Monday, December 31, 2007

Bye Bye, 2007

Last post of the year - wooo hooo!

First off, Congratulations to my friend Colleen - her baby boy, Waylon, was born last Thursday. She grows them big - both her babies were over 10 lbs! God bless her!

This last weekend of the year brought the first real good fight between my stubborn daughter and her Mother (who, Leda found out, is just as stubborn, if not more!) After breakfast on Saturday morning, Leda dropped her milk (sippy cup) on the floor, on purpose and got down from the table to walk away. I told her to pick up the cup and take it to the kitchen and she flat-out refused. So, for the next half hour or so, the child and I stared each other down in a war of wills - she was sat down on the floor next to the cup and told that she couldn't move until she took the cup to the kitchen. There was much screaming. And kicking. All from the child. This time out stuff is rough! But we held firm and the child finally put the cup away.

The rest of the weekend consisted of going to a party held by the Tobin Cousins, my maternal grandmother's family. Got to see family I hadn't seen in years. We also spent the weekend cleaning and planning for our ninth annual New Year's Eve party. Tonight we will have our closest friends join us for the evening to ring in the New Year. We are quite looking forward to it!

Happy New Year to you and yours. Here's hoping 2008 is happy and healthy for everyone!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Hangover

No, I didn't drink too much, just didn't get a whole bunch of sleep!

Christmas eve consisted of shopping for Christmas dinner in the morning, straightening up in the early afternoon and delivering gift baskets to the neighbors before heading off to Aunt Rachel's for Christmas Eve dinner with her, Calean and Tristan, Uncle Wayne and Dylan and GrandDad and Fay. It was a lovely dinner and then the kids got to open their gifts.

We didn't stay too late because we had to get home to finish up some Christmas stuff and put Leda off to bed. Daddy put together the tricycle from Grandpa and Nana and then off to bed we went.

Around 6 in the morning (it was a little before) Leda woke me up with her coughing. She's got this cough that has been lingering from her cold she'd had earlier in December. I went in to give her some water and noticed she was really hot...turns out to be a 101.4 temp. Oh Joy! She didn't complain of feeling badly except that her head hurt, so a little Motrin and I tried to get her to go back to sleep, but she was having a pretty tough time of it with the coughing. Then she wanted to come in to my bed.

Sufficed to say, we were up by 7 am on Christmas morning.

Okay, yes, I like to get up early on Christmas morning, but this was a little too early for me. I was kinda looking at around 7:30 or 8. Not up at 6 and out of bed by 7. I was a little worried that Leda would just tear through the presents and everything would be over by 7:30am! Thankfully, the kid, she takes after her Mommy!

So, down to the living room to see if Santa came and boy, did he! Leda got a big stuffed penguin and the joy she expressed when she saw it was priceless (and uncaught by video camera! I suck!) Santa brought her a baby doll, some Cars cars, a doggie she can take care of (not a live one) and a Little Mermaid doll! She was so happy with all her things from Santa. She had me open each one after she unwrapped it and she played with each toy before she moved on to more presents. She really took her time - I almost had to force her to open gifts!

We made good use of the web cam that Grandma Sweat got us a few years ago by setting it up in the living room toward the end of the present unwrapping so that Grandma and Granddaddy could watch Leda unwrap the doll house that Granddaddy refurbished for her. It was my doll house that my Pop-Pop Cunningham made for me. Leda loved it! She played with it all day long yesterday! I even had some fun playing with the furniture and rearranging everything a few times! Of course, I could have thought of the web cam earlier than 9:30am, but at least I thought of it!

Two hours or so later, we had unwrapped everything and everyone was very happy with all they had been given. Brock was the recipient of a new lap top and a great GPS system. I received a beautiful diamond bracelet from my husband and lots of books and DVDs and CDs from my wonderful family. Duff even got some treats and rawhide bones. We all are very grateful for all we were given!

There was no rest for the weary in this household (except for Leda who needed to take a nap!) There was straightening up to do and there was a Christmas dinner to prepare. GrandDad and Fay came over around 3:30 and we got Leda up around 4 or so. She got to open presents with GrandDad and she got a cool Minnie Mouse clock and a game for her LeapFrog computer system!

We had an awesome dinner that Brock and I prepared (Brock did most of the work). We decided to try Beef Wellington for a Christmas dinner and let me tell you - I have decided there is no other type of beef I ever want to eat - it was so good, I just can't describe it! We did it a little different - we did it with a Duxelles mix (that was just as awesome by itself) but no liver pate. It was so good! We had garlic mashed potatoes and green beans with our meat, along with a little J Garcia Cabernet Sauvignon! Dinner was so awesome!

