Friday, September 20, 2013

Back to school, ten year anniversary, five years old, Oh my!

Happy almost officially fall! I soaked up the last bits of summer with my loves,  being lazy in all the best ways we could find. How nice it was to have so few rules and time constraints for a time. As August came to a close however, we all needed just a little more routine, and thank goodness it was time to go back to school! Both of my littles were beyond excited. Zoie is just always excited to go to school. I think she would be happy if I told her she was going to be in school year round. Tristan is very different, but this year he is a kindergartener! He could hardly contain himself. To celebrate the start of a new year, I had to make them matching outfits as usual. Yes, "had to". It's a mama requirement to do that if you sew clothing for your littles. I will keep doing it until they threaten to disown me,  cause it is so damn cute! Tell me its not cute.... No, don't tell me that, cause I know it's cute, but if it's not, I choose to live in denial!


Now, kids are cute and all, but they don't just arrive magically by stork.... nor would my children be nearly as awesome, vibrant, curious, kind and wonderful, if not for my amazing husband. A man I am lucky and proud to have been married to for ten (holy hell!) years now!! By New York City standards, Chris and I got married really young. By those same standards, we had children really young (not to mention that as a dancer, "what are you thinking!" was a standard question I was asked) Some of the challenges we have faced as a couple and as parents have seemed large, and there were times I wondered if maybe we were 10 years older and had more life experience and more savings and...... Maybe it would be easier???  But I've never wavered in the knowledge of the love we have for each other, and I'm beyond proud and excited that we have hit our ten year anniversary mark. The road has been, and continues to be,  a busy one. But boy oh boy, it's a good road,  and I'm glad to be traveling on it with this man, and these littles. Lucky, lucky me!


 Oh, and now, drum roll please!!! I. Have. A. Five. Year. Old!!! FIVE!!! how the h-e-double hockey sticks did that happen!? He was baby just yesterday. Sigh, I guess that's what happens when you keep feeding them. They get older and bigger and even more awesome. This has been a very big year for my hot pink loving boy. 4 was not easy for him. He grew and grew and grew bigger and bigger, and he seemed to struggle sometimes with finding his place and his way. Don't we all sometimes, don't we all...  I see a great deal of settling and self awareness seeping into him in the last few months though, and I can't wait to see what wonderful new things he does this year. Happy Birthday to my sweet boy.





Monday, July 8, 2013

Things I'm good at (and some I'm not...) A rambling list (is anything I do not rambling...)

I'm good at red headed Coney Island playdates

Oh hi! I sort of got happily freaked out after that whole library hoo ha (can you say "hoo ha" in public... hmnmmmn....) and all the ensuing hoo ha it precipitated in the online community both good, bad, hilarious and otherwise. Yes, you must still refer to me as "Magical Urban Yoga Fairy".   In true Jenn fashion, I shall now ramble on at you and post pictures that make you think my life is perfect and shiny at all times. When I look at my pictures, and I take a lot of them..(ahem), I am tempted to believe my life is a perfect fairy tale too, so you're not alone. #1. My life is delicious and awesome #2. My life is not at all perfect. #3. Sometimes I wish it was perfect and I try really hard to make it so,  and I think I have some people fooled! (Is it wrong that I was sort of flattered that someone referred to me as "flaky and privileged" because somehow in my mind that means that I've got it easy, and that sounds so nice... Hmmmmm..... I've had a lot of thinking going on in the past 6 months about a lot a lot a lot of stuff. Funny how stress will do that to a person. I've come to a few random conclusions that make my world go round. Humor me and I'll list them off in no particular order.
1. Sometimes shit happens and you still have to get up and you still have to work hard and you still have to try to be happy for at least 5 minutes every day. Sometimes that is hard.
2. When things fall on the crappier side of life, you have to remember that you have friends and you have to remember that they are there to help and love you all the way back to the non shitty side of life.
3. My life is almost never very shitty
4. I have very very very wonderful friends
5. I want to make sure these friends know how very dearly I love them
6. I like green best, but I also really like pink and purple and yellow and orange and most all colors.
7. I almost always buy colored shoes. Brown and black do not excite me. I do like my black boots, but I'm still sorry I didn't buy lime green ones.
8. Zoie is the most empathetic person I know
9. Tristan gives the sweetest and loudest kisses to me and I'm really glad he's decided that kissing me on the mouth is again allowed.
10. I'm so so very glad that we have chosen to stay in this house, to put up a little library, to garden in the yard, to snuggle our chickens, and in particular, to share our home this summer with 2 good friends. You both enrich our daily life exponentially, and I know that my life and the lives of my children are the better to have you both in them

Oh, I was supposed to talk about things I'm good at and things I'm not.... I'm very good at coming up with beginning ideas, but sometimes I get stuck in the middle and drift away..... I'm good at stretching and sliding and sweeping in circles while I dance. I'm good at loving my children. I'm not so good at remembering the laundry when it's done and putting it in the dryer, but luckily I'm pretty good at loving someone who is. I'm good at making salty chocolate chip cookies. I'm good at connecting dots and people together. I'm good at being excited about simple things.  I'm not so good at hard and fast rules for myself or others. I'm good at going with the flow and seeing how each path could have it's own value.

Ok. I think that's enough rambling for the moment. What are you good at? What makes you happy? (Look below for a small smattering of what makes me happy) Who are you grateful for? I hope you are well, friends.
I'm good at loving these two

This girl is amazing

I've learned a great deal about love from Nancy

Some of the Best people I know

Very good at silly selfies

Monday, June 10, 2013

Magical Urban Yoga Fairy and her little free (cute as cra*) library.

