I am seeing a bit of a reprieve from the usual in the next few weeks. The girls have a bunch of early dismissals this week in school for parent-teacher conferences and then there’s the much-awaited spring break next week. I’m looking forward to it and I know the girls are, too.
I cannot believe that this already the fourth week of my 52-week photography project where I try to take pictures of Chiara and Ines every week to capture fleeting yet precious childhood moments in their lives. This week, there’s C who was pleasantly surprised by a card and a gift from her cousin Lucie in France. Not sure if my girls can appreciate getting old-fashioned cards in the mail but I sure do. Call me old school but there’s nothing like actually opening and holding an actual card.
Then, there’s Ines with her eternal happy-go-lucky attitude in everything. Not many things can get her down. Even when practicing her piano pieces, she finds a way to goof off. What makes her truly happy is spending time with her friends. She’s only eight years old but she’s mighty loyal to her friends in school.
How was your week?
Though the temperatures still hover around low to mid-40s in this part of the globe, I am getting excited for the warmer days ahead. The promise of longer days and hardly any need to bundle up are just simple things that I am looking forward to. I am also thrilled about changing up my wardrobe a bit and adding a few things that recently have caught my attention.
…there’s these two pairs of super-comfy shoes
…this denim caftan that would be ideal with white jeans
…this military-style tapered jacket, again perfect with jeans and almost any bottom
…and for a something a little dressy, this shirt-dress. I’m curious…have you bought anything fun lately?
With exception of white shoes and dress, clothes and shoes are from here
Hope you all had a lovely weekend. Week 3 of my 52 weeks project. There’s Chiara who has had quite a challenging year especially with her piano pieces. Her new piano teacher is excellent but requires a lot of perfection and mastery on C’s part. She and Ines had their mid-year piano recital this weekend and I must say that I’m proud of both of them. The highlight of C’s week was seeing her self-portrait displayed at our local town hall.
Ines finished her week with her 100th dojo point in school. Her teacher uses a dojo-point reward system for good behavior in class. As a reward, she got this big stuffed animal in school that she instantly bonded with. She also had a wonderful Girl Scout cookie selling session on Saturday with her troop where they sold over 150 boxes in a few hours. Rock on, Girl Scouts!
Two Saturdays ago, I met up with some friends to check out the Neue Galerie in the Upper East Side. It was after a week when school was canceled twice and I was in desperate need of some “me” time away from my girls. Inside the gallery is a wonderful Austrian-themed restaurant, Cafe Sabarsky — a perfect spot to start girl-bonding time and catch up with what everyone’s been up to. My girlfriends and I indulged in savory bratwursts and decadent desserts of chocolate torte and apple strudel.
After brunch, we checked out the museum’s permanent collection and current Egon Schiele exhibit. While the Schiele exhibit was interesting, I personally felt the highlight of our visit was seeing Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. I’ve long been a fan of Klimt’s works and seeing this particular work in person was pretty amazing. Hard to believe that this work is over 100 years old with all its sumptuous and vivid details!
Do you know that there’s a movie on this portrait coming out in April? It’s called Woman in Gold with Helen Mirren and it deals with how Adele Bloch-Bauer’s descendant in the US fought the Austrian government to recover this work that the Nazis looted during World War II. It’s an amazing story that I’m dying to learn more about.
Images via (1), (2), (3), (4)
Here’s week 2 of my 52 weeks series. This little girl, who made her first confession on Saturday in preparation for her First Communion, felt all grown-up and proud. She also takes being a brownie Girl Scout quite seriously.
And then. there’s her bigger sister who likes to let loose on Friday nights and listen to her tween music and do a little dancing, even a little Harlem shake.
Hope you all had a great weekend!