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we just got back from spending a few days together in florida.
one last hurrah as a family of 3…
(or 4 as i always say because i like to count kingsley)
before this new little mister joins the picture come june!
we really lucked out too,
because the weather down south was just beautiful.
i have sunburned shoulders to prove it. ugh!
hope you had a great weekend!

charlottesville, va. part II + a few instagrams.

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alrighty! here’s the last of the photos from charlottesville!
and who knew so many of you have connections to charlottesville or UVA! so cool. it’s definitely a little city i wouldn’t mind ending up in… but maybe that’s because it’s ten o’clock at night right now and while i should be heading to bed, all i can think about is a bodo’s bagel. ;)
…and here are a few instagrams from charlottesville.
{if you’d like to follow along on our instagram adventures,
we’re @taza and @tiesandfries.}
the end!

charlottesville, va. part I + a GIVEAWAY! (closed)

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here are a few more photos from our weekend in charlottesville! ps. that bodo’s bagels? they aren’t messing around! josh and i both agreed those were the best bagels we’ve had… and we’ve had a lot of new york bagels over the years from our time living there. ;)
also, our new sponsor, hotels.com, kindly gifted us 2 free hotel nights this spring which we chose to use for our weekend getaway to charlottesville. hotels.com is also offering one lucky reader a free hotel night worth up to $250 (10 of their welcome rewards credits)! just comment below to enter! winner will be drawn at random and announced monday!

UPDATE: 4/30 :: congrats to our winner below!
please email me your contact info, rockstardiaries {at} gmail.com


we spent saturday morning on the grounds of the university of virginia and toured the rotunda. what a beautiful campus! i always get ‘campus envy’ (is that such a thing?) when i see university grounds like that… we didn’t have a campus at juilliard. we had a building. a single, five story building. everyone would always joke that new york city was our campus but seriously… not the same thing as huge green lawns and old historic buildings. anyway, the grounds are just beautiful and josh wants to remodel our bedroom after edgar allan poe’s dorm room which is preserved and on display there. ;)

ps. for those who have inquired, my white dress is from more of me maternity. jacket from jcrew. shoes from ruche.


while in charlottesville over the weekend, we spent an afternoon at monticello. gosh, that thomas jefferson was something, no?  after we toured his beautiful home, we took a little break in his back garden and played with eleanor.  when i watch josh and eleanor play together, i feel like the luckiest woman on earth.  i loved watching them chase each other around the property, josh tossing E up in the air, and hearing her giggle while they hugged. the afternoon just felt pretty special on that grass… like we were the only ones there.  i loved every minute of it.
also, we somehow we got really lucky because the big rain storm which was brewing right above us all afternoon held off coming until we were getting into our car to leave. hallelujah! that sort of thing never happens for us.