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Creative overload continued

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The good news is one project is finished! Julian’s dinosaur shirt is complete. I hope he likes it. I really enjoyed sewing clothing(especially for my favorite little guy.)

I had some things to learn, I don’t ever remember making a collar. Thank goodness for YouTube. I had a little issue with the buttonholes, but persevered, and learned that I needed more pressure( on my presser foot.)

I had an excellent supervisor:

My Tuesday sewing group is working on a fun new project. It combines crayons, ink, embroidery and of course fabric.

This is my piece with the ink and crayon. I hope to work on the embroidery on my trip.

My Tuesday group made this quilt, and I quilted it. It’s a secret project, I’m so happy with how it turned out.

Sewfee went to the beauty parlor today.

She a cutie, isn’t she!

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July 24, 2018 at 10:12 pm

Thanks For The Visit, Mom

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So great to see you and have you spend time with your little grandson (and us :))  Here are a few pictures from your visit.


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Mom and j


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April 10, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Posted in Dara's Tid Bits, Julian

A good parent prepares the child for the path, not the path for the child.

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We just got back from our first little family trip to Miami.  I was a nervous nelly going into the trip (even though I was trying my best to pretend I wasn’t) . . . what if Julian had a tantrum on the plane?  What if the room wasn’t as nice as I was expecting it to be?  What if Julian got bored on the beach and I couldn’t spend a second relaxing (which I so desperately needed) because I would have to run around after him the entire time?  What if Mike worked the whole time and that annoyed me and we would fight about it?

As life would have it . . . everything I worried about came true.  The hotel we stayed at was nice and in an awesome location . . . but the “1 Bedroom Suite” was just a glorified studio with an open doorway between the living room and bedroom (which isn’t ideal when you have a toddler that goes to bed at 7:30 and you want to stay up and spend time with your husband).  I had the hotel staff show me three different rooms until I settled on the room we stayed in.  I spent an hour on the phone with Starwood trying to figure out where we should move to the next day because there is no way this current situation would work out.  When I really exhausted all options and came to the realization that we were “stuck” there, I made the most of the situation.  I poured myself a glass of wine and put Julian in the bathroom sink for his bath (no bathtub at this hotel!) . . . he thought it was the best thing in the world (he pulled every single tolietry into his little “tub” with him).  He also LOVED the room.  He had a smile on his face from the time he woke up until the time he went to bed (which he did . . . every night at 7:30 . . . and never woke up while Mike and I sat in the living room catching up).


The moment when I saw this little face happy as can be . . . taking a bath in a sink . . . I decided that I wasn’t going to let anything that happened on the vacation bother me . . . and just soak up every single moment of the time I had with my boys.  It was seriously one of the best vacations of my life because of that mindset.  Yeah, I told Mike that I was going throw his phone in the water (after the 10th hour-long phone call he took ended) if he didn’t start relaxing (which he eventually did).  I didn’t get to relax much on the beach . . . but that was because I WANTED to build sand castles with my little boy in the shade . . . and run after the ocean waves . . . and get wrinkly hands (my BIGGEST PET PEEVE) because he’s a little fish and wants to spend every second he can in the pool “swimming”.  I did get to spend a few moments like this . . . though.  Heaven.


Julian had MULTIPLE tantrums on the plane (in First Class – eek – never sitting up there with a toddler again!) but we made it through and I’ll NEVER see those people again.  Most of the tantrums were the result of people behind us not saying hi to him . . . after he had said “hi” and waved to them for 10 minutes straight (meanies in First Class).

The resort ended up being awesome.  In every single way.  Everyone knew who we were by the time we left . . . Julian had charmed the socks off all of them.  Running, barefoot, through the halls with the biggest smile and cute little laugh . . . arms flailing . . . like it was the best moment of his life.  Noone could pass him without stopping and smiling and commenting on how adorable he was.  Most of the time he would stop, and say “hi” to them and, if they were lucky, he would tackle them with a hug.

We had nice family meals out . . . and strolls along the beach at sunrise . . . and sunset.

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I was worried that a 5 star hotel and flights in first class would not be good enough for us.  That we wouldn’t have fun because our 600 square foot incredible room didn’t have a door.  I was worried that playing with my little boy on the beach was going to make me not have a good time.  Shame on me for having that mindset.  Shame on me for being blinded by my outrageous expectations, rather than be grateful for the time with my boys, the sand between my toes and a crisp glass of rose at noon on a Thursday. I worry WAY too much and need to stop and enjoy this beautiful world we live in.  Especially when it comes to raising Julian.  I really hope he turns out like his Dad – more carefree and spur of the moment.  I am going to really try to make sure he’s prepared for life and takes it all in. Maybe I’ll have to buy some Tab, bologna and white bread (you have to read the article to get that reference).


Thank you, Miami, for giving me what I needed.

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April 7, 2015 at 11:34 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

Back to School

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My Facebook is flooded with pictures of the kiddos going back to school.  I have no clue how I’ll feel when Julian starts his first day . . . I guess I’ll be sad because he’s growing up but so excited for his new adventure (ask me in another 4 years and I’m sure my tune will change!!!).  I was watching the Today show one day and saw Maria Shriver interview this woman named Elle who has a YouTube channel called Whats Up MOMS.  I’ve watched a few of their little videos and have fallen in love with them.  They’re so funny and easy-going about being a Mom . . . they kind of say what you’re thinking.

Anyway, they did a Back to School video and its hilarious.

Whats even more hilarious is the behind the scenes video.  You have to go to the YouTube channel to view that  . . . I can’t figure out how to paste it for some reason.

You can see Maria’s interview with Elle here.

Happy Friday!

(P.S. Is Bev alive?!  What has happened to her!?!?)

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September 5, 2014 at 9:50 am

Is It Normal . . .

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Is it normal . . . that Julian automatically waves when I put my phone up to my eye to take his picture?  What’s that all about!?  He’s not a New Yorker (just like his Dad).  He’s WAY too nice.  Diana said that its like he’s in a parade every day when she strolls him down the street (we just changed his stroller to be front facing).  He waves and smiles at everyone . . . like they are all his friends.  He does it when he’s with us too.  Its amazing to see all of the miserable people’s faces we pass turn into happy smiling ones when they see his little toothy smile and chubby hand wave.  My son, already making this world a better place.

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P.S.  He’s pretty darn cute, right?

Happy Friday!  I will write more when I get out of this dreaded earnings season!  Mom, you better have a recap of the new Project Runway this weekend!  I actually watched it last night and realized how much I’ve missed it. Some wackos and some geniuses (and some genius wackos) . . . as usual. 🙂

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July 25, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Posted in Dara, Julian

My Little TV Star

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Julian’s Baby DJ class was featured on a local NY TV station last Friday.  The segment starts around 10:30 on this video.

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July 16, 2014 at 12:25 pm