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At 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, I was sitting with my two older girls and mother at Rockefeller Center to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

I’ll be honest. I didn’t really believe they had a 9 a.m. show but my mother kept insisting they did. Apparently, she was right.

I’ve seen the show many times over the years and they’ve done a very good job of updating it while keeping the traditional scenes. Except they’ve now added this 3D video game section which is a bit scary for kids and totally unnecessary.  But my girls adored everything else, especially Santa and the Rockettes.

Although afterward Summer said, “I liked it but where was Peter Pan?”

I don’t think Peter Pan gets up at 9 a.m.

After the show, we went to see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and watch the ice skaters.  It’s nice because as you enjoy this lovely holiday scene, you can also turn your head and see the NBC news ticker which was reporting that a Nebraska meatpacker was recalling 40,000 pounds of ground beef because of E. coli contamination. Merry Christmas!

The Salvation Army folks really embrace the holiday spirit in NYC. I just love the guy at the stand next to them who apparently is not quite as jazzed.

My girls really wanted caricatures done and they were only 5 bucks! I couldn’t figure out why it was so cheap until they were finished.

According to this artist, Dylan and Summer look exactly alike. And it appears that he gave 5-year-old Summer quite a rack. Classy. Oh and he practically chased me down the street when I wouldn’t buy the $25 frames to protect these masterpieces.

After our time with Leonardo da Vinci, we went to lunch and then headed back to the parking garage.

Which is when I realized I didn’t have the ticket.

Which made it very hard for the garage to find the car.

I don’t know why it was so difficult to locate because we told them my mother’s rental car was white.

And maybe an Acura. But definitely white.

I finally hoofed it 7 blocks back to the restaurant where I found the ticket on the floor under our table. How’s that for good Christmas karma.

We got our car back and it turned out that when we said, “Acura,” we kind of meant more “Nissan.” Whatever. They are both cars.

Anyway, that very night, I got a chance at redemption. Rick and I went to holiday house party with valet. Yes, valet service which is definitely a killer party perk.

And this time I was able to hold on to the ticket. And thank goodness because you would not believe the number of people who are trying to steal and go joy riding in a minivan with 4 car seats.


Mama Bird Notes:

This post was sponsored by Wooden Toys! Isn’t it cool to give all that plastic crap a rest and buy something more natural. The Wooden Toy Shop has some adorable stuff. Enjoy!

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