After dinner, we ended up on a web cam meeting to Aunt Aimee and Uncle Kurt's house, so we got to see Abby and Sami for Christmas! It was pretty cool! It is amazing what kind of technology we have out there that just transforms holidays like this!

Oh, and Leda finally gave Mommy a wonderful gift and finally smiled for a picture with me in front of the tree!

Mommy and Leda

Leda was trundled off to bed close to 9pm, but she was just so tired - at least that's what I think the problem was - that she just got hysterical when we tried to get her to go to sleep. Oh, there was screaming, let me tell you. She wanted to go to sleep in my bed for some reason, and all we could get out of her sounded like "My bed isn't cute." Not exactly sure what that is code for, but the kid, she was beside herself. She really seemed afraid of something. I had to lie down with her for a few minutes to calm her down and we finally got her calmed and asleep by a little after 9:30.

GrandDad and Fay took off around 10pm and after a little straightening up, off to bed I went to wait for the 11pm news - didn't make it. Fell asleep before that!

Christmas was wonderful. We had a pretty awesome day. It's the going-back-to-work-the-day-after that sucks! ;-) I could use a few days vacation after yesterday! At least this will be a fairly easy week - which is a good thing because I think Leda may need a visit to the Doctor tomorrow - another temp this evening of 100 degrees (Motrin brings them right down, so not too worried about it) - she must be fighting something. If the coughing persists tonight/tomorrow morning, the doc is getting a call.

We hope everyone enjoyed their holiday. So looking forward to next year! Leda can't wait until Santa returns. In fact, she has been asking if she can go to the North Pole to visit him! ;-)

Here's more pictures from this Christmas Season!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

To all you out there, here's hoping you have a very merry one.

Christmas 2007

We are looking forward to the carnage tomorrow morning!

Adding Insult to Injury

Due to the circumstances surrounding this football season (mainly, the Eagles sucking dirt - except for that feel good win over the Cowgirls), I decided to join my husband and root for his Browns. I mean, they were in a pretty darn good race to get a playoff spot. I might have football until February after all!

Well, maybe not! Apparently the Browns tanked yesterday and lost the opportunity to clinch a playoff spot. Ouch!

So, guess it will go down to the last weekend of the season after all. The big question is, will we get the Brown's game on here in Philly? We actually had two Brown's games this year already, kinda thinking our luck has run out.

Dude, I'm rooting for the Browns. I think that explains everything, don't you?

Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas Trees, Decorations and Cookies

Not exactly in that order.

What a weekend we had. Since the first two weekends of December were busy for us and most of us weren't home those two weekends, this past weekend was the getting ready for Christmas weekend. Better late than never!

What we usually do over the course of two or three weeks during the Holiday season we had to cram into one weekend, plus baking 5 batches of cookies - a new family tradition I decided we need to add so that Leda and I could do something together.

So our weekend started on Saturday morning by getting up and getting dressed and getting out of the house by 8:30 or so to get out to the Christmas Tree farm early so we could get a tree, get it home and start cleaning the house and preparing it for the Holiday. Oh, and we invited the Durhams and Aunt Karen over for dinner. Crazy us!

It was cold! Not as cold as previous years, but cold enough. Thank goodness we found a tree pretty quickly (albeit, not one of my favorite trees, but it will do!), because Leda could pretty much only handle about a half hour of traipsing around the forest in the cold. And, she had lost interest in dragging Duff around.

Off hunting Christmas Trees

The tree we found was actually about 20 feet tall! It had about 5 feet of blank trunk at the bottom, but looked pretty perfect at the top. Of course, it was at a different angle than we are used to (on the ground!) so when we got it home, I realized it was a little uneven, a little lopsided, and it had a few bare spots. But, not exactly a Charlie Brown tree. And, besides, it was about the time that Leda had whined for the 50th time about wanting to be picked up and carried, so it won the prize of being picked by the Yates! We dragged our tree home and put it up in the living room to be decorated on Sunday with Granddad and Fay Teal.

The rest of the day consisted of cleaning and preparing for guests. Leda was all excited about Paige coming to play with her. She was jumping up and down yelling her name when Paige got here! And, Aunt Karen brought her niece Sydney over to play, too! Leda had the two girls in her room and boy did they do a number on that room! But they had lots of fun!

