Charlie’s 1st Birthday Party

July 8, 2018 § Leave a comment

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Charlie turns ONE on Tuesday, but we celebrated his birthday yesterday with a whole bunch of family and his best friend, Evan’s family too :) Here are some photos from the fabulous day.

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Both of Charlie’s Grandpas were there!

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For the first time since my niece Anna was born, all 7 grandkids/cousins were together in the same place.

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The Spiderman pinata was absolutely destroyed by the kids.

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Charlie and his best friend Evan.

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A blurry, but only complete family photo of the day.

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One of Charlie’s favourite new toys!

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We ended the evening by going out for dinner with the grandparents at Swiss Chalet, where we all ate ravenously, especially Charlie.

Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate this little ray of sunshine!

Birthday Weekend!

October 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

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As some of you may know by now, Nick and I have birthdays two days apart. This makes for some good celebrations – kind of like a mini Christmas! We were secretly hoping Henry would be born sooner so he could be part of the festivities too, but it’s probably best he got his own month.

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This year, since Henry’s a full fledged toddler, we decided to do something he’d enjoy too so we drove to Terhune Orchards in Princeton, New Jersey on Friday.

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This cute little farm has an apple orchard, pumpkin patches, a corn maze, animals, hay bales to play on, and tractors you can sit on and pretend to ride.

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Henry LOVED the trucks and farm machinery (obviously), but also thought the sheep, goats, chickens, ponies, and geese were hilarious and cute.

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There was a jungle gym tractor.

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As well as some old tractors made for kids to “ride”.

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So proud!

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While Nick and I took turns popping into the farm fresh store to buy apple cider, apple cider donuts, a bushel of apples, and pumpkin nut bread, Henry took it upon himself to rearrange their pallets of pumpkins.

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Then a tractor drove by!

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Henry has eaten two or three apples a day since we visited the farm, and every time he eats one, he has to remind you where it came from. We will be apple picking again soon!

On Saturday evening, Nick and I had Henry’s beloved sitter Valerie come over early so we could go out for dinner and go see The Martian.

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The rest of the weekend was spent enjoying the beautiful weather of our neighbourhood. Untitled

(Henry gets art.)

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(I am actually wearing shorts here, not going bottomless.) Untitled

For Nick’s birthday on Sunday, I brought him home a Dough “donut cake” after morning Mysore which we all enjoyed. What a delicious birthday weekend!

2012: A Year In Review

January 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

2012 was “The Year Of Yes” for Nick and I. We wanted to make it the best possible, doing what we wanted when we wanted, within reason, of course. This attitude led to some pretty great moments and incredible experiences. I also fell even more in love with yoga, specifically Ashtanga, and turbocharged my practice into a 4-5 times a week affair which led me into new poses I never expected to be able to do. There were sad moments this year too, especially in February, but overall, 2012 was the best one I’ve had in years.

JANUARY

– On Friday the 13th, Nick & I went to see/experience the incredible Sleep No More.

– That same morning, I danced my heart out before 10am at Creative Mornings with Girl Walk All Day.

– Filed for an LLC and made my business official. No more freelancing for me!

FEBRUARY

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– The beginning of the month, my family faced a tragedy. Jenn’s nearly full-term baby suddenly passed away a week before her due date. We’ll always remember Everett, even though we didn’t get to meet him.

– Nick and I met my parents in Jamaica for a sunny vacation.

MARCH

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– I flew to Canada for a week-long visit, where I stayed with Jenn and her family. This included lots of playing with their new puppy, Biscuit.

– I tried an incredibly challenging Soulcycle class – right after Jake Gyllenhaal worked out in the same room.

– Mad Men season 5 premiered and I fell in love with the show all over again.

APRIL

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– Flew to London for a long weekend. We got to see Nick’s client Frank Turner headline his first arena show and Abbey Road!

– I helped set a record at the World’s Largest Rainbow Parade RecordSetter Event.

– Finally bought a bike worth more than $100. What a difference!

MAY

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– Spent a weekend in Ohio for Alex and Erin’s lovely barn wedding.

– Started a subscription to Lancaster Farm Fresh weekly vegetable share and farm fresh eggs. Best decision of 2012!

