Visitors!

My parents and younger brother were in town for a couple of weeks to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year with us! I was really intrigued by how things would go.  My parents are true Southern Californians, meaning they don’t do well in the cold weather.  Who can blame them? I like to escape to California in late winter/ early spring because I can’t take the New York cold anymore.  For their trip, I tried to get them to be prepared as much as they possibly could and I think they did great.  The weather actually wasn’t too bad while they were here so we got super lucky.  

It’s always fun to have people from out of town visit because we get to be tourists for a day.  We did so much in two weeks! Some highlights include:

1. Just enjoying the food: I feel like the main thing about New York and anyplace I visit is really all about the food.  We ate out so many times and Łukasz and I even discovered a new AMAZING Peruvian restaurant called Chimu pretty close to where we live.  We’ll definitely be going back.

2. WTC: In the four years I had been here, I had not gone to ground zero or visited the surrounding area.  I feel like there’s something so sacred about those grounds.  I don’t feel like it’s made for my consumption as a tourist so I never wanted to venture myself but I did go to the museum while my parents were in town. It’s all so heartbreaking. On a different day, Łukasz, Petra and my family took a trip to the top of the tower. The view was spectacular.

3. Chinatown on Christmas: With my parents and brother squeezing into our one bedroom apartment, there was no way I was about to cook Christmas dinner.  In the past, when Łukasz and I celebrated just the two of us, we went with a few friends to Chinatown for Dim Sum.  It’s always delicious and full of people.  I definitely had to have my parents experience that themselves.  My mom also loved the area because she was able to find some crystals and rocks for good prices.  She loves her crystals. 

In addition to the above, we also went to the museum of Natural History and my parents did some exploring on their own: Central Park, Times Square and more of the upper west side.  I know my dad was a natural by the end of he trip. He totally understood the subway system that actually took me months to get used to. But I think their highlight was being able to spend time with Petra.  It’s such a bummer that we live on two different coasts but hopefully we can travel back and forth more often. Hope they can come visit again soon! Maybe during the summer when it’s a little warmer. 😉

Xo,

Karen

Happy New Years!


Happy New Years! It’s 2017! We celebrated with an early bed time around these parts (#MomLife) but I felt great when I woke up on the first of the year.  To be honest, the year went out on a negative note for me, personally.  I SOMEHOW ended up catching the Stomach Flu and it was one of the worst weeks of the year that I’ve experienced.  It’s really difficult to take care of a seven month old when you have to throw up every 10 seconds. And so, I will give a special thank you to my parents who have been in town these last two weeks, and to Łukasz, who left work early one day to take care of me and Petra when I felt completely awful.  

Petra celebrated her first Christmas! She got a few presents that she was excited about for, like, 2 seconds, ha.  It was really awesome to watch her celebrate her first Christmas.  It’s rather difficult to impress a seven month old baby but Petra seemed pretty happy.  We all did an unconventional Christmas dinner and celebrated with Dim Sum in Chinatown, an area that my parents loved. The next day we headed to New Jersey to spend Christmas with Łukasz’ extended family. It was all so sweet and cozy and my parents got along with his extended family really well.  I couldn’t have asked for a better holiday!

And now that the New Year is here, I’ve spent the entire week that I was sick thinking about New Years resolutions. I personally love the idea of resolutions because, while I don’t need an excuse to make major changes in my life, it’s nice to just have that idea of a fresh start.  I love wondering how I can do things differently this time around. I definitely want to treat my body better by eating healthier and exercising more. I’m sure that’s a common one! But on a more personal note, 2016 was a difficult year for me as I got my bearings as a first-time mama. I questioned myself often and I worried a lot about what other people were thinking.  

I had a conversation with my coworker recently about how I hate having hangovers and I don’t drink often because of this reason and then he said “plus you have a baby” which took me by surprise. I almost felt the need to defend myself and say that havinga baby really had nothing to do with having a drink. That having a drink or a hangover didn’t make me a bad mother. That maybe sometimes it’s nice to get a babysitter and go out and have some fun. But I didn’t. I didn’t defend myself because I wanted to try this thing out where I just stop caring what people think.

It’s surprising, the amount of advice people will give you when you’re pregnant and when you have a baby. It’s also surprising the amount of judgement they will pass when you forget a baby’s socks and people wonder if her feet are cold OUT LOUD to you or if you have a glass of wine with dinner and people ask if you’re breastfeeding…

So my New Years resolution is to stop caring what others think and to also be easier on myself. And if Petra is happy and Łukasz is happy and I’m happy then I think things are going right. Oh, and also to travel more, but that’s a pretty common one too!

I hope everyone has a great year! I’m too excited for words just imagining what’s to come. ❤️

Xo,

Karen