Monday, 30 July 2012


We're being as lazy as we can.

Morning: leisurely breakfast, get into bathing suits, slather on the sunblock, walk down the stairs to the dock. The lake is shallow and warm and lovely.

Lunch then Alice naps. So far adorable husband has taken #1 daughter out so I can have some free time.

I read my book today AND had a shower.

While dinner was cooking, badminton and other assorted yard games. Husband beat me even though HE WAS HOLDING THE BABY.

We made beer can chicken on the BBQ and lo, it was good.

After dinner, baths and special treat. Watch a Dora DVD instead of stories. Alice fell asleep on Stéphane and Liliane went down not long after.

No wi-fi so no photos. But we are enjoying ourselves! I promise!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Over It

For a while there, I couldn't stop thinking about the unthinkable.  Another baby. 

We always said TWO.  JUST TWO.  And I agreed wholeheartedly.  Two is perfect.

But then we had this girl.  And I got to experience a real babymoon. HEAD OVER HEELS.  In case you hadn't noticed.

I missed out on that phase with this girl, thanks to PPD.  The whole parenting learning curve was a little... steep.  

But oh, she is a ridiculous amount of fun and I really, really like her.  Yes, of course I LOVE her, but (as my Mom always said) it's really something when you realize that you LIKE your kids.  Their little personalities and everything.  

She is a wonder.

Plus have you noticed how adorable they both are?  We make good lookin' babies over here. And they're healthy!  So why not go for 3?  You'll hardly notice, it's so easy.  The scales were tipping, friends.   And I was yearning.

But then we took the girls to New York City for five days and I WAS CURED.


I'm good with two.  Especially these two.  

I'm mourning the end of the new baby part of my life, but I think that's normal.  How about just appreciating this part? Being happy with what I have?  How about that?  

Voilà.  New plan. Done.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Gone Fishin'

Part 2 of our vacation starts today!  We are packing up the car for a week at the lake.  Hello polar opposite holiday plans!  

Reminder: in case you or anyone you know is thinking that this would be a good time to break in and pilfer some of our crappy stuff, please read the following:

*disclaimer: if you or anyone you know is planning to break into our house, I urge you to pause and reflect.  We have good locks and an excellent alarm system, we don't have anything worth stealing, our neighbours are incredibly vigilant not to mention that I will PERSONALLY HUNT YOU DOWN AND MAKE YOU REGRET THE DAY YOU WERE BORN if my family nest is disturbed.  
-Signed, Mama Bear


On that note, here are a few cutie photos that didn't make it into my posts last week.
Enjoy! Back tomorrow!

Friday, 27 July 2012


We were sleepy.  We were grimy.  A little shaken from the torrential downpour and hurricane winds.  But mostly we were soooo tired of listening to the Brave soundtrack.  As much as I love a good Celtic anthem, THERE IS A LIMIT, CHILD.  

But at midnight last night, Lady Elantra rolled up to our front door and we were home.


On our way out of Brooklyn we made one last stop at Uncle Matthew's to say our goodbyes.  These are my attempts at getting the three cousins to sit still for photos.  

 Bye Asher! Bye Auntie Jaime! Bye Uncle Matthew (not pictured, had to get to work)! 
Thanks for a great visit.

One last Brooklyn experience before hitting the BQE.  We grabbed a slice at Luigi's (famous) Pizza. 

Famous not just because the pizza is so good (it is),

 Or because it's been around for almost 40 years,

but because Adam Sandler shot a movie here!

(photo collage courtesy of a lovely blog called It's All Connected.  Thank you!)

Eating a slice the REAL way.  (Better, Bari?)

OK I totally missed the tossing-dough-in-the-air moment. And his face.  And is that Luigi? I clearly needed to ask more questions.

We braced ourselves for a 2-hour traffic jam trying to get out of the city but Hallelujah!  Smooth sailing.  We celebrated by stopping after an hour for snacks and a roadside picnic.  I know, an HOUR. But someone had to pee and we needed coffee.  And Dora dolls apparently.

Liliane's view from the backseat. It was decreed that I should hold on to her new Merida and Dora dollies in the front seat.  While she played with my iPhone. Wait, what? 
I'm telling you readers, when you get to hour 867 of an endless car trip, your brain starts to melt.

This picture actually goes with yesterday's post but I was updating from the car and I can't add photos from the iPhone so.... here you go.  Taken as we were waiting at the border at around 10:30 PM.  

No, I don't WANNA SLEEP.  I NOT TIRED. (etc.)

I am totally blowing this up to poster size for her wedding.  

Thursday, 26 July 2012

On the Road... Still

We left Brooklyn at 1 this afternoon. It's 10:30 and we just got through the border. No traffic but a huge rainstorm upstate and whiny kiddos= multiple stops.

Oof. Are we there yet?

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Manhattan Swan Song, For Now

Oh beautiful city, it's not you, it's me.

Actually, it's my kids.

While I have loved introducing them to your many charms,

And there are MANY,

the truth is, I just can't keep up with you right now.

You don't really have time for me anymore.

Your amazing shopping, trendy restaurants, not to mention the lights of Broadway, are just painful reminders of the life we once had.

And frankly, I can't afford you right now.


I think the time has come to spend a little time away from each other.



But I think we both know I won't be able to stay away for long.

See you again soon.

When the kiddos are a little older and can pay for their own tchotchkes.


Love, Theresa


P.S. We will continue hanging out mostly in Brooklyn. Don't be jealous.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

NY - Not for the Faint of Heart

*Technical note: while we are away I am blogging in the ipad. This is why the photos are cut off on the side (I think). If I wasn't so spent at the end of each day I might try and fix it but... Yeah, NO.

Back to the blog!

You know it's vacation when you wake up with two snuggly kiddos in your bed at the lazy hour of 8:30.

This is what happens when you give the 4 year-old your phone so you can doze for a few extra minutes.

I have about 423 variations of this picture.

It was another hot one here in the sweaty Big Apple so we laid low and kept cool so the parents kids wouldn't get cranky.

While Alice was napping I took Liliane for her first mani-pedi!




Thanks 7th ave Spa Nails! You ladies were so sweet.


Next stop: air conditioning and education all for the low price of $7.50 each!




Yeah, we touched some snakes. Alice declined.

Neighbourhood artwork.

I have totally seen this in the movies! And people were actually doing it!

We had an early dinner at a closeby restaurant that my brother recommended. Family friendly, not too pricey and delicious, he said,
Score little bro! It was DELICIOUS.

This is Alice's spag and meatball from the kid menu. She inhaled that polpetta in about 2 minutes.

I ordered another meatball and they brought it in 30 seconds flat. No charge. Fuhgeddaboudit.

Stéphane's zucchini pizza. Taking that ubiquitous summer vegetable to new heights.


This is my pizza. It's called the Will To Live special: grilled peaches, speck and fresh mozzarella. I DIED. Ironically.
Once we polished off every morsel and hosed Alice down, we walked down the block for ice-cream.




Yes, I ate this. Dark chocolate brownie, honeycomb ice cream, salted caramel sauce, homemade whipped cream and organic, homemade rainbow sprinkles. I did not finish it but HELLO it was amazing.

And that, my friends, was our Tuesday. Anybody else pet a python today?

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