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when we were young

when we were young

September 22, 2011 |  Category:   family home life Seattle & the NW travels

Going back to Mark’s mom’s house in Olympia, Washington is just about the closest thing to going back home as we can get. Certainly for Mark, as he lived at that house during his high school years, but in some small way for me as well. When we drive to my parents’ house on the weekends, it’s not to the house or neighborhood I grew up in. There are no childhood relics or memories there, so I suppose in one sense going back to this house with the red door, a place that I have also lived in briefly on 2 separate occasions, is the oldest “home” to go back to. Oh Olympia, you are a sleepy little town, but… CONTINUE READING

goodbyes

goodbyes

September 5, 2011 |  Category:   family home life

I have so many more photos to post from our trip still, but we’re home now. It’s always disorienting to come home from a long trip. It’s like hitting the un-pause button and everything that was on hold rushes back to you. It’s also never easy saying goodbye to family and friends that you only see once or twice a year. So many goodbyes. Mark told me something yesterday that really broke my heart. He went by my grandmother’s apartment to catch a ride with my uncle to my mom’s house to pick up our car which has been parked there during our trip. My oldest aunt, the only one who still lives in Korea out of my mom’s 4… CONTINUE READING

a week with Miss C + the bane of my domestic existence

a week with Miss C + the bane of my domestic existence

August 12, 2011 |  Category:   home life

It’s the laundry, always the laundry. For being such a neat freak (and a bit OCD, I admit), folding and putting away the laundry is my least favorite chore ever. I’d rather scrub the bathrooms than deal with the laundry. See that pile there? It’s full of clean clothes. It’ll sit around unfolded in the basket for days, even a week. Once it’s folded, it can sit around some more before it gets put away. Can’t always blame it on being busy; it’s just one of those things that gets procrastinated on. I have a theory about this too: people who hate doing laundry also hate unloading the dishwasher (hate hate hate). True or false? I am so very glad… CONTINUE READING

my nights, my mornings

my nights, my mornings

February 25, 2011 |  Category:   home life

I think you know by now that my bedtime is late. It’s recently teetered over to the ridiculous hour of 2:30am again, sometimes even 3. Insomnia aside, I have a hard time making myself go to bed. I treasure those quiet hours when everyone’s asleep. I get most of my work done then too and it’s been this way for years. So what happens in the morning? On school days I push my wake up time as late as I can, sometimes to the dangerous brink of being late for school, but in the end we never are. Still, it’s often a mad rush to get the girls fed, dressed, lunches made and out the door in 30 minutes by… CONTINUE READING

good byes

good byes

August 12, 2010 |  Category:   home life

It’s a sad day here at our house. Now that I am back home after a meeting earlier this afternoon, I’m trying to keep it together. For the girls. Today is our PT nanny’s last day. For the past 6 years she’s been coming every Tuesdays and Thursdays since Mia was 3 months old. It was inevitable someday…kids grow up and they go to school…the needs of a family change…but it doesn’t make it any easier when your heart and emotions are involved. Claudine understands that today is Mala’s last day with us, but she doesn’t fully comprehend what that means, not at 3 years old. I was trying to take these photos this morning, but she was being a… CONTINUE READING

may is for flowers

may is for flowers

May 25, 2010 |  Category:   family home

It’s always fun to visit my dad’s garden to see what’s sprouted up. The vegetables are starting to grow and we had our first meal on Friday with lettuce wraps that we’ll eat all summer long. But for now, May is all about the flowers – endless varieties of peonies (my favorite), roses, irises, clematis.. We have our own small balcony of tomatoes, herbs and flowers, but it’s nice to see the arc of a real garden progress throughout the seasons, you know, at our “country house”. It’s even nicer when my dad cuts full blooms of peonies the size of large grapefruits and delicate pink roses for the girls to take home. They clutch the stems in the car… CONTINUE READING

hey, nice tv

hey, nice tv

May 4, 2010 |  Category:   happy purchases home

But getting it wasn’t exactly easy. I always thought that if you wanted to buy something, you could just go to the store, purchase it and take it home. But for some reason something so deceivingly simple as buying a TV took a whole day and trips to 4 stores, including 1 very hellish experience waiting for a full hour at Best Buy with 2 overstimulated and whiny children, only to be told that the 3 models we were interested in were sold out at the store. And something really odd happened in the buying process. We didn’t really know what brand, what size, what model, but as we were staring back at the wall of TVs, first looking at… CONTINUE READING

this morning

this morning

February 23, 2010 |  Category:   home life

It’s quiet now. I am thankful that Tuesdays are one of the the days that our babysitter comes in. I’m thankful for our neighbors for walking Mia to school this morning so I didn’t have to haul both kids out in the rain. Thanks to all who voiced concerns and emailed. Mark made it safe and sound up there and is with his sister and uncle. Not surprisingly, it’s hard going through hospital red tape to get any kind of answers, but there might be some small signs of hope. Even so, his dad has a long way to go even if he comes out of this and the unknown of what is happening now or the near future is… CONTINUE READING

i like to dwell

i like to dwell

January 11, 2010 |  Category:   art + design home

No, not that kind of dwell (though truth be told, I do tend to dwell on things. Just a little bit). I’ve gotten so many questions about some of the placemats and table linens that I’ve used in our photos, as well as that beautiful bird duvet that is on our bed, that I thought a proper post was in order. It is all by Dwell Studio. I’ve been a Dwell fan for a long time, going back to the days when I used to write about their baby bedding when I was running babygadget.net. They expanded their line of products impressively since those days, designing everything from bags to rugs to stationery, along with their gorgeous bedding and table… CONTINUE READING

why didn’t we do this sooner?

why didn’t we do this sooner?

October 1, 2009 |  Category:   home the biz

Oh right…there was a baby sleeping in that room. But with real estate so precious in NYC, it seemed like that 3rd bedroom (technically an “office” since there is no built-in closet) was wasted space when the only thing that room was used for was night time sleep. The room used to be an office BC (before Claudine), but I always preferred to work on the couch (and still do) so it was a no brainer to turn the office into a nursery when I was pregnant the second time. This time around, we were ridiculously excited to turn the room back into an office. The girls like to sleep in the same room, we get to consolidate all our… CONTINUE READING

today, the 11th

today, the 11th

September 11, 2009 |  Category:   happy purchases home life

Rainy. A little chilly. I wore a scarf, hat and boots. Today was Mia’s first day of full-day Kindergarten. No half-day business which I understand is necessary to ease kids in, but it leaves you with as much time to come home, empty the dishwasher and that’s it. Back you go to pick up the kid. Not to be overshadowed by Mia’s big transition into school, Claudine had a milestone of her own today. It was her first day of her one day a week drop off playgroup – not quite daycare, not quite a preschool. Run by an energetic and *magical* Brazilian woman in the garden floor of a brownstone, this was the first time that Claudine would be… CONTINUE READING

almost done and those walls are gray, not white. No, really.

almost done and those walls are gray, not white. No, really.

September 1, 2009 |  Category:   home

Soooo…..since the moment we came back from the North Fork last weekend, Mark and I have been painting, reorganizing, painting, going to Ikea, putting together Ikea furniture, painting, and going to Ikea again (3 freaking times in a week!). We’re almost done, however, and we can put Home Improvement Fest 2009 to rest. We ended up not only painting the living room and the girls room, but the front area of the apartment as well as the hallway (not planned). The only rooms unpainted are ours and the new office. So you know how people say to paint a swatch of paint on the wall before committing. Yeah, do it. Seriously. And let me repeat it again. Do a sample… CONTINUE READING

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