New York is my favorite place to be during the holidays. The tree, the shoppers, decorated store windows, and the lovely lights of 5th Avenue. It's really a magical place during Christmas.
|Visiting the tree & Rockefeller Center|
|Nothing says Christmas like Cartier tied up with a big red ribbon|
|Visiting The Met|
|Susan, Michael & Shannon|
|My best NY friend and our signature pose|
The annual Secret Santa gathering of my friends from home is always a good time. Most of us have known each other for 25 years and in some cases since birth, literally. It's a strong bond we share and I'm happy our traditions hold strong. (We've been exchanging gifts for 17 years!)
|Playing games with my nephew, Joey, on Christmas Eve|
|The Pardo Family Christmas Tree '12|
|Excited for gifts|
|Jaap sporting gifts knitted by Aunt Carol|
|Playing more games/discussing strategy|
|With Diane and the cute belly bump|
Chris (with the help of Jaap) smoked some ribs for New Year's dinner. Deliciousness!
We were able to spend lots of quality time with my mom, sister, and Joey over the vacation. Time flew by and I was sad to see our visit come to an end. Good byes at the airport are always hard, but I think this one was particularly difficult because we won't be going back to NY until October for the wedding. I miss being a part of my family's life on a regular basis and sharing moments together with them. But we are back in Maastricht now and enjoying 2012, already planning for our trip back to NY when we say "I do"!
|Hiking in Cold Spring with Jaap & Mom|