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hi everyone! i’ve been slower the past few days at getting our christmas photos up because the kids have been home from school and it’s been so nice spending time with them! it is making me so excited for this summer, when kindergarten and morning preschool are out of session and i get my babies back!

i hope you had a merry christmas! we had a wonderful week of all things christmas, and of course we took so many photos, i’ll have to share some pictures from christmas day in a separate post. highlights of christmas weekend included getting to spend time with my sister hannah and her husband, and also my sister rachel and her husband, too! we crammed in a few extra christmas festivities around the city including the metropolitan museum of art’s angel christmas tree and the origami christmas tree at the natural history museum. josh made more ginger cookies than he could eat (it’s his tradition every christmas eve, and it’s the only time he allows himself to eat cookies!), we made forts, went ice skating, tried to take all three kids to a 9:30am movie (and learned that conrad doesn’t really have it in him yet to sit still for so long so he only lasted a little while), and i was able to take eleanor and samson to see the christmas spectacular at radio city music hall! i think this was our 4th year going, and it is such a magical tradition for our family. our kids talk about it all year long so it was extra special this year to be invited backstage after the show by the rockettes themselves! photos below…

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getting our ginger cookie making on! i’m doing my best on getting josh to share his very secret cookie recipe at some point on this blog! i feel like i’m getting closer, even though he still says no (lol).  someday, guys! i’m working on it!

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is it horrible to say that i actually am only able to eat one of these every christmas? there is something about ginger and i can only have a few bites before i feel very done. i feel bad being married to josh davis this time of year because this is seriously what he lives for, but i try to be supportive from afar and like…hey, i’ll take pictures! that’s nice, right?

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we were so excited to be invited by the rockettes to go back stage after the show! samson actually asked after seeing the show last year if the rockettes could come over to play. like, several times. he just loves them and it’s the sweetest thing. we got our tickets way back in november and almost every day he’d ask how many more days until we saw the rockettes. that show really is pure magic. all the dancing santa’s and toy soldiers falling down! also, the live nativity at the end always makes me teary eyed. it’s crazy powerful and i’m often blown away that it’s included in the show. so glad that it’s a part of it.

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don’t mind samson hopping all over the stage in search for left over pieces of fallen snow. he collected an entire pocket full to bring home!

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seriously so fun for us to get to have a look backstage afterwards and meet a few of the rockettes. thank you again for having us backstage!

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me and my sweet boys made our way over to the angel christmas tree at the met last friday! conrad fell asleep before we got there, and we didn’t stay long because we passed a playground on the way over that grabbed samson’s attention and he was eager to stop by on the walk back through the park, but i still got to see her in all her glory and she was beautiful.

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later that night, we visited my all-time favorite christmas tree together. the origami tree at the natural history museum. year after year, it’s still my favorite.

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while the boys were all out, eleanor and i made the chalk board all a little more festive for the weekend!

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we built a big fort with the kids the day after christmas when we got home from the movies. it ended up being the kids’ home base as they fought crime around the apartment. i shared the video on my insta stories, but i caught a little snippet of them inside the fort, and eleanor whispering to samson, “SAMSON! WE HAVE TO SAVE THE WORLD!” in the most serious whisper tone ever. i just love these kids so freaking much. glad about 85% of the time they are kind to each other and play okay together. haha. they wouldn’t be siblings if they didn’t know how to really BUG the crap out of one another, right?! Processed with VSCO with s1 preset

we went ice skating the day after christmas with my sister and her husband! it was conrad’s first time with skates on and he loved it! except he didn’t want any help (he literally cannot stand up on the ice without one of us holding him up), but he still kept trying to have us let go of him as he kept saying, “no help! i do! i do!” haha. my back still hurts from being hunched over taking him around the ice, but the experience was priceless and i’m so glad he had a good time.

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and samson is seriously the most fearless and happy kid i know. this boy didn’t need any help, and when he fell over, he’d hop back up and get back at it! only slightly terrified about taking him snowboarding next month! lol. he keeps talking about all the “tricks” he’s gonna do this year with his board.

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so happy to have rachel and nelson in the city for the day! the kids faces say it all.

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we had a hairstylist in the city we loved and all five us went to her for haircuts (josh had been seeing her since his first year at columbia!) but she moved to florida a few months ago. so i totally attempted to cut conrad’s hair myself this past week since he needed a haircut and we haven’t found a new person just yet. i got him to hold still by distracting him with a show on the iPad, and since he was sitting so still, i just kept going at it! lol, it’s maybe too short, and kind of uneven, and eleanor totally came home from school and said, “oh wow! conrad looks bald!”, but i’m proud of it. and i think i’m getting the hang of it for next time.

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my favorite new ornament this year (from anthropologie, and ps. all their ornaments are 50% off right now.)

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hope you had a wonderful merry christmas! will share a few more photos from christmas day soon! only a few more days of 2016!!!!!!!

  1. Corina

    Eleanor is just the funniest! And the sweetest girl:)
    I am still crying with laughter after her comment that Conrad looks bald. ahahaha
    Love all the photos and the smiles!

