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The holidays in rewind

**hello**  (((((((echo)))))

I know, it’s been way too long since I’ve updated over here.  Once again, I’ve been neglectful.  Alas, it’s a new year, which basically means I’m going to reshift my priorities again and TRY AGAIN to do what’s important to me, too.
All this mothering and pleasing other people crap is weighing me down, and quite honestly, has me in a funk.  Then again, so is the whole getting dark at 4pm stuff…

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So, yes, since I left you, we were gearing up for the holidays.  Oh, I had so many stories I wanted to share…if there was only more time in the day and less tantrums to extinguish—mine, not the kid’s!

I know all of you have had your decorations and trees put away for weeks, so bear with me on sharing a few of these stories so late. It’s almost Easter and all…and I’m just now getting around to talking about Christmas. haha. Story of my life.

Christmas, my most favorite time of year, flashed before our eyes and was done just like *that.*  But what a magical Christmas it was.

At this stage in the game, actually, within the past 2 months Jack has become so imaginative and verbal.  And when I say verbal, it’s beyond the one word sentences and repitition.  He caught on to all the holiday buzz words, like Sansa (Santa), Chrimmas (Christmas) and anything resembling a Christmas Tree was, of course, a Sansa Tree.  He’d see a wreath and say, “oooh a Sansa Tree!”  And in NYC, every where we went, there was some kind of Sansa Tree or Sansa himself.  It was glorious!

This year’s trip to Macy’s was amazing.  As usual, we went the first thing in the morning in mid-December and braved the crowds.  Thankfully, we were in and out of there in less than an hour!  We enjoyed Santaland and the trains and the beautiful decorations while we waited in line.
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Seriously, the line moved so fast and efficiently this year, we almost didn’t have time to stop and gawk at the billion different things to see in Santaland.  Jack adored the massive train displays as much as Sansa himself.  Seeing Santa at the Macy’s in Herald Square is one of my most favorite family Christmas traditions, and I’m so glad we’re able to “give” Jack such fun experiences.

The rest of the days and short weeks leading up to the holidays were spent working on NKT and attending various events.  By the end, I was so braindead and Jack, poor Jack, he was bored and ready to play as always!

The day before we left for Va. for the holidays, I insisted on taking Jack to see the tree in Rockefeller Center.  Because it’s easier to go during the day rather than at night, we didn’t get the full effect, but we did enjoy the massive tree and breathtaking sights around us.  The celebration on TV for the treelighting really doesn’t do it enough justice.  Christmas in the City is pretty awesome and Rockefeller Center is the epicenter of it all.

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And then the next day, we packed our bags into the car, amidst the snow piles and headed south…

I’ll have to do a photo essay thing on Christmas with the folks, so more on that crazy fun later.

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I think I tweeted something about having so many emotions about this past trip home for Christmas, which is probably an understatement.  With our families so firmly planted in Va., I realized that if Jack is ever going to have strong relationships with them, then it’s mostly on us.

It’s our choice to live here to expand our horizons, but unfortunately, the visits will be scarce.  What will that mean?  It could mean, not as many trips to Va so we can maybe focus on OUR family for a change?  The same amount of visits so we can continue spending money that we could be saving for a house, so we can move out before we kill each other in this tiny space?  Or how about just wallow in guilt because we can’t make everyone happy, including Jack?

We’ve stopped asking people to visit because well, everyone has work, life and everything else going on.  Besides, I hear it’s expensive to visit NYC and small spaces are undesirable ;)
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I couldn’t get out of Va. fast enough after I finished college, so it’s kind of ironic that our kid constantly asks to go to Yoyo’s house.  and Papa’s house.  and to see Uncle John.  All the live-long day this kid rips my heart out with this cadence of asking to go to Va.

My life’s conflict is like a shapeshifter—like, now it’s in a stranglehold by a toddler who knows just what he wants.

And right now, it’s 350 miles away at Yoyo’s house.

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It’s Christmas time in the City (already!)

