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Thursday, December 29, 2011

I'm talking about a little place called Assspen....

We've packed up the bags yet again and HTC and his posse are headed to the mountains this afternoon for a fun-filled week of skiing, sledding and plenty of apres-snow activities in a little place called Aspen. While Hayzey will be spending most of his time indoors with his cousin Hank and Nana, we are planning on stuffing him into his cousin's old snowsuit to take him sledding and have a sleigh ride planned one afternoon as well. 
I'm completely disconnecting and am not bringing my laptop (mainly because I can't fit a single other thing in our bags!) so a lady and her loves will be a little quiet for the next week or so but I promise bring you photo overload when we return in January.

In the meantime, hope you all have an amazing New Year. We've had so much to be thankful for this year and I can only hope 2012 brings us half the joy, fun and happiness we've had in 2011.


Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

It's been a long and exciting day for Hayzey, with pressies GALORE and some quality time with the fam. The boy slept through most of the festivities this morning (I guess that's what happens when you take your first snooze of the day at 9a!!), but woke up to his own personal Christmas, since we saved most of his gifts to open after his nap. Overall, I'd say he got a great haul, although Grant and I fear for what our house is about to become with the toy overload!

It's been really fun having Grant's family here and has definitely made the house feel far less empty with the absence of Whitney and the Kellys. We're really looking forward to seeing everyone over NYE in Aspen though :)

Here are a few of my favorite pics from the last few days. Hard to believe that Christmas is over (tear...) and so crazy how fast this year has flown by - Hayes is going to be 10 months tomorrow (double digits - ah!)... Where did my baby go?! 

Loving his train from Grandma and Grandpa...

70's Hayes...

Hamming it up for the camera...
Christmas in the desert...


Side note: Hayes was a little apprehensive of Pappa this week, not sure why but boy would the waterworks start when Pappa picked him up. This picture captures him warming up to his Grandfather... a massage will do it every time :)
Letter to Santa...
Greta's Christmas snooze in her brother's new hat...


Hope you all had a very merry Christmas! We sure did :)



Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Special Edition

With Chanel's favorite day on tap tomorrow, I figured now is as good a time as any to commandeer the laptop and enter a Guest Post (Note: although HTC is definitely going to be in GATE by 3rd grade, he's not quite typing yet - this is Grant).

C literally loves every part of Christmas (Another note: she just walked in and caught me on her laptop and tried to pull it away from me, then announced "You're a mischevious miscreant, don't write anything mean!"... clearly she was not a fan of FrontOfficeFans.com) - from the overload of family time, to the constant food menagerie, to, most importantly, the bevvy of well-wrapped pressies under the tree. Although I regularly get tagged as some type of heathen for having a Jewish last name and not overtly coveting the holiday as if I'm still 8 years old (like C or Patrique), I actually really enjoy Xmas as well - particularly knowing how much C likes it. While I'm not in favor of spending too much time under one roof with the family, particularly one that is so far away from civilization as we are at Casa Mailloux (where I just became 4sq mayor!), this year ought to be a new experience.

Because its HTC's first Xmas, my family (mom, dad & sis) rolled into town last night and will be celebrating the holidays with us in the desert. Last night we got the holiday season kicked off right with a partay at the house for the retirees who treat Desert Mntn like frat row. Today I'll be headed out to pick up childish gum and tabloids for stocking stuffers (stay classy!) and bagels, lox and the various accoutrements for a Cohen breakfast on Mailloux Christmas.

Although HTC will likely be asleep for a good portion of the present unwrapping, I'm actually quite excited to finally be on the "Santa" side of gift giving and think, that although it likely means a lot less pressies for us, that C and I are just now entering our prime Xmas years where we get the joy of watching our kid(s) spend the morning tearing through packages of toys under a well-lit tree in our living room (Xmas really is a strange holiday when you think about it).

So, here's to hoping that the old adage "It's better to give than receive" really holds true!

Happy Holidays.

Cohen out.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things...

I cannot believe that Christmas is in a mere 5 days... 
Where on earth did the year go?!?
Anyone who knows me knows that this is by far and away my favorite time of year. I love everything about it; the Christmas tunes on repeat, the twinkly lights on the tree, the fact that everybody seems to have caught that holiday spirit and are overall friendlier and more social than usual. 
I rarely pass up an opportunity to wish someone Happy Holidays and am pleased as punch when people do the same to me!