Google "Magical Urban Yoga Fairy".  Seriously, do it.  Did you read it? Did you read the comments? That was funny! Seriously, the only one that bothered me was the guy who was talking about the baseball bat. That wasn't funny.  Life is too short to get yer panties in a wad about too much. I totally appreciate the need for conversation around library funding and the problems there in, the horrible gaps between the uber wealthy and the poor. There are many problems, and many solutions. I am not so naive or narcissistic as to believe that I am curing any diseases, solving world hunger or providing much of anything truly tangible. I do sincerely hope,  however that I've put good out into the world in a small way. I don't know that my way in life is to do really big things, but I really do believe in looking at the small spaces around me and filling them with as much love, good, kindness and MUYF (Thats Magical Urban Yoga Fairy to you!)  dust as possible! Maybe it's not a big deal, but maybe, just maybe it still matters. Don't forget to clap your hands if you believe. MUYF's need love too. We can't all be Tinkerbell and live in never never land, so some of us choose to live on a little urban farm and do the best we can not to become jaded by the city around us,  and those that may prefer the glass half empty approach.
Fairy action (the wings are moving too fast to see...)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Is it a farm if the farmer neglects to plant the vegetables?


silliest of sillies

Well...... It has been a bit busy, a bit (tiny bit more than a bit...) harried around here. There have been many questions to answer about life in general, many daily tasks to keep up. It's been a bit of survival. Dramatic much,  Jenn? Perhaps, but it's my life and as often as I ask myself to have perspective and to remember gratitude for what I am fortunate to have, I also have to find a softness and a forgiveness for myself when I find life hard and need a listening ear to, well.... whine a bit.  A wise friend once told me that "yes, your problems are "first world" but they are your problems. You are not going to save everyone by pretending that you don't feel anything. You're not ignorant or uncaring to the genuine plight and need in the world, but you are also allowed to acknowledge your own "problems" and that doesn't make you any less of a person".   I'd like to officially acknowledge that I am not doing a very good job of being a farmer this summer. I have exactly 3 tomato plants, 1 eggplant and 2 squash plants planted. I have let several plants sit and they are not looking so good... There are exactly Ten million weeds surrounding the vegetable plants. This week I admitted to myself (though my husband my just be learning it now. Hi honey!) that my garden may be mediocre at best this summer, that I cannot do it all, that maybe I take on too much sometimes? Hmmmm..... Things to ponder. I am going to give myself a pass on being totally extraordinary on all fronts this summer (anyone laughing yet?) and allow my garden to grow what I can get around to and only if I can do it with joy and excitement, but I'm not going to force the issue.  Mostly I plan to play with my children, snuggle with my husband (honey, do you actually read these.....) and soak up the easy months of summer with a big old dose of gratitude for this amazing life. What are you grateful for?

Thank you!

Wow.... I want to just say a big and heart felt "Thank You" to all of you who have visited my blog. I am glad that our LFL (little free library) has gotten everyone so excited. I do hope you will come and stop by from time to time on my blog again to make your selves at home. I'd be real happy to have y'all around. If you live close by, come grab a book and/or leave a book. Happy almost tuesday to you. -Jenn
Rose-mageddon has begun!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Little Free Library for the Little Brooklyn Farm

Oh, oh, oh! I am so excited to share this with you! I have had my heart set on putting a little free library (littlefreelibrary.org) in my yard for about a year. Life got busy, winter took over, life took over, we were gonna sell the house.... and then we didn't (happy dance, happy dance) and as soon as we decided we were staying put, I called my friend Tom to ask him to start the project ( One of many he has helped with in our home). I'm so lucky to have such talented friends around me, and Tom is one of them. He is a very talented carpenter and he thought my library idea was a fun little project ( I also may have been a little bit demanding, but what are friends for....)  I decided that it was my birthday present, and I have to say, I think it might be one of the top gifts ever. What could be better than sharing a love of reading with the neighborhood that I adore? Not much I say, not much. The pictures just say it all. Pretty cute isn't it?
Me and Tom opening the library!

Fabulous Carpenter Friends are good to have

Happy me

Books going in!

Neighborhood Friend grabbing a read

Helpers

First customer! Could he be any cuter!!?

Perfection

Looks right at home in the garden

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A night at the ballet with my girl

Post show photo opp at the fountain

delight

sometimes I brush my hair...
Is there anything better than watching your children experience the world with utter and complete wonder?  Our family is very lucky to be part of the performing arts world, and particularly now that Zoie is a little older, there are so many wonderful opportunities to go and see some amazing shows here in NYC. I took her to see ABT's performance of Onegin at the Metropolitan Opera House last night. I've been lucky enough to see quite a few shows in this theater, and I'm always in awe of the grand sparkle, but oh how wonderful to see it through her eyes last night. She wanted to take home a chandelier (shiny!!) and I don't blame her since I sort of want to take one home too.... We were sitting in the third row, and she got to wander up and and peek in the orchestra pit (much to her great delight) and see them prepping and warming up. We were so close to the stage that she could see every facial expression, every delightful nuance of these wonderful performers. Watching many ballets from the nosebleeds is actually fun because you can see the patterns in the choreography, but Onegin is not one of those pieces, and it was wonderful to watch her utter delight and then to hear her tell me exactly what she thought and saw during the intermissions. The show ended at 10:00. She is usually in bed at 8.... but in her words "sometimes it is totally worth it".  I couldn't agree more my little sprite, I couldn't agree more.