Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christmas Eve 2015

Christmas Eve started early this year - we have a three year old in the mix now and late nights and three year olds don't mix.  No one minded the early start, though, we enjoy getting our Christmas Eve on!

We started with the usual group photos.  Above are the original five cousins (Owen wasn't dressed yet) and below is Southern Family:

Next came the Philly contingent:

Can you stand Owen's cuteness?  I can only barely.

We did a family shot, too (above) and then all the cousins posed (below):

l to r:  Georgia (13), Avery (17), Owen (3), Henry (15), Josie (10) and Lily (19)

The boy cousins got tired of photos, so the grandparent / grandchild shot only included the girls:

Here's Gordy and I 


here is my annual sisters shot:

Dinner was cooked by my mother, although my Aunt Elsie made some of the appetizers.  I provided the cocktail.  

After dinner, we opened presents.

Owen was our "Santa Claus" and he handed out the presents with a little help from Elizabeth.  He did such a phenomenal job and even kept the excitement level up by clapping at each present.  

And of course, he thoroughly enjoyed opening his own presents:

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Harvey's Birthday

Our holiday celebrations started the week before Christmas when Lois, Harvey, Grandma and Grandpa came to our house for dinner and a birthday celebration.  

Getting to see Lois and Harvey in December is a special, special treat and personally, I think it should be part of our yearly holiday celebrations (hint, hint!)

We celebrated Harvey with take-out dinner and a birthday cake made by Gordy's mom.

In case you are wondering about which birthday Harvey was celebrating, you can count the candles below and see that he is now three.

Harvey is so mature for his age :)

Happy Birthday, Harvey!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Gordy Goes To a Bruins Game

A lot of you have already seen this from Gordy's instagram, but I knew my blog friend Diane would get a kick out of them, so I'm posting it on my blog.  

Hello Diane!

Gordy was invited to go to a Bruins game this week with a work friend and he got to sit in the first row right behind the penalty box.

The game was the Bruins vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins and during the game, Sidney Crosby got a penalty.  

Gordy texted Henry and me these photos and needless to say, we were pretty jealous.

We get to go to a few Bruins games every year, but our seats are nowhere near the front row!  

That's Gordy's voice yelling "What's up, Sid," in the background of the video.  It should be noted that Sidney did not acknowledge the Bruins fans or Gordy in any way!

And speaking of penalty minutes, Henry had his first game for his brand-new high school hockey team and with the three penalties he got that afternoon, he is now leading the team in penalty minutes.  

I guess I'm proud?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

We Got A Tree!

And we've even decorated it!

Whoo-Hoo!  Go us!

Josie, Gordy and I picked out the tree together.  

We chose a smaller tree than we have in the past.

There wasn't a particular reason - we just liked this tree.

Josie and I unpacked the ornaments while Gordy put the lights on.

Pippa Middleton fell asleep.

We like to use all the ornaments we own, so the tree is pretty cram-packed.

Last week, I brought Pippa Middleton to the vet to get her nails cut and the receptionist kept calling Pippa a "Sassy Potato."  Which I thought was pretty rude.

But for some reason, I kept thinking of the phrase while we were decorating our short, squat tree.

it's a happy little potato!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Gingerbread House Construction

Is it just me, or does it feel like the month of December is going way too fast?

We are getting really close to Christmas and still we have no decorations up nor have we purchased a tree.

The Chairwoman of our Decorations Committee (Josie) is obviously getting very distressed.

On Sunday, she forced the finance committee (Gordy and me) to at least purchase a gingerbread house kit.  AT LEAST!

It seemed sort of silly to me.  Gingerbread house kits are always stale and they never, ever stay together unless  you get glue involved.

And no one ever wants to get glue involved because then you can't eat the stale gingerbread or the rock-hard candies.

Josie and Georgia got down to work.

Well, Josie got down to work while Georgia showed off her lacrosse uniform which looks way-too-similar to a basketball uniform and also way-too-cold for winter.

It is not as warm in our house as Georgia's outfit suggests.  

Oh!  Hello Henry!

He must have sensed the presence of some candy in the kitchen.  

Nothing comes between Henry and his candy.

Wouldn't you know.... the darn roof would not stay put.  It ends up that frosting is not glue.


So the girls got creative.  Georgia made a gingerbread face cookie:

And Josie made a gingerbread house with a collapsed roof.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 7, 2015

We're Getting Festive!

We are not one of those families who buys their Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.  It takes us a little longer to get our Christmas Spirit on.  

We did do one holiday-y thing:  we hung lights outside on our porch railings.

Gordy did the hard work and Josie (the Chairgirl of our Decorations Committee) supervised.

Pippa Middleton enjoyed a little outdoor time.

The event was not without drama.  The below photo was taken right after Gordy broke one of the orbs and got a fierce electrical shock.

It wasn't pretty.

But this is pretty, no?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Our Trip To Miami

Over Thanksgiving break, Georgia and I went to Miami. 

We spent Thanksgiving by the pool.

It wasn't the warmest day (it was actually cloudy and pretty windy) but cloudy and windy in November Miami is much, much better than November Massachusetts.

This mother/daughter trip was in honor of Georgia's twelfth birthday - and yes, I am aware that Georgia recently turned 13.  We've been busy.

After our day of relaxation at the pool, we were ready to spend Friday at the spa.

We got fancy mani / pedis, listened to a lot of Enya and Georgia ate a plate full of brownies from the Ladies' Lounge.

On Saturday, we went to the Miami Botanical Gardens were partially closed while a catering company set up for an Art Basel reception.

We did get to commune with the Miami turtles, which was just as fabulous as it sounds.

Hello Florida turtle!

Other highlights of our trip included:  a good dinner at a Cuban restaurant (Georgia had the Cuban chicken fingers), a good dinner at an Italian restaurant, some great virgin, fruity, frozen drinks, trips to the beach and a short trip on Black Friday to some Miami Beach shops.

It was hard to come back to Massachusetts because I'm not a huge fan of winter, but it was great to be back together as a family again and I'm excited that it's now Christmas/Hannukah season.

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