I know, I know… Christmas was technically last week. This post is late. I had every intention to slap this up here either on Christmas eve or on boxing day but that just didn’t pan out. So I’m doing this now.
Our Christmas eves aren’t usually eventful. Mot of the time it’s prep for Christmas day. This year was no exception. Colin and i woke up early baked Pumpkin Cheesecake and hung out with the kids.The kids were supposed to bake cookies for Santa with my sister but she ended up doing that on her own. They were playing all day and ended up passing out. Drake didn’t stay asleep as usual, so he had to hide in the room with me while Santa (aka Colin, my sister and her husband) set up all the toys in our living room. The end. That was our Christmas eve.
Christmas day is when we celebrate. What an exhausting day. We woke up early, despite the fact that Drake went to bed at like 5:00AM. We had to enlist our niece Gabbie to help us wake Drake up. Then it was time to open presents. Our favorite part of the day. I love seeing the joy on the kids faces when they see eveything Santa left them and start unwrapping presents.
Santa brought Drake a wooden Chuggington train set, Cars, The Octonauts Octopod, and a few other things. We bought him some transformers toys and games. Basically Drake got lots of toys, a couple of movies and a few books. He had two overflowing stockings with candy and little toys and things. Even with all of that, wouldn’t you know it, Drake spent most of the time playing with his cousin’s kitchen play set.
Pretty much the whole morning was spent watching the kids play. After that we started setting up for dinner. We expected more guests than what actually came, which happens often. My mother and sister prepared a delicious mostly polish dinner of perogies, kielbasa, and so on. We also had ham and some salads. There was lots of treats like babka, cakes and cookies. And now we have plenty of leftovers. Well not now… after Christmas we did.
That’s about it. I’m making this a quick overview because I’m so late. I did manage to get a litt bit of footage on Christmas morning so I’ve made a little video for the channel. So be sure to check it out.
Mostly I’m writing this because I wanted to wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
Oh, and a happy New Year!
Thanks all, enjoy the rest of the holidays.
To put it simple, we love Halloween. It’s our favorite holiday. We look forward to it all year long, especially now that we have Drake. He gives us an excuse to act like kids again. This year our little boy was dressed up as Heatwave from the Transformers Rescue Bots. He is obsessed with that show. So when we saw the costume on the Party City website, we just had to get it for him. The first time he tried it on we couldn’t get it off of him. He threw a fit. We had to bribe him with a bubble bath. He loved his costume.
We wanted to dress up this year too, but we’re just too poor right now. We really didn’t have the money to shell out on two adult costumes. Hell, we didn’t even have the money to buy materials to make costumes. But hopefully next year we can dress up because we have the best idea for a family theme. I’m not going to tell you though, because it’ll just ruin the surprise. So check back next year.
Children’s Fall Festival at the Queens County Farm
If you’ve read my about page, you know I’m from New York. As much as I want to move, I have to say New York goes big for Halloween. There’s tons to do all through October. This year we went to the Children’s fall festival at the Queens County Farm for the first time on October 27th. Despite a bad start and insane crowds, we had a pretty good time. There’s a lot to do from pumpkin picking to a haunted house to the corn maze and beyond. The downer is the admission covers pretty much nothing, you have to pay for each attraction. But the prices weren’t that bad. The crowds however were horrible. Thousands of people in a small area of the farm was just not my thing.
We started at the pumpkin patch which basically a patch of dirt covered in hay and scattered pumpkins. Drake had a ball running around, rolling pumpkins and throwing rocks. He finally picked a little stemless pumpkin that was friggin’ five bucks. But he loved it so we got it for him. After that we went to the haunted house, which was supposed to be for all ages. This would be the part that was bad. We went into the tiny house and Drake was fine. He was checking out the spiders and the bats. About halfway through we reached the people in costumes. This one clown got right in his face and made him cry. Now that wouldn’t have been a big deal, but as any parent knows, when the baby is upset you stay out of his face. This clown didn’t do that. He continued to get in Drake’s face and scaring him. I hate clowns as it is, so it took everything in me not to go Brooklyn on this guy. I told Colin and my mom that we had to get Drake out and this bastard clown started mocking me. All the other actors took off their masks or hid when they saw Drake crying. They didn’t want to scare him further which was sweet. It was just that one guy. It’s always that one guy who ruins it for everyone else, right? Anyway we took him to the petting zoo after that ordeal, which cheered him up right away. He loves animals. We were going to take him on a pony ride but he passed out in the long line so that pretty much ended our day at the farm. All in all, once Drake started having fun it made it all worth it. Hopefully next year will be better.
Halloween at the Museum of Natural History
Fast forward to October 31st, Halloween. Every year the Museum of Natural History puts on their own Halloween event. They have trick-or-treating in the different halls, arts & crafts, costume characters and a band. My uncle is a security guard there, so he’s able to get us tickets ever year. Unfortunately, it was cancelled last year due to Superstorm Sandy. So we were pretty excited to take Drake this year. We met my mother, my sister Melissa and my niece Gabbie there. I have to say I was a bit disappointed this year, but not because the event was bad. It wasn’t. It just seemed more aimed at older children this year. There was mostly craft tables and only a few trick-or-treating tables. I couldn’t really find any costume characters either, except Olivia. Then again it was so crowded that we only managed to explore one floor of the museum before we left. Still Drake enjoyed getting candy and seeing all the other children dressed up as some of his favorite characters (i.e. spider man, optimus prime, thor, etc.).
Next Up, Trick-Or-Treating
After the museum we went trick-or-treating at one of the buildings owned by the company my dad works for. They host a trick-or-treating event every year in all there buildings, even my dad’s (he’s a super). It was cancelled last year though, because of Sandy. So this year was Drake’s first official year going trick-or-treating. Man, did he love it. He knocked on doors and would say either “trick or treat”, “Hi” or “Come ini”. I know, two year olds right? There was one apartment we went to had a little dog dressed up as a turtle. This was apparently far more exciting than the candy to Drake. By the end of the night Drake had two full bags of candy. Some of it was even Organic, much to my delight. At this point our feet were killing us, so we told my family (my dad and brother-in-law joined us at the end of the night), that we were to tired to go on and we met them at home. Yeah, we all live together. Can you say crowded?
So anywho, that was our Halloween fun in a nutshell. We used to do so much when I was a kid. We decorated and had parties and all that good stuff. No one seems to have the patience for it anymore. I can’t wait to have our own place so we can do so much more to celebrate our favorite holiday. I really want to get back to some of my family’s traditions and I definitely want to creat some new ones. So tell me, how was your Halloween? How do you celebrate? What are some of your traditions? Fee; free to comment.