we are so sleep deprived, but we are still laughing. thanks for being my best friend, josh. the years with you just keep getting better and better and better and….
i love you. happy six years!
josh and i had a lot of fun last saturday reading a few of our favorite children’s books at strand bookstore. it was also so much fun meeting many of you and your cute kids! thank you for coming out! it always means a lot to me to have the chance to meet readers or ‘online friends’ in person.
for those looking for a few new children’s book recommendations, josh read “i’m a duck!” and “day out with daddy” (we always change the ‘daddy’ part to ‘papa’) and i read “i love it when you smile” and “we’re going on a bear hunt!”. these four books seem to be on constant rotation at our house with eleanor and samson but fortunately we really enjoy them too, so we don’t mind.
thank you for inviting us out, strand! and hopefully we’ll see you all again later in the year at another reading!
(photos provided by strand.)
^^^papa said, “point and smile at mama!” and eleanor of course points to the ice cream truck just out of frame. i have a feeling it’s partly why she smiled at all. ^^^
^^^i have been dying for months now to happen upon a street fair that is happening on a saturday (instead of a sunday). this one near union square was just perfect. perfect in the over priced and terribly crowded kind of way where the food smells so good and the atmosphere was so wonderful it doesn’t even matter.^^^
^^^my kids and their obsession with corn on the cob! i swear it’s all we eat at the house these days. ^^^
^^^he is my cuddle bug and i love him for it.^^^
^^^watermelon in a cup! and somehow, none of it on her shirt! a saturday miracle, for sure.^^^
^^^trying out the new citibikes! or…actually just sitting on them for a while, which is just as exciting.^^^
^^^i love this picture because it sums up both my kids on the playground so well. eleanor wanting someone to help her down the itty bitty kiddie slide, and samson just going for it. it’s interesting to see how their personalities differ.^^^
^^^we grabbed sandwiches and pasta from one of our favorite italian spots in soho, pepe rosso. always delicious.^^^
^^^and this would be my daughter thinking the diana mini camera has a self timer app. she totally stepped back a few paces and posed for the photo which she set up. we were dying.^^^
and a few things not photographed but worth noting:
eleanor has 5 or 6 tiny freckles forming on her nose and cheeks! my sun kissed baby girl, welcome to the freckle club! it is the best club. no question.
the other night over dinner, josh said to me, “i feel like there could come a time in your life where you could be a “runner.” he must have forgotten how that one time in our marriage where i tried to go running with him, i only made it half a block.
and, it’s my birthday today. 27! i’m so excited!
between my own loving father, my father in law, and the father of my children, i am grateful to have such great men in my life who understand the importance of their roles as fathers and, by doing so, are blessing the lives of those around them every single day.
i love you all very very much! happy father’s day!
i am finally getting around to sharing a few photos from samson’s first birthday party from a couple weeks ago. we had the greatest afternoon in the park with friends celebrating our little guy. like we did with eleanor’s first birthday, i think it’s really fun to throw parties for our babies. i know they won’t remember it, but it’s their first birthday and in my opinion, it’s more about celebrating everyone in the family: we all made it! we all survived! what a great year!
while samson was born in washington dc, he has lived the majority of his first year in the big apple. i love that he’s being raised in this city, and i think he’s loving it too so far. so i based the party off of one of my favorite children’s book, this is new york, by miroslav lasek. if you haven’t read it, you should check it out. it’s new york city in the 1960′s and it’s adorable!
^^^i kept party invitations simple by sending out handwritten old new york city postcards which i found at paper source. i embosed them with a few new york city themed stamps, too. (i feel like a new super crafty woman after i learned about embossing last month! how did i not know about this until now?) ^^^
^^^playing off of the old fashioned new york theme, we had a picnic in the park and served old-fashioned pretzels with all the dipping sauces, red apples, and doughnuts. we also had some red licorice and sugar cookies decorated like hot dogs, watermelons and lemonades, with old fashioned sodas. ^^^
^^^these sugar cookies tasted terrible but they were pretty cute! i had found them on gilt city for a great deal and couldn’t resist since they fit into the new york theme so well. somehow most of the kids still ate them? i don’t know, they must have been trying to be kind. ;)^^^
^^^barely a year old and already trying to steal a scooter! also, on the right we have samson’s birthday cake which was melting the entire time i was trying to frost it since it was terribly hot that morning. so you know, it looks really awesome! lucky for you, i’m not showing a close up. ;) it looked more like sesame bun than a cake with the sprinkles and coloring! you win some, you lose some… ^^^
^^^i found old fashioned toy taxi cabs at a local children’s store for a great price so we gave them out to everyone as a party favor. over the past few weeks i’ve been seeing all of S’s little friends with their little taxi cabs in hand, so i think they were a hit. ;)^^^
^^^samson and friends spent most of the party by the yellow buckets of ice, bobbing for sodas and playing with the ice. i’m going to fill these buckets up with water this summer in my itty bitty kitchen and let the kids go swimming inside. i will also not envy anyone who has a private yard or sprinklers or swimming pool or even a great public swimming pool this summer, either. (YEAH RIGHT!)
^^^no one was hurt in the taking of this photo.^^^
^^^here we go!!!!!!^^^
^^^eleanor was not about to have little brother get all the attention at his party. i mean! and for a girl who hates getting dirty or wet or anything, she sure didn’t mind getting her fists into that birthday cake! ^^^
^^^i think he had a really great time.^^^
^^^eleanor’s friends are some of the silliest and cutest in town.^^^
we love you so much, samson. happiest happy 1st birthday!