eleanor and samson’s first day on the slopes!

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while we were in utah, we took the littles skiing! actually, josh and his mom took the little ones skiing and i mostly was there for moral support, waving my camera around obnoxiously and helping the kids walk with their ski boots on (the very important stuff, you know).

they are still pretty young for this all, but we wanted to introduce them to the mountain and snow and skis and the concept, really. so it was mostly just a fun afternoon of riding between papa’s and nana’s legs as they got a feel for life on skis. it was such a beautiful and mild day up in park city while we were on the bunny slope. the sun was out and we had to keep stripping away our layers of coats and clothing. i know eleanor and samson really enjoyed it! (although samson was often preoccupied with trying to get the snow off his skis.) i posted this video on instagram the other week from our day on the mountain, if you’d like to see.

josh loves to snowboard and ski and has shared his dream with me more than once on how much he’d love for us to ski as a family over the coming years.  i have to tell you, i just don’t know how and when that dream will come true.  and i feel a little bad about it because i know how much he wants that but honestly i am totally terrified when i’m out there and i don’t have very much fun.  i wasn’t allowed to ski growing up because of my dancing, and i’ve only been out there a few times since my dancing days have ended. it looks fun and exciting and thrilling, but i’m not sure it’s ever going to be my thing. it will have to be more of a papa-and-the-littles thing while mama drinks her hot cocoa in the lodge below. ;)

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^^^we were so impressed with that little conveyer belt thing to the right that brought you to the top of the bunny slope before coming down. the kids had just as much fun riding up as skiing down!^^^

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^^^it’s hard to see that grin on samson’s face, but trust me, it’s there!^^^

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^^^nana and eleanor in their matching purple coats!^^^

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^^^josh snapped this with his iPhone when he took samson on the big chair lift to go down one of the bigger slopes together! i can’t get over his tiny hand waving hello!^^^

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^^^down the mountain they come! racing to beat the falling snow!^^^

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a very fun day! after the littles had their fill, we drove over to main street in park city for caramel apples and hot chocolate while papa skied solo down a few bigger slopes. the snow started to really come down and it was just beautiful to watch from the car with our hot cocoa in hand.  i am always blown away by the beauty of that first white blanket of snow, before it’s touched and tainted. i don’t think there’s anything in life as beautiful as a mountain full of pine trees dusted in fresh snow.  maybe the new york city sky line, an expecting mother with a big baby bump, and a couple of ohad naharin creations, but that’s about it.

also, i know my babes are wearing jeans, not snow pants, but please know they had both tights and thermal layers underneath and were well taken care of.  it was a pretty mild day in terms of temperature, too, promise. :)

nice to see you new york, you super fudge chunk, you!

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we flew back to new york city tonight from utah.  before we boarded the flight in salt lake city, i told josh, “hey. let’s evaluate our feelings about leaving the west and coming back to new york tonight on our own privately, ok?” mostly, i just wanted to be sure i could really analyze my own feelings this time around without any distraction about coming back to the city. especially since it just felt so strange last time to come back here and since the past few weeks in utah were just so so fun for us.

and so, after what felt like the longest flight on earth (thank you, dear samson), our plane finally approached new york city and i saw those sparkly city lights in the dark night from my tiny cabin window, and sure enough, and felt glorious butterflies in my gut! i was so grateful to feel them, but i also wasn’t sure if i was mostly just grateful that the flight with my toddler was almost over.  so i stayed quiet as we touched down and rode in our cab back to our tiny apartment on the upper west side.  we walked into our space and before their coats or shoes were off, both littles had grabbed their scooters and were off down the long stretch of the apartment! i walked around a little just to familiarize myself with my home once more…my home, which sometimes i love so deeply and other times i’m just so over.  and my butterflies were back. full force. even with that weird smoke smell that sometimes seeps in from the hallway or those loud sirens and city noises outside our windows… and even with our extra narrow and crammed apartment for four. butterflies, full force.

and i had to laugh while i told josh, “yeah. this feels good. thank goodness this feels good!”  because honestly, i just wanted to be sure.

winter in the city killed me a little bit inside, it was harder than i like to admit for several reasons.  and then there was that emotional goodbye at the airport with my own mama earlier today. and i so desperately want eleanor and samson to have their grandparents and aunts and uncles as present and involved in their lives as possible while they are young. but i know we’re supposed to be here right now in the city. i felt that again tonight when we arrived home. and i’m so thankful for the chance. it’s a crazy city but most days, i love it to my core.  who knows how long this chapter will last but i hope it lasts a while longer.  as long as my loved ones are thriving here, and those butterflies are present, i’m all in.

josh ran over to the corner store to grab a few supplies for our bare fridge while i started the unpacking.  and he surprised me by coming back with my favorite ben and jerry’s ice cream flavor.  he didn’t even have to say what kind, he just said, “i got you ice cream…”

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great to see you tonight, new york! and spring in the city is always something else. can’t wait.

come celebrate with us!

