bright and early morning date.

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well, we were enjoying short sleeves and sandals here in new york city the last few days and i can’t even tell you what it was doing for my mood and energy and overall being. it was glorious. i packed away the littles stroller sleeping bags and even ordered new sunscreen. see ya never again, polar-vortex winter! don’t let the door hit you on the way out! and then, as josh and i were climbing into bed last night, we noticed it was snowing and hailing outside our window.

i’m a little bit bummed. but i’ll get over it. josh and i were hoping to go for an early morning bike ride before we started the day this morning but the early morning cold kind of put a damper on our plan. since we already had a sitter lined up, we grabbed a quick breakfast together instead at a nearby spot and checked out all those fancy faberge eggs at columbus circle on our way home.  have you seen any yet? kind of incredible… lots of photos of below…

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^^^during the months i fell in love with josh while we were dating, he sported what i thought to be the sexiest beard ever. now that it’s back, i hope it never goes away. (did you hear me, josh!!!!)^^^

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^^^pretty please don’t kill the new blossoms, frost!^^^

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^^^cold i can do, but wind i cannot. that’s the problem with this cold on the east coast. the frigid wind makes it 20 times harder to handle. i’m pretty sure i am a wimp though, regardless. come summer humidity in august i know i’ll be asking for winter. i can never make up my mind. ^^^

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^^^at least some of the trees are in full bloom! talk about beauty!^^^

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^^^the eggs! you can find hundreds hidden around the city designed and painted by well known artists  (there is an app you can download to help your hunt and learn about each egg you find.) more info here.^^^

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^^^this disco ball egg was just so fun, josh busted out a few dance moves. ;) ^^^

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^^^eggs shells painted and placed to create the world. incredible.^^^

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^^^well, that was fun. thanks for a fun morning date, josh!^^^

behind the scenes of my collaboration with lauren moffatt!

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with our launch party happening tomorrow in greenwich (are you coming? details here!) and the collection going live on april 13th for preorder (yay!), i wanted to share some photos from a bit of the behind the scenes from my collaboration with lauren moffatt on our fall 2014  children’s line!  the photo above is with our very first pattern-turned-sample of the polka dot grey cloud sweater (which has a matching hat and mittens!) that somehow came back to us in the teeniest tiniest baby size. (the actual sizes run from 2T – 6.)

using fabrics and prints lauren designed for her fall line for women, i selected a handful of fabrics i thought would translate really well into a playful and whimsical line of tiny clothes for little girls several months back. from there, it was hard for us to reign in our excitement as we began talking sketches and patterns and how not to produce a million pieces in every fabric! there were just so many adorable directions to take it! everything in a miniature size is just so dang cute! but i think we landed on the perfect 14 pieces for our little collection, and i am so pleased with each one. i’ve said this a little bit before, but this has been a dream of mine for years.

i remember being married with no baby yet and still occasionally browsing the children’s section in stores.  am i allowed to admit i started collecting a few special pieces for my babes long before they arrived? i feel like children’s clothes have come a long way in terms of style thanks to more affordable and accessible options, but i am always keeping my eye out for those pieces that just speak to me (which sounds obnoxious, but you know when you see something and you feel like it was designed for you?!) all the while just wishing i could do my own thing… something that was still so classic and feminine but perfect for a little one, with just the right amount of colorful patterns and fabrics to mix and match with oversized pockets and peter pan collars and angel arms, that they could still move and play in and not feel restricted… i’m so thankful to have been given that chance with lauren this spring to do precisely this!

i learned so much from her along the way and really enjoyed being a part of it.  i can’t believe this collection actually happened! seeing it come to life was incredible. i hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!

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^^^the makings of that precious little coat you see finished here. ^^^

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^^^my left arm got an awesome work out in holding each piece out so it could be shot individually. ;) ^^^

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^^^eleanor calls this her “pirate dress” thanks to the bandana action on her head! i think we may have watched peter pan one too many times this winter. ^^^

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^^^in between playing dress up.^^^

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^^^the girls kept bringing that little glass eiffel tower jar to the table for the tea party when we shot the lifestyle video introducing the collection. and we kept trying to sneak it away while shooting. it’s funny to how the term “tea party” translates to them.  i guess the eiffel tower jar looked proper and fancy? it was kind of adorable.^^^

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^^^here’s a shot of jenner working his video magic when we were filming the video! ^^^

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^^^best buds by the time we arrived at the met museum.^^^

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^^^cheers to such a fun collaboration over the past few months! thank you so much to lauren for allowing me to be a part of her first children’s line!^^^

our time out west, according to my iPhone.

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^^^feeding grandma’s chickens! or more like freaking them out by dumping their food ON them. samson’s favorite phrase right now is, “i help?” and then he insists on doing it all by himself. when i remind myself to be patient, it’s wonderful to watch.^^^

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^^^it feels like we hit all the great weather this trip… the warm sun and pool in palm springs and st. george, then up north where we hit a few major snowstorms which were just breathtaking to experience up in the mountains.^^^

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^^^got my einstein’s chocolate chip bagel fix! someone please franchise them in the city. ^^^

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^^^walked into the library one morning to see eleanor reading books with her auntie. the arm around her shoulder was too much i had to take a picture.^^^

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^^^art city donut truck, probably the best thing about provo right now. can someone franchise this and bring it to the city, too? ;)^^^

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^^^eleanor helping my dad with a project. the cutest little engineer there ever was.^^^8 7

^^^you don’t get between mister samson and his corn. in general, this tiny dude packs away more vegetables than i do each day. he is a kale monster and i’m so thankful. (we’re still working on it all with E.)^^^

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^^^fry sauce. SO GOOD.^^^

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^^^tiny crossed ankles while watching little einsteins on the iPad, and that night josh and i left the kiddos with the family and snuck away to a late night movie and enjoyed one of our favorite dates together. something so basic as going to see a movie with my man…. who knew how much i needed that. ^^^

eleanorisms.

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“mama, i think your son is trying to wake up your husband.”

“sometimes guys, it’s good to be naked in the house.”

“after i finish breakfast, i’m gonna go to college.”

when i asked to floss her teeth one night, “no, that’s ok.  maybe when i grow up.”

after i tripped, “mama, you have to walk slooooowly.”

papa: “eleanor, you have to eat your eggs before you can eat cake.” eleanor: “but papa, the cake tastes so GOOD.”

to eleanor holding the ball, “eleanor, we can’t throw the ball out of the pool. if you throw it out again, we have to get out of the pool.”  eleanor looks at samson, “hey samson, will you throw this for me?”

me: “how long have you been a doctor?” eleanor: “5 days.” me: “oh! well, did you go to medical school?” eleanor: “yes. at play school.”  (so glad she was well qualified, because then she proceeded to amputate my foot.)  as she amputated my foot, me: “you’re a fun doctor.” eleanor: “i am a firetruck now.” (yikes!)

while sitting quietly on the sofa with me, we hear my bedroom door close. she gasps! “mama! samson just went into your bedroom! we have to save him before snapping turtles get him!”

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more eleanorisms HERE. also, i hope everyone gets the chance to hang out with a 3 year old at some point in their life.  conversations with toddlers is what a good life is made of.

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. :)