My little family!

My little family!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Peace out 2016.....


My top resolutions...

1 - ORGANIZE. My house. My closets. My brain.

2 - LOSE. 21 pounds.

3 - GIVE. My time. My money. My energy. To those that need it.

4 - CAPTURE. Pictures. Videos. And then organize those into books and frame them and hang them.

5 - DECORATE. The walls. The floors. ALL of it.

.... I want to read. I want to cook. I want to enjoy. REALLY ENJOY. My kiddos and my hubby.

I want it all.

Cheers to 2017.. may this year be filled with love, light, happiness & health for all.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Layla turns 5.5

My Darling....

How can it be that you're now 5 and a HALF? Weren't we just planning your big 5th barbie party and now we're ready to (gasp!) plan your SIXTH party??? 

How you look... Oh my sweet... you're a weed, growing taller by the day. You are so beautiful, so full of light, you shine wherever you go. This past weekend, you donated your hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths - over 8 inches GONE. When I say you look 5 years older, I'm not exaggerating. You look like a full-blown teenager. And you're so lovely -- you are still tall and thin with big blue eyes that glow. 

Your Schedule....You're a complete rock star. On weekdays, you go to bed between 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM. You love relaxing in our bed watching Alvin & the Chipmunks or random YouTube videos before bed. You sleep until around 7:00 AM every morning, sometimes later. You don't nap anymore but you value your alone "rest time" on the weekends. You'll spend up to two hours, in your room with the cats watching a movie on the iPad and just relaxing. You love keeping busy and knowing what's on the schedule next. 

Your Likes....Now that you are a BIG Kindergarten girl, your likes have changed slightly. You love playing with Benny. You love playing Mom & Sister with anyone (especially your besties at school). You love movies at home and at the theatre. You love NYC. You love traveling to Florida. You love FaceTiming with your grandparents in Florida. You love Thursday nights at Mom-Mom & Pop-Pop's house. You love making brownies with me. You love playing video games with Dada. You love MATH (seriously!) and you LOVE reading - you're getting really amazing at reading short books on your own. You love singing and dancing (and often tell me you're "a really good singer, better then a lot of people.") You love playing with ALL of your cousins, especially Marley. You love artwork, play doh, Disney World, the zoo, Please Touch Museum, the aquarium and walks in our neighborhood. 

Your Dislikes: You hate the top sheet. You hate trying new foods. You hate getting your nails cut (but will do it if it means they will be painted afterwards). You hate dogs that jump, lick or bark (but beg for a dog EVERY SINGLE DAY). You like homework but sometimes struggle with the desire to do it. You hate when people are mean to you. You hate bullies. You hate wedgies. 

Your Food: STILL the picky eater. Favorites include: Pork Roll (all day, everyday if I let you), Matzah Ball Soup from Ben & Irvs, Refried Beans from Las Margaritas, Kashi Cinnamon Crunch cereal, M&M Yogurt, Bananas, Cheese, Chicken Nuggets, French Fries, strawberries, apples & grapes. AND NUTELLA. ALL THE NUTELLA.

Your Thoughts: Lately, your brain is EXPLODING... you are literally always thinking, guessing, questioning, wondering. Constantly talking and wondering how things work, why things are the way they are, who everyone is, why this happens and that happens. You're brilliant and kind and witty and silly and funny. You are the staple to this family, the glue. You make sure if Benny is in trouble to always defend him. If I'm yelling, you'll call me out and say that I don't need to yell. If you're upset, you'll say "I'm just feeling sad right now but I'll be happy soon." You are emotional and dramatic and amazingly smart. 

Miss Layla. If I could scream it from the sky, I would. You are SO good, so kind, so loving. All your friends adore you and it's no wonder why. You love your friends at school, your new friends you meet everywhere we go, your cousins, your neighbors...anyone and everyone is welcome in your heart. I wish I wrote down all the amazing things you said daily but I will never forget them. At night, you beg for one more hug and kiss. And I'll always give it. Always.

Love you to the moon,

(Here are a few pictures from the past 6 months...)

Because it my head, this is how you'll always look <3

We make brownies at least once a week!

You are the cutest - and you are rocking Kindergarten!!

