Things Ever Said

posted on: Monday, February 5, 2018

when you tell Ever it's bedtime

I rarely post anymore but Ever has been saying so many funny things lately that I wanted to take a moment to get them down in writing before they slip away. This age, newly three, is such a good one. She is hilariously sassy, ridiculously dramatic and her own biggest fan.
-- She's started doing this thing when you tell her no where she says "I give you a deal" - as in, I'll make you a deal. The first time was when she wanted to sleep in our bed one night and we told her no. So she says "I give you a deal" and we're like, ok, what's the deal? And she just goes and gets in our bed and says "I sleep in your bed tonight."
That was it.
The next time this happened she wanted my phone to watch a video and I told her no. Then it was "I give you a deal...You let me watch sumpin' and then you go away."
Clearly the deck is stacked in her favor.
-- She must have heard the phrase BFF in a show or something and asked Josh what it meant the other day. He told her it means best friends forever and now she uses it regularly. As in, "you're my BFF, mommy" and when she's playing with her dolls she refers to them as BFF's
-- Another night after I took my phone from her because it was time for bed and time to turn off the video she was watching she loudly proclaimed through tears "YOU ARE WRECKIN' MY YIFE!" (life).  We have a loooooong road ahead of us if this only three.
-- When you ask her to tell you a story she always starts it with "One time, across the way..." instead of once upon a time.
-- Last weekend while she was busy putting together a puzzle my sister asked her to come into the other room to do something and she said "I can't. I am putting together a puzzle. I got a situation."
Oh baby girl, don't ever change.

Christmas 2017

posted on: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Happy New Year! Here we are rounding the corner into mid January and I've just had a moment to upload the (very few) photos I took during the holidays. We did lots of fun seasonal things this year, we visited the Tree Festival, went to Circle Fest and the Botanical Gardens, built gingerbread houses with our friends...the list goes on and on. But looking back I only managed to snag a few photos on my phone and rarely brought along the good camera. (I always kick myself later, somehow I've got to get back in the habit!) But here I have the few decent photos I took from Christmas itself. I hope your was as sweet as ours!

Christmas Eve brunch and the annual batch of Abby's homemade cinnamon rolls

Christmas eve cookies for Santa and apple slices and chex mix for the reindeer ;)

Our annual reading of the Night Before Christmas and then...Christmas morning!

candy and nail polish

 and Oren's own Nintendo DS!

 a deceptively large box for a stuffed lizard ;)

 Magic tricks and video games for sir Weston (and a new computer for the boys to share)

 and new Calico Critters for me er, Ever.

Merry Christmas! And here's to more photo taking and blogging in 2018!

New York, New York

posted on: Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Josh and I just* got back from a quick four day getaway in NYC and I wanted to share a few photos here if you'd like to take a peek. *("just" being a loose term as it's actually been two weeks, but with my blogging schedule lately this post is still basically record setting). The whole reason for going was a show at the Blue Note celebrating the 15 year anniversary of Kweli's Quality album. But it was also just a good excuse to take a couple extra days away without the kids to explore the city and have some fun together. 

The first thing we did was head to the Financial District to see the brilliant 9/11 memorial. It was still under construction the last time we were here so we were eager to see it finished. It was so beautiful and so fitting. Just really, really perfect. And while were down there we of course saw the Freedom Tower, the new Oculus building which was insane, the "Fearless Girl" installation - awesome - and Trinity church to see the graves of Alexander, Phillip and Eliza Hamilton. We also ate all the pancakes at Bubby's. It was a very good day.

After scouring Deb's Instagram for tips on the her favorite NYC restaurants we stopped into Via Carota to try our chances at snagging a table, and to our delight, succeeded! What followed after was one of the most magical and delicious meals of our lives. The Cacio Pepe was the best I've ever had and the homemade cannoli were absolute perfection. The ambiance, the decor, the festive mood and neighborhood charm of this restaurant made it an immediate favorite. Deb has never lead me astray.

We also had tickets to see this amazing little magic show in the Lotte hotel later that night. It was such a delight! I mean, that's really the best word for it. I can't even tell you how much Josh and I have talked about this show since that night. This magician, Steve Cohen, puts on his show in this ornately decorated room in this gorgeous hotel to a group of maybe 40 people? It's black tie so it makes it extra fun to get all dressed up and show up at this stunning hotel and have this very intimate show with such a small group of people. We had seats in the front row so we were literally feet from Steve as he was doing his illusions. And he was good, like - how in the world is that even possible - good. We scoured the internet after the show trying to get answers on how he did the things he did and NO ONE KNOWS. The whole internet is at a loss. AHH, it was so, so, so much fun.

We spent the next day in Brooklyn walking the bridge, visiting DUMBO and all the other adorable neighborhoods and taking one million pictures. A sampling below.

and speaking of Brooklyn...

That night we sat stage side at the Blue Note and watched as Brooklyn's best performed the Quality album about 18 inches away from my face. Oh, and then Josh, because he loves me and understands my deep and unrequited love for Kweli, informed me that he had contacted Kweli's people in advance and made arrangements for us to meet him afterwards. 

*record scratch*

Ummmm. This was going to be awkward. Because obviously when fate befell us and the universe (or Josh) finally brought Kweli and I together - you see, we had only to meet one day to fulfill our communal destiny, he would certainly fall in love with me on the spot (my being his soul mate and all) and we'd have no choice but to abandon all our worldly responsibilities and run away together to live happily ever after. 

...weirdly enough, this didn't happen???

I'm just as confused as you, dear reader. Nevertheless! It was a night I will always remember and Kweli remains forever the G.O.A.T. in my book.

moving on.

These cookies from Levain were epic.

They were just bringing the tree into Rockefeller Center the weekend we were there. A couple more days in the city and we could have seen it all lit up, dang it!

more pancakes at Sarabeth's and a really fun curiosity shop we found in the East Village. Josh can't resist a good curiosity shop and brought home a snake skeleton for his office. It made for an interesting carry-on for the plane ride home.

Central park of course, and 

 and a dreamy dinner in the village at the Minetta Tavern

On our last day in the city we had plans to walk the high line but we woke up to rain instead. So we spent our last few hours exploring the Natural History Museum. We got to see a show at the Hayden Planetarium and walk through an amazing live butterfly exhibit.  

Such a fun trip and such a fun city! We'll see you again someday, NYC!

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