From Christmas.

We surprised the kids with a finished clubhouse in the basement - complete with a sign made by my dad and a bounce house just outside of it. One of those Christmases we'll hold onto for a long time.


Disney World.

From a trip to Disney with the family: the perfect Christmas gift.
 meals in EPCOT.
 beach and pool hangs.
 princesses to meet (and to be skeptical of).
 naps to take - anywhere.
 a new land (Star Wars!) to wake up early for.
 uncles to carry you.
 spaceships to see.
 water slides to go down - all by yourself.
 pirate beds, and pillows to use to make "pigloos".
 fish to see - Maisie's favorite.
 wilderness to explore.
and autographs to take stock of on the way home.


Holiday party.

At Tao, of all places. Very swanky, very loud, very good apps.


Tree lighting.

From the town tree lighting: one of the most magical nights of the year.


Santa at the Plaza.

Over the weekend, we went into NYC to introduce the kids to the Plaza's amazing Santa (a true gem, really). Ahead of us were several families in matching outfits, hair held together with several coats of hairspray, bows fluffed and sweaters free of lint.

And then there were these kids, whose parents clearly lack observation skills and should probably be concerned that the baby is scarred for life. Go, us.


From the first week of December.

a Christmas reunion dinner with friends I love (8 years of friendship: difficult and easy to believe). afternoons in the office with the best December sunsets. mornings in Central Park, dusted in snow. cold deep down to your bones, and we are alive - here at the close of a decade - to feel it.