The First Five Years

July 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Nick and I said “I do!” at NYC’s City Hall 5 years ago today. That’s half a decade of marriage, people!

I feel very fortunate to have found the person I’m meant to spend the rest of my life with. In the past five years, I have experienced Nick’s generosity and love and his remarkable problem solving skills whenever we encounter a challenge, which happens often now that we are parents! Although we rarely argue, we have perfected the Art of the Argue in a way that always comes to some kind of solution or understanding. While we love being able to travel and do things together, we also both enjoy a good chunk of time spent on the couch, him watching baseball while I read, or just talking. We both have our own interests, as well as shared ones, but respect each other’s hobbies and passions. We can lean on each other when the other needs support, and I think that so far, we are kicking ass at parenthood! ;)

Here’s a look back at our first five years of marriage, if you’d like to see.

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Visiting the redwood forests in Muir Woods, San Francisco during our honeymoon, 2010.

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Chicago’s big bean, 2010.

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Reading Festival, Reading, UK 2011

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Paris, France 2011

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Jamaica 2012

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Stockholm, Sweden 2012

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Christmas 2014, Oshawa, Ontario

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Abbey Road Studios, London 2012

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Babymoon in Newport, Rhode Island 2013

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Christmas 2013, Oshawa, Ontario

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Christina & Nick’s birthday 2012 Supper Restaurant, NYC

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Julia & Jay’s wedding, Toronto 2012

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Ben & Hayley’s wedding, Brooklyn 2014

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November 2013 with a two week-old Henry

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Christmas 2013 with the Gordons

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May 2014, Brooklyn

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July 2014, Brooklyn

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May 2014, Brooklyn

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Christmas 2014, Oshawa, Ontario

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June 2015, at home in Brooklyn

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June 2015, Brooklyn

I love you more than you’ll ever know, Nick. Here’s to the next five years!

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Impromptu Photo Shoots

May 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Unplanned photo shoots – aren’t they always the best ones?

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I love the photos my DSLR takes with its 50mm lens, but since Henry became mobile, it’s been more challenging to shoot manually. Then the other night after dinner, I found a school bus I’d hidden in my dresser because Henry was trying to eat the wheels off it. Now that he’s a bit older (and less likely to eat a choking hazard), he was completely enchanted with the bus, driving it around the windowsill of his bedroom.

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Then… Dad came home!

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Nick had his usual after work snack: Henry’s belly.

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And then things got sweet.

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This horseplay is a wonderful nightly occurrence, but it looks even better on camera :)

Some Daily Hank

March 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

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It’s been a few months in between Henry updates, so after taking the first DSLR photos I’ve been able to snap of him since he started walking, I thought this would be a good time for one!

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Little Hank here is about 16.5 months old. His baby days are long gone! It’s amazing to see his skills and interests constantly evolving. He’s traded in his former favourite toy – the plastic bottle – for megablocks and little wooden animals.

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He has quite a few wooden puzzles of animals, dinosaurs, and various vehicles that he can now put in their proper spots. He can stack and nest cups, play with his megablocks, and use a fork very well!

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We now let him watch a little TV each day, because when it’s an ungodly hour in the morning, you need to watch Thomas & Friends and cuddle. He’s also started watching some Baby First TV right before dinner and his waving, clapping, pointing, and other skills have actually improved.

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We are currently in an exhausted limbo, waiting for his final fourth teeth, the incisors, to come in. Early mornings and midnight wakings are our current state. The photo above shows his “Muppet face” which lets us know his teeth are really driving him crazy.

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Henry may be deep into toddlerhood by asserting his opinions and letting you know when he is NOT happy, but he really is such a joy. After a toddler meltdown, he’ll eventually calm and look you in the eyes and smile (maybe even do a little butt wiggling dance) and all is forgiven :)

The Many Faces of Henry Storch

March 18, 2014 § 4 Comments

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All that in just a few minutes, at just 4 1/2 months old, all inspired by his exersaucer/”Wheel of Neglect”.

Oh, Henry!

Bump Envy

September 23, 2013 § 4 Comments

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On Friday, I met up with the two lovely ladies behind the new NYC-centric mom and pregnancy blog Well Rounded NY, Jessica and Kaity. They were kind enough to invite me (and Henry) to their latest “Bump Envy” photo shoot at Williamsburg’s Videology where I had photos snapped by the talented Evan Gubernick and answered a few questions about my pregnancy so far.

You can read the interview here and while you’re at it, check out their feature on my yoga studio too!

Babymoon

July 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Have you guys ever heard of a “babymoon”? It’s when parents-to-be take one last relaxing trip together before a baby is born. Nick and I decided to take ours a little early for maximum relaxation and headed to Newport, Rhode Island for four days last week.

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We took the train there on Wednesday morning and arrived at our hotel that afternoon. After unwinding a bit in our room, we set off to explore the waterfront area we were staying on. Most things were in walking distance and there were a ton of restaurants, shops, and boat tours to be found. Thanks to Yelp, I found us our first delicious dinner spot, The Midtown Oyster Bar.

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I had the scallops which were amazing and had the lowest mercury on the menu, and Nick got to go a little crazier with oysters. (Yes, we went here twice – it was delicious!)

After dinner, we walked further into Newport and treated ourselves to some ice cream for dessert.

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Nick knows how to vacation, am I right? I finally tried the Liz Lemon frozen yogurt – SO GOOD. So worthy of the Liz Lemon name.

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It was so nice to be somewhere that actually cooled off a bit at night!

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The harbour had hundreds of boats in it. Very pretty.

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The next few days consisted of more of the same: sleeping, swimming, eating, and walking. I also had my first prenatal massage and we finally watched Mud on our hotel movie channel.

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Our hotel was right across the street from Cardines Field, so we decided to watch a college league baseball game with the Newport Gulls. Half of the crowd was just little kids, which was adorable. I was able to buy home made chocolate chip cookies at the refreshment stand, which was even cuter.

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During our last full day, Nick and I walked from one side of the island to the other to see some of the famous mansions.

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Since we didn’t do a group tour, we could only see the outsides, but that’s okay. The best part was actually walking to the end of the road and getting to the cliffs.

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My Moves App let me know that we walked almost 14,000 steps that day! Naturally, we ate more to celebrate.

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Newport, you’re such a cute town! Maybe we’ll be back one day with Henry, so he can watch baseball for $4 too.

Jay and Julia

January 26, 2013 § 1 Comment

The Deakin-Gordon wedding may have happened four months ago, but their fantastic wedding photographer (and I mean seriously talented) Rick O’Brien just posted a summary of the events on his blog with photos yesterday. When Julia showed me his previous work, I knew the photos would be great, but seeing them finished yesterday blew me away. It’s great to see that Rick managed to show the absolute beauty that radiated through this entire wedding with his photos.

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