Wishing everyone a healthy and happy new year! Good luck in 2009!
Just a quick note to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! The family is all doing well and everyone was very happy with their Christmas gifts. Santa brought Alex a new Wii console and Nicholas got his GeoTrax set. Of course Alex is now looking forward to his birthday (just one month away).
We had our first snow this weekend! We got about 2 inches on the ground which was just enough for the boys to head outside and build a snowman, and sled down the hill in our front yard. It was nice while it lasted, unfortunately by Monday afternoon it was all melted away.
Today was our 12th anniversary and to celebrate we went out yesterday to the east end of Long Island and did the winery tour. We did Wine Tasting at several nice wineries and of course brought home a few bottles for later. The wineries we visited were (Paumanok Vineyards, Castello Di Borghese Vineyards, Peconic Bay Winery) Afterward we went to Jedediah Hawkin’s Inn for a romantic dinner. It was really nice getting out and celebrating our day.
Today we took Alex and Nicholas in to Radio City Music Hall to see the Christmas spectacular. Both boys enjoyed the show a lot. Alex’s favorite part was when the Rockettes were dressed as Nutcrackers. Nicholas liked the part when the Nutcrackers all fell down and when they made it snow inside the theatre. I enjoyed the bus on stage. Afterwards we walked around Rockafeller Center and saw the tree and the ice skaters. Its too bad it wasn’t lit up yet. Then we went to the Nintendo store to check out the Wii and try out some games. We were hungry so then we ate lunch at Heartland Brewery. They had awesome beers that they brew themselves. After lunch we walked down 5th ave and saw the store windows all decorated for Christmas.
Well we finished up the fall flag football season this weekend. It was a lot of fun and Alex and I really enjoyed it. Even though we lost the last game of the season I think the whole team walked away with a good attitude. We all learned a lot and had a great time doing it. Way to go Panthers!
The boys both went Trick-or-Treating and had a blast. Alex went as Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters and Nicholas was a mad scientist complete with wild green hair. They both looked awesome. We all had a good night and they came home with a good stash of candy.
This weekend was chock full of activities and events. On Saturday we all went to Alex’s school where they had their annual Halloween Carnival. It was a nice event with lots of games and prizes. Everyone had a good time. Then Saturday night Alex and I went to an Islanders Hockey game. The Islanders were playing against the Carolina Hurricanes. It was an exciting game, with a penalty shot in the last second of the game. Alex really had a good time. On Sunday we had Alex’s flag football game and some beautiful weather. In the evening we went to the Nassau County Museum of art where they had a Twilight Pumpkin Spectacular. It was a very cool event that included over 3000 carved pumpkins and lots of other Halloween displays. Both Alex and Nicholas had a great time.
Well, here we are deep in the midst of fall. I have been coaching Alex’s flag football team (http://www.i9sports.com) and Paula is working with the boys to get their Halloween costumes finished. I am enjoying the fall colors and the cooler weather. Of course that means I have to get ready to start raking leaves.
We had a great summer, lots of adventures (balloon festival, camping trip, a visit to Rhinebeck Areodome, and of course our vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina).
Unfortunately we’ve had to return Ruby to the pet store. It turns out that even though Maxine and Ruby were sisters they didn’t get along too well. Maxine was getting attacked by Ruby (or should I say Bunnicula). She would bite her and push her away from the food dish and basically bully her. So, we’ve given Ruby back and hopefully Maxine will be better off for it. Alex and Nicholas were both very understanding about it and didn’t give us a hard time. Now, Maxine has the cage and their attention all to herself.