2014 Thankful List

November 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’m so fortunate that I get to celebrate Thanksgiving twice this year! In preparation for this 4-day weekend, here’s a little list of what I’m thankful for these days.

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MY PARENTS, who have always been there for me. They may be far away, but my Mom and I text every day. Every time we visit, they spoil us. I can’t wait to get back to see them for Christmas!

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MY SISTER, JENNIFER, and her big, amazing family. She is such an inspiration to me as a mom – if she can handle four kids, surely I can handle one!

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MY BROTHER, RYAN, and his wife, Suzanne. We always have interesting conversations when we’re together and Ryan keeps giving me giant Dairy Milk bars! Suzanne has also been sweet enough to visit us twice in NYC the past year.

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FRIENDS – especially those with kids! (They just get it!) Seriously though, we have a few wonderful good friends – both here and in Canada – and we love them so much.

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HENRY’S BABYSITTER, VALERIE. I’m so happy that I found such a cool lady whom with I can trust what is most important to me. I’m also very thankful I haven’t had to trim Henry’s nails in months – she does it without me even asking! ;)

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MY ASHTANGA PRACTICE. Although I’ve gone from practicing at my studio 4 times a week to once a week, I am grateful to have such a portable way of keeping my mind and body in check. I may not have been able to progress much this year, but I have definitely maintained my practice and I know I will get back to working on it when I am able to.

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HENRY. You all know this little joker. As my yoga teacher Alana likes to say, Henry is now my practice. He’s taught me many things over the past year and challenged me like no one else has ever been able to. I love him more and in a different way than I’ve ever loved anything before. I’m so thankful he’s come into our lives.

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MY HUSBAND, NICK, who amazes me on a regular basis on how thoughtful he is. He is always thinking of Henry and I, and works hard to keep our marriage in shape. He’s handsome, smart, and funny. I could go on, but I’ll just say after 7 1/2 years, I’m still madly in love.

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Happy 1st birthday, Henry!

November 2, 2014 § 2 Comments

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Today we celebrated Henry and his first year with us!

We weren’t sure if we should have a birthday party for a one year-old, but I’m so glad we did. It was a great chance to get a few of his closest friends and family together. We ate cupcakes and snacks, watched a “greatest hits” slideshow of Henry’s first year, played a game of “who does Henry look like more?” (no one could pick just Nick or I – I think they didn’t want to choose a side!), and just enjoy each other’s company.

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His Grandpa Storch came to visit for the whole weekend and brought him three exciting new toys.

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The Vastanos arrived in (plaid) style with their adorable dudes.

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Henry with his first love, Annie, and his love of the day, an empty Vitamin Water bottle.

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Rocco and Henry, sharing the cheddar bunnies.

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Rocco approves of his BFF’s new toys.

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Unckie Paul even came over!

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But Henry still does not like to be sat on the couch with a camera in his face.

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His beloved sitter, Valerie, and her son came by. Henry wanted her to carry him around for the rest of her visit.

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The tiniest party animal, Royce V.

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I was so proud (and surprised) that Henry was sung happy birthday to, got cake smooshed in his face, and then laughed at, without any tears! What a good sport.

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Happy birthday to Henry, the little boy (no longer baby) who brings us all so much happiness. He continues to challenge me to be a better person every day. I always knew I wanted to be a mom, but I never knew how amazing it would be until Hank happened. I love you, Henry. Happy happy birthday.

Bonus: Incase you feel like reminiscing (I do!), here’s Henry’s birth story.

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