Wednesday, May 6, 2015


A shot taken by a friend at the FIRST party last weekend.  There was a pony.  Of course there was a pony.  And now someone wants a pony.  Say it again, PONY!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Surprise Day!

Our  nanny called in sick, so we get to play!

Photo Booth Hilarity

Well, that was a weekend.  We started with a Saturday morning birthday party, then straight to a Cinco de Mayo party, then I hopped a train in to the city for an evening work event and stayed overnight in Brooklyn because I had to work another event early Sunday morning.  Then, on to the LIRR out to Ronkonkoma where Brian and the kids met me for yet ANOTHER party.  Phew!  But this party had a photo booth!

And look, ma!  All five!

Friday, May 1, 2015

More Fairy Madness

The fairies really need to get a mail box.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

9 Months!

Happy 9-Months, baby!

(of course, I didn't get to take this picture today.  It was sent to me by our nanny, which makes me want to sob at my desk...but look how happy she is!)

Monday, April 27, 2015


We had two beautiful spring days this weekend, and we celebrated in style.  Saturday was Betty's birthday party, and Sunday we sat out on the street all day.  Nothing better.

(I was so proud of Elle on the playground...she really pushed herself and had a ton of fun.)

...and my love affair with our street continues.

The Occasional Joys of Sharing a Commute

Train Beers on a Friday!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Morning Selfie

Bri took this at 6am this morning.  Bless their sweet, little, not-sleeping hearts.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tooth Fairy Time!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Gabe and his Girl

I love this picture of Gabey and his best bud from school taken at a birthday part this weekend.

So This is 40...

...and it's much better than that craptacular movie from a few years ago.  Honestly, I had invested so much emotional energy and anxiety to the transition back to work, that I had nothing left in me to care that I'm now officially old.  It was just a really fun couple of birthday days.

My new boss let me off work on Thursday, so I got to stay home and play with the monkeys all day, which was awesome.  Then Friday night Brian and I had a date night that involved wearing heels and drinking champagne.  Saturday night some of our nearest and dearest came over to play charades.  And it was a pajama party because Brian ROCKS and took seriously my comment that I was so tired and "if I could just make everyone come in their pajamas, I would."  Then, because everything else wasn't enough...Sunday dawned glorious and Spring finally arrived and we all played outside all day and got our first sunburns of the season.  Huzzah!

Mira was THRILLED to find out that winter ends.

I LOVE this picture.  Not only does E looked thrilled, but you can see how we drag all our porch furniture into the street on sunny days.  We're so ghetto.

FIVE!  (in pajamas!)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Still Here!

Things I've dropped the ball on since starting work:  making home-made bread, obsessing about how much sugar my kids eat at breakfast...and this blog?  Yeesh, I hope not!  Give me some time to fully adjust; I promise, we'll be back.  In the meantime:

This weekend was a Passover/Easter Double Whammy!

Our Passover Table.  

We had a great night with Meme and our neighbors, Johny North and family.  Gabe spent all night idolizing their 8-year old son.  It was so fun to watch.

And now, Easter!  Spring isn't really here in full force yet, but we manged to stay outside long enough to do some serious Easter Egg Hunting.

They had such a great time.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Back at Work

So yeah, that's my new office.  Hot damn.  And today I spent the whole day there while someone else took care of my kids, and we all survived.  This transition has been a bitch.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hunger Strike

About 18 months ago I thought, "I'm home all day, why the heck aren't I making bread?"  So, I started, and for the last year and a half the kids have eaten homemade bread pretty much exclusively.

But, I start a new job tomorrow and something had to give.  So I bought a loaf of grocery store bread...and found this in Ellie's lunch bag when she got home from school today:  

The sad remains of a turkey-cheese sandwich.  As a form of protest, it's pretty effective.

Friday, March 13, 2015


She complains that feeding the cat is too hard, but she's always ready to help her sister with a bottle.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hate Mail

Ellie made me this sweet card while she was in "time-out" today.  It's my second favorite card ever.

Monday, March 9, 2015


Not only does Mira have TWO, but one of Ellie's is loose!  I can't handle that at all.

Last Week

Today is Monday.  The first day of my last week as a stay-at-home mom.  I thought about taking the kids out of school one day and doing something super special, but now I'm inclined just to make it the best "normal" week I can.  I want to focus on the things I'm going to miss, like giving Ellie a welcome home hug when she gets off the bus, and snuggling Mira all day long, but also the things I'm the daily struggle that is getting everyone in their jackets and into the car for the morning ride to school.  I'm trying to "be in the moment" and just let myself feel my feelings and remember that everything is going to be okay.  

On a lighter note, we went to P's birthday party this weekend, and played with Legos.  Gabe is now fully obsessed.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Family Portrait and a Life Update

Ellie drew this picture yesterday and I just adore it.  I love that I'm holding Mira, and that "Dabby" has the longest legs ever.  I love that she labeled herself "Ellie" but signed it "Love Eleanor..."  I love the sun, and the sky, and just the whole damned thing.  It's my new favorite family portrait ever.

And a quick general life update.  The whole job thing is moving forward.  We hired a (hopefully) fantastic nanny.  She'll start in the middle of March and I spend a few days training her before taking my first official commute in to the city.  Now that I know who's going to be taking care of the kids, I'm SLIGHTLY calmer about the whole thing.  I still wake up sometimes at 2am not at all sure if this is really happening, and if it really should be happening, but in general, I'm doing better. 

And you know this picture is going up in my cubicle.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Gabey's Big Day

A huge thank you to Josh for taking photos!

Gabe sat here, quietly eating his cake, until all the other kids had gone back to playing, and the party staff was sweeping around him.  The boy loves his cake.