I love hip old fashioned names.. I named my daughter Violet Mae and I love the name Hazel. How did you guys come up with the name? Did you go back and forth or did you have Hazel from the get go? Would love to hear your runners up!
Violet Mae. I LOVE that!
We actually came up our girl’s name, Hazel, almost four years ago. We were just married, laying in bed having one of those husband/wife talks where you dream out-loud about your future and the adventures that lie ahead.
Which lead us to the topic of names. We laid there for hours thinking of things to call our child. Simon kept offering up absurd names to make me laugh…while I pushed hard for a Baby Sondheim. (Needless to say, my husband vetoed that one over and over and over again)
At some point, I threw out the name Hazel. We loved it, right away. It was quirky, obscure, pretty. Maybe not everyone’s cuppa tea but…
Em + Simon + Hazel. It just fit. And from that night on it was set. (It is worth noting, we also decided on our someday-son’s name that evening too.)
Choosing a middle name was a bit more of a struggle.
We were THISCLOSE to going for something less traditional (read: weird) but the thought of our parents having to tell their friends that their granddaughter, Hazel Panda Bear was born was just a little too ridiculous, even for us….
Ultimately, we decided to pay homage to Simon’s late grandmother.
Last night my parents went out to celebrate their brithdays…
A Counting Crows concert at House of Blues
[hold the phone: Counting Crows is only my ALL TIME FAVORITE BAND. EVER. Judge all you want, but have you ever noticed that you can do a slow running-man to every single one of their songs which is pretty much my definition of musical greatness! I considered inviting myself to join them for the show, until I realized the likelihood of me staying awake past the opening act was somewhere around zero.
but I digress…]
Before my p’s headed out on the town, they swung by our place…with my uncles in tow for a pre-party of sorts.
What we were lacking in pre-game accoutrements (cocktails, appetizers & such), we made up for with BABY. Turns out, all they really wanted was their daily dose of Hazel.
I may be biased, but I think a kiss from Hazel is a pretty solid start to any party!
and on a somewhat related note, I though my mom looked smokin’ hot last night. She was OWNING that Zara Dress and D&G boots.
I have heard that Queen bees and worker bees are born the same. Queen bees however, live exclusively on royal jelly- a bee secretion rich in proteins, sugars, amino acids, etc. As a result, the Queen bee lives 70 times longer than the average worker bee. & she gets to be Queen.
This Saturday was RECORD STORE DAY, a high holiday for vinyl enthusiasts.
Simon and I have been looking forward to Record Store Day since B.H. [before hazel]…I remember Simon holding our little girl in the hospital just after she was born and he was telling her about all the adventures she had in store: Her first Christmas, birthday, cross country travels…and RECORD STORE DAY!
On Satuday, the three of us woke up early and made our way to the Reckless Records in boystown to join our fellow audiophiles in line with high hopes for limited release.
Our adventure was a great success! Simon scored Flying Lotus, Panda Bear, David Bowie and LCD Sound System records. We got Hazel a copy of West Side Story, and I nabbed what is sure to be the least in-demand vinyl of the day: the Somewhere in Time Soundtrack.
Hello Emily! A big, time-sensitive favor. I know you have a lot of followers & friends in NYC! Could you promote this shoot for me, please?
I am doing a shoot TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13TH for Friendfactor, a fantastic new next generation LGBT advocacy nonprofit with a focus on technology and the power of personal relationships, is shooting a film for their upcoming fundraising event with Chelsea Clinton! Do you and your friends have 30 minutes to an hour to spare for LGBT Equal Rights? We will be shooting in MADISON SQUARE PARK from 12 PM to 7 PM.* BRING FRIENDS - we are looking for all ages (over 21) and types, all orientations, etc. This is about LGBT and straight people coming together for equal rights and to support their friends. Contact me at fatgirlinohio (at) gmail dot com to set up a time to arrive and shoot your part. We have lines to read about friendship and equality.
Anything for the gays!
If any of you are free tomorrow, you should head over to Madison Square Park, participate in the shoot and show your support.
***UPDATE: Due to weather, the shoot has been moved to THURSDAY, April 14th. Same time. Same place.***
She got to meet her uncle Andrew who flew in from NY for some quality time with his god-daughter.
He spoiled her with a new dress & baby espadrilles [ah!], a whole case of blind-boxed Androids and live concert of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat [act I]. She loved it…him!
Having Andrew in town was just the thing Simon & I needed as well. The four of us made an expedition to the mega Whole Foods, took a walk to the river and enjoyed the first warm day of the season with an anitpasto salad on the terrace at Quartino.
but the most special part of the weekend came on Saturday when we decided to throw Hazel an impromptu 2 week Birthday Party [we needed an excuse to buy this key lime pie and celebrating 2 weeks of living seemed as good of a reason as any!]
It may not have been the grandest of parties, but it was one of the best days I have had.
Hazel was a little suspicious of the open flame, but Simon helped her blow it out and peace was restored!
The boys made dinner…
and opened a bottle [or two] of wine for the grown-ups in the house.
and of course, a family photo
[sort of incredible how just 2 weeks ago, we were a family of two. Look at us now!]
You may not be able to tell by her face, but Hazel loved the whole thing. She was wide eyed all evening…just taking it in…not wanting to miss a moment of her celebration.
While I know she had no idea what exactly was going on, I am certain she felt the love.