Birthday Wishes For the Other May Baby…

At our age, some people start to feel less than excited about their birthdays.  I’m not one of them…and Aunt D is certainly not either!

I take the 1st half of May, and she gets the second half….

So from the LK house to Aunt D…we are wishing you a very happy birthday.  May all of your wishes come true.  We can’t wait to celebrate many more years of birthdays with you!

Dear Aunt D,

Happy Birthday to you!  Thank you for teaching me that screaming is the perfect expression of excitement, that being sassy is adorable, that sports are for girls too (no help from mommy), that hummus is totally a main dish, and most recently that people, even your Auntie, might find it strange when you tell them to open their towel after their shower!  I also want to thank you for all the books that I love to read and for the playdoh that drives Mommy nuts!  I can’t wait to come to your pool party & sing happy birthday to you…and eat cake…

We love you very much and hope you have a wonderful day with lots of singing, dancing & cupcakes!

Love,
Miss Sassy A

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Why My Mister Is The Best…

I don’t normally spew sappy musings about Mister LK.  It is not my style.  But today, I think it is necessary for me to publicly and sappily gush about how amazing my husband is.  He’s a really terrific father.  He is an even better husband.  Not every girl is lucky enough to find a guy who is as considerate of them as mine 🙂  I hope he knows how much I love and appreciate him & all that he does for me and our family.

This weekend, he made sure my birthday was perfect!  We started by dropping Miss A off with Grandma for the night.  Thanks again mom for watching her for us!

I then went straight to the hotel to begin my weekend of relaxation!  We stayed at the Sofitel in midtown.

Our room wasn’t ready so T and I had a little date at the bar…the wine was perfect!

Then our room was ready and I took a LONG shower.  It was so lovely to just stay in the shower until I felt like getting out!  I wasn’t rushed, I wasn’t listening for a talking toddler in her crib, and I wasn’t dreading walking into the bedroom to see what that toddler had torn apart while I showered for 5 minutes!  (She can do some serious damage in 5 minutes!)

Getting dressed at my own pace and not having to pack a diaper bag was awesome!  Then we headed out to what I thought was going to be a nice date night with the Mister…and as we were crossing the street, our friend DF asked to hold the Mister’s hand!  So fun, a surprise double date!  Even better a quadruple date!  I’m lucky & have a bunch of great friends and family who were able to make it out to celebrate my birthday!  We went to Nai Tapas in the East Village & I was very impressed.  The food was delicious and their mango sangria was really good!  We then headed out to a speakeasy bar which was really cool!  I was too chicken to order any of their mixed drinks as I’m usually a coconut rum & pineapple girl and I wasn’t sure I could handle a whole drink on their menu, so I went with some Reisling & just tasted everyone else’s!

He didn’t stop planning there either!  Saturday we went to the Bronx zoo & met up with Grandma & Miss A.  We took Uncle C and our friend HB & her adorable nephew too!  A had a great time & so did I!  We saw some pretty cool things & compared to the Prospect Park zoo & the Central Park zoo…these animals were living it up!  They were clean & groomed & happy!  The animals at the other zoo’s in the area look a little tired & disheveled!

Llamas & Alpacas are my favorite…and this one was really pretty!

The animal that ruled over this zoo is undeniably the peacock.  They were everywhere.  Roaming freely, in every animal’s territory.  All the males were showing off!  They were incredible!

Miss A just had 1 request.  She wanted to see the Lion King!  So….

This way to the Lion King Daddy!

Off we went in search of the Lion King!  At some point on the trip A got distracted and wanted french fries!  So we got her some and finally found him…

I think A was a little disappointed, as I’m pretty sure she was expecting a cartoon movie when we arrived…but the Lions were pretty cool anyway!

We strolled over to the giraffes before Grandma & I went on our way!

Bye bye Daddy & A…Grandma & Mommy are off to the spa!

Mister LK sent me and my mother to the Peninsula Hotel for massages, manicures & pedicures.  We had a great relaxing afternoon & we were so very much appreciative of Mister LK for all his thoughtfulness.  One of the best parts of this spa was the relaxation room…

When we were done in the relaxation room, we didn’t really want to go, but it was time to go & we left nice and relaxed!

