Monday, December 28, 2009

'Twas the Season

How come it takes so much preparation for Christmas but then it comes and goes so quickly?

I didn't get to blog during the busy holiday... but I hope you all had a splendid Christmas, got to spend lots of time with family, ate lots of yummy food, and that Santa was good to you, of course.

I got to do all of the above. It was great.

One of my fave presents was this jacket... I am sure I'll be plenty warm for the rest of the winter!

I think I have mentioned this before, but on Christmas Day my extended fam has a crazy hat/pajama party. A strange tradition that somehow just evolved 4 or so years ago. This year's party was a success and we had excellent hat participation! My family is crazy but that it why I love them.

We didn't get a group shot this year but here are a couple that show the wide variety of hats:

This year I had to just sit back and laugh at how ridiculous it all is, but in an awesome way. It just makes sense for my family... and I hope we keep it up!

Now, I am so excited to be on vacation and just relax this week. However, I really hate Winter after Christmas is over... so my dear friend, Summer, feel free to come back whenever you'd like! ; )

Stay tuned for tomorrow for a year in review in pictures!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My Wish List

I have noooo idea what boyfriend, santa claus, or my parents are getting me for Christmas. This is unusual because I am usually sneaky and want clues, etc, but this year I have none. Here are a few things that are on my wish list though:

a purple and white wrap scarf from American Eagle. so comfy.
a puffer vest from the gap, but black, not navy blue

this travel backpack for our trip to Costa Rica/Panama next summer.
I REALLY, REALLY want this.
I love how it has a little front backpack that zips off for day excursions!

the victoria's secret hello, bombshell bra.

I won't get this for Christmas.... but I want it so badly. I drool over them in every store... the oh so amazing KitchenAid

and last but not least

In other news, one more day with the kiddos, then a long awaited week and a half break, woo hoooo!!

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Especially if it is your Friday!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Trot, trot to Boston...

(Does anyone else know that nursery rhyme reference in the title or is that just a Massachusetts thing? I have always wondered that!)

I never told you about the fab day in Boston I had with my fam a few weeks ago!

My mom, sis, bro, sis in law, two nieces, and nephew (daddio and the bro in law had to work, boo) went into Boston for a fun filled day of Christmas cheer on the day after Thanksgiving. It was *SO* much fun that I think we will need to make it a yearly tradition.

Our first stop was ice skating on the Boston Common Frog Pond. I think ice skating is SO much fun. I wish I could do it all the time because it is such a good workout and you don't even feel like you are working out (my fave kind!). It was perfect!

boyfriend with a random little friend? haha

Next on the agenda we were heading to a cute little restaurant called 75 Chestnut where you can buy gingerbread houses and decorate them with millions of kinds of candy that you have an endless supply of while you also eat lunch (and/or drink mimosas for us adults!) Doesn't that sound so fun?! The restaurant is so cute. It is in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston which is known for its small, gas lantern lit streets, and brick sidewalks. It is is also one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Boston. A three story townhouse can sell for about 7 million! It's really fun just to walk around there and sight see!

Here are my nieces checking out a door that we really liked on the way to the restaurant:

and a gas lit street:

We finally arrived at the restaurant and were all very excited.... until we were told that our reservation was for Sunday. It was Saturday and they were completely booked up. I was EXTREMELY mad because I made the reservation and I KNOW they told me it was on Saturday. We were very disappointed, and so were the three very sad kids. They offered us free appetizers with lunch, but we wanted to make gingerbread houses. Free appetizers weren't really gonna cut it. All of us basically handled it well, but mistakes like that just can't be made. The hostess called around to see what she could do, but couldn't really find anything to make it up to us. Then she called out the executive chef. I think he was a sucker for the three sad little faces because then HE made some calls and suddenly they could fit us right in. We just had to wait about 20 minutes. We were ecstatic. I don't like to be a stickler, but I also don't think you should just let people make mistakes like that! We were really nice though, and kindness pays off I guess!

The restaurant is in a mansion and the executive chef asked us if we wanted a tour of it while we waited! Of course we did! He gave us a private tour and it was gorgeous! I didn't get many pictures, but I did get this one of a dizzying spiral staircase!

Finally, we got to go to the restaurant to make the houses! The food was delicious, the drinks were delicious, and the gingerbread house were too pretty to eat! We actually even ended up with the best seat in the house!

oh but before we got to the restaurant, which was kind of next door to the mansion, the chef put my niece to work carrying over some extra candy!
outside the restaurant

i like how my niece is sneaking some bites while she works!

love the Christmas cheer!

sissy enjoying a very large bloody mary!

We had a great time. It just goes to show you that a little customer service and kindness goes a long way! I think his name was Marcus. I don't remember his last name but his hospitality and graciousness are extremely commendable and clearly we had an AWESOME time!! The world needs more people like that! He turned what could have been a bad day into a great one.

Now I can't wait to go next year.... but maybe I'll have to call for the reservation in September?!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

And so it begins...

It snowed for the first time this weekend in New England. I always love the first snow and
get annoyed by snowstorms after that. Nothing beats the first snowball fight and snow(wo)man of the season though.
Ain't she gawgeouuus??

my niece and nephew are pretty cute too!

And atleast it didn't stop me from going Christmas Shopping here today with my mom, sis, auntie, and cousin.

I got lots of shopping done for christmas so that makes me happy. Also,
santa clause bought me
I bought myself a $50 present. It was slightly impulsive and I feel a little bit guilty but I am trying not to. Is that bad???

I'll show you it tomorrow!
Happy Monday, lovelies!