Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015 from NYC!

So Thanksmas was in Dallas a couple weeks ago with my parents and sisters, and now we're in NYC for Christmas! My brother-in-law found a great rental home to hold our huge crew via VRBO and with my father-in-law in Queens and my sisters also in NYC it's been a great home base. 

It was an easy drive down from New Hampshire on Christmas Eve (and a balmy 60 degrees). Once we arrived in NYC the temperature reached 71 and we dropped our stuff at the house and hopped on the subway to Macy's Santaland. It was our 4th time going (see our previous visits here), but this time around I booked an online Express Pass for the first time, and I'm so glad we did cause the line when we arrived was wrapped around the 8th floor, and it was a THREE.HOUR.WAIT. CRAZY! We were in and out under an hour, and I'm now officially a firm believer in the Express Pass. 

This Christmas was also a special time to remember my mother-in-law who passed away 10 years ago yesterday. We were at my father-in-law's home about 30 deep with SO much laughter, food and memories. I'm so thankful that my brother-in-law organized everyone to come together. 

Somehow we were up early this morning, dressed in our agreed-upon family color and in great spirits for a family photo session at JC Penney. It brought back so many childhood memories of visits to Olan Mills (anyone else remember that place???). 

Grayson meeting Uncle "Spinks" for the first time

Today we're just eating too much hanging out at the house and hosting visitors. It's still unseasonably warm so the kids are spending some time outside and we'll probably go bowling later. I'm just so glad to see the cousins together - Nia and Grayson are in heaven! 

We'll drive back up to New Hampshire tomorrow, and Nia's excited to stay behind and head to Boston for a few days with her cousins. I'm sure Grayson will enjoy the one-on-one time with me and Uka for a bit. 

It's been a fantastic Christmas, and I'm ready to tackle 2016 head-on!

Wishing all my readers a wonderful holiday season! Was it unseasonably warm where you were too? It's kinda freaking me out!