From the category archives:

Adventures in NYC

Back to NYC, Back to Me, Back to my Belabumbum

April 7, 2014

My first trip to New York City after our move to Santa Cruz in August was in late February this year. I was so anxious to stand amongst the towers of endless buildings and see if I felt any different than I did when we lived there. Secretly, I was hoping that the magic, mystique […]

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Go Mighty: Live Like a Tourist

June 18, 2013

Last summer it occurred to me that we only had one year left as residents of New York City, and a feeling of panic set in. While it had taken everything I had just to figure out how to live successfully and happily with three little children in Manhattan, there was so much left that […]

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Resident Tourist: American Museum of Natural History

April 25, 2013

The first museum that we got a family membership to-thanks to my amazing in-laws-was the American Museum of Natural History. That was nearly four years ago, and since then it has become really like a second home to us. It’s a bit of a daunting task getting there with the kids by myself, so I […]

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A Good Day

April 11, 2013

Our nerves were raked against the coals again on Wednesday night with a dose of unfortunate news that will affect our lives once we move back to California. It’s nothing permanent or devastating, but certainly added stress during a time that we are stretched pretty thin. We’ll manage though, as long as we have our […]

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At the petiteParade with Stride Rite (spon)

April 8, 2013

One of my favorite annual events in the city features two of my favorite things: Children and Style. PetiteParade is one of the cutest children’s fashion shows that I have seen, and this year Stride Rite made a splash amongst the likes of Miss Bluemarine, Pale Cloud, Diesel and Target. Jack’s very first shoes were […]

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Bunny Hoppin’ in Ralph Lauren

March 18, 2013

Easter has been a tricky holiday around here for the last three years. We used to get dressed up and head to a service at church before going to the grandparent’s houses and hunting for eggs in their yards that we colored with the kids. We can’t exactly have our own egg hunts outside like […]

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Resident Tourist: Winter Outings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

February 27, 2013

I’ve been spending a lot of time exploring pros and cons to living in New York City lately. I’m really not going to miss the weather, but I will long for the feeling in the air when the seasons change. I won’t miss pushing a stroller in sleet, snow and rain but I will fondly […]

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Date Night with Kids: Annie the Musical

January 4, 2013

The first time we took Jack and Zoe together to a theater show, it was an off-Broadway performance of Angelina Ballerina. They were so great during the show, they were genuinely interested and so entertained by the cute dancing ballerina mice on stage. They we very young though, so I wasn’t sure what their attention […]

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Brand New Year

January 1, 2013

It always sort of strikes me when a new year begins, that before me stands a clean slate full of unwritten days; Moments to be had, memories to me made, even mistakes to be learned from. It’s no different than any other day with tomorrow starting anew and the days that come afterwards, but the […]

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Joy Abounds

December 31, 2012

Christmas wasn’t my favorite holiday until I had children, and even then it took until last year for me to completely dive in and fully appreciate what Christmas means to me and my family. Holidays are fun with children, but this time of year is especially meaningful and necessary for reflecting and appreciating the moments […]

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