Raine LOVES the snow

Snow and Raine

Alvey Christmas Picture 2010 continued

As I said before, we always take our Christmas Picture on Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving was relatively warm in NY this year so we had a great time at the parade. We went back to the apartment after the parade and had a Whole Foods Thanksgiving feast. It was really good. That evening we walked around and found a nice pizza place.

The Friday after Thanksgiving was very cold. We walked around a lot and then Tor and I went to the Disney Store for Black Friday specials while Brian took Livi and Jack back to the apartment. Then we saw the afternoon showing of Wintuk. It was a lot of fun. The kids LOVED it. Livi fell asleep after intermission so after the show Brian took her back to the apartment and got on a conference call for work. I took the boys to see Tangled in 3D. We really enjoyed it. Brian and Livi met us for dinner at Chevy's which was attached to the theater on 34th and it was an awful dinner. It is a Tex-Mex place but they use oregano instead of cilantro. Yuck.

The next day I took Jack to his friend Samantha's birthday party back here in Westchester (he was the only boy invited from his class) and Brian took Tor and Liv to the Children's Museum of Manhattan. I drove back and picked them up and we had a nice dinner at the apartment.

Sunday morning was very cold but it was a beautiful sunny day. We took the kids to the 9/11 memorial garden next to his apartment building to take our Christmas picture. We took about 20 pictures to get this picture. Livi wouldn't smile so Brian stood on a bench and pretended to surf and wipe out. She thought that was really funny and smiled and we got our picture and the kids got their coats back on :).

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This is the front of our 2010 Christmas Card

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Alvey Christmas Picture 2010

We always take our Christmas Picture during the Thanksgiving long weekend. It is our tradition :).

This year we went to New York City to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and we stayed the long weekend at Brian's apartment in the city. We had a great time. It is right off of Times Square.

While we were watching the parade in Times Square an official Marriott parade photographer asked if she could take our picture with her camera. We said sure, if she took one of us with our camera. She took her photograph and then I handed her our point and shoot camera. She asked how to use the camera because she can never figure them out. I laughed and told her we have a point and shoot because I can't figure her camera out. This is the photo she took and we used it for the back of our Christmas card.

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This is what it looked like on the printed card:

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Santa 2010

Last week we went to meet Santa. The boys had a half day on that Thursday because of parent teacher conferences. Livi had just gotten over being sick for 2 weeks and had hives that Tuesday but they went away. When we got there he had taken a break for lunch, so we went to Nordstrom Cafe for lunch too. When we got back there was a relatively short line. However by the time we were the next to meet Santa Livi had developed hives again. Boy you should have heard the screams and the crying when we had to excuse ourselves back through the line to go get Benadryl for Livi. Some of them were from me :).

After we gave Livi some Benadryl and waited for the hives to go away, we went back to see Santa and there was NO line.

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Another family shot at Wilken's Farm

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Here are pictures taken 3 & 4 years ago from almost the exact same spot.

Wilkens Farm Pumpkin Patch 2010

Our annual trip to Wilken's Farm Pumpkin Patch

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This was taken 13 years from this date. Happy Anniversary Brian!

St. Patrick's Day 2010

Brian came home from SxSW today. We were all so happy to see him.

Brian at age 3 on a horsey

Our cousin Carla just sent this to us. Funny we got this in the mail the day I put up a 3yo pic of myself :). Carla also said that if I stopped dying Liv's hair blonde she would look JUST like me. Cute.

Ballerina Niki or Pebbles?

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I was about 3 or 4 in this picture. Love the huge gardenia from our yard in my hair and the strange hair thing going on :).

Vampire Niki

This was is one of my favorite pics. It was taken right before Guavaween in the early 90's.

Tor's 4yo school picture

Check out Jack's 4yo preschool picture.

Jack's 1st grade school pic

Here is a school pic from his last year of preschool.

Jack at camp -- Summer 2009

Tor at camp -- Summer 2009

This was Tor's first year of summer camp. He did really well. He learned how to swim and put his head under water. He gained a lot of self confidence.

Jack -- Spring 2009 Hip Hop 2