August 31, 2009

Right Now

Having so much at the annual Morgan Stanley family party. This year is
a disco dance theme. Even with budget cuts they throw a pretty fun
family party!

Excuse the blurry flash on the iPhone.

Back to School

One of the blogs I occasionally read is offering some back-to-school "classes". I've decided to participate when I have a free moment, or two. Monday's are creative writing and I chose to simply list some writing projects I would like to undertake in the future. We are encouraged to post our work on our blogs; which is really quite scary for me. As a reminder to those visiting (and myself), the purpose of this blog is to record the adventures of me and my family. This is a personal endeavor.

Writing projects I'd like to do someday:

~The man, his dog and the subway door: how that almost happened to Isabella and me
~Cinque Terre
~Motherhood in Manhattan: lessons in sublime survival
~The influences of powerful women in my life
~Life on Leach Road: the scent of eucalyptus
~Isabella: my great grandmother, my daughter
~My dream home: love, peace, warmth and a garden
~The Humanity Project: short stories of kindness among strangers in a big city

August 27, 2009

Right Now

We are at the playground where my little one prefers to observe and
"write" instead of least at the moment.

August 24, 2009


Brian recently rented a BMW from zipcar for a few hours. It was a lovely evening and a sweet ride. Isabella said she liked it because, "Like Grandma's car!" Oh sweetie, Grandma drives a Buick.

Why I love my job...

Need I say more?

August 22, 2009

I <3 Summer Streets

Like I said in the previous post: Brian watched Oliver this morning while Isabella and I went on a bike ride. Today is the last day of Summer Streets for this year. I think is was the first time I've had one-on-one time with Isabella since Oliver was born which made it super nice for both of us. We had a blast! I just took a few photos, but they were so fun I had to post them.

I'm already dreaming of next year: strapping Oliver onto one of our bikes so we can all go together! He'll be sporting the bumble bee helmet! Can't wait!

Seventh Anniversary

Last Saturday we celebrated our 7th anniversary (I can't believe it's been 7 years) by spending a beautiful day in Newport, RI. Brian's sweet sister watched Isabella for us and Oliver slept a good portion of our trip so we had the day to ourselves. It was fabulous!

We toured the Marble House

Took lots of photos

Went on a scenic ocean drive

Watched some amazing kite flying

And saw the beautiful sunset in Watch Hill

Right Now

We are taking a break from our bike ride during Summer Streets. We had
to stop at the Greenmarket for some Ronnybrook chocolate milk, of

Thank you, Brian, for watching Oliver. We are having a blast!

August 20, 2009

Right Now

Insisting they are on the right feet combined with sandals that are
all-of-a-sudden too small make for some cute dangling toes.

August 18, 2009

Eye of the Tiger

Today Isabella was playing a game. She put it aside and said:
"I don't want to play anymore. I'm getting angry."
me: "It's best to stop playing if it is making you feel angry."
Isabella: "Yes, I'm turning into a tiger." She had fingers tense like vicious claws.

That explains a lot! Really! Amen for a little insight into my little girl!

August 12, 2009

Oliver's Photo Shoot

My sister recently said I haven't shared very many photos of Oliver. I was a bit surprised that she was right and I wondered why. The two reasons I can come up with is 1--He's the second child and extreme photo documentation is one of the privileges reserved for the first born and 2--Of the photos I have taken of him, to me, the photos don't really look like him. Is he not photogenic? Is it even possible for a baby to not be photogenic?

Today as Isabella was napping and Oliver was being as charming as ever I decided it was time for a photo shoot. Here are some favorites of my handsome little dude:

And, yes, I think these are an accurate representation of my sweet boy. Did you notice those adorably massive, chunky shoulders?

August 11, 2009

Oliver: 2 Months!

I really can't believe Oliver is already two months old! He had is 2 month check up this morning (and shots--awful!) and he's a whopping 12 lbs, 8 oz and 24.5 in long...about the size of a pumpkin (or an average 5 month old, depending how you look at it).

Yesterday Isabella and I were tickling him and he started laughing and laughing. LOVED IT! Newborn laughs=one of my all time favorite things in the world. Right up there with mint chocolate chip ice cream, blueberry picking, and kisses from Brian.

I love being a mom even if I feel like I might pass out from complete, utter exhaustion.

Now, I will go take a nap.

Right Now

We are at the Central Park Zoo, watching the polar bear swim. He's
very huge and very graceful.

August 10, 2009

Right Now

It is too $&"%# hot and humid to play outside right now. (Pardon my
French.). So we are at the library, raising havoc.

And, yes, she is wearing a turtleneck, since she insists on getting
herself dressed--but it matches the bloomers she put on.

August 9, 2009

Summer Streets

Last year Brian, Isabella, and I really, really loved Summer Streets. Well, it is back! Yesterday was the first of 3 Saturdays where 7 miles of Manhattan avenues are closed to vehicular traffic (from 7am-1pm). Brian's sister, her two kiddos, and his brother came to enjoy the beautiful day riding leisurely down Park Ave. I was a bit bummed I couldn't go, since Oliver is too little to travel via bicycle, but it was really nice to have some quiet time, just him and me.

August 6, 2009

The Swaddle


On the good days Isabella and I meet Brian after work for dinner out in the city. On the really good days we pack up a picnic and meet in Central Park. Isabella loves going out to meet Daddy...and so do I! Here are some photos of recent outings:


Our wonderful friend, Sarah, came with us on our weekend trip to Connecticut last weekend. A year ago she gave into peer pressure to come pick blueberries with us and now she's addicted. So last weekend we spent blueberry picking and at the beach with the Carinis. These photos are from Harkness Memorial State Park.
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