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So, I went to a Soul Cycle class today in the West Village to participate in the amazing Anandah Carter’s last community ride before she takes the podium as an instructor. It was incredible. And then when I walked out of class and the sun was shining I decided to walk home instead of heading underground on the subway. I know I am slightly crazy but you all do know how much I LOVE walking in this city and I was already sweaty 😉 On my way back uptown I decided to  walk along the Highline, because well, why not? So for today’s blog I am going to share some pics that I took while strolling (I had no choice the tourists were out in droves!) the Highline. Hope you enjoy them. And Congrats Anandah!!! Happy Wednesday everyone!!

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Well, winter came back with a vengeance. 11.5 inches of snow and frigid, freezing temperatures, yep, we get it, no need to rub it in quite this much 😉 And yes, it is freakin’ cold in Canada, I know, I know… Do we need to have the car vs. walking debate again??!! The point is, this winter is turning out to be a nasty one- everywhere. So, nothing to do but bundle up, get out and get moving or hibernate. Two very good options. I intend to keep doing a bit of both. Here are some pics from the last couple of days. Hope you enjoy them. Happy Wednesday everyone!! Stay safe and warm xoxo

P.S. Do you know how I can tell it is really cold in NYC? They take the fruit in from the outside stands at Fairway and West Side Markets.

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I am not sure what happened this year, maybe it was the extra week of vacation or the anxiety and excitement with the transition into middle school and third grade but the beginning of this school year has been hard.  And it is not just me, everyone I have talked to seems to be a little overwhelmed, a little stressed, a little shell shocked, a little off their game and a lot tired. Phew, at least it is not just me 😉

The one thing that I have always said that was the toughest thing about moving to NYC was navigating the school system. There is no such thing as just registering at the local public school and going. When we moved there was the stress of moving into an apartment in the exact neighborhood to make sure the girls were zoned for a good public school (private school at $40, 000 per child was not an option) and even then there was no guarantee as we were still a part of the lottery into kindergarten for R. Just recently we went through the crazy middle school process with A- touring, auditioning, testing and applying to schools and then anxiously waiting to see if she got into her first choice. I am trying not to even think about the high school process…

So, here we are with a brand new school year ahead of us and I feel like we have barely had time to catch our breath. There has been the endless stream of information coming home from both schools, meetings, back to school events, emails, newsletters, requests for supplies, navigation of new routines, planning creative lunches and easy to prepare dinners and of course the dreaded homework. There have been a few days when I have found myself dreaming of flip flops and sandy beaches. Or at least cocktail time. And just right at this very moment an email has popped into my inbox about cheap air fair to Hawaii- no fair!!

I guess I am just finding it a bit hard to find my groove right now, I am struggling with the whole balance thing, instead of organizing, I am ignoring, trying to dive back under the covers and bury my head. Not helpful to anyone especially when I find my patience snapping right around dinner and homework time. Can I get a woooosaaaa??!!!

I have decided that I need a reset and a few reminders. For one, I need to remind myself that I have to take a step back from the insanity of NYC schooling and remember sometimes that it is just school and dammit, it will all work out one way or another. Holy crap, we all survived school and ended up okay. Homework is just homework and is not worth crying or yelling about. It gets done or it doesn’t and the world will not end. Secondly, let’s have some fun, why so serious mom? Can we go apple picking this weekend? Yes, yes we can. And thirdly, I am re-visiting my mantra to choose kindness. We are all going through a crazy time and we should be a little bit nicer, it will go a long way. Most importantly, I am reminding myself to just breathe. All is good, life is good and I am pretty damn lucky. Breathe.

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Today the girls and I had the honor to attend a press conference for Bill de Blasio. We eagerly stood beside him and supported him as he outlined and defended his incredible education plan for NYC. If you have not yet heard about Bill, you should go to his website http://www.billdeblasio.com/ and read about his plans to improve NYC when he is mayor. Bill de Blasio is clearly the leader that stands out beyond the rest of the candidates. He definitely has my vote- and the kids were pretty impressed too! Happy Wednesday 🙂

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I am proud to say that yesterday I voted in my first ever Presidential Election. Now that I live in the United States, I feel that it is my duty to exercise my right to vote here. Many other countries fight hard for the freedom that we enjoy and that is why it is incredibly foolish to not get out and let your voice be heard at the polling station. So, off I went. I stood in line, marvelling at the positive energy, enthusiasm and patience of my fellow voters. When it was time to cast my ballot I felt a nervous energy and excitement. After I voted, I hung out with my kids, volunteered at the school bake sale for voters (all proceeds to Hurricane Sandy Relief!) and then went home and sat on the couch anxiously awaiting the results. I don’t think I have ever been that nervous for an election, ever. I had also never been as informed about any election as I had for this one. When President Obama was announced as being re-elected I could barely contain my excitement and relief. YES, YES, YES!!!!!! And for all of you Canadian friends who were getting the guest room set up “just in case”- thank you 😉 Four more years, it is definitely time to move forward!!!

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We just got back from visiting family in Calgary and I will post more about our incredible trip later on this week but because it is Wednesday I thought I would post some pics of some of the great signs and the beautiful scenery we saw on our day trip to Banff. What a gorgeous spot!  All I kept thinking was… well that is definitely not something you would see in NYC! Hope you like the pictures, have a fabulous Wednesday!!

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We arrived in beautiful Calgary a couple of hours ago. It is wonderful to be back in Canada, with cherished family and in the glorious fall season. There was even a light dusting of snow. Here are a few pics, we are definitely not in NYC 😉
Happy Wednesday.

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