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Our Weekend . . . According to Julian

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I had a great weekend . . . it’s so fun making my parents exhausted!

On Saturday morning they took me to swim class where I kicked and splashed for an hour straight . . . and even went under water again!

After that I decided that it was a bad idea to nap so I just stayed up and told my mom that everything she was trying to do to keep me occupied was BORING.  She tried to give me sweet potatoes for the first time and I thought that was fun for a little.  They were tasty but I much prefered wearing them to eating them . . .

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While I was on the counter eating my sweet potatoes I decided to do some flower arranging . . .

After that mom got me all cleaned up and we took a car ride out to Long Island to visit one of my girlfriends . . . Lilia (and her parents, Hutch and Stacey).  Lilia looked pretty cute in her white jacket and bear hat while we were at the wine bar.

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Back at her house I was trying to get her to like me . . . but she was being a typical girl playing hard to get.

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Finally I won her over (after showing a little leg).

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Sunday morning I got to have brunch with two of my favorite friends, Katya and Unity!

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After brunch we went upstairs so I could hang out with my friend Noah!  I love picking his nose . . .

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And stealing his toys!

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After that I had some more sweet potatoes . . . and a bath . . . and PASSED OUT at 7pm.  Gosh, I’m so glad my parents are back to work today . . . its exhausting making them exhausted!  Oh, and . . . Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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March 17, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Thank You, Mom

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Mom, I honestly can’t thank you enough . . .

I can’t thank you enough for being such an amazing mom . . .

I can’t thank you enough for being such an amazing mom-mom . . .

I can’t thank you enough for watching Julian while Mike and I took a much-needed break.

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Two of my most favorite people in the world are in the picture above.  Having both of you in my life brings me so much joy . . . such a feeling of completeness.  Seeing you together . . . laughing at each other . . . and giving each other little hugs.  It melts my heart.  Love you.  Thank you.

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March 10, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Presidents Weekend In Brooklyn

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Mike and I used to live for fun trips on long weekends . . . always trying to squeeze every single second out of them to go to a new island . . . or go skiing . . . or site seeing . . . or visiting friends.  We were supposed to go to Loon skiing this weekend with the Conn’s but with all the travel issues I had last week, the distance we would have had to drive with a four-month old (7 HOURS!) . . . and the fact that the temperature was supposed to be below zero the entire weekend kept us home.

I did A LOT of this (snuggling with my little guy) . . .

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We had some first this weekend . . . first swim lesson at Aqua Beba.

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Listen to this kid.

I knew he was going to like it because he loves bath time! (if you watch this turn your volume off – my voice is annoying!)

He also sat up on his own for the first time (for only a few seconds, but still!)

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He went to Queens for the first time to see the Socrates Sculpture Park.

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and he actually drove for the first time! (I know, very advanced)

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We went on a bunch of walks . . .

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And watched Captain Phillips (VERY good – I don’t get out much these days though so I may not be the best judge) . . . and gave Chetter a bath . . . and went to the gym every day . . . and made nice healthy meals and watched the Olympics.

So yeah . . . wasn’t a fun filled travel adventure . . . as our President’s Day weekends usually were . . . but it was one of the best long weekends I’ve had in a while.  Hope you had a good one!

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February 18, 2014 at 4:16 pm

MLK Weekend In Brooklyn

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We had a great weekend.  It didn’t start out well because Mike had the stomach flu on Friday night (I started out with it on Thursday) but was feeling better by the time Ellen (Mike’s mom) and Lauren (Mike’s sis) got to our place on Saturday morning.  Ellen got Julian swim lessons at Aqua Beba for Christmas . . . she also got him swimmy diapers. 🙂  He starts in early February!

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I went with Lauren to get a massage on Saturday afternoon.  Felt awesome.  I so needed it (and a few more!) . . . then Ellen stayed home Saturday night to watch Julian while Mike, Lauren and I went to a new restaurant in Brooklyn for dinner.  Sunday, after they left, the three of us went to Long Island to visit Dan and Jeannine to watch the Patriots loose (boooo!).  We had a great time, though, and Julian charmed them like he does everyone . . .


Yesterday I went to yoga with Vicki and Katya . . . then to Vicki and Dave’s to have lunch (Mike and Julian also tagged along) . . . then home to install our new curtains and make  this amazing pot pie!


I want some of your yummy strawberries!  Have a great day!

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January 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Harper Is Three!

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My adorable, adventuresome, loving niece is three today.  It’s a bummer that we don’t get to be close to her but its been fun watching her grow up through pictures and video.

