Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

Easter photos, 2011

May 22, 2011

Charlie with eggs

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5th Birthday Party, at the Prospect Park Zoo

April 5, 2011

zoo party

The best April Fool’s joke EVER

April 2, 2011

Yesterday, we were teaching Charlie how to do April Fool’s jokes.

“Your shoe’s untied! April Fool’s.”

“Look behind you! April Fool’s.”

“We forgot our lunch! April Fool’s.”

Then on the train, Charlie pulled the best April Fool’s ever. I laughed so hard I had to cover my face to hold down the noise, and tears were coming out of my eyes.

CW: “Daddy, your face is missing!!”

Jesse: “WHAT?!?!”

CW: “April Fool’s!”

The holy month of Christmas

January 13, 2011


The Christmas 2010 Flickr set is now complete. We added a few photos commemorating our trip to GA, where we stayed at Nanny’s house and visited with Gigi, Grandma Margaret and all the cousins, aunts and uncles. Plus a few of our trip home by way of The Funny Farm and our annual New Year pilgrimage to the Big Apple Circus.

Charlie and I slept through most of the cozy New Year’s Eve celebration at Ruth and Mike’s house, hence no pictures of that.

We lucked into a parking place after the NYC Snowmageddon that happened while we were away, and it seems to have snowed here every other day since then.

Maybe some snow pictures will come soon.

Culture shock

December 21, 2010

Rock tree

Somehow most of the Christmas shows we planned to see this season, for one reason or another, got jammed into this last week.

We saw the Rockettes and the tree; the NYC Ballet’s The Nutcracker (our friend Molly did a bang-up job as a “child” and an “angel”); the Brooklyn Tabernacle Christmas show; and Unsilent Night, which is more of a parade of participatory performance art than a show and one of my favorite seasonal activities.

We had a blast, and added a few photos to the Christmas set on Flickr. I’m a little show-weary, but in a good way.

Santa Land 2010

December 14, 2010

Santa 2010

Santa Claus!

The first year we visited Santa Land, Charlie was more interested in the penguin and the moose characters than in the man in red. Last year, he even asked Santa where they were, since they did not make an appearance at Santa Land. They weren’t there this year either. The line elf said the moose and the penguin were at the North Pole, along with the reindeer. (The elf almost got herself in trouble when she said the reindeer were in the stables. Charlie was ready to visit them and feed them carrots.)

This year, Charlie’s been talking about Christmas, Santa, Macy’s, the Rockettes and the box of decorations in the closet since before Thanksgiving.

Finally, today, we made it to Santa Land. He was excited all day long and managed the courage to ask Santa for a Sesame Street toy. Now, I just have to help Santa’s elves make it happen.

The best singer in the church

December 13, 2010

Yesterday, Charlie and I stood in line for the Brooklyn Tabernacle Christmas show. The line was long, the seats filled up quickly, and we didn’t get in.

We were both disappointed, and agreed to try again another day.

On the way home, I remembered that Immaculate Heart of Mary was having a Christmas chamber music concert, followed by the lighting of their numerous outdoor trees and angels. So Charlie and I stepped into the church for a bit. (He didn’t last long.) And stayed in the drizzle for the lighting.

The crowd, with the teen choir leading, sang “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” and “Silent Night.” I stopped singing the first one, about halfway through, because I didn’t remember all the words. Charlie told me to keep singing. So, I hummed until I could catch up.

Later that night, he said his favorite part of the day was when I sang Christmas carols. He said, “You were the best singer in the church.”

Coming from a family of wonderful singers, and being by far the least talented in that area, it made me feel really nice that for one lovely night, for one little boy, I was the best singer of all.

Dyker Heights Christmas lights

December 11, 2010

Dyker Heights Christmas
Dyker Heights Christmas lights, photo by Steve Garufi

I’ve heard about the Dyker Heights Christmas lights for a few years now, at least since we moved to Brooklyn and maybe before that. Somehow we never ended up visiting them. The holidays get so busy with office parties, shopping, Santa sightings and preparing to travel that it’s often hard to fit in everything that looks fun.

We will, however, be visiting Dyker Heights annually from here on out.

Last night, we went out for a casual dinner at La Taqueria in Park Slope followed by a little window shopping and a drive through the heart of Dyker Heights.

The neighborhood was lit up like the Disney World electrical light parade. It was AMAZING! The houses were fully dressed in lights. There were moving carousels, giant Santas, two-story-tall toy soldiers, and even a live Elmo.

This year, we were tired and cold, so we stayed in the car, making loops along with many other cars. Next year, we’ll plan to park and walk so we can see it all!

It’s Christmas time!

December 6, 2010

Gingerbread house

I’ve started a Christmas photo set on Flickr. Check back regularly to click on the photo above for new pictures.

We got our Christmas cards back from Snapfish a few days ago, and I realized I better get in gear updating this blog! Once our summer vacation trip ended, way back in July, I somehow went too far offline.

Between my new job in August, our trip to PA over Labor Day, and Charlie’s transition to Greene Hill School in September, I have been alternately too busy, too worried, too stressed and too lazy to keep up with all the photo-taking, communicating and blogging necessary for mothering.

Since we put the web address on the cards again this year, I knew I needed to update my photos for all the relatives. There are several new blog posts and photo sets in the archives under September, October and November.

My New Year’s resolution has come early this year: keep up with this blog! Even when I can’t share all the dirty details, it’s nice to have a record of what’s happening in Charlie’s life. He’s changing so fast, and looking back at his ideas, photos and videos makes me realize how far he’s come.

Thanksgiving and Nanny’s party

November 30, 2010

Charlie w/ my red riding hood

We flew down to Georgia for Thanksgiving this year. The flight, on both sides of the trip, was surprisingly delay- and body scan-free.

The party ended up being lovely, thanks mostly to Jenna’s keen eye for decorations and all the great folks who showed up. But it wasn’t a surprise. I won’t name names (Mary B.) but someone spilled the beans.

Surprise or no, everyone had a nice time, and it was good to be together for the holiday.