On Sunday morning, we woke up late because of all the fun we had the night before and Leda and I got to work on making cookies! The kid, she sure takes after me because before we even got the first ingredient out, she was wondering, "when do we lick?" I spent most of the time making the first batch of cookies (snickerdoodles) keeping Leda from licking everything and anything she could get her tongue on. She was handsomely rewarded with the spatula after the dough was made. She then promptly left the kitchen and spent the rest of the morning watching cartoons!

Leda helps with Cookies

Three batches later (oatmeal and chocolate chip!), we were pulling the decorations for the tree down from the attic. GrandDad and Fay Teal arrived around 2 or 2:30 and we started decorating the tree. Leda really had lots of fun putting all her ornaments on the tree. Aunt Joan had sent us a bunch of ornaments last year that are good for kids - the won't break if played with! Leda was having so much fun putting them on the tree (okay, Mommy gave LOTS of direction, else everything would have been on the same branch, but Leda had fun anyway!)

Leda with Christmas Tree

After we were done with the tree, we got the sugar cookie dough that Mommy made the night before out and made some cut cookies! And this was all before dinner! Daddy made the famous Shrimp Soup and we had a great dinner while we watched the Eagles do something that put a smile on my face for the first time pretty much this whole football season - beat the Cowgirls! Yeah! Take that Jessica Simpson!

Leda was packed off to bed at 8 - it was a busy, busy day for her, especially with no nap! She's really looking forward to Santa coming!

Christmas Tree, 2007 version

Tonight, I finished off the sugar cookies, made some split seconds and am about to put together the baklava! And, then, I am done. Well, except for a few more presents that are needed and a few tins and baskets for the cookies we will give the neighbors and some others we know! It's gonna be a busy week - Grandma will be here tomorrow night and Wed we are out shopping to stock the wine fridge and then Thursday I have my last minute shopping night and then Friday night we are off to Grandpa and Nana Yates for the weekend. Back home on Sunday, praying the boss gives me off on Monday (or at least a half day) and then over to Aunt Rachel's for Christmas Eve dinner and then, THEN, Santa gets here! Woooo Hoooo!

I'm gonna need a long winter's nap somewhere in there!

So, off to layer phyllo dough and then to bed. Not sure how much posting will happen this week - will probably update next just before Christmas day! The week before Christmas is always so crazy!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Panic in the Northeast

If you are in the Northeast, panic! There's a winter storm coming! Oh, the horror!!!

Okay, so the poor Midwest is coated in ice and it is horrible and I really hope we don't get that kind of storm here, but come on, why do the local channels have to make it sound like the end of the world is coming? You'd think we'd be snowed in for days and days and we had better stock up on that milk and bread (by the way, why, oh why, do we always stock up on milk and bread? Why not more important things like snack foods and beer? I mean, if the world is coming to an end, I'd rather have a beer and some Pringles instead of milk and bread!) and be prepared for power outages and not being able to contact anyone for days!

We are expecting 1-3 inches, maybe. Maybe a little slush to the south. Probably more of a mix bag of precip. Usually means it is going to be an ugly day, no one will be able to get anywhere fast, but the end of life as we know it, nah!

Now, the storm we might get on Sunday - that one might turn out to be something. Guess it all depends on when it starts and how far south it starts. Else, we might have some white stuff, but can probably not worry about needing milk and bread to sustain life for days on end.

Hey, isn't my Mother supposed to be in the NJ area this week? This could be the reason for the storms! She's known for coming from FL and bringing snow. Go figure that one out! ;-)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Potty Update

Yes. I have become one of THOSE parents. You know the ones I speak of. You know because you have at one time or another avoided this type of parent at parties. You have, I know. Because I am pretty sure I used to avoid this type of parent before I gave birth.

I apologize to the poor woman who got stuck having a conversation with me at the party on Saturday, because she had to listen to nothing but how my daughter was doing with potty training. All the highlights, too! The poop, the pee, the messes, oh it was lovely.

I woke up Sunday morning and just cringed as I remembered this conversation and I promised myself I would apologize to poor Nancy as soon as I see her again. That is if she doesn't totally avoid eye contact with me so as to avoid any more talk of my child's bodily functions.

So, I share with the rest of you! Don't you feel special? I knew you did!

Leda has been doing wonderfully. She's really good at using the potty when she's at day care, but that's because the wonderful ladies there are right on top of her about it all day long. They really are wonderful.

This weekend, as it was the first weekend since Leda started potty training that I would be with her all weekend long, we decided to wear the big girl panties - ones without absorbency! Leda was really excited about wearing her underwear with Tinkerbell on them! She promised to only go in the potty.