This year, Christmas will be a little different than usual because sadly, my sisters aren't coming home for it. I will miss them terribly, but luckily we're all meeting up in Aspen for New Years Eve, so at least the whole fam will be together at some point during the holidays. And Grant's family will be filling in for them which means that Hayzey will be with both sets of grandparents for his first Christmas and Casa Mailloux won't feel too empty...

Here are a few things I'm especially looking forward to this year...

...the Christmas decorations at my parents' house. Penny goes all out, but in a classy way, so Christmas at Casa Mailloux kind of feels like you're in the pages of Elle Decor. I'm particularly curious to see the ginormous tree, which I've been told has a serious lean that's being rectified by pressies.
...the massage I scheduled for Friday morning. I need to decompress.
...getting some more use out of my seasonal sparkle attire at holiday cocktails on the 23rd.
...skyping with Auntie Whitney to write the Christmas letter, a Mailloux tradition that even 2,086 miles can't hinder.
...waking Hayzey up for his very first Christmas morning. 
...New Years in Aspen; being with the whole family, skiing (and more importantly apres ski), lounging by the fire and indulging in yummy food.

We're getting an early start on the festivities tonight when Grant and I exchange gifts at home. As you can see, Hayes is also quite anxious to get Christmas started...

Like mother, like son...
:)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Santa Barbara...

With both my office and boss' holiday parties falling on the same weekend, our schedules were jam-packed and our escape to Santa Barbara on Saturday couldn't have fallen at a better time. 
We headed out late Saturday am and got there just in time for lunch at one of our favorite restaurants on State Street, Tupelo Junction
Our view on the drive... not too shabby!
After a leisurely lunch, we walked around town and finished up our Christmas shopping, then went back to our hotel, (which is one of my faves btw) to do nothing at all but RELAX!! It was heavenly. Don't get me wrong, I love my little guy but boy is he a lot of work, especially these days when he's anxious to explore and get into anything and everything. Watching a TV show and letting our eyes close for a little afternoon siesta was something we hadn't done in a long, long time so it was much appreciated.



After a quick work out and evening spa on the rooftop, we headed down to the bar for a pre-dinner cocktail, then headed over to elements, which was thankfully just as delicious as we remembered it being when we went with my parents a few years ago. We stopped in for a nightcap and dessert at the most festive bar in the world (you can't help but smile when you look at all of the lights) and then headed back to the hotel so we could tuck in early and take full advantage of our uninterrupted sleep.

 
If Santa had a favorite bar, this would be it...
We woke up late on Sunday morning and went for a long walk to the beach. For those of you who aren't aware, Santa Barbara is unfortunately quite a favorite for the homeless (although, I can't say I blame them...). Seems some of them have gotten quite creative and beg for money by leaving these unique imprints in the sand, which are a form of art in themselves. My favorite is the second one down... so cute, but so sad at the same time :( 




We then stopped for brunch at Jeannines and after the most delicious lobster eggs benedict and challah french toast I've ever had, we headed back to LA to see the baby boss (who reminded us all afternoon how ticked off he was that he wasn't able to accompany us on our getaway. Or maybe he just missed Grandma!).

HEAVEN.
It was a really, really great weekend :)
Happy Anniversary Bigou!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

A 'lil bit of attitude...

I self-admittedly take way too many pictures; my iPhone is constantly in Hayes' face, trying to capture the moment. Sometimes I even try to make him do something cute again, just so I can share it with everyone. IMHO, over-capturing is much, much better than not capturing enough and I feel like Hayes will thank me when he gets older and has visual proof of every breath he took... Okay, maybe I don't need to capture that much...

Anyhow, for the most part, Hayes is a good sport about it but sometimes, his true sentiments shine through. I never thought it was possible for a baby so young to express annoyance in such a perfect way, all captured for you to enjoy :)

Back away from my cotton candy...
Have you got the shot yet? I look ridiculous.
You are reeeally testing my patience...
Skinny jeggings are NOT for boys!
Seriously. ENOUGH! (in my defense, this one was directed towards Auntie V...)
Hey, at least he's not as annoyed as some of these kids.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

hipster hayes

*Side note, Grant's celebrity doppleganger is lesbian DJ Samantha Ronson... I can't help but notice that Hayes is following in his father's footsteps; the likeness is kind of uncanny...


Monday, December 12, 2011

13 years of elephant shoes...

13 years ago today, sparks flew in the coat check line of a Cypress Hill concert at Brixton in London (how romantic, eh?). One smooch later and the rest is history - happy anniversary bigou!

