April 30, 2007
Moms Gone Wild
Last weekend, nine of my college friends gathered for a reunion in Hilton Head, South Carolina. This was the spot of two bacchanalian college Spring Breaks, so it was particuarly interesting to return as wives and moms, now in our mid-thirties (or "racing towards 40" as Sara said).Some of these friends I hadn't seen since they were shaking it to "Bootylicious" at our wedding.
It took all of about 30 seconds to return to the pace and banter we enjoyed as college students. If you closed your eyes, you might think that we weren't in Lisa's parents' palatial home, which they graciously lent us for the weekend (thanks, Fred and Sandy!), but rather back in our dilapidated Athens, Ohio rental, circa 1992. The noise level was at eleven most of the weekend, and that's just the way we like it. We're so lucky to have this wonderful group of women to continue to grow up and old with.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to send out mad love to Daddy Shawn who took Finn solo for the second time this month so I could get away for this reunion. When I returned home, there was evidence of a great bonding boys' time--A B Cs written in sidewalk chalk outside, balls littering the backyard, and lots of delicious wrappers in the garbage. While I had a great time with my girls, it's even better to return home to my boys!
April 25, 2007
hot child in the city
He looks like such a tough guy here!
April 24, 2007
sunday in the park
It was 80 degrees! We tried to go to the zoo, but everyone else in the city had the same idea, too. We ended up just playing in the park. Here are some more photos.
April 23, 2007
morning milk with daddy
I love this photo.
April 22, 2007
Gracie turns one
It's hard to believe, but Gracie Weir turned one year old yesterday. All of her buddies showed up on a beautiful day for her birthday party. Here are the rest of her party pics.
birthday cake is goooood!
Finn really loved the birthday cake at Gracie Weir's first birthday party. More photos soon!
April 18, 2007
king of his castle
Finn is finally big enough to climb the play structure in our backyard. Proving that he has a one-track mind, he calls those little climbing holds below "cookies." (Anything that remotely looks like a cookie immediately catches his attention.)
April 17, 2007
happy birthday, mom!
Last weekend, Clint and I took Mom to New York City for her 60th birthday. The original plan was try to get into the David Letterman show since it was his 60th birthday on the same day. But he took the day off, so we just explored the city, going to fabulous restaurants, fascinating museums, and plowing through busy streets. It was a wonderful little getaway! Here are the photos from the rest of the trip.
April 16, 2007
April 11, 2007
the ladies love him.
Finally, I've launched my finished portfolio site. It only took me a year to do so. Business has been so brisk that I've had a hard time getting this portfolio site in shape. I'll be officially launching next week with an email newsletter. For now, please visit lisahazen.com and let me know what you think!
Here's what I look down and see several times a day. Isn't the view adorable? Especially when double-fisting pretzels.
April 10, 2007
Finn's got a girrrrlfriendddd!
Love is blooming this Spring at daycare. Although Emma was Finn's first love, truth be told, she wasn't that into him. Too big of an age difference. Finn has since met a little love named Ella, and they are so cute together that they need their own television show. If everyone watched it, I strongly believe there would be no more war in the world. They chase each other around, giggling. They hold hands. They kiss like the Love Is kids. When we're home, it's "Ellllla" this and "Elllla!" that. I hear him talking about Ella on his monitor after I've put him to bed. He talks about her even more than Santos.
Finn's caregivers told me that last week, Ella was having a rough day. She was crying a lot, missed her nap, and was just generally miserable. Finn apparently went up to her, touched her face really gently, and said "Ella." Then he gave her a hug and a kiss and tried to pull her over to play. Boy's got moves.
I've got to namedrop that Ella's dad is a famous chef, Homaro Cantu. He was just on Iron Chef (he won!) and will be on Ellen DeGeneres today. So the food at the wedding will probably be fabulous and will involve cooking with an inkjet printer and laser (read Wikipedia to see what I mean).
April 09, 2007
Finn and Logan meet
This weekend, Samira and Alex had some friends over for their first-ever party that involved babies. (As our slightly younger, hip friends, they are more likely to have a party that involves assembling an impromptu band to play Metallica covers.)
