it’s funny how often we get stopped by people so that they can ask about the kids and their bikes. i’m not sure if it is because the bikes seem different since they have no pedals or if they stop us because they are amazed at the crazy bike handling skills alexa and hayden have… it may be a combo of both.
the bikes are made by a company called strider bikes. they are balance bikes, meaning they have no pedals or training wheels. the purpose is to teach kids balance first… and let me tell you, they work brilliantly! hayden has better balance than any of us. he can take off on the bike and prop his heels up on the inside of the bike and just coast. it is pretty incredible! we can’t say enough about these bikes! hayden started riding his when he was just under 2 years old and alexa had just turned 3. if you are thinking about bikes as gifts for christmas, these come highly recommended from us! check them out!
i’m not really sure how it turned from fall to winter, but baby, it is cold outside. i actually really love winter… maybe it is because i love the holidays… maybe it is because i love sweaters & scarves… i love the way new york city feels in the cold, there is something electric about it. i will say, however, it is not as great for the kids when it is freezing out… that means a LOT of indoor play dates and less bike rides in the park. it was especially cold a couple days ago and nate snapped a couple precious shots of hayden gazing out the window and watching the brave cyclists and tourists brave the brooklyn bridge on a blustery day. too cute.
our 6 year old yorkie, rider, really does not like the cold… in fact, he pretty much doesn’t leave our apartment. we joke that rider is a cat/dog. he could spend all day on top of the sofa or cuddled in our laps… hayden and alexa tend to have more rambunctious plans for him, much to his dismay.
hope everyone is staying warm inside on these cold and wintery days! xx
friday evening, the kids and i met nate at his studio… he was working later than usual. since the kids were in the city to visit me, we thought it would be fun to hang out with daddy for a bit and then grab dinner. we did a little work, had a little dance session and then did an impromptu family photo shoot. it seemed like an ideal opportunity to snap some family-style selfies… i can’t even deal with how cute these pictures of them are! love. they are little professionals.
there are many reasons i love my job, but one of them is that i work closely with moms who work and raise kids in the city just like me. i think who you work with makes all the difference in a job. yesterday we planned a last minute “visit mommy at work” day. out of the four of us working on the ivanka trump brand, three of us have daughters that are just a couple months apart from each other… seemed like it was time they got to be friends as well so we had them come up to see us as a fun friday afternoon outing.
they started off by going up to the 25th floor of trump tower to gaze out onto the amazing view of central park… a perfect spot to play “i spy with my little eye.” then the kids hung out for a little session of coloring and toy trucks.
currently in the trump tower atrium there is this amazing exhibit of a tyrannosaurus skeleton that was found in garfield county, montana in the summer of 2012–isn’t that incredible! approximately 40% of the skeleton is represented in this skeleton. at first i was worried that the kids would find it too scary, but they were just bummed they couldn’t touch it!
after the dinosaur exhibit we took them to fao schwartz… pretty much making this the best friday night ever! hayden instantly gravitated to all the cars and trucks of course.
believe it or not, i had never brought the kids to big piano dance mat at fao schwartz. for some reason alexa wanted nothing to do with it, but it didn’t deter hayden from tearing it up with georgia on the keys.
i rarely take a taxi to work in the mornings. normally i walk alexa to school and then catch the subway uptown. today i had phone calls to make and, believe it or not, the best and sometimes only time i can find to catch up on phone calls is in a cab. which means that i technically pay for time on my own to do this–sounds pretty crazy but you do what you have to when life is busy. a friend of mine and i often joke that we have to take taxis just to place a diaper and grocery order. eek!
my initial plan this morning was to do another style stories post… take alexa out to breakfast, etc, but it was so cold and we were delayed due to an “i don’t want to wear a jacket” meltdown. ps. i had no idea it was possible for a jacket or buttons to be scary, but apparently they are to a 3 year old. so, since we went through the trouble of trying to get out the door for some photos, i thought i would post a couple.
i am in love with my green coat... it is one of my favorite pieces i got when i worked for oscar de la renta (#tbt george and ruby!!). the best part about it is that it is very lightweight and warm. while oscar de la renta pieces are an investment, they are always impeccably made and will never go out of style… and, as they say, oscar does the best greens.
you can’t really see my dress, it is one of my favorite new “go-to” work dresses. i love the pop of blue and it fits like a glove.
i wish you could see alexa’s adorable zebra print jersey dress from h&m paired with her black tights and mocassins. she and hayden both have the same oscar de la renta children’s duffle coat, his is navy and hers is red… the best part is that they are unisex so he can wear hers next year.
how precious is this photo?! i wasn’t home for this darling moment but nate was lucky enough to be swinging by our place mid afternoon to capture it. i’m guessing this was the wind down pre-naptime and the kids were having a little movie snack session. between tvs, ipads and iphones it seems like kids are seeing at least 20x the amount of video content that we saw when we were young. in our home we do our best to find a balance of letting them enjoy digital devices in moderation and with a balance of physical and mental activity to develop their minds, motor skills and creativity. we definitely don’t succeed at this all the time, but we are trying and hopefully we are doing a good job!
one of my favorite questions to ask parents is–what toys do your kids absolutely love? (ps. it is almost always something a grandparent gives that one first is not excited about and then realizes its the best gift ever) i love finding cool new playful or educational games to bring into our home. here is a roundup of some of our favorites (i thought it might be helpful since its gift giving time and santa is probably starting to check items off the list).