Mister LK, I love you…you’re thoughtfulness and generosity are just 2 things I love about you…I can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful birthday weekend!

(I wrote this post on Monday…and then forgot to hit publish…this week’s been crazy & I didn’t even notice…better late than never honey!)

 

Let Them Have Pizza & Cake…

A started asking for cake about 20 minutes into her party.  After every bounce, every swing, every game I heard “Mommy I want cake”.  I am pretty sure she smelled the pizza when it was delivered!  She ran right over to the tables & said she wanted some pizza….so she started the eating part a little bit early…and alone…

Eventually – everyone joined in!

And finally…the highlight…the cake arrived!

A's Great Grandma A! Lookin' good for 94!

Who's satisfied?!?!

If you thought that was the end of it…You thought wrong!  We had us an after party!  Stay tuned 🙂

 

 

Totnastics…Oceanside, NY…Party Time

The first time I knew that Totnastics was the place for A’s 2nd birthday party was at her friend’s party there.  A, as outgoing as she is, is normally very tentative and cautious around large groups of people.  At all of her classes like Gymboree & dance & music, she has always just sat back and observed a little before getting into the action.  When she walked into her friend’s party though, there was no waiting period.  There were a lot of kids there and even more adults, I would estimate about 25-30 kids plus their parents.  A didn’t even blink.  She ran for the trampoline and got right on!  Then she headed for the foam block pit and jumped right in!  She really had a great time.  Then at cousin S’s party, she acted the same way.  Mind made up.  I’d call & get the date set for her party ASAP.

I called their Bellmore location, put down a deposit & went in to sign the contract.  When I called I told them this was for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.  When I went in, A was with me and she’s clearly a 2 year old!  The place is full service.  You sign up, give them the guest list & they take care of everything else.  I chose to do my own evites instead of their invitations so I could keep track of RSVPs there.  They told me all along that they’d be calling the Monday prior to the party to get head counts & pizza orders.  They did call to confirm & then that night I got a few more missed calls from them.  After A’s bath the phone rang again and when I answered it was a nice girl from Totnastics.  She said there was a mix up & they somehow didn’t note that A was turning 2 and booked her in the “big kid” part of the gym which was not exactly 2 year old friendly.  My choices were to A) change the time of the party, or B) change the location to their Oceanside place.  I had never been to the Oceanside location but they assured me that it was the same activities.  I thought it was better to change venue since everyone coming had already made their plans for their day.  They were nice and offered to call everyone for me, but I chose to take care of this and confirm with everyone myself.  The owner agreed to compensate us for the mix up by throwing in a few things that usually cost extra, for free.  We felt this was fair.

In the end of the day, only 1 family went to Bellmore, and they said their GPS sent them there even though they plugged in the new address!  Silly GPS.  At the end of the day, I think the Oceanside location was really a better fit for us since it is a bit smaller and we didn’t have a very large group of kids…so it was a lot more manageable.  A had a blast.  Her friends, & family … everyone was there to celebrate A & it was so adorable to watch them bounce.  Even more fun was when the girls and I were able to bounce without the kids!

Lots of photos…

We got there a little early & Grandma jumped up on the trampoline with A!

Our friends got in on the bouncing too!

A's best friend is usually the shy one...she didn't stop going for a second! Plus she looked adorable 🙂

A is always so happy to see Cousin S!

It's her party and she'll cry if she wants to!

Uncle C getting in a little bike ride!

DF's perfect landing from the high bar....

They couldn't get A to let go of the rings!! They resorted to tickling her!

little girls & Grandma

Big girls turn!

A's favorite part of her party (Aside from the cake - which she started asking for about 20 minutes into the playing part of the party!) She got to FLY!

Thanks everyone for playing, bouncing, jumping, swinging & all the other fun stuff we did with Miss A for her birthday!  Tomorrow I’ll show pictures of the eating…that was A’s other favorite part!

How A Spent Her 2nd Birthday…

Since A’s party was being held on Sunday, and her birthday fell on Saturday, we had the whole day to play and enjoy her birthday alone with her.  It was a Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, & A day.  Very similar to the day she was born!  Similar except for the fact that 2 years ago we were in a hospital and I was screaming….this year we were in a mall & A was screaming!

