The Babes & Babies of Toronto

March 9, 2016 § Leave a comment

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This weekend, I flew to Toronto to see my friends and meet two of their new babies!

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When I arrived Friday evening, I took the new Union Pearson Express train to Bloor station and headed over to Sarah, Phil & Alice’s place. I enjoyed it much more than a cab – cheaper, cleaner, and free wifi with elevated views of the city in the distance around the airport!

When I arrived at Sarah’s, I had hugs for Julia, Blake, and Sarah, then grabbed Alice for a selfie. She’s even more adorable in person!

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After eating pizza at Sarah’s, I went home with Julia and Blake. Julia and I had a good old fashioned sleepover and shared a bed like little kids. Eventually Blake even joined us ;)

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The next morning we went to La Cubana for brunch and were met by Sarah, Alice, Amy, and Karen.

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What? She has a mouse hat too? Oh for goodness sake.

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After we ate, we walked down past some cute Roncesvalles shops and arrived at Jana and Mike’s to meet Leo.

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So adorably new and cute with amazing surfer baby hair!

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Afterwards I met my sister at the hotel we were treating ourselves to that night. After lounging/catching up/charging our phones for a while, we took the subway to dinner at Burdock to meet Sarah, Phil, Alice, Julia, Karen, and Amy for dinner.

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Jenn also fell under Alice’s spell (it’s not hard to).

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The next morning, my brother Ryan and his wife Suzanne came to meet us at the hotel for breakfast.

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Then Jenn and I had to visit Lululemon for some very last-minute yoga pants shopping before both heading home.

“Where were your boys in all this?” you may ask. These photos will answer your question.

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Yeah, we all had a pretty great weekend.

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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(Henry gets art.)

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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!

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

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Visitor Season

June 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

After a very wintry winter, it’s finally a summery spring and the visitors have been coming in droves! Every day, I see what I assume are parents of Brooklynites being led around Greenpoint and taken out to cute restaurants for brunch.

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This past weekend, Nick and I enjoyed an evening with one of our favourite couples/fellow parents, Kate and Bryan. We ate a ton of Indian food and had a few drinks afterwards at Habitat, so that Bryan could watch the hockey game while the ladies caught up.

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The next morning, my parents arrived!

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Despite having not seen his grandparents since Christmas, Henry jumped right in to giving them hugs, kisses, and playing with them. He’s usually a very cautious boy who takes a minute to warm up to any visitor. Maybe it’s the Pinhole Press family picture book we made for him or maybe he can just tell they’re important people – or maybe he just remembers them! Either way, he knew they were special enough to bypass all the usual courting he requires.

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We all went out to lunch at our favourite neighborhood sandwich spot, Eagle Trading Company, then went to the playground so Henry could show Grandma and Grandpa how good he is at playing in the splash pad.

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Henry usually NEVER wants to hold hands, by the way.

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My Mom is an amazing Grandma – she got Henry to lie still with her on the couch for quite a while by rubbing his back while he held his school bus. It was very sweet.

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On Sunday we had lunch at Brooklyn Label before they had to head to the airport. Henry enjoyed both his grandparents’ company and the ceiling fan overhead.

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Although Sunday’s storm gave them some serious delays (and cancellations), I’m so glad they came to visit. Next time we see them will be in August, when we will take our first road trip with Henry to drive to their cottage!

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 :)

Mother’s Day, take 2!

May 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

My second Mother’s Day was fantastic! (Much better than my first.)

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Nick got home from his week-long trip to London on Friday afternoon and spent the rest of the day with Henry and I. He also brought me peonies and British chocolate. Anything else that would happen would just be icing on the cake at this point!

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Early Saturday afternoon, Nick filled in on bass for two songs with his friend’s band down the street, so I attempted to bring Henry in the Ergo, with his noise blocking baby headphone things. We hung at Saint Vitus for a bit, but unfortunately, his first show was not his dad playing. That’s okay. After Nick was done, we all went to the park as a family.

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Today was a jam-packed, but perfect day of yoga, a quick morning visit from our friend Will, then Nick, Henry, and I took the East River Ferry to DUMBO.

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Henry hadn’t ridden the boat since early last Fall, way before his new boat obsession, so he had a great time. He even got to stand out back with dad on the way there!

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we saw a POLICE BOAT!!! (Please excuse Hank’s sunscreen-filled, sweaty, Harry from Dumb & Dumber hair ;)

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When we got to DUMBO, we took Henry to the cool pirate ship-themed playground to let out some energy. I realized I’d never been to this area of Brooklyn on a summer weekend before — it was so packed with people, mostly families, that it was like the Disney World of NYC! The name DUMBO had never been more appropriate.

After Henry got to watch trucks and the subway drive over the bridges, I got a Jacques Torres ice cream sandwich, and we saw enough people to make us want to hide in our apartment, we caught the ferry for a ride back home.

Thanks to Nick and Henry for a wonderful Mother’s Day. I’m so fortunate to be Henry’s mom and Nick’s wife!

Happy first Father’s Day

June 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Happy 1st Father’s Day to my amazing other half, Nick. In these mere 7 months of being a dad, you have surpassed all my expectations. It’s been surreal to begin this lifelong journey with you. Henry is one lucky dude.

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