Friday, October 07, 2011

Missing Fall

I vowed to get better with the blog but alas it's been almost 2 months.  I miss fall for it's my absolute favorite time of year.  The leaves changing, the colors and the crisp air.  I love winter too and nothing beats sleeping with the windows wide open while snuggling under the down.  I truly hate the heat so living in Florida isn't exactly meshing with my internal temperature gage.  The mornings have been cool which is nice but it's still not "home" to me.  I am however very excited that the Empress and I are heading to NY for a long weekend in less than a month.  We're going to visit mom-mom, our family and friends and hoping for that perfect brisk weather I miss so much.  I'm planning to pack light so I can haul my camera gear and snap away at the luscious colors.  Til then

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

She has MY nose

When I showed the Empress the following picture taken at today's sonogram, she declared "the baby has my nose".  Perhaps a little Chinese fairy snuck in.  I told her, baby sure did!  A beautiful little button nose.  Little Bit is growing and doing great at 19 weeks and weighs 11 ounces with a heart rate of 145.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Oh Baby!

Three and a half years ago I posted about my referral and pending adoption of Emme Li Chao.  Three and a half years later I am awaiting the birth of a baby who was definitely a surprise!  Just two months after our wedding, one month after our relocation to Florida...  I am 18 weeks along and trying to soak it all in. Emme is excited about becoming a big sister and I look forward to seeing her continue to flourish as my first "baby".  I know the gender but the man in the house does not.  We are a family divided!  All I really care is that the baby is healthy.  Dressing room photos aren't the most flattering but it's something.  Me at 15 weeks while visiting in NYC.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

More Pics

I've been sitting with my proofs for a few weeks and soaking them in.  A few to share.  The map was the groom's cake depicting all our travels together around the  US

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Since you asked.....

I've had a bunch of people ask about the details of our fabulous day.  Now that it's over, I'm thrilled to share the details.  If you're local and scouting, I highly recommend most of the vendors who were involved in this day.

Venue was de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury (Brookville)
Officiant was Pastor April (
Florist, Cristina from Bella Flowers of North Shore in Huntington
Baker, MacCayla Michaels Desserts in Bohemia
Photography/Videographer, Thomas Paul Photography
My gown was from David's Bridal
Custom veil and headpiece from Barrons at Tri-County flea market in Levittown
Bridal party was David's Bridal
Flower Girl dresses, tights and shoes from
Ring Bearer attire from Sears
Invitations from The American Wedding
Programs done by me
Sign, wedding tree, garter, FG headbands and other stuff Etsy
Glass candle holders from and Jamali Garden NYC
Day of Coordinator, Exquisite Affairs Productions
DJ, high school friend Phil

Wedding Continued

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Wedded Bliss

One of the best days of my life by far.  Low stress and we just enjoyed everything and everyone.  It was truly a family centered day.  We never intended to have a big wedding but rather a destination wedding for three.  When 3 of our parents took seriously ill, later compounded  by relocating, our priorities changed.  We wanted to celebrate life and love and leave NY in style surrounded by the people we love the most.  Planned in just 4 months;  every vendor, every guest, every detail was easy and more amazing that I could have imagined.  Nearly 100 people came from as far as 3000 miles away to share our day.  Pics taken by friends who play such a pivotal role in both our daily lives and this day.  The the map cake was a surprise for my husband who is a road travel kind of guy.  Every state (14) we've traveled to was marked with a heart, a replica of our house in Florida and all the amazing memories we've shared the past 4 years.  More to follow when proofs come in.

I heart giveaways

I met Crissie on Clickin Moms. She's an amazing sports photographer; you know the one who gets the soccer goal kicker in mid air or the crash of the football players?  Yep, that's her.  She started an etsy shop and made Emme and her best buds great tees last July 4th.  Her business is really growing and she's offering a giveaway.  Here's the 411

We're in the mood for a giveaway and it's going to be a BIG one!  Sit down for this one...  We're giving away a year's worth of shirts to one lucky friend!


Fourth of July




Custom, personalized shirts by Hang to Dry. Follow this tag, visit us on Facebook, tag your friends and earn credits towards an applique shirt!

For one entry - Post this on your wall:  Hang to Dry is giving away a year's worth of custom, personalized children's applique t shirts!  Send a friend request today!

For one entry - Post about our giveaway on your blog.  Please include a link to our Etsy shop: and feel free to snag some photos for that use.

For two entries - Post about our giveaway in a forum.  Must be able to provide a screen shot verification if your name is drawn.  Please include the link to our Etsy shop: and feel free to snag one of our photos for this use.

Custom, personalized shirts by Hang to Dry. Follow this tag, visit us on Facebook, tag your friends and earn credits towards an applique shirt!

For one entry:  Tweet about our giveaway.  Be sure to include our .

For each of these things that you do, please come back to our note here and leave a comment, letting us know what you've done for an entry.  For example, post on Facebook, come back and leave a comment.  THEN, go post on your blog, come back and leave a comment.  EACH COMMENT WILL COUNT AS AN ENTRY.  If you post on a forum for two entries, leave two comments.  Maximum of 5 entries per person.

Custom, personalized shirts by Hang to Dry. Follow this tag, visit us on Facebook, tag your friends and earn credits towards an applique shirt!

On Sunday at 9pm MST, we will use to choose a winner!  No substitutions please.  Shirts may be chosen by the winner no more than 6 weeks prior to the holiday.  We'll cover shipping!  All entries MUST be posted as a comment to this note - no exceptions.  We will be counting these and then submitting that number to to choose the winner.  If your comment/entry isn't here, it simply won't be counted.  Entries close 3/6/11 at 8pm MST.  Each comment will be counted as ONE entry, so please be sure to leave separate comments for each entry.  If winning comment cannot be verified, an alternate will be chosen.

Thanks and good luck!  We're so excited about this giveaway!