8.14.2013

READ THIS WITH A SODA


and what would you know, it's been five million years! wait, let me make sure my blogging fingers are still working . . . ooh barely! should we get this party started with a giiiiiant selfie? oh good. onward! 

so this week we have family in town, my uncle dennis and his wife sharon and their daughter samantha. sam is reporting for duty as a college freshman at ASU at the end of the week. in between moments of wildly writing down any coherent thought that pops into my head in case it decides to become something elegant later, i've been playing tour guide, which in case you didn't know is my very favorite thing to play. 

i had a moment this afternoon on the steps of the new york public library when i was gazing down fifth avenue and the sky was crisp with that special just-rained air. i was noticing i could barely see the flat iron building peeking out behind the sky scrapers when i thought, oh my gosh i love it here. 

tomorrow we're taking the family on the official holbrooklyn tour, which means i have pizza looming in my future. i could probably think of something better if i tried really hard, but why?

i feel like i'll get a handle on all that i'm juggling fairly soon. maybe. i'll figure out when my most fertile writing hours are going to happen and maybe arrange a sitter in advance, and make sure huck gets out of the house and onto a playground, maybe even put a healthy dinner on the table too. but right now i'm real happy with this chaos. it's kind of fun to see how many plates i can spin at once.  

(we'll see if i still feel this way next week, you never know.)

until then, here are some crummy cell phone photos. i call it: stuff we've been up to. you can enjoy it or not, whatever floats your boat.


△△△ we've been working on henry holbrook's sleeping schedule, the dude is on a time zone all his own, i swear he lives a 32-hour day. it's an experiment fraught with peril. over the weekend huck fell asleep in my arms and i tell you my mushy mom tank is good to go for the next five days.


△△△ churching on sunday and an impromtpu photo with some of my ladies.


△△△ and not to alarm you or anything but the shake shack is doing away with their crinkle cut fries. did you hear? they're replacing them with something called "fresh fries" and i just want to say, i am offended. how are flat fries going to hold my cheese sauce? 

this is huck playing a game our friends introduced us to, wherein you lay on your back with your mouth wide open while your dad pours water from a water bottle at you from five feet up. huck was a real big fan. you know. 



△△△ you've got mail number three has arrived! and huck on the subway. you can't tell but his eyes are completely crossed. peace signs take a lot of focus.


△△△ after nursery on sunday huck decided to come down with a glorious fever that seemed to last for about forever. he's fine now. once the fever broke he promptly took a five hour nap, then woke up requesting spaghetti.


△△△ we spent a very rainy afternoon at tiffany picking out a graduation gift for samantha. she chose a rather lovely blue pen for journaling with. i made us all go up to the third floor to look at the china so i could recite that one scene in sleepless in seattle. 

"eight is too few, twelve is . . . too many." 



△△△ we ducked in the other day to see st patrick's cathedral. if you want a more reverent/less commercial cathedral experience i recommend st thomas just a couple blocks north.


△△△i snuck in a few moments at the abc of it exhibit at the new york public library this afternoon and it was some of the most inspiring moments a girl could sneak.

oh hey you made it to the end! where's your cookie?!

48 comments :

  1. Awesome! I'm so excited to hear more about your book!
    Your comment about Huck's preferred sleeping position and the women telling you what a horrible mother you are...oh my. Reminds me of when I lived in Spain with my two littles (second was born there). That was pretty much the story of my life. I carried her around In a sling, and those "women of a certain age" we SO alarmed that I would carry my baby in a purse. :-). Oh well, she's turned out pretty awesome so far.

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  2. those gloves.....oh my hell. so perfect.

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  3. Huck is the cutest! Xo

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  4. Twelve is too many, no?
    Love this cut on you btw! Glad to see ya back!

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  5. The ABC Of It exhibit looks fascinating! Would love something like this in Vancouver!

    PS. That pouty lip...awesome.

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  6. Yay so glad you're back! Tell that book of yours it has to share you with us over here on the Internet! Way cute post, what a dreamy city.
    Xo

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  7. Literally Lol'd at huck hutch sleeping. We had a similar situation with River. She was falling asleep in the stroller and only wanted her legs WIDE open. And well, that was the day her mother forget to put on shorts under her dress. You should've seen the stares and the " you know I can ALMOST see her you know what under that dress" Well, you can't see it lady, so there. She's fine.

    Story done.

    xoxo
    LaTonya
    www.latonyayvette.blogspot.com

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  8. I love playing tourist at home! And that's sp funny how he fell asleep :')xx

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  9. i love your posts like that. sometimes life just gets in the way of a blogging schedule and i actually think that's a good thing. sounds like life has been treating you well these days even though you've been busy.

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  10. It seems like a lot if exciting things are happening for you right now. And how romantic it gets to happen in nyc. :) excited to hear more about the book.

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  11. Ok now...I just HAVE to correct the "10 is too many". It's 12. 12 is too many. 10 is exactly what Annie and Walter wanted.

