Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A night out

One of the fun things we had the opportunity to do while we were in NYC was attend an art opening.

My sister works for Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea so she had an invitation to the opening for Yayoi Kusama at the Whitney.

She and her boyfriend insisted that we go and offered to stay home with our kiddos.

Kusama is in her 80s and her work is at the forefront of contemporary art.

We got to view some interesting installations and paintings which showed how her artwork has developed through the years.

But perhaps more interesting for me were the people attending the art opening.  It was a great place to people watch.  I could just have taken pictures of people and their outfits.  I was even flattered to be complimented on mine.

After the opening, my sister suggested we get a drink at a cocktail bar in her neighbourhood called Huckleberry.  It was a lovely evening out.  The kids had such fun with my sister and Obbie (and Max, who helped to put them to bed) that they wanted us to go out again the next night.

Friday, July 27, 2012

July 25th

On this day fourteen years ago, I took this man to be my husband.

In this small country church.

Surrounded by our immediate families and a few close friends.

For better or for worse.

In sickness and in health.

Now, three kids later...

I'm happier than I could have imagined all those years ago.

Yesterday, I dug out my wedding dress from my mother-in-law's closet, just for fun.

Our kiddos were giddy to see it, especially the girls.  They immediately went into flower girl mode, helping me to hold my dress.  They even took turns wearing my married.  But, my sweet little boy went all gooey and told me how beautiful I looked.  So I told him I never had a ring bearer and he could be mine.

I love my little wedding party.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Meet me in St. Louis

We took a little road trip this weekend.

Well before we were married, the hubby and I lived in a little town just twenty five minutes from St. Louis.

We spent the weekend catching up with good friends who we've known since college.

We drove through the little town to show our kids the places where we used to live and told them how much the town has changed since then.

We even drove out to the tiny country church where we were married and the current pastor came out to show us around.

Then we caught a Cardinals baseball game in triple digit weather, but not before taking a stroll down to the arch.  How gorgeous is this landmark?

It was a lovely way to share the memories of our lives as we were just beginning them together as husband and wife.  Perfect for getting ready to celebrate fourteen years of wedded bliss this week.

Outfit details:  H&M bird print dress, Saltwater Sandals, Target hat, Michael Kors watch, jewelry from various markets

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Small town living

The pace of our vacation has slowed down significantly in the last week.  You see, we've left the city and we're visiting the in-laws in small town Illinois.

The kids are getting lots of backyard time.  And so are we.

We're visiting with the neighbours.  In fact, as we were snapping these pictures in front of a neighbour's house, they came out to shoot the breeze.  Mostly we talked about how hot it's been.

We go for walks and bike rides, especially in the evening.  We've been cruising through town (and we had to explain what that was to our kiddos).

My big girl asked me yesterday, Mummy, do you know all these people?  And, of course, I don't.  Why is everyone waving at us then?  

So, we had a little talk about the charming qualities of being in a small town.  

There are so many that we city dwellers don't get to experience.  The smell of clothes that have been dried outside on a clothes line, the feel of real grass under our bare feet, finding worms, bugs and bees, collecting sticks and rocks, running around outside after dinner, checking the mail, playing hide and seek, tag and other games that require a back yard and bomb pops after lunch.

These are the lazy days of summer.

Outfit details:  Old Navy tank, mint cotton skirt from Horizons vintage shop in Brooklyn, Saltwater Sandals (new!), jewelry from Stanley, HK and Brooklyn markets, Michael Kors watch, Schwinn bicycle (my mother-in-law's)

Friday, July 20, 2012

MER bags for Baggu

My sister's boyfriend, Rob (or Obbie as he is known by my kids), designs and makes his own bags.  Check out his blog.

Tonight, he had a launch party to celebrate his collaboration with Baggu.  You can see the whole line of Mer Duck Totes here.  I wish we were still in NYC to help him celebrate.  I'm so proud of him. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Backyard fun

Sometimes, the best thing to beat the summer heat is a good splash in the backyard.

Our kids have been at it for the last three days.

Squirt guns, sprinklers, and our favorite, the slip and slide.

Even the hubby loves it.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Vintage in Brooklyn

Williamsburg has a vibe that is entirely different from the West Village.  Spending the last few days getting to know my youngest sister's neighborhood, I've grown to really love the vibe here.

For starters, people have a style all their own.  It's not always on trend, but rather eccentric and vintage-y.  And, there is some really excellent food to be eaten (and my hubby has been posting pictures on his tumblr).  

But for me, it's the great vintage shopping to be had.  From Artists and Fleas and the Brooklyn Flea to Horizons and 10 ft by Stella Dallas right by her house.

There are also some great coffee shops in the area as well.  My favorite are Blue Bottle and Toby's up near Bedford.

 I spent my first day with my sister exploring some of the vintage haunts and more wearing one of my latest vintage purchases from Steffy's Pros and Cons, this silk blouse.  The hot air balloon print got me immediately.  I'm such a sucker.  The blouse is 100% silk and loose fitting, so it made walking around in the 90+ degree weather much more bearable.  The delicious iced coffees helped, too.

I'm finishing up this post that I started a few days ago from my in-laws' house in the midwest.  I can't believe three weeks in New York flew by so quickly.  I hate goodbyes, especially leaving my sisters.  When we pulled away from my sister's in Brooklyn, my Ella was sobbing and Cally kept wondering why they couldn't come with us.  I hadn't anticipated that they'd get as sad as I do, but clearly they do.  And, it didn't make my leaving any easier.  While I managed to hold it together to comfort the kiddos, I woke up this morning feeling really low.  Oh well, I guess it's how I know we had so much fun.

Three more restful weeks here before we're back home to HK.

Outfit details:  hot air balloon print blouse - Tea and Tulips (Steffy's shop), American Apparel shorts, Brooklyn Charm necklace, Artist and Fleas earrings, custom made sandals in Hong Kong, Tom Ford sunnies

Friday, July 13, 2012

In Brooklyn

On Sunday, we ate brunch at Roberta's in Brooklyn.

Outside Roberta's (taken by Obbie).

The food there is divine.

They have their own rooftop garden and an awesome wood-fired oven for making their pizzas. 

While we waited for our table to be set, we enjoyed some drinks in the bar out the back.

 I particularly enjoyed the frozen gin and orange drinks.

And of course, a meal with all the family.

We've actually moved over to Brooklyn to stay with my youngest sister and her boyfriend, Rob (seen above), as our parents have now arrived in NYC, too.  We've got three full days with everyone and then we're off.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

New York Aquarium

Even with the searing heat, we decided to go on an adventure to Coney Island to see the Aquarium.

On our last trip to NYC two summers ago, Buddy and Joey explored the amusement park, which we could see as we walked on the bridge from the subway to the aquarium.

We walked along the boardwalk and briefly looked out at Brighton Beach.  No one was walking, which was a sheer indicator of the heat and it was only lunch time.

After buying our admission tickets, we took a small detour to Totonno's Pizza for lunch.  It was worth the walk and Cally ate almost four pieces on her own.

We were stuffed to the gills, so the long walk back to the aquarium was good exercise. 

By far, our family's favorite exhibit at the aquarium was the underground viewing of the walruses and the sea lions.

Not only did the air conditioning actually work, but there weren't many people crowding the windows either.  It almost felt like we weren't supposed to be in there.

The walruses and sea lions were really playful as well, coming around regularly to the window so we could have a close encounter with them.

The kids just ran back and forth between the sea lions and the walruses.

Seeing them so closely, deliberately bumping their tummies up against the glass, I felt like a kid again, too.  

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