aunt Min

Sanchez soup

Every day before I leave the house I check the weather on weather.com.

High of 78. Yesterday was no different. Ugh!!!!

I want to wear tights and boots.

Yesterday we were invited to go to our dear friends Min and Oli’s for some homemade soup, salad and desert.

As always we had a great time there. I mean, how can you go wrong with great friends and great food? (and wine too)

Our friend Sipiwe, husband and baby Cameo also showed up and all of the sudden it felt like a mini Me&Ro reunion.

It’s always fun to reminisce about those crazy old times with Min and Sipiwe.

We have a busy day ahead of us today, a birthday party in the afternoon and a dinner party in the evening.

Let the festivities begin!!

Happy sunday everyone.

Linking to Mandy for Steppin’ Out.

on Lily: top- h&m. skinnies- target. sandals- salt water

on me: headband- missoni. necklace- vintage. blouse- paul smith men’s. tank- lna. cutoff shorts- Will’s old jeans. booties- f21

almost 80 allows for outside eating

Lily and Cameo. 1 year apart

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Baby proofing

Now that Lily is a toddler and no longer in her crawling or learning how to walk stage, I would like to talk about baby proofing (or the lack of) without feeling like jinxing myself.

Some of you who visit here have smaller babies and I would like you to know that the only baby proofing Will and I did was cover the electric outlets.

We both believe that children should be taught to not touch everything, and should have barriers and limits.

Both my brother and I were raised that way and the same with Will and his siblings.

Our moms never moved anything out of way, never rounded the sharp corners of tables, never locked cabinets, never put up baby gates.

When it came to baby proofing, we decided to take the old school approach we were raised with.

Children should know that tables have sharp corners and be aware of it, they should know that glass breaks, they should know that an item is mommy’s/daddy’s and they have no business touching it.

To me, there is nothing worst than a child who goes over someone’s house and touches everything because everything has always been moved out of her/his way.

Will and I also strongly dislike all the gimmick stuff the baby industry makes for parents to spend their money on.

Seriously, so much of it is unnecessary.

When comes to it, I think it’s part of parenting, and if you are not afraid of saying the word “NO” to your child, it works.

Like my mama friend Min said here, children need to hear the word “NO”, it’s good for them.

How do you feel about baby proofing?

What approach did you or will you take?


Lily’s room however is a free for all. It’s her room, she can touch whatever she wants

My dearest Lily,

This morning as I showered, you played and read books in your room.

As I was getting ready, you read your “The little book” that aunt Min gave you.

You came across this page and paused for a while.

You then grabbed the folded tunnel/tube (also gifted by aunt Min) that was under your bookshelf and said “mommy, peeze, mommy”.

You wanted it open.

I opened it and you quickly went inside.

I think you are brilliant.

I love you and the way your mind works.

Love,

mama

A kitchen

Do you guys remember THIS kitchen?

Well, it is now in Lily’s bedroom.

That’s right, Lily is a lucky girl.

Aunt Min and Lulu let Lily have the kitchen fully equipped for as long as she would like. (Lulu would like it back one day for her own kiddos. 🙂 )

Lily loves it.

She has been having the greatest time making tea, food, and giving it to Elmo, BB and the rest of her dolls.

Will and I also love it and are super thankful because we were looking on Ebay and other places and not only did we not find anything as cute but, they are also ridiculously expensive! (like as high as $500.00!?)

So, thank you aunt Min and Lulu!

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Mamas & their babies

Min is the coolest person I know.

This is kind of like a joke between her, Will and I but, she seriously is the coolest person.

Not only did she live in NYC in the 80’s amongst friends like Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring and Madonna but, no matter what situation arises, she always keeps her cool and always (always!) finds a solution.

You know what else makes Min the coolest person?

She is one of the best moms that I know.

Min and Lulu have one of the most beautiful and open mother-daughter relationships.

I met Min in 2002 when she interviewed me to work for her and right away we hit it off.

She was an awesome manager, she has remained a great friend, she is a wonderful mom, she is like the older sister I never had.

When I thought of becoming a mom, I always thought of Min. (having worked with her, I always saw her put Lulu and her family first)

Lulu will be going to college this coming fall and my heart is breaking for Min.

But you know what?

Min is sending out an independent, strong, smart, well centered young woman.

So, meet Min and her daughter Lulu, my greatest mother-daughter inspiration.

 

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