our first "little" tree

I can't believe that we're just now buying our first Christmas tree together. I guess between
living on an island or with family, we just didn't have the need. I'd say for our first time,
you can't get any more special than walking down the street, finding the perfect evergreen, 
and carrying it home over your shoulder. Only in NYC, right?

 I'll be sharing pictures of our little tree decorated and in all its glory soon.

December 11, 2012

3 Years

December 6th was our 3 year Anniversary. I can't believe it's been that long since we said "I do". We've done and seen so much over the past 3 years and I wouldn't have it any other way.
To celebrate, we decided to keep things simple.
A little ice skating in Central Park and a romantic dinner of cheese fondue at home.  

December 10, 2012

It's Christmas Time in the City

Christmas in New York is such a spectacular sight. Everything is dazzled in lights
and the window displays are out of this world. We have a long list of things to do and
see during the holiday season and slowly, but surely, we're checking things off.
 First up was the lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center. Since there were thousands of people waiting to see the tree lighting, we opted to watch it from home where it was a bit warmer.
(I did manage to snap the shot of the tree, pre-lighting, before we were whisked away by NYPD)

Park Avenue also has a tree lighting where many trees along the street are lit in honor of
the men and women of the military. Families gathered in front of an old church to sing
Christmas carols and watch as one after another the trees began to twinkle in the night.
This was much more intimate compared to Rockefeller Center and definitely more our style.

There are also several holiday markets where you can buy handmade crafts and freshly
baked goods all while sipping on hot cocoa. It's like walking through Santa's workshop!

We have more to do and see, but we've gotten a good start.