1. circus tent 2. pound and roll tower 3. beanbag hop scotch 4. ballerina magnetic dress up 5. t-ball set 6. car carrier 7. cranium hullabaloo 8. dora singing guitar 9. nesting blocks 10. band in a box 11. blow up balloons (don’t underestimate the power of cheap latex balloons with princesses on them!) 12. play doh
it was such a beautiful morning in brooklyn today. nate and i had to take alexa to a preschool interview and we left a little early so that we could take a peaceful morning stroll. i can’t believe that alexa will be four next spring… how is she growing up so fast?
since it was an “interview” i dressed her up a little more proper than her standard glittery princess skirts. she looked like such a little school girl in her navy wool romper (she has an adorable printed button up shirt on too, but she refused to take her favorite jacket off for a photo!) with cable knit tights and mary janes. (i am obsessed with all shoes by the brand see kai run–they are the best!)
i’m pretty thrilled that fall is here… i much prefer a fall wardrobe to any other–believe it or not, i could live in tights… let’s be honest, doesn’t every girl have a love/hate affair with spanx? our mornings are pretty crazy so i make an effort to find easy pieces to add to my wardrobe that are effortless, but stylish and fun. i love this flirty blush colored skirt from club monaco–great for fall, but will transition easily to warmer weather.
alexa looks for flowers and sticks everywhere we go when we are outside… i guess that is pretty typical of toddlers, but i find it pretty charming nonetheless.
there aren’t many words needed to describe these pictures… every parent knows that the time after dinner and before bedtime is truly the witching hour… tonight it was about a series of acrobatics. two toddlers launching themselves off of ottomans and sofas. they manage to make an enormous mess of our family room within 5 seconds every evening… good times for mommy and daddy.
happy halloween! i’ve always loved halloween… as a kid it was definitely my holiday of choice other than christmas. normally i would put more effort into costumes, but this year i decided life was crazy enough and we kept it pretty simple. i didn’t see the point in fighting the princess craze so alexa was sleeping beauty, of course… and to top it off she was snow white earlier today. all in a three year old’s days work. i decided hayden would make a pretty adorable magician–plus it would be an easy costume to execute. i ordered a magicians hat, wand and cape and then some sticky back felt to add decor to the cape. pair that with a vest, button-up shirt and a pair of jeans and you are set.
i am sure those who live outside of new york city are wondering how a kid in the city does halloween. it’s actually pretty amazing… all the local stores open up their doors and give out candy. i remember when we first moved to new york, we lived in the west village, stores like burberry, marc jacobs, ralph and more would have employees standing at the curb giving out candy. it was pretty charming actually. the brooklyn neighborhoods are pretty amazing on the trick-or-treating front… from stores to brownstones you will easily fill up bags of candy. this year we decided to join the fun of our buildings halloween festivities… which meant 12 floors of kids running up and down the halls with parents chatting and meandering after them while they stopped by everyone’s door to say trick-or-treat and grab some sweets.
nate hung back with rider and handed out treats while the kids and i roamed the halls… hayden didn’t last too long because he saw a kid in a scary mask and that was it–no more trick-or-treating for him!
before finishing up this post i had to share a couple more snapshots from earlier today… specifically alexa’s snow white moment below. i remember when you were allowed to wear your costume to school as a kid and how excited i was too.
people always say that it looks like alexa and hayden are really close–they are and it is the biggest blessing. yes, of course they bicker like any siblings do, but they really are the best of friends. it is pretty amazing to watch them not only grow up together, but they continue to grow closer. i guess they really are irish twins!
alexa has school three days a week and i normally walk her to class on my way to catch the train to work. today, nate followed us to take some snap some shots. i tried desperately to get alexa to wear her cute toggle coat, but she will only wear her green patagonia jacket… it is going on its third winter and i am starting to think it is growing with her? um, best investment ever!
i’ve been wanting to blog about my latest obsession–the rebecca minkoff wolf jacket. you know when you buy a new item for your wardrobe and you kind of wonder how much you will wear it…? i’m currently in a “wearing it almost every day phase” with this one.
my other obsession as of late are my ivanka trump mina booties. a short black bootie is the most versatile shoe for fall. i work for ivanka so i wear a lot of her shoes–they are pretty amazing by the way–but these are my current favorite (and yes, they are comfortable enough to walk to work in). alexa is wearing her glittering gold supergas, which thankfully she loves as much as i do!
ps. the best part about this jacket is that the sleeves zip off. normally i would find this detail to be gimmicky, but it totally works. on saturday i actually went through the motions of sleeves on and off a couple times throughout the day–crazy new york weather!