We headed to Florida for Lucas’s spring break and we came back exhausted and happy. I celebrated countless Easter holidays with family in Clearwater as a child and this was the first time the babies and I spent Easter together in the Sunshine State and it felt amazing to continue this tradition with them. Ivan was able to leave work for a few days and join us for part of the trip (including Easter) and both the kids and I were over the moon. We spent our days playing in the backyard (I got to enjoy my morning coffee on the deck and man that was amazingggg), spending time on the beach, and overall just taking it easy. Lucas colored, Lillie destroyed things, we explored local parks…pretty much the perfect little getaway. After leaving not so Spring like temps in NYC it was wonderful to come home to lovely weather. Anywho, these are a few of my favorite snaps from our vacation. More memories made with my loves..there is nothing better!
Currently life with my two babies is full of love, chaos, laughter, joy, meltdowns, and endless kisses.
Lillie Sol is a few days shy of 19 months and I can’t wrap my head around the fact that she is closer to two then one. She keeps us on our toes with her adventurous spirit and fearless attitude. She has been sporting four little teeth for what seems like forever and she finally has two more coming in (at the same time..fun!). Her lack of teeth does NOT stop her from eating everything in sight. Our adorable bottomless pit! Not much has changed in her attachment to mama but she is seriously holding her own in the playground and loves to run and kick it with the big kids. The slide is her favorite and it’s pretty adorable to watch her amuse herself by going up and down over and over and over. She is repeating everything and picks up new words daily. A few gems are ank you (thank you), peaseeee (please), all done, a bite, and were still loving happy birthday.
Lucas is half way through kindergarten and OMG my little baby. First grade in the Fall! On our recent trip to Florida I got to have a few solo dates with my boy and it was truly the best. We visited a park called Weekie Wachie and he flipped out over the mermaids. He kept asking me how they breathe underwater and to see him so smitten and believing they were real was heartwarming. He still loves Ninja Turtles but his current true love is Pokemon which he is constantly schooling me in. I adore our conversations and his endless questions about animals, how things work, and life in general (yes I have in-deth life conversations with my five year old). He is compassionate and sensitive with a fiery soul and is deeply in touch with his feelings.
Real life you guys. Most nights I can’t wait for bedtime and peace and quiet but I am so thankful I get to do life with these beautiful, amazing babes.
After 8 days in Florida it was SO nice to finally be reunited with my love. Florida was amazing and a much needed break from city life but I truly missed my other half something fierce. On Saturday we headed to Brooklyn and the weather was insanely beautiful. The kids ran around, we took in the beautiful views, and Lucas requested a ride on the Dumbo carrousel. Lillie passed out on the cab ride home and I rested my head on Ivan’s shoulder and listened to boys discuss Pokemon. As Lucas likes to say “sweet home, sweet home”.
Ivan’s backpack (formerly mine 😉 is from State Bags. We both alternate wearing it and it is the perfect everyday/diaper bag. You can shop it here. Added bonus, for every Luxe Lorimer purchased, a bag filled with essentials is sent to a child in need. #givebackpack
I hope you all had a happy and beautiful holiday with the ones you love. We did exactly as planned and although mom and dad were so very tired, our hearts were so full. Lucas woke up at 7:30 and started screaming “he came! Santa came!” so we all got up, rubbed our sleepy eyes, and started tearing through gifts. Lillie was pretty stoked about her baby dolls and carriage and Lucas’s pokemon/nintendo dreams came true. So I’d say it was a pretty perfect morning.
The holidays are just so amazing with kiddos and I’m looking forward to creating more magical memories and traditions with them. So much love to you all.
It must be noted that Miss Sol is wearing a holiday dress that my mother (thank you mom!) saved from my childhood. There’s something so special and sweet about seeing my daughter wearing my old clothes. That generation to generation thing is really amazing.
I’m going to be really honest here. I took these photos because yes, I wanted some adorable photos of my kids but really they were for my mom. To print in Costco. Because she’s been harassing me about photos to send to family. So voila! An impromptu shoot of the kids wearing their holiday outfits. I love the photos and now my mom has prints that she can stuff into envelopes with a note bragging about her grand babies. Everybody wins. Except Lucas. Because 5 minutes into our “shoot” this is what I got:
We will be spending Christmas Eve in Brooklyn all dressed up and drinking wine (apple cider for the kids ;), eating delicious food, and exchanging gifts with family. The letter Lucas wrote to Santa and the plate of cookies and carrots will already be left out before we leave for the evening. We’ll take a late cab home and the kids will be passed out in the pajamas I pack for them to change into and we will slide them right into bed the moment we get home. Ivan and I will finish wrapping gifts and place them under the tree. Our plans for Christmas day include breakfast, gifts, naps, nobody changing out of their pjs, and lots of snuggles. Wishing you all a beautiful Christmas weekend!