I decided I would make sure to take Leda to the bathroom every 30-45 minutes to enforce the whole, gotta go in the potty theory for her. The first time on Saturday morning, I was greeted with protests as it would mean she'd miss part of Mickey Mouse! Oh the horror! So I asked her if I brought the training potty down to the living room, would she use it - because she refused to use it when we bought it almost a year ago. The only use that this potty has had is by all Leda's dolls.

She agreed, so I brought it down to the living room and she promptly used it. And christened it! Awesome! So all Saturday morning, the child would sit on the portable potty and do her business and Mommy would clean it up. It was going really well, until right before nap, when she sat on the potty, but totally didn't do anything and then, ten minutes later, she complained that the couch was wet! Yep, first accident.

So, after nap, back to the potty training. She was doing pretty well until we needed to leave for the party when she promptly, two seconds before we were out the door, peed in her pants. So, it was pull-up city for the party on Saturday night.

Sunday was another good day, she was really using the portable potty seat and no accidents at all (except one toward the end of the day).

Only problem - the bowel movements. We know she knows when she is making number two, but it is almost like she refuses to use the potty to make it. She will just mess her pants and THEN try to take her pants off - which ends up in a mess and there's hosing off involved and it's not nice dinner conversation (but I apparently didn't think of that on Saturday night! And I can't blame it on alcohol either, as I only had a beer or two the whole night!)

Anyway, we are going to keep at it. I think we may have a child who is potty trained very shortly after the new year. I'd like to have this figured out by the end of the year, but I am not going to rush it.

Now, aren't you glad you stopped by to read this? I knew you were!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

A Serious Case of the I WANTS

If we had any doubt that this was the year Leda figured out this whole Christmas thing, last night put it to rest.

I mean, she figured out this Santa dude. Sorta. She really wanted to meet him, that was for sure. Not sure if she understands the whole "asking him for stuff" thing, but she did pretty good asking him for stuff.

And, she may not TOTALLY understand the Christmas thing - birth of Christ, one day of year that we exchange gifts with everyone we love, etc. - but she sure understands that at some point this month, she's gonna get some stuff and she's making sure that she doesn't leave anything off that list of hers!

Last night we went to Target to do a little shopping, we had to buy a birthday present for Miss Paige who turned 4 yesterday and who is having a birthday party tonight. And I had to buy the yearly supply of Christmas wrapping, bows, tags, cards, etc.! This year, I was smart, I bought a container to put all that stuff into so I can find it for next year! Yeah, I'll let you know how that goes!

So we get to the toy section of the store, and that is when the I WANTS hit. It was a bad case, really bad. There was I WANTS all over the place! "Mommy, I want that. I want that. I want that there. Mom, Look, I want that!" and so on and so forth.

I had thought that this would be the last year that I would be able to buy her Christmas gifts while she was with me, but I guess that came and went with last year! We picked out a nice gift for Paige (which we aren't going to mention here yet as her Mommy may check the blog before the party tonight and we don't want to spoil the surprise!) and Leda was all like, "I want this, Mommy" and I told her it was for Paige and she was all like, "why mommy" and I was all like, "Because it's her birthday." And that was when Leda informed me that it was her birthday, too! Well, I set her straight on that one - "No, honey, it's not your birthday. Your birthday is in April. I remember it distinctly. I was there!" And Leda was all like, "No, today is my birthday."

Well, the rest of my trip to Target was consumed by having a heated discussion with my daughter about when her birthday REALLY was and "No, you can't have the present we bought Paige, because it is for Paige", and, "If Paige wants to share her present with you, she will, if not, you will have to wait until Christmas to see if Santa brings you one." and so on and so forth. Oh, and no, I didn't buy anything for Leda during this trip, else it just caused more headaches for me! So yes, I have to go back to the big bad store to do more shopping! Yuck!

And the I WANTS continued through the store. Leda wants a game for some PlayStation or xbox machine that she is NEVER gonna get (well, not until she's a teenager at least) and I am pretty sure she wants a rap CD or it might have been Barry Manilow's Christmas CD, not exactly sure which one she was pointing at. I kinda hope it was the Barry Manilow CD because I wouldn't mind that so much but it would drive her Daddy nuts, and after my shopping trip to Target last night, I think that's just the thing to make me smile! ;-) Oh, the list went on and on. Practically the whole store. And maybe one or two of the shoppers in the store!