Just yesterday, we sat in a local restaurant and we listened to Jingle Bells.  Jack and I sang along, but it almost seemed so wrong, being so soon and all.  My goodness, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, right?

Too soon?  Who am I kidding?  We’ve been knee deep in Holiday excitement since August when we went behind the scenes at Radio City Music Hall.  Ever since then, we’ve had Christmas on the brain, but even much more last week with all the holiday-related events we attended.

Jack and I with Santa and the Rockettes at the Mom Blogger Christmas Spectacular Party in August

Jack and I with Santa and the Rockettes at the Mom Blogger Christmas Spectacular Party in August

IMG_2910On Tuesday, Jack and I had the opportunity to attend the Christmas Spectacular opening night.  Since we only had two tickets, when we were first invited, I toyed with the idea of just leaving Jack with his babysitter.  But then I realized that this would be Jack’s first Christmas where he’d somewhat understood what was going on, so I bit the bullet.  I took him to the show by myself.  Ok, so not totally by myself.  We sat next to my bloggy friends and their families.

We were seated pretty close to the front in some of the most unbelievable seats I’ve ever had to a show!  (Thanks, MSG!!)  We were so close to the orchestra and organist, it was like we were sitting WITH them.  UNREAL.

I thought for sure Jack would freak out, meltdown and do what his two year old self would normally do in a seated situation.  To my surprise, Jack sat still and was engaged for almost the entire show.  ALMOST.

Jack and I watched the Rockettes with the same child-like splendor and giggled at Santa’s playful scenes.  The biggest hit for Jack must have been the scene with the oversized toys dancing and that oh-so cute Ballerina Bear batting her eyelashes.

There were several parts of the show where the singers and dancers were performing right above us since the balcony seats were an extension of the stage.  It truly was an amazing experience, and one that I’m so grateful for.

Christmas SpectacularOrganist at the Christmas Spectacular

So, the whole night didn’t go smoothly.  When I said ALMOST, it’s like a switch went off right at the hour and a half mark, Jack got restless and bored.  He wasn’t as interested in the softer, more dramatic scenes and he made sure all the seats around him knew that.  We got up and walked to the back so we didn’t disturb anyone, but as soon as we got there, Santa was flying and there was all kinds of really great music.  At that point Jack wanted to go back to our seats…of course he did.

All in all, it was an amazing night, and one that I hope we can make a family tradition.  The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall is a show that’s perfectly suited for every family member, music lover and Santa and Rockettes fan alike.

We’re so ready for Christmas, but first, bring on the turkey!!

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Thank you to MSG for giving us an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful night out with the Rockettes.

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A million reasons

Jack and I had a lovely day in the City today.  We met up with two of my friends from my old job, which reminded me how much I miss all of them.  Besides seeing my very cool friends, I had a chance to window shop and enjoy the scant amount of foliage in the city.  Fall in NYC is a thing of beauty for me; hell, all seasons in the city are awesome.  Today was a great way to punctuate an unforgettable week.

Madison Square Park

Macy*s windows in progressDespite the whole ball joint fiasco, the news of unemployment reaching a 14-year high and all the other ominous current events that continue to loom, this was one of the most memorable weeks I’ve experienced to date.  I’m sure there’s never an easy time to be a parent, but I’m sure I speak for many to say that it’s daunting to be a new parent at a time like this.  Instead of thinking, ‘what will Jack and his peers do for college, jobs, etc. with the way things are going…’ I’m hopeful that maybe things will look up in time.  So, based on the way this past week has transpired, I consider myself fortunate to be part of this whole Reason to Believe school of thought.

But while we were in Herald Square today, I noticed how Macy*s is in the process of decorating for Christmas.  So, if I may, let me throw out an analogous scenario [pairing a literary device with Macy*s--I'm sure I make my English professors proud ;) ] At a time like this, the famous window displays might have been a work in progress, but it was the theme that had such impeccable timing.

Millions of Reasons to Believe

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