Photo Update

We are just trucking along here, getting used to life with a fourth family member. I guess that’s a fifth family member if you count Lola. Poor, hairball queen Lola has been kicked out of mom and dad’s room at night. We haven’t done anything momentous this past week. We spent Memorial Day weekend hanging around the house and visiting with neighbors, friends, and family. This upcoming weekend will surely be momentous and exciting, so we will report back.

In the meantime, here are some obligatory baby and kid photos for your enjoyment.

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Stephanie

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Family Photo Shoot

David’s brother, Chris, kindly offered to take some family photos when I sent out a Facebook plea for affordable/new Philadelphia area photographers. He is a veterinarian by trade, and photography is a hobby. We can’t beat the price (gelato and dinner)! Plus, we got to hang out with some family in the process. As you can tell, the weather didn’t really cooperate this weekend. At least it stop sleeting long enough for us to walk around without umbrellas!

I mostly wanted to document our little family as it is right now. We never did formal maternity or newborn portraits with Estelle, so I guess we’re making up for it now. Chris might shoot some more family photos when we meet up to celebrate spring birthdays in April. We’ll be sure to share!

Here’s a look at our favorites…

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Have a great week!

Stephanie

Theater or Theatre?

I don’t think it REALLY matters! Do you?

Want to hear a funny story? Well, it’s less funny and more of a Stephanie messed up story. David purchased the three of us tickets to two shows this winter and spring at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia. The tickets were supposed to be a surprise gift for me for Christmas, but I mistakenly thought the envelope was junk mail. I opened it the day it arrived. To be fair, the envelope was in our junk mail pile that David often neglects. I quickly realized my mistake without ruining too much of the surprise. I didn’t see ALL of the tickets, just one. For all I knew, it could have been season tickets. In reality, they were tickets to see Cinderella and Pinnochio…both before Little Baby arrives this spring. That David is a smart guy, just not quick enough to hide his mail when he gets home!

Let me preface this post with a few facts. We are not regular theatre-goers. We rarely see concerts. Heck, we hardly leave the house to watch movies. Estelle has been to a puppet show, but this was her first live-acting theatre experience. She has only been exposed to the Disney version of Cinderella. We haven’t delved much into the Brothers Grimm versions of the classic fairy tales, but I’m looking to remedy that soon (with this book in particular). It goes without saying, we took a gamble. We had no idea if this would be a win or a flop with the little lady. Well, it was a win, a big fat win. All of us LOVED the show. It was funny. The costumes were an awesome mix of historic and contemporary styles. The story was creative but didn’t stray too very much from the original. The stage and props were very minimalistic, with lots of use of shadows. It was the perfect introduction to stage performance, and we very much look forward to seeing Pinocchio in April. I think after these two shows, Estelle will be ready for her first Nutcracker experience in December 2013. I’ve only been looking forward to that day for 4 years!

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If you can find a way to see Cinderella before it closes, please do. You won’t regret it, and boys will enjoy it just as much as girls. There are butt jokes, wedgies, and a king who refuses to bathe. The little boy next to me was cracking up.

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After the show, we headed on over to Franklin Fountain to get that milkshake I never had back in September. Then we continued the old-timey establishment trend, and checked out Shane Confectionery. Our bellies were too full of sweets to even think about buying anything! Maybe next time.

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Thank you for letting me gush about our fun day! We certainly hope you had a pretty OK weekend yourselves. I owe you all a kids’ bedroom update soon, we are very S-L-O-W-L-Y making changes. Although, the holidays are over, and time is no longer on our side.

Stephanie

Halfway Happy New Year

Does my post title make me seem less-than-thrilled about the New Year? On the contrary, we are quite excited about the adventures to come in 2013! Between weddings, baby, and a new family lake cabin to visit, there is much to look forward to this year. The “halfway there” just means I am officially more than halfway through this pregnancy. Only 4 months left of feeling like we kind of know what we’re doing.

This is where I would insert a cute belly bump photo of me, but no one has offered to take one. I guess I will have to take matters into my own hands get off my lazy butt and fetch the tripod one of these days when I’m looking half-decent.

