October 26, 2012

2 Bits…(from this week)

* Picture Day (what a big boy he’s becoming), Fall in all its glory

October 23, 2012

Sharing…

October is Hispanic Heritage Month and Noah’s school celebrated with a bang - his class performed a Dominican merengue for the school, they feasted on latin food, and honored Hispanic culture throughout the month.  I wanted to highlight some of Noah’s background and shared a little bit about Brazil today with his class.  The kids enjoyed finding Brazil on the map, reading a book about Brazil, baking some pao de quiejo and even making a Brazilian flag for a parade around the classroom. 

These tiny acts of sharing may seem miniscule to little people, but it all adds up to rich exposures and cultural awareness - so essential growing up in NYC.  I think Noah was mighty proud too.

As the saying goes, “Sharing…is caring!”

October 19, 2012

Bits and Pieces…(from this week)

 

 

 

 

* party prepping assistant, dia das criancas celebration at jane’s carousel, dance class, making art shirtless, always tired, gel manicure obsession, fighting the sickies, lunching korean cafeteria style

October 12, 2012

Bits and Pieces…(from this week)

 

 

 

 

 

* fun mural en route to Korean School (East Village), prepping for family reading @ Brasil em Mente, livros com papai, gorging on pao de queijo @ Emporium Brasil, Open House NY manhole tour, superstar, monthly morning date - Morandi, twinsies, camelo love, economy candy for nostalgic candy and more

October 10, 2012

Hangul

How I detested going to Korean School on Saturdays.  Maybe it was because I started around 3rd grade, and was placed in a Kindergarten level class.  Maybe that explains why my sister and I would hide in the bathroom and roll up cheap powdered soap (the Korean school rented a public high school and that’s what they had) until they were perfect pasty balls so we could throw them up to the ceiling, hoping they’d stick.  They didn’t.  Maybe that explains why I’d sit on my sister’s skateboard (who was in the prime of her tomboy phase) while she pushed me from behind as fast as she could down the hallways.  Yep.  That explains it.  We spent a lot of those Saturdays standing in a corner of the classroom.  

So now it’s Noah’s turn.  He’s starting a lot earlier, when school is still fun and playing is involved.  It doesn’t surprise me that these 4-year olds have homework to practice learning and writing the Korean alphabet.  They are very organized about it (daily reports of what was taught), but it’s still funny to me.  Homework at this age can be silly, but Noah has quickly learned to identify individual letters and how they are grouped together in blocks to form syllables.  I love to hear him compare the Korean letters to English letters.  It’s a little more difficult to distinguish when he is learning Portuguese, but at least I can clearly reinforce the Korean.

It’s torture taking him to Korean School at 9:00am on Saturday mornings, but for now…he sees other children that look like himself on a regular basis and most of all, he sees his culture played out in real life.  It’s not a pretend world between he and his mom…and it’s totally worth it.

October 8, 2012

Manhole Covers of NY…

We walk around and absentmindedly step on so many manholes in NYC, I’m sure there are only a rare few that stop to think about what lies beneath these cast iron doors.  I finally managed to make it to one tour for Open House NY this year (which is another reason to love New York, by the way - I will be sure to reserve a full day of free tours next year). 

Manhole Covers of 14th Street, designed and led by artist Michele Brody, was an enlightening look at what is obviously a public work, but still intricate and beautiful.  I came out of the tour looking at them with more consideration, and definitely as a canvas for art, with much purpose. Brody described manholes as the “liminal space between the world above and below.”  I liked that - can you imagine what lies beneath us, the heat and energy that is constantly at work to run our city?  Wow! 

I was most charmed by the now-useless coal chute covers (many removed and covered with concrete).  These chutes that looked similar to manholes from ground level were used by merchants to deliver coal to homes and businesses.  They were often dotted with colored glass, to provide light into the basement.  It was hard to notice at first, but I thought these rainbow flecks of light were pretty special.  

October 5, 2012

Bits and Pieces…(from this week)

 

 

 

*  Matching Chucks take the gloom away, first of many family sleepovers in the living room, builder at heart, new bubble umbrella brings smiles to a rainy week, a family portrait, MOMA’s awesome Century of the Child exhibit

October 2, 2012

Vintage-Inspired…

I have always considered myself a minimalist.  Whatever wasn’t used or appreciated wasn’t necessary - clutter causes stress, right?  That being said, I have the grandma in me and appreciate things that have some relevance.  I would enjoy sifting through my mom and grandma’s clothes to see what I could recycle and wear in a new way in high school.   I still miss that paisley velvet blazer my mom made for herself and I wore out when I was 15. 

I never applied that mentality to my home though - the idea of valuing the old; recognizing the history and story that came along with well-made things that have been passed on and survived the test of time.  Not until I met Ms. Vintage herself, Jeanne.  Painter, photographer, antiques dealer, flower girl…artist-hippie extraordinaire!  I had always imagined the home of the antique-lover to be dusty, cluttered and filled with random collections…boarderline hoarder status.  Similar to the woman I had rented a room from for 6 months during college.  I had 1 shelf in her kitchen cabinet for my things.  The rest of the house was filled to the brim with fragile figurines…mostly kooky and  questionable  (empty fish tank on top of an old piano in my room included).

Needless to say, Domesticspace opened my eyes to see that an appreciation for vintage doesn’t have to be old and musty.  Things can be shared in a fresh, minimal sort of way…THAT I like.  And the shopper in me loves going to the flea market for hours to look at everything (twice for that matter) to find the perfect high quality item that was exactly NOT on your precious list.  Here’s how I fared this past weekend at Elephant’s Trunk.  Just to look at these finds can make you so happy!

  • the sweetest ‘new’ old umbrella with a beautiful handle and button-loop closure
  • the perfect set of pink milk glass dessert cups, that make eating ice cream or pudding tastier
  • an outdoor folding rocking chair that is exactly what your husband needed for sitting on the balcony

October 1, 2012

Cozy, Cozy Burrito…

That’s what Paisley says when she wants to be tucked in and wrapped up in a blanket.  She’ll lay there and demand, “Cozy, cozy, burrito!” 

Now that October is here and the temperature is slowly declining, we all want to be a little cozy.  We were in CT this weekend and noticed some of the leaves slowly turning colors.  This is our ‘cozy toolkit’ for our living room, strategically placed within arm’s reach of the sofa.  In an old milk crate,  we have:  a couple throw blankets, magazines, a few fave books, Noah’s dominoes, tissues and hand lotion.  You can put anything in there that you like to have nearby as you are watching a movie, reading a good book or playing happily on the rug.

We like this idea - nobody here likes to get UNcozy!

September 28, 2012

Bits and Pieces…(from this week)

   

                 

                  

                  

*  Hansel from Basel tights, Mike Perry studio, glitter pumpkin, haircut time, beautiful doors, Tinsel Trading, Campaign for Wool, mocassins for Fall

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