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Sunday, December 13, 2009

the most wonderful time of the year

We figured since we now live in New York, we should go see the heralded Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree. I'm sure it's actually called a "Holiday Tree" as to be politically correct. But since this is my blog, I don't have to politically correct. Christmas. Christmas. Christmas.

Rod and I took Lily (age 6) and Jackson (age 11) out for an evening of Christmas-time fun. We had a great time, but both the kids wigged out at one point because of the crowds, thirst, hunger, an itch attack over their entire body... And because I am such a great mom, full of Christmas spirit, I yelled at them to buck up. But no one gave me a second look because the streets were full of parents doing the same thing. Ahhh, don't you love this time of year?

We decided to go on a Saturday night. Because we are crazy. Here's a shot of the tree over the heads of a million tourists.

It was quite beautiful though.

We didn't go ice skating at the rink by the tree because we may be crazy, but we are not that crazy. The line wrapped around the square forever.

We actually had a great time, especially once we found this guy:

Do you see Lily eyeing him? Fortunately one of these guys were about every 100 feet. To assist our food-deprived children.

And guess who was riding a bicycle down the street?

Here's some of the windows. They were quite beautiful.

Bergdorf Goodman was my personal favorite of the evening. You'll definitely want to click on the picture to see all the amazing details:

Sorry, that last one was Anthropologie. I can't help it. I have a built in radar that pulls me towards those stores.

You know who had a dud of a window?
Barney's. It looked like a school art project. Seriously?

But, Bloomingdale's windows were great.

And in case you are still on the fence as to Robin's gender preference, let this settle it for you once and for all.


Jennifer Brown said...

These are so cool...thanks for sharing Michelle!

Gayla said...

i am so enjoying watching your family's journey/transition! so exciting, so glamorous!!! so fun! NYC at Christmas... a dream.

Lisa H said...

Those are some seriously fun windows! Very cool. :)

Karenkool said...

Hahahaha Robin!!!! That's hilarious.

My Elizabeth was there on Saturday with some of her 6th grade class. They even went skating, but that was during the day when the line was only 45 minutes long. Two couples got engaged on the ice in front of everyone. I tend to avoid the big apple during Christmastime. I don't enjoy squeezing through the crowds (bah humbug).

Just Mom said...

FAO SCHWARZ! Where's the tour of FAO Schwarz!

Heidi Jo said...

totally living vicariously through you right now. just so we're clear.

jody said...

you are making this transition look so fabulous.
is it possible to move a family of 8 to New York?? :-)

Sohailah said...

Love it. You make it seem all sparkly...

Lauren said...

Check out Bryent Park for free ice skating. I think the skate rentals are around 5 dollars.

Anonymous said...

Lord + Taylor has the nicest old-fashioned windows

Mileage said...

Really nice blog.

Nobody calls the Rockefeller Christmas Tree anything but a Christmas Tree, btw. It's never a "Holiday Tree."

This silly notion that there's a cabal of people - usually New Yorkers - who are trying to stamp out Christmas is a total fiction that only exists on Fox News. Now that you're a New Yorker you need to be on our side! :)

Anonymous said...

i love the apartment shots and story. but i agree with Mileage above... it is officially the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. Even on the rockefeller center website. Other than that DA on Miracle on 34th st, there is no one trying to stamp out Christmas.

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