– Had a quick trip to Toronto to see Frank Turner and Baroness, along with some friends and family.

JUNE

Kate, Jenn & Lisa at Risotteria

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– Saw an amazing Radiohead show in Newark.

– My sister Jenn came for a weekend visit!

– The first Long Island beach visit of the year with Kate.

– Gave a sweaty-faced testimonial in a video for my favourite yoga studio.

– Went to the Governor’s Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island solo, but met up with many ex- & current TAG friends and my good Torontonian bud, Travis Bradley!

JULY

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– Took a weekend road trip to Baltimore with Kate and Bryan. Survived the worst thunderstorm driving conditions on the way there so that we could see fish in their aquarium, go to a baseball game, and eat at a Brazilian steak house.

– Celebrated our second wedding anniversary with Nick by getting massages. So goooood.

– Rewrote my NYC + Brooklyn City Guide, complete with different categories, to appease all the NYC visitors!

AUGUST

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– Went to Massachusetts to visit Nick’s best friend Mike, but we also went WHALE WATCHING! I saw humpback whales for the first time and it was one of the coolest moments of my life.

– Finally upgraded from a Blackberry to an iPhone.

– Collected a ton of paperwork and “proof of relationship” to renew my green card and have the conditional status of my permanent residency removed. Filed it myself and felt very accomplished.

– Flew to Toronto for a 10-day visit that started with a Bachelorette Party Cottage Weekend for Julia! Was so incredibly happy to spend 4 days in a cottage with some of my best friends that I only get to see a few times a year.

SEPTEMBER

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Julia and Jay got married! I was so happy to be able to celebrate with them and stand up for Julia as a bridesmaid. I was also pretty happy to partake in the best dance party in years at their reception.

– Finally succeeded in doing headstand in the middle of the room! I have still never fallen (knock on wood).

OCTOBER

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– Celebrated a great 31st birthday.

– Helped Nick celebrate his birthday and had our first joint birthday dinner ever with some of our best friends.

– Went to Chicago to see Smashing Pumpkins in their hometown!

– New York got hit by Hurricane Sandy. We hunkered down, but were very very lucky to not have any damage.

NOVEMBER

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– My parents came to visit us for the first time since we got married!

– Went to a special Creative Mornings talk by George Lois at the Met.

– Kate and Bryan got married at city hall!!! They were engaged for over 3 years before finally tying the knot at Manhattan’s city hall and now they are pregnant!

DECEMBER

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– Saw Neil Young & Crazy Horse with Patti Smith at Brooklyn’s new venue, Barclay’s Center.

– Nick and I flew to Sweden for a long weekend to see his band Ghost. We were so happy about this opportunity, even though it was a whirlwind trip!

– After a few months of practicing, I was finally successful in doing a real Ashtanga back bend!

– Celebrated Christmas with my family in Oshawa and Fenelon Falls.

– Flew home from Canada on Boxing Day then flew to Paris less than 2 days later! Celebrated New Year’s Eve by adding a love lock to Pont de l’Archevêché. Romantic!

If you finished this post, I applaud you! How was your 2012?

Birthday Week!

October 15, 2012 § 3 Comments

As some of you already know, Nick and I have birthdays two days apart. When we were dating long distance, Toronto to New York, this usually meant just one of us would actually get the other one on their actual birthday – whichever date was closest to a weekend. Even though we’ve been married for over two years now, this year was the first year we decided to celebrate our birthdays completely together and make it into a fun “birthday week”.

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You already saw what I did on Tuesday, but the celebrations didn’t end there. On Wednesday night, as a lead in to Nick’s big day, we went to see the Yankees play the Orioles. It was great to drink a beer, eat some greasy food, and cheer on NYC with their biggest fan. We ended up leaving after the 7th inning because it looked like they were going to lose, but by the time we got home, they won!

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On Thursday, Nick’s birthday was quiet by request, but we did get to eat burritos and watch Prometheus.

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I also got to shower him with presents, including an adopted lion named Garth and this photo book I had so much fun making from Pinhole Press.

