Category Archives: Random Thoughts

2015 – A Return to Blogging?


I’m not one to make resolutions, but I think it’s about time I returned to blogging!!  After all, I’ve been taking photos of our adventures all year, so we have a lot to catch up on.  We also have some incredible travel in store for 2015 (big trip: Morocco!!) and we’ll have a TWO-YEAR-OLD here in a couple of months!!

So, I’m making no promises, because I hate breaking them, but here goes nothing!!

Happy 2015!!! (thanks to BrynMarae Photography)



2014 was an incredible year with the biggest highlight being the purchase and move into our “forever home”!  Here are a few “before” listing photos to help with the excitement:

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Not included are the upstairs bedrooms (4), main floor office, eat-in kitchen nook, and unfinished basement.  Wyatt’s room was the finished first and documented with the help of my good friend…

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I’ll take some more photos soon of the other spaces, but that feels like a good place to start for the new year.

Hope everyone has had a great holiday season so far!!!




Blogging Hiatus!


I know I’m behind in Milestone Monday’s and Wyatt’s 11 month birthday and documenting life in general, but I have a great excuse.  WE MOVED INTO OUR NEW HOUSE THIS PAST WEEKEND!!!  So, as soon as I find the cable that connects my camera to the computer – first step was actually setting up the computer, which I JUST finished, there will be a return to blogging.

Until then… our new home (two of the listing photos.. many more to come!).



Random Thoughts on a Monday



my nap buddy

  • Thank You Notes: An important skill learned at a very young age, probably before most can do much more than awkwardly sign their name, but one that is really important.  Sure, they’re sometimes time consuming and an overall pain to write, but they also make us stop and feel thankful.  Thankful that someone thought of us on our birthday, milestone, holiday, etc. and not only that, but decided to pick out a card and a gift.  So, the least you can do is take the few minutes to write back that you appreciate the effort.  As I just finished thank you’s today from my baby shower in NYC, I feel really grateful.  But then, my snarky sass jumps in and reminds me of gifts that I gave and never received a thank you note for and I get thoroughly annoyed.  This frustration lasts for just long enough to notice before I am able to shake it off and remember why I continue to write them and am glad I’m not in that category of ‘rude’.  So, if you’re reading… remember what your mom taught you and write a thank you note because someone else took the time to put in what is most definitely MORE effort to make sure you felt special/loved/supported when you needed it, the least you can do is tell them that you appreciate it.


  • Jelly Belly’s: 99% of all flavors are just plain gross and you end up having to suffer through them* after making a mistake and picking the wrong one.  Because of this, everyone just searches for the 2-3 flavors that are ‘ok’ and leaves the rest, which basically leaves a bag of nasty, but you don’t know until it’s too late (*unless it’s the black ones, they immediately get spit out).


  • Baby Wise, Instinct Short: Although generously gifted (see first bullet), we have recently received a few of the well-known baby-wrangling/magic/tips and tricks books for how to take care of a baby (Baby Wise, Happiest Baby on the Block, Dr. Sears, etc.).  If you’re pregnant, or a mom, you’ll likely recognize at least one of those listed, if not all three, and might even have a success story by using some/all of their methods.  I, however, am standing on my soapbox and am not reading any just yet.  Instead, I’ve decided to use my instinct (real-life moms, you can save your laughter for another time).  When our parents raised us, these books weren’t around and we turned out pretty good, I think, so I am taking an old-fashioned approach.  I want to try to just wing it.  Be a mom.  Take on the most important job in the world without using a handbook.  And when I make a mistake or something isn’t working, I’ll turn to my village and ask for help.  Of course, my village is well-read and much of the advice I receive may be from a book and turn out to work, but I’d like to try my own method first.  My method, just by instinct, may include widely used approaches and I’m sure I won’t be the first to try them, but I’d like to give myself a little bit of credit and see if I can figure it out.  By believing that all you need is one method, can result in making you feel like a failure when it doesn’t work and that’s just plain unacceptable.  So instead, I’m going to try to recognize that all babies are different and will react differently to different methods and sometimes swaddling will work and sometimes it won’t.   But instead of judging each other for which book and which method worked/works/no longer works, let’s just try to band together and agree that no matter how many books (or lack thereof in my case) we choose to read, the end goal is the same: a happy baby.  No more judging; how about we all just try to get through the day and then cheers with some wine when we’ve done it.  And in 6 months if/when I decide I need to dust off and pick-up that book… don’t judge me for that either.


  • Favorite blog of the moment: Things Carter Says.  This mom is hysterical and honest and relatable (or at least I think she will be once I join the club here in a few short weeks!)


Crib Construction


Building the crib was deemed “daddy’s job” by Arion himself.  I’d like to say that I sat on the couch like a good little preggers and relaxed, but in an apartment that still isn’t “complete”, I don’t have that self-control.  Either way, while I did other stuff, Arion rocked this crib.  It’s so pretty and perfect and made things REAL up in this apartment.  Baby to arrive in T-12 weeks, give or take. SQUEAL!!!!

(more apartment reveal and nursery work to come; trust me, I’m working as fast as this little belly will let me!)





Happy Holidays!!!


The highlight of 2012 is, of course, the news of “Tuk Tuk” expected to arrive in the spring of 2013, but there was also a trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bamberg, a couple of Triathlons, a whole lot of weddings, a bar mitzvah, a new nephew, many weekend jaunts away, our 3rd wedding anniversary, a trip to Paris, wedding proposals for friends, a few new babies for friends, a move to a new apartment, and overall a year of happiness, laughter, and success.  And while we are already endlessly grateful… we can’t wait for 2013 to top it all!!!

Happy Holidays with Love.





Received the beloved call this morning that come Dec. 1, we will be happily moved into our new apartment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For those of you who have heard me stress/cry/rant/hope/pray over the past month, thank you.  Once we’re unpacked, we’ll have you over to dance around and celebrate (which should be worth the spectacle, since I’ll be 6 months pregnant).


I’m off to book movers and finish packing and cheer and dance around with the cat.