This year, we rang in the New Year very quietly. We were on the sofa, trying our best to stay awake, and quietly making fun of the people standing in Times Square for hours on end. How can that possibly be fun?! There were fireworks in the neighborhood, right outside Estelle’s window. I’m still not sure how she didn’t wake up, but she managed to sleep through the ruckus.

While New Years Eve was very quiet, New Years day was our fun day. We went to our first ever Mummers parade. It was fantastically South Philly, and made even better by the fact that we were never far from a warm house, warm food, and a clean toilet. We usually travel for New Years, which is why this was our first Mummers parade, but that might need to change from here on out. It’s hard to describe the Mummers parade, but just imagine a drunken Philadelphia Mardi Gras.  It lasts for the better part of the day. There are string bands, comics, and fancy brigades. It’s a competition between Mummers clubs, and the most creative, choreographed, fancy club wins.  That’s enough of my outsider’s viewpoint, just look at our modest iPhone photos.

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I think those frog guys and gals won most drunk club this year, they  over stayed their grand stage “performance” by 20 minutes, oops. Who is that other cute little gal in our photos?! We met up with some friends at the parade, and they kindly had us over for hot drinks, hot food, and princess dress up games.

I hope your New Year celebrations were all you expected them to be! Are there any great big resolutions out there? We are keeping our 2013 goals very simple. Our first (family) goal is to keep track of our daily spending habits for the next 3 months. My second (personal) goal is to make more grits. Random! I have a stockpile of North Carolina stone ground grits, so why let them go to waste? We aim high here at Southfeasterdelphia. So far, so good. We’ve kept up with both of our goals. We enjoyed grits and poached egg sandwiches this past Saturday morning.

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The glitter New Years garland below was spotted at the old-timey Shane Confectionery. Today’s adventure requires a separate blog post, but this photo felt more at home in this New Years post.

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Here’s to a Kick-Ass 2013!

Stephanie

Holiday Firsts

Please note: I started writing this post prior to Friday’s tragic massacre in Newtown, CT. I was pretty useless at work after I heard the news. Lots of tears were shed for children and families that are not my own. I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on the events and think about the Newtown community during what should be a very happy time. I wish a virtual hug would help. I wish stricter gun laws alone would help. I wish we didn’t glamorize violence so much. I wish quality mental heath care was readily available and not stigmatized. I wish a whole mess of things that are only going to happen if our nation comes together. How many more children must die to realize that the status quo is not OK?

Despite the heaviness of my note above, it is the time for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa! How are you all celebrating one or many of these holidays? Or maybe you’re sick and resting, all sorts of gross stuff seems to be going around lately. We’ve done a little bit of resting and celebrating the past couple of weeks. Well, only I’ve been sick, but it’s definitely helping me slow down a bit. I managed to feel well enough to go to David’s office party last Friday night. It was a family affair, and they had a photo booth, see for yourself. Who’s the boss?

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Last Sunday, our friends from Baltimore came up to do some of their traditional Philly holiday things. Funny enough, we hadn’t done most of them before! They had cousins and friends join us too, it was a nice afternoon of holiday firsts.

For starters, we successfully waited in the longest line ever to see the creepy animatronics Dickens’ Village at the Macy’s in the old Wanamaker Building. The end of the line led us to photos with Santa. Did I mention we had 2 newborns, a 2-year-old, and our 3.5-year-old in tow? Yeah, I’m amazed we survived with no meltdowns (from the kids and adults). I think the grown ups got the most cranky towards the end, we were HUNGRY. Estelle has previously refused photos with Santa, but I think having a whole gaggle of little girls helped ease her fears. Santa was holding the babies after all, how bad can he be?!

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After we figured out how to pay for these photos, we ventured over to Lucky Strike Lanes for some food and drinks. We just sat in the lounge sofa area…it was perfect. Never missing an opportunity to use a photo booth, we sent the bigger girls in to do their thang.

