The Prom

We decided to purposefully make this Christmas vacation low key and relaxing. With one exception – a trip to New York to see the new Broadway musical The Prom.

Brendan’s friend Sheldon who was in ShowBoat with him (and was able to score a birthday message from a couple of Hamilton stars) is in the show. It is his Broadway debut.

We loved the show! It has a great message and great music. The dancing is pretty amazing too! After the show we got to congratulate Sheldon backstage. He was super kind to have a swag bag for Brendan too!

Our fingers are crossed that this show continues its success and does well at the Tony Awards this spring!

Christmas 2018 (part 2)

Christmas Eve

This was the first year both kids were too old to be part of the Christmas Pageant. However, continuing my favorite part of the pageant – the helpers who come back – they were both helpers. And Brendan sang again this year too. It was a great Mass with lots of enthusiasm from the kids involved. And also – the kids made the front page of the Globe (and the Globe’s Instagram!).

Christmas Day

Another chill and easy holiday – with everyone living so close it made for a nice day. The kids enjoyed their gifts (a Nintendo Switch and games for Aidan, an American Girl doll and styling head for Brendan). Dinner was with everyone at our home. It was a much easier night without boarding a plane like last year!

Christmas 2018 (part 1)

Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. So it’s no wonder that there are so many traditions and events that make up our holiday season. Here are all the highlights!

The Nutcracker

This year Brendan decided he wanted to pursue ballet and that led to auditioning and being cast as a Party Boy in the Jose Matteo Ballet Company’s Nutcracker. He performed in more than a dozen shows at the Majestic and Strand Theatres. He had a great time!

Newport Mansion tour
(The Breakers)

This was new this year – Pascarelli girls night out. It was a leftover Mother’s Day gift and the perfect way to kick of December. The mansion was beautifully decorated, the music was beautiful and the company was pretty great too. Hopefully we do this again next year!


We hosted the Tracy Family Christmas Party and attended (san Brendan who was at the Nutcracker) the Brady’s party. It was great to catch up with everyone. Yearly pictures from these parties make us realize how old everyone is getting! But also provide a great opportunity to catch up with favorite people.

Enchanted Village

We will always love visiting Jordan’s Furniture to see the Enchanted Village and for the kids to ice skate. So happy they still will go with us!

Christmas Lights

Going to Blink! has also been a fun family night out. It makes for silliness too!

Nights out with the Boys

Brendan was invited to the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Holiday Party and I got to be his plus one. He had a great time catching up with friends. The next night I got to attend the Pops holiday concert with Aidan. Both very different but very fun nights!

We saw Santa!

Holiday Concerts

Brendan’s Condon concert was awesome (his class performed a theater piece) and Aidan performed in the 8th grade band and junior jazz band.