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Friday, August 11, 2017

3 Highs & 3 Lows...

As I often do, I'm stealing this segment from a blog I follow (imitation is the greatest form of flattery, right?) because I think it's such a great way to cap off the week and head into the weekend...
I'll try to do this every week, but make no promises!
3 Highs this Week:

1. Dancing the night away at a GORGEOUS wedding we went to at Malibu Rocky Oaks last Friday night. Fun excuse to get all dolled up for a date night!
2. A girls' dinner at Gjelina in Venice - we spent hours catching up over yummy Rose and shared plates.
3. Finding out that Hayes has the same 1st Grade teacher as two of his best buddies from Kindergarten. That's definitely going to make drop-off next week a LOT easier!
3 Lows this Week:

1. Discovering my car had been stolen on Saturday night. Thanks to OnStar and the LAPD, we recovered it quickly and there was amazingly no damage and nothing stolen, but I feel super violated and had to replace my car keys, which the thieves still have in their possession.

2. Having to pay $500 to replace said keys.

3. When Rachel didn't pick Peter on The Bachelorette. I mean, what was she thinking?!

Best Thing I Ate This Week:

The squash blossom, cherry tomato, burrata and parmesan pizza from Gjelina.
Coming in a close second was the to-die-for cronut from DKs Grant picked up en route home from retrieving my stolen vehicle.

Weekend Plans
Another girls' dinner tonight at AOC (thanks Super Dad, Grant!), birthday dinner for a good friend at Rosaline tomorrow night, lots of time poolside for our last weekend of Summer and a back to school 1st grade picnic I'm co-hosting on Sunday.
Have a lovely weekend, friends!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Henley James, 18 months...

Angel Baby turns a year and a half in a couple days and while I can't quite believe she's a walking, talking toddler, I also can't remember what our lives were like without her.
I'm particularly loving this phase as she is a total mommy's girl right now. I frequently tell Grant that I'm pretty sure she loves me more in this moment than any of our other kids have ever loved me. And it's not in an annoying, clingy my-mom-is-the-only-one-who-can-do-anything-for-me way. Her eyes light up when she sees me; she's genuinely happy to be in my presence. Our nanny says she spends the day saying, "Where's Mommy?", which makes my heart both swell and break at the same time!
Here are some of the things Henny Bear is doing at a year and a half:

...she is obsessed with carrying random articles of clothing around with her everywhere she goes, particularly bathing suits ("suit!!"). She'll hook them on her arm like a purse and cart them around the house. She's been known to layer all of her suits (she has about 12 - kid has twin girl cousins, what can I say?!) on either arm and toddle them around with her everywhere she goes.
...her vocabulary has absolutely exploded in the last month. She repeats everything you ask her today and has quite a few words and phrases. She's remarkably easy to communicate with and understands everything.
...she's finally realized that Hayes and Greyson are two separate people with two separate names. She calls Hayes, "Hayzey" and Greyson, "Grey Grey".
...she's fascinated with hairstyles and although she won't tolerate any headbands or barrettes in her own hair, I can sometimes sneak in an elastic to get that mop of fine blonde locks out of her eyes. "Your hair" is the first thing she comments on when I go to get her in the morning. She sometimes gets quite distressed if I'm wearing it up or if I've just showered and it's wet.
...she loves shoes, insisting on putting them on as soon as she sees them. Last weekend, she insisted on putting her fat little feet into a pair of wool Mary Janes and wearing them all over the house, even though it was 90 degrees outside.
...she's still feeling the music and loves to dance. Yesterday, I caught her doing twirls in the family room all on her own. That girl's gonna love dance class in a couple years.
...she gives the best little sneering kisses and will nuzzle her head into the space between your neck and shoulder when she wants to cuddle.
...she's a total book worm and will sit quite patiently and interested when I read her books before bed. I've even been able to read her some of the longer books from the boys' library, which has been a refreshing change to the tired baby books we own. 
...she loves the pool and doesn't mind getting her hair wet, although we've yet to fully dunk her head under water at this point.
...although she's very even-tempered 95% of the time, she isn't used to hearing the word no so when she does... watch out! Her entire face will collapse into a full blown open mouth cry and she'll throw her body on the ground as if life cannot possibly go on. We're in trouble with that one!
It's so fun seeing her little personality emerge and we're thoroughly enjoying seeing our relationship with her and her relationship with the boys evolve. 