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On Friday night, we headed into the city to finally watch our good friend Ben’s documentary Unfinished Spaces play at the Cooper Union. It was so interesting and really cool to watch him participate in a filmmaker’s panel after the movie. One snooty architecture professor in attendance even told the entire theatre that Ben reminded him of Wes Anderson. I can kind of see it now!

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Saturday night, was our big celebration. We invited 10 of our favourite New Yorkers out to dinner at Supper Restaurant. A lot of these people hadn’t met each other before; they were from totally different social groups. It was so much fun to see them meet. As Nick called it, “a social experiment”. The food was delicious and the company was so great. We love you guys!

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We got a few drinks at three different bars afterwards, before we headed home to get our beauty rest because on Sunday morning I got up early to get breakfast with…

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Rob and Tami! They were in town visiting from Toronto. It was great to have them in my neighbourhood and introduce them to Brooklyn Label.

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Running purely on fumes by Sunday afternoon, Nick and I brought the chocolate dot cookies I made over to Annie’s “pumpkin party”. We ate so many delicious things made by everyone in attendance and Nick got to play with the cat and dog of the apartment.

We finished up our weekend by eating a healthy dinner (after pasta, wine, cupcakes, and bacon-wrapped figs) and watching the season premiere of The Walking Dead.

What a great week! Thanks to everyone who made it so special for us <3

Happy birthday!

October 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

Happy birthday, birthday twins Sean and John Lennon.

Sean is 37 today. John would have been 72!

Can I tell you how happy my Dad was when his first-born came into the world on his favourite musician’s birthday? ;)

Also: Happiness

Best birthday, best husband

October 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

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Jenn & I at East River State Park

This past Saturday October 9th was one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had.

With Nick away in LA for business, I made plans with my friend Kate to go out for drinks and stop by the Insound Design Store that Friday night. Even though she lives and works in Manhattan and the Insound Store was in Soho, she offered to come meet me in Greenpoint for a beer before we headed out. I thought “great!” We met up at a bar about 10 minutes from my apartment and had a drink. She had been checking her phone the entire time, but told me it was her fiance texting about his new job. After about half an hour, she asked if we could stop by my place before we headed into the city because she had to do something she didn’t feel comfortable doing in the bathroom of the bar. By this point, I should have been suspicious of something, but I must tell you, I am extremely trusting and easy-going.

We walk back to my place and when we’re only about 10 feet away, this girl comes bouncing towards me with her arms reaching out for a hug. I can’t tell who it is right away because she’s backlit by a streetlight. Then I see it’s my sister! “WHAT!?!?” was my first reaction, as Jenn lives in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada and has 2 little ones that kept her from coming to New York for my wedding in July. It turns out, my wonderful husband arranged everything and flew her to New York to surprise me for my birthday! Kate was in on it too and did an amazing job, really committing to the role with the whole poop thing.

After having a glass of wine/beer inside and calming down, the three of us headed into the city to stop by the Insound event, then got some food and drinks at a lovely place on West Houston.

Since Jenn’s flight home was at 6:30 pm  Saturday, we woke up early on Saturday so we’d have more time to spend together. I took her on a walking tour of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. We had some brunch, did a little shopping, and sat in East River State Park for a while, enjoying the view of the city over the water. She loved The Garden in Greenpoint, so we did a little food shopping and came back home to make nachos.

Even though it was a short visit, it was perfect. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have a husband who will do things like that for me and my family.

The birthday surprises didn’t end there. What I thought was going to be a nice dinner out with Nick turned into a dinner with three of my favourite couples in NY at a great Indian restaurant. We finished up my birthday celebration and began his (Nick’s birthday is the 11th) by getting massages together at the Oasis Spa.

You see now why I had to go through all those immigration headaches to be with this man?

Happy birthday, Mom

March 26, 2010 § 3 Comments

My mom is a beautiful, strong, youthful lady who is wonderful company, an amazing mom and grandma, and can stay on par with my dad when it comes to drinking scotch. Since I’ve been back in Canada for the last couple months, we have spent a ton of time together. We love to eat and cook the same things and share a passion for goat cheese. I will miss her very much when I’m back in New York!

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