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    1. hah! you're right and I knew that but when typing at 1AM apparently my brain and fingers misfire. thanks for pointing that out! I fixed it. how embarrassing! ;)

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  12. When Walter gives her the ring and says "I had it sized down. She had really fat fingers"

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  13. oh my gosh those pic of huck are just too cute! he is seriously the most adorable kid ever! xo

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  14. I keep checking back, hoping for a new post. Yippee! But glad you are doing well, and have been busy. Have I ever told you that I love how you write, your voice, your silliness and seriousness all rolled into one? We don't have much in common other than the fact that I <3 NYC (LI born and bred, Hudson Valley resident), and long to be a mother, but still your posts captivate me and made me smile and tear up simultaneously. I think you and Huck both just keep getting cuter and cuter :)
    (oh, another thing in common! Kathleen Kelly quoting nonstop! Except I only do it with my sister, since my husband just doesn't Get It. Sigh.)

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  15. You're so my kind of girl...I'd so be quoting "8 is too few, 12 is too many" at Tiffany's. You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle quotes are perfect for all occasions...they're like the iching, the sum of all wisdom, the answer to any question (you see what I did there). Those gloves you're wearing and your Huck are both so dreamy, in their own separate ways. I love seeing your grams on my insta feed. You're just plain awesome.

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  16. Your hair looks really great. I know that you were expecting a more insightful comment, but wouldn't you agree that a "great hair" comment beats insightful any day? ;)

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  17. women actually stop to tell you how to mother?? this continues to blow my mind. new mom right here. #staybackbitchez

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  18. Hello! Love the church Sunday skirt. Where is it from? Please, I have to know!

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  19. Seriously, Mr. Big?????

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  20. All the chaos looks great in pictures :) How cute is Huck in that tie?? I hope you have fun with your family.

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  21. Sigh. You wrote this post and I realized how much I've missed you.

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  22. Ha running into Mr. Big in nyc is so fun.
    NYC can make things so difficult, but most of the time I have that same feeling of being totally in love with it.

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  23. I loved reading this....yet again I'm wishing I lived in NYC :)

    And that little boy of yours is just gorgeous!!

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  24. The leaves! They've started falling already here. :(

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  25. Such a fun hodge-podge of photos and events! Love it. And love that it inspired me to use the phrase "hodge-podge." Well done. ;)


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  26. Huck in that tie. I can't. So cute.

    Brittanny // http://brittannytaylor.com/blog

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  27. Eeek!! This post just got me so excited for nyc. Sunday can't come soon enough!

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  28. Tree's are turning brown here in Montana too....weird! PS-Your boy is so adorable!

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  29. I've been missing your posts! This one made me smile because we were expats in China when my son was born. We had to take him to the embassy to "make him American" before he was a week old. Since Chinese stay indoors with their newborns for at least 30 days after childbirth (their custom), all the Chinese grannies would stop me on the street and lecture me on how having him out was "bad for health!" Smile and nod, smile and nod. Haha.

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  30. Where is Mondrian skirt from? Thanks!

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  31. I love a good chaotic update- keep embracing the craziness, girl! Also: those gloves. ...Those gloves.

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  32. I love a good chaotic update- keep embracing the craziness, girl! Also: those gloves. ...Those gloves.

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  33. I totally feel you on the toddlers sleeping in weird positions in strollers. My daughter fell asleep in what looked like an amazingly uncomfortable position in her stroller while at the grocery store (sideways and almost falling out if not for the belt) and she screamed at me every time I tried to readjust her. I got a lot of stares too...

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  34. When you said "11 years ago" I thought, "aaah, the 90's in all their glory!" and then I was horrified to count back on my fingers and realize that the 90's were, in fact, TWENTY years ago. I am old.

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  35. these updates are my favorite! the "i'm going to throw a bunch of random things into one post and i'm gonna rock it'. Love love love. Also, that haircut. You are a babe.

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  36. My favorite blotter Ms. Natalie...you are my total favorite.

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  37. Hi Nat, Posted a blog with a question for you. Would love it if you would check it out and respond! http://okayiknow.blogspot.com/2013/07/does-this-make-me-look-fat.html

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  38. OBSESSED with Huck's painted fingers and toes. The cutest!!

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  39. The cut is fantastic (right there with you on the #clavicut!), Huck on the sofa is too cute for words and while I admit I am not a fan of You've Got Mail(I know, eeek!), Sleepless forever has my heart. I could quote that movie till the cows come home. And I forget how in America people feel it's their right to butt into your lives uninvited! I've gotten so used to the German way of keeping to yourself - that is, unless you try to cross the street against a red light. Then, it's stinkeye galore!

    Best of luck with your writing!!

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  40. I love the church photo. Everyone looks so nice. -Hanna Lei

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  41. your use of the word "fertile" in this post was poignant and lovely, given past blog discussings. ten gold stars.

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  42. Ton blog est cool :) Ce petit garçon sur les photos, c'est ton fils? Si oui il est trop mignon!
    xx http://wildlysweet.blogspot.fr

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  43. Just stumbled across your blog, and noticed you have a son Henry Holbrook. We have a Henry too but we call him Bear, and my inlaws live in Holbrook, Australia! (just a bit of trivia on an sunny Aussie morning!)
    Olivia x

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  44. You have said you get this question often, but YOUR MONDRIAN SKIRT THOUGH. I HAVE TO KNOW WHERE FROM. Much love and thanks. ;)
    -Sarai

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