The first time I saw these images I cried. Life can feel so rushed and full of routine most days that we sometimes forget to step back and admire the beauty that is right in front of us. This is us. Toys everywhere, diapers, laughter, meltdowns, hugs, bare feet, kisses, and love.
Swimsuit from Miss Annette
In July Lucas went off on his yearly solo trip with his nana (my mom) and Ivan surprised me with a weekend getaway to Warwick, NY. It was originally just supposed to be a parents only trip but we decided to bring our Sol and I’m so happy we did. I honestly wish Lucas had been there as well! Early Saturday morning we jumped in our rental and made the 2 hour drive to Pioneer Farm. I didn’t realize at the time that where we were staying was right next to where I have been taking the kids apple picking every year. The town is beautiful and it was such a great escape from the grind of city life.
We were basically “glamping”. We had two solar powered houses all to ourselves as well as an outdoor shower, tub, and kitchen area. The pool was a highlight as well as the walks around the property where we discovered a small lake. Humphrey just about lost his shit and jumped right in. In the evenings we lit a small bon fire, chilled out with music, and drank cider and rosé. The sky was filled with a million stars and all you could see ahead were thousands of fireflies buzzing about – it was magic. Honestly the best part was just being with my two greatest loves (minus one 5 year old who was having the time of his life in Florida). Living at a slow pace – nowhere to go, nowhere to be, and staying in our swimsuits. I can’t believe how fast the summer has flown by but I’m hoping to take Lucas away in the next few weeks for some quality family time. It’s amazing how just two short days away can leave you so refreshed.
Lillie’s sandals from Freshly Picked
Lucas’s sweater from Baby Shop
Cutest romper from Marin + Morgan
For the past few years we have made it a family tradition to drive up to New Paltz on Memorial Day weekend. It’s a much needed escape from NYC and something I truly look forward to. Last year Lillie was just a few months old but this trip she was able to run and chase after Lucas. They both ended up with scraped knees and well I’m chalking it up to a sign of kids having fun. We always stop by the craft fair – Ivan makes fun of me because I never buy anything EXCEPT for pickles and balsamic vinegar. I kind of wait all year for these pickles – they are that good.
This trip always makes me excited for Summer which I can’t believe is right around the corner. Three weeks left of school and we are free to adventure. One of my Summer goals is renting a cabin near or around New Paltz (something with a lake and lots of outdoor space – a tire swing would be amazing!). Catching fireflies in the evening sun..that sort of thing. Here’s to putting things out into the universe and making it happen!
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.