Baby Camila

Posted by lilia on April 25th, 2009

We have a new niece/cousin…and she is lovely!

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and here is the beautiful mama.

Spring in full swing!

Posted by lilia on April 25th, 2009

Our favorite is outdoor playdates… Dante and his friend here spent over an hour in dedicated work to digging this tunnel.


I never before realized how I absolutely delight in flowers.


Scootering rocks! If you learn early on to alternate feet there’s no limit to how far you can go.


My favorite neighborhood garden…this is just the beginning of the pleasures to be had here.

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Blossoms on the Hudson.


Life in the city is GOOOOD!

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Posted by lilia on April 25th, 2009

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Cousin’s visit… Part 1

Posted by lilia on April 24th, 2009

This is my brother and his family visiting us for the first time in NYC. It was a short visit but we packed it in and best of all the kids had a blast!

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Cousin’s visit…Part 2

Posted by lilia on April 24th, 2009

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Cousins visit…Part 3

Posted by lilia on April 24th, 2009










Impromtu Fashion Show

Posted by lilia on April 1st, 2009

The kids periodically raid my closet. This is what they came up with this time:



Getting Help…from books

Posted by lilia on April 1st, 2009

Suddenly I’ve realized my kids have grown considerably and I am inadequately prepared to meet their current parenting needs so I’ve again stocked up on books as I did back in the day when I was first expecting their arrival and fretting about birth, delivery and taking care of babies.

For starters Dante is proving to be a bit more challenging than Anika ever was. He tends to act out a lot more often misdirecting emotions. I find it quite difficult to try and figure out what exactly he’s feeling and where it’s coming from and then helping him untangle whatever it is and more appropriately express it. I also know he needs clear consistent boundaries and expectations but somehow I’m finding the need to reassess what they need to be.

With Anika I’ve always been able to reason and talk it out and in a very mature way she usually comes to an agreeable understanding of a situation and life goes on. That is once I figure out something is going on at all; she tends to avoid and suppress uncomfortable feelings and situations. With her it’s more about the reality that she is now encountering situations that require her to make hard choices. My role there is helping her understand the situation and the possible solutions but ultimately letting the choice be hers as to what is to be done thus supporting her growth personal growth.

I found these books enlightening, encouraging and incredibly helpful in understanding the realities facing kids today. Kids growing up in the US that is. These books have given me a boost to continue the hard work of parenting knowing that the hardships are not just on my end, kids too, face a fair share of challenges especially considering the greater cultural context. With added empathy I feel new strength to carry on.

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

Human Body Model

Posted by lilia on March 3rd, 2009

Thanks to a dear friend who originally turned us on to The Body Book that contained this model and who gave the kids an excellent lesson on the circulatory system today.
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Valentine’s Cupcakes

Posted by lilia on February 25th, 2009

…a la Martha Stewart…

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everything on these cupcakes was made following Martha Stewarts recipe. They were delicious!

We got to share the love by giving them to family and friends.

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