Last Minute December Happenings

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There were some last minute happenings in December that I managed to capture via photo, so to the blogosphere they go!!

Our friends/newlyweds Noah and Vaneeta that we traveled to Seattle for their wedding in July, were in NYC to celebrate the holidays.  We successfully managed to get in a brunch at The Smith.  The Vanilla Bean French Toast with caramelized bananas, delicious.  Oh, and there was also so bump lovin’.

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Then that night, we headed to Stand Up – NY to see our cousin, Brian, do a comedy bit!  We were 26 people that night, sure to give him the laughing he deserved, and then we all headed to Delicatessen to continue the evening and celebrate Uncle Ned’s 60th Birthday.  All this planned, by the very talented, cousin Amy.  Moriah came in from NJ for the events, as well, since we were also celebrating her birthday!!  So many things!!!

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Also, in December, there was a lot of this.  But in order to not have proof on the internet that I’m a cat-lady (although, I can’t really hide it), I’ll only put up one photo… for now.

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The night after the comedy show and dinner, we headed to ABC Kitchen for brunch, the Jean-Georges restaurant, with Brett and Moriah. YUM. (side note: Brett is a hipster)

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Brunch was followed by a quick visit from our friends Craig and Bonnie who were in the city from Boston, to do some last minute Christmas shopping.

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Ok, so I originally said no more cats in this post, but look at these two?!  We finally cleared off the changing table and Lady settled right in.

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And to round things up on the last weekend of 2012, Arion went to the Phish concert at MSG, we celebrated Henry’s 1st Birthday, and Arion went to the Eagles/Giants game on Sunday.  Sad Sad Eagles, but he had incredible seats.  But enough about concerts and sporting events… the real party-planning win goes to Bana.  Henry’s 1st birthday party was incredible (I know, no one is shocked).  Bana’s attention to detail from each table setting, to the authentic German food, to the apple soda flown in from Germany, caused me to step into the corner for a moment and tell Tuk Tuk to take a good look, because mama’s not this talented.  For example, in the smash cake photos, you’ll see a map.  What you won’t realize is that Bana specifically found it from 1981, the closest year to when both her and Matt were born, and then painted on top for Henry.  Keepsake much?!  Also, the dessert bar was outfitted with little suitcases, airplanes, and all within the blue/red color scheme.  Bana can plan.  On second thought for Tuk Tuk, maybe we’ll hire her to help us out.  You available, Bana?  Anyway, it was more than worth the 2.5 hour blizzardy (new word?) drive each way to celebrate, as we wouldn’t have missed it for the world.  Henry, you have some unbelievable parents; never forget how lucky you are.

And now the photos.

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So now we head into 2013.  I always love reading everyone’s resolutions for the new year, large aspirational goals and agendas.  For me, I don’t think I’ll make any resolutions this year.  I think Tuk Tuk arriving in March will provide more than enough amazingness than could ever be wished for, so we’re all set.  For the rest of you Smile with tongue out, good luck with those resolutions.  I wish each of you a healthy and happy 2013.  Happy New Year!!!

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