Tuesday, November 29, 2011

For the time they are a changin

Don't read too much into the title of this post, I'm not going to go all political on you :) If you know me, you know I am not really the kind....it's just that I've just been listening to this song quite a bit lately, after ready Steve Job's biography, and well, it's sorta stuck in my mind. I look around me, and it's all constant change.

Fall turning to winter before we have a chance to blink.

Little girls becoming big.

New challenges coming. New dreams forming. New hopes rising.

But amidst of those change, one constant: love & friendship.

People who will give to you, no matter what. No matter what. People that will make you travel the world. See the world. Love the word. And kick the world in the butt when it's not being fair.

And yes, the time, they are always a changin....but with those people around me, I have no doubt I can take it all.

*All pics in this post (except the last one) by my lovely Soaz*

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A good day.

Yesterday was a good day. A great day actually. We planned our whole day around Olivia so she would have fun. Guess what, the adults got an even bigger kick out of it.

Starting with a trip to Toy'R Us in Time Square. Olivia was impressed. And running around the store looking at toys. Until she saw a walking giraffe. Then she started crying. I give her another year and she'll be chasing after that giraffe :)

BBQ for lunch = Daddy's stomach = Happy.

W went to Central Park to say hi to the sea lions and the monkeys. Olivia was there a few weeks ago with her daddy, and she just acted like she owned the place, telling us where to go and where to turn. With WHOAAAs here and WHOAAs there. She was so excited, she ran the entire time instead of walking.

Oh, and Madeline found her long-lost daddy.

And you know what? My little finger tells me that we had so much fun because this hot chick was there with us. Everything always more fun when she's with us :)

Did we have some tired little girls after that? Betch' ya! Was it worth it? Betch ya! Olivia didn't have a chance to nap all day, so the minute we jumped in the taxi, her eyes closed. But I'm pretty sure I can guess what she was dreaming about.

Friday, November 25, 2011

falls & thanks

Time for fall and time for thanks. Knitted sweaters & little girls laughing. Leaves flying in the air and pumpkin spice lattes with friends. Enjoying the crisp sun outside on a cold day, knowing that soon we'll be inside looking at the snow fall on New York. Oh, how I love falls. Oh, how I love thanks. My favorite season of the year. It's like life slows down, just a tiny bit, to allow you to breath it all in and smile.

It's been extra special for us, because we've had family and friends visiting. Having the other people you love in your house just makes our new home finally feel like home. Having a cup of warm tea late at night with everybody around the table. See my mom play with the girl, and my dad read to Olivia.

And that turkey, did I mention that turkey? Oh man, did we eat. We have the best of friends, letting us crash their family Thanksgiving party.

So, here's to a great life. Because, through all the harder moments, the essence of it all is just oh so-very beautiful.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

(the other) Maddie

I've mentioned the other little Maddie before, Olivia's little friend. The girls have such a blast together, chasing each other, catching each other. I just love to see them play together, so her mama and I try to get together as much as we can so the girls can play. Going to the library readings, or to art and play.

Maddie just turned two, and her parents threw a hell of a party for her. Nicole owns a cupcake shop in Germany (where she's from).....so our sweet tooth got spoiled! There was a clown doing tricks, playing music for the kids who just danced their little hearts away.

Happy birthday little Maddie, I know Olivia is so glad to have her as her special friend!