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Our next stop was a walk-through of the Christmas Village at Love Park. It’s an outdoor market type place I walk by daily, but never visit. It was cold and it started to mist, so we quickly headed over to the Comcast Center for their holiday show. They have a huge television screen on the lobby wall, the technology is hard to describe in such simple terms, but definitely worth the trip. This little boy statue in the Comcast lobby had girls crawling all over him, what’s his secret? The grand finale of the show included indoor snow…I’m glad our cable internet payments are going towards something important.

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This weekend we need to finish up some gift shopping. Oh, and wrap, pack, and ship presents. We also have plans to celebrate the season with some neighbors while watching Love Actually and eating good food. Happy weekend, and much love to those whose weekends and holidays will be less than happy. We won’t forget you this weekend, not in the slightest.

Stephanie

Philadelphia Dessert Trifecta

This post is a week delayed, but better late than never! Two weekends ago, we made the 2 mile walk up to the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia. Our main goals were to show Estelle the Liberty Bell (without waiting in line to actually go in) and to get some sweet treats at Franklin Fountain. We so rarely get to Old City, and I’m not sure why that is. It’s not really on our way to work, so that could be a likely explanation. We definitely need to make it a more regular destination, so we can introduce Estelle to all of the U.S. history sites Philadelphia has to offer (and eat more Franklin Fountain).

Estelle was not impressed by our window view of the Liberty Bell on Chestnut Street…it might be better to see it at night. We got to the adorably old fashioned Franklin Fountain, only to remember that it is cash only, and we had minimal cash. I had to skip my milkshake, but Estelle got strawberry ice cream on a sugar cone. David and I were on clean up duty. Lucky for us grown ups, eating an ice cream cone is a learned skill that comes with age (and that does not include age 3).

Slightly bummed, we decided to walk a bit to one of Stephen Starr’s newer restaurants, Pizzeria Stella, for some real food. Pizzeria Stella is just south of Old City, on Headhouse Square in the Bella Vista neighborhood. We walked by the three I.M. Pei condo buildings on our way there. Estelle was inspired by the architecture, and wanted to do some running and gymnastics.

Pizzeria Stella was great! We were there for a late lunch, so it was quiet. The pizza was fast, brick oven, thin crust, gooey goodness. The decor is spot on, I loved the wall of wood for the fire and the leaning tower of Pisa wall paper. Despite my decor love, I failed to take many photos!

 

The Philadelphia dessert trifecta happened kind of organically. After we left Pizzeria Stella, we had to walk all the way back home. On the way, we passed by Rita’s. David really wanted to stop there, so we did. He got a cherry water ice, and shared with Estelle. I held out for our next stop.

We had to keep going to our local beer store, so I took the opportunity to treat myself to some Capogiro gelato. It was recently voted Coolest Place to Eat Ice Cream in the entire world by National Geographic…not too shabby. I got my favorite, dark chocolate with stracciatella, but I had to share with Estelle.

It was a beautiful afternoon of sharing desserts and trying new pizza. The gorgeous weather helped tremendously! If you ever want to visit the Philadelphia/New York areas, I highly recommend May/June or September/October for the best weather months.

Did you all do anything fun and/or local this past weekend? We were in the country visiting family. I will do my best to blog about our weekend fun as soon as possible!

Stephanie

Phillies 2012

We hope everyone had a good weekend. Ours was productive in that low key way where you stay in pajamas all day, yay! Clarification, David and Estelle got dressed for both days, I did not.

Although David had been to a Phillies game this season, all three of us finally made it to a game on Saturday night. The weather was slightly wet at first, but very pleasant once we got to our seats. We got there very early, and had to wait at the gates, but that allowed us to beat the crowds and eat at Harry the K’s for the first time ever. Estelle did great, despite missing a nap earlier in the day. We made it through all 9 innings, and to top if off, the Phillies won! Estelle was no match for the walk to the subway…she was pretty much out until 7 am the next morning.

 

 

I’m going to make this a quick little post because I need to get to bed. Enjoy these handful of pictures, and stay tuned for more finished photos of our bedroom and other rooms in the house. We actually got around to hanging art this weekend, finally!

Stephanie