Christmas 2010

January 11, 2011

We spent Christmas at our place this year and had a great time opening presents and spending the day together :) These are the last pictures of 2010! Happy new year everybody~

Christmas 2009

March 29, 2010

Yes, I realize that it is officially Spring. But seeing as how it is cold and wet out today in NYC, I figure it wouldn’t be that inappropriate to put up the pictures from our trip to Hong Kong and then Florida for Christmas 2009. It was a trip of epic proportions. We went to Hong Kong for 8 days, where incidentally, I don’t think Jasmine slept for more than 3 hours at a time. Then flew back to NYC, had a 3 hour layover, and then flew directly to Florida.

I look at these pictures and think back to Christmas, which was a short 3 months ago, and realize how much Jasmine has grown. She’s since become a speed walker, sleeps through us picking her up and taking her out of the car seat, and talks non-stop. I would love to be able to take her back to Hong Kong because I feel like the trip would be much more enjoyable and relaxing this time around. Then she could only crawl, was a very light sleeper, and didn’t say much of anything. If only I could convince Jason… :)

Christmas 2008

December 31, 2008

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Since my family is in Florida and Jacquie’s is up here, we alternate between going down to Florida and having my family up here. The schedule worked out quite well this year because there was no way I was putting Jacquie on a plane as pregnant as she is. I’ve seen the movies and I’m not having a baby at 35,000 feet. This year, my dad, mom, and brother flew up to visit us in New York.

On Christams Eve I gave notice to my dad that he would be assembling the baby’s crib with me. I’m sure he was thrilled to help, but I didn’t really give him the option of saying no…

And so it begins…

Sortin it out

Still sorting…

Still sortin it out

You can see that my dad is hamming it up (we of course had to then lift the crib off of him because he wasn’t going to jump the railings)…

Ham

And mom-too-be watches the Men at Work…

Lance got creative. I’m sure we can find tons of “implied meanings” here if we wanted…

And here’s where we are so far…

Almost there

The next morning I woke up pretty early, which is standard for me since Christmas is probably my favorite day of the year. Right away Jacquie and I went to work waking up the rest of the family. Or in Lance’s case, stacked pillows on him while others made coffee.

Pillows on Lance

Coffee time

My favorite part of Christmas, hands down, is watching other people open gifts. As we all know, not every gift is one that makes the person who received it “glow.” Sometimes you hit a homerun (like when Jacquie got Coconut Pocky for my dad) and sometimes it’s a miss (not gonna give examples here :) ). However, the excitement of opening a surprise is always visible on the person’s face just before he or she knows what it is, and that’s my favorite part. Maybe the simple fact of getting a gift makes the person happy but I think it’s more of the anticipation of seeing what the gift giver thought to get specifically for him/her. Who knows. Anyway, here are some pics of us opening gifts that don’t have anything to do with my point:

Pocky!

Gong Gong

Thrilled Mama L

Taking his sweet time

It's a Bucs Onesie!

Muahaha

Aww..Happy Mom!

Hugs all around

Look at that belly

Grandpa shoes

So mischievous

Jacq Cool

Finally, to end the night properly, a super indulgent meal was had. We didn’t take tons of pics like we did with Thanksgiving, but here’s a summary:
(1) Salad (Field greens, frisee, peppers, fennel, candied walnuts and a balsamic vinaigrette)
(2) Steamed Haricot Verts
(3) Brussel Sprout Hash
(4) Triple P Potato Skins (but made with bacon)
(5) BBQ Sweet Potato Fries
(6) Mashed potatoes
(7) Garlic and Thyme Lamb Chops with pan jus
(8) Garlic Prime Rib Roast
(9) Paella (one with shellfish, one without)
(10) Creme Brulee
(11) Fruit Tart

These pics aren’t the best but here’s the spread:

Smorgasbord 1

Smorgasbord 2

Smorgasbord 3

and here are a few posed fam shots:

There is a good one of Steph and her dad, but I can’t find it now…Sorry Steph.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :)

Visit to…The Tree

December 28, 2008

Christmas Day 2008

December 28, 2008

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Christmas Baskets 2008

December 16, 2008

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Christmas Baskets 2008

December 14, 2008

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Every year (ok, just the last two) Jacquie and I have spent a weekend making Christmas baskets. It usually works out that Jacquie does most of the prep work, we share the baking, and I do most of the packaging. All in all a pretty good balance.

Obviously we couldn’t make everyone a basket — or a bag, as happened this year — but we’re working to make one for all our friends once we get more efficient. Anyway, here’s a list with links of what we made:

1. Peppermint Oreos and Pecan Shortbread Cookies in the hexagonal box
2. Aged Gouda and Walnut Biscotti
3. Ginger Cookies with Lemon Icing (we had a better bag but it was too small, thus the ghetto Ziploc bags)
4. Chocolate Chunk Cookies in the holiday take out box
5. Cupcake Bites in the little square boxes
6. A little bag of Lindt Chocolates and Peanut M&Ms
7. Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Icing (sorry, the batch didn’t make as much as we expected. If you didn’t get these it’s not a slight, it was logistical; I promise we still love you too)

Maybe next year we’ll create something of our own design! To Jacquie’s credit though, she did come up with the peppermint filling for the oreos :)

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and Happy New Year!

~Jacquie, Jason and Lil’ J

Our Christmas Tradition

December 13, 2008

Jason and I moved in together 3 years ago and since then, we’ve put up a tree every year. You can see this year’s pictures here and last year’s pictures here. Unfortunately, it seems as though we were camera shy in 2006.

Jason’s mom has gotten us a custom ornament or two every year and we hope the tradition will continue! We look forward to getting them in the mail every year and our favorite part of putting up the tree is adding our special ornaments as the last touch.

Here are the ones we got this year. One of them says that it’s our second Christmas as Mr. and Mrs. and the other one says that we are looking forward to little J in 2009. (To see the full gallery you can click right here

Merry Christmas!

December 13, 2008

I usually email this around every christmas because I love it so much, so I figured this would be a good first video for our website. It starts off slow, but if you watch whole thing you’ll realize how witty it is.

Merry Christmas everyone!!! (and Happy Hanukkah too :) )

Love,
Jacquie & Jason (& our almost born daughter :) )

Christmas Ornaments

December 12, 2008

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