Sunday, December 28, 2008

WEDDING UPDATE #2

As of the writing of this blog, the wedding is officially 111 days away. Wow! I am getting more and more excited to celebrate our big day down in the Big Easy. Please contact us soon if you have any problems or questions about booking a hotel room in the city. Here are a few more ideas for things to do while you're visiting NOLA...hope you're as excited as we are! (Clicking on the title will give you more info.)

Magazine Street
For shopping, dining or just casual strolling, no place in New Orleans outside the French Quarter beats Magazine Street. A six-mile-long stretch of this Garden District neighborhood features some of the best antique stores, art galleries, craft shops and classy boutiques to be found anywhere in the city.


Swamp Tours
Chris and I only went on one swamp tour in Louisiana and it was much further west than New Orleans. However, if you are interested in seeing alligators in their natural habitat, a tour may be a fun way to spend part of your day. This link will take you to one of many swamp tours departing from the city.



Ghost Tours
Who didn't love ghost stories as a kid? We've been on one of the New Orleans walking ghost tours and it was a really fun way to hear about the long history of the city. Plus all the walking is a good way to burn off the calories from the overindulgence in great cajun food!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A White Christmas in Connecticut

Well, forecasters in Connecticut have been having a field day with the weather lately!  After a lot of hype over what turned out to be very minor weather on Wednesday, we were hit with a wammy of a snow storm on Friday.  School was cancelled and we ended up getting almost a foot of snow.  Chris went into work for the morning and it took him almost two and a half hours to get home.  :(  But he finally made it home safely and we were able to enjoy watching the snow fall and everything becoming pretty and white.  Now forecasters are calling for a white Christmas for 100% of Connecticut...glad we got a little preview!

Friday night in the backyard- snow was falling pretty thick
Look at my car Saturday morning!  She was all snowed in.
Bailey has been spending a lot of time on the deck.  He's not sure what to make of the deep snow.  And apparently since there is snow everywhere and everything looks the same, he has chosen the deck as the perfect place to go to the restroom.  He comes in with less snow on him so I guess we're okay with that.  :/
There's my fiance shoveling away.  Did I mention that we only have one shovel?  It's a shame really that I can't help.  :)
Chris had to shovel away the front stoop so we could open the door.
Beautiful backyard winter wonderland

"Icicles have been known to KILL people!"
It takes a long time to get 10 inches of snow off the car!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Tis the Season!

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year.  I must have driven my family crazy year-after-year because I wanted to decorate our Christmas tree almost as soon as we had finished our Thanksgiving turkey!  I just wanted to extend the wonderful spirit of the season for as long as I could.  Every family has their own Christmas traditions and the memories of those are some of the ones I cherish the most.  Remember the toilet paper roll Christmas star?  Necessity really IS the mother of invention.  :)  I love that Chris and I have started some traditions of our own.  Picking out our tree from a cut-your-own farm (even in Louisiana!), getting tickets for a special Christmas show, and heading into NYC are some of the favorites.  Whatever traditions you look forward to this holiday season, I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

A new tradition? It just might be. Chris and I went to Newtown's annual Christmas tree lighting on Friday night and it...was...FREEZING. But we still had a great time. There were carols and cider and lots of people all around. What tastes great after standing in the cold for a few hours? Hot cheesy PIZZA, and that's exactly what we got afterwards. Delicious!

Saturday morning we went to Busy Acres Tree Farm to pick out our tree! This was the winner.

And here it is all decorated! It was a teeny bit bigger than we thought, so the star won't fit on top! But we love it. And Bailey loves eating it.

It started snowing Saturday around 10:00 p.m.! We only got about an inch, but it was beautiful to wake up to Sunday morning.

Sunday we went into New York City for the day. We started the morning with a mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral (we usually switch off on churches and luckily this week it happened to be Catholic week). The church was packed and the archbishop delivered a wonderful sermon. Then we had a quick brunch at the 6th Avenue Cafe (what a find!) and then off to Radio City Music Hall for the Rockette's Christmas Spectacular. Here we are inside Radio City.

Check out the tree shaped chandelier! It was covered in Swarovski crystals.

My favorite part of the show- the Living Nativity. It was breathtaking to see the story of the first Christmas told this way. If you can see the brown things in the background that look like camels...they really ARE camels! They live in the basement of Radio City during the holiday season and are walked out on the streets of New York early every morning for exercise.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Chris and I drove up to Maine the night before Thanksgiving to spend the holiday with his family.  It was special for me to see how Chris has celebrated Thanksgiving year after year, and even more special to get a glimpse of all the wonderful Thanksgivings in store for us in the years to come.  While I wish my own family could have joined us, I loved every minute with my soon-to-be-in-laws and sister-in-law.  Some highlights of the holiday were:

An absolutely delicious Thanksgiving feast - the post-dinner walk around the block to work off the turkey - going shopping at MIDNIGHT on Black Friday at the outlets with Mary Pat and Caroline...I don't know how we stayed awake! - trying out New England candlepin bowling for the first time (I am really terrible!) - helping Jay and Mary Pat pick out their Christmas tree - and making a gingerbread house with Mary Pat on Sunday morning.  

Beautiful Thanksgiving table!  And the food was even better!
All the Gibsons (next year I'll be one too!)
Walking off the turkey
Bailey and his "Uncle" Clover
Our gingerbread house!  Here it was a work in progress.