4.30.2014

AROUND HERE


you know how every once in a while you keep intending to blog but don't, so you decide to do a massive photo dump to catch up? this is one of those times. 


my mom is in town! well, my mom was in town. she left last month. soo, just to give you an idea this is how far back we're starting. she was here to help with huck while i went for broke at my deadline. while she was here she had a birthday. 


we took her to aria, a small plate italian place that sydney and i happened upon once in the middle of a blizzard. i think aria might be on my short list of favorites. see also: huck continuing to master the art of eating like a gentleman.


speaking of italian! one afternoon while my mom was in town i ran downtown to meet brandon for a lunch date at eataly. he's been working in the flatiron area on a special project, which has been a total upgrade from his times square office let me tell you (holy crap). eataly is kind of a challenge to pull off with a kid in tow (packed, not many tables, totally seriously packed, many seating areas are actually standing areas... breakable groceries everywhere...), so it was an extra special treat on top of a perfect afternoon date with my red beard. we ordered a pizza to share. if you're looking for roberta's without the trek to bushwick, eataly's pizza is sort of in the same vein. i mean, it's not as good as roberta's. but then, nothing is.
  

we hit a milestone completely accidentally the other day and the holbrooks are now stroller-free! well, you know. we were trying it out tentatively, but it's stuck and we're going for it. it's freed up a million subway stations for one thing, and totally limited the amount of junk i can haul around with me for another thing, but so far it's been really great. hooray for legs! we'll use the stroller a million times more i'm sure for specific outings that require it, but it's not a part of our daily routine anymore. i'm sort of sad about it, sort of thrilled about it... exactly how i've felt about all of huck's big milestones. we've established hard and fast rules regarding street corner / crosswalk etiquette. huck knows exactly where to stop so i don't have a heart attack thinking he's about to run into traffic. so far so good! 


every day with huck is a total blast. he is hysterical. every day he likes to be something new. a bunny rabbit, a turtle, a polar bear, a pirate. every third block or so he decides to waddle like a penguin. he's just such a pal. in the mornings when he pops his head up from the pillow his first words are usually, "mom, can we make someping outta schtuff???" we've gotten pretty creative with our limited supply of craft paper and tape, huck's artwork is practically up to the ceiling these days. here we have some bunny ears a la his daddy. the other day i taped pasta noodles to his fingers to make polar bear claws. he's using up all of my eyeliner on whiskers, and one afternoon we went out to meet friends wearing full pirate gear, including eye patch. i think it's pretty fantastic.


at any given moment i have at least four completely bizarre toys in my bag, and probably two half-eaten sandwiches. and a pair of boy's undies. you know just in case.


heyyy, brandon makes the blog! over the weekend we helped celebrate our friend stanton's birthday (in his sick insane gorgeous brooklyn loft.. seriously...). we also helped take down this demon piñata that absolutely refused to die. huck had the time of his life. between the piñata, the yarn-bombed shopping cart he got to ride around in, the cake, the ice cream, the puppy, this party was his freaking neverland.


i've been so grateful for the crummy weather this week so we have an excuse to stay inside in our jams and fluff the nest. i've been moving this gorrrrrgeous weaving, made by the seriously talented maryanne moodie, all over the house. i love it in the bedroom, but i love it in the living room too, so the rooms are sharing custody until i make up my mind. 


i recently got to visit the show room at objects without meaning to collaborate on a fun little project. i love this brand! their line is entirely made in the US, which is really neat. i was also invited to the offices at rag & bone in the meatpacking district a few weeks ago, which was seriously a dream come true. i fell into a rabbit hole of amazingness when i found out the trim girl there used to work for forever 21 as a buyer. we could have talked for hours. (the things i learned!) getting to see a bit of the design process (as well as a preview of a few of next season's pieces!) of one of my favorite fashion houses was ridiculous. and next season looks good.


i declare it a good time to be a holbrook! good health, good friends, good things, good hormones...ish... (ladies, take your vitamin d!), we're counting our blessings with each rain drop. 

holbrook update over and out!

21 comments :

  1. i'm so happy you're happy. i love your random mash up of photos blogposts the best! i feel like i am living in new york through you!

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  2. Omg his little "H" sweater! You always make living as a New Yorker seem like a relatively serene experience; I am totally missing the city now. Congrats on all your collabs!

    http://thatumamilife.wordpress.com

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  3. LOVE that bag!

    xx
    http://thepocketbookblogg.blogspot.com/

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    1. YES! Tell us where you got that bag!

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  4. Oh I love that picture of Huck on his scooter! He looks so happy!!

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  5. you are a delight. or if i could go all you've-got-mail on you, you are enchanting. oh how i love to get a glimpse of your NYC life while i'm out in south dakota (really.) daydreaming at my desk.

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  6. I actually really like these types of updates, so thanks for sharing it!

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  7. Ahhhhh so that's Aria during the day! I went this past Saturday night with a few mama/college friends, and it was a madhouse but they had mercy on our baby bumps and let us in ahead of the 1 hr wait. It was incredible! Oh and we're fans of Eataly too - my 3 year old enjoys looking at everything there, and I just enjoy eating cacio e pepe every.single.time.

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  8. Yeah!!! I love posts like this. cute kid, fun times and NYC.

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  9. Where does Maryanne Moodie sell her weavings? Did you get yours somewhere in Brooklyn?

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  10. I love reading about what you and your little family are up to. I was at dinner tonight with a new blogger friend and she also recommended EATALY. I will for sure have to go there next time I'm in NYC. PS- Huck is the cutest! xo

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  11. it's just the best when mom's come to town and taking them to all the good eats!! Your little fam is so darling.
    xxChelsey

    http://westcoastcapri.com

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  12. The photos of your son are just too cute -Hanna Lei

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  13. Hi Natalie, what iphone app are you using on your photos? Lovely!

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  14. Aaah my favourite kind of blog post, where I can live my NYC dreams through your adventures. I'm currently trying to decide whether I can pull off a felt hat...this post is swaying me towards "just buy one and to hell with any doubts" so thanks for that :o)

    Katie @ http://whatyoudoingkatie.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. YAAAY! Omg Rag & Bone thats crazy exciting!! xxxxx

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  16. Geez, I have been reading your blog for two years now, and I have to admit something; I thought I never wanted kids, I never wanted to give up my independence and the adventures I have at this point in my life, but when I read about you and your lovely little family and see how you manage to still do awesome fun things AND you get to do them with the cutest kid that ever lived, well, you've kind of changed my mind. Thank you for blogging so honestly, I love your photos and jokes and will keep reading this blog as long as you keep writing it. <3

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  17. Glad I follow you on instagram to get these daily updates but I also love re reading them here. You always look sooo cute too.

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  18. Can we talk about where those sandals came from?

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  19. a big ole shout out for vitamin d from my corner of the world too! this winter took something out of me, hardcore. it feels nice to be back in the land of the living.

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  20. I want to let you know that you are very brave. I have been reading your blog for a few years now, and I'm about to move to New York City and all these things are happening. Your struggle with fertility or infertility or whatever it is and raising a child in this city, are one of my biggest inspirations because infertility runs in my family and it's becoming that time where I am longing for a baby but I am terrified of what will happen. It gives me hope, the way you deal with all the nonsense and sadness and I'm so glad you at least have a Huck to get you through it. I hope I'm able to have at least one Huck to make it all worth it.

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