Just like that, the holidays have come and gone! Christmas is my favorite time of year. It’s so much more than just presents under the tree. It’s about family, traditions, and joy. Christmas has always been a big deal in my family. We all wake up early and go to my grandparents house in our pajamas, we have breakfast together and exchange gifts (mostly to the kids). After gifts have been unwrapped, we have a wrapping paper fight, we ball up the wrapping paper we just ripped open and throw it at each other, of course this is all done in good fun. Then we finish up the morning with our silly family photo! We all go back home for a couple hours before meeting again at someones house for Christmas dinner.
We have so many more traditions during the holiday season, but this is our Christmas Day. I love having such a close family. These times mean the world to me.
Happy New Year everyone!
These colors… Wow. I’m speechless.
Growing up on Long Island, I took this place for granted. Now that I’m an adult, I can appreciate the beautiful place that I live. This photo was taken at the “town dock” one night when Sergey and I decided it was a nice night to take our dog Kiki for a walk at the dock. We didn’t plan to be there for the sunset, it wasn’t any special night, we just went for a walk. This stunning photo was our view. I wish I could have used a better camera than the one on my iPhone to fully capture the astounding beauty that I get to experience. Growing up, I would always say that I can’t wait to move off of Long Island. I think that was just me being a “rebellious teenager” because I had no reason to feel that way. Well, guess what? I did move away and I couldn’t wait to come back. Besides missing my family, I missed this little island I called home. Long Island has so much to offer. There tons of businesses, shopping, food, music, attractions, and all different kinds of people from all walks of life. Plus, how can I leave out the beauty of the ocean only minutes away from wherever you are. I’ve thought about moving throughout the years that I’ve been back; New York is an expensive place to live, but I could never see myself anywhere else. This is home; this is where my family is; this is where my roots are. Long Island will always have my heart and soul.
Ps - No filters or color edits were made to this photo