First and last day of school (Pre-K)

Avery is one of your besties... I'm so sad you'll be separating for new schools next year. But you'll be going to camp together - and chick fil a Mondays!


You love all of your cousins so much - here is you & Sami <3


Dress up day at camp!

Meditating and music!

We had the best time at Disney World!!

You love your Dada so much.

Your first shot at "modeling" for a local hair salon!

We love the playground!


Shabbat girl!

You loved gymnastics - you'll start again in the winter!

Trips to Grandma & Grandpa's house in Florida!


Kinder picture (And benny's 3 year old pic!)

Helping me vote... maybe one day you'll be president!

We love pool days!

Zoo fun with Grandma!

My whole heart. 

You donated your hair!!!!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

It's FALL!

Below is a total MIX of pictures from these past few months.....

Guns N' Roses concert with my sister!!

Guns N' Roses concert!!

My cousin Jess married the love of her life, Aaron - my niece Marley was the sweetest flower girl! (My dress was from Rent the Runway!) 

Me with the gorgeous bride!!!

My brothers & sister along with my gorgeous Mom-Mom Millie!

The little loves of my life. 

If this doesn't scream summer, I don't know what does. 

Disney World!

I love her. 

In line for the new Frozen ride!


After Orlando, we spent a few days in Ft Lauderdale.. here is our South Florida family!

My bunny. 

My boys. 

Reunited with my sweet Oona and Lucas!

Philly Zoo fun!

Melly, my best girl and lifelong friend. 

We love when Walker visits!!!



Layla won a local contest and is now hanging up on the wall of a little children's hair salon - so fun!

My babies!

Shabbat boy Benny!!


Celebrating Leah & my birthday with some of my ladies!

Homework - every single night - a new and exciting and exhausting time!

I'm 33!

Hi sweet friends!

Per usual, my excuses of wanting to update this little space daily turns into updating every few months. The last time I wrote, Benny Boy was turning 3.5 and now... I'm planning his 4th birthday!

We had a great summer which quickly rolled into FALL.

We had the best trip to Disney World & Florida with my sister's family.

I turned 33.

Josh turned 34.

Layla started KINDERGARTEN.

I mean.. time is literally flying by. We celebrated birthdays and survived (barely) our first bout of Hand Foot & Mouth disease.

We are continuing the potty training game with Benny.

We are happy.

Here is a glimpse into lately...

What I'm watching....currently, my obsessions include This Is Us (SO GOOD), WestWorld, Designated Survivor.. and I'm about to start to binge Stranger Things & Transparent. OH, and obviously currently obsessed with the new Saturday Night Lives and the horrific debates. #Isitoveryet?

What I'm reading....right now I'm reading "The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo" by Amy Schumer - have you read it yet? It's SO GOOD. A couple of weeks ago, I flew to Florida (for 48 hours) to babysit my best friend Laura's kiddos while her mom got married. I forgot the adapter for my new iPhone 7 plus and thus needed to download something quick to read on my phone. This book is PERFECT for that. Funny, witty, honest, easy. Love it. I'm also listening to "Before I Go To Sleep" by S. J. Watson (spooky and interesting).

What I'm eating...UM, EVERYTHING. I'm so disappointed in myself. It's coming on 15 weeks of Weight Watchers and I'm barely down 5 pounds. I just can't seem to get it together. I don't know what my problem is but I need to get my big butt out of this funk and get back to pre-Benny/Layla weight. NOW.

What I'm listening to...ALL day, everyday..the Hamilton soundtrack. I can't get enough - and LUCKY US - we got tickets!!!! We are going in JULY OF 2017 (literally). HA!

What I'm Wearing... We are on MAJOR MONEY SAVE to despite wanting to buy all new fun fall clothes, I'm basically wearing ALL plaid, ALL jeans, ALL boots. I do love these crisp temps!

What I'm Excited For... Break the Fast (easy fast to all my chosen ones!), Halloween (currently we will have Elana of Avalor & Darth Vador), Thanksgiving (we are staying home this year because Josh is having surgery), my 15th high school reunion (CHS 260!), Hanukkah, New Years & Mexico in January!!!

... so that's life lately. Things are good. Stressful and hectic and good. I hope you guys are doing well and I promise to update when I can.