updates from the bradfields

24 Jun 09 The last night in Brooklyn

Where did three years go? It seems like just last week we moved to New York City. Especially with the barren feel of our apartment as it is dismantled, packed up and ready for another move. Tomorrow at 7 a.m. the movers arrive to pack up our remaining items and load what is expected to be a completely purple moving truck.

We are so sad to leave New York. Our family has grown up here and we will bring so many memories and long distance friendships back with us. We are also so excited to be back in Toronto.

So what does the road ahead hold for us? Well, we hope to hit the road from Brooklyn for a night with friends in Columbia County (about three hours north of NYC). Then we head to Stowe, VT for a night at the Trapp Family Lodge (the European style inn of the von Trapp family of The Sound of Music fame). Marley can hardly contain herself as it’s quite possibly her favourite movie. We then head for the ferry across Lake Champlain and look forward to a drive through the Adirondack Mountains on the final stretch toward the 1,000 Islands and continuing past the last American exit to our homeland.

We hope to post photos on our Flickr page as we progress along the route. We look forward to seeing our Toronto friends soon. Most of our NYC good-byes have been made, but we’ll be back for many visits.

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02 Apr 09 Memories of my Grandad as Yankee Stadium opens

My grandfather, John Ross Bradfield, was one of the engineers that helped build the original Yankee Stadium. Karyn took us to see the original stadium last year (to the second last game ever) before it closed.

Today, the new Yankee Stadium opened to the public for the first time. It looks beautiful. I can only imagine how exciting it must have been for my Grandad to contribute to “baseball’s cathedral”. Maybe we’ll make it to the “palace” before we leave NYC in June.

Yes, we are headed back to Toronto at the end of June!

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11 Mar 09 There’s a Genius Among Us

While eating breakfast this morning, I thought out loud how smart my girls are.

Marley’s response? “Yes, but I’m the smartiest.”

I’ll be calling Mensa in the morning.

04 Feb 09 Loving Food

I once heard Kelly Rippa say that the reason’s she’s so slim is because she’s a busy mom and eats just the scraps of food her kids leave behind. Oh, yeah? Me too, after I’ve eaten MY meal. So, Kelly, thanks for the advice – this moring I ate two croissants. I guess the baby weight will start dropping soon:)

29 Jan 09 In Need of Retail Therapy

One thing that’s hard to avoid when you live in New York City is the awesome shopping. It’s a style mecca – normal, working people like us think nothing of spending hundreds of dollars on purses, shoes, etc. I don’t usually spend with abandon. In fact, I normally think my purchases through carefully and rarely make impulse buys. So, today I find myself in a shopping conundrum: I’ve fallen in love with an expensive pair of boots.

I’ve researched online and called several stores and it appears I covet the one thing in the country that’s not currently on sale. The reasons for not buying the shoes are plenty: We’ve recently bought a car, are gearing up for an expensive move back to Toronto and are renovating our house. We cancelled our winter vacation to save money and are looking at other ways to cut our budget. I currently own several more shoes than the average person and don’t have room to store any more.

However, I can also list several reasons why I MUST buy these boots. In light of my previous post, I may be in need of therapy and retail therapy seems the most enjoyable kind. Since I just gave birth, I’m not planning on buying any other clothes this winter. These boots are made by the oldest shoe company in America and would last a lifetime – a nice, stylish memory of our time here.

If I treated myself, at least my feet would look fabulous as I beg the bank for a second car loan and as I try to cook in my unfinished kitchen.