bythelight1973

If you wait for perfection, you'll miss life

Posts tagged “family

Homemade library bags

Posted on July 6, 2016

For the longest time Henry and Oliver have been asking me to make them library bags.  We almost always end up asking for plastic bags at the front desk to take the books home in, but plastic bags can be uncomfortable for little hands, not to mention it’s not good for our planet so to kick off summer reading I surprised the boys by taking them to the fabric store. I had them pick out the fabrics for their bags and a few days later got to work sewing.  To say they were happy to see their bags is an understatement.  I knew they would be glad, but Henry especially was really touched I had sewed their bags from scratch.    The look on…

“How To Raise A Wild Child” book review

Posted on April 21, 2016

Growing up in NYC I didn’t have many opportunities to be out in nature except for going to the park nearby our home or visiting Central Park on a weekend, however ever since I could remember I have always felt drawn to nature. I still remember when the street I grew up in was all concrete and there wasn’t a tree in sight. As a young girl I didn’t know anything was missing, but then one day some people from an organization (perhaps a beautification organization) came and planted trees up and down my block. I was so excited because suddenly my block looked so pretty. That was over 25 years ago. Today those trees have grown big, strong and beautiful. Whenever I return…

I promise not to let the fame get to my head.

Posted on January 16, 2015

Happy New Year everyone! I hope January finds everyone in good health and spirits. Usually this month tends to be one of reflection and contemplation and that’s exactly what I found myself doing the other day. I was thinking that for 2015 I’d like to incorporate more creativity within our home. I think exposing our children to the arts is just as vital as attaining an excellent academic education. Whether spending an hour out of a Saturday afternoon to paint on canvas or taking 30 minutes out of a busy weekday to just color and glue a picture together (all things that I have already done with Henry in the past week) it’s becoming clear to me that 2015 is shaping up to what…

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Posted on May 12, 2014

We heard that the weather was going to be lovely for Mother’s Day so I couldn’t think of anything better than to take the kids outside for some hiking and a little photo opportunity for moi. We headed to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. It was our fist time visiting this extraordinary bird sanctuary. Apparently, it’s one of the most important bird sanctuary in the Northeastern part of the U.S. My goodness this place did not disappoint. It was beautiful. As soon as we started hiking we could hear all at once the songs of many species of birds. Geese, house wrens, etc. A few almost flew into me. Of course I left my super-duper zoom lens at home but I managed to get some…

These moments…

Posted on January 1, 2014

Last night we rang in the New Year with a baby that didn’t fall asleep until a little after midnight (I think he was waiting for the ball to drop) and a 4-year-old with a bad cold calling out from bed, “can someone clean my nose?!” Thus, this is how we ushered in 2014 and that’s perfectly fine by me. The year 2013 was a total whirlwind for us. We welcomed another son, we moved, we said goodbyes and looked forward to new experiences. I didn’t and haven’t blogged as much as I would have liked. I haven’t been able to visit a lot of people’s blog and comment or have had a chance to thank new followers (thank you!) but one thing I learned in 2013 is to truly enjoy the moment and know that where we are at in our lives is only a moment in time. This stage of parenting is very intense but I know that in a couple of years Oliver will be walking, running and playing with his brother and we will have a bit more of a routine and hopefully get some more sleep, lol. Hopefully, I will start blogging more steadily in 2014, reconnect with people and work on my photography. In the meantime I’m going to savor this time, these moments because they are oh so fleeting. These moments, they settle into the crevices of our memory banks and when we find ourselves in a quiet space these memories hopefully bring a smile to our lips and fill us with a sense of having been fully present in our lives.

Wishing you all a present filled 2014!

I left my heart in…Albany

Posted on October 10, 2013

We celebrated this past Saturday what was for me a bittersweet 6th year wedding anniversary. Bittersweet because in a couple of months we will be moving from Albany and all that I have grown to love and appreciate of this area. I didn’t always feel this way. Actually, a couple of months after we had moved up here I was wondering if we had made a colossal mistake. Although I’m familiar with upstate winters ( I attended SUNY Oswego for three years so I’m very well acquainted with lake effect snow and weather) memory has a way of eroding how endless cloudy days and heavy snowstorms feel like and so in the middle of February two years ago with a toddler in tow and…