10.30.2012

AROUND OUR HOUSE WHILE THE STORMS HOWL OUTSIDE


update from "hurricane central, natalie speaking!" 

so the lesson we are learning is this: it's not so bad to live on the upper west side during hurricane season. brandon and i watched the updates coming in through twitter last night in complete horror as we waited for the worst of it to hit us here. but somehow, and amazingly fortunately, our neck of woods seemed to have been completely spared. i walked out to the lobby last night at 10PM to see how things were going, and it was completely calm out. no winds, no rain, only a few leaves strewn across the sidewalk, and a few brave dog owners accompanying their puppies on walks. i stood there in disbelief. we are so fortunate. downtown is completely flooded, most of the city is out of power, many buildings suffered intense structural damage, 10 people have died, the subway tunnels are completely flooded and that giant crane that broke off the top of one 57th street is still dangling there helplessly, yet somehow we were able to stay warm and cozy and protected. we know how lucky we are and we are so grateful. we've said many prayers of gratitude today and also wanted to be sure to thank all our readers and instagram and twitter friends from around the world for sending their positive thoughts and prayers and wishes our way.

here are a few shots i took around our house yesterday as we waited out hurricane sandy.

...watching duh-do with daddy...
...testing out our new cotton candy machine. who needs a cotton candy machine? actually i'm going to go with EVERYONE. this thing is a riot...
...vegetarian chili on the stove...
...carving up poor old jack and roasting his seeds...

36 comments :

  1. looks like a good time! glad you're all safe and sound.

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  2. Glad to hear you guys are safe and sound. That cotton candy looks delish! Xo

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  3. good to hear you guys are okay! i love your photos. huck is adorable as ever.

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  4. It's so lovely to hear that there was some 'calm amongst the storm', as it were. Here in the UK we've just seen constant streaming of the horror stories, so it's nice to know that at least some people were able to stay safe, warm and relatively untouched by Sandy!

    Some adorable photos here too! Here's hoping the East Coast recovers quickly!

    http://cupcakesandcalamity.blogspot.com/

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  5. so glad you guys are safe! I'm crushing pretty hard on your orange pot....

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  6. I love these shots! Your home is so well-decorated and cute.

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  7. Looks like you are having fun even though you can't go anywhere! Glad to see you're safe.

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  8. i'm been thinking of you guys. i couldn't remember if you lived in lower manhattan or not! pheeeeeeew.

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  9. Oh I am so happy to hear you and your family are doing well! Whew. :)
    Love your home! It's beautiful!

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  10. Glad y'all are okay! I grew up in Connecticut, so I've been obsessively reading blogs of people up North to make sure my home coast is safe.

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  11. Looks like you are having fun! So glad you have been protected from the worst.

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  12. It's so wonderful to hear you're able to thank your lucky stars today!

    On another note, my goodness, your animal print nails are tops!

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  13. Glad you are safe and you get a few days of family time! :)

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  14. So glad you're safe! Adorable pumpkins and love those letters!

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  15. good to hear that you're safe.. last night was terrible! in brooklyn the wind was really hard and blowed a lot around! but we're alright and everything is fine around here again! i am soooo glad you are safe!

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  16. Looks cozy. And those little chubby arms in a singlet? *sigh*

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  17. looks lovely- happy to hear you guys are safe and enjoying yourselves (:

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  18. love these pictures. so cozy! and really, i'm just happy that you and your family are safe and sound!

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  19. I've been thinking of you guys all day today - so grateful to hear you're safe! My hubs was concerned as well. He's just a caring dude.

    Where did you get the B & N & H letters? I really like them!

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  20. glad you guys are safe, your house looks adorable. we live downtown in zone A and can't go home for days. jealous of your home cooking! I am so sick of eating out! stay dry :)

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  21. So glad you guys are safe and sound. We are praying for all of those who weren't as fortunate. Blessings, Susan

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  22. the cotton candy looks amazing!!! I also live in the uws and since it was unharmed, I'm hoping that halloween will be in full effect tomorrow :)

    xoxoxo

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  23. I'm happy to hear all is well with you and your family : )

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  24. Those pictures of Henry with his little animals?! Absolutely precious!! :) Glad to hear you're safe where you are! Many many prayers are going out to everyone affected by this stupid Sandy lady. And now? I need to roast some pumpkin seeds!

    xo

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  25. Ah! What a cutie! And love the decorated pumpkins!

    X
    http://dipitblack.com

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  26. A cotton candy machine once existed in my family when I was younger!! Here is a tip if you'll take it: plain sugar makes a far superior cotton candy to any of the coloured flavour kinds.

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  27. I'm so glad for you that you weren't affected by sandy too badly, my thoughts and prayers are with everyone suffering right now :( x

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  28. Nice blog and pics. :)
    Have a nice day dear!
    xoxo

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  29. Glad to hear you guys lucked out in the storm department!

    It's absolutely mind blowing that some areas of the city felt hardly any effects of the storm while so close by everything was devastated.

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  30. What a festival it was in your home! So glad your area fared well in the storm!

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  31. I'm just marveling at how in the world you got all the pumpkin guts off of the seeds. I haven't researched it much, but I usually try to wash them off with water, then give up and throw them away. Hats off to you! Glad you guys are safe.

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  32. Oh, the pictures of Huck with the animals? They have killed me dead.

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  33. So glad to hear that you were unharmed from all the damage that Sandy has brought on! It has just been horrifying hearing on the news here in Seattle hours on end the damages and deaths that have been the consequence of all of this. Keep safe and keep warm!
    xo TJ

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  34. Happy to hear of your safety and love the photos you shared! Those roasted pumpkin seeds look really tasty :)

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  35. hey natalie! glad to hear you and your adorable family are safe from the hurricane. best wishes!

    p.s. where did you get those giant, pretty letters from? they are lovely!

    xo/alyssa

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  36. Hmmm pumpkin seeds are delicious. Love your leopard nails!

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