Mommy & Daddy went into A’s room once we heard she was awake & sang her first Happy Birthday of the day!  She thought we were really funny!

Then she gave Mommy a fantastic gift!  She laid on her changing table & let me….CHANGE HER DIAPER!!!!  This is important…and was a big deal…since she NEVER lets me change her without throwing a giant tantrum.

We then sent Daddy out to the yard to trim hedges, clean up the gardening & patio & do some work around the house.  Grandma & Mommy headed out with A to the mall for some shopping!  We got A her birthday present, some clothes, & some stuff for Mommy too!  Success!!!  Then we I realized that A had a dirty diaper & I am an irresponsible Mommy who forgot to reload her diaper bag.  Long. Ride. Home.

We got home, she napped like a good girl while Grandma & Mommy ran some errands & then we had dinner & cake.  Her favorite part of the day for sure!

The first strawberry shortcake of the weekend…but definitely not the last!!!!

Daddy’s Got Somethin’ To Say!

This blog has been up and running for almost 2 years now….281 published posts….and I have written them all!  No help from Mister LK.  He has read all of them though & has been telling me for a while that he’d like to post something himself one day soon….well all, today is that day!  He doesn’t ask me for much, so when he asked to get his words on here, I couldn’t refuse!  (Plus his words are pretty great!)

Here is a letter that Mister LK has written to our little Miss A…

Dear A,

You turned two this past weekend and it has been amazing watching you grow up to be the smart, beautiful and wonderful girl that you are. The highlight of my day these past two years has been seeing you when I get home or waking you up on the weekends. You never fail to bring a smile to my face.

I read mommy’s blog and it highlights your accomplishments, crazy antics, funny moments and all that is you, but it’s from mommy’s point of view and I wanted to take this time to write you a letter from daddy.

I love spending time with you. I love you uncontrollably, without reservation and always will for all that you are and the promise of the lady you will become. Our time together is very special to me and I hope that we have a lifetime of special memories. Your smile, laugh, hugs and kisses are infectious.

For a two year old you are very active, curious and as mommy will tell you vocal. You know several colors, can count to 3 and know most of the alphabet. What you do, say and are capable of at this age makes me yearn to see what your future holds and what you will bring to the world. But, as mommy says don’t grow up too fast. You have a bright future ahead of you and should always know that mommy and daddy love you very much. We will always be here for you.

At two years old you are my sunshine and you love it when I sing that song to you often saying “again daddy”. You have been talking for what seems like years, but I still melt when you say Daddy. Our nightly bath-time ritual of playing, singing, counting and learning the alphabet makes me smile just thinking about it. Bath-time has become our special time to hang out with one another when I get home from work and discuss each others day, even if we have spoken on the phone several times already.

I hope that you had a wonderful birthday and enjoyed the party. Lots of people came to celebrate your special day and your mommy did an amazing job decorating the house and cooking deserts for people at the after-party… you’re the only two year old I know of that has an after-party!

On a final note, be kind to mommy and learn from her. She is a creative, smart, caring and beautiful woman that can teach you a lot. We both love you very much.

Love,

Daddy

Nice job Daddy…we love you so much.

 

2 Is The New 22…

Lets discuss…

I have a 2 year old.  I have a 2 year old who thinks she’s 22.  I would say 12 or 20, but she likes wine too much so she’s certainly over 21!

Dear A,

It is surreal that my tiny little baby is 2 years old.  You are not a baby anymore and there’s no denying that.  You choose your own clothes, sleep until 9am, love all sweets and vegetables equally, love wine like an Italian, will do anything to make me laugh, have done lots of things that made me cry…you are simply the best thing that could have happened to your Daddy and me.  The light that you bring into our lives is so bright I can barely sleep at night.  You are so smart, everything you say amazes me.  Some of it shocks me to my core.  The way you love your friends and family is inspiring.  You are creative and colorful and a leader of all the family girls.  That is Mommy’s nice way of saying you are a teeny tiny dictator!  You tell me what to do all day … and most of the time I do it too!  You love to watch movies and talk on the phone.  You love to read books and color and paint.  You absolutely love gardening.  You are very attached to your blankie, bobo, bunny & Ritz bear.  As long as you have those things with you, you sleep like a champion!  You need your naps and are a really happy girl when you get a good sleep!  When you don’t, you are still a great girl, but you sure show your crankiness!  You love Disney princesses, Curious George, the Backyardigans & Strawberry Shortcake.  You have a dream about some of them every single night.  The one thing that stands out the most to me about you as you turn 2 is your love of music and dancing.  You dance all-day-long.  You love the music on the tv & will dance in circles as the world moves around you…and boy do you think the world revolves around you!!!!  Miss A…my world DOES revolve around you.  I love you.