So, the kid, she's got the I WANTS real bad. I realize that there is no cure for this and we'll just have to wait it out for, oh, another 15 or so years. Hey, I think I could handle the I WANTS if it wasn't accompanied by the WHINING! Oh, how I hate the WHINING! But that's a post for another day!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Jennifer Love-Hewitt, I Applaud Thee

Not that I usually care, but seriously, I had to give a big Hell Yeah to Jennifer Love-Hewitt for fighting back against the Media Machine that calls her fat. Or any other actress fat.

And, yes, I barely know who she is, but man, is she right!

I mean, really, does it really matter that she has a little cellulite and maybe a little belly? I mean, who doesn't? Okay, okay, there are some who don't, but one day, even those might find some bulges in places there were no bulges before. We really need to stop worshipping the size 0 actresses and models of the world as the end all and be all of beauty. Time to let little girls know that it is okay to not be "perfect" but to be healthy and active.

Good for you Ms. Hewitt! (However, I will be refraining from putting this body in a bikini. The world's not ready for THAT!)

Christmas Shows

Leda is now old enough to watch and get the old Christmas shows that are on TV this time of year. She doesn't quite understand the commercials - that'll be another year or so!

So last night I let her stay up late with me (late - she got to stay up until 9, instead of going to bed at 8!) to watch Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer. She liked it. It has been awhile since I had actually watched the show. I loved it.

I told her tonight she could stay up and watch Santa Claus is Coming to Town with me, but she decided to be bad for me, with Daddy gone for a few days, she's working on how far she can push Mommy. Well, she pushed me far enough that I am sitting here watching it by myself! Oh well.

We'll probably stay up on Friday night and watch Frosty. I have a feeling we might be in trouble come January. The kid, she'll probably want more Christmas! I don't think she's going to understand "waiting until next year!"

Monday, December 3, 2007

The Kid is Awesome!

We went to see Santa tonight. Leda has asked to go see Santa for about two or so weeks now, ever since I made a big deal about Santa at the end of the Macy's Parade on Thanksgiving. I decided that going on a Monday night, after dinner, early in the month was probably going to be our best bet to avoiding a long line (and the subsequent meltdown that might ensue when you make a two and a half year old stand in a two and a half hour long line!)

So after dinner we piled into the car and off to the Mall we went. Terrifying. I hate Malls at Christmas. No, really. I hate Malls just about any time of the year, but ESPECIALLY at Christmas. The only time I will go Christmas shopping at a Mall is early on a Sunday morning - it is always the quietest time to go shopping. I can't stand the crowds - and, if I am not done by noon (when it starts to get crowded), the rest of the shopping is done online!

Anyway, I, we get to the Mall and luckily, it is not busy. We get to Santa and the line is not long at all...all of about a ten-fifteen minute wait. Leda was getting excited. She wasn't too keen on the waiting in line to see Santa - I mean, come on, he's right there, why can't I see him NOW! But wait she did, with very little whining, if any at all, which, these days, was an amazement in itself (that's a totally different post!)

I figured that this is what would happen...we'd get up to Santa and Leda would immediately be shy and not want to have anything to do with him. I would try to get her to sit next to him or on his lap and the screaming would commence. I figured the only picture of Leda and Santa I was going to get this year was going to have Mommy somewhere in it - preferably BETWEEN Leda and Santa. Boy, was I wrong....

So, it was her turn, and she walked right up to him, said Hi, lifted her arms up for him to pick her up and she sat there on his lap and had a conversation with him. She just started talking to him. I was so stunned and everyone in line behind us and around us were so amazed that she was talking to him, I have no clue what she said to him! Really! She had a conversation with Santa. With acknowledgement from Santa. And Leda not screaming.

The picture taking was still a little difficult. When it came time for Leda to smile at the camera, she stuck her tongue out. We tried to get her to say "Cheese", "Happy Feet", anything, just stop sticking your tongue out, kid! Finally, she did smile, a very coy looking smile, but one good enough to take and keep for prosperity!

Santa and Leda, 2007

She said Merry Christmas and off we went to the Build-a-Bear Workshop to let her pick out her own Bear this year. We didn't bribe her, she had no idea we were going to take her to get her a bear until after she sat on Santa's lap. I would have been getting her one this year anyway, as I do every year. Leda picked Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. And she is sleeping with him right now!

We got in the car to come home and Leda said, "We do it again, tomorrow?" She was so darn awesome, I might just let her!

