9.24.2013

AND BIRTHDAY SEASON BEGINS!


hello! and welcome to holbrook birthday season 2013! cheers and applause! the crowd goes wild!

our man mister brandon had a birthday on saturday and he had but few requests. first, that he and huck wear matching outfits:



that accomplished, his second and final request was that we eat our way through brooklyn. 

the day turned out to be a perfect brandon holbrook kind of day. first juiliana's for a margherita pie and a little cannoli (they were out of cannoli). next he wanted sushi. we walked over to our favorite sushi place, iron chef sushi in brooklyn heights, and lest you think pizza followed by sushi sounds like an odd idea, well yes, i know. 


next brandon set his heart on pok pok, only at this point our stomaches were like, look. so to kill time we walked over to our favorite playground on the promenade and let huck get some wiggles out. nowhere does a father/son matching outfit look more sublimely ridiculous than at a playground let me just say that now. i watched them play with the stupidest smile on my face. (oh and candy crush. i literally cannot control myself. candy crush what is wrong with meeeeee!?)





a little ice cream for henry holbrook because he's cute.

we figured pok pok would be a bit of a hike--it's over in the carroll gardens/red hook area--so we started over a little earlier than necessary. okay way earlier than necessary, so when we got there and needed to kill more time, we were like, red hook . . . isn't that where ikea is? don't even ask, so we walked to ikea.

by the way, pok pok and ikea are not close, not even at all. don't ever do that.

eventually, a lot of walking later, we were at ikea. it was a little bit hilarious. brandon looked at me dead in the face and said, in a rather serious voice: "we have to decide right this minute. are we buying anything? because we are not buying anything." and then we wandered all over that ikea and sat on various couches AND BOUGHT COMPLETELY NOTHING. you know how ikea is always a good time when you aren't buying anything?

and then we held a mensa-level meeting of the minds over the mta bus schedule before deciding THAT ain't gonna happen, upon which time i miraculously flagged down the ONLY cab in brooklyn, i swear to you there are no cabs in brooklyn. for that one, brandon pronounced me VIP of the hour! no, not the afternoon, the hour. pretty generous of him though considering.

and then the cab deposited us at pok pok for some pork belly curry.



by the end of the night our legs were so sore from all our walking that it seemed only appropriate to take ourselves on a self-guided walking tour of cobble hill. we'd never been through that middle portion of south brooklyn, and oh my goodness cobble hill. such a beautiful part of town. i won't pretend we didn't entertain some serious brooklyn thoughts while we walked. 

talk about a classic go-nowhere see-everything brandon holbrook kind of day. at the end of the night while we snuggled in bed played candy crush in bed until our eyes hurt, brandon said to me, "stick with me, natalie. i'll teach you how to have fun." 

very excited to begin my lessons, beebs. 

(we woke up the next day with walking hangovers, those are serious business.) 

and thus concludes the brandon holbrook portion of birthday season.

p.s. on me
ace & jig dress 
(sold out, but these are similar)
thanks for reminding me dudes!

37 comments :

  1. Well, gee whiz if that isn't a kickass birthday!

    Happy belated birthday to Brandon with oodles of health and joy!

    Also: that Juliana's pizza, ZOMG. Major droolage over here. (I checked out the website gallery BECAUSE OF COURSE.)

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  2. This is adorable and I am in love with your dress!

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  3. My hubby and I play candy crush in bed too hahahaha Sounds like such a fun, no where to be kind of a day. Happy birthday season!

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  4. That photo of Henry with his ice cream is adorable! Look forward to the rest of the birthday celebration posts! xx

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  5. Ha! I live birthday season posts! Let the party begin!!

    We have birthday season too! Mine is first on Jan 7th , then my husbands Jan 25th, then our don Feb 2nd and then our anniversary Feb 23rd!! We also have 2 nieces, 2 nephews, and bith our fathers have birthday 's in that time too! We are toying with the idea of one big half birthday celebration on the summer for we have nothing until next year!!

    Walking hangovers are serious business. I walked to the beach the other day. 5 miles baby!

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  6. I think for my next birthday (in May) I'm gonna come find you Holbrooks (in the least creepy way possible) and have a NYC/BK walking/eating tour bday. OK? That sounds like a damn good way to spend celebrating a very good day.xoxo

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  7. Huck and I have the same birthday! :)

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  8. i love the way you write - it's funny! have a great birthday season! as we say here in wales ''penblwydd hapus!"

