Thursday, December 18, 2008

Oh, Christmas Tree...

So once Thanksgiving was over, all these little shops started selling fresh, live Christmas trees along the sidewalk! It was so quaint. Every other block, you walk by something like this.
It worked out perfectly for Burke and me, since we had both gotten rid of our old artificial trees before we moved up here. This year, for our First Christmas Together, we wanted a live tree! We walked over to the closest shop near our apartment. The trees there were only $30!

Of course, we had to walk it home. And up the stairs!
We had saved some of the ornaments we gave out as favors at our wedding last year, so we decided to decorate the tree with them. (Christy, do you remember tying the ribbon on each of these puppies? It was hard work, but fun!)

Here's our fully decorated tree.
Then, lo and behold, right after we finished putting on the last ornament, I looked outside, and it was SNOWING! It was the first time I've seen snow up here. How cool is that?! 

I hope you all are enjoying the season as well!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

R.I.P. John Joseph Dunigan

A couple of days ago my grandfather, John Dunigan, passed away. We had just visited him in Connecticut the week prior, and I'm so glad I had the chance to see him so recently. He was an extraordinary man who had incredible creativity, unbelievable courage, and a great sense of humor. Here is a link to his online obituary. 
We will all miss you, Gramp. Thanks for showing our family how to live a happy life.

Thanksgiving Photos

On Thanksgiving, we went to visit my grandma and grandpa Connecticut. Nothing beats Gram's cooking!
My family even surprised Burke with a congratulatory chocolate cake for passing the bar exam. (This was in addition to pumpkin cake, two apple pies, and cherry pie. Total sugar rush!)
Here's Gramp, joking with everybody at the bar.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, my mom and her husband Richard came to New York! We went shopping, ate some great food, and attended two shows. Here we are in the cab on the way to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Here's the famous number in the show where the Rockettes dress up as nutcrackers. It was cool!
Here are Burke and my mom goofin' around in the lobby of the Radio City Music Hall. Check out the huge chandelier!
The next week, on December 3, they lit the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. We stood in line waiting for a while but couldn't see anything. Then, right after we gave up and started walking home, we accessed the tree from a side street! It had just been lit.