Friday, December 23, 2005

Emma, Zack, Eric, and Heather went to NYC on December 18th to see the NYCB production of the Nutcracker. This is a tradition that Zack and Heather started when Zack was 3, and we have done this every year since. The event ramped-up over the years to include an overnight stay at a different 5* hotel each year, a trip to Teuscher chocolates for champagne truffles, room service, the tree at Rockefeller Center, etc. Emma is 3 now, and it was great fun to introduce her to the ritual with Zack. Of course we wore her out, so she did a lot of shoulder time. This reminded Heather of why she lifts every day.

We took the train, subways, and taxis. Emma had her first Teuscher, which is a big moment for me, right up there with one's first Manolos.
Emma was completely mesmerized by the ballet.

So were Zack and Eric.

Then, suddenly in the second act, complete shutdown.

All recovered for the train ride home. Emma and Heather stayed up late to watch The Polar Express. Zack stayed up late to do whatever with friends. Next year: The Pierre!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Santa and Shopping
Heather, Emma, Erin, Mark, and Jen went to the Westchester mall on December 10 to see Santa and to shop for shoes, both of which are traditions for Emma and Auntie Heather. Unlike last year, when Emma refused to sit on that big strange man's lap, this year Emma got the part about asking Santa for Christmas gifts. Her requests: A bicycle for her, and toys for all the rest of the children in the world. Parental units at work with the latter request. After the girls left Santa and we all began to walk to our next stop (Ladies shoes, Neiman Marcus) Emma stopped, looked at the adults, and said "But where's my bicycle?" :-) The rents had forgotten to explain that part. Very cute.

That's my woman!

Two peas in a pod. Emma is way more interested in Ladies shoes than in the kids department, where, of course, we also shopped. And she can actually walk in those things, unlike some of my best friends.

Rekha and Vasu stayed with me for two weeks after their return from their marriage in India. They had to wait for their new apartment to be ready. All 3 of us love to cook, so the kitchen was always occupied by someone making something fabulous. I loved having them here, and tried hard to convince them to stay. Guilt, bribery, rational argument- nothing was off limits. But they're off to their new life together as of yesterday, and I will miss them very much.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

On the day Erin Marie Cecilia Famous was born, Emma Virginia Amy Famous and I were in the middle of a 3 day sleepover. First night: Movies, unlimited orange juice, late night pasta, and bed-sharing. (No kicking or flailing.) Next day: Pancakes and raspberries for Emma, followed by workout with Auntie Heather. Fit TV aerobics plus free weights and crunches for Heather, rebounding trampoline plus weights plus decorating the Pilates machine with exercise bands for Emma. For some reason, decorating 2 legs of the Pilates bench with the red and green bands made it a "girl's" machine. Quick change, shower for Heather while PBS for Emma, followed by trip to Empire Hunan in Yorktown Heights. Leaving party for office mate was attended by 25 or so co-workers. Terrified by so many strangers, Emma attempts to crawl into Heather's skin. 1/2 hour on lap, lots of friendly coos and offers of toys and food later, Emma finally relaxes and impresses all with chopstick skills. Emma wants to visit Auntie Heather's office, which she later compares with Daddy's, so visit there is relaxed and happy: All of those scary new lunch people are friends now. Also receives candy at most cubicles. Begins the phrase of the visit, which is reference to Emma and Heather: "We're 2 peas in a pod. That's us!" Phrase repeated to co-workers and total strangers, who melt instantly. Next, drive to Hospital to meet new baby sister Erin. Mom pukes and Dad holds two girls. Heather holds Erin and doesn't want to let go. Heather contemplates kidnapping both girls. During car ride home Emma and Heather practise Heather's Spanish learning CD's. This proves useful during following day's AM exercise: Heather and Emma multitask and count first set of whatever in English, second set in Spanish. Spanish is added to phrase of visit: "We're 2 peas in a pod. Somos." Bath with rubber duckie begins the day. More pancakes and eggs and yogurt and oj are prepared. Many drawings are made with markers, stickers, etc formerly in posession of cousin Zack. Most marks arrive on paper, while a few arrive on table. Mom and Dad telephone and demand to see Emma. Grandma Jean has arrived. Emma and Heather have to experiment with many lipsticks before hospital visit. Emma sleeps in car and Heather wishes she could. Next Erin/Mom/Dad visit is followed by rushed dinner before performance of Pilobolus at SUNY Arts center. Emma wants to talk and to imitate dance movements during performance. Heather explains why this is not done when lights are out. Emma is unable to sit in theatre chair because it collapses with insufficient weight. Heather has brilliant idea that coveted binky will replace chatter during performance, and places binkied Emma on lap. At intermission Emma receives kudos from neighbors in seats. Emma replies "We're 2 peas in a pod. That's us!" By end of performance half of audience knows Emma and asks for her opinion of dance. Emma reports that the final dance was very funny, and new friends say goodnight. Girl sleeps in car. Auntie practises Spanish with CD's and puts sleeping girl to bed. Reluctantly Heather returns Emma to Stamford for birthday party and sleepover with Grandma Jean.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

October 29, 2005 After. Emma took this picture of Erin at the hospital.
October 27, 2005 Before...

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Tomorrow I get to play with Emma and Morgan while their parents are off doing civilized things. Emma and I will have sushi. Morgan and I will play on the new swing set with Emma. 'Had my first real phone conversation with Emma tonight: She talked without constant prodding, and asked me questions, e.g. "you're coming with Morgan tomorrow?" and " You'll come to my house and play on my new swingset" etc. Very cool.

Friday, September 02, 2005

I find what's going on in the Gulf coast after Katrina to be incomprehensible. I've given money, but it seems an inadequate and unsatisfying response.
What if each of us could sponsor a family? I have a big house with lots of room and food. I have a good job and could relocate a family here for a while. What do you think? If you have any connection to a charitable org looking for such support, let me know, please.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Zack's High School baseball coach received this when he returned from Summer break. Bravo Zack!

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Emma's new swing set
I visited Mark, Jen, and Emma tonight. Emma had her first sushi,which she ate with chopsticks. We played throw the animals from the bed. (Not the living ones, of course)

I went to visit Morgan in her new home in Ayer MA. It's only 1 hour from Keene State, Zack's university. 'Had great lunch, visit, playtime, walk, and pug time with the family. 'Can't wait until the time when I can pick up Emma, Morgan, and Zack for skiing/boarding weekends.

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