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Twins’ Baby Shower

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Family and friends | 0 comments

On Sunday afternoon, we had a baby shower for my sister who’s expecting twins. Lots of merrymaking and joy all around as the parents-to-be gather amongst friends, sometimes holding little ones in their arms as they prepare for their coming roles as new parents.

The girls had fun decorating onesies for their soon-to-be cousins…girl cousins, for that matter. As I look around the room and watch my sister’s friends and the life stages their in, I realized how that time is now all in the distant past. My new parenting reality is now made up of Ariana Grande and the Percy Jackson series, less of formulas and baby foods.

Hope you had a good weekend!

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Thanksgiving Ideas

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Interiors, Lifestyle | 0 comments

I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away. I know I say this practically every year but I am just not ready for the holidays quite yet. With busy-ness of everyday life, there’s just not that much time to stop and think of what to make, let alone how to be creative for this holiday.

I did start collecting some images of how I’d like my Thanksgiving table to look. I prefer organic and more natural elements at the table such as these….

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Or something more elaborate like this one…

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And for the kids’ table…

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What are you thinking of for Thanksgiving?

Images via (1), (2), (3), (4), and (5)

French Children’s Film at Montclair

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Family and friends, France | 0 comments

Twice a year, the Montclair Art Museum along with the Alliance Francaise in Montclair show a highly-acclaimed French family movie, subtitled in English. We always try to see the movies as going to Montclair is just so much simpler than going to the Alliance Francaise in midtown Manhattan where street parking is non-existent.  Plus, it’s a an easy and fun way for the girls to practice their French.

This weekend, the museum showed the movie “Zarafa,” an African-based story of a little boy named Maki and his adventures as he tried to escape the slave trade along with his beloved giraffe, Zarafa, using a hot air balloon that traversed Africa to Paris, and back.  For a such serious topic, the movie does a wonderful job in delivering its message in a way that children can empathize and understand.

There was a post-movie activity where the kids made their own mini-hot air balloons.   As much as Chiara balked at the idea of doing this little project, she ended up getting really into it and even getting super-frustrated when her balloon won’t stay upright.  Who knows how much longer we’ll get to do these types of things with the girls?  They are slowly reaching the age where family movies are a little too young for them.  It seems that a lot of the kids present tend to be a few years younger than them.  But until they say no from the get go, I’ll still continue to ask them if they’d like to come along.

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Matisse Cut-Outs at the MOMA

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Art | 0 comments

It may be one of my favorite exhibits of all times, the Matisse Cut-Outs at the MOMA.  If you are in the area, I highly recommend checking out this exhibit; just be prepared and get your tickets ahead of time as this is probably the BIG exhibit in NYC this fall.

I do believe that the latter period of Henri Matisse’s work, which includes bigger-than-life cutouts, is his best.  Hard to believe that he was pretty much confined to a wheelchair when he crafted these forms and composed them on walls, murals and plain canvas.  The vibrancy and perfection of his color choice and combination are timeless while the rather organic forms he made are still relevant in today’s design and art world.

The pictures that I have here are from a book I purchased after seeing the exhibit. While the photos do a decent job in capturing the essence of his work, they do not do justice to the breadth and ambition of the actual exhibit, which includes the “Swimming Pool (La Piscine)” installation that took the museum three years to recreate.  Well done, MOMA!

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Random Weekend Doings

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Family and friends | 0 comments

The girls had a long weekend with their school closed last Thursday and Friday for Teachers’ Convention. Apart from scheduling a few playdates for them, I also signed them up for an all-day workshop at the Montclair Art Museum on Friday. Ines took a Pottery Workshop while Chiara took a Textile/Fabric Arts class that was largely inspired by the museum’s current exhibit on African-American Quilts.

We took it easy most of the weekend.  Dinner with friends on Saturday night where delicious couscous was served.  Then, there was our outing in the city on Sunday where we feted a little girl’s 4th birthday.   Seeing many friends and their little ones this weekend made me look forward to the holiday season and merry making to come.

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

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freedomtower Always love the sight of this