It was so cute to see Finn and baby Logan together. They exchanged hugs and smiles. But it made me realize how quickly these little guys grow up. Logan is 11 months old and is still in delicious baby mode, all cheeks and fuzzy baby hair. Finn, on the other hand, seems like a full-blown boy in comparison, as he tore around their apartment like a maniac after their cat and repeatedly attempted to dismantle their rice cooker, which was on a temptingly low shelf. And Finn's only 19 months old! These baby creatures sure do grow up fast. I miss those cheeks.
April 07, 2007
Finn's First Easter Egg Hunt
I was so excited about Finn's first Easter Egg hunt. It's a neighborhood event, held at the park down the street. Literally all his peeps (pun intended) were there, including his girlfriend Ella, his buddy Evan, and big boy friend, Nate. He was dazzled by all the kids, the different colored eggs, and the whiff of competition in the air.
But it was freezing. So cold that the entire event lasted barely ten minutes. We're talking 30 degrees with high winds. We ended up leaving, with many other parents, carrying a cold, screaming baby.
You win this round, Chicago. I appreciate the fact that the world's best cities exact some sort of price from their inhabitants and I know yours is tolerating lousy weather. But enough is enough. It's April already. The Easter Bunny was the warmest person at that darn egg hunt, and it was because she was wearing a ridiculously large costume. Those people are supposed to be miserable, not envyingly cozy. Here's hoping you warm up soon, Chicago. I can't keep this baby and dog couped up inside much longer.
Here are the rest of the photos Shawn managed to capture in that ten minutes or so. It really would seem we had been there much longer.
April 06, 2007
April 05, 2007
What Lisa's Been Up To, March Edition
In March, I was busier than ever. I launched the promotional Web site for the new book, I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids at iwasareallygoodmom.com. This book is a funny and wise exploration of the demands of modern motherhood—specifically, the expectations surrounding work, family, and marriage. Look for the authors' appearance on The Today Show May 1st!
Other than that, I did a great deal of freelance writing and editing. Did writing/editing for Amy Keroes' organizer project. I wrote a fascinating article for Steven Addis on his concept of the emerging "Curator Culture." Hopefully, this article will be placed in Business Week. Stay tuned! I will be posting the final article in my portfolio when it is approved.
I also wrote email newsletters for Chronicle promoting the books Stuff On My Cat (seriously), Inside North Korea, and Killer Pies. I also wrote a number of reviews for SheFindsMom.
Lots more to look for in April, including (hopefully!) the launch of my portfolio site, lisahazen.com. In a case of the cobbler's kids having the worst shoes, that site has suffered due to all my client work.
April 04, 2007
Boy with a capital B
True story. The night before we went for the ultrasound that would reveal the sex of our baby, Justin Timberlake came to me in a dream. He was dressed as a gingerbread man, did a little boy-band dance and proclaimed, "It's a boy!"
While one could argue that there are better uses for dreams starring a post-Britney, pre-SexyBack Justin, to me he was the perfect person to herald the sex of our first child. My pregnancy allowed me to digest nothing more substantial than US Magazine and Access Hollywood, so Justin made perfect sense. And wow, was he ever right. I could tell from those kicks while Finn was still in my belly that this was no fussy little boy.
Now, Finn loves flowers and butterflies. He will play dress-up when at Emma's house and loves joining in the dance circle when they play music from The Little Mermaid. But he's also a tiny little brute, building towers of blocks for the sheer thrill of knocking them down. Running cars up and down every surface. Running around the park saying "weeeee!" when he wants you to put him on a slide or swing. Falling down in a crash, only to pick himself up barrel into something else. Throwing balls like a pro. Justin wasn't kidding around. Boy with a capital B.
April 03, 2007
A visit from Kalamazoo
Aunt Mary, Uncle Phil, and Mara came to visit us this weekend. (Aunt Mary and Mara were on their way to London and flying through O'Hare.) It was great to see everyone!
April 01, 2007
his shirt says...
"Laid back in my Maclaren and everyone's starin'."