These are the people in my neighborhood

October 6, 2013 Comments Off on These are the people in my neighborhood

Our neighborhood is blowing up and as it rapidly gentrifies, I have reminded myself to appreciate all the people who we’ve come to know over the years, people who we talk to everyday when we’re walking around, many of whom we have lovingly nicknamed as we haven’t always known their names.

Some of these nicknames are:

The “enjoy that baby” woman
The guy who sits outside who looks like my grandpa
The woman with the lunger dogs
The Linked In guy
The guy on Withers who got rid of all the homeless people
The woman with the off-leash pit bulls
The couple who sit outside and give Nukah treats
The old woman who tried to give Zevi a pint of ice cream
The firehouse woman
The sweet man who played mandolin and fiddle for Zevi and Ezra
The man who looks for cans with his corgi
The improbable couple
The guy who we suspect was a famous childhood actor
The 102-year old woman who goes to church every Sunday

We are so blessed to know all of these people. They make our neighborhood what it is.


The snow is snowing; the wind is blowing, but we can weather the storm.

February 9, 2013 Comments Off on The snow is snowing; the wind is blowing, but we can weather the storm.

Zevi hasn’t had much snow to romp in this winter, so today we tried to get some good rolling around time post-snowstorm.

Nukah in particular was back in his blissful, winter paradise mode.

This blizzard really didn’t seem to have much impact in Brooklyn, unlike the amazing one three years ago. Still we all enjoyed ourselves.

No animals in the parade today, Zevi.

January 6, 2013 Comments Off on No animals in the parade today, Zevi.

Always learning as a new parent, today I realized that I’m going to have to be very careful about making promises when Zevi is old enough to understand what I’m saying. The most exciting thing about the Three Kings Parade in our neighborhood is the strange animals that suddenly appear decked out in fancy costumes to march down Graham Avenue. Two years ago, Joseph, Nukah, and I stumbled upon this same parade and I believe it was the first and only time our dog came face-to-face (sort of) with a camel, a goat, and sheep.

I couldn’t wait for Zevi to get to see the animals, too. But when we arrived at the parade, right before it started, rumors were flying that the animals had gotten lost. We never found out what happened to the animals, but there were none in this year’s parade. The lesson: don’t promise my child that she’ll get to see lots of cool animals in her neighborhood unless I see them right in front of me. I’m sure there will be times when I make mistakes and get Zevi’s hopes up, but today, I was reminded of how uncertain the future truly is.

The parade was still a big hit with all the babies. Unsuspecting Zevi was thrilled with all the fun and Joseph and I loved the small-town feeling that this parade gives us.

A sweet new year

September 18, 2012 Comments Off on A sweet new year

So far it’s been a big week at our house and it’s only Tuesday! Zevi has taken to sleep training like a champ. She gets it; we get sleep– everyone wins. Her bottom right tooth just barely broke through the skin yesterday, so a tooth is finally on its way. Zevi has been crawling for a while now, but she’s also able to pull herself up to standing and to crawl up steps. Unstoppable, this one.

Our beautiful, sweet loving puppy is no longer a puppy, but a grown pup, a big brother. Today is Nukah’s third birthday. We celebrated indoors because there’s been stormy weather and the threat of a tornado most the day.

A beautiful new year. Zevi’s first autumn and she’s rushing through the milestones. What’s the hurry?

L’Shana Tova!

Grandparents’ Weekend

September 12, 2012 Comments Off on Grandparents’ Weekend

Zevi and her men spent some time hanging out at the track this past week.

We gathered together for a picnic brunch in McCarren

Where there was quite a bit of tickling and attention showered upon the little bear.

Zevi soaked it all in. She must have known it’s a rare opportunity to have so many grandparents in Brooklyn, all for her.

Unpacked, everything back in place

August 25, 2012 Comments Off on Unpacked, everything back in place

A week on Fire Island was a fully immersive experience, but my pack is happy to be back home. We get to sleep in our own beds. Nukah gets to sleep with us again. We’re surrounded by people and places that we know and love. Joseph and I are being treated to a day at Spa Castle as an anniversary present from my parents. I’m looking forward to relaxing and unwinding from a fun, but endurance-filled vacation. We are creatures of habit. Time to reset and get back to our routines. This weekend is sort of our goodbye to summer and we are trying to find the ideal balance of relaxation, adventure, and restoration. Spa Castle, here we come.

Can’t rain forever on my fabulous parade.

August 18, 2012 Comments Off on Can’t rain forever on my fabulous parade.

The day started out rainy and dreary, but we still snuck in a romp along the shore with the pups.

We plan to have a bigger photo shoot, but while it rained outside, we entertained ourselves by dressing up Zevi in fabulous wigs and hats.

After the rain stopped, we walked around the boardwalk and came across a local who had driven off the side. Joe offered to help and with the assistance of the fire department, they managed to get the little cart back on track.

The rest of the afternoon was spent at the beach. I finally went swimming in the ocean because the waves were calm and the water was accessible for the meek. Zevi enjoyed being hand fed grapes because she remains The Queen of all queens on Fire Island.

Looks like the sun is here to stay for a while. I’m going to try to enjoy it without jinxing it.

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