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18 days

14 Jan

Eighteen days until we hit the official due date. That doesn’t mean baby comes in 18 days, but after 37 weeks, that seems pretty close. The nursery decorating is in full swing. My mom and sis came to visit and hung a fabulous decal over the crib.

We are going to get prints framed this weekend to hang over the dresser/changing table.

And then we have to buy and wash some sheets and the changing pad cover, but at that point, we will be pretty decorated. I just can’t believe a little person is then going to use the room…a little person we haven’t met yet. What will she think of the decal? Will she like the pictures of her dad hanging curtains and her aunt and grandma decorating with decals?

It’s all very exciting and overwhelming, and I still have trouble imagining it.

SO, instead I will continue to make lists of things to do and post pictures soon of the decor so far. Much easier!




New Family at a Seder

30 Mar

Last night I went to my first seder and it was wonderful. We met dozens of new relatives that live in our area and MJD learned more about his family tree. He came with a chart of his side of the family, and left with a whole new chart of the extended family. One day he should really write a family history! 

I can’t believe what a big family I married into! I am exhausted today, but totally worth it.

My favorite part of dinner was the matzah ball soup, of course. And getting to wear the dress that I wore to our engagement party again. It’s always fun to get dressed up!

Gotta Love NYC

29 Mar

Along with everyone else in the northeast I was disappointed when the cold and rain returned this weekend, but it did not at all ruin our NYC weekend. In fact, the weather led to a fabulous purchase, and a fabulous view!

First of all, did you know that there is a nice sit down restaurant on the Met’s ground floor overlooking Central Park? How did I not realize that? A wall of windows overlooking the park, in the Met – what a way to spend a few hours on beautiful Saturday afternoon in NYC!

MJD and I met his parents there on Saturday and after we soaked in the atmosphere, I got to show them my highschool, and walk through central park to the west side. It was such a nice afternoon – and the kind of wandering day you can only have in New York!

Of course, Sunday was freezing and raining, but guess what? It was also a great day. Marc’s mom and I bought homemade hats from a vendor in Soho to keep us warm, and then we met my parents for brunch at Hundres Acres. Everyone loved the food, and the restaurant has such a great vibe. MJD laughed when I called it farmhouse chic, but that’s exactly what it feels like to me!

After lunch, we had planned to walk around until our train, but it was so rainy, we decided to go for a drink and ended up at the hotel bar in the Mandarin Oriental. The view is spectacular and I was so glad the rain brought us there. It was a perfect place to sit and relax and talk before leaving the city. I wish I had brought my camera, but you’ll have to trust me and go there for drinks when you are visiting New York!

As always, I felt torn when boarding the train back to DC. There are so many parts of New York that I miss, that just can’t be found in any other city. But then there are other parts that I’m glad cannot be found in DC!

I just wish I could bottle up my family and the great aspects of New York, and bring them to DC! That would be perfect.

Dear Sunday

21 Feb

Dear Sunday night,

You are not my favorite part of the week, but I am dealing with your arrival. I had a wonderful weekend, and am doing my best to ignore you and be positive. Please slow down though.


Why isn’t it Friday yet? (KPD)

That felt kind of good to write, like a rain dance…something to make the weekend last longer! Anyway, I did really have a great weekend. My sister and cousin came for a visit and we had such a relaxing and nice weekend. The weather was beautiful and we walked around Old Town and Eastern Market.

We went out to eat and for drinks in the neighborhood on Friday and Saturday nights, and I once again appreciated how close we live to U Street and 14th Street. Our neighborhood has so much to offer, and it’s easy to forget that in the day to day habits of life! We ate at Ulah Bistro – I had been once for brunch, but never dinner. It was loud, but perfect for a Saturday night! Then we went to Church Key, which I have been sooo excited to try and it did not disappoint. Although I will probably never go back on a Saturday night.

I actually almost gave up on it when I saw the line outside the bar. I mean, come on….but just as I was on the verge of writing the place off my list, they brought out free pieces of pizza for everyone on line. That warmed my heart (which was already giddy from the two drunken arnold palmers at Ulah YUM). Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait long, but when we got upstairs, it was literally like walking into a sauna. It was kind of gross. But once we pushed past the bar to the front area with tables, and actually got a table (beer gods were smiling), it was great!

I had a delic belgian beer which I enjoyed, even though I yelled at my sister for not ordering me an American one during the Olympics!!! Oh, and although my cousin’s beer was delivered with about an inch missing from the top of the glass, the highlight of the night came when my sister pulled out a card that measures how much beer you might be missing from any given glass. My father is going to be so proud since he gave it to her.

Visitors, Olympics, eating, drinking…it was great!

In other news, we also taught Artie to roll over!

I also just changed my header to a picture we took in Hawaii – I am so ready for the warm weather.

P.S. in case you are wondering, my cousin got a new beer at Church Key, and the waiter was really funny about it all!

Oh Canada

28 May

I was in Canada this weekend. I know crazy, right?! It’s so close, but I’ve only ever been to Montreal and Niagra Falls (each once) on the east coast. I went with my family to a bunch of places out west on a family trip years ago.

Anyway, it turns out that MJD is part Canadian. Obviously, I knew that, but I had never really thought about it. Then all of a sudden we’re in Canada with a lot of relatives! It was my first time meeting most of them, but it was fun.

We were mostly in Toronto, which is a great city. The water front is pretty, and I kind of love any city with a street car! We didn’t get to do too many touristy things, but MJD’s grandfather took us on a driving tour – showing us all the famous parts of the city, and the places important to the family. We saw the house he was born in and the house he built after WWII.

It was a pretty great trip.

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline

At night

At night

Pictures originally uploaded on Flickr!