You challenge me every single day, to be the best mother to you…but no matter how crazy you try to make me, I love you more than all the stars in the sky.  I love you more than all the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the world 😉  Thank you for being the best daughter in the universe!

I hope all of your wishes come true today and everyday.  I hope you dream big.  I hope you always love the way you do today.  I hope you always know how much your Mommy and Daddy love you.  You have changed our lives in the best way possible…

Love,

Mommy & Daddy

Still can't get over how swollen I was...ew. Family shot April 21, 2011

Family Shot April 21, 2011

Family shot April 20, 2012

Off to spend the day getting ready for A’s party & After party!  Can’t wait to see her face when she sees all the hard work we’ve put into this one!

I just spoke to my mother…who made me laugh on A’s 2nd birthday the way only a mom can do…apparently, in a conversation with Auntie H, it was discovered that even though Auntie H has never experienced a single labor pain yet, and is expecting her 3rd baby, she will NOT be trying to deliver naturally for this 3rd kid, even though her Dr. said it is a possibility.  The reason is, that Auntie H was in the room with me while I was in labor.  Apparently I scared the labor out of her!  “That was not a joke”  Lucky B*tch.

 

Birthday Party In the Park…

Turning 2 is best celebrated with beautiful weather, gorgeous kids, lots of fun & obviously … cupcakes!  We were invited for a playdate in the park to celebrate one of our friend’s birthdays!  She’s an adorable little 2 year old with a brand new baby brother!  I decided that on such a great day I would do a little practice shoot & capture some memories for the little birthday girl & her friends!

Birthday girl & her friends!

Birthday girl RS and her serious face!

New baby MO

New baby JS

Party Girl!

Thanks for getting everyone together at the park Miss RS, and thanks for letting me capture all the fun!

Embrace the Camera Thursday 4.5.12

Mister LK and I love to travel.  Well…I love to be away, but hate leaving home and Mister LK loves it all.  As everyone with kids knows, these amazing kiddos…they do complicate travel plans!  We’ve been away pretty frequently the past few weekends and one of those weekends was an “A-free weekend”!!!!  We had a wedding for one of Mister LK’s college friends up in Cape Cod.

In my life full of poop, thrown food, play doh, dirt & a million other dirty things, I live in sweatpants.  All The Time.  It was really nice to get away and be able to put on some pretty clothes & shoes & dance the night away with our friends.  Mister LK has great college friends…and their wives & girlfriends are pretty great too!  We always have a good time!  We even got a picture of ourselves which we NEVER do!

We weren’t the only ones who appreciated this trip!  We were really living like old times….just LKSquared & T.  He got to travel in his bag hiding from the hotel authorities, from everyone at the diner, and stealing coldcuts at the afterparty!  He also got to enjoy a car ride without being told where to sit by a bossy almost 2 year old!

A spent the weekend with Gramma.  She told me she didn’t miss me when we got home.  Hmph…I didn’t miss you either A! (lie)

We are also wishing Uncle P a Happy Birthday today.  Maybe we’ll be seeing you in May!  Hope you have a super day & lots of fun with all the family visiting this week…they’re sure to keep you busy & smiling!!!

Happy Birthday to the Family Sheriff....

 

Happy Birthday Auntie E!

Dear Auntie E,

I want to wish you a very happy birthday!  I hope you’re having a great time going to concerts & playing in the happiest place on earth.  I’m jealous of all the fun you’re having in Florida.  I miss you!  I can’t wait for you to come home so I can sing Happy Birthday to you in person!  I won’t let Mommy or Daddy sing…I have to do it by SELF!

You are an amazing Aunt and spoil me like crazy!  I’m a very lucky little girl to have you as my Auntie!

I hope all of your wishes come true…and I hope you wish for me to be on your vacation 😉

Love,

Miss A