Decorating our tree

After we were finished cleaning up from Thanksgiving (about a 3 day process!) we got our tree!  Last year in Brooklyn we had a fake one since we were living in 650 square feet…but this year we have our HOUSE!  We got the tree all set up, settled, and decorated this weekend.  Our whole downstairs smells like pine which I’m loving, and every time I look over and see it I get so excited.

When we first brought the tree home Rondo wasn’t so sure about it, which was hilarious.  I filled a bowl with ice water for the basin and set it down quickly to help Jay to set it up.  We both looked over and Rondo was bobbing for ice cubes in the bowl and by the time we were done he had pulled them all out…ay!  He cracks us up though that’s for sure.  Anyways, a quick video of decorating, I’m so happy it is finally Christmas time <3!


little christmas/big gift

IMG_4803(our tree and wrapped presents)

Last night we had little Christmas at our apartment.  We exchanged gifts, ate a ridiculous amount of Italian food, and watched a movie.  Though I’m sad we won’t be together on the actual day, it was a lot of fun to have our first Christmas living together and with Rondo.

IMG_4784(rondo “helping” me wrap the other day)

We exchanged gifts and I didn’t know what to expect from Jay…what he gave was more than I could have imagined…8 days in Punta Cana at this crazy luxurious resort!  You can check it out here!  How did I get so lucky?!  I can’t believe in just a couple weeks we will be sitting on the beach relaxing together with nothing to worry about…now all we need is a puppy sitter…Mommmmmm :)????!!!!

Here are some more fun ones from present time last night:

IMG_4804(rondo’s daycare gave him a stocking! they are the greatest!)

(rondo hiding all his new toys behind the pillows of our bed & our mantle full of cards)

(jay opening, rondo loving his new metrocard toy…such a new yorker)

IMG_4827(the boys tuckered out from playing/opening…so cute)

My favorite gift I got Jay was this custom made poster since he loves Game of Thrones so much…

House Peckham

Pretty cool right?  With his real family saying too!

Almost time for 11 days off from work…11! Looking forward to spending time with so many friends and family at home, in Boston, and back in Brooklyn next week. Wishing everyone happy, healthy, and wonderful holidays!



Butterball Cookies

IMG_4518 (rondo investigating the cookies…good thing they were covered!)

This weekend I made my favorite cookies for Christmas/Doug’s Birthday!  They are so yummy and beyond easy.  I thought I would share the recipe with you today.

What You Need


1 stick butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar + some for rolling
1 cup flour
1 tsp water
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)


Preheat to 250

1. Cream the butter and powdered sugar together in mixing bowl

2. Make sure that is all mixed up well…


3. Now add the flour, vanilla, water, and nuts.  Continue to mix…I use a spoon at first then my hands for this part because I think it works better than the mixer.


4. Once it is all mixed up start rolling the mixture into about tsp size balls…


5. Place balls on a cookie sheet.  No need to space, they don’t rise.  Cook for 30-40 minutes.


6. Get your powdered sugar ready for rolling!  The second you take the cookies out of the oven, roll them into the sugar…


7.  Let cool…and you are done! Tasty simple butterball cookies!


I hope you enjoy this recipe!  One of our close family friends always made them for us when we were kids and they’ve been my favorite ever since!



Wild weeks at work mean lazy nights at home.  I did however do some quality wrapping while Jay was out at his basketball game last night!  Here are some things from around the city and home in the past couple days…

IMG_4396 (walk in central park in the weird warm weather monday)

(columbus circle christmas shopping)

IMG_4407(snuggling my boy enjoying our tree)

IMG_4401(the rock tree is up!  it really never gets old…the crowds do…but not the tree)


(my sweet boys playing together…they’re too cute)

yay almost friday!


Christmas Mouse


It has been Christmas around my office for the past couple weeks, and now it seems to (finally) be Christmas all over the city!  Tress and decorations are everywhere!  Look at the beautiful trees above…they made my trip to buy a mouse trap a little bit better.   We are trying to pretend it’s a Christmas mouse and not freak out…but it isn’t working too well….I’m freaked out there is a mouse in our apt.

Otherwise we had a pretty calm weekend.  We did some quality lazing….


We went movies Saturday to see Life of Pi (which was great!).  We went downtown to our favorite secret theater.  Here are some pics from our stroll after the movie…



(the new tower disappearing into the clouds)


(Jay got this app that swirls your pictures…here is one he took from our walk.  Cool right?!)


I did do one successful thing this weekend…got our Christmas cards done!  Woo!  December 3rd and they are already mailed out.  If I only had the same motivation to swiffer…

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!