Monday, December 20, 2010
Another girl! Three's definitely not a crowd (I hope). Haven't decided on a name yet. My favorite choice (Aisha) was immediately and vehemantly vetoed once again. We'll see if if we stick with the Japanese-Arabic combination. While I love it, Nate has rightly pointed out that I've chosen these last two times and he should have the chance to choose.
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
We moved her to her "Big Girl Bed" the other night--with perfect success, no bedrails required. Notice the sheets!
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
I was excited to take Mayumi to the Macy's Santa Land. I was not very excited, however, when Mayumi threw a large tantrum in the elevator to the 8th floor and home of Santa Land. In spite of the fact that there were millions of people crammed into that elevator on Black Friday, Mayumi still found a way to lie down and throw a fit. Amazing. I could not actually get Mayumi to approach Santa Claus (a little overawed, I suppose). Not for lack of encourage by the extremely enthusiastic Elf.
Good times were had, however, when we went to the Central Park Carousel. And Times Square. And on a jog through Central Park. And on the Staten Island Ferry (make sure to look in the background of this photo of Emi and me).
Definitely a highlight of the weekend was getting together with my dearest old friends Amber, Sally, Mala, and Mala's roommate (and new friend, Beth), to see a show! Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Not the most amazing show, but featured some of our most favorite Broadway performers and we had a GREAT time. Thank you, Nate, for indulging me--and making this trip possible. Thank you Amber, Sally, and Mala for being excellent hostesses and great friends.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I could care less about televisions, but I have to brag about how cool this is--seemingly wireless! He fed all the cords/wires through the wall behind the television and connected them with the DVD player, etc. Also, if you go back to the previous picture of the computer nook, notice: NO CORDS. They, too, are fed through the wall. Amazing.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
With the fall comes the leaves. Nate and Mayumi have worked out a neat little system; she rides in the wheelbarrrow and helps Nate rake the leaves. Of course, no matter how often or how much we rake, the whole lawn is always covered again by the next day. Alas! And the garden: winterized. Goodbye, basil. Goodbye, tomatoes. Goodbye, pumpkins that never grew to maturity. We had a good season.
Well, it was bound to happen: Mayumi may be joining a dance class. My dear friend Stephanie (who helped me make the onesie quilt and the quiet books) is ALSO a professional dancer and dance teacher! She just opened her own dance studio and invited us to try it out free for a week. I decided to get my 'money's worth' and come to THREE classes in one week: adult ballet, adult jazz, and toddler dance. LOVED it. Stephanie is amazing! Here are a few photos of her class. The thing is (and I realize this is very selfish of me, but I'll be honest): it wasn't as fun for ME as I had hoped, because I had to chase Emi down the entire time. No real chance to chat with the other moms or even take pictures...Emi was INTENT on participating (yes, that is her in one of the pictures below). So--not sure if I will enrole Mayumi, but we're going to give it one more go this week.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
It was an ambitious project and I am not sure I'll ever do it again. But the applesauce sure is tasty!
Now, for Halloween:
Mayumi was a "Ballerina Fairy." She grabbed her frog two seconds before the photo was taken-an absolutely perfect touch. Emi was The Littlest Pumpkin. Thank you to Stephanie for Mayumi's costume (she made the wings for Yumi's participation in a Christmas nativity last year and gave Mayumi the leotard and ballet shoes). Thank you to Grandma Rosalie for Emi's costume (the oneside and hat--gifts to Mayumi in previous years).
Of course, no Halloween would be complete without some pumpkin carving. I did not take any photos of the event this year, but we had a great time doing it with Mayumi's BFF Juliette and her family. Here are the resulting Jack-O-Lanterns:
From right to left: Nate, Hilary, Mayumi (who was cranky when hers was being carved), and Emiko.
And finally, a bit of nostalgia:
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Some of you die-hard jamilahabibi fans (all three of you) will remember that we like attending the Maryland Rennaisance Festival. Here's a picture from our visit in 2008:
That is a 4-month old Yumi, with an awesome band called The Rogues in the background (we've attended their performances every year).
The following are pictures from our 2010 visit. Sadly--there seems to be no record that Emiko came with us. Poor Emi. She was there--but just quietly sad in the back of the double stroller and just didn't seem to get caught in the camera. Mayumi, on the other hand, is a camera hog: