Tuesday, July 31, 2012

on parenting

"When Ana├»s was born, it was almost too profound to comprehend how significant that experience is and how that relationship shapes you day by day. I was once told by an astrologer that you and your child pick each other before they are born. It's incredible to think we are destined to live our lives together, and that my child will be my friend forever. It's the best feeling to experience building your own family—these members are the most significant relationships you have in life."
Maryam Nassir Zadeh on The Glow

Monday, July 30, 2012

weekend grats

  • Spending time with great friends we only see once a year (Hi Vanessa, Luc & Mimi!). 
  • Watching Sonia learn to dive underwater in 3+ foot pool. Because she saw a third-grade boy doing it.
  • Getting to be "Sanjee's wife" at a work dinner. 
  • Being reminded by a mother of grown children that one day I will look back on this time of work + kids and wonder how I did it. 
  • Window shopping in two of my favorite stores (Container Store + West Elm). 
  • Teaching Sonia about window shopping, and thinking/saving for purchases. 
  • Sonia's love of art. 
  • Five Guys. 
  • Sunday nap with the littlest lady. 
  • Mindfulness. 
  • Clean clothes, folded throughout the day by my lovely husband. 
  • Finishing one of four books I've been reading simultaneously. 
  • Evening walk with the baby on my back to get milk. 
  • This beautiful urban oasis we live in. 
  • Enjoying the moment. 
  • Always thinking of the future. 
  • A "wish list" full of books on Amazon. 
  • Flipping Sonia's bunk/semi-loft bed so she now sleeps in a "cave." 
  • Countdown to a big birthday (five!).

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Things making me happy at the moment (in no particular order): 
  • A warm belly from the spicy Vietnamese curry burrito I ate for lunch. From a food truck. With my husband who never takes a lunch break.
  • The fact that Maren introduced Sonia to Patsy Cline the other day. Nothing like an almost five year-old singing: I stop to see a weeping willow / Crying on his pillow / Maybe he's crying for me
  • The red dress I’m wearing, that I fell in love with last fall, but couldn’t afford. Until the next week I happened back to the same store to find the magical dress had been reduced by 50% and was an additional 30% off sale price. Score!
  • My vintage gold belt I purchased at an estate sale a couple years back that adds a little extra flair to the bright red dress.
  • The dinner of tomato, basil and mozzarella we will eat tonight. Vegetables straight from the farmers market.
  • Being on top of my work game as of late, and being recognized for my efforts.
  • Scheming up future plans.
  • The house was cleaned this morning. And not by me.
  • The always sweet Ms. Mila May.
  • Sonia’s love of America’s Got Talent.
  • Season 10 of Project Runway starts tonight!
  • Tapes ‘N Tapes radio on Pandora
  • Two inspirational houses featured recently on Apartment Therapy.
Dream living. Source. 

Dream dining. Source. 
Dream sleep. Source

Friday, May 25, 2012

last day of preschool

last day of preschool

first day of preschool



and Mila the Sweet

Sunday, May 20, 2012

ballet performance

Sonia's first ballet performance - a weekend filled with dress rehearsal and three performances. Seeing her on stage for the final bow with hundreds of other girls ranging in age from 4 to 18 was pretty remarkable.

Saturday, May 12, 2012


post-ballet, at the bus stop

on the bus

at Sebastian Joe's

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Quick business trip to D.C. Damn I love that city. Can't wait to bring the girls back. Sonia is convinced she's going to meet Bo.

A quick story about Sonia and Bo - we were walking quickly down Grand Avenue in Saint Paul, rushing to buy a last-minute Christmas gift (it was Christmas Eve). We walk past a dog, and Sonia says, "Mom, that is Obama's dog." I was in a rush, was not paying much attention, and probably said, "oh, great," feigning interest. The man walking in front of me turns around, having overheard us. He looks right at me and says, "She's right, you know. That is a Portuguese Water Dog." If Sonia doesn't become a Vet, I will truly be surprised. She has a passion for dogs.

Pretty bold move trying that name by memory.

Official White House Portrait: Bo Obama

Sunday, April 8, 2012


um, yeah

new scoots


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

stopping to smell the crab apple bloom

Life has been moving 100 mph lately. But we manage to stop and breathe when we can. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

belated christmas morning photos


Santa knows Mama so well...

vintage toys

Christmas Day walk (and tired eyes)