Lillie is thrilled 😉
“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” – John Kabat-Zinn
I love my tribe. I love that man. I love those babies. Sometimes I find myself fully immersed in a “pinch me” moment – my mind will wander and I just think to myself how damn lucky I am. We are still in the thick of a four day weekend home together and it’s been nothing short of lazy, family filled, and incredible.
We spent the weekend away in beautiful Cold Spring – just one hour our of NYC. It was just what we didn’t know we needed. Our friends recently moved from the city and have made this amazing town their home (and now I kind of have house and town envy..). We left Friday night and on Saturday morning we woke up, had breakfast, and headed out for a hike.
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a day spent outdoors. At one point we even stripped out of our jackets. The foliage was INCREDIBLE and the views were out of this world. Lucas had the best time (except for a few complaints that his legs hurt from all the hiking..city boy for life ya’ll) and Lillie was happy just to be strapped to the guys and take in all the loving. I swear even Humphrey (our dog) was smiling the entire time. The kids slept reallllll good that evening. The following day we took Lucas fishing and that was by far his highlight of the weekend – post coming soon ;).
I had been itching for a getaway out of Manhattan and this weekend fed my soul. To our dear friends Jackie and Jack, I can’t thank you enough for inviting us into your home and showing us all of this beauty. We can’t wait to be back this winter for the snow!
We visited this very orchard exactly 2 years ago with Lucas – one month before I became pregnant with Lillie. We decided to skip out last year because Lillie was only a few weeks old and we thought it might be a bit much driving 2 hours upstate with a newborn and a toddler in tow. Lucas had off from school last Monday and my mom and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take the drive and go apple picking with kids.
It was honestly such a surreal and magical day. Seeing both my kids playing and walking and running through the orchard when just two years ago we were a family of three and about to embark on our journey as a family of four. I’ve said it before but time is such a crazy thing. Next on our Fall to do list: pumpkin picking!
What a beautiful afternoon spent celebrating our Sol. I remember Lucas’s baptism like it was yesterday – the memories, our friends and family – truly amazing. Both Lillie and Lucas were both baptized in Ivan’s childhood church (his mother still attends mass there). We chose Ivan’s sister and one of our dear friends to be the godparents. Two of the most incredible people we know and that are sure to be an inspiration and role model to Lillie as she grows. I just adore these photos and I hope Sol will look back on these when she’s older and feel the love from this very special day.
Happy birthday my sweet Sol! I can’t believe a year has passed. I remember the night my water broke like it was yesterday – it was a full moon and our girl was ready to meet the world. Some days I sit and stare at her perfect, round face and I whisper to myself..“my daughter”. She came into our lives at the perfect time. We asked for her. We prayed for her. She completes our family in a way that is utterly divine and magical. Because of her we are complete. My beautiful Vargas clan.
We celebrated this milestone with a party in Central Park with all of our loved ones and family. I couldn’t have asked for anything better – everyone who loves and cares for our girl was there and I truly felt like the luckiest mama in the world. How amazing is it to be surrounded by a group of people that truly love your children?
While we were in Mexico I completely switched gears on my original party plans (I was going for a rainbows and unicorns theme which I still think is adorable!) and decided a Frida inspired fiesta was more fit for my princesa. I am so glad I did because I was thrilled with how everything turned out! My dear friend Chloe is the most amazing chef and baker and has been doing Lucas’s birthday cakes for the past 4 years. I spoke to her about my vision for Sol and what she created was more than I could have ever imagined. Inspired by Frida Kahlo’s floral crowns, the cake consisted of two tiers. The rose layer was a traditional tres leches cake with cinnamon buttercream. The teal layer layer was a chile spiced chocolate cake with Mexican dark chocolate ganache. She recently launched an indie food publication, Technique, which reads like a cookbook and is focussed on ingredient integrity and sustainability. It’s available now on the app store..it’s free and amazing!!! The decor (balloons, place settings, banners, goodie bags..) are all from Little Lulubel. It’s my go to party site and has everything you could ever need or dream of for every party theme under the sun!
I was a little weepy putting this post together. It feels like time is flying by and there’s not a damn thing I can do about it but alas I guess that is part of the parenting gig. We made it! One year raising two miraculous kiddos. There’s been lots of bumps and tears along the way but truly when I look back at the past twelve months all I can do is smile. You tend to forget the nights you thought would never end and what sticks around in our core memory are the cuddles, the kisses, and all the love. So much love. Happy first year around the Sun my Sol.