Posts Tagged ‘motherhood’

Hello winter. You are awfully long.

Good thing us NYC kids got some great museums to go to – to take away the winter blas with some color (rather than fly off to somewhere tropical, not always possible!) We spent a dreary gray day at the MoMA and loved the explosion of color. I love seeing all the really young art enthusiasts… my kids are not alone in their love of art, that’s for sure!

Have a great weekend.
This Frantisek Kupka painting should brighten your mood:

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Here are 21 things NYC parents have no shame about – as per TimeOut.com. Should I be embarrassed or proud that a lot of this rings true? Would you local mammas agree (or older moms, is it just the same as it ever was?)


NYC is the best place to raise a family, and here, being a mom or dad is tougher than it looks (and comes with plenty of things you just don’t have time to feel shameful about)! Here are just a few of the funny things you brush off your shoulders while raising the little ones (including, but not limited to, being covered in boogers, planning mommy meetups at a cocktail bar and piling kids three-deep in a stroller).

1. Going (unshowered) to Sunday brunch with the kids in tow because really, mommy just needs a mimosa and a pile of syrup-drenched French toast.

2. Changing a diaper anywhere. ANYWHERE. Like a ninja!

3. Essentially being a bag lady/gent between the diapers, wipes, backpack of small toys and even your own stuff (if you remember to bring it).

4. Just giving up and ordering an Uber when you can’t freaking deal with the stroller for one more second.

5. Quickly brushing off a dirty pacifier on your sleeve before giving it back to your kid. It will only make their immune system stronger…right?

6. Letting your kids play catch in the middle of the street, because where else are they supposed to do it?

7. Suggesting the local bar as the site for the next Mommy/Daddy Group meetup just so you can have a beer.

8. Getting Shake Shack for dinner three nights in a row because the kids begged and you didn’t have the heart to say no.

9. Using your sleeve, dress, pants, etc as a rag on the reg and accepting the fact that you’ve become a human tissue.

10. Offering your kids an extra hour on Minecraft before bedtime so you can veg out and watch the Game of Thrones episode you missed on Sunday.

11. Borrowing your friend’s go-to babysitter in a moment of desperation (and secretly hoping she comes back/likes your kids better). Okay, a teeny tiny bit of shame…

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Seriously this girl can’t lose –

-Hello Kitty socks? check
-Frida Khalo headband? check
-stripy top to tie it all together? check

My daughter has become my stylist, and my style inspiration. She literally grimaces and calls me out when I don’t dress up to her standards. She will ask to get into my closet and pick my outfit out for me for the day – and encourages that I wear ‘clip clop shoes’ (heels) more often. ‘More color mamma’ or ‘get something with flowers’ is what she most often will advise me – and then jewelry. She rolls her eyes at my choices for small, modest jewelry and will insist I wear the big, bright (pink) pieces that she’s made for me at school. You are a lovely force to recon with little girl, and you really have inspired me to use more flair when I dress! I love my little fashionista.

(the only small jewelry she will tolerate is this tiny jingle-bell on a string that she made here:)

one must look fabulous for a day at the farm you know

one must look fabulous for a day at the farm you know

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Little man is 9 today! Where the heck did all that time go? I still remember the way his fuzzy little head smelled like a freshly bathed puppy, and how (as seen in the bottom photo) he could stare at me for hours. One taste of that mamma love and I was hooked for life!

We got him a drum set for his birthday – so big-boyhood is officially underway!
Happy birthday Ezra … we love you to bits.

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Lots happening here these days. I got some work with this amazing organization, which feels so very morally glamorous. When it rains, it pours (work) in the summer time when it comes to publishing life. It’s bittersweet because as much as I love my work, I also love hanging with the kids when they are out of school. At least – this summer – they have an alley full of kids to play with. In fact, I feel a tiny bit ignored when I do come home and they are frolicking with everyone else except me! But it’s a great thing – it reminds me of when I was young and could just bang out the back door and play with friends until the next meal time.

Here are some pix from ptrotto and inaseow instagram – Enjoy the long weekend everyone!

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Zoe and Mia think this dog Zeek is a living doll

Zoe and Mia think this dog Zeek is a living doll

Ice cream parties are already starting!

Ice cream parties are already starting!

sweet Hazel in her crown

sweet Hazel in her crown

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This little wise man is so full of interesting thoughts and words this week. I just had to share them – or write them down somewhere so that we remember them:

Re: his daydreaming –
“Mom when I’m daydreaming I imagine that I live in a tree house with Lea, and she’s my wife, and I make go karts for work.”

Re: holding his attention at school and trying to learn instead of daydream –
“I would learn more if there was some joy. If I’m not daydreaming I want to be talking about or seeing something joyful, ya know?”

(and while I was showering he used a little marker to make a ‘stache)
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The kids went away to enjoy the country again… isn’t that what summer is for?

Most parents enjoy their down time but I’m having a hard time enjoying coming home to their empty room, toys standing still in time. I miss them. I often ask my husband if we’ve taken this attachment parenting thing just a bit too far. We are use to being with each other 24-7. Even going to work and school by day is too much time away but we are all adjusting to it slowly.

I imagine some day they will not want to spend sooooo much time with me so I may as well get use to it. For now I like taking pictures of their still room in summer light. Without the kids around to chatter I could actually hear birds chirping outside their bedroom windows this morning.


see it tidy now folks! Once they are home it won't look like this anymore ; )

see it tidy now folks! Once they are home it won’t look like this anymore ; )

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