Mike and I got her a little doll cradle and some clothes but we were totally outdone by Lauren who got her a Mini Cooper.  Yeah . . . how could I possibly compete with that.  How cute is this?


We had a great weekend in Jamestown . . . even though the weather wasn’t great.  We got to see all of our friends and most of the family.


Sending good vibes to you and Mom-mom!  Hope she feels better soon.

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September 3, 2013 at 9:40 am

It’s Not A ‘Me’ Place. It’s An ‘Us’ Place.”

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I leave you on this last “real” summer Friday with this story about a Greek island where people live to at least 100 and you can go and just cure yourself of cancer.  Sounds pretty unbelievable . . . but its true.  I could see how its possible after reviewing the lifestyle (see and excerpt below).  One of the inhabitants was quoted saying that, “It’s not a ‘me’ place. It’s an ‘us’ place.”  Sounds so . . . comforting.

If you pay careful attention to the way Ikarians have lived their lives, it appears that a dozen subtly powerful, mutually enhancing and pervasive factors are at work. It’s easy to get enough rest if no one else wakes up early and the village goes dead during afternoon naptime. It helps that the cheapest, most accessible foods are also the most healthful — and that your ancestors have spent centuries developing ways to make them taste good. It’s hard to get through the day in Ikaria without walking up 20 hills. You’re not likely to ever feel the existential pain of not belonging or even the simple stress of arriving late. Your community makes sure you’ll always have something to eat, but peer pressure will get you to contribute something too. You’re going to grow a garden, because that’s what your parents did, and that’s what your neighbors are doing. You’re less likely to be a victim of crime because everyone at once is a busybody and feels as if he’s being watched. At day’s end, you’ll share a cup of the seasonal herbal tea with your neighbor because that’s what he’s serving. Several glasses of wine may follow the tea, but you’ll drink them in the company of good friends. On Sunday, you’ll attend church, and you’ll fast before Orthodox feast days. Even if you’re antisocial, you’ll never be entirely alone. Your neighbors will cajole you out of your house for the village festival to eat your portion of goat meat.

I’m off to an island myself this weekend . . . Jamestown (our typical summer weekend getaway).  I also think of it as an “us” place as I’ve only really been there with Mike.  He was lucky enough to grow up there and our child will be lucky enough to one day think of it as a home away from home.  It sounds completely opposite of Ikaria as everyone is up at the butt crack of dawn enjoying the calm ocean in the morning that is perfect for paddle boarding, or the tree-covered, hilly roads that are perfect for long bike rides or the winds that are always “just right” for sailing.  There is too much fun to be had to take any kind of day-snooze.  I don’t really see many gardens, but there is a farm stand on Saturday’s in the town square.  There really isn’t “cheap” food but there is damn good food like Slice of Heaven‘s breakfast burritos (that I MUST have at least one time during the weekend).  I never really talk to the neighbors but we do spend a lot of time with friends drinking wine (when not creating a child).

One of our friends sent this picture of Mike and I that he took a few weekends ago and forgot was on his phone.  When I look at it, it instantly calms me. 


I am wearing a bathing suit and cover up, don’t have my Blackberry in my hand . . . I have flip flops on my feet, my hair is out of my face and my skin is tanned from spending the day in the sun on a boat with friends . . . and with my favorite person in the world . . . who is always making me laugh. 

I may not live until 100, and that’s okay, as long as my life is filled with many moments such as this one.

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August 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm

The VMAs Weren’t The Only Exciting Thing Going On in Brooklyn This Weekend!

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Did you see any of the VMA’s last night.  I hardly did, but its pretty cool that they were in Brooklyn.  MTV got super lucky with the weather for the red carpet and outdoor concerts – it could not have been a more perfect night (weather-wise). 

I had a really great weekend . . . which started off with dinner and a show with Mikey on Friday night.


Saturday we got all of Baby Dierks’ furniture delivered and Dad installed some shelves, a ceiling fan and the blinds.  (Chet likes the crib – and the new carpet!)

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AND my girlies from home came for a visit!  We went out for a nice brunch in Dumbo and I drug them around Brooklyn. So great to see them and have some girl talk.

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Sunday included homemade blueberry pancakes and the New York Times (this is Mike’s plate BTW – I can hardly fit a pancake in my stomach at this point!).

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I also spent a few hours with Mike at the beach . . . it was heavenly.

Hope you had a nice weekend!  Sorry about the palm tree!

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August 26, 2013 at 9:45 am