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we are celebrating the fall 2014 Love Taza for Lauren Moffatt children’s collection on saturday, april 12th at 2pm. the event will be held at lauren moffatt’s new pop up shop on greenwich ave! have you been up to greenwich before? it is the most adorable little escape from the city and a quick ride on the metro north train.

if you’re anywhere in the new york area next saturday, come make a day out of it and explore all the fun and quaint shops along greenwich ave (they really do have some amazing shopping up there!) and be sure to stop by the pop up shop to celebrate with us!  you’ll be able to see all the pieces in person and if you’d like, you can place an order before preordering begins online. hope to see you there!

an afternoon in st. george!

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i wanted to share a few photos from a lazy afternoon our family spent on the temple grounds in st. george utah last week.  we were driving by the temple admiring its beauty from the car and decided to pull over and get out and let some wiggles go.  no one seemed to be around the grounds, so it felt like we had the place entirely to ourselves.  the kids took their sandals off and ran in the grass! we played some games and just hung out. it was really nice.  it sticks out in my mind as one of those afternoons where i just breathed a little deeper and looked around myself feeling happy and grateful while really enjoying our time together.

i know it seems like we’re on “vacation”, but josh and i are working around the clock right now on several really big projects so it’s been hard (and stressful at times to be fully honest) to try and find that happy medium where we’re still enjoying our time away from new york city and being with family, but still meeting deadlines and getting our “work” done.   it is an exciting time for us to have this chance to work together on so many upcoming things and we are even more excited to share them soon.  in the meantime, i need a few lessons from the pros on how to “juggle” everything a little bit better.

while in st. george for the week, i also “weaned” samson. it wasn’t my first attempt, and let me tell you, that was really hard for both samson and me, but even harder for my body.  i was walking around with cabbage leaves in my bra all week and still couldn’t find a comfortable position to sleep or sit or stand in for most of the week. my back, shoulders and neck are all out of whack this week in revenge. it felt like my body hated me for a good 7 days there and all the peppermint, sage tea and cabbage in the world felt like i wasn’t getting anywhere. but thankfully, this week my milk has finally gotten the message and said adios. weaning eleanor was hard last year, but i never got rid of my milk supply since i was still nursing samson. so weaning him last week was worse than hard. it sounds dramatic but in my opinion, it’s up there with child birth. i think i just wasn’t prepared for how painful it’d be. i know it’s not like that for everyone, but for me, while nursing was incredible, weaning was terrible. that said, i am thankful i was able to breastfeed my babies and even tandem nurse both for so long. it is one of my most cherished experiences i’ve had as a mama and i loved it.

i don’t know how i got on that, but back to this post…here’s a few favorite photos from our afternoon…

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^^^i don’t know how many times i have zoomed in on their tiny faces here!^^^

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^^^eleanor took this picture!^^^

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^^^my man and my monkeys. by golly do i love them.^^^

happy monday everyone!

 

ps. for those who asked in a few previous posts, all my photos are still taken with my canon 6D. and i’ve been trying out a few of my friend elsie’s new photoshop actions she just released in her shop. i haven’t used actions before on my photos (i usually just lift my colors a bit to make them pop more), so i’m still getting the hang of it but it’s really fun!

roadtrippin’ in the car + a giveaway with nature box! (closed)

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today we have teamed up with our partner, naturebox, to giveaway a 6-month snack subscriptions to two lucky readers! (details at the end of this post.)

so far on this family trip, we have clocked in something like 15+ hours of travel time in the car (not including the plane, just talking time buckled up on the good old fashioned highway…) that’s a lot of time on the road for a family that doesn’t even own a car back home in manhattan. for the most part, it’s been alright.

in my opinion, in order to have a successful road trip of any kind, you need three things. one:: good company, two:: good music, and three:: lots and lots of good snacks!  while i’m usually stocking up on junk food and soda for the car, i am proud to say i’ve been working hard on ditching these kinds of food habits for better ones over the past several months. we brought along a bunch of fresh veggies and fruit and several snack bags from naturebox for the drive this trip and so far they have been a huge hit! if you aren’t already familiar with the subscription based service, naturebox provides healthy snacks delivered to your door each month which have no high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils or artificial sweeteners. you choose which snacks you’d like from the snack page each month. when they arrive, you can stick them in the glove box of your car, your stroller pockets, diaper bag, top drawer in your office or bed stand or wherever and bam – delicious snacks any time!

a few photos from all the car time, and a giveaway at the end!

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^^^the pistachio clusters are my favorite.  also recommend the apple orchards granola and roasted sea salt chickpeas. the whole wheat figgy bars are the kids favorite right now. view all of the snack option here, if you’d like.^^^

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^^^running free behind the gas station to give our legs a stretch!^^^

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^^^we play lots of “i spy” games from the car and they are always extra fun when there are horses and cattle and sheep on the side of the road!^^^

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^^^gorgeous views of the valley from the road up high in the mountains.^^^

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naturebox is giving away a 6-month deluxe snack subscription to two lucky readers! to enter, please visit naturebox and browse what snacks they have to offer, then come back here and comment below with which snack you’d like to try. (this giveaway is open to readers with a US shipping address only.)

also, use the code LOVETAZA to get 50% off your first naturebox of any size! (valid only for new costumer’s and only on your 1st month’s box.)

good luck! and happy road trippin’!