  2. Rena

    Thank you so much for the super cute pictures! I really love you and your wonderful family <3 It makes me smile that they built this fort … as we did the same as kids :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

    • TAZA

      thank you, rena! i love when they ask to build forts, too! they are seriously my favorite. happy new year!

  3. Melanie

    Hi Naomi! Love your blog and reading all about your adorable little family! I was just wondering where you got Eleanor’s coat?? It’s just perfect

    • TAZA

      her red coat? it is from crew cuts! the teal coat is from patagonia!

  4. Sabine

    hey! just because I was glad, somebody told me, I thought I share this short info with you too… I also used to not wear gloves for ice skating until a friend told me about an incident, where a child fell down and somebody who couldn’t stop in time and drove over her hand, resulting in bad cuts. I really don’t want to lecture you or criticize you or anything, I was just happy somebody told me and now I am always wearing them, just to make sure :)

    • TAZA

      oh gosh! can’t imagine. thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Wow I’m jealous of how many festive activities you packed in this month! The kids are the cutest little ice skaters!!!

    Alison
    http://www.starspree.net

  6. I love your blog and following all the fun your life in NYC with kids brings. Your family is adorable! We were in NYC Monday to see Wicked which was amazing! I kept hoping we would run into you guys…Glad you had such a great fun Christmas.

  7. Christian

    ❤️ The stories and pictures! where did you get your brownish scarf? 😘

    • TAZA

      it’s from garnet hill!

  8. brittany

    what a cozy weekend. it already feels like it was so long ago!
    you guys are pretty cute.

    xo, brittany
    winter sale picks on my blog today!
    http://www.notablob.com

  9. Lisa

    Your posts truly bring out the magic of NYC. I love them so much! You mentioned somewhere where you bought the darling nativity wrapping paper, but I can’t remember where. ?? Please share again! Thanks!

    • TAZA

      yes! from flying tiger!

  10. Beatriz

    You are truly an inspiration for me.
    You raise your children very well, always encouraging them, and I am sure they will grew up happy and comfident about themselves. I’m Brazilian and in February I’ll be in NY, my dream is to take a picture with you. Who knows?

  11. Annie

    Love the photos! Any chance your hair stylist moved to southwest Florida? I’ve lived here for 9 years and still haven’t found a hair stylist I truly love.

  12. fefe

    The toy soldiers falling down is the very best part!! Also, I love that these photos look like they were taken on a film camera. So beautiful!

    http://objectsicantafford.com

  13. Frances

    I can’t get enough of your city apartment! Would you/have you done a video tour of it? It’d be cool to hear how you make it work and if you have any plans for it in the future! Hope you have a great new year!

  14. magali

    beautiful Christmas pictures! I hope I can make it to NYC again but at Christmas time!
    This year we had our first Christmas with our baby boy! Amazing memories!
    Wishing you all the best for 2017! Joy, happiness and good HEALTH!
    Keep on blogging, I love you ;)
    magali from Switzerland

  15. Rachel

    Absolutely love this!! Also matching tops with E!!! Surely this is mumma heaven?!

  16. Fanny

    Love the pics as usual ! Last time I attempted to cut my 18th month son hair on my own was such a disaster, nothing was straight or even messy and the more I cut, the more it went bad. Luckily hair grows fast ah ah !
    First time to the hairdresser this afternoon, will see how it goes !

    Beautiful pics as usual, NY on Christmas time is on my bucket list and will wait a bit for my son to grow up to i can take him to this Rockettes show that sounds to be amazing !

    Wish you and your family all the best for 2017 Naomi, love following your adventure and thanks for being such an inspiring person,

    Fanny

  17. Cait

    I just wanted to say I appreciate how you enjoy your kids as well as love them, and look forward to holiday breaks and summer. So many of my friends joke about dreading their kids being out of school and I think that’s sad. Yes, it can be hard (and I have three that aren’t in school yet and we plan to homeschool) but it’s such a gift and a privilege to have time with them!! And it is just refreshing and encouraging that you feel the same.
    Looking up your pierogi recipe now cause I want to attempt them for the first time!

  18. Caroline

    Hooray for home haircuts! I’ve been cutting my 4 year old son’shair since he was 18 months (couldn’t bring myself to have it cut at all before then). It’s become this lovely, relaxing thing we both enjoy. And I’ve gotten to be good enough at it that others can’t always tell it’s a home haircut, even though I can :)

  19. That first photo of Eleanor and Samson baking cookies – they look like TEENAGERS. Growing up so fast. And are you and Eleanor wearing the same top at the Rockettes show? So cute!
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  20. Allison

    Love the NYC pizza ornament!

  21. hanna

    It looks like so much fun –Like Hanna

  22. I’ve always wanted to experience Christmas in NYC, not just anywhere on the east coast! But my family always travels abroad for the holidays. One of my favourite activities during the holidays is baking, and for my brothers too! We bake more than we can eat, but our parents never make us stop and always offers them to any guests we have at the house :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  23. Kristina mayba

    I love your blog ! You are wonderfully blessed with such fun and loving family !

  24. Vanessa

    Hello Naomi -wonderful post, as always ! if you dont mind, could I ask where you got your brown scarf from.

    Thanks !