It dumped snow here last weekend and Murray and Natty went out for a ski - her first real ski! The last time we tried skis on her was year before last and she just stood in the driveway and wailed. Not a Picabo Street moment. But this year she was psyched: strapped 'em on and went for a fairly long ski. She had a great time and Murray had a great time with her. (I had a great time too - I laid in bed and enjoyed the quiet).
The snow had started while we were in NYC - we had such a fun time there. The only issue was that the energy in the City is so high that I overdo it. Thinking I would take it easy I went to the Metropolitan Museum while Natty and Murray were at the Big Apple Circus. So actually I walked around for hours - wonderful hours of soul-rejuvenating art gazing, but lots of On the Feet time. I got all sorts of pregnancy aches and pains, but I'm recovered now.
Murray and I got 2 adult dinners in a row - one with Paul and Anne at a "modern Korean" restaurant. Great company and delicious food. I think that Korean might actually be my favorite cuisine. It's remarkably different from any other and specializes in pickled/vinegary/fermented things which I love. The next night Marmee babysat while we went to Carnegie Hall for the Messiah. What an experience. And we ended the trip by hanging out with Jon and Abbie - always fun to see them (and not just because Abbie reads this blog).
Sunday Natty was an angel in our church's Christmas pageant. Too cute. She was beside herself with excitement and behaved like an angel.
Now it's Christmas Eve: the presents are wrapped, the stocking hung, she's in bed and we should be but aren't. I made a fabulous cake for her - hideously pink as a 4 yr old's birthday cake should be. Here's a picture of the process and we'll document the final product tomorrow. I tracked down some of the "necessary"supplies while we were in NY - nothing like obsessing over a 4 yr old's cake. It's become somewhat of a disease with me if you remember last years cake. Once a year I get the fever. It's fun - and it's worth it to see her excitement.
Important lesson learned by Murray this Christmas Eve: Laphroiag single malt whiskey does NOT go well in eggnog. It's terrible. We tried it so you wouldn't have to.
As of right now (christmas eve, 11:30 pm) I have only gotten the one photo to post. Grrr. I'm going to bed but will post this as is and try for the rest of the photos tomorrow.