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December 26, 2011 |  Category:   dining out holidays life

There is one tradition that we have that I completely forgot to tell you about, but sometimes traditions are like that. You don’t realize that you do something year after year until a few years pass and you finally make a note of it. I remember the first year we went to Ippudo after our first holiday season 4 years ago. We dropped off our last delivery in the East Village and headed over to what would become an annual celebratory dinner – our company Christmas party, ha! (and actually, did I tell you that Mia and Claudine did in fact help assemble over a hundred flat packed gift boxes this year? They took the job super seriously). Ippudo is… CONTINUE READING

a little in class holiday cheer

a little in class holiday cheer

December 23, 2011 |  Category:   holidays life

Claudine’s kindergarten class had the sweetest holiday party at school this week. The class parents decorated the room and set out a packet of confetti for each child to throw up in the air when we all counted down from 10 to yell “Happy New Year!” (ok, Miss C elected to just dump hers from the bag onto the floor in a most uncelebratory way). A Christmas cracker filled with homemade silly putty, an organic lollipop (haaa, this is Park Slope, Brooklyn after all), and a tiny origami crane was set at each desk, and we made an edible craft project with bananas and tiny chocolate chips. The kids made the parents Christmas cards (I’m the one in the yellow… CONTINUE READING

almost like normal

almost like normal

December 18, 2011 |  Category:   craft family holidays life

well, hello. Last night I came home from working the table all day at the Brooklyn Flea and collapsed on the couch and pretty much went to sleep right then and there. I hadn’t gone to the bathroom or eaten anything all day, not even a coffee(!) because I didn’t want to run to the bathroom every 10 minutes which is what happens when I drink coffee on an empty stomach. I have no explanation for not eating except that I was sandwiched in between the donut people and the pork belly people all day, so I don’t know, I guess I wasn’t feeling it because I was smelling food all day. I suddenly had the chills when I got… CONTINUE READING

tree

tree

December 16, 2011 |  Category:   family holidays life the biz

We’ve built up a nice collection of ornaments the past couple of years and it’s fun to pull them out and have the girls get excited about each one.   I have to fight from having guilty feelings every year for being so busy in December that the girls don’t get to do any fun holiday activities until Christmas Eve. This season so far has been particularly hard and it seems so unfair to them, but they don’t really know December as being anything else I guess. Family helps a lot. Grandma comes to visit for a week to give them the attention we can’t give them and Mark’s sister has started the tradition of giving each of them little… CONTINUE READING

holidaze

holidaze

December 1, 2011 |  Category:   holidays press the biz

Oh, December…you are here. And we are in the throes of Holiday!Cookie!Madness! for our 4th year. Thousands of cookies will be baked per day, hundreds of bows will be tied (have you ever had to tie 200 little ribbons? It always takes longer than you think. 4-5 hours to tie 200 ribbons, for real – and by the 50th ribbon, your fingers forget what to do. I have looked up “how to tie a ribbon” videos on youtube, true fact), paper will be trimmed, folded and stacked for wrapping, and hundreds of packages will be made and stamped. It’s true, every Fall fills us with a little bit of dread as we head into 16 hr work days until the… CONTINUE READING

“everything tastes better when you make them yourself”

“everything tastes better when you make them yourself”

November 29, 2011 |  Category:   family growing up half holidays life

Some dumpling making action over Thanksgiving weekend with my mom and the girls.   My mom claims that she hasn’t made homemade dumplings in 20 or so years. I do remember making them with her and my grandmother. She was telling the girls that when I was a kid, there weren’t that many Korean grocery stores and that they would have to make all the foods that are readily available now at stores, like dumplings and sheets of salted, toasted seaweed – you know, the kind that you can buy now already cut up in 2″ x 3″ rectangles in a foil packet. My grandmother would brush sesame oil on each large piece of seaweed, sprinkle some salt and then… CONTINUE READING

this year’s Halloween

this year’s Halloween

November 1, 2011 |  Category:   holidays nyc

Such a lovely night for trick or treating, especially after all that freakish snow. The weather was perfect and the neighborhood was lively and festive. Our friend who visited over the weekend from Southern California said that she couldn’t believe how many adults dressed up for Halloween in NY. I guess people take this holiday very seriously here! I mean look at the 2nd and 3rd photo. A neighbor who builds a haunted house in the yard of his brownstone builds these elaborate facades in front of his building every year. This year’s was the best by far. It’s cool to walk past the build out every day on our way to school, but see the finished structure on Halloween… CONTINUE READING

a cat and a bat

a cat and a bat

October 27, 2011 |  Category:   holidays life nyc

Lucked out this year with the costumes as the girls picked things that were easy to assemble. Claudine decided that she was going to be a cat, which is what Mia was last year and Mia is going to be a vampire bat so we’re recycling the bat wings I made for her a few years ago with the perfect black velvet goth dress that we just got as a hand me down from a friend. Just in time too as Halloween in the city really lasts for 2 weeks since there are at least a dozen events each weekend day around town leading up to Halloween itself. Since December is so crazy for us and we don’t have time… 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

happy father’s day

happy father’s day

June 19, 2011 |  Category:   family holidays life

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there! Not much else to say except that Mark is enjoying a full day off today and we are contemplating going strawberry picking. Here is a Father’s Day post from last year, and a post about our favorite dad here. Hope your day is great!… CONTINUE READING

easter

easter

April 25, 2011 |  Category:   family holidays life

Eggs. Peeps. Kinder eggs and other chocolate goodies from Norway. Grandpa. Driving home from upstate. Melting chocolate left in the car while we ate lunch at a stopover. Air conditoning on the rest of the drive home. Brooklyn. Hope your Easter was grand.… CONTINUE READING

short holiday road trip

short holiday road trip

April 22, 2011 |  Category:   family growing up half holidays life travels

We traveled upstate last night to spend the weekend with Mark’s dad’s side of the family. We seem to find ourselves up here the last few Easters and the girls get a little dose of their Russian side. I like coming to stay at Mark’s uncle’s house because there are a lot of objects and photos here that’s tied to family history which is really cool because I feel like my mom’s house, which they moved into about 10 years ago, is pretty devoid of that kind of stuff. We don’t have old family heirlooms like these beautifully intricate pysanky eggs from the 60s and 70s. We plan on doing Easter eggs tomorrow. I think one year we attempted to… CONTINUE READING

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