Next month, we start a once a week Mommy + Me class at our pre-school - super excited to finally do something with Hens since up until now, she hasn't had her own activities. I can't believe this will be the third Cohen kid who'll be doing that class. Where did the time go?!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Here's what's keeping me busy, as of late...
Making: Anything from Chrissy Teigen's cookbook, Cravings. Every single thing I've made has been a home run and her commentary is hilarious. 
Cooking: Grant was gone this week and while I've graduated from scrambled eggs and toast for the nights that he's away, I typically stick to vegetarian meals that are quick and easy to prepare. This week, I made a delicious red lentil coconut curry from one of my fave cookbooks, Small Victories and it was just as good as I remembered it being the first time.
Drinking: New drink of choice at Sbux is an Iced Grande Starbucks Doubleshot on Ice. Amaze.
Reading: Just finished The Circle and am now getting into Jodie Picoult's Leaving Time, which is really good and I wish I had more time to read!
Wanting: These joggers, which look so soft and stylish and would be perfect for school runs... Also, totally loving the current pom pom/tassel thing that's trending in the world of fashion accessories - purses, earrings... I cannot get enough and it's motivating me to get my ears, which have sadly closed up, re-pierced stat.
Looking: At lots of pictures and videos of the boys when they were babies, their current go to request at bedtime while we do timer.
Playing: Tennis! The boys did tennis camp last week and so on Sunday, we went to the courts to hit the ball around. We learned a few things... 1) Tennis camp at that age is more sharks and minnows and less learning actual tennis. 2) If you don't use a racquet for 5+ years, the grip literally falls apart in your hands. and 3) I forgot how much I loved tennis and plan on trying to incorporate that into our lives again, especially now that I know of the handy courts right by our house.
Eating: Too many salads this week. We were feeling fat so got motivated to eat healthy but I feel like I've been living off of rabbit food and am ready for some more sustenance in my life.
Wishing: That school wasn't starting in less than 2 weeks... where did the summer go??!
Enjoying: Our pool, which has been amazing for the summer. I remember when I was a kid, I used to live in our pool in the summer and the boys are definitely following suit. Even Henley loves it, yelling, "pool! pool!" and carrying around a bathing suit with her everywhere she goes.
Loving: Beauty Counter Dew Skin, a new tinted moisturizer I recently started using. It has everything you're looking for in a light coverage everyday base - even SPF!
Needing: To start waking up earlier. I'm tired of being so rushed every damn morning and think I should just bite the bullet and get up an hour earlier, especially with those busy school mornings right around the corner. 
Smelling: An old favorite perfume that I recently started wearing again and that makes me nostalgic for my high school days.
Feeling: Like doing some spring cleaning in the summer. I'm three quarters of the way through my closet, most of which I intend to consign at a new shop I recently discovered in LA. I'm also finally donating the extra crib we've had sitting in our garage for the better part of a year and planning on going through the kids' toys this weekend to give to Baby2Baby.
Wearing: My new knotted slides, which my mother-in-law brought me from Tootsies Laguna Beach. Obsessed.
Following: The ridiculousness game show that our country's political scene has become. Every morning, I turn on the news to see who's the latest to be voted off the island. If only it really were just a big game...
Looking forward to: My trip to Chicago in October to meet my new niece. I just booked tickets for a special Greyson and Mama trip and I'm super excited to spend some one-on-one time with him and also meet the newest member of the Mailloux clan.