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home on the island

home on the island

September 8, 2011 |  Category:   friends life travels

We didn’t really travel much as a family when I was a kid. I do, however, remember a few summer weekend outings spent in Montauk or the Poconos, renting out a group of motel rooms with other family friends and their children. It didn’t really matter where we were, really. It was all about hanging out with friends, like on a really long playdate, and a break from routine and everyday life. These trips sometimes remind me of those childhood vacations full of families and kids. It’s one sort of vacation when you go to a place as a tourist not knowing anyone, but it’s another trip altogether when you spend it with a family who make the place home,… CONTINUE READING

and now this feels far away

and now this feels far away

September 6, 2011 |  Category:   friends life travels

What is it about vacations that make it feel like it happened a million years ago once you get home? This was our first day on the San Juan Islands with our friends Sara and Thor and it feels so long ago even though it was the weekend before last. It’s actually a cool and rainy day here in NY. Prelude to what Fall might bring. School starts for the girls in 2 days, but first…more photos of the island to come…… CONTINUE READING

old friends, but with kids

old friends, but with kids

August 25, 2011 |  Category:   friends life travels

Have you ever stood around with your old friends and surveyed the kids you’ve produced and thought, “gee, we made these. We have kids. OMG, we’re adults”. This happened quite a bit on our San Francisco trip as we reconnected with some old friends we haven’t seen in at least 10 years. We met our old college friend Jeremiah and his family at the Exploratorium and geeked out in the monochromatic room (a room where there is no color unless you shine a white light on things. Trippy) and tried to keep track of 4 kids under 8 years old. An impromptu dinner invitation at their house in the Mission resulted in Mark ending up cooking the meal because he’s… CONTINUE READING

first best friends

first best friends

July 12, 2011 |  Category:   friends life outings remembering

We had a reunion of sorts last week. Some old friends of ours who moved away to Australia 4 years ago finally came back to Brooklyn for a visit. The younger siblings were just babies when our friends moved away, but Mia and her old friend could not have been more excited to see each other after all those years. Quite honestly, we’re all sort of surprised at how much the girls remember. They were only 3 when they parted, but they still often refer to each other as best friends. I don’t think any of us really knew what to expect as each girl had built up the moment so much as the week of their visit drew near,… CONTINUE READING

the lakehouse, part 2

the lakehouse, part 2

July 5, 2011 |  Category:   friends life travels

Did I mention that there is no electricity or running water at Sara’s lakehouse? That means a lot of reading on the porch and early bedtimes, 2 things I don’t really do anymore. It also means the first night is spent staring at the darkness at 4am in the morning because no matter what time I go to sleep, I just wake up 5 or 6 hours later. The outhouse is also a bit of a (short) walk away from the house, which means that I usually choose to hold it in even though I need to go pretty badly because really, who wants to get up in complete darkness in the middle of the night and fumble toward an… CONTINUE READING

another 4th of july weekend at the lakehouse, in 3 parts

another 4th of july weekend at the lakehouse, in 3 parts

July 4, 2011 |  Category:   friends holidays life travels

You might recall that last year we met Sara Jensen at her family lakehouse, a house that her great grandfather built in 1906, located 1 hour north of NYC. Sara and I had never met before up until that weekend, having only just chatted over the internet, and I guess she decided that we were not scary strangers or anything because she invited us back again this year. It’s funny what kids remember or don’t remember from the past, but the girls have fond memories of spending the weekend at the house last year and couldn’t stop talking about it the week or so leading up to the 4th. Now, it just feels like a part of summer to us.… CONTINUE READING

normalizing

normalizing

June 17, 2011 |  Category:   friends life

What a strange week. Lots going on in the way of good byes, end of the year activities for the girls and meetings for me. Sounds busy, right? It was, but I felt so out of sorts much of the time, unmotivated. Trying to make some decisions about summer and wasn’t really successful coming to any clear plan. Met with my biz ladies group last night and maybe that’s what I needed – to be among friends. I guess it had been awhile since I’ve hung out with friends. I felt a bit like my old self again. Oh, and one last thing? Forgot how much of a fidgeter I am. See all that candle wax up there? Totally a… CONTINUE READING

flowers for your wednesday

flowers for your wednesday

May 18, 2011 |  Category:   friends life

My friend Jen Altman stayed with us last weekend and these flowers were leftover from a shoot she was doing where my girls were used as models. Peonies…my absolute favorite, and I’m not such a huge rose fan, but I do love this variety which remind me of ranunculuses. I just can’t say enough how important it is to have a few good girl friends in your life, who really get you, you know? We talked at length about the power of positive thinking over the course of her visit. I think I’ve been headed this way, but things sort of clicked for me this weekend. It’s sort of a big commitment to remove all negativity from your life (that… CONTINUE READING

a visit to odette

a visit to odette

April 21, 2011 |  Category:   art + design friends happy purchases life

I first met Jennifer, jewelry designer and owner of Odette New York, at the very first Brooklyn Flea 3 years ago. We were both vendors. We had just started our business and that day was our first time selling our products to any customers. Jennifer had started her jewelry line 2 years before, but we all bonded as first time vendors at the opening day in early April, in the cold outdoors, shivering, but excited to be part of this new thing called the Flea. While her stint at the Flea didn’t go beyond the first year, we’ve kept in touch and it’s been a pleasure to see her business flourish over the years. When asked what I wanted for… CONTINUE READING

a good weekend

a good weekend

April 4, 2011 |  Category:   dining out family friends life

We had a good weekend, did you? The forecast beat all odds and we got the crummy wet weather out of the way Friday which made way to a gorgeously sunny weekend. Mark was back at the outdoor Flea this Saturday and it was packed since it marked the first day of the outdoor season. Sold out of most things and everyone, vendors and flea-goers alike, was so happy to be back outdoors. Nothing beats being back at the original Brooklyn Flea site. It sort of feels like the first day of school where you see all your old pals again. We will, however, be at the new Williamsburg location next Sunday to check it out. With the Flea over… CONTINUE READING

weekend and a bridge to the past

weekend and a bridge to the past

March 21, 2011 |  Category:   friends life nyc

Have I told you that Mia’s favorite game to play is Monopoly? Mark and I have had the Seattle version lying around for years, bought or given as a gift way before the girls were born, but it’s only really been heavily played in the last year and that’s because Mia brings it out and wants to play a couple of times a week. She gets the game too, and she and Mark will totally play for real, while Claudine usually acts as the official banker, doling out the money and managing the property cards. We were in the burbs this weekend and Mia made sure to bring it with us to my parents’ house. Another new week. It’s going… CONTINUE READING

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