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  9. okay i am so excited for your book! love your writing. these photos are so lovely! i love seeing ny through your eyes. what a lucky lady you are - those two guys:) xoxo
    ps happy birthday brandon!

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  10. it is sort of stupid how much i enjoy this time of year, birthday season.

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  11. cracks me up! loved reading that. cheers to bday season.

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  12. Not only is my brother in law's birthday September 21, but my dad's is Oct 2, husband's Oct 3, and nephew will be two on Oct 26. Happy birthday season!

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  13. Love that he wanted to have him and Huck match! So cute! Happy birthday season!

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  14. Ok. I loved everything about this post. Keep it up, girl.

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  15. Oh my how funny! What a great night! And it couldn't have been a total success without those matching outfits! ;) Love it.

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  16. Loved the Brandon Holbrook portion of birthday season! I am a TOTAL planner like you are,but spontaneity with someone that is good at it and excited about it on foot in a beautiful city is one of my favorite ways to spend a day. :)

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  17. So much fun! I love the matching outfits too. Like, love love.

    xo

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  18. I love it! We have birthday season at our house too, in age order! It goes May, June, July, and we tried to have an August baby but he didn't follow the plan & came out last week in September instead. :) oh well, we'll keep him anyway. Happy birthday season Holbrook fam!

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  19. haha! sounds wonderfully exhausting. brandon and i enjoy similar birthday activities (see the birthday where we walked from the fort greene brooklyn flea all the way back to hell's kitchen) except i have to plan all of mine out. b/c you and i are on the same spectrum :)

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  20. I think everyone feels that way about Candy Crush.

    Happy Birthday, Brandon! Merry birthday season to you all.

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  21. The picture of Huck holding the ice cream cone! I die. I die!!! What a cute kid you have. Out of curiosity, is Huck a really adventuresome eater these days? I'm in awe at you guys being brave enough to take him out to all these restaurants and I'm genuinely interested to know what he eats there. My own Henry is... well, not an adventuresome eater, to say the least. We always have to make sure we either go to a place where some cheese item is on the menu (like a quesadilla) or that we have provisions with us!

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  22. Your Mr's birthday is the same as mine! Do you know how rare it is to find a spontaneity loving Virgo???? He's a keeper for sure! Enjoy birthday season!

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  23. Pleeeease tell me how you get all your pictures to look like film! I'm dying.

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  24. Sounds like such a great day! I have to ask, too, where's your dress from? In all the birthday season excitement, you forgot to post outfit notes. :)

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  25. Too much cuteness to even handle!

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  26. This is the Natalie we love!

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  27. super cute pics! happy birthday to all!! xo

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  28. The matching outfits are so cute! -Hanna Marie

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  29. Matching outfits! AH, seriously cute. Also that food looks amazing, so jealous.

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  30. Glad we aren't the the only couple that stays up all hours of the night playing candy crush.... that game is ridiculous.

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  31. The Ikea story is perfect! We had to have the same conversation when we went the first time, if it were not 3 hours away we would have to have it more often. Happy Birthday Brandon!

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  32. try the uber app for cabs - I haven't used it yet but apparently it sends one to where ever you are!?

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  33. Just flew to Boston from Portland and saw a guy wearing a Pok Pok shirt and now I know what it is. :) AND, I recorded the Sumner/Blake double missionary farewell on Sunday (I'm Sumner's aunt). I sent a link to your mom. If you email me (patton_ellen@hotmail.com) I'll send it along to you too.

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  34. happy birthday holbrooks! too funny that Brandon wanted to match huck - at least he got what he wanted. and yes, pok pok and ikea are nowhere near each other and yes, there are cabs in Brooklyn just not red hook. (and when you're back have brunch at fort defiance - the best). the hailo app can be use in those parts of town. and isn't cobble hill dreamy?! if only the f and g weren't the only subways there.

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  35. oh my god I am literally DYING over those matching outfits. Ahhhhhhhh so adorable ;)

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  36. i just died laughing! pok pok and ikea are nowhere near even remotely close to each other! but what a good way to burn room into your belly!

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