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Thinking of You . . .

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Mom, it was a wonderful week visiting you!  I don’t have many (very good) pictures . . . but here are the ones I do have. 🙂

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I also read two things this morning that made me think of you.

First up, this article on five new mystery novels coming out this month.

Secondly, this story on the Today show this morning about making mittens for Koalas in Australia.  Would be a fun project for your sewing group!  There is a pattern on this site.

That’s it for now!

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January 9, 2015 at 10:47 am

Finally Feeling Like Fall . . .

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Its been a while since I’ve posted about our weekend.  This weekend I sat down for maybe 10 minutes total, and that was to play ball with Julian.  He just learned how to throw a ball on Friday night and has wanted to do nothing else since then.  He’s such a little boy.

Saturday was New York Cares day in the city.  It’s when volunteers spend the day helping public schools get cleaned up and ready for the new school year.  This year I volunteered with Vicki and her co-workers at The Sak.

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Our project was at a k-5 school in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.  We cleaned out their basement, which was full of old books and old furniture . . . then went on to paint their cafeteria and finished with a few wall murals in the kindergarten hallway of the school.

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Saturday night we got our first real babysitter, Nina.  She and Julian hit it off right away and he was a perfect little angel for her.  The reason for the babysitter was a surprise 30th birthday party on the Lower East Side for Stacey!  Mike and I rode our bikes to the party, like typical Brooklynites.  It was a beautiful night, and why not burn a few calories on your way to a party!?  That cake was a fluffernutter cake and was as good as it sounds.


Sunday morning we got a surprise visit from Katya and Oz.  Gosh I really need to get my roots done.


And then headed off to Queens County Farm for some good Autumn fun. 🙂

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I was officially “that mom” singing Old MacDonald Had A Farm  (sorry, that will be in your head all day now!) . . . while we were visiting with the chickens and cows.

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Julian found the best pumpkin.

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The required pumpkin patch shot.

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Now I want a pumpkin scone.  Have a great week!

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October 20, 2014 at 10:08 am

Julian’s a Rockstar

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We originally planned to have Julian’s “Rockstar” first birthday party at home, but then the guest list got out of control and the weather started looking bad so I crossed my fingers and sent an email to our neighbor’s over at Baby’s All Right to see if we could use their concert space for Julian’s party . . . and they said YES!  It could not have been a more perfect location for the party.    Here are some pictures that Vic  (who ironically takes pictures at Baby’s All Right for adult concerts) took.


Mom (Bev) had Julian’s favorite singer Ari come to entertain him and the crowd of kiddos (about 15 in total!).  He was awesome!


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Do you see sweet baby Oz in the back row with Katya and Unity?!  Youngest one there, 8 days old.  So sweet that the three of them came!


Julian sat and watched Ari the entire time.  LOVED it.  He’s been spending every Friday with Ari since he was 3 weeks old.


Vic not only helped with taking pictures, but also some of the decor including this adorable sign that hung above the stage.


She also made a pom-pom garland that hung over the railing that separated the bar area from the concert area.



I seriously can’t handle this kid’s cuteness.


Diana made the most amazing cake for Julian.  We got everyone to sing happy birthday to J – even Ari with his guitar.



We had some of our best friends and family members there to help us celebrate!  We could not thank them enough for coming.





Only one more day of my baby being 11 months, can’t believe it.

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October 6, 2014 at 11:36 am

Best Summer

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We didn’t really take any time off or do anything super special this summer . . . but it was the best one I ever remember having. Getting to watch my baby grow into a little boy, watching my husband be the best dad, watching my little pup enjoy (I think?) being a big brother. Love our little family and can’t wait to see how we all evolve in the fall. Here are some pictures from the last few weeks of summer.

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Also, happy anniversary to mom-mom and pop-pop!


They have 60 YEARS on Mike and I.  That’s A LONG TIME! 🙂

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September 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Vicki and Dave Are Married!

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Vicki and Dave were married on a BEAUTIFUL spring day in New Jersey on Saturday.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the three-day (rehearsal, wedding, brunch) event.

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This song will always remind me of dancing at their wedding.


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June 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Vic’s Shower

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A few weeks ago Neilly, Jess, Andrea and I hosted Vic’s shower at a bar in Brooklyn.  It was awesome . . . yummy snacks, and mimosas and plants as favors/decorations . . . yummy carrot cake cupcakes and a pom-pom making station (Vic is going to have a very cool pom-pom installation at the wedding and is in need for a ton of pom poms so we figured that we would have everyone help!).  The only issue is that Vic had woken up the morning of the shower with a stomach bug and was only able to muster up enough energy to spend a few minutes saying hi.  SUCH a bummer.  Here are some pictures from the shower.

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Dave makes Vic laugh even when she’s sick. 🙂


We are good party planners, right?


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May 8, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Amsterdam 14′

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Who can get three girls who run their own businesses (including two with brand new businesses) and one girl with a five month old to drop everything to travel 3,653 miles for her bachelorette?

This girl . . .

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We had a BLAST leaving everything for a few days and just having good old-fashioned girl time.  We went shopping, on a private boat tour, to a brewery, for a picnic in the park, great dinners and lunches . . . made big breakfasts.  We seriously spent every single moment breathing in the warm 70 degree Dutch air that was filled with the smell of “coffee shops” and waffle houses.  Here are some pictures from the trip!

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Vic and Dave are getting married May 31st in New Jersey on Vic’s parents llama farm (of course you know, Mom, you’re going!).  I have lived in the same apartment or right down the street from Vic ever since I left for college (so I guess throughout my entire adult life).  She is and will always be a constant in my life.  She has brought variety, lots of laughs, really amazing food and unwavering support into my life.  She was there when I graduated college, met Mike . . . stood next to me while I married him, was the only friend that visited us in the hospital when I had Julian and has been a great “aunt” to him ever since.  I love her so much and can’t wait to see her marry her best friend in a few weeks!

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April 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm