Christmas 2009

March 29, 2010

Yes, I realize that it is officially Spring. But seeing as how it is cold and wet out today in NYC, I figure it wouldn’t be that inappropriate to put up the pictures from our trip to Hong Kong and then Florida for Christmas 2009. It was a trip of epic proportions. We went to Hong Kong for 8 days, where incidentally, I don’t think Jasmine slept for more than 3 hours at a time. Then flew back to NYC, had a 3 hour layover, and then flew directly to Florida.

I look at these pictures and think back to Christmas, which was a short 3 months ago, and realize how much Jasmine has grown. She’s since become a speed walker, sleeps through us picking her up and taking her out of the car seat, and talks non-stop. I would love to be able to take her back to Hong Kong because I feel like the trip would be much more enjoyable and relaxing this time around. Then she could only crawl, was a very light sleeper, and didn’t say much of anything. If only I could convince Jason… :)

Happy holidays (a bit late) and a happy new year!!!

January 4, 2010

Jason, Jasmine, and I hope everybody had a very safe/healthy/happy/delicious holiday season! We just got back from two week trip that took us to Hong Kong and then Florida for the holidays and as you can imagine, I have pictures to put up but haven’t had a chance to review them yet. Once I do that, I’ll post about our trip that amongst other things, brought together 4 generations of women and introduced Jasmine to the joy of tearing open wrapping paper.

Because I know all 10 of our readers love pictures, here’s a quick picture I took of Jasmine on my iPhone Christmas morning:

Jasmine on Xmas morning

2009 has certainly brought huge changes into our lives. We are grateful for them all and can’t imagine our lives otherwise.

We have been busy the last few months of this year and look forward to things slowing down a bit so we can enjoy the “little things” a bit more in 2010. I hope to be more diligent in documenting our food adventures and to also share my new hobby — sewing — in 2010.

In the meantime, we’d like to wish you all a very happy new year!!


First haircut!

December 31, 2009

As many of you may already know from pictures of Jasmine throughout the past year (!), our little girl was born with a full head of hair. This is her on her two week birthday! Please excuse the cupcake hat I forced upon her.

Jasmine with a cupcake hat

Within the first 2 months, Jasmine lost a lot of the hair on the back and left side of her head. That tends to happen to babies since they mostly lay on their backs and a favored side. Jasmine’s hair loss however, did not stop her hair GROWTH. This means that while some parts of her head had very little hair, there were other parts that had very long hair. Case in point:


If the longer parts had stayed neatly tucked behind her ears AND if she managed to keep hair clips in for more than 2 minutes, we might have been able to last a few more months to uphold Jason’s preference that we wait until her first birthday to cut it for tradition’s sake. Alas, such was not the case and every day we woke up to a girl with the craziest looking hair. Therefore, despite Jason’s strong will, he broke down in November and conceded that we needed to get it cut.

Jason got to work doing some research to find a place that would do his little girl’s hair right and found Cozy’s Cuts. They have several convenient locations in NYC and specialize in children’s haircuts. The store is half toy store and half hair salon with fun little chairs for the kids to sit in. It was a quick and painless experience, if a bit pricey at around $35.

Here’s the AMAZING video that Jason took of the haircut in progress. As you can see, she did very well in the chair and didn’t cry or fuss one bit. I daresay she even enjoyed it a bit :)

Here are some pics of her in the middle of the haircut as well as a family pic of us afterward. The last picture is the next morning where you can really see the bob. She got a compliment on it at the coffee shop the very next day!! :)

So still!

Intrigued by hairclips

Admiring herself in the mirror
Fams after haircut

So happy w/ her cut the next day!

It’s only been a month and a half since this haircut and our little over-achiever already needs another cut!

Jasmine’s First Halloween

December 29, 2009

This past Halloween was our first with a baby so an otherwise non-momentous day for Jason and I was very exciting. Since Jasmine can’t currently express her own opinion on what she wants to be dressed up as, we had to come up with something on our own. I turned to the Internet for suggestions and even debated putting together a costume myself. I’ve recently started sewing – in the interest of increasing my domesticity – but knew a costume was way out of my league.

While we initially really wanted to dress her up as some kind of food (Jason’s suggestion was a chili pepper, shocker I know), we thought it better to dress her up as something more relevant to HER likes. During my internet searches, I came across a very cute and high quality monkey costume by Paul Alma and since Jasmine has a deep love for her monkey, Mono, whom she sleeps with every night, it worked. Only one problem, it retails for almost $100 after tax and shipping.

Now I fancy myself a person who splurges once in a while, but to spend almost a hundred dollars on a costume my child will only be able to wear once and probably not for long was out of the question. That’s where Ebay and my quick-on-his-feet husband came in to save the day.

I checked if there were any auctions going on and just my luck, there was one ending in 2 minutes and the latest bid was only $25!! I tried logging in quickly but seeing as I haven’t used eBay in at 4+ years, had no idea what my password could be. A frantic call to Jason left me further disappointed when he said he didn’t know his either. I thought all was lost when the auction ended and I still hadn’t managed to uncover my password. That is, until Jason called me, told me he looked for his password in his gmail after hanging up with me on the off chance it would be there, found it, logged in, bid, and won. Yes folks, this was all in about a 45 second span.

So thanks to our (Jasmine and my) hero, here are some pics from Halloween with Jasmine, our little monkey! :)















Click here to see the video that grandma shot of us putting her into the costume.

Jasmine’s First Halloween

December 28, 2009

Pics from Halloween 2009.

Click here for the video of us putting Jasmine into the costume.

Click here for the full post.

Jasmine’s First Haircut

November 16, 2009

On Saturday (11/14/09) I finally broke down and allowed for Jasmine’s first haircut. I had been trying to hold off until her first birthday as a good luck thing, but if you watch the halloween video you can see she’s in desperate need.

Surprisingly, given her general curiosity, she sat relatively still and didn’t make the haircut lady’s life too difficult.

Music by Uncle Kracker, “Smile”

Happy Halloween!

November 15, 2009

Happy (very belated) Halloween! While we didn’t actually trick or treat with Jasmine, mostly because we felt ridiculous carrying our 9 month old door to door asking for candy we’d obviously consume, we did dress her up. The wonderful videography here is by my good ole mom :)

Music by Marson Ramos, “The Halloween Theme”

D.P. Dough Philly!

October 16, 2009

The four of us – Mikey, Scott, Jason, and I – traveled down a long and hard road for three years to get to where we were a few weeks ago. On Saturday, September 26th at 5 PM, we opened the doors of D.P. Dough Philly to business for the first time. Our full story deserves a book, let alone a blog post. I’ll reserve that for another time though and just leave you with a few of the pics from our opening day.

We were so unprepared to pass our health inspection that our soda wasn’t even scheduled to come in yet. Scott and I rushed to a local beverage depot and filled up the car with beverages.

The make-shift sign Jason put up to let people know we’d be opening that day.

Scott doing his best version of magnum with Corwin, our kick-butt manager in the background.

dsc_0576 Some Penn students in our store getting their first taste of the zone greatness.

Sonny has been a great supporter of us despite the fact that we were the ones who kicked him out of his original location. He was even our first customer ever!

Recent visit with Uncle B and Auntie C

October 16, 2009

Here are a few from a recent visit with Uncle B and Auntie C. Jasmine’s a crawling speed demon now and there are some pics of her in action.

If you’re wondering what that black thing in her hair is in a few pictures, it’s a velcro-like patch used to keep hair in place. Uncle B was all about it even though Jasmine tried to convince him it was too unsightly. Needless to say, she left it with him to try to pawn off on a less fashion-forward baby.

Mom and Dad’s new house

October 16, 2009

Here are some pics of mom and dad’s house in Long Island post-renovation.

We all did a good job with the design choices, if I do say so myself!

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