Since Grant had to be up in SF for his office Christmas party tonight, we're having a belated celebration this weekend and leaving the boy with Grandma while we take a quick jaunt to Santa Barbara, which I actually haven't been to since the day before Hayes was born when I accompanied my parents to go wine tasting at Jaffurs Winery one day post-due date. What the hell was I thinking?! (Although, Pappa Wayne will forever credit that bumpy ride on the freeway to being what "shook" that baby out of me!). I am incredibly blessed to have been able to spend the last 13 years with my best friend and look forward to many more to come. 

photo credit
Hayzey is still a bit sniffly so we laid low this weekend... 
We did manage to make it to our last Gymboree class from the session we bought, where Hayes was finally able to show off his incredible creeping skills.

Alright, let's get this party started...

You want me to go in where?!

Socializing time...
We also took the boy to meet 'ole Chris Cringle which he couldn't have been less interested in doing. Stranger Danger isn't a concept he's too familiar with yet and as far as he was concerned, the jolly old man was just another lap to sit in...

An outrageously overpriced flash drive later and voila!
It's wet and cold in LA today. Hope you're staying dry and warm wherever you are. 
Have a good week!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Squeals!

Since becoming parents, Grant and I have realized exactly when it is that you cross the line from being a cool, hip young adult to an embarrassing, overbearing oddball who pretty much deserves every eye-roll that's thrown their way from their kids (sorry grandparents, but now that we are those people as well, we're allowed to say it...).

When your baby smiles for the first time, you do everything you can to make it happen again, no matter how utterly insane you might look or sound. And when your baby laughs?? Forgetaboutit. Babies tend to laugh at very strange things (take the oven mitt with Hayes, for example). So please excuse the weird sounds that are coming from behind the camera, but hearing those squeals of excitement could have had me going all night long. Enjoy!


He is the.best.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hayes-isms...

Some recent Hayes-isms...

- The kid LOVES to have his feet kissed. After he has his before-bedtime bottle, when he's looking to get back on the move again, all I have to do is flip him over so he's resting against my knees and let the kissing begin. It equals instant calmness. He particularly likes it when you kiss his heel, whistle up to the toes, kiss those, then repeat on the other side...
- Every night before he goes to bed, we read him a story; we've been doing this for pretty much his whole life, but he's becoming a more involved participant now and definitely has favorites. I sit him on the floor in front of his bookshelf, he picks one out, we give him his binks and then sit in the chair to read. His absolute favorite is a book called Baby Talk where it says something like, "This little baby is happy" and then you open the flap and it's a smiling baby. He literally chuckles behind his binky when you open the flaps, especially the "This little baby is sad" flap... His lack of empathy is a little concerning but hopefully he'll come around!
- His favorite place in the world to be is on his dad's shoulders, hands down.
- Sometimes, when we go into his room in the morning to get him up, we're greeted by a round of applause...
- Speaking of rounds of applause, Hayes is a man of very few tricks. His classics are clapping and doing the Indian chant (when you tap your hand over your mouth and say ah). He's recently learned how to high-five, which he's melded into some sort of a wave as well, so he goes everywhere with one arm shot straight up into the sky in a weird salute. He's also mastering the kiss (he prefers French), which consists of him coming in really close to your face and resting his open mouth on your lips for a few seconds. Drooly, but so delicious.
- Finally, we've worked out a new way to communicate. I have no idea what we're saying, but he seems pretty into it...





Monday, December 5, 2011

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

It's officially Christmas around here, tree is trimmed, halls are sufficiently decked 
and Christmas music is blasting from the iPhone at all times. 
We are definitely the minority in this uber-Jewish neighborhood (could be the understatement of the century...) but we were pleasantly surprised to see a glorious Noble Fir front and center in our neighbor's window about 5 houses down so that made us feel a little less unique about partaking in our usual holiday cheer.

We had the Uncles over last night to help us decorate Hayzey's first tree and indulge in some of Mama Mailloux's (I guess we should be calling her Nana Mailloux now?!) spaghetti bolognese.

Hayzey putting the first ornament on the tree...
The rest of Hayes' contribution to the trimming activities...

Greta searching for some crack water...
Besides the holiday festivities, we didn't do too much this weekend as our boy was battling his first cold and Mama was a little under the weather herself. We're all feeling much better today :-)

We did manage to escape the house for a few hours on Saturday to run some errands and have brunch at one of our fave spots, BLD. I snapped a photo of G & H and was reminded of another photo I have of the two of them there when Hayes was only 3 weeks old. My how the little man has grown!

3 weeks old, March 19th...
9 months old, December 3rd...
And how much better is the iPhone camera than the Pearl?!?!

Have a great week!