NYC over the weekend

Brock and I headed off to New York City on Saturday morning, after safely dropping the kid off at our neighbor's house for the weekend. She wasn't too happy about it, but Connor turned on Mickey Mouse Club and it was like we had suddenly disappeared.

So off to NYC we went, hoping we could get there, check in at the hotel and get to Todai for lunch at 1pm. As we were driving up the NJ Turnpike, we saw a notice that the Lincoln Tunnel had major delays, so a last minute change in plans, we were going to go through the Holland. Problem with that was we needed to get from lower Manhattan on the West Side to Midtown on the East side! On a Saturday. During the Shopping season.

We got through the tunnel by 11:30 and it took us another 45 minutes before we were at the hotel. Gotta love NYC! Anyway, we got there in plenty of time to valet park the car, check in and run our bags up to the room before meeting the Shier's for a taxi cab ride to Todai.

On Thursday, Brock and I decided that we wanted to go to Todai for lunch before the show we were going to and we thought we would ask the Shier's to join us. That turned into asking the rest of our office to join us, so we ended up with 10 for lunch at Todai. Turned out not to be a bad idea, everyone loved it!

Off to the Garden for Cirque Du Soleil's Wintuk , which was a fun show. I will admit, I expected a lot more acrobatics than we saw, but the show was lots of fun and the surprise ending was awesome (I don't want to give away the ending, just in case anyone thinking of seeing it stops by here!) It was a show one could take their kids to - the kids would love it!

After the show, we hoofed it back to the hotel. Originally I wanted to head up to Rockefeller Center to see the tree, but that would have been at least 20 more blocks there and back to the hotel and it was chilly! And crowded! Wow was it crowded - all the avenues were just teeming with people shopping. Side streets were much easier to walk on (along with the fact that the crowds tended to be on the avenues, the wind was blowing straight down the avenues - side streets were lots less chilly!) I don't think I've ever seen so many people! I've never been to NYC for the Christmas season, so this was something new. Got to see Macy's all lit up - and no, I didn't stand in line to see the window settings - and in all honesty, I don't understand the interest!

We got back to the hotel and had about an hour and a half to kill before dinner. Too little time for a nap or basically doing anything, so we vegged out watching a little TV, then we got ready for dinner.

Dinner was very nice, in the hotel restaurant - we stayed at the New York Helmsley hotel and dinner was at Mindy's. Dinner was excellent. We had a great time getting to know the new guy in our office, Joel and his wife Bari. Then, for desert, half of every table got up and moved to the next table - it gives us all a chance to get to know other people in the company. Bob Malley and his wife came to our table and some how the college name Hobart was brought up - Brock had gone to Hobart - well, turns out, so did Bob and his wife! At the same time! As Brock! So for the next hour, Bob and Nina an Brock all reminisced about people they all knew. Turns out they knew a lot of the same people, but Brock and Bob were unable to connect where they might have known each other back then. Talk about small worlds!

After dinner, we retired to the bar and had drinks and good conversation. It was a lot of fun. I wish I had had the chance to take a nap earlier in the day though, because I was beat! I do have to say, that being tired protected me from drinking too much, which was a plus!

We headed off to bed around 1pm. I didn't sleep well that night, for what reason I don't know. But I didn't and finally, about 7:45 in the morning, got up, took a shower and Brock did the same and we were off to find breakfast. It was snowing pretty good in the city, but only about a half inch on the ground at that point. It was kinda pretty! Brock and I had breakfast in Mindy's and then checked out and got the car outta hock and off to Rockefeller Center we went so I could see the tree before we left the city.

We found a parking spot on the street a block away from the tree. We had to pay our $2 for the meter and off we went to see the tree. Amazing how not so big it looks in person! It looks twice as big on TV. Guess what they say about the TV adding pounds is true, even for trees! Anyway, took some pictures, watched Santa skate on the ice rink (I can safely check off one of those things I need to do before I die - see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree), and back to the car within 10 minutes and we were on our way home. We were out of the city by 10 and home by 11:30 to a little girl who was very excited to see us!

Rockefeller Christmas Tree, 2007

Tonight, we will attempt a visit with Santa Claus. At the Mall. The kid better sit on the old man's lap and get a nice picture taken with him if I am going to the Mall during Christmas Shopping Season! A report will be forth coming!

Oh, and although I did post every day during the month of November, the only prize I will get is the praise and accolades I receive from you all, my faithful readers, as I didn't win any of the prizes. Not that I did it for the prizes, but I was hopeful! Oh well, better luck to me next year!

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