Dyker Heights Lights

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Before skipping town for the holidays, we made our way to Dyker Heights, Brooklyn to check out their stunning Christmas Lights display.  We found a spot to park and had a fantastic night walking around the blocks to check out the all festive houses.  They were completely decked out with strings of lights, humongous wreaths, multiple blow up characters, reindeer, and toy soldiers.  We saw nativity scenes, dancing ballerinas, a giant Santa Claus, and even two carousels!  One house was selling hot chocolate for charity, and that ended our night with a sweet twist.  Dyker Heights has the most stunning display of lights I have ever seen in one neighborhood.  I definitely plan on returning for future holiday seasons, and I would love to bring some out-of-town visitors here to check out the scene.

We had a lovely time on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with my family and the day after Christmas with my husband’s family.  It was so much fun to see Nico get excited about opening his gifts this year.  He was very much into the wrapping paper, and wanted to play with every single toy or book he opened right away.  Simply magical!

We are spending another week in Maryland catching up with more family and friends.  Last night we went out to celebrate a friend’s 30th Birthday, and we are planning on spending New Year’s Eve in Baltimore.  It’s kind of nice to have free babysitting! 😉  Not to mention, we love that Nico is getting so much quality time with his grandparents and family.

Hope you all had a great holiday, and wishing you the best for the new year!

XO,

Gina

Swedish House Mafia

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Swedish House Mafia.  The Final Tour.  I purchased tickets before Christmas for this night to surprise my husband for his 32nd Birthday.  Well, I got too excited and spoiled the surprise about three weeks early, but nonetheless, we were both ecstatic to see them live for the first (and sadly last) time.  Cue the lights, cue the neon, cue the scantily-clad dressed teenagers, cue the fist-pumping, and cue the dancing.  This was one party not to be missed!  Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, and Steve Angello killed this performance, and I am so glad Zack and I were able to be a part of it.  The energy in the room was contagious at Madison Square Garden, and it was a dance party the entire time.  I wish I could go back and experience it all again, but at least I have these photos, and the video at the bottom of this post to remember it.  Hope you had a Happy 32nd Birthday Zack!  I love you!

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Swedish House Mafia Concert Highlight Video by Zack Notes.  Photos (except one of me) taken by myself.

I’m assuming this post will pump you all up for this weekend.  Happy Friday, and enjoy that snow New York!

XO,

Gina

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O Christmas Tree

Ta da!!!

We finally got our Christmas tree up!  We had to get a smaller one this year due to living room space.  Last year, our couch had not yet been delivered, and we got the biggest most beautiful tree.  While this one may not measure up in terms of looks, this year’s tree is definitely quirky and unique.  Dressed up in all the colorful lights and special ornaments, we have made this tree our own for 2012.  Take a peek and spread the holiday cheer!

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Next on the list: writing my Christmas cards!  Can you tell I kinda like Christmas?  Just a little?  The Christmas cards will have to wait ’til after the weekend though, because this girl is headed to Atlantic City.  Girls weekend here I come!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend as well!

XO,

Gina